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Richards 'delighted' over Powell contract extension

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards is 'delighted' that centre Adam Powell has committed his future to the club.

The 28-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension with the Falcons, keeping him at Kingston Park until at least 2017.

Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, said:

Delighted Adam's decided to stay with us for another few years.

He's one of these boys who just loves watching rugby, playing it and you can't get him away from the game.

– Dean Richards, Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons

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Powell signs Falcons contract extension

Newcastle Falcons Adam Powell looks for a way past London Welsh's Seb Jewell (left) and Koree Britton Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle Falcons centre Adam Powell has signed a new two-year deal with the Premiership club.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Falcons from Saracens in March 2013, will now remain at Kington Park until at least 2017.

Speaking of his new contract, Powell said:

It’s good, I’m happy to have signed for another two years and I’m really enjoying it here at the moment so I’m glad to stay.

– Adam Powell, Newcastle Falcons

Originally signed on a short-term deal until the end of the 2013-14 season, Powell has since made 52 appearances for the Falcons and has become a regular in the first XV.

Poyet comments 'born out of frustration'

Gus Poyet's comments after Sunderland's shock FA Cup defeat to Bradford City were 'born out of frustration', according to Sunderland Echo reporter Chris Young.

The Uruguayan told media after the Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Valley Parade:

The problem is you, not me. If you write what I say the fans would be on my side but because you write what you want we've got problems.

If we close Sunderland and we put a China wall around the city it would be fantastic. Now when we let you get in and you go out and say what you want then we've got a problem beating ourselves.

So I would invite every Sunderland fan and people who cares about the club not to listen to any one of you. Only to me and between ourselves.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Young says Poyet could be frustrated after his side's recent results.

Newcastle Racecourse bans picnics for 2015 fixtures

Newcastle Racecourse has banned picnics for health and safety reasons for all its 2015 fixtures bar one following a number of problems at events last year.

The major racecourse, which attracts more than 20,000 people to meetings, will instead provide racegoers with a picnic site outside the racecourse but within the wider estate.

The venue's management team said stopping people from spreading out rugs and eating in chairs would ease movement around the racecourse and increase visitors' enjoyment.

This is not a decision that has been made lightly and we hope that this change will allow us to continue to provide an enjoyable experience for all of our guests.

– Executive director David Williamson

The Blaydon Races in August is the only exception to ban against picnics or picnic furniture into Newcastle Racecourse.

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Middlesbrough out of FA Cup after 2-0 defeat at Arsenal

Olivier Giroud ends Boro's FA Cup hopes with two early goals for Arsenal. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough's FA Cup hopes are over after losing 2-0 away at Arsenal.

The FA cup holders took the lead early on with two goals from Olivier Giroud, ending Boro's remarkable run in the competition.

Middlesbrough had beaten Manchester City 2-0 to secure their place in the fifth round.

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