Mick Henry, Gateshead Council Leader and Simon Nathan from Athletics Australia sign memorandum of understanding. It is to confirm the Australian team will use the stadium as their holding camp before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.
Newcastle United's Managing Director Derek Llambias has resigned. More details to follow.
Sunderland AFC has appointed a new Director of Football and Chief Scout as it restructures its recruitment team.
Roberto De Fanti joins the club in the newly-created Director of Football role. And Chief Scout Valentino Angeloni is being welcomed to the Black Cats from Italian giants Inter Milan.
Work on the summer recruitment process has already commenced, with players Valentin Roberge, Adilson Tavares Varela (Cabral) and Modibo Diakité set to join the club in July. Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne, said:
– Sunderland AFC CEO, Margaret Byrne
“Roberto and Valentino bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and football contacts from across Europe and indeed the world and we are delighted to welcome them to Sunderland.
“The recruitment of players is of course key for any football club and Roberto and Valentino will work closely with the Head Coach and the Board to identify targets as we look to strengthen our squad for next season and beyond.
“I would also like to extend our thanks to the President of Inter Milan, Massimo Moratti, who graciously agreed to allow Valentino to make the move to Sunderland.”
Newcastle Falcons are to return to the Aviva Premiership next season after a 49-33 aggregate win over Bedford Blues in the RFU Championship final tonight
- West Brom v Sunderland - 3pm
- Middlesbrough v Millwall - 5.20pm
- Scunthorpe v Hartlepool - 3pm
- Oxford Utd v York - 3pm
A collection of historic Newcastle United medals are to be auctioned tomorrow, December 4.
The memorabilia belonged to Frank Watt, who was in charge of the club until 1935 - before the title of 'manager' was in use.
Nine medals in total are up for sale, including a Football League winner's medal from 1927.
Experts at Anderson and Garland Auction House in Newcastle say there has been plenty of interest.
Some of the North East's sporting heritage is set to go on sale tomorrow (December 4th) as footballing medals and photographs go under the hammer at Newcastle's Anderson and Garland auction house.
Medals belonging to Newcastle United's Frank "Guv'nor" Watt are expected to be in high demand.
Nine medals - including some from the early 1900s and 1920s - have been valued at £6000 at Tuesday's Fine Art and Antiques Sale.
– Fred Wyrley-Birch, Anderson and Garland
"The football medals belonging to Frank Watt are a fantastic piece of sporting history and NUFC fans will tell you how ambitious he was for the club, declaring on his arrival: 'We are going to be the best team in the country.'
For that reason and due to his success at the club, we expect the collection to sell extremely well."
Two streakers whose behaviour landed Newcastle United with heavy fines could soon face legal action from the football club.
Two separate incidents of streaking took place during the Europa League games at St James' Park, a competition that Newcastle had not played in since 2004.
They have already been fined 7000 euros for 21-year-old Steven Arkle's behaviour during the match against Atromitos, holding up play as he ran naked across the pitch.
Newcastle United could face being charged as much as 17,000 euros in total, as fines for the second incident are yet to be imposed.
John Parkinson from Rotherham ran onto the pitch in just an England t-shirt during the game against Bordeaux of France.
Security for Thursday night's match against Belgian side Brugge will be stepped up to prevent any repeat from happening.
– Steve Storey, Head of Security for Newcastle United
"I'm pleased they pleaded guilty and we at the club hope that they receive strong sentences. It is not just to punish them but also to act as a deterrent to others.
We will be actively seeking compensation through the court for the financial penalty imposed by Uefa and we are taking legal advice to consider taking civil action against both men."
The world of darts will remember commentator Sid Waddell today as his friends and family gather for his funeral.
Northumberland born Waddell died earlier this month from bowel cancer. He was 72.
He was one of the most recognisable figures in the sport, famed for his unique one-liners.
Sunderland AFC have today confirmed they will play Leicester City as part of their warm-up Games.
Manager Martin O'Neill will take his team back to his old club on Saturday August 11.
The fixture becomes the fourth confirmed fixture of Sunderland’s summer schedule, with the club also taking part in the Peace Cup in South Korea before facing Derby County at Pride Park on Wednesday August 8.