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Black Cats star urges fans to put their frustrations to one side for Saturday's crucial encounter with Burnley

The Advertiser Series: SAFE HANDS: Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:10am Friday 30th January 2015

SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has urged supporters to stand by the team even if Saturday’s crucial match with Burnley doesn’t go their way early on.

Boro new boy Adam Forshaw expects a battle for a place in Aitor Karanka's team

The Advertiser Series: Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

6:32am Thursday 29th January 2015

NEW Middlesbrough signing Adam Forshaw expects a battle for place in Aitor Karanka’s starting line-up, but the midfielder is ready to put a difficult few months behind him by helping the Teessiders secure promotion.

Black Cats are fighting for their lives but formation change is no excuse, insists midfielder

The Advertiser Series: NO EXCUSES: Liam Bridcutt in action for Sunderland against Fulham on Saturday	Picture: TOM BANKS

6:32am Thursday 29th January 2015

SUNDERLAND midfielder Liam Bridcutt insists Gus Poyet’s formation change is no excuse for poor performances after admitting the Black Cats are fighting for Premier League survival.

Carver issues rallying cry as striker prepares for Tyneside return

The Advertiser Series: BOOST: Papiss Cisse could return to Premier League action this weekend following Senegal's exit from the African Cup of Nations Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:17am Thursday 29th January 2015

JOHN CARVER will not allow Newcastle United’s season peter out - and Papiss Cisse could provide the head coach with a welcome boost following Senegal’s exit from the African Cup of Nations.

Johnson and Brown offer Poyet injury boost, but Cattermole return not as clear-cut

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4:11pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

GUS POYET had revealed Adam Johnson and Wes Brown should be fit for Saturday’s match against Burnley, but admitted there are still question marks over Lee Cattermole’s return.

O'Shea focused on job in hand

The Advertiser Series: Shut out: Sunderland's John O'Shea (left) keeps an eye on Aston Villa's Christian Benteke

6:32am Wednesday 28th January 2015

JOHN O’SHEA insists Sunderland are not looking beyond next week’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with Fulham, despite the incentive of a fifth round tie against League One side Bradford City.

ROLLER HOCKEY: Middlesbrough secure vital win at Bury St Edmunds

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12:18pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

Middlsbrough Roller Hockey secured a 6-4 win over Bury St Edmunds in the National Premier League.

Darlington rugby player Tom Catterick commits future to Newcastle Falcons

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7:06am Thursday 22nd January 2015

TOM CATTERICK has become the latest player to commit his long-term future to Newcastle Falcons by signing a new contract.

Jack Rodwell hails goalkeeper's contribution

The Advertiser Series: SAFE HANDS: Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:02am Thursday 22nd January 2015

JACK RODWELL has praised Costel Pantilimon’s contribution since dislodging Vito Mannone as Sunderland’s first choice goalkeeper.

Former Manchester City trainee Adam Clayton relishing first competitive appearance at the Etihad Stadium

The Advertiser Series: Brighton and Hove Albion  v Middlesbrough Sky Bet Championship match at the Amex StadiumBrighton's Gary Gardner slides in for a challenge with Adam ClaytonPhotograph taken by Simon Dack18 October 2014SD181014A (11648167)

7:02am Thursday 22nd January 2015

BOYHOOD Manchester City fan Adam Clayton is relishing the prospect of stepping out against his former club in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie with Middlesbrough – even if it will divide his family.

Siem De Jong's return to training has lifted Newcastle United dressing room, claims Carver

The Advertiser Series: PLEA FOR PATIENCE: Siem de Jong, pictured during the Capital One Cup win over Gillingham, admits it will take time for Newcastle's summer signings to form a team

7:02am Wednesday 21st January 2015

JOHN Carver claims Siem de Jong’s return to training has given the Newcastle United dressing room a huge lift, but the caretaker boss admits the attacking midfielder will have to be eased back into action.

Gus Poyet has no qualms about changing his team if it means getting the best out of Jermain Defoe

The Advertiser Series: TACTICAL SWITCH: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane	Picture:  Stephen Pond/PA Wire

7:01am Monday 19th January 2015

GUS Poyet has no qualms about deviating from his preferred system in order to get the best out of new signing Jermain Defoe after admitting the striker needs to play in a front two.

Match Analysis: Tottenham 2 Sunderland 1

The Advertiser Series: Sunderland's Jermain Defoe has his shot blocked by Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane	Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

7:01am Monday 19th January 2015

GUS POYET claims Jermain Defoe’s arrival has transformed the mood at Sunderland, but the striker couldn’t address the team’s shortcomings in front of goal - at least not on this occasion.

Match Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Sunderland 1

7:00am Monday 19th January 2015

Match statistics and player ratings from Sunderland's 1-0 away loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

Gus Poyet says Sunderland deserved a point at Tottenham

The Advertiser Series: STICK OR TWIST? Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

10:53am Sunday 18th January 2015

SUNDERLAND head coach Gus Poyet believes his side deserved to take something from White Hart Lane after Christian Eriksen scored a late winner for Tottenham Hotspur.

Match Report: Tottenham 2 Sunderland 1

The Advertiser Series: Jermain Defoe. Picture: Action Images

5:07pm Saturday 17th January 2015

JERMAIN Defoe couldn’t inspire Sunderland to victory on his debut as Christian Eriksen’s late strike earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.

Embarrassed Carver feared the worst after Southampton defeat

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Southampton. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire.

7:02am Saturday 17th January 2015

NEWCASTLE United caretaker manager John Carver admits he was embarrassed to be part of the club’s coaching staff after September’s 4-0 defeat to Southampton.

Football: Secret Shopper may continue without rewards

The Advertiser Series: STRAIGHT RED: Spennymoor Town's Joe Tait is sent off for bringing down Northwich's Godwin Abadaki. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:02am Saturday 17th January 2015

Northern League chairman Mike Amos says that the Secret Shopper scheme could still continue, but without the same rewards.

Flying Dutchman happy to take risks for Sunderland

7:01am Saturday 17th January 2015

PATRICK van Aanholt took a huge gamble playing seven weeks after suffering a dislocated shoulder, but the Sunderland defender admits he was desperate to return having cemented his place in Gus Poyet’s team.

Be careful what you wish for when it comes to winter weather conditions

7:01am Saturday 17th January 2015

I was lucky enough to spend Christmas in Australia last year.

Athletics: Durham Cathedral provides backdrop for cross country relays

The Advertiser Series: Birtley win the senior womens Durham Cathedral Relays. Photo: David T. Hewitson/Sports for All Sports (16004390)

6:22pm Friday 16th January 2015

MORPETH Harriers were comfortable winners, by 54 seconds, of last weekend’s Durham Cathedral cross country relays as their B team was just pipped for second place, one second behind Gateshead.

Water Polo: Sedgefield's young stars make a splash at national water polo competition

The Advertiser Series: TOP TEAM: The Sedgefield Waterpolo squad at the competition in Lancaster

6:21pm Friday 16th January 2015

Sedgefield Water Polo Club’s Under-14s section claimed their sixth tournament win out of six in 2014 at Lancaster.

Youth Football: McGuire stars in Bishop Auckland St Mary’s Juniors Under-9 Aces win

The Advertiser Series: GOOD WIN: Bishop Auckland St Mary's Under-9 Aces

5:12pm Friday 16th January 2015

The Under-9 Aces had a great win over Billingham after going behind and coming back to win with goals from MoM Finley McGuire, Jay Binks and Karn Wood.

Angling: Matches go ahead on Yorkshire Ouse despite poor weather

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5:08pm Friday 16th January 2015

GALES and floods put pay to most of the river fixtures at the weekend and the only matches that went ahead were on the Yorkshire Ouse and despite several feet of extra water competitors managed to catch a few fish.

Football: Cockfield top table on goal difference in Wear Valley Sunday League

4:55pm Friday 16th January 2015

COCKFIELD top division one on goal difference following a 5-0 defeat of Shildon FC Supporters. Tony Callaghan bagged a hat trick with Paul Dawes and Stephen Hartley also on target.

Hockey: Thirsk Hockey Club register return after Christmas break with win

4:51pm Friday 16th January 2015

The Ladies first team registered their return following Christmas with a victory against Bingley Bees.

Youth Football Round-Up: Hilda Park suffer narrow defeat at Willington

The Advertiser Series: GOOD WIN: Bishop Auckland St Mary's Under-9 Aces

4:47pm Friday 16th January 2015

The Under-12s lost a close game 4-3 at Willington. Goals from Ethan Burns, Lewis Kilkenny and Josh Watson. MoM: James Watson.

Martial Arts: Abley siblings target more taekwondo success in 2015

The Advertiser Series: CADET CHAMIONSHIPS: Simone Abley, 14, from Spennymoor, is competing at the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships. Picture: TOM BANKS (8270669)

4:40pm Friday 16th January 2015

THE Abley’s already have a glowing reputation on the Great British taekwondo scene, but the County Durham family has targeted even more success in 2015.

Carver leads Magpies to Dubai next week

The Advertiser Series: IN CHARGE - John Carver will preside over Newcastle's game with Chelsea on Saturday - and is likely to remain in place for the following weekend's game with Southampton

11:13am Friday 16th January 2015

JOHN Carver expects an update on Newcastle United’s search for a head coach on Saturday evening, but the caretaker boss revealed he will oversee the club’s training camp to Dubai next week.

Injury boost for Magpies as summer signing Siem de Jong edges closer to full fitness

The Advertiser Series: Siem de Jong Newcastle United-2.jpg

3:47pm Thursday 15th January 2015

JOHN Carver has revealed Newcastle United’s injury problems are easing with Mehdi Abeid, Siem de Jong and Gabriel Obertan edging closer to full fitness.

Larsson backs new striker to make an impact on Wearside

The Advertiser Series: Farewell: Jermain Defoe applauds the fans after his last appearance for Tottenham, who he could make his debut against on Saturday

6:02am Thursday 15th January 2015

SUNDERLAND are expected to complete the signing of Jermain Defoe’s today and Seb Larsson hopes the striker can make the sort of impact on Wearside that Harry Kane has at Saturday’s opponents Tottenham Hotspur.

'Proven goalscorer' Defoe can boost Black Cats, claims Larsson

The Advertiser Series: Jermaine Defoe has been linked with a return to Upton Park: Action Images

3:30pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

SUNDERLAND midfielder Seb Larsson admits the squad will welcome any new addition this month with the Black Cats reportedly close to signing Jermain Defoe.

Carayol edging closer to Middlesbrough return

The Advertiser Series: ROAD TO RECOVERY: Mustapha Carayol

7:02am Tuesday 13th January 2015

MUSTAPHA Carayol is expected to step up his comeback from a serious knee injury with Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka hoping to have the winger available at the beginning of February.

Durham complete double swoop, but Ness leaves for Sweden

The Advertiser Series: MAIDEN VICTORY: Durham Women

11:13am Monday 12th January 2015

DURHAM Women have announced a double signing ahead of the new FA WSL2 season.

Leadbitter wants Karanka to stay at Middlesbrough for a long time as Premier League admirers increase

The Advertiser Series: Middlesbrough's Manager Aitor Karanka gives words of encouragement to Grant Leadbitter

Photographer Dave Howarth/CameraSport

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6:02am Saturday 10th January 2015

GRANT Leadbitter hopes Aitor Karanka will stay at Middlesbrough for a “long time” after the Spanish head coach dismissed reports linking him with the vacant role at Newcastle United.

Karanka not thinking beyond Reading trip

The Advertiser Series: Middlesbrough's Manager Aitor Karanka applauds the fans at the end of the game 

Photographer Dave Howarth/CameraSport

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6:02am Saturday 10th January 2015

By Michael Ramsay

Unfamiliar feel as Mowden battle the drop

The Advertiser Series: Darlington RFC v Stockton RFC at Balckwell Meadows, Darlington. Stockton's Andrew Bailes on the attack.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (15471456)

3:26pm Friday 9th January 2015

AFTER several years of being in the promotion frame, both Darlington rugby clubs entered 2015 with their sights on avoiding relegation.

U-13 girls enjoy more success at cross country event

The Advertiser Series: ALL SMILES: Darlington Harriers U-13 girls' team, who won the North-East Cross Country Championships at Newcastle. They are l-r: India Pentland, Ellie Phillips and Megan Noble

9:56am Friday 9th January 2015

Harriers' U-13 girls triumphed again with a tremendous team victory at the North-East Cross-Country Championships.

Thornton-le-Dale take initiative in race for title

9:50am Friday 9th January 2015

NEWITTS.COM BECKETT FOOTBALL LEAGUE ROUND-UP. 4.1.2015.

News and results from Bedale and Catterick golf clubs

9:40am Friday 9th January 2015

This year's top scorers in the Thursday Stableford competition, which runs over 50 weeks of the year, were declared at a presentation by captain Peter Durrans.

Scott returns from GB action to win parkrun

9:39am Friday 9th January 2015

A quiet week for the Harriers only resulted in two parkruns at Darlington, however both first finishers were from Richmond.

Trial bikers kick off the New Year in great style

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9:38am Friday 9th January 2015

As the old year draws to a close, Simon Winfield earned a festive season win, topping the expert class by just three marks from Michael Todd at Scarborough DMC`s Yule Tide trial at Low North Park on Sunday.

Stars line up for Jack Frost rally

9:34am Friday 9th January 2015

With just two weeks to go until Darlington and District Motor Club's annual Autogas 2000 Jack Frost Stages Rally in association with Cartersport at Croft Circuit on Sunday January 18, the star-studded entry list is virtually full with just a handful of places remaining.

We're a different team to the one that lost to Reading, says Karanka

The Advertiser Series: BACK IN TRAINING: Middlesbrough return to training today  pictured manager Aitor Karanka.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (7704386)

6:02am Friday 9th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUH head coach Aitor Karanka insists there is a world of difference between the team that lost to Reading in August and the one that will walk out at the Madjeski Stadium tomorrow.

Middlesbrough squad desperate to dedicate a win at Reading to injured Rhys Williams

The Advertiser Series: ALL SMILES: Aitor Karanka DAVID PURDAY/PHCIMAGES

2:28pm Thursday 8th January 2015

AITOR Karanka has revealed the Middlesbrough squad is desperate to beat Reading on Saturday and dedicate a win to injured team-mate Rhys Williams.

Five options Gus Poyet has to improve Sunderland's scoring record

The Advertiser Series: OUT WIDE: Connor Wickham has played on the left for Sunderland this season			Picture: Nigel French/PA

5:10pm Wednesday 7th January 2015

SUNDERLAND’S form in front of goal continues to be an issue for Gus Poyet with his side having failed to score in nine of their 23 matches this season. Sports Writer Steph Clark looks at five things the Black Cats head coach could try to address their measly goal return.

Wildcats announce pre-season schedule

10:08am Tuesday 6th January 2015

EX-Sunderland Ladies midfielder Jordan Nobbs has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.

Former Sunderland midfielder signs contract extension at Arsenal

The Advertiser Series: SHOOT ON SIGHT: Jordan Nobbs, the former Sunderland midfielder now with Arsenal, fires in a shot  Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

4:42pm Monday 5th January 2015

EX-Sunderland midfielder Jordan Nobbs has committed her future to Arsenal Ladies after signing a new long-term contract.

Newcastle compile list of names in search for Pardew's replacement with Garde the new favourite

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle United's Caretaker manager John Caver (right) speaks with coach Steve Stone during the FA Cup Third Round match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 3, 2015. See PA Story SOCCER Leicester.

6:02am Monday 5th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED owner Mike Ashley will sit down with managing director Lee Charnley this week to discuss their next move in the search to replace Alan Pardew.

Match Ratings: Leicester City 1 Newcastle United 0

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle United's Caretaker manager John Caver (right) speaks with coach Steve Stone during the FA Cup Third Round match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 3, 2015. See PA Story SOCCER Leicester.

6:02am Monday 5th January 2015

Match statistics and player ratings from Newcastle's 1-0 loss to Leicester in the FA Cup.

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