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Carver: 'Giving the players some time off was better than reading the riot act'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

JOHN CARVER has defended his decision to give his under-performing Newcastle United players a two-day break in the wake of last weekend’s damaging defeat at QPR, and claimed it would have been counter-productive to read the riot act ahead of Sunday’s relegation decider against West Ham.

Under-pressure Newcastle boss declares: 'I was right to attend charity golf day'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:55am Wednesday 20th May 2015

JOHN CARVER has launched a staunch defence of his presence at a charity golf day on Monday, claiming it had absolutely no impact on Newcastle United’s preparations for Sunday’s relegation decider against West Ham.

Rowers take to the water on Teesside

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:52pm Monday 18th May 2015

FRESH from celebrating the most successful year in their history, Tees Rowing Club staged the annual Tees Regatta on Saturday.

Wickham: 'Facing Arsenal and Chelsea could play into our hands'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Monday 18th May 2015

IT looks a daunting final week on paper, but Connor Wickham feels successive away games against Arsenal and Chelsea will play to Sunderland’s strengths as they attempt to claim the point they need to guarantee their Premier League safety.

Middlesbrough to face Norwich in play-off final

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:18pm Saturday 16th May 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will face Norwich City in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday, May 25.

MIDDLESBROUGH 3 BRENTFORD 0 (Middlesbrough win 5-1 on aggregate)

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:47pm Friday 15th May 2015

THERE have been some magic moments for Middlesbrough in the last two decades, from Carling Cup triumphs to Europa League final defeats, but in terms of importance, nothing can match the game that the Teessiders can now look forward to a week on Monday.

Arsenal star accuses Sunderland Ladies defender of 'deliberately trying to hurt her'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kelly Smith returned to Arsenal for a third stint in 2012. Picture: Action Images

6:25pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

FORMER England international Kelly Smith has accused Sunderland Ladies defender Abby Holmes of deliberately attempting to injure her in a tackle.

Stockton table tennis star wins national title

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:45pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

KARINA Le Fevre is the Table Tennis Grand Prix series champion for the third year running.

Sunderland ready to move for long-term transfer target

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 13th May 2015

SUNDERLAND will attempt to sign long-term defensive target Virgil van Dijk this summer if they successfully retain their Premier League status in the next two games.

Newcastle Eagles complete trophy clean sweep

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:47pm Sunday 10th May 2015

NEWCASTLE EAGLES cemented their status as the most successful sports team in the North-East as they completed a second trophy clean sweep in the space of four years by winning the BBL Play-Off final at the O2 Arena in London.

Clayton urges Boro not to adopt safety-first approach in second leg

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Monday 11th May 2015

THEY might be defending a one-goal advantage after Friday’s dramatic victory at Brentford, but Adam Clayton has urged his Middlesbrough team-mates to adopt an attacking approach from the outset when they play the second leg of their play-off semi-final at the Riverside.

Match Ratings: Newcastle United 1 West Brom 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:31am Sunday 10th May 2015

How did the players fare in Newcastle's 1-1 draw with West Brom?

Pulis: 'Carver will get Newcastle job on full-time basis'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:00am Monday 11th May 2015

TONY PULIS expects the Newcastle United hierarchy to hand John Carver the head coach role on a permanent basis this summer.

Cisse determined to play prominent role in final two games

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Monday 11th May 2015

HAVING returned from a seven-match exile with a 22-minute substitute appearance at the weekend, Papiss Cisse is hoping to play a much more prominent role in Newcastle’s final two games of the season.

Match Report: Newcastle United 1 West Brom 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:57pm Saturday 9th May 2015

NEWCASTLE claimed a precious point to aid their Premier League survival battle as they finally ended a club-record sequence of eight successive defeats.

Middlesbrough boss ready for 'biggest week of his career'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough's manager Aitor Karanka during the Sky Bet Championship match at The Riverside, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 14, 2015. See PA Story SOCCER Middlesbrough. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wi

5:00am Friday 8th May 2015

HE has been involved in Champions League finals and La Liga title deciders during his time as assistant manager at Real Madrid, but as he prepares to lead Middlesbrough into the first leg of their play-off semi-final at Brentford tonight, Aitor Karanka admits he is embarking on the biggest week of his career.

London calling as Boro head into the capital ahead of play-off game

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Friday 8th May 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH staged a pre-match press conference with a difference last night as they jetted straight into London from their training break in Spain. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson was in the capital to speak to Aitor Karanka ahead of tonight’s play-off opener with Brentford

De Jong out of Newcastle's relegation battle with West Brom - and Dummett still a major doubt

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:15pm Thursday 7th May 2015

PAUL DUMMETT remains a major injury doubt for Newcastle’s crucial relegation clash with West Brom – and Siem de Jong has already been ruled out of Saturday’s home game with the Baggies.

Brown returns with Sunderland Reserves

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW DEAL? Sunderland defender Wes Brown  		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

9:33pm Monday 4th May 2015

WES BROWN played for the opening 45 minutes as Sunderland’s development side claimed a 1-0 win over Everton in front of a watching Dick Advocaat.

It's Carry on Carver as McClaren rejects Magpies move

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Tuesday 5th May 2015

JOHN CARVER will remain as Newcastle United’s head coach until the end of the season after a dramatic day that saw Steve McClaren rule out the possibility of taking over for the final three matches.

Who is to blame for the mess at Newcastle?

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:21pm Monday 4th May 2015

With Newcastle United having racked up a club-record eight successive defeats in all competitions, relegation is now a distinct possibility despite the Magpies having been in the top half of the table as recently as mid-January. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks at who is responsible for the radical decline

Newcastle set to approach McClaren - but Carver won't be walking away

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Monday 4th May 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are set to make an SOS call to Steve McClaren after John Carver conceded the club’s players may have “stopped listening” to him in the wake of Saturday’s calamitous 3-0 defeat at Leicester City.

Williamson denies getting sent off on purpose

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:36pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

MIKE WILLIAMSON has denied John Carver's accusation that deliberately got himself sent off in Newcastle United's 3-0 defeat at Leicester City.

Advocaat: 'Blame me if we go down'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

HE might only have taken over from Gus Poyet six weeks ago, but Dick Advocaat will be assuming full responsibility for Sunderland’s plight if he is unable to keep the club in the Premier League.

Darlington make play-off final as Dowson strikes at the death against Spennymoor

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

DAVID DOWSON’S 89th-minute winner sent Darlington through to the Evo-Stik First Division play-off final as they edged a pulsating semi-final encounter with Spennymoor.

Jones delivers a defiant message as he plots a second Sunderland escape

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

BILLY JONES has delivered a message to the growing number of people who have been tipping Sunderland for relegation: “Write us off at your peril.”

Newcastle forward sounds a warning over his fitness levels

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7:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

SIEM DE JONG has warned he is unlikely to be back at full fitness by the time Newcastle United take on Leicester City in Saturday’s crucial relegation encounter.

How do Middlesbrough's potential play-off rivals shape up?

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

By around 2pm on Saturday, Middlesbrough will know the identity of their opponents in the play-off semi-finals. With a game against Norwich City impossible because of the two clubs’ points totals, Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks at the four sides that could line up against the Teessiders

De Jong steps up fitness in heavy Newcastle reserves defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times: Recovering: Newcastle United's Siem de Jong, pictured after signing last summer, has had surgery

5:39pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

SIEM DE JONG completed his first full 90 minutes since suffering a collapsed lung yesterday afternoon, but the Dutch international was unable to prevent Newcastle’s development team crashing to a 4-0 defeat at Derby County.

Is history repeating itself as Newcastle's relegation worries intensify?

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:46pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

With Newcastle United now just five points clear of the relegation zone, comparisons are being drawn with the ill-fated 2008-09 campaign that ended with the club dropping into the Championship. As Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson explains, there are some stark similarities between the two seasons

TALKING HORSES: Waggott carves out stable career from humble beginnings

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

WHEN Tracy Waggott settles down on a night in her home near Spennymoor, she turns to the television screen on the wall opposite her sofa.

Women's Tour de Yorkshire attracts strong field

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:43pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

OLYMPIC gold medallist Joanna Rowsell and Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey will be two of the leading lights in the inaugural Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, which will take place next month.

End-of-season excitement is par for the course for Middlesbrough goalkeeper

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

IT promises to be a thrilling end to the season for everyone involved with Middlesbrough, but for goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos, such end-of-term excitement is nothing new.

Karanka: 'Winning promotion with Middlesbrough would trump anything I achieved at Real Madrid'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

DURING his three-year spell as the assistant manager at Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka won a La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and helped his side qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League for three seasons in a row.

Karanka delighted with Bamford's progress at Boro

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Friday 24th April 2015

AITOR KARANKA claims Patrick Bamford is a much better player now than when he first arrived at Middlesbrough, and feels the striker’s increased selflessness has been the key to his development.

Middlesbrough sweating over injuries to three key players

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:27pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

AITOR KARANKA is sweating over the fitness of three of his key players as he prepares for Middlesbrough’s penultimate game of the season at Fulham this weekend.

Scott Wilson Column: Why Middlesbrough are putting the North-East's big two to shame

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Friday 24th April 2015

COVERING the North-East’s big three football clubs, all too often you find yourself mired in misery. If it’s not Mike Ashley’s running of Newcastle United and the mounting protest movement aimed at removing him from his position in the boardroom, it’s Sunderland’s struggles on the field and the all-too-familiar collapse that caused such humiliation in the club’s last outing.

County Durham youngster ready for Formula Renault test

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:31pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

COUNTY DURHAM teenager Matthew Graham will compete in the opening round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series this weekend, after agreeing a late deal with Spanish team AV Formula.

Advocaat set to introduce major change in Sunderland's shape

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Thursday 23rd April 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT is considering a radical change in formation in an attempt to get Sunderland’s survival push back on track with a win in this weekend’s game at Stoke.

SNOOKER: Charity evening planned

Darlington and Stockton Times: LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  A detailed view of a cue and snooker balls shot in the practice room during The Ladbrokesmobile Masters on Day 7 at Wembley Arena on January 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) (20699514

6:16pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

A CHARITY speed snooker challenge will be held in Crowtrees Club, Bowburn, on Friday, April 24 at 7.30pm.

Sunderland boss demands increased work-rate at Stoke

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has demanded a much higher degree of intensity from his Sunderland players when they travel to Stoke City this weekend.

Newcastle boycott organisers promise "long campaign" against Ashley

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:54pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

THE group responsible for organising Sunday’s boycott of Newcastle’s home game with Spurs have promised to conduct a “long campaign” in an attempt to force Mike Ashley out of St James’ Park.

Middlesbrough's loan hits and misses - and what might happen to them next

Darlington and Stockton Times: Staying put: Boro will see more of Patrick Bamford in the second half of the season. he's pictured alongside Blackburn Rovers' Craig Conway during their game on Sunday at Eqood Park. Picture: Mick Walker/CameraSport

5:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

A key feature of Middlesbrough’s ongoing promotion push has been Aitor Karanka’s astute use of the loan market. The Teessiders have fielded nine loan players at various stages of the season, and Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson assesses their impact in a Boro shirt as well as looking at what might happen to them next

County Durham motorcyclist in the points

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:13pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

COUNTY DURHAM motorcycle racer Chrissy Rouse got his Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship challenge underway with his first points of the year as he finished fifth at Brands Hatch at the weekend.

ROAD TO RIO: North-East rowers star at British Trials

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

NORTHUMBERLAND rower Jamie Kirkwood completed a successful return from serious injury as he won the lightweight men’s single scull at the GB Rowing Team Trials for the second year in succession.

ROAD TO RIO: Drinkhall overcomes funding handicap to close in on a place at Rio

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

WHEN the organisers of the 2012 Olympics talked of delivering a long-lasting legacy, they surely cannot have meant the kind of fall-out that Cleveland table tennis star Paul Drinkhall is having to deal with as he prepares for the start of the World Championships in China this weekend.

Middlesbrough Reserves close in on title

Darlington and Stockton Times: FIRST BLOOD: Emmanuel Ledesma celebrates scoring Middlesbrough’s first goal in their 2-0 win at Millwall on Saturday.

9:31pm Monday 20th April 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH’S development side moved a giant step closer to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Second Division title as they claimed a 3-2 win over Arsenal at the Riverside.

De Jong and Armstrong push claims with Newcastle reserves

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:15pm Monday 20th April 2015

SIEM DE JONG continued his comeback from injury as Newcastle United’s development side claimed a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Sunderland defender sends out a relegation warning

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Tuesday 21st April 2015

SANTIAGO VERGINI has admitted that Sunderland cannot afford to go into the final two games of the season with their Premier League status in serious jeopardy.

Chelsea boss postpones Bamford talks in order to aid Middlesbrough's promotion push

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Tuesday 21st April 2015

JOSE MOURINHO will shelve all talks over Patrick Bamford’s future until the summer in order to give the Championship Player of the Year every chance of firing Middlesbrough to promotion.

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