Sport Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects another PSG bid for Yohan Cabaye

French league champions had seen a £14m bid rejected but appear to have made a breakthrough in negotiations to open personal terms with the French midfielder

Bilbao's stadium, nicknamed La Catedral, was built in the English style

Welcome to Spain's old English outpost

Athletic Club de Bilbao are famed for their Basque heritage; only players from the region can represent the team, but the visit of Manchester United tonight will be a celebration of Anglophilia for a club founded by English quarrymen and local students who had studied in England.

Ross Samson of London Irish clears from the base of a ruck during his team's defeat by Wasps

Launchbury and Daly offer hope to Wasps

London Wasps 18 London Irish 13: Youngsters' efforts and boot of Robinson edge former champions further from the drop zone

Hip surgery for Jack Charlton

World Cup winner Jack Charlton was recovering in hospital last night after undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall at his home.

It took just two minutes of the second half for Leicester to secure the four-try bonus point, setting up the catch-and-drive from which Thomas Waldrom rumbled over

Aviva Premiership round-up: Cockerill salutes his Tigers after five tries flatten flightless Falcons

After his team's 42-15 win at home to Newcastle yesterday, Richard Cockerill, the Leicester director of rugby, said: “You have to take the result in context of the ambition of the opposition.”

Jim Hamilton and Ryan Caldwell were shown yellow cards after a massed brawl at the Rec

Aviva Premiership round-up: Shortland helps Falcons seal priceless win

Newcastle beat London Irish 19-10 at home in the Premiership yesterday, to move within six points of Wasps at the foot of the table.

Nicklas Bendtner – Arsenal (on loan at Sunderland)
The Danish centre forward hasn’t made a big impact on loan at Sunderland, although it remains to be seen how he fits into new manager Martin O’Neill’s plans. However, high wage demands and less than consistent form could make it difficult for Bendtner to find a club that will take a gamble on him.

Sunderland pair on criminal damage charge

Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole have been charged with criminal damage, after cars were allegedly vandalised close to the home of their arch rivals.

Leeds offer O'Brien a second chance

The Leeds defender Andy O'Brien will receive the club's full support after receiving treatment for depression. The 32-year-old refused to play in Leeds' 2-1 win at Burnley in November, leading manager Simon Grayson to say O'Brien had no future at Elland Road. He has not played since.

Papiss Demba Cisse was at one time valued at £14m

Newcastle 'in talks with Papiss Demba Cisse'

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was today closing in on a shock swoop for Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

Cheap as chips ship sets sail, but the only way is Essex

Europe's biggest holiday firm has launched a £100 austerity cruise for the peak summer season – with all meals and tips included. But hard-pressed customers who sign up for this recession getaway aboard a fully-fledged cruise ship will discover that the only way is Essex: the Thomson Spirit sails from South Shields to Harwich, taking only 16 hours and venturing no further than 30 miles from the English coast at Skegness.

Newcastle United: Potential January transfer targets

After a superb start to the season, aspirations have been lifted at the Sports Direct Arena and investment into the team will be welcomed by supporters hoping for European football into 2012.

Pedestrian dies after police crash

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a police vehicle.

Wendi Deng is the only member of the Murdoch clan whose reputation gained from the hacking saga

Diary: David Cameron, health and safety, and that old chestnut

"Talk of health and safety can too often sound farcical or marginal. People think of children being given goggles to play conkers," David Cameron said yesterday, explaining that 2012 will be the year when he wages "war on the excessive health and safety culture".

Jack Colback has signed a two-year extension

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback signs new deal

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has been rewarded for his early-season form with a two-year contract extension.

MARK CUETO: The wing’s late try sealed the points for Sale and left Newcastle rooted to the bottom of the Premiership

Cueto kills Falcons' fightback

Sale 27 Newcastle 19

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Surgeons have failed to reattach a man's finger after it was bitten off at a school nativity play.

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