Sam Allardyce has urged Sunderland to produce their best performance of the season in the Tyne-Wear derby, which he has labelled the biggest in its history.The Black Cats face fiercest rivals Newcastle at St James Park on Super Sunday - live on Sky Sports 1 from 12.30pm - with both sides battling for Premier League survival. Only a point separates Sunderland in 17th and Newcastle in 19th and Allardyce said: I dont think theres been a Newcastle-Sunderland derby as big as this one for the wrong reasons. We shouldnt be associated with being at the bottom, but we are, so it makes it even bigger. The three points at stake are going to be massive to whoever wins the game. Sunderlands super six How Sunderland have dominated Newcastle It is a long time coming for us because of the weekend free we had last week, we didnt want it, but we had to cope with it and hopefully the players will be ready physically, mentally and tactically to go out and produce one of the best performances of the season to win it. The three points, to whichever side gets it, puts them in a really good position to try and get safe with only eight games left to go.This is as big a derby as any other in this country. You can say when Manchester United and Manchester City are at the top of the league thats the biggest derby of the season, but it isnt any bigger than this one. Allardyce has challenged his Sunderland team to perform This area, people live for their football week-in week-out, they want to see their team win and when they play their local rival they want to see them win that one.Theres a massive atmosphere and the players have to enjoy it, absorb that atmosphere and hope it brings the best out of them.Allardyce took the time to play down his long-standing feud with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, having previously been involved in a number of public spats with the Spaniard. Rafa v Big Sam How Benitez and Allardyce match-up It is not about me or Rafa on Sunday, apart from us doing our job behind the scenes, its about both sets of players, he said. I am sure there is nothing I can say or do, theres certainly nothing Rafa can do or say in his press conference that can rattle me and thats for sure. We have got to get the players ready for the battle and hopefully well win the battle on Sunday.Also See:Given fears for NewcastlePremier League questionsMersons predictionsRelegation run-in predictionsGreg Little Panthers Jersey . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. DJ Moore Jersey . Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization. http://www.thepanthersofficialstore.com/authentic-curtis-samuel-panthers-jersey/ . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. Christian Miller Youth Jersey . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Luke Kuechly Panthers Jersey . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona.Marlins pitcher Andrew Cashner recently indicated that he would be interested in re-signing with Miami as a free agent if the organization gets rid of its no-beard policy.Cashner, who sported a thick beard for years with the Padres before being traded to Miami this season, told the Miami Herald that the Marlins facial-hair rule is a big deal to me in free agency.Cashner, who is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, has gone with a clean-shaven look since joining the Marlins on July 29 but admitted to the Herald that I still hate the teams policy.Marliins manager Don Mattingly, who famously feuded with the Yankees and former owner George Steinbrenner over the length of his hair in 1991, addressed his current organizations policy on facial hair.ddddddddddddIts just who we want to be as an organization, Mattingly told the Herald. Its nothing like it makes us better or makes us more disciplined.Cashner, 29, has gone 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA in eight games -- seven starts -- with the Marlins. ' ' '