Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates scoring his team’s second goal against the  Ivory Coast. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Greece 2 Ivory Coast 1 Greece stubbornly refuse to enter the spirit of this liberating World Cup or give up their place in it. Water-tight, compact an(...)

Jack Rodwell of Manchester City goes down under a challenge from Mike Williamson of Newcastle United during the League Cup fourth round match between the sides at St James’ Park.  Photograph: Ian T Horrocks/Getty Images

Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2 (AET, 0-0 after 90 minutes):Alvardo Negredo and Edin Dzeko struck twice in extra-time to book Manchester City’s p(...)

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini  celebrates his late winner against Newcastle.

Sunderland 2 Newcastle United 1 Alan Pardew predicted that this latest north-east derby might be decided by a clever substitution and he was p(...)

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini celebrates scoring his side’s winner  during the  Premier League match against Newcastle at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Sunderland 2 Newcastle 1: Alan Pardew predicted that this latest derby would be decided by an inspired substitution and he was proved right. Unfortuna(...)

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has agreed to wear his club’s new branded shirt after lengthy discussions. Photograph: Getty Images

After a prolonged stand-off, Papiss Cissé has agreed to wear Newcastle United shirts bearing the Wonga logo next season and will resume training with(...)

 Papiss Cisse of Newcastle United. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

In Sedhiou, southern Senegal, Papiss Cisse is very much the local hero. The one time teenage African ambulance driver turned Premier League striker in(...)

Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse scores the winning goal against Stoke City. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

An afternoon dominated by snow, swirling wind, set-pieces and another stellar defensive display from Newcastle United's Steven Taylor was decid(...)