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Maserati Quattroporte

The Maserati Quattroporte is a four-door full-size luxury sports saloon produced by Italian automobile manufacturer Maserati. The name translated from Italian means "four doors"; the car is in its sixth generation, with the first generation introduced in 1963. The original Maserati Quattroporte was built between 1963 and 1969, it was a large saloon powered by V8 engines—both firsts for a series production Maserati automobile. The task of styling the Quattroporte was given to Turinese coachbuilder Pietro Frua, who drew inspiration from a special 5000 GT which he had designed in 1962 for Prince Karim Aga Khan. While the design was by Frua, body construction was carried out by Vignale; the Quattroporte was introduced at the October–November 1963 Turin Motor Show, where a pre-production prototype was on the Maserati stand next to the Mistral coupé. Regular production began in 1964; the Tipo 107 Quattroporte joined two other grand tourers, the Facel Vega and the Lagonda Rapide, capable of traveling at speeds of up to 200 km/h on the new motorways in Europe.

It was equipped with a 4.1-litre V8 engine, rated at 264 PS DIN at 5,000 rpm, equipped with either a five-speed ZF manual transmission or a three-speed Borg Warner automatic on request. Maserati claimed a top speed of 230 km/h; the car was exported to the United States, where federal regulations mandated twin round headlamps in place of the single rectangular ones found on European models. Between 1963 and 1966, 230 units were made. In 1966, Maserati revised the Tipo 107, adding the twin headlights used on the U. S. model. A leaf-sprung solid axle took place of the previous De Dion tube; the interior was redesigned, including the dashboard which now had a full width wood-trimmed fascia. In 1968 alongside the 4.1-litre a 4.7-litre version became available, developing 290 PS DIN. Top speed increased to a claimed 255 km/h, making the Quattroporte 4700 the fastest four-door sedan in the world at the time. Around 500 of the second series were made, for a total of 776 Tipo 107 Quattroportes. Production ended in 1969.

The first generation of the Quattroporte had a steel unibody structure, complemented by a front subframe. Front suspension was independent, with hydraulic dampers. Rear suspension used a coil sprung De Dion tube featuring inboard brakes on the first series changed to a more conventional Salisbury leaf sprung solid axle with a single trailing link on the second series. On both axles there were anti-roll bars. Brakes were solid Girling discs all around. Tyres were Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 CN72 HS; the long lived quad all-aluminium Maserati V8 engine made its début on the Quattroporte. It featured two chain-driven overhead camshafts per bank, 32 angled valves, hemispherical combustion chambers, inserted cast iron wet cylinder liners, was fed through an aluminium, water-cooled inlet manifold by four downdraft twin-choke Weber carburetors—initially 38 DCNL 5 and 40 DCNL 5 on 4200 and 4700 cars later changed to 40 DCNF 5 and 42 DCNF 5 starting from December 1968. In 1971, Karim Aga Khan ordered another special one-off based on the Maserati Indy platform.

Rory Brown was commissioned as the chief engineer of the project. The car received the 4.9-litre V8 engine, rated at 300 PS. Carrozzeria Frua designed the car, the prototype of, displayed in 1971 and 1972 in Paris and Geneva respectively; the car was production ready receiving its own chassis code, but new owner Citroën used their influence to have Maserati develop the SM-based Quattroporte II instead. Only two vehicles were finished, chassis #004 was sold by Maserati to the Aga Khan in 1974, the prototype #002 went to the King of Spain, who bought the car directly from Frua; the second generation of the Quattroporte, named Maserati Quattroporte II, made its world première at the Paris Motor Show held in October 1974, followed by an appearance at the Turin Motor Show. As a result of Citroën's purchase of the Italian company, it was a much different car from its predecessor and its successors: built on an extended Citroën SM chassis, it featured front wheel drive and Citroën's hydropneumatic suspension and swiveling directional headlights.

The car had Bertone bodywork, penned by Marcello Gandini. The 1973 oil crisis combined with the collapse of the Citroën/Maserati relationship, made Maserati unable to gain EEC approval for the car. Most of the cars built were sold in the Middle East and in Spain, where such type of approval was not necessary; the front-wheel drive layout and the modest 3.0-litre V6 powerplant based on the Citroën SM engine did not attract customers. Its 210 PS at 5,500 rpm power output was enough to propel the 1,600 kg car to 200 km/h. In 1974, Citroën had Maserati develop a V8 engine, it was based on the 3.0-litre V6 engine used in the Merak with 2.5 cylinders from one block and 1.5 cylinders from another block welded together. This was done to save development costs. An SM was used to test this engine rated at 260 PS - the adjustments needed were modest and transformed the SM into a proper sports car, it was tested in excess of 17,703 km at Modena and Monza autodromes and was in the personal use of Maserati engineer Giulio Alfieri.

The bankruptcy of Citroën and Maserati ended the V8's development in 1975. When the marque was acquired by entrepreneur Alejandro De Tomaso, he scrapped the project but the engine was taken out of the test car and stored; the production total amounted to no more than 13 c

Steven Krasner

Steven Krasner is a retired sports journalist and current author of children's books. He is best known for covering the Boston Red Sox for The Providence Journal, which he did from 1986 until his retirement from the newspaper in 2008, he is Executive Director of Rhode Island Write on Sports, conducts interactive classroom writing workshops as Nudging the Imagination, is an adjunct professor of writing at Bryant University and has freelanced for ESPN-Boston.com. Krasner grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, where he played varsity basketball and baseball at Cranston High School West. In 1975, he earned his bachelor's degree in English at Columbia University, earning team captain and MVP honors on the baseball team during his senior year, he was sports editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator. Krasner joined The Providence Journal in 1975 and covered many notable sports events, including three no-hitters and a number of World Series, baseball All-Star games, Super Bowls, he was covering the 1989 World Series at Candlestick Park when it was interrupted by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake.

Krasner was inducted into the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the Dave O'Hara Award at the Boston Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner in 2010. He is a voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame and was a longtime advocate for the inclusion of Jim Rice, elected in his final year of eligibility in 2009. From 2010 to 2013 Krasner covered the Red Sox and the New England Patriots on a freelance basis for ESPN-Boston.com. In addition to his sports writing career, Krasner has published numerous children's books; these include Why Not Call it Cow Juice?. The latter won the Parents' Choice Silver Award in 2002. Krasner travels around the United States presenting numerous grade-appropriate writing workshops, entitled Nudging the Imagination, that engage students in the writing process and align with standards. Among other workshops he helps school classes write and perform plays, he presents Professional Development workshops at conferences across the country. Krasner is a member of a digital consortium of education experts.

In 2013 Krasner became Executive Director of Rhode Island Write on Sports, a non-profit organization that helps under-served middle-school students in Rhode Island gain confidence and experience in writing, with sports as the content. He conducted his first RIWoS summer sports writing camp at the Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls, RI, his camp was featured in an article in the Providence Journal on July 16, 2014. In 2017 RIWoS expanded to one at Providence College and one at Bryant University. RIWoS is an affiliate of Write on Inc.. Krasner became adjunct professor at Bryant University in 2017. Nudging the Imagination homepage Nudging the Imagination educational video on YouTube ESPN Boston: Red Sox report Rhode Island Write on Sports

2017–18 Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team

The 2017–18 Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team represented Texas Tech University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders were led by second-year coach Chris Beard, they played their home games at the United Supermarkets Arena in Texas. They finished the season 11 -- 7 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for second place, they defeated Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament before losing in the semifinals to West Virginia. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Stephen F. Austin and Purdue to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. In the Elite Eight, they were eliminated by Villanova; the Red Raiders finished the 2016–17 season 18–14, 6–12 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They lost in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to Texas. *AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings