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MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City smashed through the 100-goal barrier in the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday that moved the team two points clear with a game left and within touching distance of a second title in three years. City turned a match gripped with tension into a procession with four goals in the final 26 minutes, with Edin Dzekos double ending Villas stubborn resistance and Yaya Toures spectacular solo goal completing the scoring in injury time. A draw at home to West Ham on Sunday will be enough for City to settle a thrilling title race, with only Liverpool capable of stopping them. Chelsea, in third place, has been knocked out of contention. If City does go on to capture the championship, it will have done so in style under attack-minded coach Manuel Pellegrini -- just as was desired by the clubs Abu Dhabi owners. "In the way we play, I am very happy to win the title this way," said Pellegrini, speaking as if the Premier League trophy was already in Citys hands. "There are different ways to win titles -- I choose this one with attractive football ... Maybe you can win titles other ways. For me, the esthetic part is very important." City has been most pundits favourite the whole season but the team is doing it the hard way -- just like in 2012 when it won the title with two injury-time goals in its final match. Pellegrinis side has been top for just 11 days this season - compared to 59 for Liverpool, 64 for third-place Chelsea and 128 for fourth-place Arsenal. But City has hit form just as Liverpool has started to blunder, dropping five points in its last two games. City, by contrast, has won its last four matches and has a superior goal difference of 13 to Liverpool. Also Wednesday, Sunderland beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to guarantee another season in the Premier League and virtually relegate Norwich, which is three points behind West Brom but with a much inferior goal difference. There was a party atmosphere inside Etihad Stadium as City fans celebrated Toures brilliant goal, a powerful run through Villas defence from inside his own half. For the first 63 minutes, however, it had been very different. Villas packed defence had held firm under constant pressure and it was looking like one of those nights for City. Pellegrini remained calm on the touchline, though, and the hosts didnt abandon their passing philosophy, eventually making the breakthrough in the 64th when full back Pablo Zabaleta -- on yet another raid down the right -- crossed for Dzeko to steer home from close range. The goal was greeted by an outpouring of relief by the home fans but Dzeko -- and Zabaleta for that matter -- werent finished. From another teasing centre by Zabaleta, Samir Nasris effort was saved by goalkeeper Brad Guzan but the ball landed at the feet of Dzeko, who dribbled the ball into the corner in the 72nd for his fifth goal in three games. Villa started to push forward and that played into Citys hands. Toure cut the ball back for substitute Stevan Jovetic to curl a low shot into the corner from the edge of the area in the 89th, before the Ivory Coast midfielder capped the win with an emphatic fourth, his 20th of the campaign. "An amazing amount of goals," Pellegrini said, who hailed Toure as "the absolute complete midfielder." Chelseas Frank Lampard is the only other central midfielder to score 20 or more goals in the Premier League era, in the 2009-10 season. A month ago, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said it would be a "miracle" if his team stayed up but thats exactly what it has done after first-half goals by Jack Colback and Fabio Borini against West Brom. Sunderland has picked up 13 points from its last five matches -- including wins over Chelsea and Manchester United and a draw at City. "I dont know if you will see something similar ever again," said Poyet, whose team is only the second since the Premier League started in 1992 to be last at Christmas and stay up. Despite the loss, West Brom is effectively safe as it is three points clear of Norwich but with a goal difference 17 better ahead of Sundays final round of the season. Dani Alves Jersey . Gordon reportedly failed another drug test and is facing a one-year ban. Gordon led the NFL in yards receiving last season despite being suspended two games for violating the leagues substance-abuse policy. Ricardo Oliveira Jersey . -- Having already fallen behind because of the NFL lockout, Blaine Gabbert couldnt afford a lengthy holdout. http://www.officialbrazilonline.com/wor ... ll-jersey/. 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However, the Bolts have won two straight at home in this series after dropping their previous four meetings with Colorado in Central Florida. After losing games in Washington and Carolina to begin its current swing, Colorado posted a 4-2 win Thursday at Florida. Nick Holden scored the go-ahead goal at 11:03 of the third period to give the Avs a 3-2 lead and Jarome Iginla added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal it. Holden fired a point shot that deflected in off the stick of Panthers forward Scottie Upshall with one second left on a power play. Meanwhile, Iginlas goal was the 573rd of his career, moving him into a tie with Mike Bossy for 20th all-time in NHL history. Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who are 4-1-1 over their last six games and three points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. It was an important one for our confidence. I thought our guys did a good job, said Colorado coach Patrick Roy. We were okay in the first, but I thought we played better in the second and third. The Avs are 8-8-6 as the road club this season and will complete this trip Monday in St. Louis. Varlamov is 6-2-1 with a 2.14 goals against average in 10 career outings against Tammpa and is expected to get the start tonight.dddddddddddd The Lightning, who lead the Atlantic Division by three points over Detroit and Montreal, halted a two-game slide in their last trip to the ice, edging the visiting Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Thursday. Tampa Bay trailed Edmonton by scores of 1-0 and 2-1, but was able to rally for the win thanks to a pair of third-period goals from Ondrej Palat. Steven Stamkos also lit the lamp for Tampa Bay to help the Bolts win for the eighth time in 11 games. I liked the ending, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. You want to make a habit of coming back, but you dont want to make a habit of being down. Tampa Bay was outshot 32-19 by the Oilers, but Ben Bishop made 30 saves for the victory. Bishop is expected to start tonight and is 1-1-0 with a 3.03 GAA in two career games against Colorado. The Lightning have played the last two games without top defenseman Victor Hedman, who is dealing with a lower-body injury. However, he was able to skate with the club on Friday and is expected to be a game-time decision. Hedman is leading Tampa blueliners with five goals and is tied with Anton Stralman with 20 points. The Bolts also recalled defenseman Luke Witkowski from the minors on Friday with blueliner Matt Carle suffering from an undisclosed injury that has his status for this game unknown. Tampa, which is 17-4-1 as the host, will head into the All-Star break by completing a three-game homestand. The Bolts will host Vancouver on Tuesday before the league goes on hiatus for the mid-season showcase. 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