Nick Szczepanik

Nick Szczepanik is a freelance sports writer contributing mainly to The Independent.

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Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick celebrates with the fans on Monday night

Bournemouth promoted: Only fixture list will make me believe we are up, says Eddie Howe

'To see the club on Match of the Day is something I'd never have imagined possible,' reveals delighted manager

Callum Wilson, left, celebrates scoring Bournemouth’s third in a 3-0 win over Bolton that effectively clinches promotion
Callum Wilson scores Bournemouth’s second goal to ensure a precious victory against Brighton for Eddie Howe’s team

Late flourish keeps Cherries on course for promised land

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Bournemouth 2

Defender Steve Cook begins the fightback as he forces home the first goal for Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth vs Birmingham City: Cherries show character to overturn two-goal deficit and regain top spot

AFC Bournemouth 4 Birmingham City 2: Bournemouth settle for scoring at least four for the eighth time this season

Derby players look dejected after Richard Keogh (C) goes close
Matt Le Tissier

Southampton vs Liverpool: I knew it wasn’t asset-stripping, says Matt Le Tissier

Saints’ form ‘beyond wildest dreams’ despite summer sales to Liverpool

Superbowl 2015: Joe Montana adds to New England Patriots pressure

The Patriots are accused of breaking NFL rules by using balls that were deflated

Brighton vs Arsenal preview: Bright future for Chris Hughton

Albion manager content with burden of black standard-bearer

Tim Sherwood raises his hand after the 1-0 victory over Stoke

Neil Warnock sacked: Tim Sherwood fits role for Crystal Palace

Former Tottenham boss leads list of candidates to replace Warnock

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'