Adam Johnson leaves Bradford Crown Court where he has pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl on the first day of his trial. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

England footballer Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland after he admitted a charge of grooming and one of sexual activity with a (...)

Jamie Vardy celebrates his wonder goal against Liverpool during the week, with Dejan Lovren’s face saying it all. Leicester meet Manchester City and Arsenal in their next two games but after that will play five of the current bottom seven. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

‘It gets closer. It gets ever harder.” Sam Allardyce said that. He said it with some exasperation on Tuesday night after his Sunderland side had made (...)

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has done a miraculous job in getting his side to the top of the English Premier League table. Photograph: Reuters.

There’s lots to love about this English Premier League season, not least if you’re a bookie who hasn’t had to pay out on an accumulator in six months.(...)

Dele Alli scored a stunner to give Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace. Photograph: Afp

Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Dele Alli scored one of the goals of the season to inspire Tottenham to a 3-1 Premier League victory at Crystal (...)

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet: Suddenly – or so it seems – he is flavour of the month. Photograph: Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Dimitri Payet is 29 in March. It’s been a season of surprises in the Premier League and Payet’s birth date brings another. Just how he has reached t(...)

Joel Campbell celebrates after opening the scoring for Arsenal in their FA cup third-round match against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters/Livepic

Arsenal 3 Sunderland 1 FA Cup holders Arsenal came from behind to beat a much-changed Sunderland side in their third-round meeting at the Emirates St(...)

Jürgen Klopp: ‘Our eyes are open and we are watching the market.’ Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined at least until the end of this month and Dejan Lovren for the next 10 days with hamstring injuries sustained again(...)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has made his first January signing after Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff arrived in to the north east. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has made Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff his first signing of the winter transfer window. The 25-year-old centre-b(...)

Bayern Munich’s Jan Kirchhoff has arrived in Sunderland to discuss a contract as the Premier League club hope to complete the signing. Photo: Getty Images

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is closing in on his first January signing after Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff arrived in to the north east. The(...)

Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland:  usually a good man for a pre-match chat, but not this weekend, apparently. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

It was another bad weekend for Remi Garde. The Aston Villa manager saw his side beaten 3-1 at Sunderland, then found himself being sniggered at for pe(...)