'A good man, a great man, a lovely guy'

Hundreds of mourners turned out yesterday to pay their last respects to a popular fitness instructor who was killed in a car crash.

Shawan's real shooting star

Eagles star Olu Babalola has endorsed the club's capture of his former team-mate Shawan Robinson and believes the guard can make a big impact on Tyneside.

RTC North - Competing for tomorrow, not just today

For nearly 20 years, technology and innovation specialists at RTC North have been working with North-East companies on commercialising new products.

So many say their farewells to Peter

Family, colleagues and friends will gather this morning at the funeral of fitness instructor Peter Tullin who died last week when his car plunged into the River Tyne.

Eagles ready to fly again, vows Blake

Newcastle Eagles' chief Paul Blake insists the club can defend their four trophies this season - despite operating on a reduced player budget.

F1: Last lap in sight

Michael Schumacher set the scene perfectly with a trademark victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza before announcing the end of his record-breaking career.

BTCC: It's not over yet

Jason Plato refuses to give up on his championship hopes despite his bitter-sweet trip to Knockhill last weekend.

Floral tributes to crash victim

A book of condolence was opened at a fitness centre yesterday to remember instructor Peter Tullin, who died when his car smashed through a safety barrier.

Son killed in river plunge

A family told of their double tragedy last night after a son was killed when his car plunged into the River Tyne.

Top marks for college

Derwentside College in Consett, County Durham, has been placed in the top 10% of colleges nationally.

Ordeal of boy hit by motorbike

A nine-year-old boy hit by a motorcycle as he stood on a school footpath was yesterday recovering at home.

Four missing for Fife

Whitley Warriors begin their Northern League programme with an away game against defending champions Fife Flyers this evening - after travelling north without four key players.

Home truths

At this time of year thousands of people are taking long car journeys and thanks to Clarkson and his numbskull disciples, it should be a fairly hellish activity.

Biker dies in crash

A motorcyclist has died in an accident in Cumbria.

F1: Dream comes true in Massa's first win

Felipe Massa fought back the tears after making his boyhood dreams come true with his first Formula One win in yesterday's Turkish Grand Prix.

Plea as boy hurt in crash

A mother yesterday urged youngsters to wear cycle helmets after her son suffered a fractured skull.

F1: Fantastic first

Felipe Massa savoured a "fantastic" first pole position, but hinted he would sacrifice victory in the Turkish Grand Prix to help Michael Schumacher's world championship bid.

Baby saved from fire

A baby was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation yesterday after a young family were rescued from their burning home.

Master of marketing is a keynote speaker

A master of marketing has set the standard for the third Making the Most of Marketing Show, which takes place on November 15.

Motorsport: Burning rubber

Local boys Scott Smart, Dennis Hobbs, Paul Veazey and Michael Hill are looking for a haul of good results as the British Superbike Championship makes its annual visit to the North today.

Superbikes: Rea storms on

Ace Johnny "Stormy" Rea was back on form yesterday to snatch pole ahead of today's two British Superbike races at Croft Circuit.

F1: Button's Hungar for victor

Jenson Button claims he can put the pressure behind him after finally winning his first grand prix.

Superbikes: What a time for BSB to come to region

There's just one week to go until the biggest motorsport event of the year roars into the region - and it couldn't have arrived at a better time.

Two students killed

Two teenage exchange students and a pensioner were killed yesterday when their car crashed into a lorry parked in a layby.

Plato needs to turn up the heat

It's do or die time for honorary Geordie Jason Plato as the title fight in this year's British Touring Car Championship hots up.

F1 not boring insists Button

Jenson Button has rejected accusations that Formula One is boring and claimed this weekend's German Grand Prix will prove him right.

Schu back in top spot

Michael Schumacher gave his world championship ambitions a shot in the arm by taking pole position for today's United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

Dan-tastic

Dani Pedrosa smashed the pole lap record to grab the top spot ahead of today's GAS British Motorcycle GP at Donington Park.

Victory snatched

American Nicky Hayden won a thrilling battle with fellow countryman Colin Edwards to snatch victory in the Dutch TT at Assen.

Ex-lifeboatman dies at age of 39

A former Northumberland lifeboat crew member has died at the age of 39 less than three months after he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Burning rubber with Zoe Burn

Bird's flying to Croft for BTCC: Stobart Honda BSB team boss Paul Bird is to test a touring car next week and could even line up on the grid at Croft next month, Burning Rubber can exclusively reveal today.

Haslam smashes record

Leon Haslam fired a warning shot to his British Superbike rivals at Snetterton yesterday as he smashed the lap record to take his third pole of the season.

F1: Button's career in a spin

Jenson Button feels his Honda career is on the decline simply because the team has stood still, writes Ian Parkes.

F1: Button seeking a Silver lining

Jenson Button hopes to do his bit on an "awesome" weekend for British sport but admits England are unlikely to get much of a World Cup boost from him at Silverstone.

Babies doing well after tragic crash

The grandfather of two children who were injured when their pushchair was hit by a stolen car said last night they were doing well at home.

F1: Alonso relishes victory

World champion Fernando Alonso scorched to a crushing home win in the Spanish Grand Prix to send a sell-out 130,000 crowd wild in Barcelona yesterday.

Police watchdog will investigate tragedy

The crash which left a grandmother dead and her young family seriously hurt will now be subject to a criminal investigation, and a probe by police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Superbikes: North boys are broken

Gregorio Lavilla smashed his own lap record to grab pole for today's British Superbike races at Donington Park - while two of the North's favourite riders were left sidelined with broken bones in qualifying crashes.

We have now won everything

Player-coach Fab Flournoy has spoken of his delight after Newcastle Eagles were crowned BBL League champions for the first time in their history after romping to a 102-82 win against London Towers.

Flying Eagles ready to Rock

After Thursday's destruction of third-placed Sheffield, the force could well be with the Eagles as they bid to get one hand on the BBL League trophy with a win over fellow title chasers the Scottish Rocks tonight.

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