Johnson looks for home comforts to finally boost Sunderland's survival chances

The Northern Echo: KEY PLAYER: Adam Johnson celebrates after Fabio Borini put Sunderland 1-0 up last week against Newcastle. The winger’s form is one of the factors in the Black Cats’ improved form

7:00am Friday 25th April 2014

ADAM JOHNSON thinks Sunderland can head in to this weekend’s crucial relegation encounter at the Stadium of Light boosted to know Cardiff City will have to go on the attack.

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: 'Why should we expect Manchester United to be different? They haven't been for a long time now'

The Northern Echo: Manchester United manager David Moyes, wearing one of the company's ties

7:00am Friday 25th April 2014

IT used to be said that Manchester United were different. Not any more.

Karanka's taste of English football could alter Boro transfer plans

7:00am Friday 25th April 2014

AFTER experiencing the full force of the Championship in his first six months in charge at the Riverside Stadium, Aitor Karanka is ready to have a rethink when it comes to Middlesbrough’s recruitment plans.

Former Newcastle players pay tribute to Joe Harvey but when will there be a trophy repeat

6:00am Friday 25th April 2014

ON a day when players of yesteryear gathered beneath the Gallowgate End to pay tribute to the last Newcastle United manager to lead the club to a major trophy, the captain of that Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winning team still struggles understand why it has taken so long to repeat.

Wildcats will make history in play-off game at Newcastle Eagles

The Northern Echo: FRESH START: Durham Wildcats head coach Lee Davie, right, with assistant coach/player Ralph Bucci are looking forward to a new era for the club

8:00am Friday 25th April 2014

TONIGHT, Durham Wildcats make history as they contest their first-ever British Basketball League play-off game, against their North-East rivals Esh Group Eagles.

School creates winning film based on the Grand Depart route through Yorkshire

3:46pm Thursday 24th April 2014

YOUNGSTERS inspired to make a film tracking the Tour de France Grand Depart through Yorkshire have won a competition which could see their film shown on big screens following the race this summer.

Tour de France rider warns part of Yorkshire route could be "dangerous"

The Northern Echo: he Tour de France Grand Depart will be coming to Yorkshire next July

4:18pm Thursday 24th April 2014

ONE of the cycling world’s lead sprinter riders has said Yorkshire’s roads could present a “dangerous” situation for the Tour de France peloton.

Darlington defender Hunter could play higher

The Northern Echo: NEW SIGNING: Chris Hunter

9:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

After a highly impressive first season with Darlington, Chris Hunter has displayed the potential to play higher up the football ladder.

Bardsley's future is still unclear

The Northern Echo: FITNESS FIRST: Phil Bardsley is working on his fitness

8:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

WEST HAM and Aston Villa are monitoring Phil Bardsley’s situation at Sunderland after head coach Gus Poyet admitted the defender would be leaving the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.

Chris shows how Handy he is in the rain to secure Durham Schools title

The Northern Echo: Winner: Shannon O'Dwyer has qualified for the North of England Championships

7:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

THIRTY-SIX students battled through atrocious golfing conditions to contest the 43rd Durham County Schools’ Championships this week – with a number of promising talents sealing a place in national competitions.

Newcastle ready to move on Portugal in bid to strengthen

The Northern Echo: Newcastle ready to move on Portugal in bid to strengthen

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED are focusing attentions on Portugal this summer after a run of form which has exposed a lack of depth in the squad which many feared would prove costly at the start of the season.

Darlington golfer lands South Africa trip

The Northern Echo: Darren Grey

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

DARLINGTON'S one-armed golfing sensation Darren Grey is heading on safari next month after landing an England call-up.

Dimi insists Karanka has proven he is the right man to lead Boro

The Northern Echo: WELL SAVED: Brighton’s Jesse Lingard and Jake Forster-Caskey are denied by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has been told not to blame himself for Middlesbrough's inability to rise to the occasion this week, with Dimi Konstantopoulos claiming the Spanish boss is ideal to lead the club to more exciting times next season.

Mowden’s chance to enter history books

The Northern Echo: DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions

10:17am Thursday 24th April 2014

ROSS DONEGHAN is urging his Darlington Mowden Park team-mates to write their names in the history books in their title-deciding clash with Macclesfield on Saturday.

Durham v Somerset: LV= County Championship

The Northern Echo: CENTURION: Nick Compton records another run at the Emirates Durham ICG yesterday, where the game ended in a draw with the Somerset batsman scoring 100

10:22am Thursday 24th April 2014

AFTER being obliged to bat at No 8 following a neck spasm in the first innings, Nick Compton again proved a pain in the neck for Durham yesterday.

Gale may step aside ahead of Root’s return

The Northern Echo: FAREWELL: Peter Moores, centre, poses with his team on his last day as Lancashire head coach at the Emirates Old Trafford, before taking over as England head coach

10:18am Thursday 24th April 2014

YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale is considering leaving himself out of Sunday’s LV County Championship match against Middlesex at Lord’s with England batsman Joe Root set to return to the side.

Colly may continue

The Northern Echo: SECOND THOUGHTS: Paul Collingwood

10:15am Thursday 24th April 2014

DESPITE his side having to settle for draws in the opening two matches of their defence of the LV County Championship title, Durham skipper Paul Collingwood revealed yesterday that he might not retire this season after all.

Guardiola is proud despite Real defeat

The Northern Echo: Guardiola is proud despite Real defeat

10:09am Thursday 24th April 2014

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates scoring what proved to be the only goal of the game in last night’s Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu

‘Januzaj chooses Belgium’

The Northern Echo: Adnan Januzaj's international future has been a hot topic of conversation this week.

10:05am Thursday 24th April 2014

MANCHESTER UNITED winger Adnan Januzaj has chosen to play international football for Belgium, according to coach Marc Wilmots.

Liverpool unveil ‘ambitious’ Anfield revamp plans

The Northern Echo: THIS IS ANFIELD: A computer generated image provided by Liverpool FC of a general view of their proposed stadium expansion plans

10:04am Thursday 24th April 2014

LIVERPOOL have unveiled their plans for the redevelopment of Anfield which would take capacity close to 60,000 in the next few years.

Moores draws finale

The Northern Echo: New England Cricket Head Coach Peter Moores during the press conference at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 19, 2014. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

10:16am Thursday 24th April 2014

NEW England coach Peter Moores signed off his final game in charge of Lancashire with a draw in contentious circumstances at home to Warwickshire in the LV County Championship.

North-East talent called up to England Under-17 squad

The Northern Echo: FOOTBALL: Fluent Didmarton stay third in the league

9:30pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ENGLAND Under-17 head coach John Peacock has named four of the North East's brightest prospects in an 18-man squad for the European Championship.

Short-lived return for Yorkshire star Root

The Northern Echo: Joe Root has signed up to stay at Yorkshire until at least December 2016

9:16pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

JOE Root made a short-lived return to the crease for Yorkshire's Second XI on Wednesday after seven weeks out with a broken thumb.

Durham v Somerset (day four, tea)

3:48pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NICK Compton, so often a thorn in Durham’s flesh, defied his neck problem as well as the home attack this afternoon.

Durham v Somerset (day four, lunch)

1:38pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DURHAM are in a slightly stronger position than last week at Northampton, needing to take eight wickets in the final two sessions of the home match against Somerset.

Pools boss Cooper looking towards next year

The Northern Echo: Colin Cooper

11:43am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

JOB done, of sorts, and Colin Cooper is ready to put his plans in order for next season.

Poyet to provide loan star Borini with glowing report

The Northern Echo: RETURN TO BRIGHTON? Gus Poyet

11:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

GUS POYET is hoping Fabio Borini adds to his growing catalogue of big-match goals in the final four games of the season, and has revealed he would recommend the attacker to any club in Europe.

Darlington announce ticket arrangements for Evo-Stik Division One North play-off semi final

The Northern Echo: Darlington FC

11:39am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TICKETS for Darlington's play-off semi-final will go on sale to season ticket holders on Wednesday night.

Road To Rio: Driscoll adds to her medal haul with double European success

The Northern Echo: UPSIDE DOWN: Kat Driscoll will wait before deciding if she will aim for the Olympic Games in 2016

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

KAT DRISCOLL has cemented her status as Britain's greatest ever trampolinist by winning a team gold and individual silver at the European Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Portugal.

Ameobi set for talks over future - with some senior Newcastle figures wanting him to stay

The Northern Echo: MATCH-WINNER: Magpies hero Shola Ameobi heads for goal during last night’s win

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SHOLA AMEOBI will discuss his Newcastle United future at the end of the season – with some influential figures at the club pushing for him to be offered a new short-term deal.

Moxon shows support for England pair Moores and Farbrace

The Northern Echo: Sri Lanka Crkcket's national coach, former Yorkshire second-team coach Paul Farbrace, should smooth the path for Yorkshire's pre-season tour

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MARTYN MOXON has backed Peter Moores and Paul Farbrace to spark a revival in England’s fortunes.

Competition: Win a place at a Lee Westwood Tour event

1:57pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE Lee Westwood Golf Tour and The Northern Echo have teamed up offer young golfers the opportunity to play in the competition this summer.

Road To Rio: North-East youngster claims two European tumbling titles

The Northern Echo: MAKING AN IMPRESSION: Rachel Davies enjoyed a successful European Championships, winning two gold medals

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TEENAGE tumbler Rachel Davies enjoyed a double success as she won two gold medals at the European Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.

Hall warns Butler to expect a "rude awakening" in their world-title showdown

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Stuart Hall lands a blow on Vusi Malinga during their world title fight in December. The Darlington boxer defends his title next month and says his fitness coach is amazed by his condition

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

STUART HALL has dismissed Paul Butler's unbeaten record and warned his world-title opponent that his previous victories have done nothing to prepare him for June's showdown at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

Van Gaal favourite to replace Moyes

The Northern Echo: Louis Van Gaal will leave his role as Netherlands head coach this summer. Picture: Action Images

11:44am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

LOUIS VAN GAAL has emerged as the front runner to replace David Moyes after he was axed by Manchester United just ten months into his six-year contract.

Higgins the latest name to crash out at the Crucible

The Northern Echo: BEATEN: John Higgins

11:47am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

JOHN HIGGINS joined Ding Junhui on the Crucible casualty list as the four-time world champion was bundled out in Sheffield by his fellow Scot Alan McManus.

Match report: Reading 2 Middlesbrough 0

The Northern Echo: IT’SMY FAULT: Aitor Karanka

10:50pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AITOR KARANKA last night blamed himself for failing to give Middlesbrough's players the lift required to prevent back-to-back defeats in the final two weeks of the Championship season.

Newcastle's development squad claim Northumberland Senior Cup crown

The Northern Echo: Football Team Logo for Newcastle United

9:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S development squad claimed the Northumberland Senior Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Blyth Spartans in front of more than 1,200 spectators at St James' Park.

Team news: Boro make four changes for Royal test

7:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has made four changes to the Middlesbrough starting line-up for tonight's trip to play-off chasing Reading.

Yorkshire v Northamptonshire: LV= County Championship

The Northern Echo: Picture by Alex Whitehead/ - 02/04/2014 - Cricket - Friendly - Yorkshire CCC v Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Day 2 - Headingley, Leeds, England - Yorkshire's Gary Ballance hits out. (5081437)

7:15pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

YORKSHIRE will hope for some help from the weather gods on Wednesday as they pursue a deserved LV= County Championship victory over Northamptonshire at Headingley.

Durham v Somerset: LV= County Championship

The Northern Echo: ON THE SIDELINES? Gareth Breese has been forced to stay behind while Durham open their season in Abu Dhabi

6:44pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FOR someone from Montego Bay the scene at the Emirates Durham ICG must have been utterly depressing on Tuesday. Yet Gareth Breese feels he has plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

Tickets go on sale for opening ceremony of Tour de France

The Northern Echo: Le Tour de France trophy on display at Tennants in Leyburn, pictured from left are Richard Sanderson, chairman of the TDF Committee, Gary Verity, chief executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, Rodney Tennant, chairman of Tennant's and Jane Tennant, director

5:43pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TICKETS for the opening ceremony of the Tour de France go on sale this week.

Golf shorts: North-East targeted to get more golfers playing the game

5:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

GOLF clubs across Durham County Union are backing National Golf Month by offering activities to support the drive to get more adults playing the game.

Yorkshire v Northamptonshire: LV= County Championship (Day Two)

The Northern Echo: Picture by Alex Whitehead/ - 01/04/2014 - Cricket - Friendly - Yorkshire CCC v Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Day 1 - Headingley, Leeds, England - Yorkshire's Jack Brooks appeals. (5532504)

10:33am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JACK BROOKS believes his performance with bat and ball and Yorkshire’s winning position in their ongoing LV= County Championship match against his former county Northamptonshire has helped to justify his decision to leave Wantage Road in late 2012.

Durham v Sommerset: LV= County Championship (Day Two)

The Northern Echo: SOLID KNOCK: Keaton Jennings, with Scott Borthwick, scored well for Durham

10:27am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JUST when Durham seemed to be building a commanding lead on the second day of their home match against Somerset they lost five wickets for 35 runs.

Match Analysis: Wakefield 1 Darlington 5

The Northern Echo: BAGGED A BRACE: Adam Mitchell scored twice as Darlington beat Wakefield 5-1 yesterday

9:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Adam Mitchell played his way into contention for a starting spot in the play-offs after a starring role Darlington’s 5-1 demolition of Wakefield.

Woodgate thinks the Karanka approach will benefit Boro next season

The Northern Echo: MOVING FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE: Skipper Jonathan Woodgate

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JONATHAN WOODGATE has attempted to ease the disappointment of missing out on a play-off place by insisting Middlesbrough will be right in the promotion mix under Aitor Karanka next season.

Cattermole: 'Stamford Bridge celebrations were finished within a minute'

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LEE CATTERMOLE has revealed that Sunderland's post-match celebrations at Stamford Bridge were curtailed within a minute as the squad immediately set their sights on Sunday's potential relegation decider against Cardiff City.

Six reasons why Liverpool stand on the brink of winning the title

The Northern Echo: CHAMPIONS IN WAITING: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard was brought to tears after the team's 3-2 win over Manchester City at Anfield

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LIVERPOOL need seven points from their final three matches to be guaranteed their first league title since 1990. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson highlights six reasons why Brendan Rodgers' side are standing on the brink of a triumph few anticipated at the start of the season

Cisse could miss start of pre-season after injuring his knee

The Northern Echo: Papiss Cisse had refused to wear the logo of club sponsors Wonga on his shirt

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PAPISS CISSE could miss the start of pre-season training after breaking his kneecap in Newcastle United's 2-1 defeat to Swansea at the weekend.

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