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Rory Harrison arrives at Belfast Crown Court where he is on trial accused of perverting the course of justice and withholding information. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

A friend of two Ireland and Ulster rugby players has denied trying to stop their alleged rape victim from going to police and “concocting” a story to (...)

Sunderland fans are prepared to pay a serious sum to watch a team that is yet to win on the pitch on the other side of the turnstile in 2017. This is a scene that, simultaneously, bemuses and intrigues. Photograph:   Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Turnstile 46, Stadium of Light, Sunderland, 7.40pm Tuesday: above the dual entrance a red sign says £30. There is a queue each side, a dozen deep and (...)

Sunderland manager David Moyes signed a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light last summer. Photograph: Getty Images.

“Relegation had, in truth, been the club’s comeuppance for poor organization over a number of years and the club was on the verge of a real crisis . .(...)

It’s one of the endlessly implied questions of the modern age, isn’t it: would footballers die bravely for us? Photograpg: Getty/Ross Kinnaird

If sport is war by other means, football is always getting found out on the frontline. Even as the annual poppy row rumbles on – this year’s incarnati(...)

Soccer player Adam Johnson has lost an appeal against his conviction for child sex offences. File  photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Soccer player Adam Johnson has lost an appeal against his conviction for child sex offences, according to his sister. The winger’s sister Faye posted(...)

Former Sunderland soccer player Adam Johnson (right) arrives for sentencing at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday. Photograph:  Craig Brough/Reuters

Former England footballer Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan. Johnson (28), s(...)

Sunderland AFC Chief Executive Officer Margaret Byrne on the left. During the trial the jury was told that, by May 4, chief executive Margaret Byrne met Adam Johnson and his barrister and she had all the messages exchanged and transcripts from police interviews. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

So how did it come to this? How did the bright, sassy, funny, seemingly streetwise young woman dubbed “the new Karren Brady” end up going into hiding(...)

Sunderland AFC’s chief executive Margaret Byrne has resigned. Photograph:PA

The Sunderland football club chief executive, Margaret Byrne, has resigned over her handling of the Adam Johnson child sex abuse case, admitting she m(...)

Undated handout photo of the Facebook page to support a legal appeal set up by Faye Johnson, the sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson. Faye Johnson posted a photo of her brother and his baby daughter under the heading “Justice for Johnson”.

The sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has urged people to back his legal appeal by using a photo of him and his baby daughter as their Faceb(...)

Sunderland AFC Chief Executive Officer Margaret Byrne pictured on the left. During the trial the jury was told that, by May 4, chief executive Margaret Byrne met Johnson and his barrister and she had all the messages exchanged and transcripts from police interviews. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Sunderland football club’s chief executive is believed to have left the country following mounting pressure over her conduct during the child abuse tr(...)

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