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Newcastle remain in trouble after defeat at Watford

Newcastle United's battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League was dealt a blow, with a 2-1 defeat against Watford this afternoon.

After a goalless first-half, Odion Ighalo put Watford ahead at Vicarage Road, before Craig Cathcart smashed in the hosts' second goal after an hour.

Watford striker Odion Ighalo scored just 44 seconds into the second half. Credit: PA

Jamaal Lascelles headed home from a corner, for his first Newcastle goal, to give the visitors, with 20 minutes left.

But Steve McClaren's side could not find an equaliser, and the result leaves them in the relegation zone, a point behind Swansea, who play their game in hand tomorrow.

Negotiations ongoing for Newcastle midfielder Tiote

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says that negotiations are 'still ongoing' over Cheick Tiote's proposed move to Shanghi Shenhua.

McClaren confirmed last week that the Ivorian midfielder had travelled to Asia for talks with the Chinese Super League club. But the 29-year-old is now back on Tyneside, leading to speculation that the potential deal had fallen through.

However, speaking ahead of Newcastle's trip to Watford this weekend, McClaren said he still expected Tiote to complete the move.

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Mike Ashley loses High Court contempt claim

Rangers chairman Dave King has been cleared by the High Court of committing a contempt of court over his dealings with Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rangers chairman Dave King has been cleared by the High Court of committing contempt of court over his dealings with Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

In the latest chapter of a bitter dispute that has embroiled the Ibrox club, Mr Justice Peter Smith ruled that the attempt to have Mr King found guilty of contempt for breaching a gagging order should never have been brought and was an abuse of process.

Mr Ashley has already failed in his bid to persuade the judge that Mr King should be jailed over the issue.

Rangers chairman Dave King. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Ashley and his sportswear company had claimed Mr King was in contempt because he gave a media interview revealing the existence of a meeting and discussions related to contracts between Sports Direct and Rangers.

Mr King stated that he had no recollection of whether or not he said the words complained of in a Sky Sports interview.

Lawyers for Mr Ashley argued the court was entitled to draw inferences against Mr King to the criminal standard required for an individual to be jailed for contempt.

The King-Ashley clash has turned into a legal game of two halves: A further hearing is pending over Mr Ashley's claims that Mr King has breached a confidential agreement.

The London legal battles, estimated to have cost some £400,000 so far, are the latest development in a conflict which started when Mr King took over running Rangers and centres on the commercial arrangements between the club and Sports Direct and its subsidiaries.

Ed Sheeran sports Newcastle shirt to watch match with Alan Shearer

Award-winning singer Ed Sheeran joined a Newcastle legend at St James' Park to see the Magpies beat West Ham 2-1.

While watching his former club climb out of the relegation zone, Alan Shearer tweeted a picture of his guest sporting the Newcastle kit.

Four-time Brit Award winner Sheeran is in the city to perform at a charity ball in support of the Alan Shearer Foundation.

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