Ben Arfa relishing new challenge after being frozen out at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: AMONG THE GOALS: Hatem Ben Arfa scored as Newcastle reserves claimed a 5-2 win over Reading

4:56pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

DEPARTED Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed he is relishing a fresh start at Hull City after being frozen out at St James’ Park.

Middlesbrough announce open training session at the Riverside

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough Football Club

4:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH have announced they will hold an open training session at the Riverside Stadium this Friday.

Durham v Nottinghamshire (day three, tea)

3:57pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MICHAEL Lumb’s charmed life prevented Durham from making deep inroads into Nottinghamshire’s pursuit of 375 to win.

Colback to miss England friendly through injury

The Northern Echo:

3:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED midfielder Jack Colback is out of England’s friendly with Norway at Wembley tomorrow night, but will stay with the camp ahead of Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.

Durham v Nottinghamshire (day three, lunch)

2:05pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A HEROIC hundred by Paul Collingwood took Durham to the unexpected heights of 309, setting Nottinghamshire a target of 375 to win.

New boy Ricky Alvarez could be the creative spark that Sunderland have craved

The Northern Echo: NEW BOY: Ricky Alvarez

1:14pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IN FOOTBALL, the playmaker can often be an enigma. Delicately dancing the line of success and failure, they are expected to dictate the tempo of a team and are often paid handsomely to do so. It is something that Sunderland have arguably lacked in recent years. A central player with the ability to “see a motorway where others only see a path” as the famed Serbian coach Vujadin Boškov once coined.

Deadline Day comment: Did Pools have any choice but sell Luke James?

The Northern Echo:

1:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THERE’S an awful lot of footballers out there with misplaced arrogance and the wrong outlook. Luke James is not one of them.

Captain leads the fight to break free from drop zone

The Northern Echo:

10:22am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PAUL Collingwood’s determination to keep his side in Division One shone through as Durham crucially won the final session of a rollercoaster second day at home to Nottinghamshire.

Deadline day comment: Newcastle's transfer window ends in acrimony and strife

The Northern Echo: Sealed with a kiss: Hatem Ben Arfa celebrates scoring his 80th-minute penalty that gave Newcastle a 2-1 win over Tottenham

11:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

IN many ways, the transfer window was the story of Newcastle United in microcosm. Things started well enough, but nosedived thanks to a lack of investment and ended in a maelstrom of anger and strife.

All you need to know ahead of the Great North Run

The Northern Echo: WALL OF HISTORY: The display at Start Fitness, in Newcastle, ahead of the Great North Run

7:03am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE GREAT North Run is one of the greatest sporting events in the world, regularly attracting the cream of the globe’s distance runners.

Middlesbrough happy with their hat-trick of deadline day arrivals

The Northern Echo:

12:04am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH took their summer recruitment drive to 11 with the capture of attacking duo Jelle Vossen and Yanic Wildschut yesterday, while Jason Steele has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan.

Lyth serious contender to step up to Test mark

The Northern Echo:

10:20am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

JASON GILLESPIE has backed Adam Lyth to make the step up to Test cricket if called upon after scoring his fifth LV= County Championship century of the season yesterday to put Yorkshire on course for a Roses win at Emirates Old Trafford.

Henderson - Rooney is the ideal Three Lions skipper

The Northern Echo:

10:12am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

JORDAN HENDERSON believes Wayne Rooney is the “ideal choice” to lead a newlook England side forwards as captain.

Grealish is ready – Given

The Northern Echo:

10:08am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND veteran Shay Given is convinced starlet Jack Grealish is ready to play senior international football now.

United’s Falcao swoop

The Northern Echo:

10:04am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MANCHESTER UNITED were closing in on a deal to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on loan last night.

Time is running out if England are to victor

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PETER MOORES admits time is short for England to make themselves a competitive force at next year’s World Cup.

Decision time for McGinley

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

EUROPEAN captain Paul McGinley will leave personal feelings to one side as he weighs up current form against Ryder Cup experience in making his wild card selections today.

Murray lines up quarter-final with old foe Djokovic

The Northern Echo:

10:10am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ANDY MURRAY recorded his best win since lifting the Wimbledon trophy last year to set up a blockbuster US Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.

An Easy upset takes place at Leicester

10:26am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FEELING EASY caused an upset when storming from last to first to snatch victory in the Shepshed Fillies’ Nursery Handicap at Leicester.

Hull secure extension to force through Ben Arfa's move from Newcastle

The Northern Echo: AMONG THE GOALS: Hatem Ben Arfa scored as Newcastle reserves claimed a 5-2 win over Reading

11:43pm Monday 1st September 2014

HULL CITY were working beyond last night’s transfer deadline in an attempt to complete Hatem Ben Arfa’s season-long loan from Newcastle United.

Deadline day comment: A decent transfer window for Sunderland - but it could have been much better

The Northern Echo: FANTASTIC FABIO: Fabio Borini,  with Adam Johnson, celebrates in trademark fashion after scoring Sunderland's second goal in last night's crucial 2-0 win against West Brom at the Stadium of Light which sealed the club's place in the Premier League

11:39pm Monday 1st September 2014

SO what was the summer-long fixation with Fabio Borini all about then? Goodness only knows, but Gus Poyet’s unfathomable refusal to give up on the Liverpool striker when it was increasingly apparent that he did not want to return to Wearside means the transfer window closed with a degree of frustration from a red-and-white perspective.

Sunderland complete South American deadline-day double - but Borini remains at Liverpool

The Northern Echo:

11:33pm Monday 1st September 2014

SUNDERLAND completed a South American deadline-day double with the capture of Ricardo Alvarez and Sebastian Coates, but the transfer window closed with long-term target Fabio Borini still a Liverpool player.

Steele leaves Boro, who sign England Under-19 keeper as replacement

11:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH goalkeeper Jason Steele has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long, while Aitor Karanka has brought in Chelsea’s England Under-19 keeper Jamal Blackman as his replacement.

James delighted after forcing through move from Hartlepool

The Northern Echo:

10:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

LUKE JAMES is happy he did all he could to force through a move to Peterborough United after his departure from Hartlepool United was confirmed in the final hours of the transfer window.

Sunderland sign Argentina international Alvarez on loan

The Northern Echo:

7:24pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sunderland have completed the signing of Ricardo Alvarez on a season-long loan deal from Italian giants Inter Milan.

Sunderland sign Liverpool defender Coates on season-long loan

The Northern Echo:

6:36pm Monday 1st September 2014

SUNDERLAND have completed the signing of Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on a season-long loan.

Former Newcastle favourite linked with manager's job at Carlisle United

The Northern Echo: LINED UP: Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Carlisle United

5:12pm Monday 1st September 2014

FORMER Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant managerial position at struggling League Two side Carlisle United.

Vossen expresses his relief after finally joining Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo:

5:04pm Monday 1st September 2014

NEW Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen has expressed his relief after finally completing his move to the Riverside Stadium.

Durham v Nottinghamshire (day two, tea)

4:09pm Monday 1st September 2014

PAUL Collingwood’s best four-day haul since 2008 helped to wrap up the Nottinghamshire innings for 188, but when they looked like taking command Durham slipped from 51 without loss to 83 for five in their second innings.

Middlesbrough new boy Wildschut hopes to follow in Zenden's footsteps

The Northern Echo:

2:38pm Monday 1st September 2014

NEW Middlesbrough signing Yanic Wildschut aims to emulate fellow Dutchman Bolo Zenden and be a hit on Teesside following his move from Heerenveen.

Middlesbrough confirm Vossen capture on season-long loan

The Northern Echo:

2:14pm Monday 1st September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH have confirmed the signing of Belgian striker Jelle Vossen on a season-long loan from Genk.

Middlesbrough complete €800,000 capture of Wildschut

The Northern Echo:

11:09am Monday 1st September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH have completed their first signing of transfer-deadline day with the arrival of winger Yanic Wildschut from Dutch side Heerenveen.

Inter ace Alvarez is heading to Wearside

The Northern Echo:

10:35am Monday 1st September 2014

SUNDERLAND are expected to sign Ricky Alvarez on a season-long loan deal after finally agreeing terms with the Inter Milan midfielder on Saturday night.

Missed chances costly for Quakers in FA Cup

The Northern Echo:

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Having waited three years to return to the FA Cup, it would’ve been a damn shame to exit the competition after only 90 minutes.

Match facts: Cheltenham Town v Hartlepool United ratings

The Northern Echo:

8:20am Monday 1st September 2014

Goal: 1-0: Arthur (90, header from eight yards after a long throw in was flicked on)

Transfer Deadline Day: LIVE BLOG

The Northern Echo:

7:31am Monday 1st September 2014

The Northern Echo's sports writers bring you the latest transfer news involving on the North-East clubs ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline

Match Analysis – Queens Park Rangers 1 Sunderland 0

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Manager Gus Poyet during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 30, 2014. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editor

7:02am Monday 1st September 2014

WITH three Premier League games under their belt, it would have looked a lot brighter for Sunderland going into the international break with five points to their name.

Newcastle hope to beat Southampton to deadline-day deal for Alderweireld - but striker hopes recede

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED will attempt to sign Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld on a season-long loan before the transfer window closes this evening, but their chances of securing a last-minute deal for Alexandre Lacazette are slight after Lyon again refused to reduce their valuation of the striker.

Match Ratings: Newcastle United 3 Crystal Palace 3

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Newcastle's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace

Middlesbrough close in on Vossen and Wildschut

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are hopeful of completing a loan deal for long-term target Jelle Vossen before tonight’s transfer deadline – and the striker may not be the only late arrival at the Riverside.

Match Analysis: Newcastle United 3 Crystal Palace 3

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED have spent more than £35m on nine players this summer, so it should be a source of both pride and concern that the most effective addition to their squad so far has been an untried 18-year-old plucked from the academy.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 0 Reading 1

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

INTERNATIONAL breaks can be a hindrance so early in the season, but this one has come at exactly the right time for Middlesbrough.

Match report: Has James played his last game for Pools

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Monday 1st September 2014

THREE young players at Hartlepool United, three new contracts, three different Saturday scenarios.

Shildon motor to next round

The Northern Echo:

10:50am Monday 1st September 2014

SHILDON took a wrong turning on their way to Padiham for their FA preliminary round tie– but Mark Hudson put them in the right direction in an excellent win.

Advantage Yorkshire after the opening day at Old Trafford

11:11am Monday 1st September 2014

YORKSHIRE are in control of the Roses match after a healthy opening day with ball and bat against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday.

It’s now a geniune two-way title fight

The Northern Echo:

10:59am Monday 1st September 2014

BURNMOOR and Tudhoe both produced champion performances – but only one can take the coveted title with Saturday’s head to head likely to be a straight contest for the crown.

Quakers homing in on the title with three left to play

The Northern Echo:

10:54am Monday 1st September 2014

WITH just three games remaining, Darlington can put the champagne on ice as they move closer to their first title win for 24 years.

South Shields and Gateshead Fell ready to swop divisions

10:57am Monday 1st September 2014

SOUTH SHIELDS are just a win away from swopping places with gloomy Gateshead Fell as the promotion and relegation issues come to a conclusion in the Dukes North East Premier League.

Sri Lanka ease to victory

10:56am Monday 1st September 2014

PAKISTAN succumbed to their lowest one-day score in five years as a pathetic 102 all out helped Sri Lanka claim a seven-wicket victory in the series decider in Dambulla.

Magic Sterling steals Balotelli’s thunder

The Northern Echo:

10:45am Monday 1st September 2014

LIVERPOOL debutant Mario Balotelli generated all the pre-match hype, but it was Raheem Sterling who provided the magic in yesterday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham.

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