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Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey’s greatest player,  was born in 1961 in Ontario, Canada, where the sport is more a religion than a hobby. He first skated at the age of two on a rink that his dad Walter had made in the garden of their family home. At six, Gretzky was playing in an under-10s team. His jersey was too big for him, so he started to tuck in the right side of it, a superstition that stuck with him throughout his career.

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Put the brawling on ice, US hockey league is told

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Gloves come off in the fight for the soul of ice hockey

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The time has come for the blokes – and it is nearly always men – who run business in this country to change the way they operate. Every single day these men endorse discrimination on a massive scale. Change in British boardrooms isn't happening at a snail's pace, but a glacial one. Half the population, half the workforce and half of all customers are routinely passed over in the boardroom – and still our allegedly "female-friendly" government recoils from the notion of quotas.

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Joan Smith: This is back-to-basics at its monocultural, muscular worst

Fossilised fish-hooks, as Jennings used to say! I think I've finally grasped the Government's cunning plot for state education! They're going to take us back to the Fifties when every pupil learned poetry by heart, played rugger – except for soppy girls – and was able to recite the kings and queens of England in date order. It's going to be jolly hockey sticks, Britain's island story and absolutely no swearing; the kids will be too tired, anyway, after charging across a muddy playing field all afternoon.

Harriet Walker: Let's end the tyranny of sports jocks

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Gove defends PE funding cull

Scrapping the school PE budget will not reduce participation in sport, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has insisted.

20km walker fails test to deflate hosts

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England bag two more Commonwealth medals

England won two bronze medals at the start of Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games as the hockey women beat South Africa and cycling's Julia Shaw finished third in the women's time trial.

England cry foul play amid familiar pain of defeat on penalties

India 3 England 3 <i>(India win 5-4 on penalties)</i>: Men's hockey team denied chance to go for gold by losing shootout after controversial draw

Hockey: Passage to India is just what the doctor ordered

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DJ Taylor: Struck with fear by a dripping tap? I spy the middle classes

As someone on holiday in the most bourgeois place in England, it's clear to me that the truest marker of social class is the inability to contemplate DIY

Women's Hockey: Forget St Trinian's, hockey just got serious

The women's game is transformed. England have shot up to fifth in the world and a London medal is realistic.

Hockey: England claim first Champions medal

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