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Sunderland captain John O'Shea feels "common sense" will have been shown if Wes Brown's red card against Stoke is overturned by the Football Association.
Black Cats defender Brown was controversially dismissed in the 36th minute of his team's 2-0 Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday after making a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam.
Newly appointed Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has been speaking ahead of his side's trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United in the Championship.
The 40-year-old says the club is a long-term project for him.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he's wary of the threat Stoke City pose ahead of his side's trip to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The Uruguayan said: "They're looking for something and if it clicks on the day, they've got the players and the group to be really intimidating. Lets hope they don't click this weekend."
Former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton says he's looking forward to his return to St James' Park tomorrow with Norwich City.
The 54-year-old, who spent 16 months in charge of the Magpies until he was sacked in December 2010, said: "I think it's an exciting place to go and play football and very much an exciting place to go and try and win a football match".
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says it's "very important" his side build on their recent Premier League victories over Chelsea and Tottenham.
The Magpies host Norwich at St James' Park on Saturday.
Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, says he's looking forward to his side's match against Northampton Saints this weekend.
Newcastle Falcons' vice-captain Ally Hogg says the club are looking forward to Saturday's trip to Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.
Sedgefield boxer Bradley Saunders is hoping to put on a good show in front of a home crowd tonight.
The light-welterweight fighter, 27, is competing against Hungary's Gyorgy Mizsei at Gateshead Leisure Centre this evening.
As Saunders now lives and trains in Spain, this will be his first competitive match in the North East since turning professional in February 2012.