Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner

Stuart Rayner is a sports writer covering a range of North East sports. Before joining us in February 2005, he worked for the Liverpool Echo.

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Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes back to boost Durham - just don't ask how

Durham will have the unexpected bonus of their best player available today - they just have to work out where best to slot him in

Calum MacLeod of Durham Jets in action

Calum MacLeod has chance to make his mark for Durham Jets

Tonight's Twenty20 game against Northamptonshire marks the start of the most important part of Calum MacLeod's Durham career

Costel Pantilimon

New goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon expecting fair competition at Sunderland

New Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon believes he will get a fair chance to show what he can do for the Black Cats

Glenn McCrory, has his eyes tested at the new Optical Express in Eldon Square, with optometrist Darren Pabari

Glenn McCrory: I should never have been allowed to box but I cheated the eye test

Glenn McCrory was a world champion boxer – but his vision was so appalling he wasn't fit to drive, let alone to fight. He talks to Stuart Rayner about how he cheated on his eye tests to pursue the dream that took him to the very top

Durham v Warwickshire

Durham v Warwickshire, Day Three: Nothing sweet about Durham surrender

A Durham defeat against Warwickshire was inevitable, but the way they rushed headlong to it yesterday was unseemly

Graham Onions in action for Durham against Warwickshire

Durham's failings not allowing match to fall flat just yet

There is only one way for Durham to breathe life into their match against Warwickshire - and unfortunately they are threatening to do it

Will Porterfield hits out off the bowling of John Hastings

Durham toss their opening-day advantage away against Warwickshire

For the second time in a week, Durham's Paul Collingwood won the toss and wished he hadn't

Billy Jones in action for West Brom against Newcastle United last season

Sunderland signing Billy Jones may have to make debut as a left-back

New signing Billy Jones could be asked to play left-back for Sunderland if they are unable to sign a specialist before the start of next season

Mark Stoneman of Durham bats during day three of the Champion County match between Marylebone Cricket Club and Durham

Battling Durham make a mockery of Paul Collingwood

Not for the first time in this match, the cricketers made Paul Collingwood look silly as Durham scrapped for a draw

Durham batsman Paul Collingwood in action

Yorskhire v Durham, day three: Headingley pitch has Paul Collingwood in a spin

Paul Collingwood leapt to the defensive of his players last night, but there was spin off the field as well as on it at Headingley


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