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Magpies steal Sunderland's thunder

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Jackson leaves rudderless Boro in the mire

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Diary: Facebook film... an update

The factual accuracy of The Social Network, the film about the founding of Facebook, is disputed by those it depicts. Now it seems that those involved in the movie took little trouble to learn about its subject.

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Game pays tribute to 'gentleman' Alexander

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Alexander's family to decide if game goes ahead

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