Nick Szczepanik

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

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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

Graziano Pelle celebrates scoring for Southampton

Southampton vs QPR match report: Graziano Pelle seals victory with stunning overhead kick after Charlie Austin's effort comes to no avail

Southampton 2 QPR 1: Austin had cancelled out Ryan Bertrand's first goal for Saints but Pelle immediately restored the lead

Gridiron glory: Menelik Watson has found success in American football

Man City boy Menelik Watson sets sights on Wembley with Oakland Raiders

Raiders take on the Miami Dolphins in the first of this autumn’s three NFL regular-season games in London next Sunday

Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth, front, and Stephen Warnock of Leeds United challenge for the ball at the Goldsands Stadium on Tuesday night
An advertising board at St Mary’s spells out a prophetic message for Newcastle United coaches Steve Stone, John Carver and Alan Pardew

Southampton vs Newcastle United: Timid, lightweight, chaotic, humiliated – and it’s Hull up next for hapless Alan Pardew

If Alan Pardew lasts the week as Newcastle United manager – a big “if” after Saturday’s 4-0 humiliation at Southampton – then he will have gone half-way to proving right the suggestion in these pages last week that he had two matches in which to save his job. He must wish the visitors in the second, at St James’ Park on Saturday, were not Hull City.

John Carver and Alan Pardew

Southampton vs Newcastle: Assistant manager John Carver swears at Newcastle fans

Alan Pardew's No 2 involved in ugly exchange with fans

Southampton vs Newcastle match report: Graziano Pelle’s double piles pressure on Alan Pardew as Saints run riot

Southampton 4 Newcastle 0: Fans vent their fury at embattled Newcastle manager after  Southampton’s Italian signing makes a striking impression

Irsay has been banned from all football activities

American Football: Ban for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay clouds start of new NFL campaign

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty this week to driving while intoxicated in March

Alert Fraser Forster keeps Aide Brown Ideye at bay and Roy Hodgson happy

England goalkeeper given his Premier League chance at St. Mary's

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