Wow, thanks. That was exactly the type of info i was looking for.
I really agree thats its all about Skill, less about the camera.
The hockey shot i linked to above was actually shot with my D60, so 3 af points, 3 fps, ISO 800 1/160 f4.5. I saw the play build before it happened and was lucky one of my 3fps's was on it.
It really boils down to shooting a lot, but i strongly disagree that "Generally, you just fire off a million shots whilst at a football match and pick the best and send it off, "
Last week i shot this game:
where i was not feeling well and didn't sleep much, i shot as much as usual(600-ish shots over 2 hours) but got very crappy results. I didn't have to wait till i got home to know. Sports photography is all about position, you have to know where to be to get the right shot, and have to know and read the play and be ready before the play happens, as they say: "if you saw it, you didn't get it".
I consider sports photography as much a sport as what i'm shooting, when im off, i see perfect shots go right through the viewfinder. And you can never shoot everything.