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Monday, May 21


Stewart Donald on Sunderland's finances, where the parachute payments are going and this summer's transfer budget

IN his decade in charge of Sunderland, Ellis Short did not conduct a single press conference where he answered direct questions from the media. Indeed, by the final few years of his Stadium of Light tenure, he couldn’t even bothered to…


From Thailand to Redcar to cheer on an Ascot-bound winner

OWNER Chris Hirst flew in from Thailand especially to see his horse, Certain Lad, win at Redcar yesterday (Monday).


Donald: 'We'll consider reappointing Coleman as Sunderland boss'

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CHRIS COLEMAN could make a remarkable return to Sunderland, with Stewart Donald admitting he could turn to the recently-dismissed Black Cats boss as he looks to appoint a new manager.


Donald will give new Sunderland boss "pretty hefty" budget

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STEWART Donald has guaranteed a "pretty hefty" budget for Sunderland's League One campaign after finally completing his takeover of the Black Cats.

Channon would not shy away from Ascot after Certain Lad's Redcar success

MICK Channon would not be scared of plunging Certain Lad in at the deep end at Royal Ascot after his impressive debut win at Redcar.

Ex-Sunderland star had taken sleeping pills and downed vodka night before crash

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FORMER Sunderland footballer Darron Gibson has been spared jail despite admitting a second serious drink-driving offence after a judge said the player had a number of "significant psychological issues".


McClaren ready to take QPR forwards

FORMER England boss Steve McClaren is ready for the big challenge of trying to take QPR back into the Premier League.


Champion back at Redcar with strong ammunition

Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa notched a double at Redcar’s belated first meeting of the season – and he’s back at the seaside track again today (Monday).


North Yorkshire driver Coates second in Clio Cup rankings

MAX COATES lies second in the Renault UK Clio Championship standings after claiming a pair of podium finishes in the most recent round of racing at Thruxton.

Transfer Round-Up: Newcastle target Bundesliga striker, Boro primed for interest in stars, Sunderland manager search

WHAT are the main transfer stories dominating the North-East football scene this morning?


Nerves got the better of Stockton in FA Vase final

SOME Stockton Town players were nervous, admitted defender Tom Coulthard, during the first half of their FA Vase final defeat yesterday.


Benitez to reject Russian approach - but Newcastle future still uncertain

RAFAEL BENITEZ will reject the opportunity to take over at Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, but the Newcastle United manager’s future remains uncertain, despite West Ham United having switched their attention to Manuel Pellegrini.

Sunday, May 20


Durham suffer second One-Day cup hammering

Durham suffered their second worst defeat in List A cricket as they were thumped by 192 runs at Lancashire.


Stockton boss Dunwell proud despite Wembley defeat

PROUD but unbowed, that was Stockton Town boss Micky Dunwell after yesterday’s Wembley heartache.


Match report: Stockton Town 0 Thatcham Town 1

No matter what the result, Stockton Town could not lose yesterday.


Donald's Sunderland takeover to be confirmed; new names in manager search

STEWART DONALD will be formally confirmed as Sunderland’s new owner in the next 24 hours, and the incoming chairman is keen to complete the appointment of a new manger before the end of the week.


North-East weekend cricket round-up

Chester-le-Street went to near neighbours Sacriston and comfortably passed the Dukes ECB North East Premier League test, winning by 112 runs.

NYSD cricket review

In the first leg of the weekend double header, Bishop Auckland’s new professional Nimesh Vimukthi failed to lift his side as they suffered a nine-wicket loss at Richmondshire.

LIVE: Stockton Town 0 Thatcham Town 1 (FA Vase final at Wembley)

Craig Stoddart reports live from Wembley as Stockton Town take on Thatcham Town in the FA Vase final


Falcons suffer play-off semi-final defeat


Saturday, May 19


Champion jockey back at Redcar with strong ammunition

Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa notched a double at Redcar’s belated first meeting of the season – and he’s back at the seaside track again on Monday (May 21).


The Paul Mulrennan column

The big race of the weekend is the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury today and I reckon Addeybb looks great value at around 6-1.

The weekend's best bets by Charlie McCann

Sixteen go to post for the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, the highlight at Newbury this afternoon, and the ground appears to have gone against Addeybb (6/1 with BetVictor) whose rapid improvement this term has been on ground with plenty of cut.


Botham salutes Durham stalwart Collingwood

SIR IAN Botham, the Durham chairman, has paid tribute to Paul Collingwood.


Beacon offers ray of Light for Sunderland and emotional Sir Bob Murray

THERE was a real sense of pride when Sir Bob Murray chatted in his chair inside one of the meeting rooms at the landmark Beacon of Light earlier this week, even if it was tinged with sadness and the hint of a tear in his eye.

Friday, May 18


Durham heavily defeated by Yorkshire in Royal London One-Day Cup

YORKSHIRE were in a ruthless mood on the day when Durham unveiled the Paul Collingwood Pavilion at Emirates Riverside, crushing the opposition by 142 runs in their opening match in the Royal London One-Day Cup.


Donald's Sunderland takeover edges nearer

SIR BOB MURRAY is desperate for Sunderland to be in safe hands under prospective new owner Stewart Donald, who he hopes is the right man to take over after the “worst season in the club’s history”.


North-East weekend cricket preview

Dukes ECB North East Premier League leaders Hetton Lyons host fourth-placed and unbeaten Whitburn.

FA Vase Final: Mulligan wants Wembley memento to rival proud Darlington days

STOCKTON Town are gearing up for the FA Vase final at Wembley on Sunday, when Nathan Mulligan will be in midfield and aiming for a winners’ medal.

Mark Hughes ready to renew interest in Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson

SOUTHAMPTON will be the first Premier League club to test Middlesbrough’s determination to keep Ben Gibson at the Riverside Stadium this summer.