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Ahead of Sunderland's game against Crystal Palace, Martyn McFadden blogs about state as they prepare for Selhust Park.Read the full story ›
Gateshead have sacked manager Malcolm Crosby after a poor run of results in the National League.
The 61-year-old only joined the club in June as a replacement Gary Mills. But after Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Halifax, the club have parted company with the former Sunderland boss.
Crosby's assistant, Gary Owers, has also left the International Stadium.
A club statement read:
Following a run of poor performances and results, Gateshead have terminated the contracts of manager Malcolm Crosby and assistant manager Gary Owers.
Chairman Richard Bennett wishes to thank both Malcolm and Gary for their time and effort at Gateshead and wishes them both the very best for the future.
Sunderland have confirmed that forward Duncan Watmore has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until at least summer 2020.
The Black Cats’ forward broke into the first team earlier this season after impressing in the club’s Under-21 side, where he was crowned Barclays Under-21 Premier League Player of the Season for the 2014-15 campaign.
Newcastle United have announced their starting XI for this afternoon's Premier League clash with Leicester City at St James' Park.
Newcastle team: Elliot, Dummett, Mbemba, Coloccini (c), Janmaat, Wijnaldum, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Mitrovic, Perez
Newcastle Falcons are excited at the prospect of facing Enisei STM in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The Falcons welcome the Russian club to Kingston Park on Sunday. The return fixture then takes place in Sochi in January.
The club's Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, said the team are looking forward to playing the Siberian club for the first time.
Middlesbrough skipper Grant Leadbitter kept his cool to slot home a stoppage-time penalty and earn his side a dramatic late win over QPR at the Riverside.
The midfielder converted from the spot four minutes into time added on after QPR forward Leroy Fer was shown red for handling Daniel Ayala's overhead kick on the line.
It earned Aitor Karanka's men a 1-0 victory in a poor game which neither side deserved to win.
The game proved a fairly drab affair on a bitterly cold night on Teesside, although both sides created enough chances.
Captain Grant Leadbitter will miss next week's encounter with Huddersfield after a foul on Leroy Fer in the 38th minute.
Paul Drinkhall lived up to his number one seeding as he claimed the Men's Singles title at the Olympic test event in Rio.
The 25-year-old Loftus player was impressive in beating Thiago Monteiro of the host nation 4-0 (11-5, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7) to take the Aquece Rio International Tournament.
Drinkhall told the ITTF website it was very good to go and see the conditions in Rio:
The Brazilian team is very good, they have good players like Thiago and Cazuo, against Cazuo I had a very tough semi-final.
Also, Thiago is a very difficult opponent but I managed to keep on top of my game.
Hopefully I am going to be here next year and again with a positive result."
The club will be rigorously applying the terms and conditions of entry "due to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in."Read the full story ›
The general director of the Tour de France has said Yorkshire will definitely play host again to the biggest cycling race in the world: