Riyad Mahrez scored an early brace as Leicester City blew away Sunderland. Photograph: PA

Leicester City 4 Sunderland 2 A first-half blitz from Leicester blew away Sunderland to hand new boss Claudio Ranieri a dream start. Riyad Mahrez’s do(...)

Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in search of regular football, with Arsenal potential suitors. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal The three most obvious positions where Arsenal require an upgrade are goalkeeper, centre-forward and defensive midfielder. In goal Wojc(...)

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF scores their third goal against  Schalke 04. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Shalke 4 (Madrid win 5-4 on aggregate) Real Madrid are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That is not news; w(...)

Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o  celebrates with  John Terry after scoring  against FC Schalke 04 last night.

Chelsea might consider this normal service resumed. A team that had just started to sense their own persuasive qualities, only to be floored in the no(...)

Conor Sammon (left) has been selected to lead the line for the Republic of Ireland against Austria at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

A good many of those who are liable to be critical of Ireland ’s regular captain might wonder a little more about the wisdom of wishing him awa(...)