Nick Szczepanik

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

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Jason Puncheon celebrates scoring against Stoke

Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 0 match report: Tony Pulis plots Palace revival as Jason Puncheon lands killer blow

Palace record their first win in four after midfielder ends turbulent week with a sweetly-timed finish

Man for all seasons: Kaepernick has thrived in all weather conditions

NFL: Colin Kaepernick finds his form as the San Francisco 49ers get a second chance

Last season's Super Bowl runners-up are aiming to go one better this year

Southampton 1 West Brom 0 match report: Adam Lallana’s a perfect Saint to make mother proud

West Brom's four-match unbeaten run came to an end with their new manager watching from the stands as Lallana netted winner

Mind games: San Diego’s quarterback Philip Rivers (centre) says his team have the right mentality to succeed

American Football: San Diego Chargers gather pace at right time for title tilt

Momentum, if not logic, favour Mike McCoy's men in Super Bowl race

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez shoots against Burnley

Southampton 4 Burnley 3 match report: Three Lions roar for Southampton as courageous Burnley go down fighting

Nathaniel Clyne, Rickie Lambert and former Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez also score for Saints with Sam Vokes, Danny Ings and Kevin Long on target for the Clarets

West Ham have won once in 11 games under Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce tells West Ham to deliver ‘critical’ victory against West Bromwich Albion

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham United manager, knows that he must minimise the pressure on his players after they dropped into the bottom three of the Premier League  on Boxing Day. Their first chance comes at lunchtime today at home to West Bromwich Albion, who are only three points better off.

Theo Walcott celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead in their 3-1 win over West Ham

West Ham 1 Arsenal 3 match report: Theo Walcott calms Arsene Wenger fears as Arsenal come back to win

Cole gave Hammers the lead with Arsenal string a fourth-straight match without a win in the face before Walcott and Podolski sent them back to the top

Southampton 2 Tottenham 3 match report: Emmanuel Adebayor recall pays off for Tim Sherwood's bold Spurs

Interim boss Sherwood wins in his first Premier League match as manager

English lesson: The hope is that Gerard Deulofeu will improve by competing in a strong Premier League against good defenders

Gerard Deulofeu - Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy

Premier League seen as the perfect place for on-loan winger Gerard Deulofeu to mature into a star

Daniel Osvaldo of Southampton shoots to score the equalising goal

Southampton 1 Manchester City 1 match report: Dani Osvaldo fires warning to England as City struggle to cure travel sickness

Argentinian-born Italian nets a wonder goal to bring back City's away nightmares

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam