Sunderland v QPR

The Black Cats are back in Premier League action as they host Queen Park Rangers at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

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Ranger joins Wednesday on loan

Nile Ranger in training with Newcastle United players Credit: ITV

Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old signed for the Magpies in 2008 and has made 58 appearances for the club, but has fallen out of favour in recent months.

The player has also made more headlines off the field recently, after making several court appearances.

It's the second time the 6ft 2in has been loaned out this season after the player had a stint with Championship side Barnsley at the end of last year.

This latest move is now a further indication that Ranger's days at St James' Park are numbered.

The forward is now in contention for Wednesday's League One trip to Leyton Orient tomorrow.


Sunderland fans get extra days to secure stadium seats

Sunderland fans are to be given an extra few days to secure their seat for the 2012-2013 season.

The Stadium of Light ticket office has seen huge demand from supporters wanting to renew their existing seats and also buy season cards for the first time.

The club confirmed that the deadline for supporters to renew or purchase a new season card at special prices has been now been extended until 5pm, Monday 26 March.

We want as many people as possible to be able to take advantage of the price freeze and commit to the club for next season so by extending the offer for a few days we can ensure that everyone who wants to buy a seat and take advantage of the early bird price has the opportunity to do so…it is wonderful to see our Sunderland family increasing in such numbers and we can only grow stronger through such fantastic support.

– Margaret Byrne, SAFC chief executive

Sunderland and Newcastle fined over derby match

Newcastle United and Sunderland Football Club have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players at their recent Premier League clash.

Newcastle United and Sunderland have been fined £40,000 and £20,000 respectively after both clubs admitted a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour. The incident, which also saw both teams being warned as to their future conduct, occurred in the 19th minute of their game on 4 March 2012 and followed a challenge by Sunderland’s James McClean on Newcastle’s Danny Simpson.

– FA statement

Newcastle United were fined double Sunderland because, the FA said, it was the club's second misconduct charge of a similar nature in the same season.

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