Defeats haunting Flournoy

It was just before 7pm on March 4 and as he approached the locker room with a face like thunder, Fabulous Flournoy's mood was as black as the curtain that hid the on-court celebrations that, for the first time in a long time, did not involve him.

Bidding for silver lining

When Newcastle Eagles held their pre-season Press conference they proudly showed off the four trophies they had won in a clean sweep of domestic honours.

Dynamic leaders share centre stage

Combining duties as player and coach remains rare in British basketball but there will be two men in action in such a role in the North-East this weekend.

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North blaze to final

Newcastle Eagles won't be the only local team taking part in the prestigious British Basketball Finals at the Metro Radio Arena this weekend.

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Winn aims for success

Smith backs 'super' format

New national coach Tony Smith has given his backing to the unusual group format unveiled yesterday for the 2008 World Cup, writes Ian Laybourn.

Blaydon standing on the brink of history

Four tries stand between Blaydon and an achievement of historic proportions for the club, according to honorary secretary Jim Huxley.

Woods: Prove your mettle

Furious Gateshead Thunder head coach Dave Woods has called on his players to prove their mettle in the wake of the 66-0 defeat at Workington Town.

Winning Thunder given a warning

Gateshead Thunder will be looking to build on a superb opening-day win against York when they travel to Workington - with coach Dave Woods warning Friday's 26-18 victory means nothing unless they play well today.

Thunder look to defence for glory

Gateshead Thunder begin their National League Two season at Kingston Park this afternoon when they face York City Knights with coach Dave Woods hoping to kick on from a strong defensive display in the Challenge Cup last weekend.

Neck and neck for promotion

A season of hard work could all come down to who wins by the most points in the last two games as Blaydon and Tynedale fight it out for top spot and automatic promotion from National Three North.

Netball: Hopes in the balance

Northumbria are fighting for their play-off lives following a second Netball Super League defeat in six days at London-based Mavericks on Saturday.

Salford clash switch

North East rugby league fans have been denied the chance to see a Super League side on Tyneside for the first time since Gateshead's solitary top-flight season in 1999.

Net gain as Aubry recovers

Peter Aubry today revealed how he hopes to be back in time for Newcastle Vipers' Elite League play-off title push.

Thunder land big guns

Gateshead Thunder have been drawn at home to Super League club Salford City Reds in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup on April 1.

Thunder targeting a Super Cup tie

Gateshead are dreaming of a plum tie against a Super League club when the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup is drawn in Leeds tonight.

Thunder ease to season's first win

Gateshead Thunder produced a fine display to beat French Elite division club Limoux by 16 points in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Vipers 3, Hull Stingrays 0

Teenage goalie Mark Lee shut out the Stingrays for the second time this season, as the Vipers took a big step towards play-off qualification.

Thunder bidding for Challenge Cup glory

Gateshead Thunder are hoping to go one better than in 2004 when they narrowly lost 26-22 against Limoux in the Challenge Cup under Seamus McCallion.

Thunder face tricky Cup hurdle

Gateshead Thunder face a Carnegie Challenge Cup third round tie against French outfit Limoux on Tyneside tonight with prestige and a possible financial windfall at stake, writes JEFF BOWRON.

Drugs helpline given kick-start

Tyneside's rugby league squad kicked off a new bid to cut down on drug use yesterday.

Spotlight is firmly on Flood

Toby Flood's family history suggests he should feel comfortable with life in the spotlight.

Injuries could put Corry back in control

Martin Corry could regain the England captaincy for Sunday's Six Nations showdown with title favourites France - just two months and three Tests after he lost it.

Thunder hit by a Knights' try blitz

York City Knights completed an emphatic Northern Rail Cup double over pointless Gateshead Thunder with an eight-try victory at a wet and windy Huntington stadium.

England face Wilkinson wait

England will begin preparations for their Six Nations clash against France in a familiar position - with an injury cloud hanging over Jonny Wilkinson.

Devil of a job as Vipers aim to reach play-offs

Paddy O'Connor has told Newcastle Vipers to throw everything plus the kitchen sink into their bid to seal a play-off place in the Elite League.

All music to my ears

Last week, we reminisced about The Police reforming. I yearn to see Barry Blue return to his rightful Top Of The Bill status.

Wigan Athletic 1, Newcastle United 0

It defies all logic given the relative sizes of the clubs, but Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic were competing on an even basis yesterday.

Paul in salute to Saints' triumph

Returning hero Paul Sculthorpe hailed his side's "great team performance" after inspiring St Helens to victory in the World Club Challenge Trophy at Bolton's Reebok Stadium last night.

Aubry to be kept back by Vipers

Vipers' chief Paddy O'Connor insists that Newcastle will not take any chances on netminder Peter Aubry in a bid to keep him fresh for the Elite League play-offs, (writes Lee Ryder).

New coach wins Flood of cheers

Democracy is alive and well in Brian Ashton's brave new England - and Toby Flood could not be more excited.

Wilkinson ready to return

When Jonny Wilkinson runs out in an England jersey on Saturday for the first time in more than three years, he promises he will be better than ever.

New skipper has hunger for success

Phil Vickery will lead England into the 2007 Six Nations admitting the last 12 months have proven "unacceptable" for the world champions.

Wigan make their Mark

Wigan coach Brian Noble has returned to his old club Bradford to sign 18-year-old stand-off Mark Flanagan.

West Rugby Round-up

Cumbria League leaders Workington maintained their 100 per cent record when they hammered Aspatria Eagles 67-5 at the Ellis Sports Ground.

Win comes at a price

A drop goal two minutes from time by Chris Malone earned Bath a precious Guinness Premiership win to kick-start Christmas celebrations on the Rec last night.

Santas' big grab

Three men dressed as Santa burst into a Carphone Warehouse store in St Helens, Merseyside, on Thursday night, threatened staff with pistols and demanded cash.

Coach predicts exciting times

Gateshead Thunder, whose prospective new coach Dave Woods flies into England tomorrow, will face York City Knights in both their Northern Rail Cup and National League Two opening fixtures in 2007.

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.

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