The Newcastle United midfielder appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates today.
Middlesbrough face Derby County in the Championship this evening.
Sunderland will host Chelsea at the Stadium of Light this evening.
Sedgefield boxer Bradley Saunders is hoping to put on a good show in front of a home crowd tonight.
The light-welterweight fighter, 27, is competing against Hungary's Gyorgy Mizsei at Gateshead Leisure Centre this evening.
As Saunders now lives and trains in Spain, this will be his first competitive match in the North East since turning professional in February 2012.
Tonight's game between Gateshead FC and Oxford United has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.
Gateshead will take on League Two leaders, Oxford United tonight, November 20.
The game will be live on Satellite television and the team are relishing the big occasion.
Gary Mills, Gateshead FC manager.
It is the end of the FA Cup this season for a battling York City.
They lost 3-2 in their First Round Replay against Bristol Rovers.
York had been 3-0 down and fought back with two goals in the space of two minutes from Wes Fletcher, but they could not find an equaliser.
A torch which is part of the relay for next year's Winter Olympics has been on display in Hartlepool.
Students at Dyke House Sports and Technology College got to pose with it before it heads to Russia, where the games will be held.
York City boss Nigel Worthington has praised Republic of Ireland's appointment of Martin O'Neill as manager.
The former Sunderland boss takes charge of his first game tonight in a friendly against Latvia in Dublin. Worthington - who was Northern Ireland manager from 2007 to 2011 - says O'Neill should "enjoy" his time in International football.
It's been an inconsistent start to the season for York City. The Minstermen have been unable to put together a run of form so far. But that could all change over the coming days as they prepare for back-to-back home games against Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers.
Aitor Karanka was confirmed as the new Middlesbrough manager at a press conference this morning.
Simon O'Rourke tells Pam and Ian what the appointment of Aitor Karanka will mean for Middlesbrough.
Aitor Karanka has told ITV News Tyne Tees that Middlesbrough is "like a family".
"It's very, very important for me to have success in the future", he added.