John O’Shea leads the run during the Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre on Friday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea is among a number of senior players not included on Sunderland’s retained list in the wake of relegation. Th(...)

Daniel Sturridge misses out again for Liverpool this weekend, as his team play Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

SATURDAY (3.00 KO unless otherwise stated) Manchester United (6th) v Bournemouth (14th) - 12.30 KO Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a doubt for United. The att(...)

Middlesbrough’s Christian Stuani celebrates scoring their first goal in the premier league game against Middlesbrough at the  Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sunderland 1 Middlesbrough 2 Two goals from Cristhian Stuani did much more than merely win the Wear-Tees derby. Quite apart from securing Middlesbrou(...)

Sunderland celebrate Jermain Defoe’s second half strike in their 3-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. Photograph: PA

Norwich City 0 Sunderland 3 Sunderland grabbed a survival lifeline as goals from Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore secured a priceless(...)

Joel Campbell celebrates after opening the scoring for Arsenal in their FA cup third-round match against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters/Livepic

Arsenal 3 Sunderland 1 FA Cup holders Arsenal came from behind to beat a much-changed Sunderland side in their third-round meeting at the Emirates St(...)

Nathan Redmond scored Norwich City’s third goal as they picked up the first win of their return to top flight football away at Sunderland. Photograph: Getty

Sunderland 1 Norwich City 3 Norwich play-maker Wes Hoolahan turned in a master class as Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat witnessed another horror s(...)