Manchester City win

LONDON: Richard Dunne scored a 23rd-minute winner and Manchester City beat Middlesbrough 1-0 in the English Premier League on Monday, surviving two shots off the post by Massimo Maccarone with goalkeeper Nicky Weaver beaten. The goal came when Joey Barton’s far-post corner sailed perfectly for Dunne, who leapt to drive a header into the roof of the goal. The victory was Man City’s first in four games and comes a week after it was thrashed 4-0 by Wigan. It kept City unbeaten in five matches at home and improved it to 12th place with 12 points. — AP

Clijsters to return

HASSELT: Former No 1 Kim Clijsters will begin her comeback from a two-month injury layoff on Wednesday by defending her Gaz de France Stars title as the new top seed. Clijsters hasn’t played since August, when she sprained her left wrist and couldn’t defend her US Open title. She increased her training last week and was pleased to report no problems with the wrist. First up, she’ll face Anne Kremer of Luxembourg. On Monday, Vera Zvonareva beat fellow Russian Vera Dushevina 7-6 (3), 6-1, and Karolina Sprem downed Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-2. — AP