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.

Graziano Pelle celebrates scoring for Southampton

Graziano Pelle pearler is pure pleasure for Ronald Koeman during Southampton's 2-1 win over QPR

The summer signing was on target again in the 2-1 win

Al Saunders wants to make his own mark on Wembley

Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins: Gridiron is coming home... and so is coach Al Saunders

The Raiders visit Wembley to play the Dolphins, along with Ron Saunders’ great-nephew

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions