Franks out to make a striking spot his own

The Northern Echo:

11:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Ten goals in two seasons may not see Jonathan Franks down as a centre-forward, but the Hartlepool United attacker is making a claim for a spot in his favoured spot.

Match report: Carlisle United 0 Sunderland 1

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10:33pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MIKAEL MANDRON scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland continued their pre-season preparations with victory at Carlisle United.

Boro face extra competition to land Belgian hot-shot

The Northern Echo: Boro bound? Jelle Vossen would prefer a move to the Riverside

10:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH have been warned there is extra competition for the signature of striker Jelle Vossen as the drive to enhance Aitor Karanka’s squad continues.

It’s time to treat the Tyne-Wear rivalry with the utmost respect

The Northern Echo:

11:17am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Sunderland fans raised more than £25,000 at the weekend in memory of two Newcastle supporters killed in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine. Richard Mason discusses whether their actions will lead to a more friendly meeting when the next Tyne-Wear derby arrives.

Newcastle hit Sydney for four

The Northern Echo:

10:53am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED new boys Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere both scored as Alan Pardew’s side beat Sydney FC 4-0 in New Zealand.

Poyet to give fringe players a chance, while Borini's agent hints at Liverpool stay

The Northern Echo: WANTED: Sunderland remain hopeful of landing Fabio Borini after agreeing a fee with Liverpool

7:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SUNDERLAND head coach Gus Poyet will give fringe players Charis Mavrias and Duncan Watmore the chance to earn a place in his first-team squad next season, but Fabio Borini’s agent has reportedly poured cold water over his protracted move to the Stadium of Light.

Karanka to press ahead with transfer plans upon return from Spain

The Northern Echo: Pondering: Aitor Karanka is thinking of new signings

7:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach Aitor Karanka will step up attempts to strengthen his squad upon returning from the club’s pre-season tour in Spain this week.

Sunderland fans' charitable gesture shows that the Tyne-Wear derby isn't all about hatred

The Northern Echo: GEORDIE JACK? Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback is understood to be close to joining Newcastle United

7:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Sunderland fans raised more than £25,000 at the weekend in memory of two Newcastle supporters killed in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine. Richard Mason discusses whether their actions will lead to a more friendly meeting when the next Tyne-Wear derby arrives.

Pardew wants Magpies to honour John Alder and Liam Sweeney next season

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTE: Alan Pardew says Newcastle United will dedicate next season to fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed last week

6:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew will field a strong line-up for the opening game of the club’s pre-season tour to New Zealand this morning in honour of two fans who tragically died on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Club first now after Gerrard retires

The Northern Echo:

11:28am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard admits the club’s return to the Champions League was one of the factors in his decision to retire from international football.

Durham prospects land North-East T20 silverware

11:12am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DURHAM’S ACADEMY team won the North East Premier League T20 title at Tynemouth on Sunday.

Gale blasts Tykes on course

The Northern Echo:

11:10am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale scored an unbeaten century during yesterday’s third day of their LV= County Championship match against Middlesex at Scarborough to put his side on course for victory.

Afternoon shambles gives India a victory at Lord’s

The Northern Echo:

10:54am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ENGLAND collapsed to a 95- run defeat at Lord’s, to concede a 1-0 Investec series lead and pile ever more pressure on their captain Alastair Cook.

Stokes can’t shake off bad form

The Northern Echo:

10:51am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BEN STOKES scarcely seems to know where his next run is coming from for England.

Captain vows to carry on in charge

The Northern Echo:

10:48am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ALASTAIR COOK is experiencing the toughest moments of his professional career, by his own admission, but remains determined to lead England out of their long losing run.

Vaughan blasts England’s performance as ‘pathetic’ after loss

The Northern Echo:

10:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ENGLAND have been heavily criticised in the wake of their 95-run defeat to India, with former captain Michael Vaughan calling for change after labelling their performance at Lord’s “pathetic”.

Eagle Top set to join stablemate Taghrooda

11:33am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ROYAL ASCOT hero Eagle Top looks set to join Investec Oaks-winning stable companion Taghrooda in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes after being supplemented for Saturday’s Ascot feature.

Sunderland target Borini keen to keep his options open after leaving on Liverpool tour

The Northern Echo: Sunderlands Fabio Borini celebrates  scoring during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 7, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphre

7:02am Monday 21st July 2014

FABIO BORINI is keen to keep his options open for as long as possible despite Sunderland having agreed a £14m fee for his services on Friday evening.

Cooper to decide if trialists have future at Hartlepool United

The Northern Echo:

6:10am Monday 21st July 2014

COLIN COOPER has informed two of his trialists if they have a future at Hartlepool United, and will now turn his attentions to the others.

Lambert gets his Liverpool career up and running

The Northern Echo:

9:53am Monday 21st July 2014

RICKIE LAMBERT made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt as Brendan Rodgers’ side came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday.

Darlington hoping to bring Mitchell back to the club

9:51am Monday 21st July 2014

DARLINGTON have welcomed Adam Mitchell back into the fold and are hoping to re-sign him before the season.

Woods confident he is worthy of a Ryder Cup spot

The Northern Echo:

9:50am Monday 21st July 2014

TIGER WOODS believes he should be at this year’s Ryder Cup – but accepts he may have to do more to convince United States captain Tom Watson.

Garcia satisfied after his second-placed Open finish

The Northern Echo:

9:48am Monday 21st July 2014

SPAIN’S Sergio Garcia finished as the Open Championship’s runner-up for the second time in his career but insisted this near miss was a positive experience.

History for McIlroy after leading from start to finish

9:46am Monday 21st July 2014

THIS time there was no procession, but Rory McIlroy still created more history as he held off a spirited challenge from Sergio Garcia to claim his third major title on a thrilling final day of the 143rd Open Championship.

Rory bounces back

9:44am Monday 21st July 2014

A YEAR on from labelling his own play “brain dead”, Rory McIlroy spoke of his pride at winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and immediately targeted more major glory.

Yorkshire v Middlesex LV=County Championship (Day Two)

10:13am Monday 21st July 2014

RYAN SIDEBOTTOM took seven wickets in a first-class innings for the second time in his career yesterday as Yorkshire claimed the initiative at the halfway stage of their LV= County Championship match against Middlesex at Scarborough.

Durham fail to kickstart season as Sri Lanka side take victory

The Northern Echo:

10:09am Monday 21st July 2014

DURHAM’S hopes that a home friendly against Sri Lanka A would help them return to winning ways were shattered in the space of three balls yesterday.

League programme decimated by heavy rainfall

10:03am Monday 21st July 2014

IT WAS decimation by downpour, with none of the seven First Division matches extending beyond a few overs of first innings skirmishing.

Frustration for Marton and Hartlepool in stalemate

The Northern Echo:

10:02am Monday 21st July 2014

MARTON beat the weather which knocked out the rest of the day’s matches, but they couldn’t spring the surprise they wanted – a 25 point win – which would have given them the chance to recharge hopes of a top six place.

Bridge’s double delight

10:01am Monday 21st July 2014

AS WEEKENDS go it was one of the best for Shotley Bridge, a Friday night League Cup final victory over Swalwell followed a league win over Ponteland taking them to the top of the NTSL table with nine games remaining.

It’s hard for Hetton as they trail leaders by some 40 points

10:00am Monday 21st July 2014

THE hopes of Hetton Lyons putting pressure on the leaders, South Northumberland, suffered a setback on a day which saw just one of the six top-flight games achieve an outright result.

Farbrace insists squad are in support of failing Cook

9:59am Monday 21st July 2014

ENGLAND are clinging to the belief they can defy the odds for victory against India at Lord’s, and that Alastair Cook remains the best man to lead them in the rest of the Investec series.

England on brink of another Test defeat

The Northern Echo:

9:57am Monday 21st July 2014

ENGLAND are in danger of a defeat captain Alastair Cook can ill afford, in the second Investec Test against India at Lord’s.

Kristoff claims stage win

10:05am Monday 21st July 2014

ALEXANDER KRISTOFF took the win on stage 15 of the Tour de France as the sprinters caught Martin Elmiger and Jack Bauer on the line.

A day to remember as McCoy surpasses Pipe’s record

The Northern Echo:

10:07am Monday 21st July 2014

TONY McCOY gained great satisfaction from another personal milestone as he overtook his former boss and mentor Martin Pipe with victory aboard It’s A Gimme in the Betfred Summer Plate at Market Rasen on Saturday.

Hamilton left pleased with impressive podium finish

10:05am Monday 21st July 2014

LEWIS HAMILTON was left to reflect on arguably one of the greatest drives of his Formula One career, even though victory in a dramatic German Grand Prix gallingly belonged to title rival Nico Rosberg.

Tomlinson all ready for assault on the Commonwealth Games

The Northern Echo: JUMPING OUT OF THE BOOKS: Chris Tomlinson

10:10pm Sunday 20th July 2014

CHRIS Tomlinson insists he is finally ready to travel to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games after a victorious outing at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London.

Betting by Charlie McCann

7:14pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Phil Taylor heads to his beloved Blackpool to defend his BetVictor World Matchplay crown seeking a seventh straight title on a run of 30 games.

Omeruo announces he is rejoining Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: COMING BACK: Kenneth Omeruo has announced he is rejoining Middlesbrough next season

6:26pm Sunday 20th July 2014

KENNETH OMERUO has confirmed he is rejoining Middlesbrough on a season-long loan, with the Chelsea defender expected to link up with the rest of Aitor Karanka’s squad before the end of the week.

Newcastle attacking target set to sign new deal with current employers

The Northern Echo: NEW DEAL: Alexandre Lacazette is set to sign a new three-year deal with Lyon

4:52pm Sunday 20th July 2014

LONG-TERM Newcastle United target Alexandre Lacazette is on the verge of signing a new three-year deal with French club Lyon.

Sunderland target Borini flies to America for Liverpool's pre-season tour

The Northern Echo:

1:44pm Sunday 20th July 2014

FABIO BORINI has flown to Boston with the rest of Liverpool's squad for a pre-season tour despite Sunderland agreeing a £14m fee for his services on Friday night.

Boro's pre-season ball work paying dividends

The Northern Echo: Pondering: Aitor Karanka is thinking of new signings

1:15pm Sunday 20th July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH’S players have seen plenty of the ball this pre-season – and George Friend feels the effects are already clear to see.

Durham v Sri Lanka A

12:37pm Sunday 20th July 2014

IF Durham thought a home friendly against Sri Lanka A would help them emerge from the doldrums they were mistaken as seamer Panagamuwa Gamage took a hat-trick this morning.

North Yorkshire diver prepares for Commonwealth Games in style

The Northern Echo: COMMONWEALTH BOUND: Jack Laugher will compete in the Commonwealth Games later this month after winning a bronze medal at the Diving World Cup event in Shanghai

12:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

NORTH YORKSHIRE diver Jack Laugher warmed up for the Commonwealth Games in style as he claimed his first senior international medal in Shanghai this weekend.

Poyet: 'Players will be leaving this summer'

The Northern Echo: IN DEMAND:? Gus Poyet

11:36am Sunday 20th July 2014

GUSTAVO POYET has confirmed that a number of Sunderland's fringe players will be leaving the club this summer.

Poyet confirms Borini deal with Liverpool

The Northern Echo: IN DEMAND: Sunderland would like to re-sign Fabio Borini on a permanent basis this summer

11:28am Sunday 20th July 2014

GUSTAVO POYET has confirmed that  Liverpool have accepted Sunderland's £14m offer for Fabio Borini - and expressed a hope that he will be able to discuss personal terms with the striker as quickly as possible.

Franks on target in Pools victory

The Northern Echo:

5:01pm Saturday 19th July 2014

JON FRANKS scored the only goal as Hartlepool United won at Bradford Park Avenue in their second pre-season friendly.

Match Report: Darlington 1 Sunderland 5

The Northern Echo:

5:11pm Saturday 19th July 2014

SUNDERLAND kicked off their pre-season preparations with a successful run out as they claimed a 5-1 win over Darlington at Heritage Park.

Sunderland give young striker a trial against Darlington

The Northern Echo: Football Team Logo for Sunderland

2:29pm Saturday 19th July 2014

SUNDERLAND are handing a trial to teenage striker Max Clayton as they take on Darlington in their opening pre-season friendly at Bishop Auckland's Heritage Park this afternoon.

Darlington ready for Sunderland test

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

7:03am Saturday 19th July 2014

DARLINGTON manager Martin Gray hopes his players will “rise to the occasion” when they welcome Sunderland to Heritage Park this afternoon.

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