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Lee Cattermole commits to Sunderland until 2021

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham, December 2014. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Sunderland AFC midfielder Lee Cattermole has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the Stadium of Light.

The former England under-21 international joined the Black Cats in 2009 from Wigan FC, on an initial four-year deal, before signing an extension to his contract in October 2012 to keep on Wearside until 2016.

The 27-year old has now signed a new five-year deal, committing his future to the club until 2021.

Lee is the controller of the side. He is a motivator, a leader and central to the success of our team. To know that he will be with us for many years to come is very important to the club.

– Head coach Dick Advocaat

Lee is a hugely important part of our team, both on and off the field. He has ten years of experience playing in the Premier League, which is incredible when you consider he is still only 27 years old, and we are delighted that he has committed his long-term future to Sunderland.

– Sunderland AFC’s sporting director Lee Congerton

Former Sunderland Ladies boss 'proud' of England North East five

Former Sunderland Ladies boss Mick Mulhern says he's proud of the five North East girls in the England Women's squad who have made it to the Women's World Cup Semi-Finals in Canada.

The Lionesses face Japan tonight in the second Semi-Final at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Captain Steph Houghton, from Durham, Jill Scott, from Sunderland, Lucy Bronze, from Northumberland, Jordon Nobbs, from Stockton and Carly Telford, from Newcastle, could all feature.

Mulhern, who stepped down from his role as Sunderland Ladies manager in November 2014 after spending 15 years with the club, also had some advice for his former players.

Gateshead v Newcastle Utd: How to get your tickets

Gateshead FC will play Newcastle United at Gateshead International Stadium on Friday 10th July, kick-off 8pm.

Tickets have now gone on sale.

United supporters have been allocated the North, South and East stands for the fixture at the International Stadium and with demand anticipated to be high, tickets for these stands only have been transferred to the Newcastle United box office, where they are on general sale.

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for over-60s, £8 for students and ages 16-17 and £3 for under-15s.

Supporters are asked to note that the match will be ticket-only with allocated seating and that under-15's must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets will be available in person at the St. James’ Park box off, by calling 0844 372 1892* or online via www.nufc.co.uk/tickets.

St. James’ Park box office opening hours:

• Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

• Saturday, 9am – 4pm (in person and online only)

Requests for wheelchair and carer tickets should be made via Gateshead Council on 0191 433 5704. There is limited space available on a first come, first served basis.

Gateshead supporters will be seated in the Tyne and Wear stand and tickets for this area will be available from the International Stadium only at the following times

• Wednesday 1st July, 4pm – 8pm

• Thursday 2nd July, 4pm – 8pm

• Friday 3rd July, 4pm – 8pm

• Saturday 4th July, 2:30pm – 5pm

As this is an all-ticket fixture, Gateshead season ticket holders must collect both season and match tickets at the same time. Admission to the match by season ticket only will not be permitted. FLEX 15 tickets do not qualify for free entry to this fixture.

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Tordoff wins BTCC Round 14 at Croft

BMW driver Sam Tordoff racing at Croft, North Yorkshire Credit: BTCC

BMW racer Sam Tordoff has won Round 14 of the British Touring Car Championship at Croft.

Tordoff, from Bradford, came in ahead of Team BMR duo Jason Plato (2nd) and Colin Turkington (3rd).

Tordoff's BMW team-mate Andy Priaulx, winner of the Round 13 earlier this afternoon, came 4th with Honda's Gordon Shedden in 5th.

Round 15 of the BTCC gets underway at 5:06pm. The race will be shown live on ITV4.

BMW drivers celebrate Round 13 domination

BMW drivers Andy Priaulx (middle), Sam Tordoff (right) and Rob Collard (left) celebrating the team's 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish in Round 13 of the British Touring Car Championship at Croft.

North East motor sport fans 'need BTCC'

British Touring Car Championship bosses have highlighted how important the event is for North East motor racing fans.

Series Director Alan Gow, said:

It's obviously the only one up in the North East. So this is an area that really needs the BTCC to come to them.

It's a great circuit, it's a great atmosphere, good crowds, so we enjoy coming.

– Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director

Priaulx wins BTCC Round 13 at Croft

Andy Prialux racing at Croft Circuit Credit: BTCC

BMW driver Andy Priaulx has earned his first British Touring Car Championship win of the series in Round 13 at Croft.

Priaulx, 40, finished ahead of BMW team-mate Sam Tordoff, who had started on pole position.

Rob Collard finished 3rd, Gordon Shedden 4th and Matt Neal 5th.

Debutant Max Coates, from Scorton in North Yorkshire, finished 21st. While Nic Hamilton, younger brother of F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, finished 25th in his first BTCC race.

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