Motor cycling: Suzuki's Chris in top slot at Assen

Rizla Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen has claimed pole position for the A-Style MotoGP Dutch TT.

Rock leads headline risers with 4%

Having spent most of the week's last trading session in the red, the UK stock market pushed back into positive territory and the FTSE 100 Index finished36.6 points up at 6607.9.

Vertu snaps up five Honda dealerships

Fast growing Vertu snapped up five motor dealerships in the East Midlands for £4.6m yesterday - and last night rumours were circulating there was another deal to follow.

Death crash will remain a mystery

A couple died when their car went out of control and crashed head-on with another on the A1 in Northumberland on Christmas Eve.

Motorcycling: Smith battles to seventh

Britain's Bradley Smith bounced back from a practice-session crash to finish seventh in the Nickel & Dime British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington Park.

Rising star sitting third

Rising star Graeme Gowland is sitting third in the prestigious Spanish CEV Championship after scoring his third podium in as many races last weekend.

Tornado has a total stormer

Texas Tornado Colin Edwards blew away the opposition as he stormed to pole position yesterday.

Hero lewis is best of british

Lewis Hamilton's sensational emergence in Formula One this season has been hailed as "good for Britain".

Brothers on parade

Three brothers who joined the Army together took part in a parade yesterday to celebrate completing their training.

Fall in profit costs Nissan their bonuses

The board of motor giant Nissan will not receive bonuses after failing to meet performance targets, the carmaker confirmed last night.

F1: Rookie lives American dream

Lewis Hamilton claimed his second victory in a row as McLaren scored a third straight one-two finish of the season at the United States Grand Prix last night.

Superbikes: Irish eyes smile despite the rain

Jonathan Rea will start today's two British Superbike races from pole at home in Ireland after a late charge yesterday afternoon.

F1: Fernando takes initiative

Fernando Alonso dominated both practices in Indianapolis last night with the fastest laps in each of the sessions for tomorrow's United States Grand Prix.



Three bailed on robbery

Three men have been arrested after a teenager was robbed as he used a cashpoint in Seaham on Sunday afternoon.

Shares for King

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King has been awarded shares potentially worth more than £500,000 as the board seeks to retain its top talent following a private equity approach for the firm this year.

Line up to lose weight

Schools in Gateshead are coming together this week in a line dancing extravaganza in an effort to beat childhood obesity.

Dido and Aeneas, Theatre Royal

Opera singer James Laing has so many interests in life it's a wonder he finds time to sing at all, as Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr finds out.

Formula One: Realistic Lewis enjoys the glory

Lewis Hamilton savoured his first Grand Prix victory but said his dream to win the world drivers' championship may have to wait.

F1: Lewis claims pole

Rookie sensation Lewis Hamilton claimed the first pole position of his short career after holding off McLaren team-mate and world champion Fernando Alonso in qualifying for today's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Three killed in crash at TT races

A rider and two spectators were killed yesterday in an accident during the Senior TT motorcycle race on the Isle of Man.

Superbikes: Prepare for real speed

Lap record holder John McGuinness says the magical 130mph lap "will definitely happen" in the final race of the Centenary Isle of Man Festival, today's Senior TT.

F1: Rivals defend star

Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz have hit back at former world champion Jacques Villeneuve for his verbal attack on Formula One sensation Lewis Hamilton.

Favourite leads way

Hot favourite John McGuinness led from start to finish to win the Bennetts Superbike TT, the opening race at the Centenary Isle of Man Festival.

BTCC: Gio enjoys a Fab Croft outing

Racing fans at Croft saw a Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship master at work as VX Racing's Fabrizio Giovanardi dominated round 12 to score his fifth win of the season.

BTCC: Italian takes advantage

Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi moved to within two points of the lead in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after winning the final race at Croft.

Scott stuff!

Gordon Shedden scorched to pole yesterday ahead of today's British Touring Car Championship showdown at Croft.

Speedy Simon is on track for Croft

Speed king Simon Blanckley is relishing his return home this weekend when the British Touring Car Championship rolls into the North East.

BTC: Keen to keep climbing

Touring car rookie Simon Blanckley goes into his home race at Croft on Sunday confident he can score more championship points.

F1: Taking it east

Lewis hamilton will go gunning for glory in today's Monaco Grand Prix if given the chance - but he will not take risks.

Speedway: Croft the original!

Reigning Dunlop British Touring Car champion Matt Neal claims the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire is top of his list when it comes to driving challenges.

Motorsport: Burning Rubber

Shane Byrne stormed to pole at Snetterton yesterday ahead of today's two British Superbike Championship races.

I want to invest in region, says boss

A manufacturing entrepreneur has bought a County Durham precision engineering business and aims to make two more acquisitions over the next two months.

Burning Rubber: Gowla powers to third in first outing

Northumberland's Graeme Gowland has launched his assault on the Spanish CEV Championship by powering to third in his first race at Albacete.

The new Schu

Bernie Ecclestone has compared Lewis Hamilton to seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher - but doubts he will lift the title in his debut season.

Alonso's back in the old routine

Fernando Alonso topped his first free-practice session since the season-opener as McLaren dominated early proceedings in the build-up to tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix.

Superbikes: Placings please Haslam

Leon Haslam took the positives of a strong points haul in the fourth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, despite having to give second best to first his team-mate Gregorio Lavilla and then to reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Burning Rubber

Gaffney's making his mark on track - Durham's Sean Gaffney is leading his first major British racing series after just two rounds of the British Formula Ford Championship.

BTCC: Overdrive

Touring car rookie Simon Blanckley says he is "not expecting miracles" as his sibsport team go into this weekend's round at Thruxton, despite having scored their first championship point at Rockingham last time out - in only their second event.

Peacocks still in the best of health

The Peacocks have been making orthotics in Newcastle for more than 100 years.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
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Business Editor
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Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer