Sport Gus Poyet hit out at Stoke’s interest in Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher

The Potters are reportedly interested in two of their opponents players

Paolo Di Canio said that if players turned up with mobile phones, he would throw them in the sea

Paolo Di Canio labels Lee Catermole and Phil Bardsley 'rotten' and claims Sunderland captain John O'Shea is two-faced

Di Canio's comments are the latest in a long line of criticisms against the players at his former club after he was sacked in September

Gus Poyet gestures during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Southampton

Transfer news: Sunderland recall Connor Wickham to help battle against relegation

The Black Cats remain in the relegation places despite an upturn in form

Charis Mavrias celebrates with his Sunderland team-mates after scoring against Kidderminster

Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0 match report: Charis Mavrias gives Sunderland the slightest edge

Black Cats continue their strong cup form this season in a week that has seen them reach the League Cup final and FA Cup fifth round

Manchester United manager David Moyes looks on in downbeat fashion during his club's 2-1 defeat by Swansea

Capital One Cup: Sunderland v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to Tuesday's semi-final first leg at the Stadium of Light

Gus Poyet has seen his Sunderland side thrive in the cups, having won just three times in the league

Sunderland v Manchester United: Gus Poyet tells Sunderland to stop Jekyll and Hyde act and seize big chance in Capital One Cup

Gus Poyet slowly rolled the fingers of his left hand into a fist. “When the opportunity to play in a cup final comes along, you must grasp it,” he said. At least when it comes to cup football, the players he took over in October have listened.

Sunderland 3 Carlisle 1: Gus Poyet insists his squad are relishing a double cup run despite gruelling Premier League relegation battle

Black Cats manager insists he always wanted to play and that his squad are of the exact same mentality ahead of League Cup semi-final

Sunderland Gus Poyet shows his frustration during the 0-0 draw with West Ham

Gus Poyet seeks league boost with Sunderland cup run

Manager has challenged his players to launch a survival drive by dumping star-studded Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup

Frank Lampard uses his head to score Chelsea's first

Chelsea 'attitude and focus' is key to Premier League title push, says Frank Lampard

The Blues are within touching distance of league leaders Arsenal

Paolo Di Canio was incredibly harsh in his criticism of players

Paolo Di Canio explains his views on tomato ketchup, why Phil Bardsley was guilty of treason and that Steven Fletcher was always unhappy

Di Canio has responded to individual criticisms by his former players as well as the man he replaced at the Stadium of Light in Martin O'Neill

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit back at his predecessor Martin O'Neill for his 'charlatan' jibe

Paolo Di Canio hits back at 'charlatan' jibe by claiming Martin O'Neill 'is not very big' following Sunderland exit

Di Canio was sacked by the Black Cats after five games this season and has responded to O'Neill's jibes by admitting he can teach the Northern Irishman a thing or two

City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on with satisfaction from the City bench

Premier League: Sunderland v Manchester City match preview

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

David Silva with Yaya Toure in training

David Silva injury: Manchester City playmaker could be out for four weeks, reveals Manuel Pellegrini

The Spain international picked up a calf injury during the midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow

Sebastian Larsson credits his Sunderland team-mate Jozy Altidore after he set-up the Swede for the their second goal against Southampton

Sunderland 2 Southampton 1: Gus Poyet hails striker Jozy Altidore after two assists set-up quarter-final clash with Chelsea

Wednesday's birthday boy was on-form for the Black Cats to help them secure a last eight place in the League Cup

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Adnan Januzaj backed to remain grounded by Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

A tug-of-war between international teams for the youngster's services looks set to take place

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee