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Sunderland boss on Carabao Cup exit and bouncing back against Cardiff to kick-start Championship campaign

Simon Grayson was left to rue Everton’s ruthlessness after watching his side crash out of the Carabao Cup at the third round.

Sunderland AFC
Keaton Jennings

Keaton Jennings to activate get-out clause as Durham exodus continues despite Ian Botham blast

Durham batsman Keaton Jennings looks set to follow Paul Coughlin and quit the club for Nottinghamshire.

Cricket

Callum McManaman on Everton return and why he wears No.13 at Sunderland

Callum McManaman spent nine years honing his skills in the Everton youth set-up, and he is relishing his return to Goodison Park.

Sunderland AFC
Jonathan Franks.

Jonathan Franks’ under the radar work pleases Hartlepool United boss, just as much as his goals

Jonathan Franks has stolen the headlines thanks to his goalscoring exploits for Hartlepool United in recent weeks.

Hartlepool United
Hartlepool United manager Craig Harrison.

Hartlepool United’s turnaround is no work of magic, it’s down to blood, sweat and tears - Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison insists he’s not got a magic wand, it’s blood, sweat and tears that’s turned Hartlepool United’s season around.

Hartlepool United
Keith Watson

Who could replace Keith Watson? Craig Harrison’s options analysed, should key defender be ruled out

Five unbeaten, four wins, 13 points and just two goals conceded - it’s fair to say it’s been a prosperous 24 day period for Hartlepool United.

Hartlepool United
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Cost per game of watching your Premier League team on telly revealed

With the new football season well under way, armchair fans will be eyeing up the fixture list to plan their viewing of the crunch games coming up.

Football
Patrick Bamford hit both Boro goals to sink Villa.

Boro boss Garry Monk delighted for two-goal Carabao Cup hero Patrick Bamford

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk was delighted to see Patrick Bamford bag his first goals of the season in last night’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa.

Middlesbrough FC
Adam Matthews has impressed on his return

Simon Grayson on Hull City criticism, improving defence and the return of Adam Matthews

Sunderland sold Jordan Pickford to Everton for £30million in the summer. The Washington-born stopper has quickly established himself as the Toffees No.1 and stands in the way of Sunderland progressing to the fourth round. Simon Grayson is short of attacking options, James Vaughan opened his account against Hull and will want to play, though Grayson may be tempted to rest him ahead of the huge home game with Cardiff City this weekend. If selected, can Vaughan get the better of Pickford tonight?

Sunderland AFC
Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin takes on Stoke's Darren Fletcher.

Newcastle defender Yedlin firing on all cylinders again

DeAndre Yedlin says he is finally up to speed at Newcastle United.

Newcastle United
Paul Coughlin

Sir Ian Botham angry after Paul Coughlin leaves Durham for Notts

Durham CCC chairman Sir Ian Botham has expressed bitter disappointment at losing another rising star.

Cricket
As strong a relationship as you will ever see in boxing, Martin Ward (right) with trainer Neil Fannan. Picture: Stu Norton.

European championship boxing: Martin Ward goes back to start with coach

Martin Ward and Neil Fannan have gone “back to the start” of their boxing association in a bid to strike gold.

Boxing
Picture by PA

Wayne Rooney driven to training for Everton vs Sunderland cup tie after driving ban

Everton striker Wayne Rooney was driven in to training for his club's cup tie with Sunderland this morning after being banned from driving for two years.
News
Hartlepool Uniteds Jonathan Franks.

Rolling up the sleeves, goalscoring form and fan criticism - Jonathan Franks opens up on his Hartlepool United return

Grit, determination and rolling up the sleeves – Jonathan Franks reveals the key to Hartlepool United’s recent upturn in fortunes.

Hartlepool United
Newcastle United's Mikel Merino.

Mikel Merino reflects on a memorable start to his Newcastle United career

Mikel Merino feels he’s quickly adapted to Premier League football – thanks to his Newcastle United team-mates.

Newcastle United
Hartlepool United's Keith Watson.  Picture: TOM BANKS

Injury latest: Wednesday is D Day for Hartlepool United and Keith Watson

Hartlepool United will have to wait until Wednesday for news on the fitness of defender Keith Watson.

Hartlepool United
Martin Bain

Martin Bain: Transfer window success, but Sunderland won’t splash cash

Martin Bain believes Sunderland had a good transfer window – but admits ‘legacy payments’ on old signings continues to hamper them.

Sunderland AFC
Dimi Konstantopoulos has the bottle for the big occasion.

Aston Villa-Middlesbrough: Momentum and mentality vital for Boro boss Garry Monk

Garry Monk has been thrilled with the momentum Middlesbrough are building – now the boss is looking to carry that on in the Carabao Cup.

Middlesbrough FC
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos in action for Middlesbrough

Former Hartlepool United keeper admits speeding in his Mercedes

Former Hartlepool United goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos has been fined and slapped with penalty points for speeding.

News
Christian Atsu (left) gets to the ball ahead of Stoke Citys Mame Biram Diouf to score the opening goal at St Jamess Park.

Miles Starforth’s match analysis: Newcastle United 2 Stoke City 1

Jamaal Lascelles, fittingly, was the last man off the field.

Newcastle United
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