Commonwealth Games Live Blog: Thursday, July 24 (am)

The Northern Echo:

10:14am Thursday 24th July 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson provides live coverage from the opening morning of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Hartlepool's Lowe happy with Commonwealth Games qualifying swim

The Northern Echo: EXPERIENCED HEAD: Hartlepool’s Jemma Lowe helped Great Britain to a sixth place finish in the women’s team medley at the World Championsips

12:24pm Thursday 24th July 2014

HARTLEPOOL'S Jemma Lowe was satisfied with her performance as she qualified for this evening's semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games 100m butterfly as the fourth-fastest swimmer.

Middlesbrough swimmer Willmott makes Commonwealth Games final

The Northern Echo:

11:14am Thursday 24th July 2014

AIMEE WILLMOTT is targeting a Commonwealth Games gold medal after qualifying for this evening's 400m Individual Medley final with an accomplished performance on the opening morning of competition in Glasgow.

Spennymoor Town to play Hartlepool in pre-season friendly next month

10:54am Thursday 24th July 2014

Spennymoor Town will play Hartlepool United in a pre-season friendly next month. The game is scheduled to be played at the Brewery Field on Monday, August 4 (7.30pm). Admission is £4 adults with a £2 charge for concessions.

Darlington draws in first round of Doodson Sports League Challenge Cup

10:52am Thursday 24th July 2014

The first round draw for the Doodson Sports League Challenge Cup was made yesterday and it saw Darlington paired with Whitby Town. The game will take place at Heritage Park on Wednesday, November 12.

Falcons focused on winning Rugby Sevens, says Kibirige

The Northern Echo: Rugby 7's: Zach Kibirige and Talite Vaioleti at The Northern Echo Arena. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8551267)

7:01am Thursday 24th July 2014

ZACH KIBIRIGE will not be fit to play in next weekend’s Premiership Rugby 7s series in Darlington, but the winger insists Newcastle Falcons will be focused on winning the competition rather than using it as a step up in their pre-season preparations.

Commonwealth Games: Drinkhall determined to add to his Commonwealth medal haul in Glasgow

The Northern Echo: Action includes the North East's Aimee Willmott in action in the pool and Paul Drinkhall in table tennis.

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

PAUL DRINKHALL will compete in four events at the Commonwealth Games – and the Loftus table tennis star is targeting a medal in every one of them.

Commonwealth Games: North-East swimming star determined to silence the opening-day Scottish crowds

The Northern Echo: Aimee Willmott from Middlesbrough who will be talking about mixing her top class swimming with her studies at Teesside Univerisity on Tuesday, September 24

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

IT has been billed as the biggest night in Scottish sport, but Teesside swimmer Aimee Willmott is determined to ruin the host nation’s party on the opening evening of competition at the Commonwealth Games.

Golf shorts: New coach, Brancepeth's move and young golfers shine

The Northern Echo: New role: John Vallely has taken on a new job as coach at Gateshead College

6:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

GATESHEAD College has recruited a talented sports coach to head up its golf academy.

Riviere thinks Cabella will help fulfil international ambitions at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Plans: Alan Pardew is keen for plenty signings

6:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

EMMANUEL RIVIERE thinks Newcastle United will provide him with the perfect platform to hit the international stage – with a little help from another exciting summer signing at St James’ Park.

Dan will not be the man in Northern Masters for a second time

The Northern Echo: Champion: Daniel Shevill was presented with the Northern Masters trophy by Tour golfer Graeme Storm last year

6:03am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE reigning champion will not be defending his Northern Golf Masters title this weekend, but Daniel Shevill does not intend to be keeping a low profile for long.

Jamieson expected to handle pressure

The Northern Echo:

10:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

REBECCA ADLINGTON is backing Michael Jamieson to handle first-night pressure and show the Glasgow crowds why he heads into the Commonwealth Games as a gold-medal favourite.

Pack Together raised royal spirits in Sandown's Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stallions Star Stakes

10:42am Thursday 24th July 2014

PACK TOGETHER can raise royal spirits by presenting her owner, The Queen, with Listed glory in Sandown’s Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stallions Star Stakes.

Poyet will not give up on Fabio Borini transfer, as Liverpool man still yet to agree terms with Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Sunderlands Fabio Borini celebrates  scoring during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 7, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphre

7:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

GUS POYET has vowed to do ‘everything possible’ to bring Fabio Borini back to Sunderland – but will not allow the protracted negotiations with the player to distract him from strengthening other areas of the squad.

Sunderland boss hints a new signing is on his way as Scocco joins Old Boys

The Northern Echo:

11:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

GUSTAVO POYET confirmed that Ignacio Scocco’s miserable seven-months at Sunderland was over last night before suggesting at least one new player could arrive before the squad flies out to Portugal tomorrow morning.

Match report: Hartlepool United 0 Sunderland 3

9:15pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SUNDERLAND’S young guns took centre stage at Victoria Park tonight when a resilient Hartlepool United defence was finally undone after keeping their Premier League counterparts at bay for more than an hour.

Karanka considers other midfield targets

The Northern Echo:

7:32pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach Aitor Karanka will turn to other midfield targets if Huddersfield Town refuse to lower their valuation of Adam Clayton.

North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough): Thursday, July 24

The Northern Echo:

7:28pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

There is a new name in the frame to become Alan Pardew’s next signing. A new day, a different player; this time the England youth international Eric Dier.

Five North-East players in England Women's squad

5:02pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

MARK Sampson has named five North-East-born players in his final England Women’s squad for next Sunday’s friendly against Sweden at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.

Commonwealth Games: Shildon runner is late addition to England's athletics squad for Glasgow

The Northern Echo:

2:39pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SHILDON’S Kate Avery has received a late call-up to the English athletics team for the Commonwealth Games.

Yorkshire v Middlesex LV=County Championship (Day Three)

The Northern Echo:

10:05am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LOSING Middlesex captain Chris Rogers says Yorkshire remain his tip to win the LV= County Championship after the hosts completed a comprehensive 220-run win at Scarborough yesterday to return to the top of Division One.

Marveaux moves back to France

The Northern Echo:

9:55am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED have started a summer clear-out of players no longer wanted at St James’ Park after offloading Sylvain Marveaux.

Stuart Hall lands home comforts in Caballero title fight

The Northern Echo: TROUSER ROUSER: Boxer Stuart Hall putts on the 18th during a charity tournament at Saltburn Golf Club.

9:38am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

DARLINGTON’S Stuart Hall has won another big battle towards reclaiming the world title he lost last month by sealing home advantage when he comes face-to-face with classy American Randy Caballero.

Region's sporting stars going for gold at Commonwealth Games

The Northern Echo: IN FORM: Aimee Willmott warmed up for the Commonwealth Games by claiming a clutch of medals at the recent Mare Nostrum series in France and Spain

5:13pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN total, 19 competitors from the North-East and North Yorkshire will be competing in the Commonwealths, and Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson assesses their medal prospects.

North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough): Wednesday, July 23

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

MAURICIO ISLA, the £14m deal, the claims and the counter-claims. Either way, it is a deal that will not be happening so Newcastle United fans can forget it.

Aimee Willmott Blog: The Commonwealth Games are here

The Northern Echo: GETTING READY: Teesside swimmer Aimee Willmott writes an exclusive column for The Northern Echo ahead of her appearance at the Commonwealth Games next week

7:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

North-East swimming star Aimee Willmott writes an exclusive column for The Northern Echo on the eve of her first appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

FA won’t be supporting Blatter in FIFA elections

The Northern Echo:

9:58am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

GREG DYKE admits the FA is unlikely to back Sepp Blatter if he stands for re-election as FIFA president, but says England will not walk out of the governing body to bring about change.

Woodward insists van Gaal can break British transfer record

The Northern Echo:

9:51am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ED WOODWARD insists Manchester United are ready and willing to break the British transfer record if new manager Louis van Gaal decides they need to.

Durham’s Poynter out to make his point for Ireland

10:01am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

DURHAM’S Stuart Poynter, will have his sights firmly on next February’s World Cup in New Zealand when he plays for Ireland in three one-day matches against Sri Lanka A, writes TIM WELLOCK.

Moores backing captain Cook

The Northern Echo:

10:01am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ENGLAND stood by their united assurances that Alastair Cook is still the man to lead them forward, by confirming him as captain for the third Investec Test against India.

Franks out to make a striking spot his own

The Northern Echo:

11:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Ten goals in two seasons may not see Jonathan Franks down as a centre-forward, but the Hartlepool United attacker is making a claim for a spot in his favoured spot.

Match report: Carlisle United 0 Sunderland 1

The Northern Echo: Sunderland SAFC logo badge

10:33pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MIKAEL MANDRON scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland continued their pre-season preparations with victory at Carlisle United.

Boro face extra competition to land Belgian hot-shot

The Northern Echo: Boro bound? Jelle Vossen would prefer a move to the Riverside

10:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH have been warned there is extra competition for the signature of striker Jelle Vossen as the drive to enhance Aitor Karanka’s squad continues.

It’s time to treat the Tyne-Wear rivalry with the utmost respect

The Northern Echo:

11:17am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Sunderland fans raised more than £25,000 at the weekend in memory of two Newcastle supporters killed in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine. Richard Mason discusses whether their actions will lead to a more friendly meeting when the next Tyne-Wear derby arrives.

Newcastle hit Sydney for four

The Northern Echo:

10:53am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED new boys Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere both scored as Alan Pardew’s side beat Sydney FC 4-0 in New Zealand.

Poyet to give fringe players a chance, while Borini's agent hints at Liverpool stay

The Northern Echo: WANTED: Sunderland remain hopeful of landing Fabio Borini after agreeing a fee with Liverpool

7:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SUNDERLAND head coach Gus Poyet will give fringe players Charis Mavrias and Duncan Watmore the chance to earn a place in his first-team squad next season, but Fabio Borini’s agent has reportedly poured cold water over his protracted move to the Stadium of Light.

Karanka to press ahead with transfer plans upon return from Spain

The Northern Echo: Pondering: Aitor Karanka is thinking of new signings

7:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach Aitor Karanka will step up attempts to strengthen his squad upon returning from the club’s pre-season tour in Spain this week.

Sunderland fans' charitable gesture shows that the Tyne-Wear derby isn't all about hatred

The Northern Echo: GEORDIE JACK? Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback is understood to be close to joining Newcastle United

7:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Sunderland fans raised more than £25,000 at the weekend in memory of two Newcastle supporters killed in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine. Richard Mason discusses whether their actions will lead to a more friendly meeting when the next Tyne-Wear derby arrives.

Pardew wants Magpies to honour John Alder and Liam Sweeney next season

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTE: Alan Pardew says Newcastle United will dedicate next season to fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed last week

6:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew will field a strong line-up for the opening game of the club’s pre-season tour to New Zealand this morning in honour of two fans who tragically died on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Club first now after Gerrard retires

The Northern Echo:

11:28am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard admits the club’s return to the Champions League was one of the factors in his decision to retire from international football.

Durham prospects land North-East T20 silverware

11:12am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DURHAM’S ACADEMY team won the North East Premier League T20 title at Tynemouth on Sunday.

Gale blasts Tykes on course

The Northern Echo:

11:10am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale scored an unbeaten century during yesterday’s third day of their LV= County Championship match against Middlesex at Scarborough to put his side on course for victory.

Afternoon shambles gives India a victory at Lord’s

The Northern Echo:

10:54am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ENGLAND collapsed to a 95- run defeat at Lord’s, to concede a 1-0 Investec series lead and pile ever more pressure on their captain Alastair Cook.

Stokes can’t shake off bad form

The Northern Echo:

10:51am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BEN STOKES scarcely seems to know where his next run is coming from for England.

Captain vows to carry on in charge

The Northern Echo:

10:48am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ALASTAIR COOK is experiencing the toughest moments of his professional career, by his own admission, but remains determined to lead England out of their long losing run.

Vaughan blasts England’s performance as ‘pathetic’ after loss

The Northern Echo:

10:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ENGLAND have been heavily criticised in the wake of their 95-run defeat to India, with former captain Michael Vaughan calling for change after labelling their performance at Lord’s “pathetic”.

Eagle Top set to join stablemate Taghrooda

11:33am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ROYAL ASCOT hero Eagle Top looks set to join Investec Oaks-winning stable companion Taghrooda in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes after being supplemented for Saturday’s Ascot feature.

Sunderland target Borini keen to keep his options open after leaving on Liverpool tour

The Northern Echo: Sunderlands Fabio Borini celebrates  scoring during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 7, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphre

7:02am Monday 21st July 2014

FABIO BORINI is keen to keep his options open for as long as possible despite Sunderland having agreed a £14m fee for his services on Friday evening.

Cooper to decide if trialists have future at Hartlepool United

The Northern Echo:

6:10am Monday 21st July 2014

COLIN COOPER has informed two of his trialists if they have a future at Hartlepool United, and will now turn his attentions to the others.

Lambert gets his Liverpool career up and running

The Northern Echo:

9:53am Monday 21st July 2014

RICKIE LAMBERT made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt as Brendan Rodgers’ side came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday.

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