Nick Szczepanik

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

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Kazenga LuaLua’s goal celebrations have been banned by the club doctor

Don't expect any somersaults if Kazenga LuaLua turns over Newcastle

Brighton winger has too much respect for his old club – and the acrobatic celebrations are banned

Mark Goldberg manages Bromley but will be at Boro to see his son

Mark Goldberg: The Crystal Palace fan who lost £40m finds new riches in his son's big day

He went bust at Palace but today he will share in an FA Cup dream

Luke Shaw has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea

Shaw shapes up as the 'new Bale'

Latest talent off the Southampton production line is already interesting tonight's opponents Arsenal

Theo Walcott scores the first of his three goals

Arsene Wenger knows real tests are to come for 'rebuilt' Arsenal

Gunners beat Newcastle 7-3 to continue rich vein of form

Theo Walcott celebrates one of his goals against Newcastle

Match Report: Perfect student Theo Walcott of Arsenal scores full marks with a stunning hat-trick in Newcastle hammering

Arsenal 7 Newcastle United 3: The Arsenal striker, currently being coached by Gunners legend Thierry Henry, scores hat-trick in a 10-goal thriller against weary Newcastle

Referees too tired to call the shots, says Sam Allardyce

Exhaustion among referees is behind an increase in officiating controversies over the hectic Christmas period, according to Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager – and difficulties in interpreting the offside law do not help.

Robert Green reacts after putting the ball into his own net

Match Report: 'It ain't over yet' for Harry Redknapp despite defeat for QPR against West Brom

Queens Park Rangers 1 West Bromwich Albion 2

Millwall’s Chris Wood celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals

Brighton' David Lopez hits spot to peg back Millwall

Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Millwall 2

Adel Taarabt: He used to nutmeg the same player four or five times, recalled Traoré

Harry Redknapp savours QPR 'fruitcake' Adel Taarabt

R's record first victory of the season by beating Fulham 2-1

Adel Taarabt sets Queens Park Rangers on their way to victory

Match Report: Harry Redknapp cock-a-hoop after QPR's longest wait

Queens Park Rangers 2 Fulham 1

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Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal
Supersize art

Is big better? Britain's latest super-sized art

The Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
James Dean: Back on the big screen

James Dean: Back on the big screen

As 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star perfected his moody act
Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

How a cult classic was adapted for the stage

More than half a century after it was published 'Catch-22' will make its British stage debut next week
10 best activity books for children

10 best activity books for children

Keep little ones busy this bank holiday with one of these creative, educational and fun books
Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1: Five things we learnt from the battle between the London sides

Five things we learnt from Arsenal's win over West Ham

Arsenal still in driving seat for Champions League spot and Carroll can make late charge into England’s World Cup squad
Copa del Rey final: Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right

Pete Jenson on the Copa del Rey final

Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right
Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

With the tennis circus now rolling on to the slowest surface, Paul Newman highlights who'll be making the headlines – and why
Exclusive: NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as politicians urged to find radical solution

NHS faces financial disaster in 2015

Politicians urged to find radical solution
Ukraine crisis: How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?

Ukraine crisis

How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

A history of the First World War in 100 moments
Fires could turn Amazon rainforest into a desert as human activity and climate change threaten ‘lungs of the world’, says study

New threat to the Amazon rainforest:

Fires that scorch the ‘lungs of the Earth’
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City: And the winner of this season’s Premier League title will be...

Who’s in box seat now? The winner of the title will be ...

Who is in best shape to take the Premier League prize?