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After an early lesson, I’ve monitored my food and drink every Christmas for 48 years - until now

Commons touch earns deserved point for Stoke

Stoke City 1 Norwich City 1

Football: That was the weekend that was - Enfield change from Goliath into David

ENFIELD DREW on their own experience against underestimated opponents to beat Chesterfield in the FA Cup at Saltergate on Saturday. Wayne Brown's header gave the Ryman League side victory after James Lomas had equalised James Bunn's first-half opener for the part-timers.

Football: Juninho's stylish return prompts European prediction

JUNINHO IS tipping Middlesbrough to challenge for a European place after announcing his return to English football with a stylish display. The 26-year-old Brazilian helped guide his side through a late scare to see off Second Division Chesterfield on Tuesday and secure a place in the Worthington Cup third round, and then predicted a successful Premiership season for the Teessiders.

Football: Juninho's magic puts Boro back in business

Middlesbrough 2 Chesterfield 1 Middlesbrough win 2-1 on agg

That was the Weekend that was: Stoke fans search for a sugar daddy

WINNING AT Chesterfield hardly ranks among the most memorable moments in Stoke City's proud history but so frustrated are their fans at the ailing club's plight that even the small publicity generated by Saturday's 2-0 victory is welcome.

Rugby League: Whelan furious at World Cup rumour

DAVE WHELAN, the owner of Wigan's new home at the JJB Stadium, has threatened never to allow it to be used for big matches if it is not allocated one of the semi-finals in next year's World Cup.

Football: Long the year's fourth fatality

ANOTHER FATALITY plunged the world of equestrianism into mourning last night when the 38-year-old Bradford-on-Avon rider Simon Long was killed when somersaulting from his horse, Springleaze Macaroo, at the Burghley Pedigree Chum horse trials. He is the fourth rider to have died while in action this year, following Polly Philipps, Peta Beckett and Robert Slade.

Rugby League: Eagles set to leave Sheffield

SHEFFIELD EAGLES are discussing a move to ground-share with the Second Division football club, Chesterfield.

Football: Banks back in League business

Cheltenham Town's captain is surprised to find himself returning to full-time football.

Football: Smith rap for OFT's TV battle

CHRIS SMITH, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has backed the Premier League in their conflict with the Office of Fair Trading over the sale of television rights.

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Football: Wycombe close to safety

Wycombe Wanderers 2 Wigan Athletic 1

Football: The Sweeper Goldberg shrinks from the Reaper

MARK GOLDBERG, the Crystal Palace chairman, has decided not to meet the Grim Reaper this afternoon. No, he hasn't suddenly been handed the power of immortality, he's merely refused to meet demonstrators protesting against his stewardship of the financially troubled club.

Football: Moldova 0 Northern Ireland 0 - Little cheer for McMenemy

JUST LIKE Moldova's crumbling Republic Stadium, Northern Ireland's European dream lies in pieces following a no-score bore in Chisinau yesterday. Only a win would have done for Lawrie McMenemy's side if they were to keep their faint hopes of qualifying for Euro 2000 alive, but the point gained from this dull encounter leaves the Irish well behind the Group Three leaders with just five points from five games.
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