Outside Edge: Incredible feat of a paraplegic

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It has been hailed as a remarkable breakthrough. The college baseball player Rob Summers was hit by a car in 2006, six weeks after he had helped Oregon State to win the national student championships. He was left paraplegic and though he had some feeling below the waist, he could not move his legs.

Now aged 25, he has become the first person paralysed from the neck down to stand up and take a step unaided. He walks on a treadmill after responding to a new treatment called epidural stimulation in which electrodes teach the spinal cord to control limbs and bodily functions independently of the brain.

A similarly inspiring story comes from Sichuan in China, where Dai Guohong was crushed in an earthquake which destroyed his school three years ago. He had to have both legs amputated, but the 18-year-old is set to swim in next year's Paralympics in London – despite never having swum before he lost his legs.


Goal difference clawed back by Corsham Centre to win the Chippenham & District Sunday League for the fifth time in a row after beating Maud Heath 25-0. Maud Heath had eight men, then had a player sent off. Biddestone Social, runners-up in four of the last five seasons, think it's a bit anti-social.

Let us protect all God's creatures

Golf can be a cruel game but one story from Scotland really takes the biscuit.

Donald Forbes has been fined £750 by Aberdeen's Sheriff Court for "intent to inflict unnecessary suffering" after he battered a fox with his golf club during a round at Peterculter because the animal tried to steal a Tunnocks caramel wafer from his bag. The fox was a popular fixture at the course and members used to feed it, but it was so badly injured that Forbes' playing partner had to finish it off.

Meanwhile Torquay Golf Club have agreed to rearrange the course after complaints that tee shots on the 18th hole were endangering some nuns who have moved into premises next door. On average, three balls a day are hit into the grounds, where 14 sisters from Stoodley Knowle convent school are having a large conservatory built. Clearly some players have bad habits.

Good week

Lloyd Scott completed the London Marathon after 26 days, dressed as Brian the snail from The Magic Roundabout...

Graham Napier, the Essex all-rounder, equalled Andrew Symonds' world record for the most sixes in a first-class innings, 16, against Surrey at Whitgift School...

Kerry Mellonby of Bridlington, Yorkshire, sold his retired racing pigeon Champion Treble Six to a Chinese buyer for £16,000 even though it can no longer fly after suffering a broken wing two years ago.

Bad week

Pasi Nurminen, Finland's ice hockey goalkeeping coach, falls down the aircraft steps after winning the World Championship final against Sweden and dents the trophy by headbutting it...

Women badminton players, who were outraged by the World Federation's decision to insist that they wear skirts rather than shorts "to ensure attractive presentation"...

Shane Warne, the legendary Australian cricketer, was fined £31,000 for arguing with a local official in the Indian Premier League three days before he retired – but he escaped a ban.

Don't scoff, he's had many happy meals

Eating competitions are not mainstream sports but they are growing all the time. But retired prison guard Don Gorske has gone quietly about his business and he devoured his 25,000th Big Mac last week, 39 years to the day after his first one.

"I plan on eating Big Macs till I die," said the 57-year-old from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. "I look forward to it every day."

He has only ever gone eight days without a burger – to honour his mother's dying request – and has kept a calendar of his consumption. His total intake of fat is 725kg, the equivalent of a polar bear, and he would have to walk 90,000 miles to burn off the 13.5 million calories.

However, if you like your eating to be a little more action-packed, there's a new craze in the home of the hamburger: Freddie Rutz of Berlin provides mobile cake-fights.

"We even do the cleaning afterwards and take hairdressers and make-up artists with us to clean up the guests," said Rutz. That's useful when the chips are down.