5:00am Friday 23rd September 2016
IF the intention of the hackers behind the ‘Fancy Bears’ leak of medical data was to deflect attention away from the Russian drugs scandal, then they have succeeded handsomely. Instead of criticising the state-sponsored doping programme that poisoned so much of Russian sport, those who cherish a drugs-free sporting world are fighting amongst themselves as they wrestle with the ethical dilemma highlighted by this month’s leaks.
5:00am Friday 9th September 2016
IT is barely three months since Wes Morgan was hoisting the Premier League trophy above his head, but Leicester City’s success is already feeling more like a blip than a deep-rooted changing of the ways.
5:00am Friday 26th August 2016
DAVID MOYES’ brutally honest assessment of Sunderland’s financial position has resulted in two key questions being asked. Why, at a time when more money is flowing into the Premier League than ever before, is the club unable to compete with the vast majority of its top-flight rivals? And is Sunderland’s owner, Ellis Short, ultimately the one to blame?
5:00am Friday 19th August 2016
THIS has been a truly remarkable Olympic fortnight for Team GB, but while Britain’s rivals attempt to uncover some underhand explanation for the nation’s stunning series of successes in Rio, the truth is that there is no secret formula to what we have been witnessing.
5:00am Friday 29th July 2016
A WEEK tomorrow, the eyes of the sporting world will be trained on Rio as the Games of the 31st Olympiad being. Finally, after one of the most damaging periods in Olympic history, sporting action will eclipse legal wrangling and disciplinary debate as the key topic of conversation.
10:52am Thursday 21st July 2016
COLLECTIVE punishment or individual justice? As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wrestles with the fall-out from the latest revelations relating to state-sponsored drug taking in Russian sport, the key dilemma is whether potentially-clean athletes should be punished for the wrongs that were going on around them.
5:04pm Friday 15th July 2016
HAD Roy Hodgson been dismissed in the immediate aftermath of his first European Championships failure, when England crashed out of Euro 2012 thanks to a penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy, David Moyes, rather than Sam Allardyce, would almost certainly have figured prominently on the list of potential candidates to replace him.
7:59am Friday 8th July 2016
SAM ALLARDYCE is now the strong 4-1 favourite to be appointed as the next England manager, yet to many people, certainly away from Wearside, talk of him succeeding Roy Hodgson is met with a mixture of incredulity and disgust. In the language of the sports marketing sector, the Sunderland boss is in need of a ‘brand makeover’.
9:22am Thursday 30th June 2016
GARETH SOUTHGATE is the right man for England – he’s just not been considered for the right position. Rather than being touted as England’s next manager, even on an interim basis, the former Middlesbrough boss, who has effectively ruled himself out of the running, should be one of the three men charged with the task of identifying Roy Hodgson’s successor.
10:31am Friday 3rd June 2016
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson with an alternative look at Euro 2016
5:00am Friday 27th May 2016
YOU wait for what seems like an eternity for international sporting action to return to the North-East, and then two high-profile England matches arrive at once. Less like London buses, more like the fleet of 8As that will be ferrying supporters from the cricket at Chester-le-Street to the football at the Stadium of Light in time for kick-off.
6:00am Friday 20th May 2016
With the North-East football season having come to an end last weekend, it’s time for a personal look back at some of the highs and lows of the last 12 months
5:00am Friday 6th May 2016
WHEN Steve Gibson rose to his feet at last May’s post-Wembley get together in a London hotel, with the pain of play-off final defeat all-too-evident in his crackling voice, he made a pledge to the players, backroom staff and supporters who were with him in the room.
7:00am Friday 29th April 2016
YORKSHIRE folk don’t need too much of an excuse to proclaim their county the centre of the universe, but in sporting terms at least, the last few years have given them sufficient ammunition to mount a valid argument.
5:00am Friday 15th April 2016
JUST over a month ago, I remember sitting with a group of Middlesbrough supporters on a bench at Charlton station and picking through the carcass of a club that felt like it was in meltdown.
5:00am Friday 8th April 2016
GENERALLY, when an England team crashes out of a major sporting tournament, we like to have a scapegoat.
5:00am Friday 1st April 2016
ON first examination, it would appear that Gwyneth Paltrow has precious little in common with the North-East’s two biggest football clubs. However, 18 years after the Hollywood actress shot to stardom by appearing in the film of the same name, both Newcastle United and Sunderland are about to have their own ‘Sliding Doors’ moment.
5:00am Friday 25th March 2016
ENGLAND return to action in Germany tomorrow, with the friendly in Berlin’s Olympiastadion marking the start of a five-match run-in to the start of the European Championships in France.
9:14am Thursday 3rd March 2016
THERE are no winners in the sordid fall from grace that sees Adam Johnson awaiting a lengthy custodial sentence following his conviction for serious sexual activity with a child, but amid the rush to apportion blame and guilt, it is worth remembering that there is a very real victim.
5:00am Friday 26th February 2016
WHEN news emerged last week that Wayne Rooney was facing a lengthy injury lay-off that would disrupt his preparations for this summer’s European Championships, it was like the ghost of tournaments past had walked into the room.
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.
Chief sports writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.
Fraser Kicks Off
Chief football writer Paul Fraser keeps an eye on the region’s football scene and considers whether Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough do things right.
Award winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.
Fraser From The Fairway
Golf writer Paul Fraser takes a look at the North-East golf scene.
Feel Great For Sport
Former Darlington Football Club physiotherapist Paul Gough offers advice on how to stay fit and fresh for longer.
Darlington captain Kevin Burgess, who joined the club in the summer of 2015, takes a look at the week’s events at the club.
Trevor Oakley, 34, has supported Darlington FC for over 25 years, seeing few highs and many lows. Like all fans, he has his opinions; time will tell whether you agree.