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

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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

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