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Newcastle suffer fourth successive derby defeat

Adam Johnson's late winner condemned Newcastle United to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history as Sunderland earned a deserved 1-0 victory.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates after scoring a late winner. Credit: PA Wire

Johnson struck in the 90th minute following a pacy counter-attack to give the Black Cats only their third win of the season.

The away side created the better chances over the game with Steven Fletcher striking the crossbar and Connor Wickham, Jordi Gomez and Johnson all missing good opportunities to open the scoring.

The victory moves Sunderland up to 14th, four points below Newcastle who remain 9th.

Hartlepool: We will not be signing Ched Evans

Hartlepool United have said they will definitely not be signing convicted rapist Ched Evans, following comments from manager Ronnie Moorethat suggested he would be interested in a deal.

A statement from the club said Moore's comments were only meant to be "hypothetical" and there were no plans whatsoever to sign the player.

Hartlepool United do not intend signing Ched Evans and, for the avoidance of doubt, will not be doing so, irrespective of his obvious ability as a football player.

This story has emerged following an unsubstantiated internet rumour which the manager was asked to comment upon. The manager responded hypothetically to the situation by stating "if it could happen I would want it to happen".

This response was based upon the player’s obvious ability as a footballer and as such as then been headlined by the media without asking the Club for their official position.

The Club can fully understand the concerns of supporters and the general public and regrets any misconception portrayed. After a highly positive week at Hartlepool United following the takeover by new owners and the appointment of a new manager, the owners are saddened by this unfortunate turn of events and wish to draw a line under it immediately.

– Hartlepool United statement


MP says Hartlepool move for Ched Evans 'entirely wrong'

Hartlepool's Labour MP has said Hartlepool United's potential signing of Ched Evans is "entirely wrong", describing the player as "a pariah".

Iain Wright said he was outraged at the prospect of Evans signing for the League Two club.

I really hope we don't. I love my club, I love Hartlepool United. There's a reason why no other team in the Football League wants to sign him - he is a pariah.

I was at the match today. There were lots of young lads there supporting Hartlepool United. I just think it sends out such a wrong message to young men in terms of it being OK for a rapist to play football. It's entirely wrong.

– Labour MP Iain Wright

Hartlepool boss says he wants to sign Ched Evans

Ched Evans is looking to return to football after being released from jail. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The boss of League Two club Hartlepool United has reportedly said he wants to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Ronnie Moore said there was a "possibility" of Evans signing, saying he has "served his time" after his release from jail in October.

Speaking after his side's game against Oxford today, Moore said:

If it could happen for me, I would want it to happen. There is no doubt about that. He is a proven goalscorer. He has served his time for me and the boy wants to play football.

I know what will happen now, everybody will me groaning and you see what happened at Sheffield United

You keep pushing the lad away. He made a mistake and maybe he hasn't made the apology in the right way and there is a case pending on the appeal.

On the football matters, if he gets on the park he will go a long way to getting us out of trouble, that's for sure. It is a possibility, I would leave it at that for now.

– Ronnie Moore


Morgan 'honoured' to be chosen as captain

England's new one-day cricket captain has said it is a "huge honour" to be chosen for the role.

New captain Eoin Morgan Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Eoin Morgan said: “It is a huge honour to captain England and I am delighted to be leading the one-day side.

"I firmly believe that with the players currently involved in the one-day set up we have the makings of a very good one-day side, a young side that can surprise people at the World Cup."

Cook 'gutted' to miss out on World Cup squad place

England's former one-day cricket captain Alistair Cook has said he feels "gutted" after losing out on a place in England's World Cup cricket squad.

Alastair Cook has been left out of England's World Cup cricket squad Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Speaking today, as Eoin Morgan was announced as his replacement for the captaincy, Cook said: “I am gutted to be left out of the World Cup squad and it is likely to take me a while to get over the disappointment.

"That said I wish Peter, Eoin and the lads all the best for the World Cup."

Morgan replaces Cook as England One-Day captain

Eoin Morgan has replaced Alistair Cook as England one-day cricket captain.

Eoin Morgan has replaced Alastair Cook as England One-Day captain with immediate effect Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The ECB announced the new captaincy today saying the appointment would take place with immediate effect.

National Selector James Whitaker said: “We spent a considerable time yesterday discussing the make up of a squad that gives England the best possible chance of success at the World Cup which begins in less than two months.

"Having reviewed the recent series against Sri Lanka we came to the conclusion that there was no place for Alastair Cook amongst our strongest 15 one-day players and therefore recommended Eoin Morgan be appointed One-Day captain.”

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