Phelps fastest in Arizona comeback

The Northern Echo: Michael Phelps is making his return to competitive swimming

8:59pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, marked his return to competitive swimming on Thursday by posting the quickest time in qualifying for the men's 100 metre butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona.

Farbrace: I couldn't say no to ECB

The Northern Echo: Paul Farbrace, pictured, is looking forward to working with Peter Moores

9:10pm Thursday 24th April 2014

England's new assistant coach Paul Farbrace will have "mixed feelings" about taking on former employers Sri Lanka next month but felt the chance to work with his own national side was too good to turn down.

Klopp not interested in United post

The Northern Echo: Jurgen Klopp is not interested in taking charge at Manchester United

6:56pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of contention to become the next manager of Manchester United, and insists he has not been approached for the job either.

Four-game ban for Ramires

The Northern Echo: Chelsea midfielder Ramires, left, has accepted a four-game ban by the Football Association

6:54pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the Blues' title run-in after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct.

United draw up manager shortlist

The Northern Echo: Louis van Gaal is believed to be the frontrunner for the Manchester United job

5:41pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Manchester United have begun their hunt for a successor for David Moyes in earnest, drawing up a shortlist and sending out feelers to potential candidates.

Rocket rattled by Perry

The Northern Echo: Ronnie O'Sullivan will resume his second round clash with Joe Perry on Friday trailing 5-3

5:30pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Ronnie O'Sullivan was second best to Joe Perry in the opening session of their Dafabet World Championship second round match.

Owen: 'Huge credit' to Rodgers

The Northern Echo: Michael Owen believes Liverpool are playing the right way

4:05pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes his old club are on course to win the title the "right way" but thinks they will struggle to enjoy the sustained domination of previous generations.

Long term view for Woods - agent

The Northern Echo: Tiger Woods is taking a long term approach to his return from a back operation

3:09pm Thursday 24th April 2014

World number one Tiger Woods is taking a long-term view of his return to action and is thinking about "the next 10 or 15 years, not the next 10 weeks", according to his agent.

Fury signs new Falcons deal

The Northern Echo: Dean Richards, pictured, has described Warren Fury as a 'tenacious and determined individual'

9:49am Thursday 24th April 2014

Aviva Premiership club Newcastle have announced a new two-year contract for scrum-half Warren Fury.

Guardiola proud despite defeat

The Northern Echo: Pep Guardiola hailed Bayern Munich's performance despite his side losing to Real Madrid

8:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insisted he was proud of his team even though they lost the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid.

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