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Former England striker on BBC Radio 5 live
I've been giving my thoughts and predictions on the coming season.
Remaining rather cloudy through the evening with further outbreaks of rain, heaviest over western hills.
Rain will gradually ease overnight with clear spells continuing in the east.Copyright: BBC
George Honeyman scored his first goal for Sunderland AFC when the club played against Bury last night.
Steel company Tata has formally announced it is to separate its UK pension scheme from the business.
It could mean a potential merger between the Indian-owned firm and the German steel producer ThyssenKrupp is more likely to move forward.
The £15bn British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) has been a significant barrier to any agreement.
Tata has been in negotiations with pension regulators and trustees of the scheme.Copyright: BBC
It looks like these Cleveland Police pups have started their weekend early.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez tells Football Focus' Alan Shearer that missing out on some of his summer transfer targets has been "frustrating".
Four people convicted for their parts in the death of a dad who died after an attack plotted by his former girlfriend have been jailed for a total of more than 50 years.Copyright: SUNDERLAND ECHO
Thousands of items celebrating the monarchy are on display at a museum set up on a County Durham farm.
Bournemouth and former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has been talking to us about his friendship with Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Black Cats fan from Blackhall Colliery who died of cancer in July.
People living close to the house on Rosslyn Avenue have spoken about hearing this morning's explosion.Copyright: BBC
One neighbour said: "It was frightening, we didn't know what it was, obviously. I thought at first, was it a bomb?"Copyright: BBC
Another said: "There was a massive bang, and when we went to the window to check we saw a cloud of dust where the house was."
By James Law
The North East Air Ambulance has shared this picture of the houses damaged by an earlier explosion in Sunderland.
Rosslyn Avenue is closed to the public as debris has covered the street and investigations continue.
BBC Tees reporter
A man has appeared in court in connection with an assault which left a woman fighting for her life in Darlington.
It relates to an attack which took place in the underpass at Bondgate roundabout in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition.
A 27-year-old man from Darlington will face trial at Teesside Crown Court on 8 September.
By Tom Garry
Colin Glover, the leader of Carlisle City Council, is likely to be in the queue for tickets for the next round of the EFL, after they drew the Black Cats last night...
By Alan Shearer
Match of the Day pundit
The woman injured in the Sunderland blast was trapped under rubble and had been in her bathroom when the house collapsed, the emergency services say.
Fire crews arriving at the scene took risks to enter the flattened property and did a "cracking job" assisted by ambulance crews, a senior officer said.
Bill Forster, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The walls of the building have collapsed and the upper sections of the building have come down and the lady was trapped beneath that rubble."Copyright: PA
Supt Steve Heatley of Northumbria Police, said search specialists have confirmed there are no further casualties.
Debris from the blast was strewn over a wide area. Roof files were scattered across a footpath and into a cornfield behind the house, and a white PVC back door was blasted over the garden fence.