Captain Cattermole heaps praise on O'Neill

The Sunderland captain, Lee Cattermole, yesterday credited the club's new manager, Martin O'Neill, with restoring confidence there. The Black Cats will head into Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round match against the 23-year-old midfielder's former team, Middlesbrough, having lost just two of the nine games they have played under the Ulsterman since he replaced Steve Bruce at the helm.

Libraries: 'Hands off our doors to learning'

<i>The Independent on Sunday</i> has been inundated with stories about the role public libraries have played in readers' lives. Campaigns to stop councils from closing as many as half of their libraries are gathering pace, as public figures protest furiously about 'cultural vandalism'. They share their memories with Nina Lakhani

Celebrations over sale of mothballed steel plant

Steelworkers were celebrating tonight after news that a huge plant mothballed earlier this year with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs is to be sold under a multimillion-pound deal to a Thai company.

Job losses leave Corus workers 'devastated'

Workers in one of the UK's biggest steel-making areas were dealt a savage pre-Christmas blow today with news that a giant plant is to be mothballed with the loss of 1,700 jobs.

Coroner criticises RAF base over crash

Three men died when an RAF Puma crashed in flames because the pilot was attempting low-flying manoeuvres both beyond his capabilities and that of the helicopter, a coroner said today.

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Southgate backs 'hungry' King to taste success

Gareth Southgate, the Middlesbrough manager, believes Marlon King's "hunger" to succeed will have a positive effect on his new team-mates in their survival battle. King joined Boro on loan until the end of the season from Wigan and will be in the squad for tonight's Premier League game at Chelsea.