Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas is The Journal's chief sports writer. He covers a wide range of sports and has been with us since 2008.

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Laura Weightman

Steve Cram backs Laura Weightman to be a Commonwealth Games contender

There was joy for three North East athletes yesterday with Alyson Dixon, Weightman and Teesside sprinter Richard Kilty all picked for the Commonwealths, which start next month

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher told to return to pre-season training a week early by Sunderland

Black Cats forward Steven Fletcher wants to prove his fitness ahead of new season after being told he has a clean slate next year

Sammy Ameobi

Newcastle United forward Sammy Ameobi on Middlesbrough's radar

If Newcastle manage to land their targets then that would open the way for Sammy Ameobi to depart St James' Park

Costel Pantilimon

Sunderland set to sign Romania international Costel Pantilimon

Sunderland still have plenty of work to do ahead of the new season and are looking to bring in free agents as part of a major overhaul of their squad

St James Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club

Newcastle United prepared to remain patient in hunt for targets

The Journal understands Newcastle United are targeting another five arrivals to add to Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback

Jack Colback

Mark Douglas: Jack Colback unwittingly at centre of derby tensions

Jack Colback is an unlikely lightning conductor for Tyne-Wear tension - but Sunderland need to learn their lessons, not shift the blame

Swansea's Ashley Williams

Swansea turn down Sunderland's £4m offer for defender Ashley Williams

Swansea City have turned down Sunderland’s £4million offer for Ashley Williams and told them to return with a bigger offer

Remy Cabella of Montpellier Herault SC in action

Montpellier club president takes swipe at Newcastle United over Remy Cabella

Newcastle United accused of taking Montpellier for "fools" by the French club's president Louis Nicollin

What can we expect from World Cup

England long overdue a convincing performance at the World Cup - can this be any different?

The best players in the world need to buck the trend and perform well for this to be a memorable World Cup tournament

Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara

Massadio Haidara set for left-back promotion - which leaves Davide Santon's future uncertain

Haidara's future was undecided before the end of the campaign with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew deliberately pitching the young left-back into action at the end of the season


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