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Former Black Cat Kevin Phillips to get honorary degree

Honoured: Kevin Phillips is due to receive an honorary degree later today. Credit: PA

Kevin Phillips is due to be back in the region today to receive an honorary degree from Sunderland University.

The former Black Cats striker is receiving the award in recognition of his 20-year football career - including being named Premier League 'Player of the Season' while at Sunderland.

Black Cat: Kevin Phillips playing for Sunderland in 2003. Credit: PA

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Teenager charged after 'Spiderman' invades pitch during Sunderland game

'Spiderman' invading the pitch during Sunderland's clash with Man City last night. Credit: North News

Police have charged a teenager in connection with a pitch invasion by a man wearing a spiderman costume at Sunderland's clash with Man City at the Stadium of Light last night.

18-year-old Bradley Minto, from the Ford Estate in Sunderland, has been charged with going into a playing area designated for football matches. He has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Sunderland later this month.

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Chelsea the 'biggest challenge so far' for Sunderland

Gus Poyet says this weekend's game against Chelsea will be 'the biggest challenge so far' for Sunderland.

The Black Cats welcome Chelsea to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho's side sitting top of the Premier League and currently unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Chelsea beat German club Schalke 5-0 away in the UEFA Champions League last night, with a performance which Mourinho described as 'perfect'. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match, Poyet said:

Yes, I watched the game. It was impressive. Lets hope they are not perfect again [on Saturday].

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Sunderland announce team sheet for Leicester clash

Sunderland have announced their starting XI to face Leicester City in the Premier League today:

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