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Stick shift: hockey stick technology is great equalizer'

Wendel Clark is presiding over a hockey practice on a wintry evening at Westwood Arena. A legendary member of the Maple Leafs, Clark moonlights as the head coach of Toronto Young Nationals, a team of players who never saw him perform in his prime, skating hard down the wing and wristing a shot over a goalie's shoulder, always with a wooden stick.

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Pounding the pavement: How shoe evolution changed the Marathon

When Boston Athletic Association head coach Michael Pieroni hears Marathoners and other racers trying to blame disappointing performances on their shoes, he tells them that runners from past decades turned in fast times with far inferior footwear. He could also remind them how easy it is nowadays to find and buy the latest light-weight, high-tech shoes.

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