Weightlifters from 25 countries are competing in the World Masters Bench Press Championships at the Holiday Inn in Seaton Burn.
Former athletes Jonathan Edwards and Brendan Foster have been chosen to carry the Queen's Baton through Newcastle and Gateshead.
A group of gymnasts from a charity-run academy in County Durham are now officially the best in the UK.
Mirror: Barcelona look to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz and Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul in the summer.
Lee Sanders, Durham Women FC General Manager, says that although the team lost to Sunderland Ladies he is delighted with how the match went.
Rob Atkin, Durham Women Head Coach, says the girls were really disappointed but that Sunderland were always going to be a strong team.
Claire Robinson, SAFC Ladies Head Coach, says the team were nervous for the game against Durham Women but the support was great and they're happy with the win.
Sunderland Ladies took the Derby honours on the opening night of the FA Women's Super League. They beat local rivals Durham Women FC by 4 goals to 2 in a second division clash at New Ferens Park.
A minority of Newcastle United supporters were calling for the Manager's head last weekend.
Alan Pardew came under fire as his team lost at Stoke, continuing a dismal sequence of premier league results.
The Magpies boss has had a few days to reflect on the fans anger and today he responded to criticism aimed at him and his team.
It is a historic night for women's football.
The revamped Women's Super League kicks off this evening (April 17).
The North East has two teams in the second division, Sunderland AFC Ladies and Durham Women FC, and they come face to face on opening night.
Simon O'Rourke reports.
Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet, on their Premier League clash against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night (April 16).
Final score: Man City 2, Sunderland 2.