Nick Szczepanik

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

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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

Queens Park Rangers 1 Charlton Athletic 0 match report: Charlie Austin powers home to hail Harry Redknapp milestone

QPR celebrated Harry Redknapp’s 30 years in football management yesterday with a spectacular winning goal by Charlie Austin that was a more fitting tribute to his career to date than the rest of the game.

Rickie Lambert of Southampton scores their secondg goal from a penalty kick

Southampton 4 Hull City 1 match report: Three lions of England give Tigers a mauling

England duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana were on target

Christian Benteke challenges Winston Reid in West Ham's Premier League clash with Aston Villa

West Ham United 0 Aston Villa 0 match report: Toothless Hammers end their losing streak but Villa’s drought continues

Villa striker Christian Benteke came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post

Southampton refuse to rule out marching into Europe

Clubs that appear unexpectedly in the higher reaches of the Premier League early in the season are usually modest about their ambitions – “No one’s talking about Europe, we take each game as it comes”, that sort of thing – and wait for reality to overtake them, perhaps once an easy run of fixtures comes to an end.

Southampton 2 Fulham 0 match report: Rickie Lambert back in the old routine as Saints surge on

Saints move up to third thanks to strike duo Lambert and Rodriguez

Throw back: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick leads the 49ers offense today

American Football: Jaguars need to feel at home in London

If city takes team to their hearts it could well lead to a capital franchise

AFC Wimbledon 1 Accrington Stanley 1 match report: Kayode Odejayi nearly nets first win for James Beattie

Accrington Stanley disappeared from the Football League in 1962, the 1980s milk advert with the line "Accrington Stanley – who are they? Exactly" the Lancashire club's only impact until they returned to League Two in 2006. But now there is a risk of sinking back into "Who are they?"

Adam Lallana was prepared for Southampton's occupying a champions' League spot last week

Saints alive! New force beginning to stir on South Coast

Southampton's long-serving midfielder Adam Lallana says new signings, astute management and old hands are creating quite a team

Raise the Roeth: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has reluctantly become more vocal in order to rally his team

American Football: Steelers turn to Big Ben Roethlisberger in their hour of need

After three defeats the Pittsburgh quarterback will be under pressure at Wembley

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own