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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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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

For the host nation, it was the morning after the night before. Following the highs of Tuesday night – when the Indian men's hockey team defeated England on penalties in the semi-finals and the home nation surpassed their previous highest gold medal tally – came the low of a positive drug test.

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

Goals by Susie Gilbert and Crista Cullen saw England come from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the bronze medal play-off at the Champions Trophy in Nottingham.

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