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Gateshead sack Crosby after poor run

Gateshead have parted company with Malcolm Crosby Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

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.

– Gateshead FC

Watmore signs long-term deal with Sunderland

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/PA Images

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.

Team news: Newcastle United v Leicester City

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


Boro manage late win again against QPR

Grant Leadbitter celebrates his extra-time penalty Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

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.

Athlete wins Olympic test event on the road to Rio

Paul Drinkhall Credit: Paul Drinkhall

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."

– Paul Drinkhall
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