Nick Szczepanik

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

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Southampton 1 QPR 2 match report: Drinks on Harry Redknapp after birthday win

He denies his players were drunken sinners on break in Dubai as they celebrate by beating Saints

Santi Cazorla was played out of position on Saturday
Sant Cazorla opened the scoring for Arsenal

Match Report: Santi Cazorla’s two goals bring great relief for Arsene Wenger

Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 1: Arsenal side show determination and win praise from their under-fire manager for being united

The Blackburn Rovers manager, Michael Appleton, celebrates their
shock victory with goalscorer Colin Kazim-Richards

Revived Rovers delighted to be the ones laughing now

This time last year, Blackburn Rovers were something of a laughing stock. Beaten 7-1 by Arsenal, they were spiralling towards relegation from the Premier League, their manager and owners despised and ridiculed by the supporters, and nothing much seemed to have changed in autumn as they struggled in the Championship under the hapless Henning Berg. But no one in red and white at the Emirates Stadium saw the funny side on Saturday.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere takes in the defeat to Blackburn

Arsene Wenger's last shot at big game with Arsenal

Arsenal Cup shock leaves manager and players needing to hold nerve in face of Bayern test

Match Report: Colin Kazim-Richards cashes in as wasteful Arsenal blow big chance against Blackburn Rovers

Arsenal 0 Blackburn Rovers 1: Much-travelled Rovers striker subjects Wenger to another Cup shock and 'unacceptable' defeat

Rover and out: Gervinho shows his frustration after missing a glorious chance for Arsenal during their surprise 1-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium yesterday

Arsène Wenger's new low as Blackburn knock Arsenal out of FA Cup

Shock result means Gunners must beat Bayern to avoid ninth barren season

Portsmouth slide down South Coast hierarchy

Bournemouth 2 Portsmouth 0

Veteran 49ers running back Frank Gore

American Football: Hard yards down in the Big Easy

Battered New Orleans welcomes back the Super Bowl and two teams who have their own stories to tell

Poyet knows the difficulty of conjuring a Paris repeat

Since helping Real Zaragoza win the 1995 Cup-Winners' Cup final in Paris, when Nayim famously scored from the halfway line, Gustavo Poyet has not enjoyed many victories against Arsenal, playing with Chelsea or Tottenham. And he knows it will be hard to improve that record when his Brighton team host Arsène Wenger's men at the Amex Stadium tomorrow.

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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil