Nick Szczepanik

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

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman watches during the friendly match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool.

How Southampton's summer transfer window turned into an unexpected revolution

The rebuilt Saints head to Liverpool to face two of the players they sold to the Reds, while a third, the injured Adam Lallana, looks on
Ian Holloway celebrates victory over Fulham

Fulham vs Millwall match report: Martyn Woolford gives Fulham that sinking feeling

Fulham 0 Millwall 1 : Fulham yet to record a point in the Championship after second straight defeat

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs in training

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Rich Arsenal could still lose players to City, warns Kieran Gibbs

Gunners have seen five first team players head to City since 2009 and Gibbs has warned Arsenal the trend could still continue

Rock on Tommy: Smith celebrates scoring Brentford’s late equaliser

Brentford vs Charlton match report: Tommy Smith relieves pain for stung Bees

Newly-promoted Brentford’s late equaliser makes Charlton pay for a series of missed chances

Hove into view: Sami Hyypia’s Brighton were chastened by a commanding Southampton display in a friendly last week

Sami Hyypia brings touch of Roy to Brighton

Former Liverpool defender has high standards to suit an ambitious club

Dejan Lovren latest: Ronald Koeman in battle to keep Liverpool target at Southampton

Croatian defender could become the fourth player to leave St Mary's this summer

Rickie Lambert scores for Southampton against Manchester United
Derby’s Chris Martin (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal with Jamie Ward

Brighton 1 Derby County 2 match report: Chris Martin steers Derby step closer to Premier League

Striker has a hand in both goals as Rams take control of Championship play-off semi-final
Oscar Garcia takes Brighton into the play-offs against Derby having learnt from some big names
Millwall boss Ian Holloway celebrates after his team's victory

Millwall 1 Bournemouth 0 match report: Ian Holloway celebrates Championship survival and sets out next season's targets

Ian Holloway's side remain in the Championship with vital win on last day that sees off relegation rivals

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment