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ROAD TO RIO: Drinkhall experiences mixed fortunes at National Championships

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 4th March 2015

PAUL DRINKHALL admitted to mixed emotions after winning one final and losing another at the Senior National Table Tennis Championships last weekend.

Poyet: 'The next two games will define our season'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

GUS POYET admits the next two matches will play a pivotal role in determining Sunderland’s relegation fate, and concedes the pressing need for a pair of positive results means any talk of stylistic niceties will have to be shelved.

Poyet praises the FA after Brown's dismissal is swiftly overturned

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:46pm Monday 2nd March 2015

GUS POYET is delighted to have Wes Brown available for tomorrow’s game at Hull City, and has praised the Football Association for their swift overturning of the Sunderland defender’s dismissal in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United.

Janmaat praises Manchester United boss' 'tactical mastery' ahead of St James' Park showdown

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

DARYL JANMAAT has warned his Newcastle United team-mates to beware Louis van Gaal’s tactical mastery tomorrow night, and has backed his former national team boss to return silverware to Manchester United.

Tuesday Topic: North-East star Stokes delighted with growth of women's game

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

IN 2011, Demi Stokes travelled to America in order to pursue a career in football. Born in South Shields, and a long-time member of Sunderland’s successful academy, the fleet-footed full-back didn’t particularly want to move to the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean in order to live out her dream of being a professional player.

Gutierrez adamant his Newcastle recall should not be a sympathy vote

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

JONAS GUTIERREZ insists he does not want his return to the Newcastle United squad to be a token gesture, and is confident he still has something to offer in the final 11 games of the campaign.

Match Analysis: Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

THIS summer, the Newcastle United hierarchy will have to take some major decisions that will go a long way towards shaping the future destiny of the club.

Gateshead's play-off hopes recede further

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:11pm Sunday 1st March 2015

GATESHEAD’S slim Vanarama Conference play-off hopes suffered yet another blow as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to high-flying Bristol Rovers.

York draw a blank again

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:55pm Sunday 1st March 2015

YORK CITY’S struggles in front of goal were apparent again as they failed to score for the seventh time in their ten games in 2015 during a goalless draw with Exeter City.

Match Ratings: Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:29pm Sunday 1st March 2015

How did the players fare in Newcastle United's 1-0 win over Aston Villa?

Carver claims his "bravery" was a factor in Newcastle's win

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:41am Sunday 1st March 2015

JOHN CARVER claimed the “bravery” of his team selection was an important factor in Newcastle United’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

Emotional Gutierrez happy to have returned to Newcastle fold

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:51pm Saturday 28th February 2015

JONAS GUTIERREZ is delighted to have taken another step on his return to Newcastle United's first team during today's 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

Match Report: Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:01pm Saturday 28th February 2015

JOHN CARVER is celebrating his first home win as Newcastle’s interim head coach after Papiss Cisse’s first-half strike settled a dour encounter with relegation-threatened Aston Villa.

Saunders to take on French opposition

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:46pm Friday 27th February 2015

BRADLEY SAUNDERS will take on Frenchman Stephane Benito as he prepares for his headline show in Newcastle in April with an outing at Hull’s Ice Arena on March 7.

Falcons keen to exploit Saracens absentees

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:26pm Friday 27th February 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS have been urged to take advantage of Saracens’ international drop-outs when they travel to Allianz Park to take on the Aviva Premiership high-fliers tomorrow.

Poyet: 'O'Shea could still be playing for any top-six team'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

GUS POYET has hailed John O’Shea as Sunderland’s ‘immovable object’, and claimed the 33-year-old defender is still capable of playing for any of the teams in the Premier League’s top six.

De Boer closes the door on Newcastle switch

Darlington and Stockton Times: Frank de Boer has won four Dutch titles in as many years with Ajax. Picture: Action Images

3:08pm Friday 27th February 2015

ONE of the likelier candidates for Newcastle’s permanent head coach job has ruled himself out of the running after Ajax boss Frank de Boer insisted he would definitely be remaining at the Dutch club next season.

Newcastle's Taylor adopts altered viewpoint after fearing his footballing career could have been finished

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00pm Friday 27th February 2015

SITTING in front of a class of primary school children at Wallsend Jubilee Primary School earlier this week, as part of an educational project run by the Newcastle United Foundation, Ryan Taylor was asked what he would do if he wasn’t a footballer. There have been times over the last two years when the 30-year-old was forced to ask himself exactly the same question.

Carver playing the long game in an attempt to secure a permanent position at Newcastle

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

HIS role as interim head coach is due to expire at the end of the season, but John Carver is playing the long game as he attempts to secure a permanent position at Newcastle United.

Cabella out of Aston Villa game - and a doubt for Newcastle's showdown with Man United

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:21pm Friday 27th February 2015

NEWCASTLE midfielder Remy Cabella has been ruled out of tomorrow's home game with Aston Villa - and is already a major doubt for next Wednesday's game with Manchester United.

Saturday Spotlight: Wylie goes from racing novice to one of the Festival's leading lights

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

Since buying his first horse in 2001, Graham Wylie has developed into one of the most successful and high-profile owners in jumps racing. Ahead of next month’s Cheltenham Festival, Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson met the North-East businessman and discussed his love affair with the sport of kings

Newcastle bolster their attacking options

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:35pm Thursday 26th February 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS have strengthened their scrum-half options with the signing of Tonga international Sonatane Takulua.

BOWLS: Top-class bowls action returns to Stanley

Darlington and Stockton Times: ROLLING: Dinefwr Indoor Bowls Club began their season with a convincing win over Earlswood.

6:22pm Thursday 26th February 2015

SOME of the leading bowls players in the country will converge on County Durham next month as Stanley Indoor Bowls Club hosts the International Series and British Isles Series events.

Poyet rues Giaccherini absence as winger is ruled out of rest of the season

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 27th February 2015

GUS POYET admits it is a major blow to have lost Emanuele Giaccherini for the rest of the season – but the Sunderland head coach has backed the Italian to return as a better player for the experience.

Carver insists he has sole responsibility for all Gutierrez decisions

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 27th February 2015

JOHN CARVER will name Jonas Gutierrez on the Newcastle United substitutes’ bench for tomorrow’s home game with Aston Villa – and the Magpies manager insists he alone will determine the extent of the winger’s involvement in the final 12 games of the season.

Press Conference Update: Gutierrez set to return to the Newcastle bench against Aston Villa

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:09pm Thursday 26th February 2015

JOHN CARVER has promoted Jonas Gutierrez to the match-day squad for Newcastle United’s home game with Aston Villa on Saturday, and is set to name the Argentinian winger on the substitutes’ bench.

Wilson's World: Forget a winter World Cup - it's the Premier League hypocrisy that has been really unpalatable

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 27th February 2015

RICHARD SCUDAMORE probably thinks schadenfraude is a new German television company keen to enter the bidding for the Premier League’s lucrative overseas rights. Or maybe an Eastern European left-back poised to become the latest foreign import into the English top-flight.

Friend laughs off talk of a "wobble" - and praises Boro's youthful defence

Darlington and Stockton Times: IMPROVEMENT: George Friend again impressed at the weekend

7:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

GEORGE FRIEND has laughed off suggestions that Middlesbrough are suffering a “wobble”, and paid tribute to the club’s defensive young guns for keeping the ongoing promotion push on track.

Karanka urges his Middlesbrough attackers to cut out the errors

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:50am Wednesday 25th February 2015

AITOR KARANKA was delighted to see his Middlesbrough defenders produce an error-free display in last night’s 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers – now he is demanding similar standards from his strikers.

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 1 Bolton Wanderers 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:59pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

How did the players fare in Middlesbrough's 1-0 win over Bolton?

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 1 Bolton Wanderers 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:50am Wednesday 25th February 2015

AT this stage of the season, it is points rather than performances that matter. On Saturday, Middlesbrough were irrepressible as they outclassed Leeds United, but somehow finished with nothing. Last night, they produced one of their most disjointed displays of the season, yet still claimed a much-needed win.

Team News: Tomlin and Bamford return for Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:07pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

PATRICK BAMFORD and Lee Tomlin return to Middlesbrough's starting line-up for this evening's Championship game with Bolton Wanderers.

North-East course selected to host major PGA Seniors tour event

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:49pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

SOME of the most well-known golfers in Europe will be heading to Close House this summer after the Northumberland course was confirmed as the new host of the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship.

Newcastle target Borussia Dortmund striker to spearhead summer overhaul

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 25th February 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are ready to make long-term transfer fancy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their number one target as they look to overhaul their misfiring squad in the summer.

Talking Horses: Back In Focus a major Grand National doubt

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 25th February 2015

GRAHAM WYLIE’S Back In Focus is a major doubt for April’s Grand National after suffering a freak injury in his stable.

Double delight for North Yorkshire diving star

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:18pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

JACK LAUGHER had a double cause for celebration as he claimed two titles at the British Gas Diving Championships in Plymouth.

York slip into deeper relegation trouble

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:33pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

YORK CITY’S relegation worries intensified as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Northampton Town.

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:55pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

How did the players fare as Middlesbrough slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Leeds?

Karanka defends Mejias despite costly error

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 23rd February 2015

AITOR KARANKA has defended Tomas Mejias despite the goalkeeper’s error contributing to the decisive goal in Middlesbrough’s 1-0 defeat to Leeds United.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 23rd February 2015

DISAPPOINTING? Undoubtedly. An opportunity missed? You’d have to say so given that Bournemouth lost at Brentford later in the afternoon. But a major cause for concern with 14 games of a nail-bitingly close promotion battle still to go? It’s time to retain a sense of perspective. If Boro play like this in those 14 matches, they’ll surely end the season with a place in the top-flight.

Karanka: 'Forget the result - that was one of our best displays of the season'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:42am Sunday 22nd February 2015

AITOR KARANKA admitted his frustration at Middlesbrough’s failure to take anything from yesterday’s game with Leeds United, but claimed his players had still produced one of their best displays of the season.

Match Report: Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:18pm Saturday 21st February 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH missed the chance to extend their advantage at the top of the Championship as Leeds United condemned them to a first home defeat since August.

Boro's spirit shines through as some old-fashioned qualities come to the fore

7:02am Friday 20th February 2015

THERE comes a point in every promotion campaign where footballing ability can only take you so far. Middlesbrough reached that point on Wednesday evening.

Gibson happy to be Middlesbrough's hometown hero despite the increased attention

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Saturday 21st February 2015

ON Wednesday night, Ben Gibson committed his worst error of the season, an errant back-pass that led to Birmingham City’s opener and Dimi Konstantopoulos’ dismissal in Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw at St Andrew’s. Less than 24 hours later, and he was due to be the guest of honour at the North-East leg of the Together for England Roadshow, a community initiative jointly run by the MFC Foundation and the Football Association’s Disability Football Development Fund.

Wilson's World: Newcastle have become 'Premier League filler' - and that's the most damning indictment of all

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 20th February 2015

AS Chief Sports Writer at The Northern Echo, I’m fortunate to be able to cover the ups and downs of the region’s three biggest football clubs.

Middlesbrough's spirit shines through as some old-fashioned qualities come to the fore

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 20th February 2015

THERE comes a point in every promotion campaign where footballing ability can only take you so far. Middlesbrough reached that point on Wednesday evening.

Boro defender Gibson determined to put his error behind him

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:18pm Thursday 19th February 2015

BEN GIBSON is confident he will put last night’s error against Birmingham City behind him when he lines up against Leeds United this weekend.

Karanka challenges his Boro players to remain on top of the league

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:13pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

HAVING watched his Middlesbrough side move to the top of the Championship table with a spirited 1-1 draw at Birmingham City, Aitor Karanka has challenged his players to remain at the head of the affairs for the remainder of the season.

PICTURE GALLERY: Match Report: Birmingham 1 Middlesbrough 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:51pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

IT wasn’t the win that Middlesbrough were looking for to open up some daylight at the top of the Championship table, but come the end of the season, last night’s battling 1-1 draw at Birmingham could come to be recognised as the point at which Aitor Karanka’s side took their most important step towards the top-flight.

Nsue and Forshaw are surprise starters for Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:04pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

EMILIO NSUE and Adam Forshaw are surprise inclusions in Middlesbrough's starting line-up to face Birmingham City tonight.

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