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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Mauricio Isla

Newcastle United rumoured to be interested in Mauricio Isla

Newcastle United could turn to the Juventus man as a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy who is expected to seal move to Arsenal

Scott Borthwick

Scott Borthwick already feeling the benefit of Shane Warne's masterclass

Durham might be short on cash, but they have still been able to pull off the signing of Shane Warne

Mark Wood of Durham celebrates with team-mates

Durham v Yorkshire, day one: Mark Wood returns to save Paul Collingwood's face

Mark Wood's 4-76 might not have had the effect it ought to on his international prospects, but it spared Paul Collingwood's blushes

Phil Mustard put in a great performance for Durham Jets

Durham cruise to excellent win over Derbyshire in T20 blast

John Hastings, Phil Mustard and Ben Stokes shine in Durham's eight wicket win over Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street

Durham cricketer Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood warns Durham have improved after title win

Durham have hit form and are now stronger than they were when they won last season's title, according to Paul Collingwood

Gus Poyet, head coach of Sunderland AFC

Sunderland will pitch for Chelsea's best youngsters to plug the gaps

Sunderland will try to exploit their links with Chelsea to fill the gaps in their squad the club's academy cannot

Keaton Jennings celebrates his century with Michael Richardson

Future England mainstays shine with Durham on fast-forward

Durham are on the brink of consecutive County Championship victories after yesterday's remarkable final session against Sussex

Ben Stokes

Durham v Sussex, Day Two: Ben Stokes reminds England why they cannot do without him

England might have thought they were good enough to do without Ben Stokes, but if so he proved them wrong against Sussex

Durham’s Calum MacLeod has potential to be a star says team-mate Mark Stoneman

Calum MacLeod's second coming is tribute to Paul Collingwood

The inexorable rise of Calum MacLeod has been an incredible story, but he is quick to stress the role of Paul Collingwood

Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore's pre-season hope after suffering hamstring problems in World Cup

Jozy Altidore will miss USA's next World Cup match but the latest bulletin on his hamstring raises the hope he could be fit for pre-season

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