Justin Hoyte gave his side the lead against Wednesday
Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill backs captain Lee Cattermole to flourish after signing new deal

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has backed captain Lee Cattermole to flourish after he signed a new deal that will keep him on Wearside until 2016.

Southgate leaves FA to avoid joining the blazer brigade

The Football Association's youth development programme suffered a blow yesterday when Gareth Southgate left the organisation having decided the role of technical director was not for him.

Craig Bellamy: ‘I never thought I’d be involved in anything like this. I’ll cherish this for the rest of my life’

Bellamy thrilled by Dame Kelly Holmes' pep talk

Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and the rest of Team GB's footballers spent their first night in the Olympic village yesterday, an experience that included a pep talk from Dame Kelly Holmes about what to expect come Games time.

Family plea after missing teenager Rachel Wilson's body found

The family of a teenager murdered after going missing a decade ago made an emotional plea today as police confirmed they had found her body.

Ryan Giggs is the captain of the Team GB squad

FA issue warning over illegal tickets to watch Team GB

Football Association chiefs have warned fans hoping to see Team GB in action ahead of the Olympic Games against buying tickets from unauthorised websites.

Man arrested over woman's death in Middlesbrough

Police who launched a manhunt after a woman's body was discovered at an address arrested a 47-year-old man in a town centre on suspicion of murder.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary

Michael Gove targets councils that do not agree with his policies

Education Secretary will punish those who hold back reforms for poorly peforming schools

Middlesbrough councillors get police protection after cars are targetted by arsonists

Councillors in Middlesbrough are today under police protection after their cars were petrol-bombed by unhinged “political obsessives”, the town's mayor said.

Mido in action during his time at West Ham

Former Tottenham striker Mido on verge of Barnsley switch

Egypt international Mido is on the verge of completing a move to Barnsley from Zamalek.

Man trampled by cows in Durham is 'stable'

A hiker who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was trampled by cows is in a "stable" condition today, his rescuers have confirmed.

Hiker trampled by cows in Durham is critical

A hiker is critically ill after he was trampled by cows today.

Steve Bruce on Titus Bramble's arrest: 'He should not be in that
position. You should not be in a nightclub on Tuesday after being
beaten on Monday'

Sunderland player Titus Bramble on trial over accusations of assaulting two women

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble will go on trial today accused of sexually assaulting two women.

David Cameron says parenting classes are not 'nanny state'

Free parenting classes are not a "nanny state" policy, David Cameron insisted as he unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at helping families.

JAmes Allen, 36, was arrested in Leeds, following a chase, after being spotted by an off-duty officer

Police warning as double-murder suspect arrested

Detectives have warned families to check the well-being of friends and relatives who may have come into contact with a double-murder suspect.

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