Nick Szczepanik

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

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Ronald Koeman believes a top-four finish ‘is not realistic’

Southampton vs Manchester City: Ronald Koeman determined to show high-flying Saints are for real

Ronald Koeman, the  Southampton manager, could not have stated his team’s case any more strongly ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Manchester City. “We have played 12 games now and I didn’t see one team better than we [are] in these 12 games, and we played against Liverpool and we played against Tottenham,” he said. “Maybe Sunday, but we  will see.”

Shahid Khan

Jacksonville Jaguars 'are not moving to London,’ says owner Shahid Khan

Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham, insists that he has “no plans” to move his NFL franchise to London despite a  widespread assumption that the Jaguars will be the team that eventually fulfils the league’s plan to base a team at Wembley.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (right) leaps above a challenge by Atlanta Falcons safety Kemal Ishmael at Wembley

London NFL team is still far off despite promise of £100m

Franchise owners study viability as 'five-year piece of work'

Callum Wilson (centre) strikes the winning goal past Boaz Myhill

Bournemouth vs West Bromwich Albion match report: Callum Wilson strike stuns Baggies to keep Cherries' League Cup run alive

Bournemouth 2 West Bromwich Albion 1: Home side concede their first goal in the cup this season, but still prevail over Premier League opponents

Vito Mannone looks on during the 8-0 thrashing

Southampton 8 Sunderland 0: 'We should pay for fans' wasted trip,' says Vito Mannone after 650-mile round-trip ends in humiliation

Sunderland keeper asks team-mates to fork out after humiliation at St Mary’s

7-0 79 min – Wanyama slams a shot down the middle from 10 yards.

Southampton vs Sunderland: Keeping score - as the goals went in

Southampton 8 Sunderland 0: Minute-by-minute account of all eight goals at St Mary's

Ryan Bertrand is currently playing for Southampton, the ninth loan move of his Chelsea career

Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton: Defender Ryan Bertrand eyes England recall

Ryan Bertrand hopes that being a first-team regular in a successful Southampton side – the ninth loan move of his Chelsea career – will return him to the England reckoning for the first time since two substitute appearances in 2012.

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