LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard's hat trick ensured Chelsea kept its perfect start to the Premier League season with a 4-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday.
Sol Bamba shocked Chelsea with Cardiff's first away goal of the season, but Hazard's treble and a late goal by Willian saw Maurizio Sarri became the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League games. He joined an elite club of Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester).
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Leicester snatched a thriller with Newcastle by 3-2 and a third consecutive English Premier League win on Saturday.
Ayoze Perez's own goal four minutes from the end ensured there were contrasting emotions at St. James' Park, as Newcastle's run without a win was extended to seven games.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester won its first game under new manager Claude Puel as it defeated struggling Everton 2-0 on Sunday in the English Premier League.
The recalled Demarai Gray starred as he helped create the opener for Jamie Vardy before adding a fortuitous second himself.
Former Everton player David Unsworth is in caretaker charge of the Toffees following Ronald Koeman's dismissal, but his side's display will have done little for his hopes of getting the job on a permanent basis.
What's sometimes cruelly referred to as the "sack race" in English soccer is off to a fast start in the Premier League.
Just nine games have been played and already three managers — Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester) and Ronald Koeman (Everton) — have lost their jobs.
Meanwhile, the man who topped the pre-season bookmaker lists for the first coach to be fired in England's top league is still clinging on.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester hired Claude Puel its third manager this year on Wednesday as the Premier League team struggles to regain stability after its astonishing title success.
The Frenchman replaces Craig Shakespeare, who lasted less than eight months as successor to Claudio Ranieri — the coach who delivered the Premier League trophy so unexpectedly in May 2016.
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Leicester moved out of the English Premier League relegation zone as the post-Craig Shakespeare era began with a 2-1 win at Swansea on Saturday.
Michael Appleton was in caretaker command after Shakespeare's midweek sacking, and Leicester fully merited the three points handed to them by Federico Fernandez's first-half own goal and Shinji Okazaki's fifth of the season just after the interval.
Leicester's decline since winning the English Premier League intensified on Tuesday when Craig Shakespeare was fired as its manager, with the Thai-owned club in the relegation zone after another rocky start to a season.
Shakespeare was coach on a full-time basis for just four months, having been hired initially as interim manager after Claudio Ranieri was dismissed in February when Leicester was threatened by relegation the season after improbably winning the title.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester failed to climb out of the English Premier League's relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion extended the team's winless run to six matches on Monday.
Riyad Mahrez salvaged a point for Leicester with an 80th-minute equalizer at King Power Stadium, but it was another ponderous display by the hosts, who could be set for another season of struggle after their improbable title-winning campaign of 2015-16.
This time last year, Leicester's players were returning to the Premier League as defending champions and getting ready to launch the club's first-ever foray into the Champions League.
Twelve months on and they are little more than afterthoughts in English soccer's fast-changing narrative.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester hired Craig Shakespeare as the club's permanent manager on a three-year deal on Thursday following his successful interim spell in charge of the 2015-16 Premier League champion.
Shakespeare replaced title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri in February on a short-term deal and won eight of his 16 games in all competitions, helping Leicester pull clear of the league's relegation zone.
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Jamie Vardy extended his hot scoring streak to ease champion Leicester's Premier League relegation fears with a 1-0 win at West Bromwich on Saturday.
With only its second away win of a dismal title defense, Leicester moved nine points clear of the bottom three with four matches remaining.
Vardy struck in the 43rd minute at the Hawthorns for his eighth goal in 12 matches since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri as manager for the rest of the season.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third time in four seasons by ending Leicester's fairytale European journey on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 at the King Power Stadium to advance 2-1 on aggregate.
Once Atletico grabbed an away goal through Saul Niguez's first-half header, any hopes of the English champions extending their debut in Europe's elite competition seemed to be completely extinguished.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Two goals from Romelu Lukaku ensured Everton ended Craig Shakespeare's perfect record as Leicester manager with an entertaining 4-2 victory in the Premier League on Sunday.
There were four goals in the opening 23 minutes, with teenager Tom Davies giving Everton the lead after just 30 seconds. Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton hit back for the champions, only for Lukaku's strikes either side of a Phil Jagielka header to put Everton out of reach.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Sunderland manager David Moyes' tough week got worse as his team lost 2-0 at resurgent champion Leicester to remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League on Tuesday.
Strikers Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy scored second-half goals for Leicester, which has won six straight games in all competitions under Craig Shakespeare since he replaced title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester's revival continued under manager Craig Shakespeare as Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy handed the Foxes a 2-0 victory over Stoke in the English Premier League on Saturday.
It was Leicester's fifth straight win in all competitions since Claudio Ranieri was fired and meant Shakespeare became the first English manager to win his first four league games.