Newcastle United v Sunderland: Premier League – live!

12.30pm GMT

Preamble 1969 and 1973; the respective years that Newcastle and Sunderland last won something go a long way towards explaining why this is such a poisonous, wondrous rivalry. With no trophies to contest, with no distractions, diversions or redemptions, they’re free to just get on with the serious business of hating each other, an art they practice to an exceedingly high standard.

And, at the moment, it’s Sunderland in the ascendancy; 3-0 tousings in two of the last three games, split by Fabio Borini’s brilliant late winner – one of the moments of last season. In the 116 years this fixtures has been played, they’ve never managed four consecutive wins.

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Michael van Gerwen comes through stern test at PDC World Championship

• Van Gerwen defeated Joe Cullen 3-1 at Alexandra Palace
• Keegan Brown sprung a surprise to defeat John Part
• Van Gerwen: I see more of Phil Taylor than of my wife

The reigning champion Michael van Gerwen was given a stern test before eventually booking his spot in the second round of the PDC World Championship.

The Dutchman would have been looking to make a statement against Joe Cullen as he began the defence of his title at the Alexandra Palace.

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Michael van Gerwen comes through stern test at PDC World Championship

• Van Gerwen defeated Joe Cullen 3-1 at Alexandra Palace
• Keegan Brown sprung a surprise to defeat John Part
• Van Gerwen: I see more of Phil Taylor than of my wife

The reigning champion Michael van Gerwen was given a stern test before eventually booking his spot in the second round of the PDC World Championship.

The Dutchman would have been looking to make a statement against Joe Cullen as he began the defence of his title at the Alexandra Palace.

Continue reading…