Leicester striker Jamie Vardy equalled a Premier League scoring record with his goal just before half-time against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire.

Human beings shut inside deep freezers traditionally face unhappy endings but there are exceptions to every rule. Rather than proving the subject of a(...)

Leicester City striker  Jamie Vardy opens the scoring in the Premier League game against Newscastle at St James’ Park. The goal helped the England striker equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of scoring in 10 straight games. Photograph:    Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Jamie Vardy scored for the 10th game in a row to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record and maintain Leicester’s r(...)

  Alexis Sanchez  scores his second and Arsenal’s third goal during the  Premier League match against Leicester City  at The King Power Stadium. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Alexis Sanchez’s hat-trick saw Arsenal close the gap at the top of the Premier League after they came from behind to beat Lei(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish runs at the Leicester City defence at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

  Leicester City never lie down. Aston Villa appeared to have floored the hosts here when Carles Gil put the visitors 2-0 up midway throug(...)

Nathan Redmond scored Norwich City’s third goal as they picked up the first win of their return to top flight football away at Sunderland. Photograph: Getty

Sunderland 1 Norwich City 3 Norwich play-maker Wes Hoolahan turned in a master class as Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat witnessed another horror s(...)

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 owes his move to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who has allowed him to join the club of his choosing, even a rival. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Petr Cech is on the verge of completing his protracted £11 million (€15.5 million) transfer to Arsenal from Chelsea, having undertaken his medical yes(...)

Brazil’s Neymar celebrates scoring his fourth goal against Japan during their soccer friendly  at the National Stadium in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Friendly international round-up: Neymar shrugged off a cold to score all four goals in a sumptuous display as Brazil beat an under-strength Japan 4-0 (...)

Juan Cuadrado (right) of Colombia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a penalty   at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Photograph: EPA

Colombia 4 Japan 1On a night of contrasting emotions in Cuiabá, Colombia marched into the second round as group winners with a third victory in 11 day(...)

Japan players huddle during a send-off ceremony for the World Cup  in Tokyo on May 25th.  Photograph: Toru Hanai / Reuters

Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni    Best finish: Second rounds (2002, 2010)    World Cup record: P 17, W 4, D 4, L 9(...)