Manchester City moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with an emphatic victory over Sunderland.
DIRK Kuyt's controversial penalty and an individual effort by Luis Suarez earned Liverpool a Premier League victory at Sunderland yesterday.
Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is hoping to avoid surgery on his injured knee after being told he does not need an operation at the moment.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has committed himself to the club until 2014 by signing a new contract.
Sunderland have recorded a loss before tax of £27.9 million.
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has declared he "despises those who spend far more than the price of a ticket" to watch overseas satellite broadcasts of Premier League games.
New signing Fernando Torres was not needed as Nicolas Anelka reminded Chelsea of his potency in a 4-2 win at Sunderland.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has claimed that Darren Bent's move to Aston Villa was the reason why his former striker had been off his game in recent weeks.
Aston Villa have smashed their transfer record in signing Sunderland striker Darren Bent in a deal which could eventually be worth £24 million.
In today's Rumour Mill: Miller poised for Turkish move; Celtic's hunt for a defender continues; Aberdeen want Hughes on loan; plus the rest of the day's news and gossip from the transfer market.
Record singing Asamoah Gyan got Sunderland out of jail yesterday with a last-gasp equaliser to deny Newcastle a derby double.
Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has warned his team-mates not to get caught up in the derby atmosphere once again as they attempt to set the record straight against arch-rivals Newcastle.
In today's Rumour Mill: Fiorentina irked by Rangers' stalling tactics over Miller; Blackpool join the race to sign Goodwillie; Dundee fail in bid to keep Griffiths on loan; plus the rest of the Scottish football news and gossip from today's papers.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is hoping his request to sign a left-winger will be answered. However, the man in question is not a footballer, but former Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has urged his players to bounce back from their going-over at Manchester United on Boxing Day by beating Blackpool at home this afternoon.
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England legend Alan Shearer has compared Scotland international Craig Gordon to Gordon Banks for "the save of the season" in Sunderland's weekend win over Bolton.