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Stuart Hall Diary: Sun, sea and a sense of excitement in Monte Carlo

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

STUART Hall takes on Randy Caballero for the IBF World Bantamweight title in Monte Carlo on Saturday, and in the last of his exclusive Northern Echo diaries, the Darlington fighter outlines how his final preparations are going

COMMENT: Sunderland's compensation decision is commendable - but wrong

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUNDERLAND’S players didn’t have to provide financial compensation for Saturday’s embarrassment at Southampton, so it is to their credit that they have decided to put their hands in their pocket to refund the match tickets of the 2,600 supporters who travelled to the south coast.

Better late than never as Obertan steps out of the Newcastle shadows

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HE might have been the unlikeliest of Newcastle United match winners, but perhaps it was only appropriate that Gabriel Obertan was the player to ease some of the mounting pressure on manager Alan Pardew at the weekend.

Sunderland players confirm they will refund Southampton match tickets

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUNDERLAND'S players have confirmed they will refund the cost of supporters' match tickets for last weekend's 8-0 humiliation at Southampton.

Road To Rio: North-East rowers among the medals at British Championships

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DURHAM’S Jess Eddie and Richmond’s Zoe Lee teamed up to win two gold medals at last weekend’s British Rowing Championships.

It's still Miller time as Paralympic great eyes Rio Games

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT is 18 years since Stephen Miller won his first Paralympic gold medal in Atlanta, but as he prepares to embark on another gruelling winter training programme, the Cramlington club thrower remains as driven and committed as ever.

Adomah highlights pace as a key to Middlesbrough's recent success

Darlington and Stockton Times: Storm: Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah scored at Huddersfield on his way to grabbing 12 goals

4:15pm Sunday 19th October 2014

ALBERT ADOMAH has highlighted the pace of Middlesbrough’s attacking players as a key factor in the club’s recent run of success.

Falcons to stick with youthful approach after comfortable European win

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:01pm Sunday 19th October 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS boss Dean Richards will stick with his policy of playing young English players in this season’s European Challenge Cup after praising his side’s efforts in Friday night’s comprehensive 43-19 win over Bucharest Wolves.

Wilcox makes a losing start to life at York

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:38pm Sunday 19th October 2014

RUSS WILCOX made a losing start to life as York City manager as his ten-man side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Shrewsbury Town.

Gateshead beaten by league leaders

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)

3:30pm Sunday 19th October 2014

GATESHEAD’S nine-game unbeaten run came crashing to an end as Barnet strengthened their position at the top of the Vanarama Conference with a comfortable 2-0 win at the International Stadium.

Match Ratings: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Middlesbrough's 2-1 win at Brighton

Ayala develops into integral member of Boro's first-choice backline

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dated: 30/09/2014
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7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

ONLY one of Middlesbrough’s defenders has started the club’s last five matches, so while Aitor Karanka continues to rotate the majority of his squad members, it is becoming increasingly clear that he views Daniel Ayala as a key part of his strongest selection.

Match Analysis: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AS a born-and-bred Teessider, Ben Gibson can gauge the state of Middlesbrough’s fortunes by the amount of calls and messages to his mobile phone. If his family and friends want to speak to him, things must be going well. If he’s getting the cold shoulder, it’s a safe bet results haven’t been quite as positive.

Tomlin's injury to be assessed today - but Middlesbrough team-mate Adomah is okay

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINISHING THE NIGHT OFF IN STYLE: Lee Tomlin strikes to secure the 3-1 victory

10:07am Sunday 19th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH'S medical staff will assess Lee Tomlin's leg injury later today after the forward was forced off at the half-time interval of yesterday's 2-1 win at Brighton.

Match Report: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:03pm Saturday 18th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH climbed to third in the Championship table as another polished away display resulted in a convincing 2-1 win over Brighton.

Boro warned not to underestimate Brighton despite their poor start

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

STATISTICALLY, their opponents are the most out-of-form team in the whole of the Football League, but George Friend has warned his Middlesbrough team-mates not to underestimate Brighton when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium this afternoon.

Youth policy was key to Velkjovic's Middlesbrough move

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:25pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MILOS VELJKOVIC has revealed that Aitor Karanka's willingness to give young players a chance was a key factor behind his decision to join Middlesbrough on loan.

Falcons prioritise English talent in European competition

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:26pm Thursday 16th October 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS will be flying the flag for England in more ways than one when they compete in this season’s European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Karanka delighted to welcome Spurs youngster into the Middlesbrough fold

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA is delighted to have completed the loan signing of Milos Veljkovic, with the teenager’s versatility having been a key factor in the Middlesbrough head coach’s decision to bring him to the Riverside.

Scott Wilson Column: Sterling saga should not prevent the FA from prioritising England Under-21s next summer

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 17th October 2014

THE fallout from Raheem Sterling’s failure to start Sunday’s European Championships qualifier in Tallinn was depressing for a number of reasons.

Krul expected to be fit to face Leicester

Darlington and Stockton Times: INVESTIGATION CALL: The Law Society has increased calls for a criminal investigation into Wonga over fake legal letters sent to customers. Wonga sponsors Newcastle United's shirts, here shown by goalkeeper Tim Krul

4:45pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TIM KRUL should be fit to face Leicester City on Saturday after the Newcastle United goalkeeper’s elbow injury did not prove as serious as first feared.

Boro defender stars as England youngsters make Euro finals

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dated: 20/09/2014
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7:22pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH defender Ben Gibson played a starring role as England Under-21s qualified for next summer's European Championships courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Croatia in the second leg of their play-off.

Lallana replaces Sterling in England team

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:09pm Sunday 12th October 2014

ROY HODGSON has left Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling out of the England side that will take on Estonia in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Tallinn this evening.

Johnson relishing the tough life at Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

IT was a question that would have been easier to swerve than the first-minute tackle he is anticipating from former team-mate Phil Bardsley this afternoon. “Can you enjoy playing for Sunderland as much as playing for Manchester City?”

Poyet retains faith in his Sunderland strikers

Darlington and Stockton Times: SATISFIED: Gus Poyet is happy with the increased consistency of his Sunderland side

2:44pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

GUS POYET has backed Sunderland’s misfiring strikers to start finding the back of the net, but insisted his side cannot get too concerned about their lack of goalscoring success this season.

Who is to blame for the mess at Newcastle United?

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

ROOTED in the relegation places, still searching for a first Premier League win and with their supporters in open revolt against both the manager and owner, it’s hard to see how things could be any worse for Newcastle United.

Karanka accuses his Boro players of putting themselves before the team

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough's Manager Aitor Karanka

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7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

AITOR KARANKA accused his Middlesbrough players of “playing for themselves rather than the team” as they failed to beat Championship basement boys Blackpool at the Riverside.

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw with Blackpool

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:43pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

SO much for strolling to promotion then. If Saturday’s shut-out at Charlton served as something of a reality check after three successive league wins, last night’s 1-1 draw with a Blackpool side still rooted to the foot of the Championship provided further proof that Middlesbrough are far from the finished article.

Team News: Karanka rings the changes again as Boro face Blackpool

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:02pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AITOR KARANKA has made five changes to his Middlesbrough side for this evening's Championship home game with Blackpool.

Talking Horses: Celebrating the successes of the 2014 Flat season

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

This week’s Talking Horses column looks back at the 2014 Flat campaign, and highlights the most notable equine and human achievements.

Karanka praises Gibson's support from above

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

IF there was a template of how not to run a Championship club, Blackpool owner Karl Oyston would probably come close to fitting it. Starting pre-season with just eight contracted players, cobbling together a cut-price side that sits at the bottom of the table despite being in the Premier League as recently as 2011, touting around for a new boss when his current manager, Jose Riga, was still in position. And that’s just the last three months.

Press Conference Update: Karanka backs Adomah to bounce back from horror week

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

AITOR KARANKA has backed Middlesbrough midfielder Albert Adomah to bounce back from a difficult five days that saw him miss a decisive penalty and receive a red card.

Darlington to host international rugby double header

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:24am Monday 29th September 2014

THE NORTHERN ECHO ARENA, in Darlington, will host an international rugby double-header next March.

Europe win the Ryder Cup

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:39pm Sunday 28th September 2014

EUROPE have retained the Ryder Cup after a thrilling final day at Gleneagles.

Newcastle to open Tiote contract discussions after midfielder was unsettled by summer transfer talk

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 29th September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED will open contract talks with Cheick Tiote before the end of the season, with Alan Pardew admitting the midfielder was unsettled by an approach from Lokomotiv Moscow this summer.

Match Ratings: Charlton Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY: Adam Clayton admits Middlesbrough's narrow win will give the squad a boost

7:00am Monday 29th September 2014

Bookings: Ben Haim (39, foul), Solly (74, foul), Adomah (75, foul)

Middlesbrough's squad depth is coming up trumps

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 29th September 2014

ANOTHER one down, but the games just keep on coming. By the time Middlesbrough have hosted Blackpool and Fulham this week, they will have played seven games in 22 days. Little wonder that Aitor Karanka is reluctant to keep naming the same players for every fixture.

Match Analysis: Charlton Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 29th September 2014

ON the face of it, it seemed a remarkable thing to come out with. “For me, this game was much more difficult than the game at Anfield,” said Aitor Karanka, after his Middlesbrough side had battled their way to a goalless draw at Charlton Athletic.

Middlesbrough boss Karanka furious at Adomah dismissal

Darlington and Stockton Times: Unclear: Aitor Karanka did not see anything  when Boro and Huddersfield players came together

7:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

AITOR KARANKA has criticised the decision to dismiss Albert Adomah in Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Charlton, and accused referee Gavin Ward of being overruled by his assistant, who was in a worse position to see the incident.

Match Report: Charlton Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 0

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5:02pm Saturday 27th September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH were unable to make it four Championship wins in succession as they were held to a goalless draw at Charlton.

Press Conference Update: Newcastle boss laughs off Ashley threat

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:48pm Saturday 27th September 2014

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew has laughed off suggestions from owner Mike Ashley that he could be one defeat away from dismissal.

Scott Wilson Column: Sunderland's woes should not be ignored amid Newcastle's struggles

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 26th September 2014

AMID all the furore about Newcastle United’s below-par start to the season and the frenzied speculation surrounding Alan Pardew’s future at St James’ Park, Sunderland’s performances since the start of the campaign have been somewhat overlooked. Yet one-and-a-half months in, and it’s hard to argue that the Black Cats have been any better than their struggling rivals.

Talking Point: The fans might have turned - but Pardew hasn't lost the support of his Newcastle players

Darlington and Stockton Times: Newcastle United's Manager Alan Pardew during the Capital One Cup Third Round match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 24, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Palace. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

11:41am Thursday 25th September 2014

NORMALLY, when a side is rooted to the foot of the table with their manager under pressure, it is decreed that the boss in question has ‘lost the dressing room’.

Pardew hopes Riviere's Selhurst Park double sparks a goal glut

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

ALAN PARDEW is hoping Emmanuel Riviere’s double success in Newcastle United’s dramatic extra-time win over Crystal Palace will spark a pronounced improvement in his side’s attacking fortunes.

Match Analysis: Crystal Palace 2 Newcastle United 3 (AET)

Darlington and Stockton Times: Crystal Palaces' Adrian Mariappa and Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi during the Capital One Cup Third Round match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 24, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Palace. Photo cred

10:43pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PERHAPS this is proof that Alan Pardew cannot do anything right after all. Invited to remove his side from the Capital One Cup by a board that openly admits it does not prioritise the knock-out competitions, the Newcastle United manager duly watched his players claim a dramatic extra-time win over Crystal Palace.

Six changes for Newcastle in Capital One Cup tie

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7:19pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED have made six changes for this evening's Capital One Cup third-round tie at Crystal Palace.

Road To Rio: Driscoll hoping to end a difficult year with a World Championships success

Darlington and Stockton Times: INJURY PROBLEMS: Kat Driscoll has had a tough season, with a cartilage problem preventing her from competing for four months

7:02am Wednesday 24th September 2014

KAT DRISCOLL admits this has been one of the most frustrating years of her trampolining career, but the North-East Olympian is determined to ensure it finishes on a high at November’s World Championships in Florida.

Road To Rio: Yorkshire three-day eventer wins Junior European medal

7:01am Wednesday 24th September 2014

YORKSHIRE eventer Holly Woodhead enjoyed the biggest success of her career as she claimed two medals at the Young Rider European Eventing Championships in Portugal.

Poyet admits to being "hurt" by Bardsley departure

Darlington and Stockton Times: STOKE BOUND: Phil Bardsley has rejected Sunderland's offer of a new deal at the Stadium of Light

7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

PHIL BARDSLEY will make his first return to the Stadium of Light since leaving Sunderland this evening, with Gus Poyet admitting he was “hurt” by the full-back’s departure in the summer.


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