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SAFC's Connor Wickham signs new deal

Sunderland's Connor Wickham has signed a new deal with the club. Credit: PA

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has signed a four-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2019.

He arrived on Wearside, aged 18, in 2011, and has gone on to become an established first team player.

"I'm delighted that Connor has committed his future to us for the next few years.

"After his contribution at the end of last year, he continued to improve his football and become an important part of our team.

"He keeps learning, he is able to adapt to different positions up front and he is enjoying our philosophy of play so I'm really looking forward to keep working with him for the benefit of our club.

"I think it was very important to tie down a young English centre forward as there are not many around, this shows clearly the way this football club wants to progress."

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

FA Cup draw

Third round draw Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The region's surviving FA Cup clubs now know who they will play in the third round...

Blyth v Birmingham City

Gateshead v West Brom

Sunderland v Leeds

Newcastle v Leicester City

Middlesbrough v Barnsley/Chester



Newcastle end Chelsea's unbeaten run

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal during of the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United have clinched a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at St James' Park.

All three goals came in the second half. Both Magpies' goals came from Papiss Cisse. Didier Drogba scored for Chelsea.

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