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Krul out of Netherlands squad with elbow injury

Tim Krul playing for Holland Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has been withdrawn from the Netherlands squad after suffering an elbow injury.

The 26-year-old picked up the injury during a training session and has been replaced by fellow Dutch keeper Kenneth Vermeer.

The Netherlands travel to Iceland for their European Championship qualifier on Monday.

Liam Sweeney's family are 'thrilled to bits' that sister is expecting a baby

Liam Sweeney's father Barry with his pregnant sister Lee Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Devoted Newcastle fan Liam Sweeney found out he was going to be an uncle just days before he was killed in a plane crash over Ukraine.

The 28-year-old was travelling to New Zealand to watch the Magpies play when he died on July 17.

His sister, Lee, 30, was ten weeks pregnant with her second child. She had told Liam she was having a baby the last time that she saw him.

Yesterday, she had her 20-week-scan and found out she's having a boy. She will call him Liam in memory of the uncle he'll never meet.

She said: "I was absolutely over the moon when they said a boy yesterday, and straight away I got in touch with my dad and said it's boy and he was crying.

"We're thrilled to bits, we can keep Liam's name forever. He'll never be forgotten."


Liam would be proud

Liam Sweeney

Liam Sweeney's name will live on through the nephew who he will never get to meet.

Liam was killed in July 2014 when the flight he was travelling on on his way to watch Newcastle United play in New Zealand was shot down over Ukraine.

Now, his sister Lee says her baby - due early in 2015 - will be named after him, and make sure his memory lives on.

Ashley doubles his stake in Rangers with £4.26m shares

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct tycoon and Newcastle United owner, has emerged as the mystery buyer behind the purchase of a 5.23% stake which was completed on his behalf by Paris-based BNP Paribas Arbitrage SNC.

According to share information on the Rangers International Football Club plc website, Ashley is now the third largest shareholder behind Laxey Partners (16.32%) and Artemis (9.95%), although football club director Sandy Easdale holds voting rights of more than 26% of the shares.

Ashley's move comes weeks after he stated to the London Stock Exchange that he was not taking part in a share offer which was open to all existing Rangers shareholders. The board had hoped to raise about £4million but fell almost £1million short, with half of the new income quickly going out of Ibrox to repay loans.

Ashley bought his latest batch of shares for 20p each - the same price at which they were on sale for in the open offer.

Speculation surrounding his intentions for Rangers, and the possible problems caused by football rules regarding influence at more than one club, forced Ashley to reaffirm his commitment to Newcastle last month.

A club statement on 12th September added: "For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and at least until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price."

Alan Pardew determined to fight on

Alan Pardew isn't ready to throw in the towel at Newcastle United. The Magpies Manager is under increasing pressure on Tyneside, with the team one place off the bottom of the premier league and many Newcastle fans openly calling for his head.

Today, as he looked forward to Saturday's vital game at Swansea, Pardew confirmed he's grateful for the continued support of Magpies Owner Mike Ashley and there are no plans for face to face talks before the weekend.

Pardew says he's totally focused on getting a win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, but he admits the personal nature of the criticism is hard to deal with.

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