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COMMENT: Wickham has failed to live up to his potential - so Sunderland are right to sell him

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:49pm Friday 31st July 2015

THE thing with potential is that for it to mean anything at all, eventually it has to be realised. Connor Wickham has spent more than four years at Sunderland and, for the majority of that time, we have been told that his breakthrough in a red-and-white shirt is just around the corner. Now, as many have secretly suspected, we can confidently say that day will never come.

Doncaster Rovers 2 Sunderland 0: Lens sparkles on debut but Black Cats crash to friendly defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:36pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

JEREMAIN LENS impressed on his first Sunderland appearance, but the Black Cats lost 2-0 to League One side Doncaster Rovers.

Team News: Lens makes first Sunderland start at Doncaster

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:57pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

JEREMAIN LENS will make his first appearance in a Sunderland shirt in this evening's pre-season friendly at Doncaster Rovers.

Former world champion Hall starts new chapter of career with Matchroom

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:15pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

STUART HALL will embark on a new chapter in his boxing career on Saturday when he makes his Matchroom debut as part of the ‘Rumble on the Humber’ bill at Hull’s KC Stadium.

10 questions that will be answered during the Premier League season

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Friday 31st July 2015

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson answers ten key questions ahead of the new football season.

When Newcastle were in 'Touching Distance' of greatness

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUCHING DISTANCE: Robbie Elliott, while under Kevin Keegan's managership at Newcastle United

5:24am Tuesday 28th July 2015

This week sees the release of "Touching Distance", a book that charts the 1995-96 season that proved one of the most dramatic in Newcastle United's history. The book's author, Martin Hardy, explains why he wrote it and publishes an extract containing the thoughts of former Magpies defender Robbie Elliott

Sunderland youngster determined to make senior breakthrough this season

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

TOM BEADLING is determined to ensure that his involvement on Sunderland’s recent tour of North America does not turn out to be his only taste of senior action this season.

McClaren does not want to lose Coloccini - but Newcastle skipper's future is in doubt

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Monday 27th July 2015

STEVE McCLAREN insists he does not want to lose Fabricio Coloccini during the current transfer window, but Crystal Palace are increasingly confident of taking the Newcastle United skipper to Selhurst Park.

Sheffield United 2 Newcastle United 2: Double Dutch as Magpies are pegged back in pre-season draw

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:00pm Sunday 26th July 2015

IT was a case of ‘Double Dutch’ for Newcastle United this afternoon, but goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong were insufficient to secure a pre-season victory at Sheffield United.

TEAM NEWS: Wijnaldum starts for Newcastle - but still no Coloccini

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:13pm Sunday 26th July 2015

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM will make his first Newcastle appearance on English soil as the Magpies continue their pre-season preparations at Sheffield United this afternoon, but there is no place for either Aleksandar Mitrovic or Fabricio Coloccini in the squad.

Middlesbrough boss confirms that double transfer breakthrough is imminent

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:23pm Saturday 25th July 2015

AITOR KARANKA is confident Christian Stuani and Diego Fabbrini will be confirmed as Middlesbrough players at the start of next week, with club officials due to complete the technicalities of their moves in the next 48 hours.

Downing swaps 'mid-table mediocrity' for the chance to make history with Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Friday 24th July 2015

Eyebrows were raised when Stewart Downing turned his back on the Premier League to rejoin Middlesbrough, but as the Teessider explained to Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson, it was a move that made perfect sense

Downing tells Middlesbrough fans to expect transfer fireworks

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Friday 24th July 2015

STEWART DOWNING has told Middlesbrough supporters to expect some fireworks in the remainder of the transfer window, with Steve Gibson having promised to deliver another “two or three” high-quality additions to aid the club’s promotion push.

Weir sets his sights on record-equalling Great North Run success

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:31am Thursday 23rd July 2015

LONDON Paralympic hero David Weir will be targeting a record-equalling sixth men’s wheelchair victory when he returns to Tyneside for the Morrisons Great North Run in September.

Toronto FC 1 Sunderland 2: Defoe double helps Black Cats sign off in style

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:34am Thursday 23rd July 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE claimed a double against his former employers as Sunderland rounded off their North American tour with a 2-1 win over MLS side Toronto FC.

Mbemba to take Newcastle's spending to £35m - and Thauvin could still follow

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Thursday 23rd July 2015

NEWCASTLE will take their summer spending to the £35m mark when they complete the capture of defender Chancel Mbemba before the weekend – and further additions are in the pipeline with Marseille winger Florian Thauvin still an active target.

Newcastle outbid German and Spanish opposition to land Mbemba

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:36am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

CHANCEL MBEMBA has revealed that Newcastle United outbid German side Borussia Monchengladbach and Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in order to prise him from Anderlecht.

Portland Timbers 4 Newcastle United 3: Aarons stars as Magpies sign off US tour with a defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:46am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

ROLANDO AARONS pushed his first-team claims as Newcastle signed off their tour of the United States with a 4-3 defeat to MLS side Portland Timbers in the early hours of this morning.

Boro's Stuani confirmation imminent as Bamford heads to Palace

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

CHRISTIAN STUANI said his goodbyes at Espanyol’s training ground yesterday – and is set to complete his much-anticipated move to Middlesbrough before the start of next week.

North Yorkshire eventer makes European Championships squad

3:37pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

NICOLA WILSON is delighted to be putting a difficult start to the year behind her as she prepares to compete in September’s European Eventing Championships in Scotland.

McClaren claims Mitrovic signing is a 'statement of intent'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:32pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

STEVE McCLAREN has described Aleksandar Mitrovic’s £12m move to Newcastle United as a “statement of intent”, and expressed confidence the striker will hit the ground running at the start of the new campaign.

Newcastle to seek work permit clarification over Mbemba deal

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Tuesday 21st July 2015

NEWCASTLE will seek assurances about a work permit before attempting to complete the £8m capture of defender Chancel Mbemba.

The lowdown on Aleksandar Mitrovic

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:48am Monday 20th July 2015

With Aleksandar Mitrovic poised to complete a £12m move to Newcastle United later today, Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson lifts the lid on the Magpies' new signing

Advocaat to hold key transfer talks with Short as he targets attacking acquisitions

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Monday 20th July 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT will outline the continued need for attacking reinforcements when he discusses the remainder of Sunderland’s summer transfer business with owner Ellis Short later today.

Middlesbrough hope to seal Rhodes deal - but play down Lambert interest

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:00pm Monday 20th July 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will make renewed contact with Blackburn Rovers this week in an attempt to push through a deal for Jordan Rhodes, but have played down talk of a move for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert.

Sacramento Republic 0 Newcastle United 1: Ten-man Magpies claim American success

Darlington and Stockton Times: mixed fortunes: Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara, left, stands dejected as David Silva (centre right) and Samir Nasri celebrate City’s fifth goal

1:25pm Sunday 19th July 2015

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM made his first appearance in a Newcastle United shirt as Steve McClaren's side claimed the first win of their American tour with an overnight victory against Sacramento.

Newcastle add Mbemba to their list of Anderlecht targets

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Saturday 18th July 2015

NEWCASTLE remain hopeful of signing Aleksandar Mitrovic despite increased competition from Porto – and are also lining up an offer for the Anderlecht striker’s defensive team-mate Chancel Mbemba.

Kaboul: 'Experience will be the key for Sunderland next season'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Saturday 18th July 2015

SUNDERLAND new boy Younes Kaboul is hoping the experience within the Black Cats squad will help prevent a repeat of the relegation battles that have soured the last two campaigns.

Lens ready to make attacking impact after Sunderland switch

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Thursday 16th July 2015

JEREMAIN LENS is confident of making an immediate attacking impact after completing an £8m move to Sunderland yesterday evening.

Boro cruise to victory in Spanish training game

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:16pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH enjoyed a successful outing as part of their Spanish training camp as they claimed a 3-1 win over League Two side Leyton Orient in a behind-closed-doors game in Marbella.

North Yorkshire Olympian selected for European eventing squad

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN CONTROL: Nicola Wilson riding One Too Many competes in the CCI3* dressage event at Bramham International Horse Trials last weekend

2:56pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

NICOLA WILSON is delighted to be putting a difficult start to the year behind her as she prepares to compete in September’s European Eventing Championships in Scotland.

Boro ready to confirm Stuani deal - and eyeing a second South American striker

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 15th July 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will confirm the signing of Uruguay international Christian Stuani within the next 24 hours – and are also pondering a move for a second South American striker.

Darlow determined to take over from Krul as Newcastle's first-choice keeper

Darlington and Stockton Times: CENTRE OF ROW: Karl Darlow

6:00pm Tuesday 14th July 2015

KARL DARLOW is determined to dislodge Tim Krul as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper following his return from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest.

Talking Horses: Toomey triumphs in his greatest battle despite Southwell defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 15th July 2015

BRAVERY and indefatigability are common traits in jumps racing, yet even in a sport well versed in tales of heroism and the strength of the human spirit, Sunday stood out as something special.

Opie adds to winning tally in Stockton Grand Prix

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:50am Monday 13th July 2015

CHRIS OPIE was celebrating his third win of the season as he triumphed in today’s Stockton Grand Prix, which formed the fifth round of the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series.

Pools ready to kick off pre-season programme at Billingham

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ronnie Moore at Fratton Park

5:00am Monday 13th July 2015

HARTLEPOOL UNITED kick off their pre-season programme at Billingham Town this evening, with the squad keen to get back on the pitch after last week’s exertions at an Army training camp.

Wijnaldum ready to show fighting spirit after moving to Tyneside

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:06pm Sunday 12th July 2015

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM has promised Newcastle United fans he is a "fighter" after completing a £14.5m move from PSV Eindhoven yesterday.

Sunderland continue Lombaerts push despite Zenit complications

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Monday 13th July 2015

SUNDERLAND remain confident of signing Belgium international Nicolas Lombaerts before the end of their tour of North America, but negotiations with Zenit St Petersburg continue to frustrate.

Karanka confirms Baptiste leg break in friendly

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:17pm Saturday 11th July 2015

AITOR KARANKA has confirmed Alex Baptiste suffered a suspected broken leg in Saturday afternoon’s pre-season friendly with York City.

York City 0 Middlesbrough 1: Boro win overshadowed by serious injury to Baptiste

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:55pm Saturday 11th July 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH’S pre-season campaign began in the worst possible fashion as the club’s only summer signing, Alex Baptiste, was stretchered off with a serious leg injury.

County Durham jockey set for another week in hospital after horror fall

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:46pm Friday 10th July 2015

CONNOR BEASLEY is expected to remain in the Royal Stoke University Hospital for at least the next week as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a fall at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

Darlington 2 Sunderland 4: Black Cats come from behind to make winning start to pre-season

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:32pm Thursday 9th July 2015

SUNDERLAND overhauled a two-goal deficit to ensure their pre-season programme began with a 4-2 victory over North-East neighbours Darlington.

Team News: Johnson, Cattermole and Defoe in strong Sunderland line-up to face Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:23pm Thursday 9th July 2015

ENGLAND internationals Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe have both been named in a strong Sunderland starting line-up for this evening's opening pre-season friendly against Darlington.

County Durham Flat jockey suffers fractured skull in fall

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:01pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

COUNTY DURHAM jockey Connor Beasley is "talking but groggy" after undergoing surgery on a fractured skull.

New North-East football show set to start

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:03pm Tuesday 23rd June 2015

NORTH-EAST television station, Made In Tyne & Wear, is screening the first of a new six-part series tomorrow looking at some of the most interesting football stories from last season.

Cisse outlines commitment to Newcastle as Dost is urged to reject Magpies move

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 24th June 2015

PAPISS CISSE has underlined his continued commitment to Newcastle United after Wolfsburg head coach, Dieter Hecking, urged leading Magpies transfer target Bas Dost to reject a move to St James’ Park.

Talking Horses: End of an era as Newcastle stages the final Northumberland Plate on turf

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00am Wednesday 24th June 2015

FOR some, it is a wilful abandonment of almost two centuries of tradition. For others, it represents a willingness to move with the times and head in a different direction in order to safeguard the future of the North-East’s premier racing venue. Either way, when Newcastle Racecourse stages the final Northumberland Plate to be run on turf on Saturday, opinion will be well and truly divided.

Bronze revels in golden goal for England

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:04am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

LUCY BRONZE was "ecstatic" she had finally listened to training-ground prompts after smashing home the goal that sent England through to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup.

North-East duo fire England Women into World Cup quarter-final with 2-1 win over Norway

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:10am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

NORTH-EAST duo Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze were England's match-winners as they came from behind to beat Norway and make the World Cup quarter-finals.

Newcastle to stage England netball international

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tracey Neville

12:30pm Monday 22nd June 2015

ENGLAND’S netball stars will play in the North-East next month as the build up to this summer’s World Cup gathers pace.

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