Pools hoping bumper crowd can cheer team to safety

The Northern Echo: NO PANIC: Colin Cooper

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED and Colin Cooper are hoping Victoria Park on Monday will be a happy and content place.

Onions hails Durham's efforts in Northants draw

The Northern Echo: MAXIMUM EFFORT: Durham’s Graham Onions strives for a wicket at Wantage Road

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

DURHAM paceman Graham Onions hailed the “tremendous effort” put in by his team-mates after they failed agonisingly to clinch victory in the opening match of their title defence at Northampton.

Smallwood confident he still has a Riverside future after Middlesbrough extend his deal

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

RICHIE SMALLWOOD is ready to fight for a place in Middlesbrough's first team next season after revealing the club have taken up the option of extending his contract to 2015.

Durham and Sunderland ready for WSL kick-off

The Northern Echo: Durham Women players in training at Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

SUNDERLAND and Durham make their long-awaited Women’s Super League debuts tonight when they go head-to-head in a North-East derby at New Ferens Park.

Taylor determined to end season in the side as decisions over his Newcastle United future loom

The Northern Echo: BACK IN ACTION: Steven Taylor is determined to remain in the Newcastle side after returning to the starting line-up at Stoke City last weekend

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

WITH four games of the season remaining, it feels as though some Newcastle United players have already switched off for the summer. For Steven Taylor, however, it could be argued that the campaign has only really just begun.

Poyet hopes Sunderland's Etihad spirit propels them to an unlikely great escape

The Northern Echo: Gus Poyet could be returning to te Amex

11:05pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

IT might have ended in the heartbreak of an 89th-minute concession, but Gustavo Poyet is hoping last night's 2-2 draw at Manchester City inspires a rousing revival that could yet carry Sunderland to safety.

Match Analysis: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2

The Northern Echo: Match Analysis: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2

9:56pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WHAT is about Manchester and calamitous goalkeeping errors?

Vergini and Larsson return for Sunderland at Man City

The Northern Echo: Football Team Logo for Sunderland

7:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SANTIAGO VERGINI and Seb Larsson return to Sunderland's starting line-up for this evening's Premier League game at Manchester City.

Gillespie calls for improvements on both fronts as Yorkshire draw first game

The Northern Echo: Jason Gillespie

6:17pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

JASON GILLESPIE says there is room for improvement both batting and bowling wise for his Yorkshire side after their opening round LV= County Championship draw against Somerset at Taunton.

Cram joins British Athletics in an advisory role

The Northern Echo: Steve Cram

1:37pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

STEVE CRAM has agreed to take on an advisory role with British Athletics as part of the organisation's Endurance Programme.

Lunch Update: Yorkshire ease to safety at Taunton

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire County Cricket - zxc

1:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

YORKSHIRE'S opening pair Adam Lyth and Alex Lees have comfortably moved their side to safety before lunch on day four against Somerset at Taunton.

Northamptonshire v Durham (day four, tea)

3:48pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

ANY result remained possible until Chris Rushworth struck with the last ball before tea to tip the balance in Durham’s favour.

Northamptonshire v Durham (day four, lunch)

1:01pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THINGS did not go entirely to plan for Durham on the final morning as their five remaining wickets went down for the addition of 66 runs in 90 minutes.

Poyet will not quit Sunderland - but he will demand some major changes in end-of-season meeting with Short

The Northern Echo: BLACK CATS BOSS: Gus Poyet faces an uphill struggle to keep Sunderland in the Premiership next season

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

GUSTAVO POYET insists he will not walk out on Sunderland – but the Black Cats boss is set to deliver some damning home truths in a crucial end-of-season debrief with the club's owner, Ellis Short.

Poyet is willing to help Cats rebuild

The Northern Echo: THE GAME IS UP: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet contemplating life in the Championship

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

HAVING been suspended in acrimonious circumstances at Brighton, Gustavo Poyet knows exactly how it feels to lose his job.

Wake up Pools – Walton

The Northern Echo: RUN IN THE TEAM: Simon Walton

10:01am Wednesday 16th April 2014

RIGHT now, there’s no margin for complacency and Hartlepool United’s players need to jump into action in a flash, insists Simon Walton.

Racing Briefs: Middleham Open Day defies introduction of Good Friday racing

The Northern Echo: Visitors to Ben Haslam’s yard enjoy the Middleham Stables Open Day

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE organisers of Friday’s Middleham Open Day are confident the event will prove as popular as ever despite the introduction of Good Friday racing at Lingfield and Musselburgh.

Talking Horses: Tuer busier than ever as he enjoys a racing retirement

The Northern Echo: NO SETTLING DOWN: Edwin Tuer, pictured this week at his stables in Birkby, near Northallerton

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

WHEN Edwin Tuer retired from farming, he decided he needed a hobby.

Karanka feels strong finish will set Middlesbrough up for next season

The Northern Echo: Aitor Karanka at Vicarage Road today. Picture: Action Images

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA claims Middlesbrough's strong finish to the current campaign will give them the best possible chance of succeeding next season – whether they make it to the play-offs or not.

Key duo ready to make Newcastle return

The Northern Echo: WANTED MAN: Loic Remy is on loan from QPR to Newcastle and Alan Pardew would love to keep him long-term

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

LOIC REMY and Mathieu Debuchy are finally expected to make their return from injury when Newcastle United entertain Swansea City on Saturday.

Giroud praised for his touch of class

The Northern Echo: TAKING THE PLAUDITS: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal last night

10:05am Wednesday 16th April 2014

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger hailed the ‘‘perfect touch’’ of striker Olivier Giroud after his sublime finish and a double from Lukas Podolski gave the FA Cup finalists a 3-1 win over West Ham to move back up into the top four of the Premier League.

Somerset v Yorkshire: LV= County Championship (Day Three)

The Northern Echo: Gary Ballance will take over as skipper today in the absence of Andrew Gale (pictured)

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale last night revealed that he declined an approach from Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick to set up a day four run chase in the opening LV= County Championship match at Taunton, which finishes today.

Gateshead draw to remain in Conference play-off places

The Northern Echo: Local football

9:51pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

GATESHEAD maintained their Conference play-off push with a hard-fought goalless draw at promotion rivals Braintree Town.

North-East's biggest rallying event moves to Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Theo Bengry and Les Forsbrook won their class in the Roger Albert Clark Rally. Photo: Mark Writtle, Writtle Photographic.

8:38pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THIS year's Roger Albert Clark Rally will have a completely new look as Sunderland takes over as the host city.

Durham frustrated as Northamptonshire hang on for draw

The Northern Echo: Durham frustrated as Northamptonshire hang on for draw

6:14pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

IT’S never dull with Durham, but while almost all last season’s drama ended in wins they had to settle for a nerve-shredding draw at Northampton on Wednesday.

Durham delight as Sangakkara announces signing

The Northern Echo: Sangakkara takes top honours

7:17pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

SRI Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara confirmed he will join Durham, but he might be available for only two County Championship matches.

Northamptonshire v Durham: LV= County Championship (Day Three)

The Northern Echo: ANOTHER ONE GONE: Durham players celebrate another wicket taken by Usman Arshad of Durham, right, during day three of the County Championship Div One match at Northampton

7:15pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DURHAM have wasted no time in bringing their title-winning nous to bear and since their attritional approach laid the foundation on the first day they have steadily cranked it up at Northampton.

Northamptonshire v Durham (day three, tea)

4:55pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

IN his seventh first-class game Usman Arshad bagged his first four-wicket haul as Durham dismissed Northants for 378.

Northamptonshire v Durham (day three, lunch)

2:39pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DURHAM would probably have settled for taking four wickets this morning after coming under fire in the first half hour.

Momentum is vital for Darlington

The Northern Echo: ACHIEVING HIS GOALS: Martin Gray

9:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

With three league games to play, Darlington manager Martin Gray admits building momentum to take into the play-offs is crucial to Quakers' promotion hopes.

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

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire's Adil Rashid

11:28am Wednesday 16th April 2014

ADIL RASHID gave the England selectors an early nudge with a century for Yorkshire yesterday as they retained the initiative in their opening LV= County Championship match against Somerset during day two at Taunton.

Pardew won't give in to fan pressure

The Northern Echo: COME IN NUMBER TEN: Newcastle fans are clamouring for the return of Hatem Ben Arfa to the team but manager Alan Pardew is far from convinced that the midfielder deserves a starting berth

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

UNDER-FIRE Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will not cave in to pressure and play Hatem Ben Arfa, despite coming under fire from supporters for not starting the creative midfielder.

Black Cats midfielder hasn't given up yet

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Lee Cattermole scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 7, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THEY are without a league win since February 1, but Lee Cattermole insists Sunderland have not written off getting a shock result at Manchester City tomorrow.

Sign me up - contract hopes for keeper Konstantopoulos after stellar Middlesbrough form

The Northern Echo: OUT OF CONTRACT: Boro keeper Konstantopoulos

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

DIMI KONSTANTOPOULOS hopes that his fine form for Middlesbrough will earn him a new contract at the end of the season.

Wildcats relish their underdog status

The Northern Echo: NEW ERA: New team Durham Women pictured at the Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, in Durham. They start their season on Thursday against Sunderland.

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

IN the second part of The Northern Echo’s build-up to the new Women’s Super League season, Sports Writer Steph Clark met Durham Women as they prepare to host North-East rivals Sunderland in the season opener on Thursday night.

Gerrard deserves title – Flanagan

The Northern Echo: BROTHERS IN ARMS: Jon Flanagan says Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard deserves to win the Premier League title

9:50am Tuesday 15th April 2014

LIVERPOOL defender Jon Flanagan believes no one deserves a league title more than captain Steven Gerrard.

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

The Northern Echo: MAXIMUM EFFORT: Durham’s Graham Onions strives for a wicket at Wantage Road

10:02am Tuesday 15th April 2014

WITH Tom Jones due to appear at the Wantage Road cricket ground this summer, it could be said that where Durham lead, Northamptonshire follow.

Easterby celebrates a Pontefract double

The Northern Echo: HEADING HOME: Silvestre De Sousa and Ansaab, right, hold off Andrew Mullen-ridden Stellar Express to win the Full Ponte Package New For 2014 Handicap at Pontefract

10:08am Tuesday 15th April 2014

TIM EASTERBY narrowly missed out on the Scottish Grand National with Trustan Times but he saddled his first two winners of the new Flat season at Pontefract.

Masters winner Watson targets Gleneagles glory

The Northern Echo: TROUBLE FOR BUBBA: USA’s Bubba Watson chips out of a bunker during yesterday’s practice round at Muirfield

10:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

BUBBA WATSON believes he will cope with his second spell as Masters champion far better than he did the first as he set his sights on a Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles in September.

Northamptonshire v Durham (day two, tea)

4:04pm Monday 14th April 2014

WHEN the No 9 batsman, with a previous best score of 35, plunders 65 off 62 balls it’s a fair indication that conditions are favouring the batsmen.

Northamptonshire v Durham (day two, lunch)

1:10pm Monday 14th April 2014

DURHAM cashed in on the first day’s hard graft by progressing to 404 for eight this morning, adding 139 runs for the loss of three wickets.

WSL pair crash out of FA Women's Cup

The Northern Echo: NO COMPLAINTS: Durham Women head coach Rob Atkin saw his side lose 2-1 to Portsmouth

12:27pm Monday 14th April 2014

DURHAM and Sunderland crashed out of the FA Women’s Cup after defeats to Portsmouth and Liverpool on Sunday.

Gray happy to have Purewal back on form

The Northern Echo: MY BALL: Padiham centre-back Martin Parkes climbs above Quakers’ Stephen Thompson

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

After an 11-game drought, during which time a new striker was brought to the club, Darlington's Amar Purewal made a timely return to form by bagging a brace on Saturday.

Cooper: It's now a three-week shoot-out

The Northern Echo: ON TARGET: Luke James puts Hartlepool ahead but the joy was shortlived as Chesterfield came back to win 2-1

8:10am Monday 14th April 2014

COLIN COOPER is calling for spirit and “big hearts and minds” in his Hartlepool United squad.

Match analysis: Hartlepool United 1 Chesterfield 2

The Northern Echo: MOMENT OF DESPAIR: Hartlepool players are dejected after Chesterfield net their winning goal

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

IT WAS around 5.25pm on Saturday when it was first confirmed. Five defeats in a row for Hartlepool United, the latest to Chesterfield at Victoria Park, and Simon Walton fronted up.

Match analysis: Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

The Northern Echo: POWERING FORWARD: Middlesbrough goalscorer Jacob Butterfield is chased down by Burnley's David Jones

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

WHEN Aitor Karanka took charge of Middlesbrough in November of 2013, the Spaniard inherited a side five points off the bottom three of the Championship with only three wins to its name.

Woodgate pays tribute to Karanka's tactical switcharound

The Northern Echo: Woodgate pays tribute to Karanka's tactical switcharound

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

JONATHAN WOODGATE revealed that his Middlesbrough teammates had not practised playing the 3-5-2 formation in the run-up to Saturday’s victory at Burnley.

Pardew fears for his position - but the axe is unlikely to fall

The Northern Echo: OUCH FROM CROUCH: Stoke's high-stepping striker Peter Crouch gives Newcastle's Mike Williamson a headache

7:00am Monday 14th April 2014

ALAN PARDEW has conceded he no longer feels safe in his position – but Mike Ashley has no immediate plans to dismiss the embattled Newcastle United boss.

Match Analysis: Stoke City 1 Newcastle United 0

The Northern Echo: HEADS FIRST: Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross, top, and Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi battle for the ball

7:00am Monday 14th April 2014

IN his 14-year career as a Newcastle United player, Shola Ameobi has seen more than his fair share of crises

Poyet keen to find why Sunderland continue to struggle year after year

The Northern Echo: THE GAME IS UP: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet contemplating life in the Championship

6:00am Monday 14th April 2014

AN HONEST Gustavo Poyet fears Sunderland's problems are far more deep-rooted than the recent failings of his own six month reign and he is determined to find a solution on Wearside.




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