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.
Durham-born footballer Steph Houghton marks first competitive match as England captain by overwhelming Montenegro 9-0.
Sunderland have earned what could be a crucial point in their relegation battle after drawing 2 -2 away at Manchester City.
But they were only about ten minutes away from what would have been a terrific win.
Poyet's men were 1-0 down after just two minutes but they turned the game on its head thanks to two second half goals from Connor Wickham.
But City equalised in the 88th minute.
Sunderland have now used up their games in hand and are three points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.
The former World Champion 1500m runner Steve Cram is to become a key advisor to the British Athletics team.
Cram, once known as the "Jarrow Arrow", joins marathon runner Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar as an advisor to the British Athletics endurance programme.
He will mentor athletes and coaches and offer technical expertise to those on the programme, which aims to make athletics the most successful British team at the Rio 2014 Olympics.
Sunderland Head Coach Gus Poyet has dismissed rumours surrounding his future at the club.
Speculation emerged on social media that the Uruguayan had left the Black Cats. But speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Manchester City, he said: "I'm still here".
Poyet was also quizzed over his recent comments about the club's underlying "problem".
Middlesbrough fans celebrated a terrific victory at promotion-bound Burnley on Saturday, but both sets of supporters were united in support of a remarkable man and his remarkable family.
Gary Parkinson, who played for both teams before he suffered a stroke, received a standing ovation.
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A Middlesbrough fan will appear in court next month after being charged with being drunk inside a sports ground following Boro's match at Burnley on Saturday.
Police said a man was arrested after an incident occurred during the minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Stephen Bentley, 38, of Maddren Way, Middlesbrough is due to appear before magistrates in Burnley on Friday, 2nd May.
Aspiring footballers from across the North East are being given the chance to follow in the footsteps of stars including SAFC midfielder Jack Colback.
SAFC's official charity, The Foundation of Light, is holding open trials for boys aged five to 16 over the next three days.
Former Middlesbrough player, Gary Parkinson, received an emotional welcome from fans when he returned to his former club at Turf Moor.
Gary, who has locked-in syndrome, was guest of honour when Middlesbrough beat Burnley 1-0.
He suffered a stroke in 2010 which left him unable to move or speak.
He was given a standing ovation when he appeared at pitch-side.
Sunderland are staging open trials for young boys at their Academy of Light facility over the coming days.
Black Cats midfielder Jack Colback said:
– Jack Colback, Sunderland
"The Academy of Light gave me the coaching and guidance to develop my football skills. People attending the Open Trials will learn so much and hopefully go on to progress their football ability further, whilst also enjoying themselves."
For more information or to register call 0191 551 5191.
Sunderland are holding open trials for young boys hoping to follow in the footsteps of their football icons.
The club's official charity, The Foundation of Light, is staging trials for boys aged 5-16 on April 14, 15 and 16. The trials are being held at the club's Academy of Light.
Sessions will be running from 10am until 3pm on April 14 and 15 for boys aged 5-11 and from 10am until 4pm on April 16 for boys aged 12-16.