Tuesday Topic: Captain Houghton impressed with England's progress under Sampson

The Northern Echo: THE LEADER: England head coach Mark Sampson made Steph Houghton captain after succeeding Hope Powell last year

7:02am Tuesday 29th July 2014

ENGLAND Women take on Sweden at Hartlepool’s Victoria Park this Sunday in a warm-up game ahead of their final 2015 World Cup qualifiers. Sports writer Steph Clark spoke to South Hetton’s Steph Houghton about life under new boss Mark Sampson

North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough): Tuesday, July 29

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson rounds up the latest transfer stories involving Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough

Boro full-back happy for more new additions after Omeruo return

6:32am Tuesday 29th July 2014

GEORGE FRIEND has admitted that all summer arrivals will be welcomed by the rest of the Middlesbrough squad as Aitor Karanka closes in on a number of much-needed recruits.

Sunderland ready to go in the Algarve - even if more new players are needed

The Northern Echo: FEELING CONFIDENT: Adam Johnson, right, thinks Sunderland are going about things the right way ahead of Algarve friendly

6:03am Tuesday 29th July 2014

ADAM JOHNSON has geared up for tonight’s first friendly in the Algarve by claiming Sunderland’s patient approach in the transfer market should ensure there is no repeat of last season’s struggles.

Commonwealth Games: More Jamaican sprinting joy as Gemili claims breakthrough silver medal

The Northern Echo:

10:39pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHO needs Usain Bolt? The king of Jamaican sprinting might be restricting his involvement to the relay at the Commonwealth Games, but his compatriot, Kemar Bailey-Cole, ensured he would not be too badly missed as he powered to victory in last night’s 100m final.

Middlesbrough swimmer Willmott claims second Commonwealth Games silver

The Northern Echo:

8:51pm Monday 28th July 2014

AIMEE WILLMOTT claimed her second Commonwealth Games silver medal this evening as she finished second in the final of the 200m butterfly in Glasgow.

Harrogate swimmer claims Commonwealth gold

The Northern Echo:

8:46pm Monday 28th July 2014

HARROGATE'S Sophie Taylor claimed the biggest win of her career as she won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the final of the 100m breaststroke.

Harrogate squash star wins Commonwealth silver

The Northern Echo:

8:29pm Monday 28th July 2014

JAMES Willstrop collapsed in his chair, physically and emotionally spent. He had nothing left to give, nothing left to say and no gold medal to show off.

Commonwealth Games: Stockton sprinter fails to make 100m final

The Northern Echo:

8:05pm Monday 28th July 2014

RICHARD KILTY's hopes of a Commonwealth Games 100m medal disappeared as he failed to progress from tonight's semi-finals at Hampden Park.

Commonwealth Games: Drinkhall adds to his medal haul - but is desperate to make sure his next one is gold

The Northern Echo: FOCUS: Drinkhall in action at London 2012

4:43pm Monday 28th July 2014

ACCORDING to Judy Murray, her son, Andy’s, love of tennis was partly inspired by playing table tennis on the kitchen table with shortbread tin lids and a net fashioned from cereal boxes.

Commonwealth Games: Dixon's despair highlights what pulling on an England vest really means

The Northern Echo:

11:19am Monday 28th July 2014

AS well as creating tales of triumph, the Commonwealth Games has also served up stories of despair. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson caught up with Sunderland distance runner Alyson Dixon after her dreams of Glasgow glory disappeared at the weekend

Pardew is still looking for an extra striker

The Northern Echo:

10:02am Monday 28th July 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED’S pre-season Tour of New Zealand consisted with two victories and manager Alan Pardew could add to his improving squad further by bringing in a new striker.

Brownlee forced to shelve his track ambitions

The Northern Echo:

9:56am Monday 28th July 2014

ALISTAIR BROWNLEE is unlikely to pursue track running despite having won every major honour in triathlon.

Gray delighted to bring Mitchell back to Darlington

The Northern Echo:

9:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Martin Gray lauded the arrival of new signing Adam Mitchell, and admitted he hopes his latest signing goes on to bigger and better things.

Weightman determined to kick on ahead of Commonwealth 1,500m opener

The Northern Echo: WORLD CALL: Laura Weightman

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

IT has already been a good year for North-East middle-distance runner Laura Weightman – now she wants to make it a great one by winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

North-East transfer gossip (Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough): Monday, July 28

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Mike Ashley is always on the look-out for a deal which makes good financial sense so it is little wonder he is being linked with Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra.

Boro set for triple boost on transfer front and a Chelsea double

The Northern Echo:

6:34am Monday 28th July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH will have Kenneth Omeruo back on the training ground this morning and could have at least two more new signings by the end of the week.

New-boy thinks trip is perfect for Sunderland as Poyet considers Borini loan

The Northern Echo: Excited: Billy Jones is looking forward to playing for Sunderland

6:02am Monday 28th July 2014

GUSTAVO POYET hopes to have more new signings with Sunderland in Portugal this week and one of his earlier recruits thinks the trip will be ideal for team bonding.

Van Gaal unhappy with his United squad

9:59am Monday 28th July 2014

LOUIS VAN GAAL hit out at his players for almost allowing Roma to break his 100 per cent record as Manchester United manager.

Gillespie delighted with Yorkshire’s repsonse to T20 exit

10:28am Monday 28th July 2014

YORKSHIRE found the perfect remedy for losing Friday’s key Twenty20 game with Nottinghamshire by seeing off Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford 24 hours later to start their Royal London oneday Cup campaign with a bang.

Somerset v Durham Royal London One-Day Cup

The Northern Echo:

10:27am Monday 28th July 2014

THE return to 50-over cricket inspired a vintage performance from Paul Collingwood yesterday but it wasn’t enough to save Durham from defeat in a high-scoring Royal London Cup match at Taunton.

Joy and relief as England skipper admits he needed it after a torrid time of late

10:16am Monday 28th July 2014

ALASTAIR COOK is back on the front foot as England captain and opener, after answering his many critics with a pivotal innings for England.

Cook falls so close to the perfect response

The Northern Echo:

10:15am Monday 28th July 2014

ALASTAIR COOK fell five agonising runs short of a longoverdue Test century, but still helped Gary Ballance put his team in a dominant position against India at the Ageas Bowl.

Burnmoor’s defence of title takes further hit with Castle loss

The Northern Echo:

10:12am Monday 28th July 2014

JUST what’s gone wrong at Burnmoor? The champions suffered their third defeat in the last six outings, and in surrendering their home game to Castle Eden they also surrendered the leadership of Division One as both Tudhoe and Esh Winning grabbed their chance for a spell in the spotlight.

Hetton’s hopes hang in balance after draw

The Northern Echo:

10:10am Monday 28th July 2014

THE TITLE hopes of Hetton Lyons are hanging by a thread after they were unable to overpower the championship favourites, South Northumberland, in their top-ofthe- table confrontation.

Swalwell shoot down Shotley Bridge in revenge mission

10:08am Monday 28th July 2014

SWALWELL gained swift revenge for their league cup final defeat at the hands of Shotley Bridge when they toppled the league leaders by an emphatic 96 runs to re-ignite their own hopes of making it eight successive championships.

Twist at the top as Stokesley move ahead of Richmondshire

The Northern Echo:

10:07am Monday 28th July 2014

THE fascinating fight for the league title took another twist and turn as Stokesley leapfrogged Richmondshire back into second place and, at the same time, moved to within ten points of leaders Darlington.

Johnston's repeat performance

10:22am Monday 28th July 2014

HEAVY METAL (33-1) gave trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning back-toback victories in the Longines International Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Burke’s Lady an Explosive prospect for potential buyers

10:21am Monday 28th July 2014

EXPLOSIVE Lady has attracted plenty of interest from prospective buyers on the back of an excellent run in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Hamilton and Rosberg at loggerheads

10:20am Monday 28th July 2014

LEWIS HAMILTON and Nico Rosberg face clearthe- air-talks with their Mercedes bosses over Formula One’s summer break after a team orders affair overshadowed a sensational Hungarian Grand Prix.

From Yorkshire to Paris, Le Tour is over

The Northern Echo:

10:19am Monday 28th July 2014

VINCENZO NIBALI will chase the world champion’s rainbow jersey after completing a hat-trick of Grand Tour victories by winning the 101st Tour de France in Paris.

Drinkhall is going for gold

9:54am Monday 28th July 2014

PAUL DRINKHALL believes it is his time to rule the Commonwealth Games after he helped England into the table tennis men’s team final.

Willmott narrowly misses out on second medal as Miley is smiling again

The Northern Echo:

9:37pm Sunday 27th July 2014

THEY might be Great Britain team-mates, but it’s safe to assume Hannah Miley will not be on Aimee Willmott’s Christmas card list this year.

Sunderland heavyweight through to Commonwealth quarter-finals

The Northern Echo:

6:56pm Sunday 27th July 2014

SUNDERLAND heavyweight Warren Baister edged a close contest to progress to the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games this afternoon.

Kilty through to Commonwealth semi-finals - but admits an improvement is required

The Northern Echo:

4:20pm Sunday 27th July 2014

ONE race down, two more to go. Richard Kilty’s debut at a major outdoors championship is up and running, but the ‘Teesside Tornado’ freely admits he will have to step up his performance tomorrow if he is to blow the opposition away.

Somerset v Durham (Royal London Cup)

1:58pm Sunday 27th July 2014

PAUL Collingwood rolled back the years with a magnificent century for Durham in their opening Royal London Cup match at Taunton.

Sunderland bowler suffers narrow quarter-final defeat at Commonwealths

The Northern Echo:

10:22am Sunday 27th July 2014

STUART AIREY thinks Saturday’s dramatic last-end defeat to Wales underlines just how tight the margins are in the Commonwealth Games lawn bowls tournament.

Match report: Rochdale 1 Middlesbrough 3

The Northern Echo:

4:48pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Full-time: Rochdale 1 Middlesbrough 3

Birtley boxer crashes out of Commonwealths in opening bout

The Northern Echo:

1:40pm Saturday 26th July 2014

PAT McCORMACK admits he is struggling to come up with an explanation for the below-par display that saw him crash out of the Commonwealth Games boxing tournament at the very first hurdle this afternoon.

Main set for Doncaster move as Kike starts for Boro at Spotland

The Northern Echo: LISTEN UP: Curtis Main cups his hands to his ear after scoring the winner last night

2:35pm Saturday 26th July 2014

CURTIS MAIN is a notable absentee from the Middlesbrough squad at Rochdale today as talks with Doncaster could lead to his departure.

De Jong worry after Newcastle beat Phoenix

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United Sign Siem de Jong (7814778)

1:31pm Saturday 26th July 2014

YOANN Gouffran scored the only goal to secure Newcastle United a second win on tour in New Zealand.

Willmott helps England team into Commonwealth relay final

The Northern Echo:

12:29pm Saturday 26th July 2014

AIMEE WILLMOTT will swim for her second medal of the Commonwealth Games this evening after helping England's 4x200m freestyle team successfully qualify for the final.

Boro set to confirm signing of Doncaster full-back

The Northern Echo:

11:09am Saturday 26th July 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are set to confirm the £500,000 signing of Doncaster Rovers left-back James Husband.

Robinson returns for Darlington

9:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Jordan Robinson returns for Darlington’s friendly today against his former club Billingham Synthonia.

Adomah back for Boro despite Forest talk

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah celebrates scoring his sides second equalising goal (8617911)

7:02am Saturday 26th July 2014

ALBERT ADOMAH will not be concerned about interest from Nottingham Forest when he gets his pre-season officially underway with Middlesbrough this afternoon.

WSL preview: Cats can cope without top scorer

The Northern Echo: ABSENT: Sunderland will be without top scorer Beth Mead, who is in Canada for the Under-20 World Cup, this weekend

7:02am Saturday 26th July 2014

SUNDERLAND midfielder Rachel Furness insists her side can cope without top scorer Beth Mead as they prepare for tonight’s top of the table clash with Doncaster Rovers Belles.

FEEL GREAT FOR SPORT: Don't confuse back pain with another problem

The Northern Echo: ON THE RUN: Middlesbrough players running on their first day back of pre-season

7:02am Saturday 26th July 2014

A few tips this week for those running with a bad back, or those who simply want to avoid suffering from it.

Billingham teens lead the way

The Northern Echo: (8563688)

7:02am Saturday 26th July 2014

AT Billingham Rugby Club, a legacy is being created to ensure that next year’s Rugby World Cup can have a lasting impact on the development of the game.

Sibling rivalry drives North-East boxer to the brink of Commonwealth Games success

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

EARLIER this year, North-East boxer Pat McCormack was forced to alter his preparations for the Commonwealth Games when his trainers stepped in. After one brawl too many, the Birtley Boxing Club prodigy was banned from fighting his brother.

Saturday Spotlight: Stockton sprinter Kilty still coming to terms with his world champion status

The Northern Echo: GLASGOW BOUND: Richard Kilty will compete for England in the 100m and 4x100m relay at this summer's Commonwealth Games

7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Having won the World Indoor Championships earlier this year, Richard Kilty will be one of the most high-profile performers when the Commonwealth Games 100m gets under way tomorrow. But as Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson learned when he met the Teessider, things have not gone to plan since he claimed the world title

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