SAFC charity rewards children for courses

Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.

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Striker Scocco set to leave Sunderland AFC

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Scocco Credit: PA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted striker Ignacio Scocco's future is likely to lie away from the club.

Scocco, known as "Nacho", arrived on Wearside in January as Poyet invested £3.2million in his services in the search for goals to keep the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League.

Ultimately, it was a gamble which did not pay off as the 29-year-old Argentinian made only eight appearances and failed to find the back of the net.

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York hosts first ever event celebrating sports for disabled people

York City Council is to host its first ever celebration of sports for people with disabilities. The week long event is being put on to meet the growing take-up of sport and opportunities for disabled people in the town. It will take place from Monday August 4, 2014 to Sunday August 10, 2014.

"From April 2013 to March 2014, 1,036 disabled people in York experienced a new sport or physical activity across all impairment groups. During the week many clubs will be opening their doors to their fun activities so even more people can try them free, as well as meet and make new friends. "

– Councillor Sonja Crisp, York City Council

Sports available include :

  • wheelchair basketball
  • boccia
  • football
  • cycling
  • new age kurling
  • goalball
  • swimming
  • indoor climbing
  • athletics
  • sitting volleyball
  • dance
  • tennis

Manager dedicates season to fans

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has dedicated the forthcoming Premier League season to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Alan Pardew, Newcastle United manager
Alan Pardew Credit: PA pictures

Mr Alder and Mr Sweeney were killed when the flight came down in eastern Ukraine last week as they travelled to watch their team play in New Zealand.

He said: "None of us would be sitting here without the fans.

"Owners and managers come and go, as do players, but the fans are always there, and these two guys in particular, to go to the lengths that they did to get out here, has brought home just how important supporters are to us.

"Sometimes when you lose lives in that manner, it puts into context what we do.

"This season we want to give their families something to remember them by, by having a successful season."

Pardew also thanked the Sunderland fans who put their usual rivalry to one side and have now raised more than £23,000 in tribute to Mr Sweeney and Mr Alder.

"A lot is made of the rivalry between the two cities, and of course that is there," he said.

"But I would like to thank all the Sunderland fans who have paid tribute and helped raise a staggering amount already.

"I am very proud of Sunderland Football Club for the way they have conducted themselves and I want to thank them."

Newcastle face Sydney FC on Tuesday in their opening fixture in the southern hemisphere, and Pardew has vowed to play a strong team to help honour the two fans.

He said: "It's important we represent ourselves in the right manner, especially after losing John and Liam - our supporters who were travelling out here.

"We have to conduct ourselves well on and off the pitch and get some strong results.

"That is what they would have wanted and that is what we want, so in memory of those guys in particular, we want this to be a successful tour.

"We have to honour these guys in the right manner because it does mean a lot to us. Their tragic loss has hurt the group.

"On Tuesday, I will be playing a very strong side. That is only right and fair in light of what's happened."

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World champion Glenn McCrory says bad eyesight means he should never have been boxing

County Durham boxing champion Glenn McCrory says he should never have had a career in the sport because of serious problems with his eyesight.

The athlete, who became the North East's first boxing world champion in 1989, recently had eye surgery. He says he hid his poor eyesight because he was worried it would have a negative impact on his career. He was speaking at the opening of an eye clinic in Newcastle.

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In his prime: Glenn McCrory boxing in 1985, four years before he became a world champion. Credit: PA

Newcastle sign Riviere

Emmanuel Rivière has become Newcastle United's fifth signing of the summer, after completing a switch from Monaco.

The 24-year-old French forward, has agreed a long-term contract on Tyneside and arrives for an undisclosed fee.

Born in Martinique, Rivière joined Saint-Étienne from local side Espoir Sainte-Luce in 2005 and rose through their ranks before making his debut in January 2009.

Two-and-a-half years later, the front man was on the move again, this time to Toulouse, where he was a teammate of current Magpie Moussa Sissoko.

Riviere signs for NUFC
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I am very happy to be here at Newcastle. When the Club spoke to me I said yes immediately. It was an easy decision because Newcastle is a big club with great fans and a good stadium. "My dream was always to play in the Premier League and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to realise that."

– Emmanuel Riviere
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