Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey which is being filmed at Alnwick Castle

Downton Abbey star captured as filming comes to an end in Alnwick

Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, smiled to the crowd as filming for the Christmas special wrapped up

Middlesbrough play-off hopes are all but ended

ONLY some coupon-busting results in what manager Tony Mowbray calls a ‘ridiculous’ league can revive Middlesbrough’s faint play-off hopes.

teaser: David Meyler

Irish eyes will be on new boy David Meyler

DAVID Meyler starts his international career tonight the day after Sunderland team-mate James McClean was told how lucky he is still to have one.

Martin O'Neill

Sunderland AFC secure contracts for potential stars

SUNDERLAND yesterday secured the long-term futures of 11 potential first-team stars.

James McClean

Euro 2012 call-up is honour for James McClean

SUNDERLAND winger James McClean said he was “honoured” to be named in the Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s European Championship.

Keiran Richardson in action for Sunderland against Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Sunderland 1

SOMETIMES new managers get a false impression of what they have inherited, but there were no such problems for Martin O'Neill yesterday.

teaser: Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson's hailing telepathic Newcastle

HOURS on the training ground have given Newcastle United a degree of telepathy, according to defender Danny Simpson.

Ji Dong-Won

Ji Dong-Won close to finalising move to Sunderland

JI Dong-Won is expected to finalise his move to Sunderland within the next 24-48 hours, and when he does, the South Korean admits he will be stepping into the unknown.

teaser: Titus Bramble

Titus Bramble gets SAFC contract extension

TITUS Bramble is set to be rewarded for an impressive first season at Sunderland with a contract extension after the centre-back indicated he is willing to end his career at the Stadium of Light.

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce can't avoid excuses explaining SAFC loss of form

STEVE Bruce insists he will always try to avoid making excuses as Sunderland manager but argued he cannot avoid them when he tries to explain the Black Cats’ dramatic loss of form.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Sunderland 2

THERE were ominous omens for the superstitious Sunderland fans who braved the snow and ice to make it to Molineux, but once they arrived they found a whole new set of negative messages.

Ireland make their point with victory

KEVIN Doyle and Liam Lawrence teamed up to send Paraguay packing as the Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup scalp.

Title-winners brought down to earth by spending statement

EVEN if you read Mike Ashley’s pre-prepared statement as the longest suicide note in Premier League history, you have to admire his bravery.

Wolverhampton 2 Sunderland 1

JOHN Major was guest of honour at Molineux yesterday to witness Sunderland’s bid for Number Ten end in tatters.

Five steps to stay in the top flight

WHAT Newcastle United must do to remain in the promised land.

Tadhg Purcell cashing in on Quakers move

TADHG Purcell rubbed shoulders with Ronaldo and picked up a science degree while playing football in Ireland.

Sunderland 5, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

THERE was Mick McCarthy prowling the touchline like a caged tiger, a simmering sense of injustice and defending of sub-Championship standard at the Stadium of Light yesterday afternoon.

teaser: St James's Park

Magpies banking on loan market

NEWCASTLE United’s hopes of strengthening their squad have been boosted after it emerged that two of their reported loan targets – Sam Vokes and Marcel Seip – seem certain to leave their respective clubs on a temporary basis in the next week.

Hartlepool 0, Charlton Athletic 2

TWO years after last tasting Premier League football, Charlton Athletic are no longer what they once were.

teaser: Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce is keen to complete signings

STEVE Bruce will this week step up his attempts to sign Lee Cattermole and Fraizer Campbell now the pair’s seasons have finally come to an end.

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