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Darlington aim to be Christmas number one

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAND-IN Terry Galbraith played at centre-back last Saturday. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

9:08am Saturday 20th December 2014

Unbeaten in 12 and well placed in the table, the festive fixture schedule provides Darlington an opportunity to firmly establish a place at the top end of the table.

Adams and Noble make it a good day for Richmond

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4:31pm Friday 19th December 2014

ATHLETICS

Dilemma for Hampshire chairman Bransgrove

10:51am Friday 19th December 2014

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove is pondering his long-term future after the county's dream of hosting an Ashes Test in 2019 was extinguished.

Gray pays tribute to Quakers' director of operations, Laura Drew

Darlington and Stockton Times: STEPPING DOWN: Laura Drew

9:08am Friday 19th December 2014

Martin Gray has paid tribute to Laura Drew, Darlington’s director of football operations, who is stepping down after almost three years with the club.

No real surprise at Ashes not returning to Durham in 2019

Darlington and Stockton Times: LAST TIME: Stuart Broad holds the ball aloft as England leave the field at Durham in August 2013, but North-East cricket fans will have to wait until 2023 for the Ashes to return to the region. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

8:28am Thursday 18th December 2014

NORTH-EAST cricket fans will have to wait until 2023 for a repeat of last year's highly successful Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. But they will be able to watch three World Cup matches in 2019.

Garcia blasts Fifa leadership

7:51am Thursday 18th December 2014

Fifa's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia has quit in protest over the handling of his report into bidding for the World Cup.

Rodgers recognises Sterling effort

Darlington and Stockton Times: OFF THE MARK: Raheem Sterling, fourth left, is congratulated after scoring the first goal in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Bournemouth last night. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA

7:19am Thursday 18th December 2014

Brendan Rodgers revealed his bemusement at criticism of Raheem Sterling after his man of the match display fired Liverpool into the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Match Analysis: Bamber Bridge 1 Darlington 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: LEVELLER: Darlington's Graeme Armstrong celebrates equalising. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:11am Monday 15th December 2014

WHILE all wins are worth three points, the value of Darlington’s victory on Saturday felt greater than most others this season.

Premier League gets Friday feeling

9:08am Saturday 13th December 2014

Premier League matches will be screened live on Friday nights from the start of the 2016-17 season.

Darlington desperate for a return to action

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOING FOR GOAL: Stephen Thompson has a shot at goal. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:06am Saturday 13th December 2014

After suffering two postponements in each of the last two weekends, Darlington are hoping their enforced midseason break comes to an end today at Bamber Bridge.

Di Maria still missing for United

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAMSTRUNG: Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria will miss tomorrow’s match with Liverpool  Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

8:57am Saturday 13th December 2014

Angel di Maria will miss Manchester United's crunch match against Liverpool tomorrow.

Rodgers denies gap is growing

8:54am Saturday 13th December 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers denies there is a growing imbalance between what his club can achieve in the transfer window compared to Manchester United.

Balotelli accepts FA charge

8:50am Saturday 13th December 2014

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has accepted a Football Association charge in relation to making racist and anti-semitic comments on social media but has offered mitigation for his actions, it is understood.

Wenger accepts manager's lot

8:44am Saturday 13th December 2014

Arsene Wenger accepts all managers face a "permanent tribunal", wherever their team is in the table.

Downing delighted by Hammers start

Darlington and Stockton Times: REJUVENATED: West Ham United’s Stewart Downing

8:14am Saturday 13th December 2014

Stewart Downing insists West Ham are loving upsetting the odds after they gatecrashed the top four.

Hart: Character helped us progress

Darlington and Stockton Times: MUSCLED-OUT: Roma's Francesco Totti, is sandwiched between Manchester City players during last night's Champions League tie the Olympic stadium in Rome. Picture: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

8:47am Thursday 11th December 2014

Goalkeeper Joe Hart hailed the resolve and character of Manchester City as they reached the Champions League knockout stage with a brilliant 2-0 win at Roma.

Woakes wickets give England hope

Darlington and Stockton Times: FIVE STAR: England Chris Woakes acknowledges the crowd after taking five Sri Lankan wickets yesterday. Picture: Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo

8:22am Thursday 11th December 2014

England will face a target of 240 today to win the fifth one-day international and stay in the series, after Chris Woakes took six wickets and rain then intervened at the Pallekele International Stadium.

Quakers knocked off the top

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD RESULTS: Darlington's Chris Hunter has seen Salford City, one of the team's promotion rivals, drop points lately. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

9:09am Monday 8th December 2014

Darlington lost their grip on top spot after their match was postponed for the second week in succession.

Coatsworth looks back on his magic moment

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOLDEN GOAL: Gary Coatsworth celebrates scoring Quakers' crucial goal at Welling in May 1990

9:09am Monday 8th December 2014

Gary Coatsworth has a place in Darlington folklore for scoring the crucial goal which sealed the club’s promotion back to the Football League in May 1990. Twenty-one years before Chris Senior’s magic moment at Wembley, Coatsworth’s header in the closing stages at Welling gave Quakers a 1-0 win and the GM Vauxhall Conference title. Approaching a quarter of a century since that sun-soaked day in London, Ray Simpson caught up with him to look back on his Darlington days.

Seven Tykes in England squad

9:03am Monday 8th December 2014

Seven Yorkshire players have been named in England's provisional 30-man squad for this winter's one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Dixon wins memorial race

7:50am Monday 8th December 2014

GREAT Britain Marathon international Alyson Dixon was only 11 seconds outside the course record winning the Elswick Harriers Norman Woodcock Memorial 5 mile road race at Gosforth Park, Newcastle.

Robinson returns as Darlington's man in the mask

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAN IN THE MASK: Jordan Robinson, centre, is available after today recovering from a broken cheekbone, but must wear a protective mask. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:07am Saturday 6th December 2014

There will be two additions to the Darlington squad today, one of which is new to supporters and another that will be familiar but not easy to recognise.

Ronnie moves into semi-final

8:53am Saturday 6th December 2014

Birthday boy Ronnie O'Sullivan clinched a 6-4 come-from-behind victory against Anthony McGill to move into the semi-finals of the Coral UK Championship yesterday.

Morgan: I'll do it my way

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAND-IN: Eoin Morgan will take over as captain for tomorrow's international against Sri Lanka. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA

8:51am Saturday 6th December 2014

Eoin Morgan steps in as England captain for just one match, because of Alastair Cook's ban - but is determined to put his stamp on the job all the same.

Rodgers' Reds gear up for key month

7:35am Saturday 6th December 2014

Manager Brendan Rodgers believes the next month will be pivotal to Liverpool's season.

Match ratings: Hartlepool United 1 Blyth Spartans 2

10:24pm Friday 5th December 2014

Goals:

Liverpool striker Sturridge recovering from thigh injury in Los Angeles

Darlington and Stockton Times: England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the FIFA World Cup, Group D match at the Arena da Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil. Nick Potts/PA

12:09pm Friday 5th December 2014

Liverpool have sent striker Daniel Sturridge to Los Angeles to continue his rehabilitation from the thigh injury which has sidelined him for most of the season.

Poyet pays tribute to 'unique' Aguero

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero tangle with Sunderland's Santiago Vergini, left, and Will Buckley . Picture:Owen Humphreys/PA

11:20pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

GUS POYET admitted Sunderland were unable to cope with a rampant Sergio Aguero as their fine recent record against Manchester City came crashing to an end at the Stadium of Light.

FA investigate allegation of racism at Middlesbrough match

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:05pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The Football Association is investigating an allegation that Blackburn Rovers' Rudy Gestede was racially abused during the 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough last Saturday.

Quakers announce ticket initiative that includes replica shirt

Darlington and Stockton Times: Evo-stik league match at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland between Darlington and Burscough.  Darlington's Graeme Armstrong scores Darlington's second goal and celebrates.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (11928581)

9:07am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Darlington have attempted to combat falling attendances by launching a mini-season ticket initiative that for £100 enables supporters to see the club’s home matches in the second half of the campaign and collect a replica shirt.

Match Ratings: West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOOKING FOR AN OPENING: Newcastle United's Jack Colback, left, and West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate. Picture: Daniel Hambury/PA

11:46am Monday 1st December 2014

Match and player ratings from Newcastle's away match against West Ham.

Tyne Bridge on course for double

11:22am Monday 1st December 2014

TYNE BRIDGE Harriers are on course for a rare double after winning the men’s and women’s Division One team events in the third Start Fitness North-East Harrier League fixture at Wallington Hall, Northumberland.

Changes to be made in Darlington's defence

9:06am Saturday 29th November 2014

Darlington’s defence has been the foundation on which much of their success this season has been founded, but they are forced into changing most of their back four this afternoon.

Complacency not a threat - Mourinho

8:35am Saturday 29th November 2014

Jose Mourinho has dismissed the possibility of complacency creeping in at Chelsea as the runaway leaders prepare to face the side which inflicted their most recent Premier League defeat.

Duff returns for Mowden

7:15am Saturday 29th November 2014

RORY Duff makes his first appearance of the season for Darlington Mowden Park at Rosslyn Park, who have lost only once and lie second in National One.

Twelvetrees gets another chance

Darlington and Stockton Times: RECALL: Billy Twelvetrees has been recalled at the expense of Owen Farrell. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

9:39am Friday 28th November 2014

England have turned to Billy Twelvetrees to help solve their perennial midfield conundrum after forgiving the high-profile blunder in New Zealand that plunged his Test future into doubt.

Formers Quakers striker moves to Oxford

Darlington and Stockton Times: OXFORD MOVE: John Campbell has joined Oxford from Jarrow Roofing. He is pictured during his Darlington days in 2011. Picture:TED BLAIR

9:09am Friday 28th November 2014

Former Darlington striker John Campbell yesterday returned to professional football by signing a short-term deal with Oxford United.

England look to nullify Hooper

9:44am Thursday 27th November 2014

England assistant coach Graham Rowntree says Australia captain Michael Hooper will receive "special attention" in Saturday's QBE International at Twickenham.

Darlington move for Mota

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:06am Thursday 27th November 2014

Darlington expect to have a new signing in the squad this weekend as French winger Nelson Mota is due to join the top-of-the-table side.

Cook sees one that got away

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOT HIM: Sri Lankan bowler Thisara Perera celebrates the dismissal of England's Ian Bell. Picture: Eranga Jayawardena/ AP Photo

8:50am Thursday 27th November 2014

Alastair Cook bemoaned a chance of victory that "got away" from England, after Moeen Ali's outstanding maiden one-day international hundred against Sri Lanka.

Bent leaves Villa to join Brighton on loan

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOAN: Aston Villa's Darren Bent has dropped down to the Championship to join Brighton on loan. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

8:46am Thursday 27th November 2014

Darren Bent wants to add the finishing touch to Sami Hyypia’s faltering Brighton & Hove Albion side having joined on loan from Aston Villa.

Peaty shocked by SPOTY nomination

8:44am Thursday 27th November 2014

Commonwealth and European gold medallist Adam Peaty was "gobsmacked" to be bracketed with Rory McIlroy and Lewis Hamilton this week.

Robshaw eyes chance to make amends

Darlington and Stockton Times: CRUNCH CLASH: Chris Robshaw says victory at Twickenham over Australia is crucial. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA

8:37am Thursday 27th November 2014

Chris Robshaw admits England's autumn outlook hinges on one final assault at Twickenham and failure against Australia would leave two months to stew over a dismal QBE Series.

Slipper keen for World Cup revenge

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP OF THE CHOPS: Australia's James Slipper is tackled by Wales' Dan Lydiate

8:18am Thursday 27th November 2014

Wallabies prop James Slipper claims his team-mates are desperate to end England's dreams of winning the World Cup on home soil next year - just as Clive Woodward's side did to Australia in 2003.

Murray splits from long-serving duo

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHANGES: Andy Murray describes the change sin his coaching team as being mutual. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

7:40am Thursday 27th November 2014

Andy Murray has made more changes to his coaching team and is stopping working with long-time friend Dani Vallverdu and fitness trainer Jez Green.

Meyer: World Cup spots up for grabs

7:12am Thursday 27th November 2014

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has challenged his players to prove their World Cup worth after being forced into changes for their final game of the year in Wales.

Solidity delights Mertesacker

Darlington and Stockton Times: DELIGHT: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his side's second goal during last night's win. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

11:03pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Per Mertesacker hailed Arsenal's defensive solidity after a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund which took them through to the Champions League knockout stages.

Lambert hails improved display

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCORE DRAW: Liverpool's Rickie Lambert reacts after a missed chance during last night's 2-2 draw with Ludogorets. Picture: Valentina Petrova/AP

11:00pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Rickie Lambert admitted a late equaliser for Ludogorets had left Liverpool "devastated" in Bulgaria but claimed their performance in the 2-2 draw ought to be enough to silence their critics.

Dunn enjoys long-awaited win

8:23pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A FIT and healthy Mike Dunn finally broke his UK Snooker Championship drought at the Barbican in York but the Redcar potter is not content to stop there.

Darlington denied at the death by Clitheroe

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:59pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Darlington 1 Clitheroe 1

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