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100 children from 'Ollie's army' raising money for friend

This weekend, nearly 60,000 people will be taking part in one of the Great North Run events, many of them fundraising for a cause close to their hearts.

And in Gateshead more than 100 children have been training together for the big event.

'Ollie's Army' will run the Junior Great North Run in honour of their 9-year-old friend Oliver Roberts who has a brain tumour.

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Colback ruled out of England friendly

Jack Colback
Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out of England's friendly against Norway due to an injury.

The 24-year-old earned his first call-up to the international squad last week but will miss tomorrow night's match at Wembley after picking up a slight knock.

Colback joined Newcastle on a free transfer from North East rivals Sunderland over the summer.

100 children run Junior Great North Run for cancer

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9-year-old Ollie

A team of more than 100 children is taking part in the Junior Great North Run in honour of their friend who has a brain tumour.

Ollie's Army is running for 9-year-old Oliver Roberts, from Gateshead.

The children are raising money for a children's cancer charity.

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Karen Roberts, Ollie's mother, has spoken of the joy the training has brought to Ollie's life.

Transfer Deadline Day: What it meant for our clubs

Newcastle Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa signed a last-minute loan deal to go to Hull, and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa went to Roma on a season-long loan.

Sunderland Defender Sebastien Coates joined on loan from Liverpool, as did Ricardo Alvarez from Inter Milan.

Valentin Roberge joined Reims on a season-long loan and Modibo Diakite left by mutual consent.

Middlesbrough Jelle Vossen signed on a season-long loan from Genk. Yanic Wildschut signed a two-year deal from Heerenveen, and Jamal Blackman arrived on loan from Chelsea.

Seb Hines joined Coventry on loan.

Hartlepool Luke James has signed for Peterborough for an undisclosed fee.

Sunderland AFC sign Ricardo Alvarez

Ricardo Alvarez
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Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Ricardo Alvarez on a season-long loan deal from Italian giants Inter Milan.

The 26-year old Argentina international midfielder arrives on Wearside for the 2014/15 campaign, becoming the 9th signing this summer, following Sebastian Coates, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon, Patrick van Aanholt, Santiago Vergini and Will Buckley to the Stadium of Light.

Speaking about his move to Sunderland, Alvarez said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s a great opportunity, a great club and I’m looking forward to be playing in England and playing my part for Sunderland.”

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Sunderland secure Liverpool's Sebastian Coates

Sebastian Coates
Sebastian Coates playing for Liverpool Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of defender Sebastian Coates on a season-long loan from Liverpool FC.

The 23-year old Uruguayan international is the 8th new recruit on Wearside this summer.

Coates came to England in 2011 from Uruguayan club Nacional, making 24 appearances for Liverpool, before returning to Nacional on loan last season.

The centre-back has earned 15 intentional caps for Uruguay, with his latest appearance for his country being the 2-1 victory over England in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group game.

Additional buses for Great North Run: when and where

Local bus company Go North East will be running a dedicated service between Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle and the finish area in South Shields throughout the day of the Great North Run for the 55,000 people expected to take part.

The R1 service will link the start and finish of the race with buses running at least every 10 minutes. From 06.15-10.30 buses will run between the finish area at Bents Park Road at South Shields to Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle, which is only a short walk to the start.

From 07.00-12.00 buses will run between Haymarket Bus Station to the finish area and from 12.30-17.00 buses will run from the finish area to Newcastle.

There will also be extra buses running between South Shields Town Centre and Newcastle on the X27 route between 13.00 & 17.00 to help to make sure that everyone gets home quickly.

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