Soaring into play-off finals

The Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles are still on course to end the season with a trophy after a hard-fought play-off semi-final win yesterday over the Sheffield Sharks.

Police motorcycle `is danger to lives'

Police forces across the UK were under pressure last night to withdraw a controversial police motorcycle from service after a coroner ruled it was a "serious and continued" threat to riders' lives.

Landmark sales of Sunderland Note

The popularity of the Sunderland-built Nissan Note model was confirmed yesterday when the Japanese company announced it has sold its 100,000th car.

I want to stay with Eagles says Dorsey

British basketball legend and three-time BBL Championship winner Tony "Dynamite" Dorsey has revealed that he is desperate to extend his Eagles career beyond this weekend's play-offs.

Eagles to home in on glory

A rampant Newcastle Eagles romped to an easy 109-84 play-off quarter-final win against Milton Keynes last night to book their place at BBL Finals Weekend.

BTCC: Happy not to be last

British Touring Car rookie Simon Blanckley will continue on his amazing motorsport journey this weekend as his independent sibsport team take on the championship's stars at Rockingham.

Crash driver reported

A landrover Freelander crashed into fencing on the A5091 in Cumbria just after 2.30pm yesterday.

Losing is not an option – Dorsey

Veteran forward Tony "Dynamite" Dorsey is determined to ensure Newcastle Eagles' season doesn't end tonight when they host Milton Keynes Lions in a crucial play-off quarter-final clash.

Riders hurt in crash

A motorcyclist and his passenger have suffered serious injuries after a crash in County Durham.

F1: Rookie Lewis making mark

Lewis Hamilton ensured his place in Formula One history after claiming his third successive podium finish in the Bahrain Grand Prix yesterday - then warned his rivals that McLaren are going from strength to strength.

F1: Why Lewis is the tiger!

Lewis Hamilton isn't daunted by the prospect of starting on the front row in today's Bahrain Grand Prix after securing second place in qualifying yesterday.

Burning Rubber: Hobbs battles on

A battered and bruised Dennis Hobbs is lining up for his second race of the year today - less than a week since a spectacular crash almost left him sidelined.

Lions look best bet for Eagles

If any game in the BBL can be termed meaningless then the Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles' loss yesterday at Plymouth could be that game.

More details emerge on Co-op raid knifeman

Police yesterday released further details of a raid on a village store in a bid to track down the knife-wielding robber.

F1: Hunger pangs

Felipe Massa said he felt it was vital he made his mark on this year's F1 championship after claiming a brilliant pole position for today's race at Sepang.

Motorsport: Hobbsy is going all out

Dennis Hobbs will be going all out to make an early charge for his first major title when the British Supersport Championship roars into action tomorrow.

Sharks eyeing up Eagles' title

Former Eagles forward Pete Scantlebury brings his Sheffield Sharks side to the Arena tonight looking to place one hand on Newcastle Eagles' league crown, with the reigning champions now resigned to losing their grip after a barren season.

Eagles stay in top three

The Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles came away from Worcester with their expected road win last night.

Eagles put record straight

Newcastle Eagles' abysmal BBL Trophy final performance last weekend will linger long in the memory.

Eagles take the Hy road

Crestfallen BBL Trophy losers Newcastle Eagles showed resilience as they returned to winning ways with a thumping 113-96 win over London United last night.

Wilson gets his reward

Mark Wilson came out on top in a four-man and three-hole play-off to win the Honda Classic in Palm Beach, Florida, yesterday.

Important date for the Eagles

Today's BBL Trophy Final is without doubt the most important date of the season for the Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles so far.

Silicon found in fuel as thousands hit by car faults

Scientists last night said they had found silicon in fuel suspected of causing thousands of cars to break down during the past week.

One Tiger that can't be caged

Henrik Stenson's desert triumph for Sweden in Arizona at the weekend was another indication of how much more global golf has become.

Eagles take on the sharks

The Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles travel to Sheffield today looking to bounce back from their Friday night loss to the Scottish Rocks.

Commander is chief

Imperial Commander was cut by VC Bet from 33s to 25-1 for the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after a fluent success at Newcastle yesterday.

Nigel's a man in command

Imperial Commander stole the show at Newcastle with an impressive victory that sets the scene for a likely trip to the Cheltenham Festival.

Fire boss Paul is blazing a trail

Firefighter Paul Howey is gearing up for a gruelling 4,700-mile trek across America to raise money for families of his fallen colleagues.

Dynamite blows up the Rocks

Veteran Tony Dorsey rolled back the years with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in an 80-74 success away to Scottish Rocks last night.

Fab has players in gym at 6.30 every morning

Newcastle Eagles forward Olu Babalola has hailed player-coach Fab Flournoy's punishing training regime as the key to the team's revival ahead of another crunch weekend for the club.

Armed pair in two raids

Armed raiders struck at two service stations on Tyneside within five minutes, snatching cash and terrifying staff.

Youngster stars in Eagles win

The Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles produced a much improved performance on Saturday for their third successive win and second of the Festive period.

Having a tough time on the losing side

Eaglesveteran TJ Walker has admitted he is finding it tough captaining the side through what has been a disappointing season so far for the club.

Kings are deposed

The Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles notched up their expected road win at City of Edinburgh Kings in the BBL Trophy group game last night.

Defoe in majestic form

Darius defoe hit a career-high 31 points as Newcastle Eagles crushed the City of Edinburgh Kings 109-57 to set up what will effectively be a BBL Trophy quarter-final with Scottish Rocks on Friday.

Superbikes: Ellison brothers swap places

They're perhaps the most successful siblings in British motorcycle racing at the moment, but it looks like it could be the lesser-known Ellison who will be the bigger name for 2007 as the two Cumbrian brothers embark on new superbike rides.

Eagles stung into action by criticism

Newcastle Eagles coach Fab Flournoy has admitted he and his players have been licking their wounds this week following a no-holds-barred attack by their own boss Paul Blake.

We must Bridge gap

Newcastle guard Andrew Bridge has admitted the Eagles are in danger of becoming also-rans if they do not improve quickly after going down 81-75 in Plymouth last night.

The wild sea is still calling me

A yatchsman whose dream of winning a solo transatlantic race ended when his boat capsized is back on dry land - and says he is not striking his colours just yet.

Accident closes road

A man was in intensive care in hospital yesterday after stepping into the path of an oncoming car on the A189 Spine Road, 400m north of Cowpen Road in Blyth, at 3am on Saturday.


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