SAFC charity rewards children for courses

Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.

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Poyet 'won't wait forever' for transfer targets

Gus Poyet has warned Sunderland won't wait forever to land their top transfer targets. The Black Cats are chasing permanent deals for two players who enjoyed successful loan spells on Wearside last season - Liverpool's Fabio Borini and Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso. Meanwhile, Sunderland's Under 21's have been at it again. The Black Cats youth team made the difference in last night's 3-0 friendly win at Hartlepool, just as they did at Carlisle 24 hours earlier. Sunderland's Head Coach was proud of his young players efforts at Victoria park.

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Poyet still hunting Sunderland targets

Poyet still hunting targets
Poyet still hunting Sunderland targets Credit: PA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is refusing to give up on summer targets Fabio Borini and Marcos Alonso despite a frustrating wait to secure them.

The Black Cats appeared to receive a double set-back in their pursuit of the pair earlier this week when Borini's agent Marco de Marchi indicated that the player's preference was to fight for his place at Liverpool, while a report from Italy suggested Fiorentina full-back Alonso was no longer for sale.

However, Poyet remains optimistic that deals can still be struck for the two men who provided sterling service during loan spells at the Stadium of Light last season.

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Striker Scocco set to leave Sunderland AFC

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Scocco Credit: PA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted striker Ignacio Scocco's future is likely to lie away from the club.

Scocco, known as "Nacho", arrived on Wearside in January as Poyet invested £3.2million in his services in the search for goals to keep the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League.

Ultimately, it was a gamble which did not pay off as the 29-year-old Argentinian made only eight appearances and failed to find the back of the net.

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Mannone agrees contract extension with Sunderland

Sunderland AFC goalkeeper Vito Mannone Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland are understood to have agreed a contract extension with goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The 26-year-old had one-year remaining on his previous deal but has reportedly signed a new two-year extension, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until 2017.

The Italian, who was voted as the club's Player of the Season last term, will compete with new signing Costel Pantilimon to be Sunderland's first-choice keeper next season.

Gus Poyet: 'England is our World Cup Final'

The Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told ITV News that tonight's World Cup Cup match between England and Uruguay "is going to be tough", and he is certain the Luis Suaraez, the man who terrorised defences defences across the Premier League during the 2013/14 season will play.

Poyet is a former Uruguay international player and spoke in Brazil where he is providing coverage of the games for ITV Sport:

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