Malky Mackay was once so irritated by Craig Bellamy's hyperactivity that he locked him in a toilet for four hours. But the inconvenience was strictly temporary, for today Cardiff City's talismanic star has matured into a model senior pro who, together with manager Mackay, is leading the Welsh club into the Premier League.
The player's insistence that he did not know the meaning of the gesture seems ridiculous
The Magpies meet the vanquishers of Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday
Metalist Kharkiv 0 Newcastle United 1 (Newcastle win 1-0 on aggregate)
Football is only a reflection of that society - and that doesn't say much about us
A look at some of the player’s finest moments for club and country
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at St James’ Park
Mick McCarthy is in pole position to become the new Ipswich manager, although an appointment is not expected today.
Ashley Cole should be banned from Twitter, not the England team, according to former Three Lions defender Gary Pallister.
1 Rooney is back and comfortable in his new role
Blackburn Rovers 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Roy Keane was in Turkey yesterday for talks about the managerial position at club side Kasimpasa but is ready to put such a move on hold to pursue his interest in the Blackburn Rovers vacancy.
Europa League, Channel 5 / Six Nations, BBC
Newcastle United 2 Aston Villa 1
Darren Bent became the 21st player to reach 100 goals in the Barclays Premier League and now wants to take his scoring form into Euro 2012.
There was much deliberation in the North-east yesterday morning – ironically at Sunderland's Academy of Light before Martin O'Neill's press briefing – about how many forwards Shola Ameobi had seen off in his 11 years at Newcastle.