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ON HIS WAY: Connor Wickham is close to completing a £9m move to Crystal Palace

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

Sheffield United's Jay McEveley and Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez during the pre-season friendly at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 26, 2015. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.. (33184720)

Newcastle's search for strikers does not concern Perez as new defender arrives

CHAMPIONS: Chelsea are favourites to take the title again this year

10 questions that will be answered during the Premier League season

Leaving: Connor Wickham played for Sunderland against Darlington this summer but he is set for London move

Sunderland move quickly on targets after Eagles' £9m Wickham swoop

Durham v Surrey (Royal London Cup, innings break)

Sunderland fixtures changed including Wear-Tyne derby

Sunderland fixtures changed including Wear-Tyne derby

NYSD Premier league match between Marton CC and Norton CC. Norton's Craig Symington has Marton's Tom Urwin caught behind. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (33157433)

Chester-le-Street suffer bowling blow

Final day for Pools reduced season tickets

Final day for Pools reduced season tickets

SRI LANKA STAR: Kumar Sangakkara, pictured alongside then Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss in 2011, faces Durham. Picture: ANDRES LEIGHTON/AP PHOTO

Sangakkara is the key wicket for Durham

ON TARGET: Tom Portas in action last Saturday at Harrogate RA, when he scored a fine goal. Manager Martin Gray believes Portas should score more often.  Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Darlington midfielder Portas should score more goals

Maxwell instrumental in Yorkshire's big win

Magpies confirm Mbemba deal

Magpies confirm Mbemba deal

STAYING CALM: Dick Advocaat is refusing to panic despite watching his side suffer a 2-0 defeat at Doncaster

Advocaat refusing to panic despite Sunderland's latest pre-season setback

Away day: Pools fans at Carlisle last season

Ticket information for Pools trip to York

DEVILMENT: Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic during the pre-season friendly match at York City on Wednesday. Picture: LYNNE CAMERON

Mitrovic can do damage, believes Newcastle boss as he continues search for more players


Barnsley 0 Middlesbrough 4: Kike and Adomah at the double as Boro impress in friendly

Out of action: Kevin Jackson's wrist was in a cage

Jackson caps remarkable turnaround with top finishes

BRIGHT SPOT: Jeremain Lens (right) made his first Sunderland appearance in the 2-0 defeat at Doncaster

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

Chances: Aleksandar Mitrovic had opportunities to score. Picture: Lynee Cameron/PA Wire

York City 2 Newcastle Utd 1: Mitrovic outing unable to prevent Magpies defeat at York

NEW DAWN: Stuart Hall will return to the ring in Hull on Saturday night

Former world champion Hall starts new chapter of career with Matchroom

POPULAR: Julio Arca was a fans' favourite during his time with Sunderland - and would like to manage the club in the future

Arca outlines Sunderland managerial ambitions after taking on Wearside coaching role

Durham have no answer to five-goal City


Roche on target as Cats make it six wins in a row

GOOD KNOCK: Gary Ballance, pictured playing for England in the second Ashes Test, was in fine form for Yorkshire yesterday. Picture: JOHN WALTON/PA

Yorkshire fall just short against Surrey

Mitrovic set for Magpies debut

Mitrovic set for Magpies debut

FIRST START: Jeremain Lens is in Sunderland's starting line-up for tonight's game at Doncaster

Team News: Lens makes first Sunderland start at Doncaster

Durham enjoy a record run chase with win at Somerset

Champion: Rhys Thompson won the Durham Matchplay Championship

Thompson clinches county crown, plus other North-East golf news

Double: The Richmond men's team has clinched a league double

Delightful double for Richmond men

Somerset v Durham (Royal London Cup, innings break)

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More to come from Tykes insists skipper

John Hastings of Durham Jets celebrates bowling Tom Poynton out during the NatWest T20 Blast Northern Division match between Derbyshire Falcons and Durham Jets at the 3aaa County Ground on Friday 5th June 2015 

Durham set their targets in cup defence

Jake Carroll and Scott Fenwick in the 2015-2016 strip. Picture by FRANK REID (33488313)

Moore to send a strong squad to Dunston

POSITIVE IMPACT: Georginio Wijnaldum, pictured after scoring in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, feels he is at his best in a central attacking-midfield role

Wijnaldum wants to remain in crucial 'number ten' role

BIG AMBITIONS: Aimee Willmott is targeting a gold medal in the 400m Individual Medley at the forthcoming World Swimming Championships in Russia

Road to Rio: Willmott hoping to complete medal collection with World Championships gold

READY TO PLAY: Diego Fabbrini will make his first Middlesbrough appearance in tomorrow's friendly at Barnsley

Fabbrini: 'Boro's promotion credentials were the reason I joined'

SENT TO COVENTRY: Adam Armstrong

Newcastle youngster completes move to Coventry

MEDAL HOPE: Jack Laugher

Ripon diver secures Olympic place and World Championships medal

IN DEMAND: Newcastle want to sign Charlie Austin - but Steve McClaren wants to see Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba in action before sanctioning any more deals

Newcastle continue to pursue Austin - but McClaren is in no rush to complete further deals


Sunderland youngster determined to make senior breakthrough this season

DEAL AGREED: Diego Fabbrini season-long loan move to Middlesbrough was confirmed yesterday

Forshaw delighted with Middlesbrough's transfer business as Fabbrini joins

DOUBLING UP: Teessider Richard Kilty will compete in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships

Kilty to double up as four North-Easterners are named in British squad for World Athletics Championships

OPEN DAY: Newcastle will host an open training session at St James' Park

Newcastle to host open training session next week

New look: Jake Carroll and Scott Fenwick in the Pools home kit

New Pools strip on sale from Friday

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

When Newcastle were in 'Touching Distance' of greatness

STAYING: Durham's John Hastings. Picture: HARRY TRUMP/JMP

Instrumental Hastings to stay with Durham

DONE DEAL: Diego Fabbrini has signed a season-long loan with Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough confirm Fabbrini loan deal

WANTING OUT: Jordan Rhodes

Karanka: Blackburn cannot keep unhappy Rhodes

WALKING AWAY?: Fabricio Coloccini's Newcastle future is in doubt amid mounting interest from Crystal Palace

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

GOALSCORER: Darlington's Gary Brown scored in last night's game against York City while playing as a makeshift forward. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Wantaway Brown on the scoresheet as Darlington draw with York

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