Sunderland have seen plenty of England internationalsgrace their squads throughout history - but perhaps none quite like Toby Flood. The rugby ace is renowned for his abilities with Newcastle Falcons, but has now revealed that he enjoyed a trial spell with Sunderland while briefly considering a career in football.Flood later teamed-up with Newcastle United's academy, before turning to rugby in a career which has since yielded 60 international caps - but it's his time with the Black Cats which has caused the most surprise.“I played football for my local team, Alnwick Town, and I had a couple of years in Newcastle United’s Centre of Excellence when I was 10 or 11,” he admitted.“John Carver was the coach at the time, who went on to become a first team coach and manager. He’s a top bloke, and I actually bumped into him recently, which was nice.“What is probably less known is the fact I actually played a couple of games for Sunderland Academy!“My … [Read more...] about Sunderland AFC transfer news: England international opens up on Cats trial as another game rescheduled
(Reuters) - England prop Kieran Brookes has "pledged his future" to club side Wasps after signing a contract extension on Wednesday, the Premiership team announced. Brookes joined Wasps from Northampton Saints last year and the versatile 28-year-old made 14 appearances this season before suffering an ankle injury. Wasps did not reveal the length of Brookes' new deal but director of rugby Dai Young suggested the England international would play a role in guiding the team's younger players. "We're really pleased Brookesy has pledged his future to the club," Young said in a statement https://www.wasps.co.uk/news/england-tighthead-kieran-brookes-signs-new-wasps-deal. "He's a top-class prop who has a wealth of Premiership and international experience and having a player of his stature commit to the club is great news for all involved. "We've got fantastic options in the tighthead area next season, with the experience of Brookesy and Jeff Toomaga-Allen, while we've got three up-and-coming … [Read more...] about England prop Brookes commits to Wasps with contract extension
Viet Nam News ENGLAND — New Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers watched on from the stands as the Foxes beat Brighton 2-1, while Newcastle pulled further clear of the relegation battle by defeating Burnley on Tuesday. Rodgers was confirmed as Claude Puel’s successor just before kick-off at the King Power after dramatically leaving Celtic despite being on course for a third straight domestic treble in Scotland. The Northern Irishman saw what his new side are capable of as Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy put the hosts into a 2-0 lead before Davy Propper pulled a goal back. "I spoke to them about the incoming manager and just said we had to concentrate on the game. He’s given the players a boost. He said he’s excited to get started," said Leicester’s caretaker manager Mike Stowell. "It’s been a difficult season on and off the pitch but I think we should be seventh for the quality we have. "Today’s win broke four defeats on the spin so hopefully … [Read more...] about News Leicester welcome Rodgers with win, Newcastle end Burnley run
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Laura Krantz Globe Staff August 11, 2018 Financial conditions are deteriorating at many of New England’s quintessential small private colleges, with tuition revenue failing to keep up with expenses at more than half of the schools, a Globe review shows.The review of federal data found a number of financial warning signs at many of the schools, which have become increasingly reliant on tuition, even as enrollment has declined.The College of St. Joseph in Vermont, for example, relies on tuition for 90 percent of its revenue, but the tuition covers just 58 percent of the school’s annual expenses. At Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, tuition makes up 77 percent of the school’s revenue but covers just 65 percent of its expenses. At Newbury College in Brookline, enrollment has declined 24 percent over a five-year period, but it depends on tuition for … [Read more...] about New England’s smallest colleges are struggling
PAUL Gascoigne has battled with alcohol addiction and mental health issues for more than 20 years, with a number of controversies keeping him in the spotlight even after he retired from football. The troubled ex-England midfielder has been in-and-out of hospital and rehab in a bid to “get free of his demons” - here's the lowdown on the highs and lows of his life... Who is Paul Gascoigne? What is his background? Paul Gascoigne was born May 27, 1967 and is a former England football star. Since he retired, Paul - affectionately known as Gazza - and his public struggle with addiction has made front-page news. But as a talented player, he also adorned the back pages, and has been described as the most naturally-gifted English footballer of his generation. The 51-year-old was born and raised in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, starting his career at Newcastle United as a schoolboy before turning professional with the club in 1985. He had a troubled childhood, and his early … [Read more...] about How old is Paul Gascoigne, what is his net worth, was he unwell on Soccer AM and what controversies has the ex-England footballer caused?