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Aitor Karanka

Learn from Wembley woe, Karanka tells Boro

Hartlepool Utd players at Catterick Garrison with army staff, ahead of tackling the assault course.Pictures: Richard Doughty Photography

VIDEO: Hartlepool United: From the Great Escape to the Dirty Dozen

Ameobi signs new Magpies deal - and joins Cardiff City on loan

Ameobi signs new Magpies deal - and joins Cardiff City on loan

Is this Alan Shearer's best finish?

Is this Alan Shearer's best finish?

IN THE ARMY NOW: Billy Paynter is interviewed by Sky Sports' at Hartlepool's pre-season boot camp Pic: Nick Loughlin

VIDEO: Hartlepool players receive the boot camp treatment

England's Gary Ballance (left) and Alastair Cook (right) play football during the nets session ahead of the First Investec Ashes Test at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 6, 2015. See PA story CRICKET England.

Sidebottom and Brooks lead the Yorkshire charge

5th One Day International between England and New Zealand at Durham ICG, Chester-le-Street. Jonny Bairstow after hitting the winny runs. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (29572410)

Yorkshire captain Gale sees the improvement in Bairstow

Done deal: Alex Baptiste looks focused during his first training session with Middlesbrough yesterday. Picture: www.mfc.co.uk

First transfer deal done but Boro boss pursuing plenty more

Magpies man: Holland international Giorginio Wijnaldum

Magpies £15m target still waiting for go-ahead over move

Last appearance? Moussa Sissoko helped Newcastle United to stay up last season by defeating West Ham at St James' Park. Picture: TOM BANKS

Liverpool line up £10m Newcastle midfielder as McClaren closes in on PSV star

HOMECOMING: Durham's Steph Houghton signs autographs after the team's arrival back in England.

Scott hopes to be an inspiration after England's women return on a high

Done deal as Boro make first summer signing

Done deal as Boro make first summer signing

Lady Black Cats ready to get back under way after World Cup

Lady Black Cats ready to get back under way after World Cup

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: Sunderland AFC v Udinese Calcio at Heritage Park. Sunderland's Charis Mavrias.
Picture: TOM BANKS (9105003)

Mavrias determined to make the best of his fresh start for Sunderland under Dick Advocaat

Ronnie revolution: Moore is still signing new players

Pools sign former Tottenham youngster

BATTLING BACK: Bradley Saunders

Bradley Saunders fancies comeback in September

Global field forming for North of England Championship at South Moor

Middlesbrough defender George Friend raring to go after summer break

Middlesbrough defender George Friend raring to go after summer break

Moving: Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt is wanted by Derby

Hartson questions Sunderland new-boy's decision to quit Celtic

Great Britain's Andy Murray during a practice session at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 5, 2015.  See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit shoul

Henman convinced Murray is on course

ARCHIVE ACTION: Gateshead Fell's bowler Adam Whatley in action against Durham Academy at Maiden Castle last season

McCarthy is the hero as Gateshead Fell conquer Benwell Hill

FORM FADING: City have fallen away badly since heading the table a few weeks ago, three defeats and a draw seeing them drop down to sixth place and now seemingly out of the running

Esh Winning reach a maximum high to see off Durham City

PENALTY SAVE: Darlington goalkeeper Peter Jameson. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

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

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