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Sunderland draws 1-1 at Stoke, drops into relegation zone in Premier League

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STOKE, England — Sunderland failed to take advantage of scoring after 59 seconds by drawing 1-1 at Stoke to drop into the Premier League's relegation zone on Saturday.

Connor Wickham pounced on an error by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to put Sunderland ahead inside the first minute at Britannia Stadium.

PHOTO: Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi is challenged by Sunderland's Jack Rodwell, left, and Lee Cattermole during the English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Saturday April 25, 2015. (Nigel French/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE
Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi is challenged by Sunderland's Jack Rodwell, left, and Lee Cattermole during the English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Saturday April 25, 2015. (Nigel French/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Stoke equalized in the 27th minute as Charlie Adam cracked home a powerful shot, moments after Jermain Defoe had spurned a fine chance for Sunderland.

Sunderland was overtaken by Hull and Leicester, who both won on Saturday, and is one point adrift of safety with five games left.

Adam Johnson wasn't part of Sunderland's squad of 18 players for the match, two days after being charged with three offenses of sexual activity with a 15-year-old and one of grooming.

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