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Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez in action

Rodriguez signing close, but Sunderland must step up without him

Sunderland step up their pre-season programme in Albufeira this evening with the bulk of their summer rebuilding still to be done

Rob Elliot feels New Zealand shutouts will put him in contention

Rob Elliot attempts to make a save during a Newcastle United training session
Londoner delighted with pre-season form after good shows in Wellington and Dunedin

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

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

Newcastle could be tempted to move for Loic Remy after last season's hero fails medical

Newcastle United's Loic Remy
Will Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew take a risk with a proven goalscorer with clear health issues?

Sunderland closing in Atletico Madrid midfielder Cristian Rodriguez

Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez
Reports in Spain claim Cristian Rodriguez's agent has flown to London to discuss a move to Sunderland
Rob Elliot attempts to make a save during a Newcastle United training session

Rob Elliot feels New Zealand shutouts will put him in contention

Londoner delighted with pre-season form after good shows in Wellington and Dunedin

Newcastle could be tempted to move for Loic Remy after last season's hero fails medical

Newcastle United's Loic Remy
Will Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew take a risk with a proven goalscorer with clear health issues?

Marveaux reveals he HAD to leave Newcastle - and other out of favour stars will follow

Sylvain Marveaux of Newcastle United
Flying winger opens up after being loaned out by Alan Pardew, despite his popularity with the majority of the Newcastle United faithful
Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez in action

Rodriguez signing close, but Sunderland must step up without him

Sunderland step up their pre-season programme in Albufeira this evening with the bulk of their summer rebuilding still to be done

Sunderland closing in Atletico Madrid midfielder Cristian Rodriguez

Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez
Reports in Spain claim Cristian Rodriguez's agent has flown to London to discuss a move to Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Fabio Borini at £14million? It's good business for Sunderland

Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland
Italian striker is not worth the amount that Black Cats will pay for him, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay that much

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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

Durham lose their opening One-Day Cup clash against Somerset

Durham cricketer Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood took heart from Durham’s performance after they suffered a losing start to their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign at Taunton

Ashes winner Paul Collingwood inspires schoolchildren on Hexham visit

Durham and England cricketer Paul Collingwood visiting Acomb First School.Howszat!!! Durham and England cricketer Paul Collingwood visiting Acomb First School.
Durham captain gives lesson in fair sportsmanship to Northumberland school pupils
John Wells

John Wells: Newcastle Falcons players control their own destiny

John Wells knows coaches can talk all they want - it is ultimately down to Newcastle Falcons' players where they finish this season

Darlington ready to host Newcastle Falcons, says Zach Kibirige

Teenage rugby star Zach Kibirige
All the fun of the Premiership 7s fair comes to Darlington a week tomorrow as Newcastle Falcons gear up for the new season

Summer is no holiday for Mike Blair and Newcastle Falcons

Mike Blair in action for the Newcastle Falcons
Scenic surroundings still means hard graft as Mike Blair and his Newcastle Falcons team-mates get stuck into pre-season
Sunderland Strollers' Alyson Dixon

Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon has chance of a lifetime at the Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games athletics programme starts on Sunday and there is serious North East interest, as Mark Douglas reports

Gateshead Thunder 6 Hunslet Hawks 45: Thunder knocked off course by flying Hawks

Joel Farrell in action for Gateshead Thunder during last night’s clash with Hunslet Hawks, but the home side were undone as the visitors ran out 45-6 winners
Mark Smith's match report from the International Stadium as Gateshead Thunder fell heavily to promotion-chasers Hunslet Hawks

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