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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Tina C's Election Night BBQ Special, Radio 4 <br>US Election Special, Radio 5 Live

Up all night, and the laughs came thick and fast

Leading article: The fun's over

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?'

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.

Dom Joly: 'Clash of sticks' leaves me feeling left out

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.

A man's aggression is written all over his face, say scientists

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.

Hockey: Britain outscrap Kiwis to keep medal hopes alive

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.

Hockey: Clewlow keeps Britain in game with crucial equaliser

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.

Brian Viner: I always used to tackle the litter louts. But no longer &ndash; I am just too scared

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).

Andrew Cunningham: You have to pay for a sporting chance

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.

Equestrianism: France ride to victory in Rome

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.

Obasanjo's bid for third term rejected by Senate

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.

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