Mark Oakley

When fried chicken becomes golden nugget

Fried chicken washed down with a few pints, a vodka chaser and followed by the occasional cigarette. It's the unorthodox recipe for sporting success.

Attacking players talk of Champions League

Attacking players Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Luca Toni and Robin van Persie are the talking points ahead of Champions League action on Tuesday.

Liverpool in late Champions League escape

Liverpool, who were staring at Champions League elimination, scored a late goal to oust Standard Liege and qualify for the group stages on Wednesday.

European teams show their form ahead of Cup qualifiers

Europe's top teams on Wednesday showed how new-look formations were shaping up with 2010 World Cup qualifiers less than three weeks away.

Champions League: Giants on brink of qualifying

Inter Milan, Barcelona, AS Roma and Rangers are on the brink of qualifying in Tuesday's Champions League group matches though Arsenal and Manchester United have already reached the knockout stages. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to give some of his young Gunners another chance to impress in the Group H trip to Sevilla.

Euro 2008: England receive boost, France face injuries

England have received a welcome boost, France have injury setbacks while Scotland manager Alex McLeish claimed his team were up against it to go through in the run-up to Wednesday night's Euro 2008 qualifiers. England negotiate a tricky tie on an artificial pitch in Russia, France host Lithuania after a horrendous journey to the Faroe Islands and Scotland have an important trip to Georgia.

McFadden Scottish hero on winning night for Britain

James McFadden's long-range goal earned Scotland a landmark 1-0 victory over France on Wednesday night to put them firmly on course for the Euro 2008 finals on a winning night for Britain. McFadden turned and shot with less than half an hour to go at the Parc des Princes to propel Scotland to the top of Group B and within sight of their first major finals in a decade.

Death of legend Puskas completes sad year for sport

Football legend Ferenc Puskas, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, was one of several big names in football who died during the year. Puskas, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and had been confined to a hospital bed for the past six years, died of respiratory and circulatory failure in November aged 79.

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