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VIDEO: Cancer battler Jonas Gutierrez gets rousing reception upon return to pitch

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Some moments transcend sport, and the salute of the St. James Park faithful to Jonas Gutierrez was just that.

[ MATCH RECAP: Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester United ]

Mere months removed from surgery to fight testicular cancer, Jonas returned to the Premier League pitch as a Magpies substitute on Wednesday against Manchester United, and the supporters recognized the midfielder’s triumph with a rousing reception.

Jonas was given the all-clear from cancer in November.

Kickoff delayed between Newcastle and Leicester City over LED screen fears

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No, they aren’t scared of an LED screen.

But kickoff between Newcastle United and Leicester CIty has been delayed at St. James Park thanks to safety concerns over a giant scoreboard in the Magpies home building.

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WATCH: St. James’ Park oozes class as Newcastle recognizes fallen fans

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Two fans who perished in the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were remembered before the Newcastle United opener at St. James’ Park, and it did the pair proud.

Both Manchester City and Newcastle were involved in the remembrance as players brought flowers out into the middle of the pitch before the game.

In another classy move, the public address announcer also recognized bitter Toon rivals Sunderland for being a stand-up club and neighbor in Newcastle’s time of mourning.  Those pair of supporters strongly despise each other, and therefore the recognition of one rival by another for being so supportive is an outstandingly classy sign of respect.

Supporters then, in the 17th minute, gave a minute’s applause in remembrance of not just the pair of fans, but the entire downed flight.

Two supporters Liam Sweeney and John Adler were traveling to see Newcastle play in New Zealand during its preseason tour of the Oceanic country when their flight was downed by rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Fans also applauded during the 28th and 63rd minute to recognize the ages of the two men.

Newcastle 1-0 Fulham: Finally, goal to Newcastle (Video)

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It took a long time. Most of the match wasn’t pretty. In fact, Newcastle supporters looked to be in utter agony as they watched their players send in shot after shot, few of which actually came close to goal. But by the end of the 90 minutes, Newcastle not only had recorded their first goal of the season, but also notched their first win, bringing relief to those frustrated fans at St. James’ Park.

The most that can be said for Newcastle during the first half is that they managed to get in eight shots — that’s six more than the Magpies had had in their first two matches. However, only two of those shots were on target. Oh, and we should probably mention the fact that the most promising of those shots, from Fabricio Coloccini, was blocked by his own teammate. As the whistle blew for the break, it was clear that everyone at St. James’ Park was thinking the same thing: were Newcastle ever going to score this season?

But to be fair to Newcastle, Fulham were actually upstaging the home side in the “who can make this game even less interesting?” challenge. The visitors had a mere one shot in the first half, with Darren Bent setting up Brian Ruiz, but the ball went so high that Tim Krul didn’t bother waking up from his nap. Or, at that point, it may have been more properly described as a coma.

In fact, the Newcastle goalkeeper was permitted to sleep until the 68th minute, when Yohan Cabaye fouled Alexander Kacaniklic. Ruiz took the resulting free kick, putting his shot on target to force a save from the sleepy Dutchman. Then Fulham settled down and Krul was permitted to catch up on his rest once again.

The Magpies, however, continued to press for their first goal of the season, peppering David Stockdale’s goal again and again. A header from Yoan Gouffran forced the Fulham keeper into an impressive save. Soon after, Papiss Cissé hit the bar, and with Stockdale’s ears still ringing,  the keeper blocked a shot from Hatem Ben Arfa with his foot.

Ben Arfa found his revenge minutes later. Loïc Remy, on in the 74th minute, sent in the cross, which Ben Arfa neatly chested down before taking on two Fulham defenders. Rather than go through the red and white shirts, Ben Arfa dinked the ball up and over their heads, with Stockdale unable to do anything but watch. It may have taken 86 minutes, but Newcastle finally had their first goal of the season — and their first win to go with it.

Celebrate, Newcastle fans. You’ve earned this one.


Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Ben Arfa, Anita (Cabaye 65), Sissoko, Marveaux (Remy 74); Shola Ameobi, Cissé

Subs not used: Gosling, Dummett, Elliot, Ameobi

Fulham: Stockdale; Riether (Briggs 73), Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Kacaniklic, Sidwell (Rodallega 89), Parker, Ruiz; Berbatov, Bent (Taarabt 82)

Subs not used: Duff, Boateng, Karagounis, Etheridge

Newcastle vs. Fulham: Lineups and Discussion

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Newcastle look for their first win of the season to come at St. James’ Park (10 am ET, watch live via NBC Sports Live Extra). The Magpies were resoundingly beaten 4-0 by Manchester City in the first round, but managed to hold West Ham to a scoreless draw last time around.

Alan Pardew is looking for something, anything, outside the norm from his side. Newcastle managed not a single shot on target against West Ham, and had just one against Manchester City. Perhaps the extra spark may come from the bench? After rumored interest from Arsenal last week, Yohan Cabaye refused to play last week against West Ham, but the temperamental midfielder makes the bench this week. Striker Loic Remy joins Cabaye in bench-warming duty, having almost fully recovered from his calf injury.

The visitors didn’t have the best time of it last week, going down 3-0 to Arsenal at Craven Cottage. Sure, on-loan forward Darren Bent did manage to put one in, but that was nothing but a 77th minute consolation goal. Fulham may have won their first match of the season, 1-0 against Sunderland, but even in picking up all three points didn’t manage to convince, as Paolo Di Canio’s men looked the better of the two sides.

So will this match prove a breakthrough for either of these struggling sides? We’ll find out soon enough.


Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Ben Arfa, Anita, Sissoko, Marveaux; Shola Ameobi, Cissé

Fulham: Stockdale; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Kacaniklic, Sidwell, Parker, Ruiz; Berbatov, Bent