Sport New York Rangers player Wayne Gretzky in his final career game

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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Lacrosse, an anachronistic sport involving a stick with a small basket on the end, which will be familiar to childhood readers of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers books, has Inspired the first collaboration between GANT and Michael Bastian, unveiled today at New York Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week.

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We all know the Booker, Turner, and Orange Prizes, and the Oscars, Grammys, and Perriers. But not every award handed out in the course of the year is as high-profile. Some – perhaps more socially useful – gongs do not get the coverage they deserve. Time to put that right. Here, then, are The Other Awards of the year

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Dom Joly: Watch out for Miss Joly's hockey stick

Weird World of Sport: Minutes later, my daughter got her revenge as the offending player collapsed to the floor

Sherylle Calder: 'When in South Africa we were isolated'

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Letters: Criticising the monarchy

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Woman hit by runaway lawn roller

Rugby team arrested after heavy-duty roller pushed down hill towards tents

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie/ The Girls of Slender Means, Assembly venues, Edinburgh

Muriel Spark wrote of her most enduring creation, Miss Jean Brodie, that she was "an Edinburgh festival all on her own": vibrant, bursting with culture and a touch overwhelming, you might infer. This year, it is Spark herself who is a festival all on her own with two large-scale theatre adaptations of her novels and a book festival event dedicated to a new doorstop biography of the Edinburgh author by Martin Stannard.

Album: Hockey, Mind Chaos (Capitol)

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Outliers: The Story of Success, By Malcolm Gladwell

I'm surprised that Gladwell considers race (the effects of slave history) as a matter that has an effect on success, as well as nationality (whether you're American-Irish or American-Italian, for instance) and class (being poor, funnily enough, lessens your chances too), but omits gender: apparently, being female rather than male doesn't make a difference. A stunning omission, in my opinion.

From pitch to podium, footy rejects get lifeline

Eighty per cent never make it – now the cast-offs can grab Olympic glory

Katy Guest: Spare us the public displays of tonsil hockey

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