Sunderland swept to a record sixth successive Premier League triumph over bitter rivals Newcastle as Fabricio Coloccini's controversial dismissal sparked the hosts' 3-0 win at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Newcastle United manager John Carver sprung to the defence of goalkeeper Tim Krul after the Dutchman was seen joking with Sunderland`s Jermain Defoe as they walked off at halftime in the North East derby on Sunday.
With the win, Sunderland have jumped to 15th place and can afford to plan other things than worrying about playing in the Championship next year. Earlier in the day, Burnley hold Tottenham to a goal-less draw at home to share the spoils. All in all, weekend's football actions from EPL have been exceptional, with lots of great goals and that usual swing of fortunes for teams.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has backed Jermain Defoe to resurrect his England career after the striker struck his second goal in as many games in a 1-1 draw at Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday.
English standouts Jermain Defoe and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Australian Tim Cahill and Ireland`s Robbie Keane were among those named Saturday to the Major League Soccer All-Stars who will play Bayern Munich.
England striker Jermain Defoe began his long goodbye from Tottenham Hotspur with his first Premier League goal of the season as the home side recovered from a poor first half to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday.