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Quakers pre-season starts with Durham defeat

Sampson praises England's fighting spirit after beating Germany to third place in Women's World Cup

Sampson praises England's fighting spirit after beating Germany to third place in Women's World Cup

Wanted: Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy is the subject of interest from Middlesbrough despite an initial knock-back

Ipswich's Daryl Murphy still high in Boro's summer thinking

LONDON CALLING: Charlie Austin is reluctant to leave London, and would prefer a move to West Ham over Newcastle

Magpies ready to fight Foxes for Charlie Austin ahead of big weekend

ASCOT BOUND: Mecca's Angel, pictured winning at Newbury, will compete in the King's Stand Stakes this afternoon

The Paul Mulrennan column

Phil Mustard of Durham Jets in batting action during  the NatWest T20 Blast Northern Division match between Durham Jets and Leicestershire Foxes at the Emirates Durham ICG on Friday 3rd July 2015                                (31014078)

Stoneman rekindles Durham's quarter-final hopes

IN DEMAND: Stewart Downing

Middlesbrough make Downing offer and wait for West Ham to answer

Five fixture changes for Magpies

Five fixture changes for Magpies

Sunderland complete Matthews deals and look for more

Sunderland complete £2m Matthews deal and look for more

Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory on Golden Horn in the Investec Derby on Derby Day of the 2015 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Epsom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 6, 2015. See PA story RACING Epsom. Photo credit

Saturday's best bets by Charlie McCann of betvictor.com

Hetton starting to get worried

CRICKET: Barnard Castle's Jack Bousfield celebrates taking a catch. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (30297923)

Marske face a decisive weekend

Durham City v Castle Eden (batting) at Durham in the Readers Durham Cricket League Div 1.  Durham's Danielle Hazell (also of England women's national team) bowls to Castle Eden's Aat Lindeque. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (30295678)

Change after change after change at the top

Storm and Dinwiddie make cut in France

Back in business: Pools in pre season training this week

Pools break the 2,000 barrier

Moors drawn away in FA Cup

No run:  Mecca's Angel

Dods pulls his Angel from Sandown

Tough Trophy tie for Moors

Foxes' £12m move for Magpies and Hammers target Charlie Austin rejected

Foxes' £12m move for Magpies and Hammers target Charlie Austin rejected

WE'LL MEET AGAIN? Stephen Thompson on the ball during Darlington's 5-1 win at Harrogate RA last season. The teams may meet again in the FA Trophy. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Darlington will play Mossley or Harrogate RA in FA Trophy

Darlington FC Supporters Group launches website

Darlington FC Supporters Group launches website

Wearside-bound: Adam Matthews in action for Celtic.

Celtic defender and more lined up after Cattermole success at Sunderland

OUT: Durham bowler Paul Coughlin is injured so not available to play this evening. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Durham wary of Raine's return

CRITICAL: Jonny Bairstow celebrates after taking a catch for England against New Zealand at The Emirates Old Trafford last month. He has been critical of his Yorkshire team-mates. Picture: NIGEL FRENCH/PA

Bairstow critical of Tykes team-mates

Wearside-bound: Adam Matthews

Sunderland agree fee for Celtic defender

At work: Steve McClaren

Magpies boss was keen to get the ball out while transfer talks continue

Going to America: Ray Pipe has won a dream trip to the States

American dream for Darlington golfer Ray Pipe, plus more North-East golf news

Long term: Cattermole is staying put

Cattermole signs for five further years at Sunderland

HIGH HOPES: Phil Turnbull believes Darlington will be challenging for the Evo-Stik Premier Division title this season. Picture: GATESHEAD FC

Turnbull: Darlington are better than some clubs in the Conference

On song: Chris Paisley is looking to the future after a fine performance in Germany. Picture: Close House

Paisley looking to make Tour his second home

OLD DAYS: Jack Baldwin and Antony Sweeney taking on Billy Paynter

Pools' Paynter wants to resurrect his career at Victoria Park

Championship Playoff Final at Wembley: Middlesbrough FC v Norwich City.  Boro's George Friend at the final whistle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (27083260)

Friend: I'm over the disappointment of Wembley

Gone: Luke Williams, right

Boro forward completes move away from the Riverside

Emotional: England's Josanne Potter, left, consoles Laura Bassett after the team's 2-1 loss to Japan

Top 6 rivals to Laura Bassett for costliest own goal of all time

GOAL: Williams steps up to take her penalty and put England back level. Picture: USA Today Sports

England exit World Cup in cruel fashion with injury time own goal

Sunderland sign Sebastian Coates from Liverpool

Sunderland sign Sebastian Coates from Liverpool

CENTURION: Mark Stoneman batting for Durham. He reached 131 in the second innings. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Collingwood retains title hopes

England striker White excited ahead of semi-final clash

England striker White excited ahead of semi-final clash

Steve McClaren

Newcastle sign up academy prospects on professional deals

George Friend announces: I'm happy here at Middlesbrough

George Friend announces: I'm happy here at Middlesbrough

BACK AT WORK: Dick Advocaat has signed a new one-year deal with Sunderland

Advocaat unveils his Sunderland backroom staff

Durham v Yorkshire (day 4)

Stoneman batting in the second innings. Picture: Stuart Boulton. (30555043)

Tykes on the brink of comprehensive victory

TWO MORE: Hartlepool United's Ronnie Moore

Moore happy with summer signings – but targets two more

TARGET: Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci celebrates after putting his side 1-0 up

Middlesbrough lead the chase for Scottish Premiership hotshot

Open chance: Rob Dinwiddie pictured right

Barnard Castle golfer seals dream Open spot

Coming back: Sunderland's Sebastian Coates. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

One in and one out for Sunderland as Advocaat keeps looking

Durham v Yorkshire (day three, tea)

WE MEET AGAIN: Action from Sunderland's game with Darlington last summer. The teams meet again at Heritage Park on Thursday, July 9.

Darlington cancel six friendlies

Durham v Yorkshire (day 3, lunch)

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