Sport Sunderland defender Wes Brown has drawn praise from his manager Gus Poyet after his man-of-the-match performance against Manchester City

Brown made his first league start for nearly 22 months in a man-of-the-match performance on Sunday

Aston Villa capture Milner

Aston Villa today completed the signing of Newcastle winger James Milner on a four-year contract.

Milner request for move adds to intrigue at St James’ Park

Evidence of the sometimes conflicting agendas at the top at Newcastle United came yesterday when James Milner's written transfer request was made public by the club, one week after it was actually delivered to the hierarchy at St James' Park by the 22-year-old. The outcome may be that Milner joins Aston Villa for £9m, though Milner is unhappy with his pay at Newcastle, not the overall situation.

Milner request alerts Villa

Aston Villa are expected to step up their bid to sign Newcastle's want-away winger James Milner, who has handed in a transfer request.

Milner hands Newcastle transfer request

Newcastle have confirmed that midfielder James Milner has handed in a transfer request.

Owen set to return as talks over future loom

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Keegan hails new spirit at Newcastle

An upbeat Kevin Keegan yesterday talked of new-found harmony at the top of Newcastle United and about his improved relationship with owner Mike Ashley. This had been in doubt from the moment Keegan said Newcastle were "miles off" the top four following May's home defeat against Chelsea. Those remarks resulted in Keegan and Ashley meeting in London, along with head of recruitment Dennis Wise.

Not-so-flash Gordon keeps to himself

Sunderland's goalkeeper has bounced back after being dropped while Newcastle's 'king of bling' wants golden finish

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Taylor ensures England stay tight at top with Germany

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