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Sunderland closing in on transfer double deal for Inter Milan and Celtic players

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:55am Thursday 28th August 2014

SUNDERLAND are hoping to pull off a double deal for Inter Milan midfielder Ricardo Alvarez and Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

Match Ratings: Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Ratings and statistics from Sunderland's 3-0 Capital One Cup win at Birmingham

Poyet hails Sunderland match winners and promises a transfer "surprise"

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:53pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

GUS POYET hailed Sunderland’s Premier League match winners as a late flurry of goals saw off Championship opposition to book his side a Capital One Cup third-round tie at home to Stoke City.

Liverpool, Stoke and Crystal Palace await Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle after Capital One Cup draw

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:19pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

SUNDERLAND’S reward for this evening’s Capital One Cup victory over Birmingham City is a third-round tie at home to Stoke City.

Match Analysis: Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:53pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AS last season proved, the road to Wembley is a long and winding one, but at least Sunderland avoided the prospect of a breakdown in the West Midlands as they successfully negotiated the first hurdle on their attempt to repeat March’s appearance in the Capital One Cup final.

Altidore starts as Poyet makes six changes for Sunderland's League Cup bow

Darlington and Stockton Times: BRAZIL BOUND: Jozy Altidore has been confirmed in the United States' World Cup squad

7:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

JOZY ALTIDORE returns to Sunderland's starting line-up as Gus Poyet makes six changes for Sunderland's Capital One Cup game with Birmingham City this evening.

Middlesbrough boss cannot allow stubbornness or loyalty to dictate his goalkeeping decisions

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tomas Mejias

3:33pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AITOR KARANKA is in the fortunate position of having three talented goalkeepers on his books – but in the eyes of many Middlesbrough supporters, the Spanish head coach is backing the least reliable of the trio as his number one.

Middlesbrough star desperate to turn around his dreadful cup form

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

FOR all that he scored two goals against Preston on Tuesday night, it is safe to say Lee Tomlin has not developed a reputation as a cup specialist just yet.

Dibaba and Kiplagat to renew rivalries at Great North Run

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP THREE: GNR winner Dibaba, centre, with Edna Kiplagat, left, and Tiki Gelana who finished second and third

1:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WORLD and Olympic 10,000m champion, Tirunesh Dibaba, has confirmed she will renew rivalries with Edna Kiplagat in next month’s Bupa Great North Run.

Sunderland boss left in no doubt as to importance of cup success

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY MEMORY: Fabio Borini scores Sunderland's opening goal during March's Capital One Cup final against Manchester City

7:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

DURING his first summer as Sunderland’s head coach, Gus Poyet spoke to a number of supporters about their favourite matches from last season.

Karanka remains confident over Bamford deal

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:20pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AITOR KARANKA remains confident Patrick Bamford will be confirmed as a Middlesbrough player in time to play against Reading at the weekend.

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 3 Preston 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Ratings and statistics from Middlesbrough's 3-1 win over Preston

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 3 Preston 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:46pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

ANOTHER Capital One Cup game against lower-league opposition, another comfortable win. If Middlesbrough keep getting draws like their first two this season, they’ll be heading to Wembley in March.

Team News: Middlesbrough head coach rings the changes for Capital One Cup tie

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough Football Club

7:05pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AITOR KARANKA has named a much-changed Middlesbrough team for this evening's Capital One Cup second-round tie with Preston.

Sunderland's hopes of re-signing Borini are dented by Italian interest

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:53pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

SUNDERLAND’S chances of re-signing Fabio Borini suffered a blow today as AC Milan officials contacted Liverpool to signal their desire to sign the Italian on loan.

Collingwood boosts Durham by signing a new deal

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW DEAL: Paul Collingwood has reversed his decision to retire and signed a new one-year deal with Durham

7:03am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE summer might not have gone as planned for Durham, but the team’s struggles in the bottom half of the County Championship table have clearly not affected their captain’s enthusiasm for playing cricket.

Boro boss will not be recalling Steele despite Mejias' errors

Darlington and Stockton Times: INJURY WORRY: Jason Steele

7:03am Tuesday 26th August 2014

AITOR KARANKA will not be handing a first-team lifeline to Jason Steele despite Middlesbrough’s first-choice goalkeeper, Tomas Mejias, suffering an error-strewn start to the season.

Buckley takes the step up to the Premier League in his stride

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:02am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WHEN it comes to making a first Premier League start, it doesn’t get much more testing than taking on the most successful side of the last two decades.

Pardew: 'Everyone agrees with Newcastle about the cups - we just come out and say it'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Plans: Alan Pardew is keen for plenty signings

7:02am Tuesday 26th August 2014

ALAN PARDEW claims Newcastle United are merely voicing what their Premier League rivals dare not say when they admit the cup competitions are not a priority at St James’ Park.

Road To Rio: Ten North-Easterners with their sights on the 2016 Games

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

This month marks the start of the two-year countdown to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With the current Olympic cycle now past the halfway stage, the Road To Rio column assesses the progress of ten of our leading hopes for the Games

Gateshead get back to winning ways

Darlington and Stockton Times: ANGEL ABOVE: Gateshead manager Gary Mills sports a tracksuit top with the Angel of the North forming a proud part of the club crest. Picture: TOM BANKS (6048401)

5:12pm Monday 25th August 2014

GATESHEAD produced a positive response to Saturday’s six-goal hiding at the hands of Grimsby Town as Jamie Chandler’s first-half strike secured a 1-0 win at Altrincham.

Ben Arfa makes goalscoring impression for Newcastle reserves

Darlington and Stockton Times: AMONG THE GOALS: Hatem Ben Arfa scored as Newcastle reserves claimed a 5-2 win over Reading

5:02pm Monday 25th August 2014

HATEM BEN ARFA provided Alan Pardew with a reminder of his abilities as he scored a fine individual goal in Newcastle reserves’ 5-2 win over Reading yesterday afternoon.

Tuesday Topic: What will happen to Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the final week of the transfer window?

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO EXCUSES: After a summer of considerable investment, Alan Pardew accepts he will have no excuses if Newcastle United do not improve on last season's efforts

7:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

The transfer window closes next Monday, meaning the North-East’s big three clubs have six days to complete their business for the summer. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks at the three biggest questions hanging over Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough this week

Durham skipper signs new one-year deal

Darlington and Stockton Times: DURHAM RETURN: Captain Paul Collingwood

9:46am Monday 25th August 2014

DURHAM skipper Paul Collingwood has signed a new one-year contract extension with the club that takes him to the end of the 2015 season.

North-East rowers impress on opening day of World Championships

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:06pm Sunday 24th August 2014

THERE were some notable performances from North-East rowers as the British squad enjoyed a successful opening day of the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

Sunderland boss targeting deal for Kalou

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 25th August 2014

SUNDERLAND are hoping to push through a deal for former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou this week, but have still not given up hope of re-signing Fabio Borini on loan before the transfer window closes next Monday.

Match Ratings: Sunderland 1 Man United 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 25th August 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Sunderland's 2-2 draw with Manchester United

Match Analysis: Sunderland 1 Man United 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:56pm Sunday 24th August 2014

AFTER last season’s heroics against the same opponents, Sunderland supporters left the Stadium of Light this evening slightly disappointed that their side was unable to see off Manchester United once more.

Vergini and Buckley start for Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: Football Team Logo for Sunderland

3:09pm Sunday 24th August 2014

GUS POYET has made two changes to his Sunderland side for this afternoon's Premier League home game with Manchester United.

York complete unwanted hat-trick of concessions

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:08pm Sunday 17th August 2014

YORK CITY completed an unwanted hat-trick as Marc Richards’ stoppage-time free-kick earned Northampton Town a 1-1 draw at Bootham Crescent.

Gateshead boss happy despite loss of 100 per cent record

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pictures from Eastleigh 2 Gateshead 2

2:54pm Sunday 17th August 2014

GATESHEAD boss Gary Mills is delighted with his side’s start to the Conference season despite them losing their 100 per cent record as they drew 2-2 with big-spending Eastleigh.

Sunderland targeting loan forwards after all but admitting defeat over Borini

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 18th August 2014

SUNDERLAND are targeting two high-profile loan additions after accepting that Fabio Borini is extremely unlikely to agree to a return to the Stadium of Light this month.

Match Ratings: West Brom vs Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Match facts and player ratings from Sunderland's 2-2 draw at West Brom

Match Analysis: West Brom 2 Sunderland 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 18th August 2014

FOR the second season in a row, Sunderland’s visit to the Hawthorns ended with one of the club’s employees standing on the pitch in front of the massed ranks of away supporters

Poyet still confident Sunderland will make more signings

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:28am Sunday 17th August 2014

GUS POYET remains confident Sunderland will make more signings before the end of the transfer window despite their ongoing pursuit of Fabio Borini still being no nearer to a successful resolution.

Match Report: West Brom 2 Sunderland 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:59pm Saturday 16th August 2014

SEB LARSSON’S 85th-minute equaliser earned Sunderland a deserved share of the spoils from an entertaining opening-day encounter at West Brom.

Pardew accepts he will have no excuses if Newcastle do not improve

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO EXCUSES: After a summer of considerable investment, Alan Pardew accepts he will have no excuses if Newcastle United do not improve on last season's efforts

9:19am Saturday 16th August 2014

ALAN PARDEW accepts he will have no scope for excuses if Newcastle United fail to improve on last season’s performance over the course of the next nine months.

Darlington ready to get their season underway

Darlington and Stockton Times: PRE-SEASON: Martin Gray’s Darlington welcome Sunderland to Heritage Park this afternoon

9:18am Saturday 16th August 2014

DARLINGTON manager Martin Gray is confident his team is ready for the new season - and is backing Quakers to go one better than last season.

Boro striker Kike stands on the verge of Teesside footballing history

Darlington and Stockton Times: FLYING START: Kike, pictured during last weekend's win over Birmingham City, has scored in his opening two games for Middlesbrough

9:18am Saturday 16th August 2014

WHEN Reuben Butler scored the only goal of Middlesbrough’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United in September 1919, he achieved the notable feat of having scored in each of his first three games for the club. Almost a century later, and no one has emulated his achievement.

Clayton happy to put his transfer troubles behind him as he targets promotion to the Premier League

9:17am Saturday 16th August 2014

FIRST, he was coming. Then, he wasn’t. After that, there was a period where he’d come, only to have to go back again because the whole thing had collapsed. Then it hadn’t collapsed after all, it was just that other things had to fall into place before the deal could be concluded. Then there was talk that he wanted to go somewhere else. Then, it became clear that he didn’t.

Leeds head coach wanders down memory lane as he faces Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: BILLINGHAM BOY: Leeds head coach Dave Hockaday started his career as a teenager with Billingham Synthonia

9:14am Saturday 16th August 2014

LEEDS head coach Dave Hockaday will be reminded of his Teesside roots when he takes charge of his first Championship game at Elland Road this lunchtime.

Sunderland boss doesn't want a repeat of last season's 'miracle'

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO MORE MIRACLES: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants a stress-free season rather than a repeat of last season's dramatic survival bid

9:14am Saturday 16th August 2014

THE new Premier League season begins today with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet desperate to avoid a repeat of the “miracles” that resulted in the Black Cats retaining their top-flight status in the final month of last season.

Pardew will still be satisfied if Newcastle do not make any more signings

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY MAN: Alan Pardew claims he is happy with Newcastle's summer transfer business - and will not be worried if they do not make any more signings

9:12am Saturday 16th August 2014

THERE might be more than two weeks until the transfer window closes, but Alan Pardew insists he will be satisfied if Newcastle United do not make any more additions to their squad this month.

Leeds head coach wanders down memory lane as he faces Middlesbrough

8:30am Saturday 16th August 2014

LEEDS head coach Dave Hockaday will be reminded of his Teesside roots when he takes charge of his first Championship game at Elland Road this lunchtime.

Poyet: 'Borini wants to join Sunderland'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:43pm Friday 15th August 2014

GUSTAVO POYET has claimed that Fabio Borini wants to join Sunderland - and that he remains confident the striker's proposed £14m move from Liverpool will go through.

De Jong out of Newcastle's opening game

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:46pm Friday 15th August 2014

SIEM DE JONG has been forced out of Newcastle United's opening game of the Premier League season against Manchester City.

Abella set to make Middlesbrough debut at Elland Road

Darlington and Stockton Times: SET TO START: Damia Abella is poised to make his Middlesbrough debut in tomorrow's televised Championship game with Leeds United

7:03am Friday 15th August 2014

DAMIA ABELLA should finally be confirmed as a Middlesbrough player later today – and the full-back has been lined up to make his debut in tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off at Leeds United.

Redknapp warns Newcastle to forget about a late push for Remy

Darlington and Stockton Times: No way back: Loic Remy looks set to be on his way out of Newcastle

6:12pm Thursday 14th August 2014

HARRY REDKNAPP has told Newcastle United to forget about making a renewed approach for Loic Remy, and expressed confidence the striker will be still be at QPR when the transfer window closes.

Karanka remains confident over Abella and Bamford deals

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:22pm Thursday 14th August 2014

AITOR KARANKA remains confident that both Damia Abella and Patrick Bamford will soon be confirmed as Middlesbrough players.

Wilson's World: Hopes for Newcastle and Sunderland as the Premier League season begins

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 15th August 2014

WITH the new Premier League season starting tomorrow, the column highlights five hopes for Newcastle United and Sunderland over the course of the next nine months

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