LONDON -- Wayne Rooney scored for the first time in two months with a strike of the quality that justifies his lucrative new Manchester United contract as the floundering English Premier League champions won 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday. cheap jerseys from china . The striker volleyed in Uniteds second, shortly after Robin Van Persies second-half penalty, a day after ending the uncertainty over his United future by signing a new deal that could earn him more than $140 million until 2019. Such a contract would seem to be beyond the reach of Palace, whose fans appeared to throw coins at Rooney, who flicked them back in their direction. "Its been more or less agreed for a month now and it was just the fine details that needed sorting," said Rooney, who pushed unsuccessfully to leave United last year. "I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible and thankfully its behind me and I can concentrate on my football." United needs Rooney, with just 12 goals this season having missed much of January through injury, to be more prolific for it to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Although United ended a three-game winless run and climbed to sixth, David Moyes side was eight points from Liverpool in the fourth Champions League place having played an extra game. And this was a victory against a Palace side that might have sprung from the bottom in recent months with a recovery but was still only two points above the relegation zone. "We moved the ball well, maybe could have created more chances but overall we were in control of the game and once we got one goal we knew wed get another and see the game out," Rooney said. Looking at the team sheet, this is not a United side that should have taken until midway through the second half to score, or be in such a lowly position. The forward line in south London saw Rooney working in tandem with Van Persie and January signing Juan Mata. Uniteds teenage midfield dynamo, Adnan Januzaj, did put the ball in the net early on but it was ruled out because he appeared to control a pass from Van Persie with his arm. And as United struggled in front of goal initially, goalkeeper David de Gea was called into action to block Marouane Chamakhs header. Uniteds Marouane Fellaini, starting his first game since December following wrist and groin injuries, squandered a good chance when he missed the target with the net in sight. It was a dangerous start to the second half by Palace, with De Gea tipping over when under pressure from Glenn Murrays corner, and saving low from Jason Puncheon after Ince sliced over. United looked unable to score, but the breakthrough came after Chamakh, the forward who was back in defence, tripped left back Patrice Evra. From the spot, Van Persie sent Julian Speroni the wrong way to make it 12 goals for the season in the 62nd minute. Suddenly United looked a more confident attacking unit, with Mata setting up Fellaini for a low shot that was saved. But Palace also came close to levelling, with Mile Jedinak playing in Cameron Jerome who fought off defenders to force De Gea into a low diving save with almost his first touch since coming off the bench. Uniteds anxieties were eased by Rooney scoring his first goal since Dec. 26, powering the ball in after Evras cross bobbled over to him, unmarked, in a prime central position. "Sometimes when Wayne has not got time to think, he does things naturally," Moyes said. "He has natural talent and the technique and ability to get his weight behind the ball and strike it cleanly. He works really hard for the team and some of his passing was fantastic." It left Moyes relieved that he prevented Rooney from defecting to a rival. "He would have been too difficult to replace," Moyes said. "There arent enough top players out there that you can get cheaply or easily. Waynes one of them, one of the top players." cheap jerseys . QUARTERBACKS Terrelle Pryor (vs Steelers)Last week: ByePryor is still only owned in less than half the leagues and while he didnt maintain his early season numbers, he should still find a home somewhere during the bye weeks. wholesale jerseys . -- It was one of the most spectacular plays of a dreary season for the Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond knocked a pass away near midcourt, took off toward the basket and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk while being fouled by Atlantas Elton Brand.PITTSBURGH -- Sergio Romo keeps insisting he has no desire to be the closer. Funny, he certainly looked like one while handcuffing baseballs hottest team. Romo worked a perfect ninth while regular closer Santiago Casilla nursed a blister on his right (pitching) hand and the San Francisco Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Pirates on Friday night. The Giants rebounded from a gut-punch loss to Washington on Thursday in which they squandered a late four-run lead by riding red-hot Melky Cabrera and getting just enough from the bullpen to seal it. Romo is now a perfect 5 for 5 in save opportunities, but shot down the notion he should be the one getting the ball in the ninth every night. "We all have roles," Romo said. "Im pretty fortunate to be in tough situations, so every time Im in the game I look at it like I have to save the game in that situation. I dont really look at it as a closer or whatever. ... I dont need that title. I just want an opportunity to pitch." Cabrera continued his torrid play by smacking hit his eighth homer of the season while Ryan Theriot drove in two runs for the Giants. Barry Zito (7-6) survived five eventful innings to win for the second time in his last six starts. The left-hander gave up four runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out three while needing 91 pitches to get 15 outs. "I give Z credit, he stayed out of a real big inning and kept the damage at a minimum and gave us a chance," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. The Giants have slumped since surging to the top of the National League West last week, losing five of six. The offence has sputtered while the pitching hasnt been much help. San Francisco surrendered 24 runs while getting swept in Washington earlier in the week, including a 6-5 loss in which a 5-1 lead vanished. There would be no collapse Friday. "After a tough series in Washington, one of our harder losses that weve had all year. ... Thats a great way to bounce back," Bochy said. Andrew McCutchen had three hits for the Pirates to raise his batting average to a National League-leading .360. Pedro Alvarez and Casey McGehee added solo homers, but couldnt stop Pittsburgh from having its four-game winning streak snapped. Erik Bedard (4-10) endured another short outing, failing to get through the fourth inning as the Giants turned a three-run deficit into a 5-3 lead behind Cabreras two-run homer. Thhe veteran left-hander has been shaky over the last six weeks, battling control issues and a breaking ball that has sometimes betrayed him. cheap nfl jerseys. . Hes been steady at home -- coming in with a 2-2 record and a 2.31 ERA -- and looked to be in good shape while cruising through the first three innings. Things unraveled quickly in the fourth. Justin Christian led off with a walk, came home on a double by Theriot and Cabrera followed with a two-run shot to left. Buster Posey walked on four pitches and Pablo Sandoval scratched out an infield hit before Bedard could record a single out. The Giants pushed two more runs across the plate on an RBI single by Sanchez and an error by Pittsburgh shortstop Josh Harrison that brought home Sandoval as San Francisco jumped ahead 5-3. "I threw pitches and they hit it," Bedard said. "I didnt feel anything different, they were hitting the pitches." Unlike Thursdays meltdown against the Nationals, this time the Giants closed it out to blunt some of Pittsburghs momentum. Romo retired the side in order, getting McCutchen to ground out to third to end it and stifle the "MVP!" chants the All-Star centre fielder gets every time he steps to the plate. The Pirates have been one of baseballs biggest surprises and appeared ready to post their first five-game winning streak since September 2010 after getting to Zito early. McCutchen -- who leads baseball with a whopping .456 average against lefties -- knocked in Harrison with a single in the first and brought him home again in the third with a triple to left-centre field. When McCutchen trotted home on Neil Walkers double two batters later, the capacity crowd buzzed at the prospect of the Pirates climbing 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1992 season. The Giants needed one big inning to regain control as Cabrera, who will play in his first All-Star game on Tuesday, stayed hot on McCutchens heels in the NL batting race. "Hes just really relaxed," Zito said of Cabrera. "Hes waiting for his pitch and he sees the ball really well right now. Its just been fun to be a part of his whole thing and watching that every day." NOTES: The series continues Saturday as Pittsburghs James McDonald (8-3, 2.45 ERA) faces San Franciscos Ryan Vogelsong (7-3, 2.26). ... Pittsburgh relievers Chris Leroux and Doug Slaten cleared waivers Friday and were optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. ' ' '