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McNair brace wins cup tie for Sunderland

Sunderland's Paddy McNair (right) scores his side's first goal of the game. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two goals from Sunderland's Paddy McNair has seen Sunderland into the fourth round of the EFL Cup competition.

The Black Cats faced Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the third round of the contest on Wednesday evening.

After a goalless first half, the match came alive when QPR's Sandros scored the opener on the hour-mark.

However he wasn't going to spoil the night for travelling Sunderland fans, thanks to two goals from McNair - in the 70th and 80th minutes.

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Patrick Van Aanholt pulled from Tottenham game after heart scan

Sunderland defender Patrick Van Aanholt was withdrawn from the game against Tottenham because of the results of a heart scan.

The Dutch Defender was originally named in the starting 11 for the match at White Hart Lane, but was replaced by Jason Denayer just over half an hour before kick off.

Television cameras caught the look of surprise on Van Aanholt's face as he was told he needed to go and speak to his manager.

The pictures sparked any number of conspiracy theories, but at Tuesday's pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's EFL Cup tie at QPR, Sunderland manager David Moyes confirmed Van Aanholt had been pulled on the advice of cardiologists.

Van Aanholt was withdrawn from the squad late on Credit: PA

"All we can say is that Pat had some standard tests with the cardiologist and because of those tests, the FA Panel had to check it, the panel of cardiologists. But incredibly they gave me the answer back at 10 minutes to 4 before the game when the player was out warming up. So we had to make a decision then and there on the spot. But Pat will travel today with us to London."

"It was completely out with our control, but it was in our control because we knew we had to make the correct decisions for the player and for the football club."

"That was it, it was unforeseen. But I just find it very difficult to understand the timing and for all the conspiracy theories out there I can categorically say they were all incorrect."

– David Moyes

Sunderland lost the game at Spurs 1-0. The Black Cats are still waiting for their first Premier League win this season. They're currently second bottom of the table.

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ParalympicsGB return on gold-nosed 'victoRIOus' plane

A group of 300 ParalympicGB athletes and support staff flew home on the same gold-nosed aircraft - dubbed 'victoRIOus' - that brought Team GB home last month.

As the athletes disembarked a number of medallists, including Sarah Storey, Will Bayley, Lee Pearson and Hannah Cockroft, proudly posed for a photo with their medals.

A group of ParalympicsGB medal winners enjoyed their homecoming. Credit: British Airways
Sarah Storey and Will Bayley led the medal winners off the flight as they received applause from BA staff. Credit: British Airways
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