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Boro manager looking for promotion to the Premier League in North East

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

Gareth Southgate urges Team GB to treat Olympic football tournament seriously

Gareth Southgate is urging Team GB's players to treat the Olympic football tournament as a major step in their careers.

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.

Manchester United defender Rafael

Manchester United defender Rafael named among strong Brazil squad for Olympics

Brazil have named Porto striker Hulk, Real Madrid full-back Marcelo and AC Milan centre-back Thiago Silva as their three over-age players for the London 2012 Olympics.

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Tony Pulis has chosen not to renew nine of his players's contracts for next season. Among the departures are Jonathan Woodgate, Ricardo Fuller and Mamady Sidibe.
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<b>Carlo Nash, 38</b> – Goalkeeper, played once.
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<b>Jonathan Woodgate, 32</b> – Defender, played 21 times.
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<b>Danny Collins, 31</b> – Defender, played 59 times.
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<b>Salif Diao, 35</b> – Midfielder, played 106 times.
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<b>Matthew Lund , 21</b> – Midfielder, played 0 times.
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<b>Tom Soares, 25</b> – Midfielder, signed in 2008 for £1.25m, played 12 times.
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<b>Michael Tonge, 29</b> – Midfielder, signed in 2008 for £2m, played 18 times.
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<b>Ricardo Fuller, 32</b> – Striker, Signed for £500,000 in 2006, played 208 times scoring 50 goals.
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<b>Mamady Sidibe, 32</b> – Striker, played 186 times scoring 26 goals.

Jonathan Woodgate set for return to Middlesbrough

Jonathan Woodgate is poised for a return to Middlesbrough subject to a medical.

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.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle shouts instructions to his players

Bolton face opening match against Burnley on return to Championship

Relegated Bolton and their manager Owen Coyle face a hostile baptism on their return to the npower Championship after being handed an opening-day trip to Burnley.

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.

Ex-England footballer Kevin Beattie admits making false benefits claim

A former England football defender - once dubbed the new "Bobby Moore" - has admitted falsely claiming benefits.

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