Ice Hockey

Barbara Ann Scott: Skater who inspired Canada

When 19-year-old Barbara Ann Scott won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1948 St Moritz games, she confirmed her position as Canada's sweetheart. Generations of Canadian girls grew up with Barbara Scott dolls, women imitated her fashion style, and skaters were inspired by her success – though Scott remains the only Canadian skater to win an individual gold medal. She managed, according to the then prime minister Mackenzie King, to lift Canada out of its post-war gloom.

Can Motor City restart its engines?

Long regarded as a synonym for urban decay, the battered city of Detroit has begun to flex its economic muscles again. But the process of regeneration is only just beginning, reports David Usborne

Stand-in twin denied prize after miracle hockey shot

A boy who hit an ice hockey puck into a tiny hole from the rink's centre line 27 metres away has been denied $50,000 prize money, because his identical 11-year-old twin brother bought the ticket that allowed him to take the shot.

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Ice Hockey: Vancouver fans riot after cup defeat

Vancouver was living up to its historic nickname "The Big Smoke" yesterday after it woke up to discover that ice hockey fans dismayed at their team's defeat in the final of the sport's biggest competition had turned the streets of the city centre into a riot zone.

Murray defies ankle pain to wrest back initiative

Never write off Andy Murray. When the 24-year-old Scot, clearly troubled by the ankle injury sustained in his previous match, trailed Viktor Troicki by two sets here last night it seemed his French Open ambitions were about to be ground into the Roland Garros dust, but after a typically spirited comeback he will be back to fight another day.