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    EPL: Blackburn beat Sunderland 2-0

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    Blackburn's Yakubu celebrates with teammate Marcus Olsson after scoring a goal. (AP PHOTO)

    Blackburn, England: Blackburn eased their relegation worries with a 2-0 home win over Sunderland in the Premier League on Tuesday.

    Blackburn moved six points clear of the drop zone with nine games remaining after second-half goals by Junior Hoilett and Ayegbeni Yakubu.

    After a dull first half, Hoilett broke the deadlock in the 58th minute when he volleyed in after Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet's weak punch from a long throw-in.

    Yakubu wrapped up a deserved win for the hosts when he headed home in the 86th from Bradley Orr's cross.

    Players from both teams wore 'Pray for Muamba' T-shirts during the warm-up before the game in support of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who is recovering in intensive care following a cardiac arrest during a match on Saturday.