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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Wednesday 11 March 2009
Friday 13 February 2009
Ooh, look at the date: high-fives all round for the marketing department.
Sunday 09 November 2008
Thursday 06 November 2008
He said he came to unite, rather than divide. And in his victory speech in Chicago yesterday, Barack Obama was as good as his word. For those who wanted serious and uplifting rhetoric, they got it. For those who wanted cutesy invocations of children cuddling puppies in the White House, well, they got what they wanted too. Everyone went away satisfied.
Education Quandary: 'The Government wants more team sports in schools. My daughter would hate this, but needs exercise. Shouldn't schools also be helping children like her?'
Thursday 30 October 2008
Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, has recently joined Gordon Brown in calling for more competitive school sports, and pledged to spend £3m on promoting inter-school leagues. But these ministers are pushing on an open door.
Monday 20 October 2008
There are certain sports that seem to only really exist at school. You spend valuable portions of your formative years learning the skills and traditions of a particular discipline only to find that it doesn't really exist anywhere in your adult life. I'm thinking in particular of hockey.
Wednesday 20 August 2008
A man's aggressive tendencies are written in his facial features, according to a study that has found a link between bad temper and the shape of a man's face.
Friday 15 August 2008
Great Britain's women kept their medal hopes alive with a scrappy 2-1 victory over New Zealand at the Olympic Green Hockey Stadium. However, with just four points and two matches remaining in Pool B they realistically have to win both and hope that the defending champions and group leaders Germany do them a favour against Argentina tomorrow.
Wednesday 13 August 2008
Great Britain women kept alive their medal hopes after coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Argentina at a sunny Olympic Green Hockey Stadium. Having been hammered 5-1 by defending Olympic champions Germany in their opening match, GB could not have afforded another defeat in Pool B.
Tuesday 12 August 2008
We should all be just a little ashamed that in last night's Panorama, it took an American, albeit one so Anglophilic as Bill Bryson, to lecture us on our littering habits. As the President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Bryson's particular beef is with those who defile our hedgerows, but in Panorama he also found, rather depressingly, that in the London Borough of Camden last year there was a 0 per cent chance of a person dropping litter being apprehended by the police (across the river in Southwark, by happy contrast, 3,000 litterbugs felt the long arm of the law).
Thursday 07 February 2008
Why are parents prepared to pay £12,000-plus a year for private schools? In our case, the chance for our children to play lots of sport and be part of a school team. State schools are playing less sport, independents, more. It shows. Privately-educated athletes have won 60 per cent of Britain's medals at the last four Olympics. Most independent schools have proper matches each week: not only for the star players, but for B, C and even D teams in main sports such as (for boys) rugby, hockey, cricket and (girls) hockey, netball, and rounders.
Saturday 27 May 2006
France extended a proud record at the beautiful Piazza di Siena arena in Rome yesterday, when they won the Samsung Super League Nations Cup, defeating the joint runners-up from Britain and the USA without their last rider needing to jump a second round.
Wednesday 17 May 2006
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's dreams of a third term in office appeared to be over after the Senate threw out amendments to the country's constitution that would have allowed him to run in next year's elections.
Monday 04 July 2005
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests