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Tom Huddlestone vows to grow his until he scores again

Hair we go! Huddlestone vows to grow his barnet until he scores again

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UPDATED:

11:54 GMT, 2 November 2012

Hair-raising: Huddlestone

Hair-raising: Huddlestone

When Tom Huddlestone vowed last year not to cut his hair again until he scored he must not have envisaged a 19-month goal drought. But that is exactly what has ensued.

In fairness, the Tottenham midfielder has been injured for the vast majority of the time since his last strike against Arsenal in April 2011, but he has kept to his promise nonetheless.

During his battle to regain fitness following ankle surgery Huddlestone has turned his afro into a weapon for charity as he aims to raise 75,000 for Cancer Research.

Huddlestone has so far raised 11,000, and although he is back playing regularly for Spurs, he says he'd happily let his hair keep growing provided Andre Villas-Boas' side finish in the top four.

'I won’t mind if I end up with hair down by my hips if we make it back into the Champions League next May,' the 25-year-old told the Daily Mirror.

'It started out as just a bit of banter with my mates, but although I’ve got more than a year’s growth up there, I won’t cut my hair until I score.

'I thought I would be back for the last three months of the season, and any growth would be manageable, but I suffered a setback towards the end of my rehab and it’s spilled over into this season.

Back in action: Huddlestone is back in the Spurs first-team

Back in action: Huddlestone is back in the Spurs first-team

'To make sure I stuck to my promise, I set up a page for Cancer Research and a lot of people have been kind enough to donate.

'I lost my grandad, and a few family friends, to cancer, and fortunately I’m not too concerned with the way I look at the minute.

'But if I play regularly and stay fit, I would expect to score at least once between now and the end of the season – and the barber will need a large pair of scissors.'

Huddlestone earned himself three England caps in the build up to the 2010 World Cup and just missed out on Fabio Capello's squad to go to South Africa.

Two injury-ravaged seasons have since set Huddlestone's progress back, but injuries to Mousa Dembele and Scott Parker have given him a chance in Villas-Boas's starting XI and the ex-Derby man is delighted to be back in the thick of the action and the think Spurs can finish in the top four.

Distant memory: Huddlestone drills home his last goal - against Arsenal in April 2011

Distant memory: Huddlestone drills home his last goal – against Arsenal in April 2011

'I like to think the top four will be our natural habitat as a club. We’ve been to the Champions League before, we’re aiming high again and it’s good to be back,' he added.

'Basically I’ve lost nearly 18 months of my career to injury at a time when I should be coming into my prime,' said Huddlestone.

'I had half-cemented a place in the team, we had finished fourth under Harry Redknapp and we were going well in the Champions League when I first picked up the ankle injury, and it was the start of a long struggle.

'Last year was a write-off and a nightmare, especially watching the lads do so well up until February, when they were in with a chance of the title, and then not being able to help out when results dipped a bit.

'Luckily, since we reported back for pre-season, I’ve been fully fit and I’ve enjoyed being involved with the boys again.

'Benni is the main man for Afros at this club, but he’s probably got two or three years’ growth there – I hope it doesn’t take me that long to score a goal.'

Sunderland v Newcastle live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Sunderland v Newcastle – as it happens from the Stadium of Light

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UPDATED:

13:18 GMT, 21 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Newcastle at the Stadium of Light to start Sunday's action. Both sides sit in mid-table at this early stage of the season but will be fired up to claim bragging rights in the Tyne-Wear derby. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle (1.30pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner,
O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon,
Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan,
Meyler, Saha.

Newcastle:
Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote,
Ben Arfa, Ba, Shola Ameobi (Perch 39).
Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Obertan,
Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

Goals: Cabaye 3.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Click here for the live Premier League table

Half-time: Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle

45+2min: Another strike from outside the box but James McClean's low effort takes a deflection leading to a Sunderland corner.

The delivery in though is easily taken by Tim Krul.

45min: Three minutes to be added on as Sunderland seek an equaliser before the break.

43min: Sunderland are yet to create a clear cut chance but they continue to shoot from distance with Gardner slicing wide from 25 yards.

42min: But it's Newcastle with the next chance. A corner straight from the training ground is played short to Coloccini on the edge of the box, whose shot is deflected to Demba Ba.

The striker does well to react quickly to tee up a scissors kick but he will be disappointed to fire over from six yards.

39min: In fact Alan Pardew has decided to make a tactical switch, sending on the defensive minded James Perch for Ameobi.

The striker, so often a thorn in Sunderland's side, is far from happy and heads straight down the tunnel.

38min: The pressure is being piled on by Sunderland now as they win a free-kick on the right side of the box. Fletcher cleverly plays a low ball to the edge of the box where Gardner's strike hits a Newcastle player before deflecting for a corner which the visitors clear.

37min: From OptaJoe:

1 – After 27 yellow cards in his previous 54 PL appearances, Cheick Tiote has been shown his first ever PL red. Graduation.

35min: Newcastle don't want to give Sunderland too many set-pieces 30 yards from goal and here is why. Craig Gardner fires a low drive through a crowd of bodies that just zips low past the post.

33min: Small chance for Sunderland as a cross worms its way to Adam Johnson at the back post. But the winger is quickly chased down and he curls across goal and wide under pressure.

31min: Sunderland are not making the most of the extra man as Newcastle win a free-kick deep inside the hosts' half on the left wing.

Cabaye though wastes the delivery by curling over everyone's head and out for a goal kick.

28min: Bizarrely Newcastle won a free-kick from that passage of play after Jack Colback pushed Tiote seconds before. Shola Ameobi was also booked for dissent.

25min: RED CARD (Cheick Tiote, Newcastle)

No hesitation from Martin Atkinson as he flashes a straight red card after Tiote leaves his foot in following a challenge on Fletcher.

I'm probably a bit old fashioned but I thought a booking would have been a fairer call. Either way Newcastle are down to 10 men.

24min: From InfostradaLive:

At two mins 11 seconds, Cabaye’s goal was the quickest Sunderland have conceded in the PL at the Stadium of Light. The previous was James Morrison (3 min 35 secs) for West Brom in a 2-2 draw in October 2011.

21min: Set-pieces look on song today as Cabaye's effort forces Mignolet to tip over. From the corner, Sunderland clear behind at the near post but escape with a goal kick.

20min: We haven't seen much of Newcastle since they took the lead but they win a free-kick 25 yards out central to goal after Larsson clumsily raises a foot into Shola Ameobi's chest.

17min: An honest enough strike from the Swede but Tim Krul is right behind it as he dives down comfortably to claim at his near post.

16min: More danger for Newcastle as Ben Arfa trips Rose five yards out from the corner of the penalty box. Larsson stands over the set piece…

14min: So Sunderland try the other flank and find a little more success. Danny Rose manages to swing a cross in for Fletcher, but Coloccini does well to turn the striker away from goal before heading away the Scot's eventual cross. The Newcastle captain looks to be back in business.

11min: The hosts are seeing more of the ball but Newcastle's gameplan is starting to show as Adam Johnson looks hounded out every time he gets the ball on the right flank. As a result, poor old Fletcher isn't getting much service.

8min: That's a bit better. Seb Larsson curls a delightful cross into the box but Mike Williamson strongly heads away with Steven Fletcher waiting to apply the finishing touch.

6min: The majority in the ground have been silenced by that strike and their team isn't doing much to help them raise their voices.

One hopeful free-kick into the box aside there hasn't been much response from the hosts.

Off the mark early: Yohan Cabaye (left) pounced inside the box to give Newcastle the lead

Off the mark early: Yohan Cabaye (left) pounced inside the box to give Newcastle the lead

3min: GOAL! Sunderland 0-1 NEWCASTLE

The Toon look much more alert so far and grab an early lead. Hatem Ben Arfa finds Demba Ba with a pass to the byline, but although the striker's shot from a tight angle is blocked by Simon Mignolet, Yohan Cabaye fires home the rebound.

1min: Newcastle win a corner in the opening minute but Yohan Cabaye's delivery is cleared by the Sunderland backline.

Kick-off: Sunderland get the Wear-Tyne derby underway.

13.29: The players make their way out inside a packed out stadium that is bathed in sunshine.

13.26: Fantastic atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light. The home fans display cards to mark out red and white stripes inside the ground as 'Dance of the Knights' plays over the PA system.

13.23: Martin O'Neill could be playing poker face but Alan Pardew looked much more confident of the two managers. Should be interesting to see how it translates on the pitch.

13.20: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew also spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'The players understand the importance of this game for the fans. It didn't take a lot of thinking to include Shola Ameobi – he knows all about this game and he deserves to play.

'It's a massive lift to have the captain [Fabricio Coloccini] back. He brings intelligence and there isn't a lot of that in these games.

'The key to winning is competing – it's no good being technically the best so we have to be the big players in both boxes.'

13.15: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'We are looking forward to it, we didn't play particularly well against Manchester City but we were doing fine up until then.

'Phil Bardsley is getting fitter, and Titus Bramble was injured during the week.

'You need a little bit of luck, to be strong and durable but I'm not sure there is any secret behind derby success.'

Lead by example: Newcastle welcome back their captain, Fabricio Coloccini (centre) to their defence

Lead by example: Newcastle welcome back their captain, Fabricio Coloccini (centre) to their defence

13.12: Sunderland can only move up to 11th with a win today but they do have a game in hand with the majority of the division.

Crucially for the fans they would be above Newcastle should they win –

13.07: Three points for Newcastle would put them into the top 10 but manager Alan Pardew has already said he hopes maximum points will provide a springboard for the top eight.

Trying to gain brownie points with the fans, Pardew has also stated that while this may be the strongest Sunderland side he has faced – he remains confident of finishing above them. The gloves are off now.

13.02: Derby specialist Shola Ameobi is handed a chance to add to his tally against Sunderland as Newcastle boss Alan Pardew makes four changes for this afternoon's Wear-Tune derby clash.

Ameobi, who sits only behind Jackie Milburn in the fixture with seven goals to his name, is included along with the fit-again Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson, while there is a place on the bench for Steven Taylor.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill keeps faith with the men who started the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last time out, and that means a start for full-back Danny Rose, seemingly the target of racial abuse on England Under 21s duty in Serbia in midweek, while there is a place among the substitutes for Phil Bardsley following his recovery from an ankle problem.

12.57: Full line-ups from the Stadium of Light:

Sunderland v Newcastle
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Ba, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Perch, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

12.52: Before that, you have to go back to the year 2000 where second-half strikes from Don Hutchinson and Niall Quinn responded to an early goal from Gary Speed at St James' Park.

Newcastle for the record have triumphed eight times since then.

On guard: Police watch over Sunderland fans as Newcastle supporters arrive at the Stadium of Light

On guard: Police watch over Sunderland fans as Newcastle supporters arrive at the Stadium of Light

12.50: So who wants to be the Black Cats' hero today. They could do with a new one.

Sunderland have beaten their North East rivals just once in 15 attempts, with goals from Kieran Richardson and Djibril Cisse seeing off Newcastle 2-1 nearly on this day four years ago.

12.45: If it is goals you are after folks then we better hope Steven Fletcher and Demba Ba are not man marked out of the game this afternoon.

Fletcher has scored all five of Sunderland's league goals this season, while Ba has netted all but two of Newcastle's league strikes (Hatem Ben Arfa converting two.)

12.40: Sunderland starting XI:

Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

12.35: Newcastle starting XI:

Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Shola Ameobi.

12.30: Derby of the weekend In terms of on-pitch action it has a way to go to match Tottenham's clash with Chelsea yesterday but the rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle should not be underestimated.

This is a huge game as we begin Sunday's Premier League coverage with the battle for the North East. Team news for it is on the way.

Fiery start: Sunderland host Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby to begin Sunday's Premier League action

Fiery start: Sunderland host Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby to begin Sunday's Premier League action

American amputee scores sensational volley

One leg better than two American amputee scores sensational volley

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UPDATED:

16:05 GMT, 21 September 2012

Missing the incredible feats of the athletes from the Paralympics already Then feast your eyes on this incredible goal scored over in the United States.

In a High School football match, Concord-Carlisle Regional's Nico Calabria does what any other striker would do and attacks a corner on the volley.

The only difference is Calabria has the disadvantage of having one leg, but that doesn't stop the forward from pulling off a sensational strike.

Leaning on his crutches, Calabria throws his body to the side before swinging a volley that has the goalkeeper well beaten.

Never mind the fact that the strike is perfect and requires a high level of skill and balance, it's an effort that many with two legs would struggle to replicate with a scissors kick.

Alternative penalty shootouts after Sepp Blatter call

Anyone for rock, paper, scissors Our 'alternative' options to shootouts…

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12:14 GMT, 25 May 2012

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As Sepp Blatter suggests football should call time on the penalty shootout, Sportsmail looks at the potential alternatives… and most of them seem pretty unworkable.

Hopefully Franz Beckenbauer and his Task Force will have a better stab at it than we have…

Glorious: Didier Drogba scores from the spot to win Chelsea the European Cup

Glorious: Didier Drogba scores from the spot to win Chelsea the European Cup

The Ice Hockey style

An even more demanding test of nerves than the spot-kick. The player taking the 'penalty' runs with the ball from the half way line, and has to beat the waiting goalkeeper in a one-on-one. Peter Schmeichel's dream scenario.

Play until they drop Type I

They could just drop the idea altogether. In this scenario, extra time carries on until someone scores a winner – regardless of time. With the players dropping like flies, this would surely be the football equivalent of a battle to the death.

Painful: Gareth Southgate after missing his crucial penalty against Germany at Euro 96

Painful: Gareth Southgate after missing his crucial penalty against Germany at Euro 96

Play until they drop Type II

Exactly the same as the first version, yet every five minutes a player from each team is taken off the pitch. So when 125 minutes is on the clock, the sides go to 10 players, at 130, nine players. /05/25/article-0-04B81F4C0000044D-280_468x361.jpg” width=”468″ height=”361″ alt=”Hard to take: Chris Waddle is comforted by Lothar Matthaus after 'that' World Cup shootout in 1990″ class=”blkBorder” />

Hard to take: Chris Waddle is comforted by Lothar Matthaus after 'that' World Cup shootout in 1990

Rock, paper, scissors

We could take football out of the equation. 'Bastian Schweinsteiger naively goes scissors, and Steven Gerrard goes rock… England win Euro 2012!' Unfortunately it seems a more likely scenario than beating Germany on penalties.

Call it a draw

Both sides could just dodge the agony of penalties by accepting the result after extra time. Deciding who progresses to the next round could be a potential pitfall of this alternative.

Newcastle"s Papiss Cisse leaves barber shop

I only came here for a 6 haircut! Cisse mobbed by Newcastle fans after leaving barbers

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15:36 GMT, 19 April 2012

For most of us, the majority of the time in the barbers can be spent sitting down waiting in line before the scissors and clippers do their work.

For Papiss Cisse though, it’s after he leaves where he loses most of his day.

The Newcastle striker walked into a barbers shop in Gateshead trying to go unnoticed with his baseball cap, but walked out to be met by a hoard of screaming fans asking for an autograph.

As he battled to reach his car, plenty of kids desperately tried to get the Senegal international’s signature, which to his credit, he happily obliged.

Even when the video cuts off he is still signing everything he can for the fans, for who he has become a cult hero after scoring 10 goals in just nine games for the club.

Next time Cisse might want to go for a trim when it’s safe to assume the kids have returned to school following the Easter holidays.