Joshua King celebrates scoring his third and Blackburn’s fourth during their 4-1 FA Cup fifth round rout of Stoke City. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Blackburn Rovers 4 Stoke City 1Ten-man Stoke suffered FA Cup embarrassment at Ewood Park as they were torn apart 4-1 by a second-string Blackburn side(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero heads the ball towards goal  against  Stoke City at Britannia Stadium. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

  Stoke City 1 Manchester City 4 This ended as an emphatic victory, a first triumph in the Premier League since New Year’s Day and a(...)

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the game against Stoke City   at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Stoke City 0 Chelsea 2The portents are promising for Chelsea and ominous for their rivals. This is the fourth time that Chelsea have enjoyed the view (...)

Shane Long celebrates scoring Southampton’s second goal in their League Cup fourth round victory over Stoke City at Brittannia Stadium. Photograph: Getty.

Stoke City 2 Southampton 3 Southampton completed a league and cup double over Stoke City, Graziano Pelle scoring his second goal of the night (...)

 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return from a thigh injury to play some part in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Arsenal (4) v Tottenham (9) Arsenal expect to have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a dead leg. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Merte(...)

United States players react after Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne (not pictured) scored his side’s first goal in extra-time of the World Cup Round of 16 at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Belgium 2 USA 1 (after extra-time, 0-0 after 90 mins)Another dramatic night ended in extra-time with goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku giving(...)

Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates scoring his team’s second goal past Portugal goalkeeper Beto during the World Cup Group G game  at Arena Amazonia  in Manaus. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Portugal 2 USA 2 Silvestre Varela broke American hearts with a goal in the dying seconds, just as Jürgen Klinsmann’s team were preparing to celebrate(...)

Peter Crouch’s  shot deflects into the goal off  Peter Odemwingie for  Stoke City’s first goal in their Premier League game against  Aston Villa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 4: They only have seven games left, but as things stand (...)

 Jonathan Walters of Stoke City celebrates his goal with Peter Crouch. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Stoke 1 Arsenal 0 Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge suffered a blow as Jon Walters’ second-half penalty saw them (...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela puts his shot wide but Tottenham were comfortable winners against Stoke. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Tottenham 3 Stoke 0: Tim Sherwood tasted victory at White Hart Lane for the first time as Tottenham put on a vintage display to crush Stoke. Ro(...)