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Brown set for England return

7:03am Thursday 5th March 2015

England full-back Mike Brown is expected to be available for the RBS 6 Nations showdown with Scotland as he enters the final stage of his recovery from concussion.

Make-or-break month for Darlington

7:02am Thursday 5th March 2015

March will be a make-or-break month for Darlington with seven games to cram in which shall have a big say in their final position in the promotion race.

Broad: Hales could boost England

6:55am Thursday 5th March 2015

Stuart Broad believes that Alex Hales has the ability to turn around England's faltering World Cup campaign should the hard-hitting opener get his chance.

Australia bounce back with record

6:36am Thursday 5th March 2015

Australia captain Michael Clarke was relieved to get his side's campaign back on track after they recorded the largest ever World Cup victory with a 275-run triumph over Afghanistan.

McCoy seeking gold-en farewell

6:54am Wednesday 4th March 2015

You would not put it past Tony McCoy to make his last ride in Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup a winning one on Carlingford Lough.

Tyne Bridge on verge of title

10:35am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

NEW-KIDS-on-the-block Tyne Bridge Harriers virtually clinched the Start Fitness North-East Harrier League senior men’s and senior women’s Division One team titles in the fifth and penultimate fixture at Alnwick.

Smiles back on Darlington faces after beating Bamber Bridge

7:02am Monday 2nd March 2015

It’s amazing what a win can do.

Darlington manager Gray promises changes

7:02am Saturday 28th February 2015

FOR the first time in 15 months Darlington have lost back-to-back league games, and the double defeats have been enough to force a frustrated Martin Gray into making changes today.

van Gaal: win at Sunderland vital

7:01am Saturday 28th February 2015

Louis van Gaal cannot bear to think about failing to escape from the frantic "rat race" he is currently involved in.

Darlington heading home to Heritage Park

7:02am Friday 27th February 2015

AFTER suffering back-to-back defeats on the road, Darlington are looking forward to returning to Heritage Park tomorrow and, they hope, a much-needed win.

Halfpenny enjoying home from home

7:53am Thursday 26th February 2015

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny might have moved his rugby life from Cardiff to the Cote d'Azur - but there remains plenty of common ground.

ECB considering big changes

7:50am Thursday 26th February 2015

Radical suggestions to press for the shortening of Test matches and one-day internationals will come under consideration by the England and Wales Cricket Board this year.

McIlroy ready for 'bear trap' test

7:38am Thursday 26th February 2015

Rory McIlroy makes his 2015 PGA Tour debut in this week's Honda Classic, an event which has brought out the best - and worst - in the world number one in recent years.

Leeds fans welcome Crowe interest

7:32am Thursday 26th February 2015

The working group that is supporting fan ownership of Leeds has welcomed apparent interest from Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe in the club.

Wenger fumes at suicidal defending

7:25am Thursday 26th February 2015

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at the "weak mentality" and "suicidal defending" of his side as a 3-1 home defeat to Monaco left them on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.

Fifa rules out Qatar compensation

7:16am Thursday 26th February 2015

FIFA's general secretary Jerome Valcke has claimed UEFA and most of the confederations want December 23 as the date for the Qatar 2022 World Cup final - but that no decision has been made and no compensation will be paid.

Darlington manager Gray furious with White

7:02am Thursday 26th February 2015

Alan White’s second of the season has earned the wrath of Darlington manager Martin Gray.

Brown out of Ireland clash

6:49am Thursday 26th February 2015

England must enter Sunday's RBS 6 Nations title showdown against Ireland without their most ferocious competitor after Mike Brown was ruled out of the Dublin encounter with concussion.

Moeen targeting run of victories

6:48am Thursday 26th February 2015

England's bid to reach the World Cup quarter-finals is likely to rest on their next two group games during which all-rounder Moeen Ali is confident they can prove they are a "major side".

Gray still hurting after Darlington's defeat at Kendal

7:02am Tuesday 24th February 2015

Three days after suffering their worst defeat of the season at Kendal Town, Darlington this evening have an opportunity to make amends by returning to the top of the table.

Match Analysis: Kendal Town 4 Darlington 2

7:02am Monday 23rd February 2015

The previous occasion Darlington visited Kendal the game was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch after a farcical 15 minutes.

Another away day for Darlington

7:02am Saturday 21st February 2015

Darlington continue their promotion drive today by undertaking their third successive away game having spent considerably more time on the road than at Heritage Park this year.

Thriller at Falcons ends all-square

10:20pm Friday 20th February 2015

Newcastle's second largest crowd of the season witnessed a gripping 23-23 draw.

Quakers not expecting a repeat of pitch problems at Kendal

7:02am Friday 20th February 2015

Darlington return to Kendal Town tomorrow and do not expect any repeat of the repeat of the farcical scenes that led to their game in Cumbria on new Year’s Day being abandoned.

Clarke: I will seek McGinley advice

7:58am Thursday 19th February 2015

Darren Clarke admitted it would be remiss of him not to put his personal differences with Paul McGinley to one side and seek advice from his predecessor after being named Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2016.

Collingwood: Moores needs results

7:56am Thursday 19th February 2015

Paul Collingwood fears Peter Moores' job as England coach will become vulnerable if results do not improve soon.

Jimenez switches focus to India

7:05am Thursday 19th February 2015

Miguel Angel Jimenez will look to get over the disappointment of not being chosen as Europe's next Ryder Cup captain by extending his own record as the European Tour's oldest winner in the Hero Indian Open.

Hatch happy to be in Darlington's defence

7:02am Thursday 19th February 2015

Having spent so long on the sidelines this season, Liam Hatch says he would be happy to continue in defence if it means getting back into the Darlington side.

Stokes and Wood tipped for England inclusion

7:20am Wednesday 18th February 2015

DURHAM coach Jon Lewis expects both Ben Stokes and Mark Wood to be in contention when the England selectors name their squad for three Tests in the West Indies from April 13-May 5.

Former Darlington striker joins Torquay

7:06am Wednesday 18th February 2015

Former Darlington striker John Campbell could be in line to play at Wembley after joining FA Trophy semi-finalists at Torquay United on loan from Oxford United in the latest instalment of a transfer saga.

Darlington fans choose new kit

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Tuesday 17th February 2015

Darlington fans have voted for their preferred home shirt for next season, with a predominately white shirt getting the thumbs up from fans.

Match Highlights: Harrogate RA 1 Darlington 5

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:21am Monday 16th February 2015

Darlington stay top of the table thanks to a 5-1 at play-off chasing Harrogate RA with Terry Galbraith the star of the show.

Morpeth regain Trophy

7:49am Monday 16th February 2015

MORPETH Harriers turned in a record-breaking performance to regain the coveted Royal Signals Trophy in the North-East Six-Stage Road Relay Championships at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

Match Analysis: Harrogate RA 1 Darlington 5

7:02am Monday 16th February 2015

Focus was expected to be on Nathan Cartman and his reunion with his former Harrogate RA team-mates, the Darlington striker playing against the club for whom he scored 36 goals this season before leaving last month.

Match Report: Harrogate RA 1 Darlington 5

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:04pm Saturday 14th February 2015

Terry Galbraith grabbed his first ever hat-trick as Darlington maintained their position at the top of the table with a thumping win 5-1 at play-off chasing Harrogate RA.

Sidebottom may sidestep one-day games

7:45am Saturday 14th February 2015

Yorkshire are considering resting Ryan Sidebottom from all limited overs cricket this summer in order to keep him fresh for their LV= County Championship title defence.

Unchanged Mowden favourites to beat Tynedale in derby

7:39am Saturday 14th February 2015

DARLINGTON Mowden Park coach Danny Brown hopes Tynedale's losing run will end at 13 matches, the figure it is expected to reach at The Northern Echo Arena today.

Lamont: No hard feelings with Fife

7:36am Saturday 14th February 2015

Wing Sean Lamont knows he may have "hacked off" Dougie Fife after pinching his Scotland slot - but insists there will be no fall out with his team-mate.

Gateshead go for fifth win

7:36am Saturday 14th February 2015

DEFENDING champions Gateshead Harriers will be chasing their fifth North-East senior men’s team title in seven years as nearly 1,000 athletes take part in today’s Road Relay Championships at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

Four changes for Italy

7:25am Saturday 14th February 2015

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes to the starting XV that lost its RBS Six Nations opener against Ireland for today's game against England at Twickenham.

Farrell wants cup final spirit from England

7:22am Saturday 14th February 2015

Andy Farrell has demanded England rise to the second of their five cup finals when they face Italy at Twickenham today

Darlington boss Gray not looking too far ahead

7:02am Saturday 14th February 2015

Top of the table Darlington may be, it’s where they are at the completion of the campaign that matters most and with that in mind Martin Gray says he is only focused on facing Harrogate RA today.

Wilson out of Six Nations

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wilson out of Six Nations

7:53am Friday 13th February 2015

England prop David Wilson has been ruled of the remaining four matches of the RBS 6 Nations with a neck injury that requires surgery.

Darlington striker out for rest of the season

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington striker out for rest of the season

7:02am Friday 13th February 2015

Darlington’s promotion hopes suffered a blow last night when it was revealed that striker Amar Purewal will be missing for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

BEST DECLARED FIT FOR FRANCE CLASH

Darlington and Stockton Times: BEST DECLARED FIT FOR FRANCE CLASH

7:00am Friday 13th February 2015

Rory Best has passed concussion testing and will start Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash with France tomorrow.

Premier League in £5.1bn TV deal

7:38am Wednesday 11th February 2015

The Premier League has announced a staggering 70 per cent increase in the value of its British television rights for the 2016-19 seasons with Sky and BT Sports paying a combined £5.136bn to show games.

Roberts: North incident will help

7:22am Wednesday 11th February 2015

Wales star and qualified doctor Jamie Roberts believes the fall-out from the George North concussion controversy will contribute towards making rugby union a safer sport.

Hunter returns as Darlington bid to reclaim first position

Darlington and Stockton Times: AVAILABLE: Darlington defender Chris Hunter. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:08am Wednesday 11th February 2015

Chris Hunter returns this evening, when Darlington head to bottom-of-the-table Padiham to play the first of their four crucial matches in hand.

New deals for Tykes duo

7:07am Wednesday 11th February 2015

Jack Leaning and Will Rhodes are the latest players to pen long-term contracts with Yorkshire, and they will now remain at Headingley until at least December 2017.

Stockton heading for a double

8:02am Monday 9th February 2015

STOCKTON Town took another step towards a double when they romped to victory at Richmond Town in the semi final of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup.

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