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Weekend Interview: Natalie Haythornthwaite hoping to turn Commonwealth gold into a financial future for netball

LIFE is pretty sweet for Steeton-born netballer Natalie Haythornthwaite, who is naturally cock-a-hoop at present.

Point rescued: Oli McBurnie celebrates scoring his late equaliser. Picture: Tony Johnson

Verdict: Barnsley’s Oli McBurnie to the rescue as survival battle rages on

HEAD coach Jose Morais heaped praise on Oli McBurnie after the forward kept Barnsley’s Championship destiny in their own hands with a ‘93rd’ minute equaliser in a thrilling draw with relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Staking a claim: Bailey Peacock-Farrell stands tall to save a shot from Lewis Grabban.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell aims to be Leeds United’s long-term No 1

YOUNG goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell said he was capable of being Leeds United’s first-choice goalkeeper next term after another impressive display in Friday night’s 1-0 loss at Aston Villa.

Barnsley's Oliver McBurnie celebrates scoring a late equaliser. (Pictures: Tony Johnson)

Barnsley 2 Bolton 2: McBurnie to the rescue for Reds

OLI MCBURNIE headed home a 93rd-minute equaliser to salvage Barnsley a potentially crucial 2-2 draw at home to Championship relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers who fought back to lead 2-1 after trailing 1-0 at the break.

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Verdict – Aston Villa 1 Leeds United 0: Whites battle but go down by narrowest margin at Villa Park

THERE was plenty of apprehension that an out-of-form and injury-plagued Leeds United side were heading for a Friday the 13th hiding at high-flying Aston Villa.

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Aston Villa v Leeds United: Paul Heckingbottom is confident of being at Elland Road next season

HEAD coach Paul Heckingbottom says he was surprised to hear of speculation about his future despite admitting his first two months at Leeds United have been “horrific”.

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Hand-tied Heckingbottom lets his Leeds United frustrations be known

HEAD COACH Paul Heckingbottom says he is performing his job at Leeds United with his hands tied behind his back following the club’s latest setback at Preston North End.

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GOLING FOR GOLD: City of Leeds diver Jack Laugher competes on his way to the gold medal in the Men's 1m Springboard Final at the Optus Aquatic Centre during day seven of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA.

Commonwealth Games: Self-belief pays off for ‘proud’ Laugher on Gold Coast

leeds diving star Jack Laugher hailed a happy conclusion following a “terrible time” after succeeding where Alistair Brownlee, Adam Peaty and Max Whitlock had failed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Verdict – Preston North End 3 Leeds United 1: Whites fail to build on early goal by Kemar Roofe and are swept aside

LEEDS UNITED’S woes continued as an impressive first-half display ultimately counted for nothing as the Whites imploded after the interval en route to this loss at Preston North End.

Off: Gaetano Berardi sees red.

Verdict: Leeds United youngsters provide ray of hope

DEBUTANT defender Paudie O’Connor said he was ready for the rough and tumble of Championship football after proving a ray of light for Leeds against League One-bound Sunderland at Elland Road.

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Frustration: Gaetano Berard fires the ball into the back of his goal after Leeds go 2-0 down at Fulham.

Leeds United v Sunderland: Paul Heckingbottom wary of threat from Black Cats

HEAD coach Paul Heckingbottom is urging his Leeds United side to adopt a “no-fear approach” whatever the opposition with the Whites chief amitting he is “jealous” of high-flying teams such as Tuesday night’s conquerors Fulham.

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Rotherham United boss, Paul Warne.' Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Rotherham United v Fleetwood Town: Fans called on to help push Millers over the play-off line

MANAGER Paul Warne wants Rotherham United’s fans to take inspiration from Liverpool’s Champions League defeat of Manchester City to help haul his men over the line and into the League One play-offs.

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Samuel Saiz, of Leeds United and Jay-Roy Grot, of Leeds United, dejected after their team lost 2-0 against Fulham FC v Leeds United at Craven Cottage, London, in the Sky BET Championship 3rd April 2018. Picture James Hardisty.

Verdict: Fulham show the way forward as Leeds United miss out

A TRIP to high-flying Fulham was always going to provide a telling assessment of Leeds United’s current standing.

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His and hers: Husband and wife duo Chris and Gabby Adcock, the latter from Leeds, with their gold medals from the mixed team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games badminton tournament. (Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA)

Commonwealth Games: Royal approval helps Adcocks seek a repeat

PROUD Leeds badminton star Gabby Adcock hopes to become a double Commonwealth Games champion on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Natasha Gale: Makes her bow in a multi-sport event in Australia. (Picture: Howard Roe)

Commonwealth Games: Gold Coast part of triple bid for European champion Gale

LEEDS boxing prospect Natasha Gale admits she is spoilt for choice pin-pointing a 2018 sporting highlight but there is no denying the lure of her first team event at the Commonwealth Games.

England's Nile Wilson with his gold medal won in the Men's Horizontal Bar Final, at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Commonwealth Games: Nile Wilson sets bar on being the best of British

Leeds gymnast Nile Wilson will forever hold fond memories of 2014.

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Leeds United: Heckingbottom reckons fans should have ‘no regrets’ when renewing their season tickets

HEAD COACH Paul Heckingbottom is urging Leeds United’s season ticket holders to have “no regrets” and take advantage of a “good offer” by renewing their tickets before the end of Good Friday’s price-freeze deadline.

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Video - Reading 2 Leeds United 2: ‘We have to prove we care,’ says Pontus Jansson

CENTRE-BACK Pontus Jansson expressed he was “ashamed” of Leeds United’s recent form as the defender urged his team-mates to prove they had the courage to take the club forward long term.

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Video: Leeds United are learning a lot, insists Paul Heckingbottom

HEAD COACH Paul Heckingbottom insists Leeds United could still haul themselves back into the Championship play-offs as the Whites prepare for tomorrow night’s visit of leaders Wolves.

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Leeds boxer Price sets his sights on Olympic challenge

UPWARDLY mobile Leeds puncher Hope Price has set his sights on qualifying for this year’s Youth Olympic Games at the first attempt at next month’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Italy.

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