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Cricket: Bridge prepare for Collingwood's last season

6:54am Saturday 11th April 2015

Go North East NTSL

CRICKET: New era for the NEPL

5:49am Saturday 11th April 2015

Dukes NEPL

NORTHERN LEAGUE: Marske boss warns players to stay focused

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHALLENGE: Billingham Synthonia's Tom Marron and Sunderland RCA's Andrew Brown tussle for the ball Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:03am Saturday 11th April 2015

Marske manager Carl Jarrett has told his players that they must stay focussed over the rest of the season and try to forget about their title rivals.

Vergini outlines Sunderland's plan to thwart Pardew's Palace

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD START: Santiago Vergini

5:05am Friday 10th April 2015

SANTIAGO VERGINI has urged Sunderland to produce a repeat performance of Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby win and come out of the blocks flying when Crystal Palace visit the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Thornaby hosts top table tennis tournament

5:08pm Thursday 9th April 2015

Teesside will welcome some of the country’s best players this weekend in the Tees Valley-Yorkshire Senior Gold with the England’s number one set to compete.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Redcar Ladies end season in style

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP TEAM: Bishop Auckland St Mary's Juniors Under-8 Kings with their trophies

11:12am Thursday 9th April 2015

Redcar Town

Derby win has transformed the Sunderland dressing room, claims Wickham

Darlington and Stockton Times: FEELING GOOD: Connor Wickham says Sunderland’s win over Newcastle has given the squad a new lease of life

5:04am Thursday 9th April 2015

CONNOR WICKHAM has revealed Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby win has given the Sunderland squad a new lease of life as they prepare to embark on a vital few weeks in the fight against relegation.

FOOTBALL: Burton House win Kip Watson Villa Real Cup

9:45am Wednesday 8th April 2015

The final of the Kip Watson Villa Real Cup ended in a 2-1 win for Cramlington Burton House over HARTLEPOOL TOUCHDOWN. Touchdown started slowly and had an early scare before going behind on ten minutes when Robert Baxter from Cramlington broke quickly to score from a narrow angle. That seemed to liven up the Hartlepool side and Bob Smith, Darren Griffiths and Lee Crosby all went close. The pressure told with Scott Newbegin equalising from ten yards when Smith laid the ball off to him. Gary Easson saved right on half-time and repeated the feat at the start of the second half as Touchdown once again started hesitantly. Cramlington went back in front when a shot across the goal by Baxter deceived the goalkeeper went in at the far corner to complete his brace and after that it was end to end. The Northumberland side hit the post and John Graham was inches wide for Touchdown.

GYMNASTICS: Deerness tumblers head to British Championships

9:43am Wednesday 8th April 2015

Twenty-one tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics Academy will be going all out this weekend to put on their best performance to win a place at the British Age Group Championships.

ANGLING: Bumper weights over Easter weekend

9:25am Wednesday 8th April 2015

The glorious Easter weather resulted in bigger turnouts on the local stillwaters and bumper weights continue.

FOOTBALL: Redcar claim Alex Burness Plate

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHAMPIONS: Redcar Town lifted the Alex Burness Plate after a 3-1 win over Yarm

5:21pm Tuesday 7th April 2015

Redcar Town lifted the Teesside League Alex Burness Plate with a hard fought 3-1 win over Yarm FC.

FOOTBALL: Lingdale firm favourites for Eskvale and Cleveland title

4:52pm Tuesday 7th April 2015

THE top two teams both faltered in their quest for the league title but the home defeat of Lealholm by Hinderwell means that barring some freak results Lingdale United, who only drew with Brotton, are now firm favourites to win the title.

ATHLETICS: Harriers take part in Good Friday relays

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD FRIDAY: The team of Darlington Harriers at the Elswick Relays

4:44pm Tuesday 7th April 2015

Darlington Harriers and AC

HOCKEY: Double joy for Thirsk junior teams

11:26am Tuesday 7th April 2015

Hockey

Carver accuses Newcastle players after fifth straight derby defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times: WORST DAY: Newcastle United manager John Carver Picture: RICHARD SELLERS/PA

7:40pm Sunday 5th April 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED head coach John Carver has accused some of his players of not being able to handle the pressure after they suffered a fifth straight defeat to Sunderland.

MATCH REPORT: Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:30pm Sunday 5th April 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE’S stunning first half volley secured Sunderland a vital three points in their fight against relegation and a fifth consecutive win over rivals Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light.

Quakers will not dwell on the past ahead of Droylsden game

Darlington and Stockton Times: APPEALS: Martin Gray reacts after a foul on David Dowson during Tuesday night's win over Northwich Victoria

5:03am Saturday 4th April 2015

DARLINGTON boss Martin Gray has insisted the defeat to Droylsden earlier in the season will not be on Quakers’ minds when the sides meet at Heritage Park this afternoon.

FEEL GREAT FOR SPORT: The Endorphin myth

5:01am Saturday 4th April 2015

IF the cold wind drops this weekend, chances are you might be tempted to head out for a run and claim your first rush of endorphins – the chemicals that create the euphoria you experience during and after a run.

FUTSAL: Boro to launch two full-time teams

3:13pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH Futsal Club are launching two full-time Under-19s teams - one boy’s team and one girls team - in September.

NORTHERN LEAGUE: Brandon fate in other hands

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE BALL: Newton Aycliffe's Stuart Banks and Morpeth's Shaun Bell 	Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:22pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

SECOND Division bottom club Brandon are looking doomed to relegation, but they might be reprieved at the end of the season – and so they have become Cleator Moor Celtic fans.

FA VASE: Shields eye league triumph after reaching Vase final

12:12pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

FA Vase

BASKETBALL: Heat claim league and cup double

Darlington and Stockton Times: BASKETBALL: Hartlepool Heat, in red, play Richmond Vikings at Sunderland CitySpace. Picture: TOM BANKS (21899197)

4:50pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

THE finals of the Durham County Basketball League Cup were held at Sunderland Univeristy City Space last weekend. Pictures by Tom Banks

GOLF: Captain's team comes out on top at Ineos

3:08pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Ineos Golf Club

RUGBY: Mixed results for Bishop Auckland teams

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD CATCH: Bishop Auckland in action

2:45pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Bishop Auckland Rugby Club Ladies had their latest run out against a strong Barnsley side.

ANGLING: Mosella Quaker anglers enjoyed a terrific week on the Stillwater scene.

2:05pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

By Jeff Herbert

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Carter hits hat-trick for Redcar

Darlington and Stockton Times: ALL SMILES: Middleton Rangers

2:00pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Redcar Town

ATHLETICS: Richmond Harriers in the medals

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE RUN: A team of Aycliffe runners at the Hartlepool Marina 5 mile race

1:33pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Richmond and Zetland Harriers

Match Analysis: West Ham United 1 Sunderland 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland's Jermain Defoe rues a missed chance against West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read:

7:04am Monday 23rd March 2015

IF Dick Advocaat needed a crash course on why Sunderland are fighting for survival then this was the perfect lesson.

Match Ratings: West Ham United 1 Sunderland 0

7:01am Monday 23rd March 2015

Match Ratings from Sunderland's defeat to West Ham in Dick Advocaat's first game in charge

Eagles on course for clean sweep after BBL Trophy final win over Leicester Riders

5:58pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

Newcastle Eagles 96

Match Report: West Ham United 1 Sunderland 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: EXTENDED: Police extend bail of Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson (20894613)

7:27pm Saturday 21st March 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT’S reign at Sunderland got off to a losing start after Diafra Sakho scored a late winner for West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.

"We are all fighting for our futures," warns Magpies head coach

Darlington and Stockton Times: WARNING: John Carver has reminded his Newcastle United squad that a summer clear-out will happen

7:02am Saturday 21st March 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED head coach John Carver has reminded his squad that there will be a summer clear out after he dismissed accusations they were playing with their ‘flip flops on’ at Everton last week.

Carver backs his Flying Dutchman to deal with Arsenal's in-form strikers

Darlington and Stockton Times: SLOTTING IN: Daryl Janmaat is expected to play at centre-back in Newcastle's next three matches - even though his experience of the position is extremely limited

7:02am Saturday 21st March 2015

DARYL JANMAAT will step into an unfamiliar role when he lines up as a central defender against Arsenal this afternoon, but John Carver is confident the Newcastle United right-back will be able to deal with the Gunners in-form front line.

Eagles out to claim second trophy of season

7:01am Saturday 21st March 2015

NEWCASTLE Eagles can claim their second silverware of the season when they take on Leicester Riders in the BBL Trophy final in Glasgow tomorrow.

Lifting the lid on late fitness tests

7:01am Saturday 21st March 2015

I was looking through the Premier League injury list this week and there was one thing that stood out more than anything else – the term ‘late fitness test’.

ROUND-UP: Hockey, Indoor Bowls and Fishing

4:43pm Friday 20th March 2015

Hockey

GYMNASTICS: More success for Deerness

Darlington and Stockton Times: ALL SMILES: Deerness Gymnastics Academy

4:24pm Friday 20th March 2015

DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy got their season off to a flying start when its young acrobats returned from the Regional NDP (National Development Program) Championships with five gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Thirsk Falcons in County Cup joy

Darlington and Stockton Times: JUBILATION: Thirsk Falcons celebrate winning the North Riding FA Saturday County Cup

2:55pm Friday 20th March 2015

THIRSK FALCONS lifted the North Riding FA Saturday County Cup after a 4-2 win over Malton St Mary’s.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Redcar Town Blues edged out in semi-final

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bishop Auckland St Mary's Under-7s Aces and Kings before they played each other in the semi-finals of the League Cup

2:30pm Friday 20th March 2015

Redcar Town

ANGLING: Floods a spoiler on last day of season

1:00pm Friday 20th March 2015

THE final day of the Coarse Fishing Season on all rivers ended on a disappointing note with poor returns on high and swollen rivers.

Sedgefield girl claims British judo title

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOLDEN GIRL: Mia Tierney, 12, from Sedgefield, won the top prize in her category at the British Schools Championships. Below, fellow Destination Judo members Becky Butler, Kazia Simpson, Mae Bostock, Grace McGlone and Charlotte Kendal

7:02am Friday 20th March 2015

AFTER claiming her first British title a County Durham girl has set her sights on securing a place in the national judo squad.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has acknowledged the club should have spent in January

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:01am Friday 20th March 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED owner Mike Ashley has acknowledged that the squad should have been strengthened in January after John Carver was left with only 13 fit senior outfield players.

Press Conference Update: Carver hits back at suggestions his players are already thinking about their summer holidays

Darlington and Stockton Times: BOSS: Newcastle United manager John Carver reacts during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium

2:27pm Thursday 19th March 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED head coach John Carver has hit back at claims his squad are already thinking about their summer holidays.

FA VASE: Shields target more away day joy

11:31am Thursday 19th March 2015

North Shields skipper Kevin Hughes is hoping that Shields have the same long distance good fortune at Highworth today as they had in the last round.

NORTHERN LEAGUE: Shildon team to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE BALL: Bishop Auckland's Graham Irvine defends against Shildon's Ben Wood	Picture: TOM BANKS

11:30am Thursday 19th March 2015

Shildon manager Gary Forrest and coach Phil Brumwell have said for years that trying to win the Northern League title is like climbing a mountain – and now they’re going to do it for real, by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Durham aim to join neighbours Sunderland at top table of women's football

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW ARRIVAL: Rachel Lee became Durham's fifth summer signing after joining from Bradford City yesterday

7:03am Thursday 19th March 2015

AFTER watching Sunderland win promotion to the FA Women’s Super League 1 last season, Durham have set their sights on joining their neighbours at the top table of women’s football.

MOTORSPORT: Drew takes victory at opening weekend of Junior Rallycross Championship

Darlington and Stockton Times: CROFT: Mad Mark Watson, struggled with a down on power car

7:02am Thursday 19th March 2015

After the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the title to her friend and rival Charlie Bean last year, Northallerton’s Drew Bellerby got her 2015 MSA Junior Rallycross Championship off to a brilliant start by taking victory at the opening round held at Croft Circuit last Sunday.

Long-term absentee provides Carver with welcome injury boost

Darlington and Stockton Times: RETURN: Newcastle United's Siem de Jong will return to training today after recovering from a collapsed lung

10:32pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

SIEM DE JONG will provide Newcastle United head coach John Carver with a welcome boost when he returns to training this morning.

ATHLETICS: Runners tackle Lightwater Valley 10k

Darlington and Stockton Times: ALL SMILES: Darlington Harriers, l-r, Ellie Phillips, Katie Noble, Stella Jones, Megan Noble and India Pentland, who represented the North-East in the recent Inter Counties Cross-Country Championships

12:36pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers

Match Ratings: Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 4

Darlington and Stockton Times: BAD DAY: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher	reacts after missing a rare chance for his team	Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

7:02am Monday 16th March 2015

Match ratings and statistics from Sunderland's crushing home defeat to Aston Villa.

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