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Marathon runner thanks supporters

Alyson Dixon has thanked people for their support in today's London Marathon. The Sunderland runner has just missed out on an Olympic team spot after failing to finish in under 2 hours 30 minutes.

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Boro keep playoff hopes alive

Middlesbrough kept alive their playoff hopes last night with a 2-1 win over fellow promotion chasers Southampton.

It was an uphill task for Tony Mowbray's side with Saints taking the lead after 46 seconds. Rickie Lambert was released on the right, and his cross found Billy Sharp at the far post.

However Boro fought their way back into the match, and drew level on the stroke of half-time through Nicky Bailey's deflected shot from the edge of the box.

Then with just 13 minutes left, Merouane Zemmama's superb free-kick put the home side 2-1 ahead.

The result means second-placed Southampton will have to wait until next weekend's home clash with Coventry to clinch automatic promotion. Middlesbrough on the other hand will be hoping they can beat Watford away, and that Cardiff lose to Crystal Palace, in the race for sixth place.

Football results

Barclays Premier League

Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland

Newcastle 3-0 Stoke City - Cisse 18', Cabaye 14', 57'

Npower League One

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Hartlepool United - Welsh 40', Sweeney 69'

Blue Square Bet Premier

Bath City 4-2 Gateshead - Connolly 4', M.Canham (pen) 8', Gallinagh 13', S.Canham 55', Cummins 72', Hatch 79'

Braintree 0-1 York City - Tonne 75'

Forest Green 2-0 Darlington - Forbes 4', Klukowski 67'

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Mowbray's home form headache

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says his side's home form may have ruined their chances of making this season's Championship playoffs.

Boro have been among the top six for most of the campaign, although they've managed to score just 20 goals at the Riverside.

The inability to find the net was a problem during their last game against Doncaster on Tuesday, which ended 0-0. The result means Middlesbrough are now four points adrift of Blackpool and Cardiff, who occupy fifth and sixth.

If either side record more than a point this weekend, it would leave Boro's promotion hopes hanging by a thread.

Speaking ahead of his team's home match with second placed Southampton tomorrow, Mowbray said: "The disappointment of dropping two points at home on Tuesday night was a huge blow to us.

"It's been a struggle for most the season at home to open teams up. We haven't scored enough goals this season.

"But let's wait and see. You never know in football."

Magpies star mobbed after £6 haircut

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Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse was mobbed by fans after visiting a barber shop in Gateshead.

The Magpies number nine is believed to earn in excess of £40,000 a week.

But rather than pay for an expensive hair style, the Senegalese forward opted for a £6 trim at The Barber Shop in Felling.

And as word of Cisse's whereabouts spread, around 50 fans had gathered outside to get a glimpse of the £10m January signing.

When asked about the commotion caused by Cisse, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said: "That sounds like the North East.

"I have never had it myself - only one or two turn up when I get my hair cut.

"Papiss has grown into a bit of a cult figure here in terms of what he has done and the way he has conducted himself."

Crunch Game for Mowbray's Men

Middlesbrough could break back into the championship play-off places tonight with a win and a little help from their friends. They are favourites to beat Doncaster Rovers at the Riverside.

But in order to return to the play-off places, Boro also need either Blackpool or Cardiff to lose this evening

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