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How Newcastle's latest financial results compare to other Premier League clubs

Newcastle have announced record profits of £18.7million last season due to increases in television income and new deals with sponsors.

Here's how their results compares to other Premier League clubs:

  • Everton £28.2million profit
  • Manchester United £23.9million profit
  • Newcastle £18.7million profit
  • Chelsea £18.4million profit
  • Arsenal £4.7million profit
  • Aston Villa £3.9million loss
  • Sunderland £16.9million loss
  • Manchester City £23million loss

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Man Utd's Mata not giving up on playing for Spain again

Juan Mata wants to represent his country again. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has not given up hope of playing for Spain again.

The 26-year-old has not featured for La Roja since a 3-0 triumph over Australia in Spain's final group game at last year's World Cup in Brazil.

Mata, who has scored 10 goals in 34 appearances since making his Spain debut six years ago, wrote on his blog: "Many of you are asking me these days about the Spanish national team.

"As I always say, I have been very lucky to play and to win a World Cup and a European Championship, to participate in the most important competitions, but I'm still excited as the first day.

"I am convinced that I'm in a perfect age in my football career and I look forward to keep contributing and achieving more success with my national team.

"That's what I work for every day, training and playing to the maximum, trying to do the best I can.

"After that, obviously, the manager is the one who picks the players for every game.

"So now I take these quiet days to keep working, as I said, but I also switch off and rest a bit."

'I'm a striker,' says Everton's Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley says he is best as a striker. Credit: PA

Everton's Ross Barkley has insisted that his best position is as a striker.

Barkley has struggled to rediscover the form which made him such an integral part of Everton's success last term and has found himself switching positions regularly.

The 21-year-old has not been given a long spell behind the centre-forward where he was most effective last season.

Many observers appear to have pencilled him in for a deeper midfield role but he does not feel that will get the best out of him.

"I'm a striker," he said. "I feel I can have my greatest impact there because I'm free to roam around the pitch, take players on, have shots and create chances."

"I just focus on getting better every day, putting things right in training and then hopefully what I'm doing right in training I'm going to show in games as well."

Astana and UCI dismiss report that licence has been stripped

Nibali won the 2014 Tour de France with Astana. Credit: PA

The International Cycling Union and Astana Pro Team have dismissed a report that the team of 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali have been stripped of their WorldTour licence by the Independent Licence Commission.

Last month the UCI requested that Astana's licence be revoked by the commission following an independent audit into their procedures, which came after a number of anti-doping infringements by Astana and their feeder team.

On Monday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Astana would lose their WorldTour licence and would only be allowed to apply for a Continental licence, the third tier of professional cycling, saying the decision had been made on March 20.

However, the UCI said the case had not yet been heard.

"Following a misleading article published today in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) would like to clarify that no hearing has yet taken place in the Astana case and therefore no decision has been made," a UCI statement said.

Man City defender eyes return to Italy

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov admits he would like to return to Italy at some point.

The Serbian has bee linked with a return to former club Lazio, but doubts he will be allowed to leave Manchester for Serie A.

Aleksandar Kolarov Credit: PA

"I'd like to return to Italy, but it's difficult," he told Sky Italia.

"I'm happy for Mihajlovic; he's doing very well, as are Lazio.

"They're having a great season and I hope they can end it in third or even second place."

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High winds flatten Father Time at Lord's

Poor old Father Time. Credit: Twitter

The famous weather vane, Father Time, sat above the Lord's Mound Stand clock has encountered some unexpectedly fierce turbulence - and found himself flat on his back.

Weekend gales in St John's Wood have knocked the steel figure parallel to the ground, but mercifully still in his elevated roof-top position with scythe and bail on stumps intact.

It is hoped that Father Time, known to millions in the cricket world and beyond, will be helped to recover his equilibrium back in his age-old stance in time for start of play on April 12 - when Middlesex begin their LV= County Championship season at home to Nottinghamshire on April 12.

Former Man Utd boss will attract British players to La Liga - Loren

Moyes has done well in Spain. Credit: PA

Real Sociedad sporting director Loren believes having David Moyes as manager will help attract British players to the La Liga club.

The former Manchester United boss has led Real Sociedad away from the relegation zone and into ninth in the standings with 10 games of the season remaining.

Sociedad will look to bolster their squad in the summer and have been linked with the likes of Burnley striker Danny Ings. Loren says Moyes will attract such players from England.

"It's difficult to bring players from England, unless you have something that can attract the players," Loren said.

"With Moyes here, the task of bringing players from there (England) can be made easier."

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