The midfielder looped home a 93rd-minute header to finally beat Magpies keeper Rob Elliot, who had made six fine saves, including two from man of the moment Romelu Lukaku as he looked to score in an eighth successive league game. It was just a second Barclays Premier League win in seven attempts for the Toffees, and while it was deserved on the balance of play, Newcastle will curse their luck having got so close to riding out the storm and dragging themselves back out of the relegation zone. Press Association Tom Cleverley snatched victory at Newcastle with the last touch of the game as Everton finally made the pressure count. Wijnaldum called upon Everton keeper Tim Howard for the first time with a header from Jack Colback’s cross which the American managed to beat away, but Elliot had to claw away Ramiro Funes Mori’s effort at the other end. But Elliot was finally beaten at the death when he could only punch a corner to Cleverley, who looped a header home to claim the points. TWEET OF THE MATCH @GaryLineker: “What an absolute delight it is to watch an English central defender play in such a relaxed manner on the ball. John Stones is a class act.” PLAYER RATINGS Newcastle Rob Elliot: 8 Daryl Janmaat: 6 Chancel Mbemba: 7 Fabricio Coloccini: 5 Paul Dummett: 5 Vurnon Anita: 6 Jack Colback: 6 Moussa Sissoko: 7 Ayoze Perez (Thauvin, 87 mins): 6 Georginio Wijnaldum: 7 Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6 Subs Florian Thauvin: 6 Everton Tim Howard: 6 Seamus Coleman: 7 John Stones: 7 Ramiro Funes Mori: 6 Leighton Baines: 7 Gareth Barry (Capt): 7 Tom Cleverley: 7 Aaron Lennon (Besic, 69 mins): 6 Ross Barkley (Deulofeu, 69 mins): 7 Kevin Mirallas (Osman, 85 mins): 7 Romelu Lukaku: 8 Subs Gerard Deulofeu: 7 Muhamed Besic: 6 Leon Osman: 6 STAR PLAYER Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot produced six vital saves to keep Everton at bay for all but the final few seconds on a night when the visitors might have won much more comfortably had it not been for his efforts. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Elliot reacted superbly to claw out Aaron Lennon’s skidding 59th-minute after as it sped through a crowded penalty area. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Everton boss Roberto Martinez will have been frustrated at the number of chances which went begging, but delighted with the football his side played to pave the way for victory. Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren saw his side scrap all the way and gradually work their way into the game, but will have been concerned at how easy the visitors found the going before the break. MOAN OF THE MATCH Newcastle’s inability to find one of their own men from a set-piece with both Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback guilty. WHO’S UP NEXT West Brom v Newcastle (Barclays Premier League. Monday). Everton v Stoke (Barclays Premier League, Monday). The visitors took charge from the off, with Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon down the right and Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas down the left causing all kinds of problems and Ross Barkley and Cleverley prompting from midfield. Lukaku was the main beneficiary of all the hard work behind him and Magpies skipper Fabricio Coloccini had his hands full with the Belgian throughout. But it was Mirallas who came closest to opening the scoring in the early stages, forcing Elliot to block with his legs at the far post from Coleman’s seventh-minute cross and then get down to claim his snapshot from the edge of the penalty area 12 minutes later. Elliot came to the rescue once again with 28 minutes gone when he kept out Lukaku’s low drive with his legs after the striker had been played in by Coleman, seconds after Coloccini appeared fortunate to get away with a tug on the frontman’s shirt as he burst through inside the box. Newcastle responded and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic glanced a header wide from Moussa Sissoko’s deflected 30th-minute cross after earlier failing to make meaningful contact with Daryl Janmaat’s ball in. But it was Georginio Wijnaldum who got on the end of the home’s side’s best move of the half eight minutes before the break, heading over the angle of post and bar from another Sissoko cross. Lukaku was just inches away from meeting Coleman’s near-post cross two minutes after the restart, and Elliot had to block the same man’s effort with his legs after the striker had powered his way past central defender Chancel Mbemba and then get down to repel Lennon’s skidding 59th-minute effort. The game became increasingly open as Newcastle sought to hit Everton on the counter and Ayoze Perez fired just wide on the turn with 19 minutes remaining, but Mitrovic should have scored two minutes later when he met Sissoko’s cross with a powerful header but steered it wide.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Return closerThe Dodgers remain “reluctant to put any date” on Clayton Kershaw’s return to the rotation, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said again Sunday, preferring to give Kershaw time to recover from Saturday’s simulated-game session before specifying when he will rejoin the rotation.“With Clayton, it’s contingent upon these next couple days,” Roberts said Sunday. “He exerted a lot of effort in that 60-pitch live session. We’ll see over the next couple, two, three days how he responds, and what would be the next step.“(We’re) just making sure his body feels 100 percent because when he does come back we want him to stay healthy.”Friday’s series opener in St. Louis seems to be the most logical date for Kershaw’s return unless the Dodgers decide not to have Kershaw travel, preferring to slot him back into the rotation when they return home next week.“If he feels well and the docs support it, that return on the road or at home, that decision will be made,” Roberts said.Meanwhile, another injured left-hander, Brett Anderson is scheduled to throw to hitters in two simulated innings Monday. Anderson is returning from surgery on his back this spring and is expected to eventually go on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment that will likely last the full 30 days.Pederson returningJoc Pederson reached base four times Saturday (two singles, two walks) in his second game with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Pederson was scheduled to get four more plate appearances on his minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment Sunday and then travel to Washington.The Dodgers plan to activate Pederson from the DL before Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. Pederson has been out with a bruised AC joint in his right shoulder since June 28.With Pederson and Trayce Thompson on the DL and Scott Van Slyke moved to first base to give Adrian Gonzalez a day off against a left-handed starter Sunday, Puig started in center field for the Dodgers. It was his first start in center field since the 2014 season.Trade talkAt least one Dodgers scout spent the weekend in St. Petersburg, scouting the Tampa Bay Rays series against the Baltimore Orioles.President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s history with the Rays has linked the Dodgers to the trio of trade candidates in the Rays’ starting rotation – Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi. All three pitched this weekend.The three are all 27 or younger. Archer is signed through 2021 and Moore is on team options through 2020 – both on contracts negotiated during the Friedman era in Tampa. Odorizzi won’t be eligible for free agency until 2020.The 27-year-old Archer is the most attractive of the three, though he is 4-13 with a 4.68 ERA for the last-place Rays this season.Another potential trade target, A’s left-hander Rich Hill, left his start Sunday after only five pitches due to a blister on his pitching hand. PHOENIX >> In his 67th and final season, Vin Scully doesn’t make road trips anymore. But he made an appearance in Arizona Sunday afternoon.Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig wore cleats with Scully’s image drawn on them along with the phrase ‘Win For Vin’ on the outside of the left foot and the hashtag ‘#ITFDB’ (Scully’s trademark phrase, “It’s time for Dodger baseball) on the right.“I’m using a different pair of shoes every day and the guy who designs them surprises me with something different every day,” Puig said through an interpreter. “Today, he surprised me with these. I think it’s good that we should try to ‘Win for Vin’ during his last year.”Puig has already worn shoes featuring Cuban and American flag themes and said he has something special planned for the Dodgers’ next homestand. He said the shoes are designed by a friend, Victor Vazquez, in Los Angeles. Scully gave Puig the nickname ‘Wild Horse’ during the Cuban outfielder’s rookie season and said Puig’s ability to thrill the crowd with highlight-reel plays gave him a reason to continue broadcasting at this point in his career.But growing up in Cuba, Puig said he didn’t know anything about Scully and his Hall of Fame career. He has learned about Scully since joining the Dodgers.“I play baseball and I like the way he narrates,” Puig said. “And 67 years of work, he deserves his respect. If it’s not ‘Win for Vin,’ it’s win for the city of Los Angeles and for ourselves.”The Scully shoes go into a closet now, Puig said.“I’ll wear the ones I got hits with again,” he said. “But since I only got one hit with these and struck out, who knows?”