[AMERICANS ABROAD]Tim Howard was handed the first red card in his 323-game English Premier League career as he was sent off in the 24th minute of Everton's 1-0 shock loss at home to last-place Sunderland. Of the four Americans who played on Boxing Day, three lost at home -- Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) and Howard -- while Jozy Altidore's appearance for Sunderland consisted of four minutes at the end of its win at Everton.
Howard's Boxing Day nightmare began when his short goal kick was not controlled by Leon Osman. Korean Ki Sung-Yueng stole the ball, raced in on goal and was tripped by Howard in the area. Ki converted the penalty himself to give the Black Cats their third win in 18 games.
Everton remained in fifth place but dropped from two to five points off the lead now held outright by Arsenal.
Stoke City was winning 1-0 at Newcastle when a pair of red cards three minutes apart late in the first half left Cameron and his backline teammates under siege for the remainder of the game that they lost, 5-1. The five goals Stoke gave up were the most it has conceded in more than two years.
Guzan had no chance on Dwight Gayle's goal two minutes into stoppage time that gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 win at Aston Villa, which has now lost four games in a row.
Belgium (Jupiler League)
Sacha Kljestan (not in 18), Anderlecht, 1-0 vs. Zulte-Waregem
England (Premier League)
Jozy Altidore (sub: 4 minutes), Sunderland, 1-0 at Everton
Geoff Cameron (90 minutes), Stoke City, 1-5 at Newcastle United
Brad Guzan (90 minutes), Aston Villa, 0-1 vs. Crystal Palace
Tim Howard (24 minutes, 1 red card), Everton, 0-1 vs. Sunderland
Cody Cropper (not in 18), Southampton, 3-0 at Cardiff City
Maurice Edu (not in 18), Stoke City, 1-5 at Newcastle United
Brad Friedel (DNP), Tottenham, 1-1 vs. West Bromwich
Brek Shea (not in 18), Stoke City, 1-5 at Newcastle United
England (League Championship)
Duane Holmes (sub: 33 minutes), Huddersfield, 1-1 vs. Derby County
Eric Lichaj(90 minutes), Nottingham Forest, 2-0 vs. Queens Park Rangers
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers, 1-0 vs. Barnsley
Danny Williams (90 minutes), Reading, 0-1 at Leicester City
Stuart Holden (not in 18), Bolton Wanderers, 1-0 vs. Barnsley
Oguchi Onyewu (not in 18), Queens Park Rangers, 0-2 at Nottingham Forest
Jonathan Spector (not in 18), Birmingham City, 0-0 vs. Wigan Athletic
Zak Whitbread (DNP), Derby County, 1-1 at Huddersfield