Official: Citroën shoots for the moon with C3 Aircross Lunar concept in Brazil

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Citroën C3 Aircross Lunar Concept

Crossovers are the name of the game at the Sao Paulo Motor Show this year, with numerous European and Japanese automakers using the occasion of Latin America’s largest auto show to showcase new high-riding concepts. This latest example comes from Citroën.

Called the Aircross Lunar, the concept is based on the C3 Picasso minivan but gives it a more rough-and-tumble appearance – similar to the larger C4 Aircross but even more rugged, as if prepared to drive over the surface of the moon. Citroën isn’t saying much about the concept, but as you can see, it is fitted with knobby BF Goodrich tires, beefed-up bumpers, contrasting wheel arches, side sills inspired by the C4 Cactus, a hinged and oddly square spare tire carrier and a roof rack with dual containers anchored to the front wheel arches. (Can’t count on gravity to keep them locked down on the moon, now can you?)

Brazil represents half of all Citroëns sold in Latin America and the C3 – manufactured locally in Porto Real – is its top seller, with 320,000 units sold since the introduction of the first-generation model in 2003.

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Street Style: Nike Sportswear Product Director Guido Gennico in Nike, CMMN and More

Next up in our ongoing Street Style series is Guido Gennico, International Product Director for Nike Sportswear Footwear. A veritable Nike veteran, Guido’s been with the Swoosh for 26 years, following his incredible win at the Rome Marathon in 1989. In this candid shot, the Milan resident opts for a vintage flannel, a bomber by Sweden’s CMMN, trousers from 21 MEN and the coveted Nike Air Zoom Flight “The Glove.”

Take a look at Guido’s outfit above and see many more Street Style outfits over at Snobshots.

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Nike LeBron 12 “Together” Commercial

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Nike Basketball sure knows how to capitalize on a moment. With LeBron James making his long-awaited Cleveland Cavaliers debut tonight and the official

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LeBron On Opener Vs. Knicks: ‘Probably One Of The Biggest Sporting Events Ever’

CLEVELAND (CBSNewYork/AP) — For LeBron James, the journey begins anew.

Right back where it began.

Nearly four months since proclaiming “I’m coming home” and shifting the NBA’s balance of power, James will play Thursday night in front of family, friends and the Cleveland fans who had their hearts broken four years ago.

This is a homecoming like no other.

“None of us should take this moment for granted,” a relaxed James said following Cleveland’s morning shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. “This is probably one of the biggest sporting events ever. I don’t feel it, but I know it is.”

A crowd of 20,000-plus that is expected to include several celebrities will be inside the Q, which was updated during the offseason with a gigantic, fire-spewing scoreboard, to welcome home James, the Akron native now back to his hoops roots to deliver a title to Cleveland, a city that has known mostly sports misery the past 50 years.

When James is introduced after new teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love as Cleveland’s final starter before the Cavs tip off against the New York Knicks — who were blown out against the Bulls on Wednesday night — Cleveland fans will be able to put four painful years without him behind them.

This is a fresh start for everyone.

James, who has won NBA titles and Olympic gold medals, knows this season opener is a little more special.

“I understand how much I mean to this team, to this franchise, to this city and to this state,” he said. “It’s a different feeling, but I’m still as calm and excited at the same time because it’s the first game of the season.”

As James spoke with reporters, a 10-story-tall Nike banner with his likeness was being readied for an unveiling in the hours leading up to tip-off.

James plans to take a nap during the afternoon — a pregame ritual for 12 years — and then plans to check his Twitter account. On Wednesday night, he went on the social media site asking fans if he should bring back his signature pregame chalk toss.

The 29-year-old said he has considered the charged atmosphere expected to greet him when he takes the court for the first time wearing the iconic No. 23 jersey.

“I’ve had thoughts of how it might be, how loud it might be, how great it is to be back on this floor,” he said. “It’s great.”

On Wednesday, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said James’ impact on the area is immeasurable — economically and emotionally. It’s created new jobs and other growth, giving the city a substantial shot in the arm as it undergoes an urban renaissance. Beyond that, James has renewed hope that Cleveland can help generations of Clevelanders forget well-documented, nicknamed misery: The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, The Move, and, of course, The Decision.

“For us, the thing that drives us the most is delivering this for the fans of Cleveland,” Gilbert said. “It will be 51 years, and that’s what the emotion is really about that.”

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Playoff Pinch Hits: Giants’ Bumgarner Is The New World Series Hero

By Sam McPherson

The 2014 World Series will always be remembered for Madison Bumgarner and his seemingly unflappable left arm. He pitched the final five innings in a 3-2 win for the San Francisco Giants, as they claimed their third World Series title in five years. And this one was even more unlikely than the previous two.

The Giants won only 88 games in the regular season, nabbing the last wild-card playoff spot in the National League. But fueled by exceptional performances from unexpected sources — again — San Francisco once again is singing, “We Are the Champions” deep into the twilight of a fading Indian summer.

San Francisco beat two long-time trends in this game: It is the first time since 1979 that a team won Game Seven of the World Series on the road, and it’s the first time since 1975 that a team lost Game Six on the road but recovered to win Game Seven and claim the title.

And all it took to break those long-term trends was superhuman efforts from two key players on the Giants roster.

Bumgarner & Pence, Inc.

The one they call MadBum exceeded his previous single-season, career-high total in innings pitched by 46 2/3 innings this October — and those 46 2/3 innings were the best ones he pitched all year. Teams never let young players extend their career-high IP like this, because their arms fall off.

Bumgarner threw 270 innings in total this year, and he was lights out when he should have been losing feeling in his extremities.

Yes, he must be just that good. His World Series pitching records may last as long as former Giant Barry Bonds’ home-run records, and that will always give San Francisco fans something to crow about, even if the team falls below .500 again next season like they did after their last World Series title in 2012.

But don’t forget hitting heroes like right fielder Hunter Pence. He scuffled this regular season to the tune of a .777 OPS, but in the Series, he started hitting like Bonds. Pence must have taken the spring training tips the former Giant superstar shared last March to heart: Pence’s World Series OPS was a stellar 1.167 — very Bondsian, actually.

Pence’s career OPS is just .809, but in two Fall Classics for the Giants now, it’s just under the 1.000 mark (.996). It’s no wonder he’s beloved in the City by the Bay.

Thanks to these two high-rising October stars, San Francisco has another World Series flag to fly at AT&T Park.

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Royals Fall Short of the Throne

In the ninth inning, the Kauffman Stadium crowd was ready to believe: The Royals had a man on third, and the Kansas City team leader was at the plate with a chance to tie or win the Series. But catcher Salvador Perez popped out to end the game — and the season.

Kansas City played well enough to win, but in the end, the hitters couldn’t solve Bumgarner and his magic arm. Sometimes you just run into a player that’s hotter than you are.

The Royals and their small-payroll roster have nothing to be ashamed of, at all, however. The Giants outspent them by $60 million or so, and as is the baseball norm now, that money talks a lot in October. No small-payroll team has won the Series since 1997, and Kansas City took the big spenders all the way to the ninth inning of Game Seven before losing out.

History will show the Giants won the 2014 Fall Classic, but the Royals might have won the hearts of underdogs all across the nation.

Perhaps next season, it will be small-payroll teams from Oakland and Pittsburgh who give us a thrilling World Series.

And wouldn’t that be something?

Check out 5 Things You Missed from the World Series.

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Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering all things Oakland A’s. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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Microsoft: ‘Work is underway’ on Verizon’s Lumia Cyan updates

Owners of the Lumia Icon, the Lumia 928 and the Lumia 822 in the US have been waiting patiently for Verizon Wireless to push out the long awaited update to the Lumia Cyan firmware. Today, Microsoft’s Windows VP Joe Belfiore posted word on his Twitter account that work on those updates is “underway” but it sounds like it may take a while for those phone owners to get the Cyan download.




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