McGinley warming up nicely for Ryder Cup appearance at Celtic Manor but remains wary of American threat

The Northern Echo: Confident mood: Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley (right) will not take anything for granted against Tom Watson's United States team next week

7:06am Thursday 18th September 2014

FOUR years ago Paul McGinley walked around the Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor offering up his opinion as one of the vice-captains of Team Europe. Yesterday he was back in South Wales with a different mindset, just eight days before the Ryder Cup heads for Gleneagles.

Giaccherini backs Ricky Alvarez to shine after swapping Serie A for the Premier League

The Northern Echo: Stadium of Light, Sunderland  -  Barclays Premier League:  Sunderland v Fulham.  Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini.Pic: Chris Booth       17/08/13 (8978128)

7:03am Thursday 18th September 2014

EMANUELE Giaccherini knows all about swapping Serie A for the Premier League and the midfielder believes Sunderland's newest import Ricky Alvarez will have no problems adjusting to life at Sunderland following his move from Inter Milan.

Boro skipper wishing Abella well amid 'serious' injury fears after fine start to life on Teesside

The Northern Echo: Match-winner: Grant Leadbitter was the star turn at Huddersfield for Middlesbrough

7:03am Thursday 18th September 2014

GRANT LEADBITTER has paid tribute to Damia Abella for the way he has adapted to life on Teesside amid fears that the Spanish full-back could be ruled out for months with a knee injury.

Wyke out for a week

The Northern Echo:

3:10am Thursday 18th September 2014

STRIKER Charlie Wyke will be absent for Hartlepool United’s haul to Plymouth.

Pardew accepts responsibility for Southampton shocker

10:41pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew has accepted responsibility for Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at Southampton, and admits the pressure is on to deliver a win against Hull City on Saturday.

It's remarkable from Rushworth

The Northern Echo:

6:57pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

CHRIS Rushworth’s remarkable 15-wicket haul propelled Durham to a third successive championship win yesterday and lifted them, however briefly, to fourth in the table.

Golf shorts: Europe enjoy Fightmaster Cup success and Clark Cup victory for Seaton

The Northern Echo: FIGHT MASTERS:Two North-East one-armed golfers, Darren Grey (right) and Steven Hutchinson, are playing in the Fightmaster Cup. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:04pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

IN the build up to next week’s Ryder Cup, Europe have already got one over their American counterparts with the help of a couple of County Durham golfers.

Durham v Northamptonshire

2:34pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

CHRIS Rushworth, without a five-wicket haul this season, routed Northamptonshire by taking nine for 52, the second best figures in Durham’s first-class history.

Durham v Northamptonshire (day three, lunch)

12:43pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM failed by eight runs to pick up the fifth batting point this morning when they were all out for 392, but Chris Rushworth quickly reduced Northants to 48 for three.

Talking point: Karanka could have the team to deliver a long overdue promotion charge at Boro

The Northern Echo:

12:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THERE is something exciting happening at Middlesbrough, now Aitor Karanka just has to make everything tick.

Match Report: Quakers crash out of the Cup

The Northern Echo:

10:24am Wednesday 17th September 2014

BLYTH SPARTANS strikers Dan Maguire and Robbie Dale showed Quakers how to take their chances as Darlington bowed out of the FA Cup at Croft Park last night.

'I've learned a lot and enjoying my football at Sunderland' says Cattermole

The Northern Echo: Cleaned up his act: Lee Cattermole insists he is in a better place these but has not regrets

7:14am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THERE is a view that Lee Cattermole has to work on cleaning up his disciplinary act if he is ever going to force his way in top the England squad, based on a reputation he has created for himself since emerging as a teenager in the Premier League a decade ago.

Pardew to face written media for first time since Southampton humiliation

The Northern Echo: NO EXCUSES: After a summer of considerable investment, Alan Pardew accepts he will have no excuses if Newcastle United do not improve on last season's efforts

7:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

UNDER-FIRE Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will face the written media for the first time since Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Southampton on Thursday.

Borthwick reaches Durham landmark

The Northern Echo:

10:48am Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM’S man in form, Scott Borthwick, yesterday sympathised with the colleague he keeps replacing at the crease in the first over.

Hastings unavailable for Lord’s final

The Northern Echo: : Durham batsman John Hastings in action against Warwickshire at Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8238984)

10:45am Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM heard yesterday that John Hastings will not be available for Saturday’s Royal London Cup final against Warwickshire at Lord’s.

Brooks hails Siddy

The Northern Echo: Yorskhire's Jack Brooks appeals during day three of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

10:43am Wednesday 17th September 2014

JACK BROOKS has hailed the influence of Ryan Sidebottom on Yorkshire’s County Championship- winning campaign, particularly their titleclinching win against Nottinghamshire last week.

Fortune to favour Producer

10:50am Wednesday 17th September 2014

PRODUCER can make the most of a drop back to Listed level in the Fortune Stakes at Sandown.

Jonas Gutierrez reveals he is battling testicular cancer

The Northern Echo: OUT ON LOAN: Jonas Gutierrez

10:26pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he is battling testicular cancer.

Match Report: Northampton Town 5 Hartlepool United 1

The Northern Echo:

11:20pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

COLIN COOPER held a dressing room inquest into Hartlepool United latest humbling. Pools were whacked 5-1 at Northampton, gifting the home side the first four goals, despite taking the lead after only 44 seconds.

Boro facing anxious 48 hours over Abella injury after impressive win in Wales

The Northern Echo: Sky Bet ChampionshipCardiff City Stadium, 16.09.14Cardiff City vs MiddlesbroughKike of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring his side's first goal.Picture by Mark Hawkins© WALES NEWS SERVICE  (10446690)

11:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

DAMIA ABELLA will have a scan later today to determine the extent of a knee injury which has left the Middlesbrough squad’s satisfaction with winning at Cardiff City tinged with disappointment.

Quakers blown apart by Blyth strikers

The Northern Echo:

10:06pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Blyth strikers Dan Maguire and Robbie Dale showed Quakers how to take their chances as Darlington crashed out of the FA Cup at Croft Park last night.

Match Report: Cardiff City 0 Middlesbrough 1

The Northern Echo: Belgian buy: Jelle Vossen scored in a training match at the Riverside and now he is looking to shine in the Championship. Picture: Doug Moody

9:50pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

OLE Gunnar Solskjaer is someone who should know quite a lot about successful strike partnerships having enjoyed more than a decade of success at Manchester United.

Teenager Cocks in from the start, Hatch to play at the back

The Northern Echo:

7:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Teenager Adam Cocks comes into the Darlington side as one of three changes to the team that drew with Blyth at the weekend.

One change for Pools

The Northern Echo:

7:22pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

STUART Parnaby returns to the Hartlepool United side for their trip to Northampton.

Team news: Cardiff v Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo:

7:18pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

BELGIAN striker Jelle Vossen will make his full debut for Middlesbrough in tonight's Championship game at Cardiff City.

Durham v Northamptonshire (day two, tea)

3:49pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SCOTT Borthwick and Paul Collingwood continued their rich veins of form as they piled up the runs against hapless Northamptonshire this afternoon.

Durham v Northamptonshire (day two, lunch)

12:52pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SCOTT Borthwick became the first Durham-born batsman to make 1,000 championship runs twice when he reached the landmark on 19 this morning.

Talking point: Have Sunderland improved?

The Northern Echo: Screening cup final

12:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE fact Sunderland have three times the amount of points they had in 2013/14 at the same point last season may be sound reading to fans on Wearside, but when they also took eight games to register their first win it is no time to celebrate.

Pools sign new keeper on loan

The Northern Echo:

11:11am Tuesday 16th September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has moved to Hartlepool United on loan.

The Life and Times of Brian Clough: Part Two

The Northern Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THIS weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Brian Clough, one of the most successful and charismatic footballing figures ever to emerge from the North-East. In the second part of a look back at his life, The Northern Echo examines the managerial career that would come to define him.

Sunderland waiting for Wickham contract news

The Northern Echo: Wanted man: Connor Wickham has plenty of clubs keen as Sunderland push for a new deal

7:02am Tuesday 16th September 2014

CONNOR WICKHAM is yet to agree a new deal at Sunderland, despite suggestions the striker has edged towards committing his future to the club.

Cooper happy for Pools to give youth a chance

The Northern Echo:

6:10am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THERE’S no bigger advocate in the loan system than Colin Cooper. Equally, the Hartlepool United boss is a huge believer in giving young players a chance to develop in the Football League.

Karanka wants in-form Leadbitter to get a new contract at Boro

The Northern Echo: Match-winner: Grant Leadbitter was the star turn at Huddersfield for Middlesbrough

6:02am Tuesday 16th September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH have had initial discussions aimed at securing the future of Grant Leadbitter in a bid to keep him at the Riverside Stadium, with Aitor Karanka convinced he will still have the midfielder beyond this season.

Tricky trip to Skelmersdale awaits Quakers if they see off Blyth

The Northern Echo: PRE-SEASON: Martin Gray’s Darlington welcome Sunderland to Heritage Park this afternoon

10:18am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A TRIP to Evo-Stik Premier League leaders Skelmersdale United lies in wait if Darlington overcome Blyth Spartans at the second attempt in this evening’s FA Cup replay.

Yorkshire pride for delighted Bairstow

The Northern Echo:

10:22am Tuesday 16th September 2014

JONNY BAIRSTOW is hoping Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship title triumph can be the first of many for a group of players primed for long-term success.

Mustard allowed a week off to prepare

The Northern Echo:

10:20am Tuesday 16th September 2014

DURHAM are resting Phil Mustard this week ahead of Saturday’s Royal London Cup final against Warwickshire at Lord’s.

England pay tribute to their rich heritage in new strip

The Northern Echo:

10:25am Tuesday 16th September 2014

ENGLAND will wear symbols of the Victoria Cross for the first time this autumn after rubber grip areas inspired by the military medal were added to the national side’s new kit.

Norman ready for a speedy return from injury

The Northern Echo: PUTTING IT RIGHT: Australian golfer Greg Norman uses mental techniques during the course of play

10:27am Tuesday 16th September 2014

TWO-TIME major winner Greg Norman is expected to make a “full, speedy recovery” after injuring his left arm in a chainsaw accident over the weekend.

Yes We Can wins the race for Scottish independence

10:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

YES WE CAN was an easy winner over Neigh Thanks in a specially staged Ladbrokes Referendum Race at Musselburgh.

Under-21s round-up: Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro in action

The Northern Echo: On song: Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj flicks the ball past Sunderland's Tom McNamee on his way to scoring a hat-trick for the Red Devils at Old Trafford

9:56pm Monday 15th September 2014

ALAN PARDEW might be struggling to remember what it takes to win a game but Peter Beardsley led Newcastle United’s Under-21s to victory at St James’ Park.

For and Against: Should Newcastle sack Alan Pardew? Vote now

The Northern Echo:

6:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

THE pressure on Alan Pardew intensified in the wake of Newcastle’s four-goal humiliation at the hands of Southampton on Saturday, although Mike Ashley has decided not to dismiss his embattled manager yet. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson assesses the arguments for and against wielding the axe.

Press conference update: 'We've got to treat Cardiff seriously' urges Boro boss

The Northern Echo:

1:51pm Monday 15th September 2014

AITOR KARANKA has warned his Middlesbrough players not to under-estimate Cardiff City when the two teams go head-to-head on Tuesday night.

The Life and Times of Brian Clough - Part One

The Northern Echo:

1:19pm Monday 15th September 2014

THIS weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Brian Clough, one of the most successful and charismatic footballing figures ever to emerge from the North-East. Over the course of the next two days, The Northern Echo looks back on Clough’s life via the words of those who knew him.

Match Analysis: Pressure cranks up on Pardew after another shambolic display

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton where the game was marked by chants for him to be sacked. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. See PA story SOCCER S

7:03am Monday 15th September 2014

ANOTHER game, another humiliation, another watershed moment for Newcastle United.

FA await referee's report after Boro's tunnel bust-up

The Northern Echo: Unclear: Aitor Karanka did not see anything  when Boro and Huddersfield players came together

7:03am Monday 15th September 2014

Vossen, introduced as a second half substitute following his season long loan move from Genk, said: “The Championship is as hard as I expected. I thought the level would be harder than Belgium, especially the physical side of it. I expected the defenders to be strong and they are. I have to adapt to that.

Pardew will continue unless told otherwise as pressure increases after Saints drubbing

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

7:02am Monday 15th September 2014

ALAN Pardew refused to attend his post-match press conference in the wake of Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Southampton, but the under fire Newcastle manager insisted he will continue to do his job until told otherwise.

Match Facts: Southampton 4 Newcastle United 0

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United FC

7:01am Monday 15th September 2014

Goals: 1-0: Pelle (6 – got in between Coloccini and Williamson to head in Bertrand’s cross)

Sunderland winger happy with his goalscoring form

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 15th September 2014

ADAM JOHNSON is determined to maintain the form that saw him touted for a World Cup place towards the end of last season, and is hoping Saturday’s solo goal against Spurs will contribute to a more reliable goalscoring return.

Match Analysis: Sunderland 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 15th September 2014

IN the whole of last season, there were four occasions when Sunderland came from behind to claim at least a point. This time around, they have done it three times in the first four Premier League matches.

Cooper misses out on loan signings

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 15th September 2014

COLIN COOPER hoped to have added to his Hartlepool United squad ahead of the weekend draw with Tranmere – and while two deals fell through, he will keep on working at boosting his options.




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