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17 Dec 2012
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aldon Smith is approaching former New York Giants and current Fox pregame panelist Michael Strahan's single-season record for quarterback sacks. Smith needs just three sacks in the final three games to equal the mark, which he is commemorating by donating $5,099 (Smith wears No. 99) for each sack he achieves to the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco (Willy Mays Clubhouse at Hunters Point) and Boys & Girls Clubs of The Peninsula (East Palo Alto Clubhouse).

"I am excited to be able to give back to my community," Smith said in a release from the 49ers. "Now, in addition to playing to win games, I am playing to raise much needed money for a great...


30 Aug 2012

Speaking at the Moscow motor show, Mazda boss Takashi Yamanouchi has reaffirmed the company's commitment to the rotary engine. He revealed plans to launch a new range extended car using the engine next year, and to keep developing rotary applications for use in future sports cars.

Concerns had been raised that the rotary engine would not be part of Mazda's future after production of the RX-8 ended in June. However, although he would not reveal whether the range extended car will be new or based on an existing vehicle, Yamanouchi revealed it will only be leased in Japan initially.

"We are still learning," he said. "the rotary has very good dynamic performance, but if you accelerate and brake a lot there are efficiency disadvantages. The...