Nick Szczepanik

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

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Hugo Rodallega of Fulham (R) celebrates with Pajtim Kasami as he scores their first goal

Fulham 1 Norwich City 0 match report: Hugo Rodellega gives Fulham vital win

The Fulham players embraced each other and saluted their delirious supporters, the Norwich players slumped to the Craven Cottage turf in disbelief that they had put so much into a match and come out of it with nothing. Both teams still have four games to play, but such was the importance being put on this match between relegation-threatened clubs that you would have thought that Fulham had guaranteed their Premier League safety and that Norwich were already down.

Huggy pair: Harry Redknapp embraces Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth 2 QPR 1 match report: South-coast neighbours leave returning Harry Redknapp beached

The latest blow to the hopes of Harry Redknapp leading Queens Park Rangers to automatic promotion could not have come from much closer to home. Redknapp could have walked to work yesterday from his Sandbanks mansion to the ground where he cut his teeth in management to see his team of ex-Premier League big names outfought by a hard-working Bournemouth side with play-off aspirations of their own.

Southampton 4 Newcastle 0 match report: Jay Rodriguez opens floodgates for rampant Saints

Rodriguez's double sandwiched goals from Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana as all three boost World Cup credentials

Artur Boruc in action for Southampton

Artur Boruc dreams of European adventure for Southampton – at the expense of Spurs

Poland goalkeeper looking for all three points at White Hart Lane in battle for Europa League qualification

Fulham 1 Newcastle United 0 match report: Late goal from Ashkan Dejagah gives Fulham vital win

If this result proves to be the turning point in Fulham’s bid to avoid relegation, then their rivals may look back in anger on the decision of referee Howard Webb not to award a penalty with the last kick of the match.

Luis Suarez celebrates his goal with his Liverpool team-mates during the 3-0 victory over Southampton

Southampton 0 Liverpool 3 match report: Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling on target as Liverpool soar into title reckoning

Steven Gerrard added a late penalty as Liverpool showed no signs of letting up their title push

Carlton Cole celebrates his goal with Jame Collins as West Ham win

West Ham 3 Southampton 1 match report: Hammers rise proves Sam Allardyce was correct

Kevin Nolan scores again as West Ham come from behind to beat Saints

Upson: ‘You never know when it’s your last FA Cup tie’

Brighton v Hull City: FA Cup s till holds that same thrill for Matthew Upson

A quarter-final against Sunderland awaits the winner

Jay Rodriguez and Asmir Begovic contest for the ball during the Premier League fixture between Southampton and Stoke

Southampton 2 Stoke City 2 match report: Stoke snatch rare point amid beauty and blundering

Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis looked to have given Southampton the win but Peter Odemwhingie's first goal for the club set-up Peter Crouch to level the scores

Show stopper: Derrick Coleman is hoping to help Seattle cope with the Broncos’ high-octane offense

Super Bowl 2014: 'My deafness has inspired me' says Seattle Seahawks Derrick Coleman

Seattle running back is a winner no matter who triumphs in Super Bowl clash with Denver Broncos

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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal