Nick Szczepanik

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

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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

Rickie Lambert celebrates scoring Southampton's second goal against Crystal Palace

Southampton 2 Crystal Palace 0 match report: Saints go fourth as Palace problems multiply

Goals from Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert  add to Ian Holloway's troubles

Gylfi Sigurdsson opens the scoring for Tottenham against Norwich

Tottenham 2 Norwich 0 match report: New boy Christian Eriksen too classy for Norwich

Spurs midfielder proves an inspired signing as he plays major role in both Sigurdsson goals

Support network: David Armstrong (centre) has emerged from a dark period with the backing of his family

From Bald to Bale – a tale of two Saints

David Armstrong's life is a world away from the Galactico's

Englishmen abroad: Okoye has had an interesting start to life in San Francisco

American Football: The Britons with an NFL dream

Lawrence Okoye and Menelik Watson are aiming to blaze a trail in the States

West Ham United 0 Stoke City 1 match report: Mark Hughes' magic touch even turns Pennant into a winner

Last season nothing went right for Mark Hughes but since he joined Stoke City in May the Welshman can do little wrong. Almost his first act as manager at the Britannia Stadium was to offer the out-of-contract Jermaine Pennant a new 12-month deal and yesterday the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger paid him back with a late goal that gave Stoke only their third win in 30 Premier League away games.

Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland side had led until the 88th-minute

Southampton 1 Sunderland 1 match report: Jose Fonte’s leap keeps Saints alive at the last

Portuguese defender earns a draw for Pochettino’s men and leaves Sunderland still searching for their first win of the season despite early strike from Giaccherini

Burnley players mob Chris Martin after he scores a double to give the Clarets victory

Brighton 1 Derby 2 match report: Seagulls are still pointless as Chris Martin gives Rams play-off ideas

New boss Oscar Garcia has lost all three of Brighton's competitive games this season

Ed Upson celebrates his goal for Yeovil

Millwall 0 Yeovil 1 match report: Shock loss at The Den as Ed Upson hands Championship new boys early victory

Yeovil favourites for the drop pre-season but show class to upstage hosts

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John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin