Rookie midfielder James Riley scored in the 85th minute to help Eastern Conference-leading New England clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over visiting New York/New Jersey last night.

New England (16-6-7) snapped the MetroStars' five-game unbeaten streak.

Colorado also qualified for the playoffs with a 3-1 win over host Chivas USA.

San Jose earned the top spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas at home. The tie snapped San Jose's six-game winning streak, but it kept alive an 11-game unbeaten streak. And Edson Buddle scored both goals for Columbus in a 2-1 victory over host Real Salt Lake.

* SCOTLAND: Hearts won their eighth straight league game, a 1-0 victory over defending champion Rangers in Edinburgh. It is the first time in 91 years Hearts have won eight in a row. The team leads the league with 24 points. Celtic is second with 15. Rangers have 13 points.

Roman Bednar scored the winner for Hearts on a header from close range following a 14th-minute corner kick by Paul Hartley.

"It's a fabulous achievement and beyond our supporters' wildest dreams," captain Steven Pressley told BBC Scotland. "There's a great unity and spirit in the team."

* ENGLAND: Blackburn won at Manchester United for the first time since 1962. Rovers' 2-1 victory was secured by two goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen. Chelsea, meantime, gave up its first goal of the season but came back with two goals from Frank Lampard for a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in London.

Luke Moore ended Chelsea's six-game league streak of shutouts when he scored in the 44th minute.

"I think it's not normal to not concede a goal for so long," Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho said.

Chelsea leads the league with 21 points. Charlton is second with 15. Arsenal also stumbled yesterday in a 0-0 draw at newly promoted West Ham.

"Is the title over or not? I don't believe so," Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said. "If everyone is right about the championship, then let's stop, give them the trophy and start again."

* GERMANY: Hamburg ended Bayern Munich's record 15-game winning streak in league play with a 2-0 win at home.

This week, German brewer Bitburger Group agreed to give 10,000 liters of free beer to fans of the first German team to defeat Bayern this season.

* SPAIN: Getafe beat crosstown rival Atletico Madrid, 1-0, to move atop the league. Argentine defender Mariano Pernia scored in the 77th minute with a free kick from the edge of the penalty area.

* ITALY: Juventus won, 2-1, at Parma on goals by Mauro Camoranesi and Patrick Vieira.