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Manchester City 2 - 2 Sunderland

Sunderland have earned what could be a crucial point in their relegation battle after drawing 2 -2 away at Manchester City.

But they were only about ten minutes away from what would have been a terrific win.

Poyet's men were 1-0 down after just two minutes but they turned the game on its head thanks to two second half goals from Connor Wickham.

But City equalised in the 88th minute.

Sunderland have now used up their games in hand and are three points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.

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SAFC search for future football stars

Hoping to impress, the boys show off their skills Credit: ITV

Aspiring footballers from across the North East are being given the chance to follow in the footsteps of stars including SAFC midfielder Jack Colback.

SAFC's official charity, The Foundation of Light, is holding open trials for boys aged five to 16 over the next three days.

Aged 5-16 the boys take part in trials Credit: ITV
Sunderland Credit: ITV

Sunderland one of the 'most affordable places'

Housing in Sunderland is among the most affordable places to live in the country, new research says.

Property search engine Adzuna.co.uk says that many areas of the UK are on the verge of an 'affordability crisis' with up to nine out of 10 homes out of reach of local people.

A comparison of property prices and average local salaries showed that Sunderland, along with Belfast, Salford and Hull were the most affordable places for first-time buyers.

In these areas, average property prices were 2.5 times average earnings compared with over seven times in the most expensive cities

Testimonial match for former Sunderland defender Jody Craddock

Jody Craddock going up against Aston Villa's Darius Vassell. Credit: PA
Jody Craddock battles for the ball with Everton's Brian McBride. Credit: PA
Jody Craddock went on to play for Wolves after his time at Sunderland. Here he is for the Midlands team holding off Fulham's Clint Dempsey. Credit: PA

The former Black Cats defender Jody Craddock has been awarded a testimonial match.

He became a fans’ favourite at Sunderland before going on to play for Wolves. A host of ex-players from both teams will play in the clash.

Former Sunderland boss Peter Reid will take charge of the Black Cats’ line-up, while the legendary striking partnership of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips will be reunited for the first time in more than ten years.

The game is at 2pm on Monday 5 May at Wolves’ Molineux home. Proceeds from the match will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Jody’s four-year-old son Toby is being treated for leukaemia.

Dizzee Rascal to headline Split Festival

Dizzee Rascal Credit: PA

Dizzee Rascal is to headline this year's Split Festival. Maximo Park and The Cribs will also perform at the Sunderland event on August 9-10. The location has moved, it is now at Mowbray Park.

Ross Millard from the Futureheads, who programmes the music at Split, said: "Dizzee Rascal is a British institution, a household name, with countless hits and who has fans across the genres."

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Sunderland admit Premier League fine over Ji Dong-Won

Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won was fielded for four matches while ineligible to play.
Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won was fielded for four matches while ineligible to play. Credit: PA wire

Sunderland AFC have dismissed reports that the club is in turmoil and denied claims striker Ji Dong-Won was ineligible to play in Premier League matches at the start of this season.

They say Ji Dong-Won was registered with the Premier League and so was not ineligible.

This evening the club has confirmed to ITV Tyne Tees:

"There was a minor administrative issue regarding the registration of the player.

"The club was fined by the Premier League and the matter was dealt with at the time."

Ji Dong-Won featured in four Premier League games - Sunderland earned one point from the four matches, in a 1-1 draw away at Southampton.

He also featured in a Capital One cup match against MK Dons - Sunderland went on to reach the final of that competition at Wembley.

Have you seen missing Sunderland man?

Carl Rowe. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police say they are concerned for a man who's gone missing, leaving his family mystified.

Carl Rowe, 42, of Eglington Street North in Roker, Sunderland, was last seen by family members around 6.45pm on Sunday night, March 30.

He was reported missing by family members on Monday afternoon, March 31.

Police are concerned for Mr Rowe's welfare and are appealing for the public's help to trace him. He lives alone at his Roker home and anyone who saw him between Sunday night and Monday afternoon, or who has seen him since, is asked to get in touch with police.

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