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DARLINGTON: Styche returns, but Portas suffers another blow

LEADING scorer Reece Styche has recovered from illness and is available for Darlington’s game with Kidderminster Harriers, but Quakers have suffered an injury blow this week.

MIDDLESBROUGH: George Friend talks rugby, Tony Pulis' methods and an ambition to become a sporting director

GEORGE FRIEND might have been still playing rugby had he not chosen football as a teenager, so he can understand exactly why Tony Pulis uses that sport in a bid to improve Middlesbrough.

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SUNDERLAND: Yours for nothing! Short will give Black Cats away (if buyer is happy to take on £110m debts)

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ELLIS SHORT is ready to let Sunderland go for nothing, provided there is a buyer willing to take on the struggling Championship club’s excessive debts.

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SUNDERLAND: Chris Coleman is not "sorry" for taking on Black Cats job and insists Boro game is NOT a derby

CHRIS COLEMAN insists he holds no regrets about taking on the Sunderland job as he prepares for a Middlesbrough visit to the Stadium of Light he does not consider to be a derby.

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RUGBY: Darlington Mowden Park relishing their top-two test

THE wait has gone on two months longer than was initially planned, but Darlington Mowden Park will finally get the chance to test themselves against National One’s runaway league leaders when Coventry visit The Northern Echo Arena this…

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: Mica McNeill did brilliantly at Winter Olympics - but major changes are needed

I CAN still remember speaking to Mica McNeill on the day she discovered her funding from the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) had been withdrawn.

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HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Ince unlikely to get Pools job

PAUL INCE is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Hartlepool United manager, but he is a long way from being appointed.

SUNDERLAND: 'It doesn't matter where Middlesbrough are, we have to believe' claims Black Cats midfielder

THERE might be 25 points and 16 places separating bottom club Sunderland with Middlesbrough, but Paddy McNair does not think such statistics will even come into this Saturday’s Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Bamford on Boro's play-off prospects and the difference playing out wide under Pulis and Karanka

PATRICK BAMFORD is hoping Middlesbrough will be this season’s ‘surprise packages’ who emerge from the middle of the Championship table to make a successful late surge into the play-offs.

Wednesday, Feb 21

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HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Swedish consortium planning London talks

DANIEL Kindberg, the chairman of Swedish Europa League side Osterstunds, is in talks on Thursday to try and save Hartlepool United.

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HARTLEPOOL UNITED COMMENT: This bus once drove itself, now it's a basket case

OVER the years, Hartlepool United have appointed too many managers, each with their different backgrounds and principles. From the rookie boss to the experienced hand, all have one thing in common: the sack.

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Bobsleigh duo already focused on Beijing

WATCH out world, the British bobsleigh girls are gunning for a medal come Beijing 2022.

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HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Ince early favourite for manager's job

PAUL INCE has been installed as favourite to be the next Hartlepool United boss.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Manager Harrison has his contract terminated by Pools

CRAIG HARRISON has left his position as Hartlepool United manager.

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WINTER OLYMPICS: Mica McNeill and Mica Moore make bobsleigh history as they finish eighth in Pyeongchang Games

MICA McNEILL and Mica Moore made Winter Olympic history as they achieved the best ever result by a British female bobsleigh crew at a Winter Games.

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SUNDERLAND: As Black Cats hit the bottom, Coleman is frustrated with officials in defeat at Bolton

SUNDERLAND dropped back to the bottom of the Championship by losing a relegation tussle with Bolton last night and Chris Coleman was more than happy to blame referee David Coote.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Match Ratings from Boro's 3-1 win over Hull City

How did the players fare in Boro's 3-1 win over Hull?

Tuesday, Feb 20

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MIDDLESBROUGH: Pulis provides Gestede injury update after Boro's goalscoring hero limps from field

TONY PULIS is hoping Rudy Gestede will be able to shake off an ankle problem to maintain his improved goalscoring form in Saturday’s Wear-Tees derby with Sunderland.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Bolton Wanderers 1 Sunderland 0

IT doesn’t matter how much money it will take for Ellis Short to leave Sunderland, nor does it matter how many names are on a petition demanding the American’s departure, at least for the time being anyway.

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LIVE: Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland AFC

Chief Football Writer Paul Fraser reports live from Macron Stadium as Sunderland take on Bolton Wanderers.

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MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS: Patrick Bamford in only change to Boro side to face Hull

PATRICK BAMFORD returns to Middlesbrough's starting line-up for this evening's Championship home game with Hull City.

MATCH REPORT: Middlesbrough 3 Hull City 1

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ONE relegation-threatened opponent being ripped apart by an absentee owner down, one more to come at the weekend. You could argue that Middlesbrough won’t meet opponents as lightweight or limited as Hull City every week, but then they find…

LIVE: FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool United

Sports Editor Nick Loughlin reports live from The Shay as Hartlepool take on FC Halifax Town.

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SUNDERLAND: Fans urged to sign petition in open letter as Ellis Short looks for £50m to sell

SUNDERLAND fans have stepped up calls for Ellis Short to sell up by urging supporters to sign a petition in an open letter.

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'I’ll be back for Beijing' says Christie, after latest disappointment

YOU’VE got to give it to Elise Christie, she doesn’t do things by half measures.

WINTER OLYMPICS: Mica McNeill and Mica Moore in medal contention

BOBSLEIGH duo Mica McNeill and Mica Moore provided a timely dose of British girl power as they drove themselves into medal contention.

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NEWCASTLE: Joselu, Gayle, Slimani, Perez - who should lead the Magpies' attacking line at Bournemouth this weekend?

HE wanted more of a selection headache when it came to his attackers – now, as he prepares to select his side for this weekend’s Premier League game at Bournemouth, Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez finds himself toying with a range of…

BOLTON v SUNDERLAND: The view from the Wanderers ahead of crunch match

THE tension at the lower reaches of the Championship is mounting and each point gained somehow seems more precious than those bagged in August.