Live LIVE BLOG: Durham in the Royal London Cup final

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Saturday 20th September 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson provides live coverage as Durham take on Warwickshire in the Royal London Cup final

Under-fire Pardew facing difficult decision over how to react as the abuse rains down

7:03am Saturday 20th September 2014

BY the time Newcastle United hosted Cardiff City in their final home game of last season, Alan Pardew had already completed his seven-match stadium and touchline ban for a head-butt on David Meyler. Not, however, that you would have realised from his conduct that afternoon.

Darlington hope for another three-point haul

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Darlington today aim to collect three points for the second time in two days having finally been awarded a victory from their abandoned opening game of the season.

Poyet: 'This finally feels like my Sunderland team'

The Northern Echo: SATISFIED: Gus Poyet is happy with the increased consistency of his Sunderland side

7:03am Saturday 20th September 2014

HE is two-and-a-half weeks short of his first anniversary as Sunderland head coach, and while he admits his rebuilding project remains a work in progress, Gus Poyet is finally happy to describe the current Black Cats side as his own.

Bruce: Newcastle upheaval is a product of 'unrealistic North-East expectations'

The Northern Echo: SIMILARITIES: Steve Bruce there are similarities between Alan Pardew's position at Newcastle and the situation that forced him out of Sunderland

7:03am Saturday 20th September 2014

STEVE BRUCE has attributed the ongoing upheaval at Newcastle United to the ‘unrealistic North-East expectations’ he claims forced him out of his previous position as Sunderland manager.

Giaccherini highlights need for Sunderland to pick up points against teams around them

7:02am Saturday 20th September 2014

SUNDERLAND have already taken points from Manchester United and Tottenham this season, but Emanuele Giaccherini admits getting a result against Burnley will be just as important in the Black Cats’ quest to avoid another relegation fight.

Karanka confident his players will not be distracted by the prospect of facing Liverpool against Brentford

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

7:02am Saturday 20th September 2014

AITOR Karanka insists his players will not be distracted by Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Liverpool when Brentford visit the Riverside Stadium this afternoon.

We've got the squad now we have to prove it' says Boro midfielder

7:02am Saturday 20th September 2014

ADAM CLAYTON thinks Middlesbrough have put together one of the best teams in the Championship, but has warned that the players have to prove it by clinching promotion to the Premier League.

Feel Great For Sport: The recovery secrets the pros use

The Northern Echo: ACHILLES NIGHTMARE: Ex-England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is currently in rehabilitation following surgery on an Achilles injury.

7:02am Saturday 20th September 2014

HERE is something for you to keep safe in your sports bag this week.

Collins relishing his coaching role at Pools

The Northern Echo:

5:10am Saturday 20th September 2014

COLIN COOPER, on the back of a mauling at Northampton, admits the coaching staff at Hartlepool United is working below strength.

Hard work pays off for GB's Abley

The Northern Echo: AUSTRIA BOUND: Spennymoor's Jamie Abley has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Under-21 Taekwondo Championships

12:09am Saturday 20th September 2014

SPENNYMOOR fighter Jamie Abley’s budding Taekwondo career has taken another step in the right direction after he was selected to represent Great Britain at the upcoming ETU European Under-21 Championships.

Darlington awarded three points

The Northern Echo:

11:36am Friday 19th September 2014

Darlington have been awarded three points by Evo-Stik League officials following their abandoned game with Warrington Town on the first day of the season.

Storm is feeling strong at Wales Open

6:16pm Friday 19th September 2014

GRAEME STORM thinks he is well placed to record a strong finish at the Wales Open – provided he can maintain the standards set during the first two days.

Five things to watch in the Premier League this weekend

The Northern Echo:

5:10pm Friday 19th September 2014

John Sunter highlights five things to watch out for in this weekend's Premier League action not involving the North-East sides

Charlie McCann on the weekend racing

4:04pm Friday 19th September 2014

BetVictor are paying five places on Saturday afternoon’s Silver and Gold Cup at Ayr, giving punters the best possible in chance in a pair of races that look as difficult as ever to try and find the winner of.

Durham boosted as Bell is ruled out of one-day final

The Northern Echo: UNAVAILABLE: Ian Bell will not be facing Durham in the Royal London Cup final after his toe injury failed to heal

3:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

DURHAM received an early boost ahead of today’s Royal London Cup final when Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell was ruled out with a broken toe yesterday afternoon.

Tuilagi primed for first Newcastle Falcons start

The Northern Echo:

2:13pm Friday 19th September 2014

DEAN RICHARDS is looking forward to seeing Alesana Tuilagi in full flow after handing the Samoan winger his first Newcastle Falcons start in tomorrow’s home game with reigning Aviva Premiership champions Northampton Saints.

Croft hosts action-packed race weekend

The Northern Echo: CROFT CIRCUIT (10550511)

1:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

THIS weekend sees Croft Circuit host the finale to the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series and possibly announce a famous name winner of the Protyre Formula Renault Championship.

Wembley selected as host for Euro 2020 final

The Northern Echo:

12:17pm Friday 19th September 2014

WEMBLEY STADIUM will host the semi-finals and final of the European Championships in 2020.

Moors 100 per cent away record faces big test

12:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Spennymoor’s 100 per cent away record faces its toughest test yet when they go to Warrington on Saturday.

Darlington will be test for Salford City, believes former Manchester United defender Gary Neville

The Northern Echo:

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Salford City visit the North-East tomorrow when they face Darlington at Heritage Park. In an exclusive interview, Ray Simpson spoke to Gary Neville, one of Manchester United’s Class of ’92 who are backing the Evo-Stik First Division club.

Pardew hopes Gutierrez's bravery will inspire fellow cancer sufferers

The Northern Echo: BRAVERY: Jonas Gutierrez is battling against testicular cancer in his native Argentina

7:02am Friday 19th September 2014

ALAN PARDEW has paid tribute to Jonas Gutierrez, and is hoping the Newcastle United midfielder’s ongoing battle with testicular cancer will enable other sufferers to be more honest and open about the illness.

Karanka: Abella will come back stronger after damaging ACL

The Northern Echo: BACK IN TRAINING: Middlesbrough return to training today  pictured manager Aitor Karanka.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (7704386)

7:02am Friday 19th September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach Aitor Karanka is confident Damia Abella will come back stronger after the right-back was ruled out for six months.

Newcastle boss insists he won't walk away despite mounting protests

The Northern Echo: UNDER PRESSURE: Alan Pardew insists he will not be leaving his position as Newcastle United manager despite this weekend's planned protests

7:02am Friday 19th September 2014

ALAN PARDEW has described the ongoing criticism of his own position as “mass hysteria” and again insisted he will not be stepping down from his role as Newcastle United manager despite this weekend’s planned protests.

Poyet backs Alvarez to improve after challenging start

The Northern Echo: Tottenham Hotspur's Vlad Chiriches (right) and Sunderland's Ricky Alvarez battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. See PA

7:02am Friday 19th September 2014

GUS POYET has backed Ricardo Alvarez to be a big success in the Premier League, but admits he subjected the Sunderland winger to a baptism of fire in last weekend’s draw with Tottenham.

Scott Wilson Column: Durham continue to lead the way in North-East sport

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 19th September 2014

THE last few years have not been easy for Durham. Senior players such as Dale Benkenstein, Steve Harmison, Michael Di Venuto and Will Smith have either retired or moved elsewhere, while Geoff Cook, a huge factor in the club’s three County Championship triumphs, was forced to relinquish his position as head coach and take up a role in the academy after suffering a heart problem.

Premier League Darts returns to Newcastle

The Northern Echo: TYNESIDE BOUND: Phil Taylor is likely to be part of the Premier League Darts line-up that will visit Newcastle next May

2:25pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE 2015 Premier League Darts season will visit Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Thursday, May 7.

ECB set dangerous precedent by charging skipper

The Northern Echo:

10:57am Friday 19th September 2014

THE England and Wales Cricket Board are opening up a huge can of worms by levelling a racism charge at Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale.

Warwickshire give Bell time to face Durham

The Northern Echo:

10:56am Friday 19th September 2014

WARWICKSHIRE will wait as long as possible before deciding whether to risk England batsman Ian Bell in tomorrow’s Royal London Cup final against Durham at Lord’s.

Yorkshire will back Gale

The Northern Echo: Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 16/05/2014 - Cricket - NatWest T20 Blast, North Division - Yorkshire Vikings v Northamptonshire Steelbacks - Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds, England - Yorkshire's Andrew Gale. (8537659)

10:54am Friday 19th September 2014

YORKSHIRE have confirmed that they are fully behind Andrew Gale in his fight against a charge of racism from the ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Commission.

Baines hails right balance

The Northern Echo:

10:46am Friday 19th September 2014

EVERTON’S return to European football after five years away was marked with a fine 4-1 win over Wolfsburg.

FA await Euro 2020 decision on Wembley

The Northern Echo:

10:52am Friday 19th September 2014

ENGLAND are on the verge of winning their bid to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 but Scotland’s campaign to host group stages could be torpedoed by rival bids from both Wales and Ireland.

Dyke to return ‘gift’ watch to Brazilian FA

The Northern Echo:

10:51am Friday 19th September 2014

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed he was given a £16,400 watch by the Brazilian FA during the World Cup but had no idea of its value and will return the gift.

Solskjaer leaves Cardiff

The Northern Echo:

10:49am Friday 19th September 2014

CARDIFF manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he left the Championship club because of a “difference in philosophy” with owner Vincent Tan.

Golf: Graeme Storm ends day one at Celtic Manor level

The Northern Echo: Swizz success: Graeme Storm on his way to a great finish at Crans-sur-Sierre last Saturday when he hit a hole-in-one at the 11th during the third round of the Omega European Masters

6:53pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A BIRDIE at the last ensured Graeme Storm will start the second day of the ISPS Handa Wales Open in the top 50 after a topsy-turvy first round at Celtic Manor.

A Lord's win would be icing on the cake for a downright silly week in Durham's history – Around The Wicket

The Northern Echo: Day 3 of County Championship match between Durham and Northants at the Durham ICG, Chester-le-Street  -  Durham's players celebrate match victory after Chase takes the final wicket of Northants' Wagner.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (10491362)

4:06pm Thursday 18th September 2014

HAVING grumbled darkly about relegation in the wake of the one wicket defeat to Lancashire, this week was one of the most enjoyable and silly Durham have had in recent years and they haven’t even been to Lord’s yet.

Pardew hopes Gutierrez returns to Newcastle "sooner rather than later"

The Northern Echo: Jonas Gutierrez models the club's new home strip

3:35pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ALAN PARDEW has praised Jonas Gutierrez's strength of character as he battles testicular cancer - and expressed a hope that the Argentinian will return to Newcastle soon.

Press Conference Update: Newcastle boss accepts he's in for a difficult afternoon - and has not received assurances over his future

The Northern Echo:

3:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ALAN PARDEW is expecting one of the toughest days of his Newcastle United tenure on Saturday – and admits he has not received any reassurances from Mike Ashley that he will still be in a job if things do not go to plan.

Press conference update: Damia Abella out for SIX months after snapping anterior cruciate ligament

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough FC

2:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH right-back Damia Abella faces six months on the sidelines after snapping his anterior cruciate ligament during Tuesday night’s win at Cardiff City.

Carver apologises for St Mary's outburst

The Northern Echo: TALENT SPOTTER: Newcastle coach John Carver

1:41pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NEWCASTLE assistant manager John Carver has apologised for his conduct during an alteraction with supporters ahead of last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Southampton.

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.

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.

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.

Gale could miss Yorkshire celebrations

The Northern Echo: Andrew Gale has admitted to being gutted at missing Yorkshire's final two championship games

11:57am Thursday 18th September 2014

YORKSHIRE captain Andrew Gale has been charged with a racism offence by the ECB, it has been reported.

Rich reward for Tykes’ top all-rounder Pyrah

The Northern Echo:

11:56am Thursday 18th September 2014

RICH PYRAH has been granted a benefit year in 2015 by Yorkshire.

It’s a Rush job! 15 wickets in a day for Durham bowler

The Northern Echo:

11:47am Thursday 18th September 2014

GIVING up the demon drink has evidently worked wonders for Durham bowler Chris Rushworth, who twice routed spineless Northamptonshire yesterday to storm into the record books.

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.

City denied a point in Munich by old boy Boateng

The Northern Echo: Press conference with Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng

11:54am Thursday 18th September 2014

JEROME BOATENG pilfered a last-gasp 1-0 Champions League victory for Bayern Munich over his former club Manchester City.

Henderson is growing into his big new Liverpool role

The Northern Echo:

11:53am Thursday 18th September 2014

LIVERPOOL’S new vice-captain Jordan Henderson has made giant strides since finding himself on the fringes of Brendan Rodgers’ squad two years ago, but admits he has plenty of improvement to make.

Presburg to pick up Ayr prize

11:58am Thursday 18th September 2014

PRESBURG can make a successful return to handicap company when the doors open for day one of the Western Meeting at Ayr.




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