Simon Rice

Simon Rice is Online Sports Editor for The Independent

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Revealed: The most unwatchable Premier League teams of the 2014/15 season

Were Chelsea really as boring as they were accused of being?

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp 'is ready to manage Liverpool', increasing pressure on Brendan Rodgers

Outgoing Borussia Dortmund manager is contender to replace Rodgers at Anfield if change is made

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez: 'Every time someone takes the ball off me I feel like I've been stripped of my toy'

The Arsenal forward just hates losing the ball

Aaron Ramsey
Sergio Aguero with Will Smith

Sergio Aguero meets Will Smith, whilst wearing Will Smith t-shirt

Manchester City striker taking part in US tour

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger named Manager of the Year, Arsenal fans accused of hijacking poll (again)

The Gunners boss is just the latest Arsenal award winner after a vote was opened to the public

Raheem Sterling recently turned down a new deal worth £100,000 a week with Liverpool
Steven Gerrard’s late winner kept alive Liverpool’s slim hope of a Champions League place (Getty)

Steven Gerrard LA Galaxy debut: Liverpool captain set to play against Club America on July 11

Reds legend due to join up with MLS side imminently

David Ospina vs Wojciech Szczesny: Who should Arsenal start with in the FA Cup final?

Arsene Wenger must pick between them for the Wembley meeting with Aston Villa. Here, Simon Rice compares their statistics and you can take part in our poll

David De Gea has been heavily linked with Real Madrid

Iker Casillas would 'compete and fight' with David De Gea if Manchester United goalkeeper switches to Real Madrid

The Spaniards can help each other, says the current Bernabeu number one

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada