February 12, 2012 |
Reporting from Toronto -- These are the wild, even ridiculous, ways the Lakers have to win nowadays. A controversial five-second violation by Toronto with 4.2 seconds left. An airballed three-point attempt by the Raptors as time expires. The Lakers lost an 18-point lead Sunday but survived the Raptors, 94-92, at Air Canada Centre. It looked as if another point guard would shred the Lakers until Kobe Bryant drilled a 17-foot fadeaway from the right side with 4.2 seconds left to play, giving the Lakers the lead for good at 93-92.
January 22, 2012 |
When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 8-5, Raptors 4-12. Update: Andrea Bargnani, Toronto's leading scorer (22.3 points a per game), has sat out the last five games because of a strained left calf but could return against the Clippers. Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless, who has sat out 13 consecutive games because of a sprained left ankle, each traveled with the team to L.A. The Raptors have lost seven consecutive games, their longest skid since a 13-game losing streak last season.
January 21, 2012 |
Chris Paul's strained left hamstring has sidelined him for four games, but the guard could make his return Sunday when the Clippers play host to the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Coach Vinny Del Negro said after practice Saturday that Paul completed a battery of basketball-related activities, including shooting, conditioning, stretching and lifting weights, and that he looked good. Paul had completed many of the same drills Friday, and he performed well enough then that the Clippers upped his workload on Saturday and he performed even better, making it likely that he'll play Sunday.
December 19, 2011 |
Capt. Jeff Haney was headed back to base in his F-22 Raptor fighter jet, ripping through the frigid Alaskan night beyond the speed of sound at more than 1,000 mph, when things started going terribly wrong. Packed tight in cold-weather gear to protect him from the bitter temperatures, the Air Force pilot pulled back on the control stick at about 38,400 feet to gain altitude. Then Haney saw his plane was beginning to fail him. A caution light glowed green through his night vision goggles, alerting him that a section of the aircraft was overheating.
November 22, 2011 |
The Pentagon announced that it awarded a contract worth as much as $7.4 billion to aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. to upgrade the Air Force's problem-plagued fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets. The announcement said that the Bethesda, Md., company would "add new capabilities and enhance the performance of the aircraft. " Lockheed referred all questions about the contract to the Air Force, which said it could not provide details about the upgrade announced Friday. The F-22, which costs an estimated $412 million each, is the military's most expensive fighter jet and known to be its most advanced.
September 20, 2011 |
The U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor fighter jets have been cleared for takeoff after a government safety investigation grounded the entire fleet for more than four months. The Air Force said that all 170 F-22s will be inspected before flight operations resume. The fleet was put out of service May 3 after a dozen incidents since April 2008 in which pilots' oxygen was cut off. It is the latest issue for the F-22, which cost an estimated $412 million each, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office's latest report, and have not been used in combat since entering service in 2005.
July 21, 2011
2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew Base price: $45,290 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $51,645 Powertrain: 6.2-liter SOHC V-8 engine; six-speed automatic transmission with tow mode and manual shifting Horsepower: 411 at 5,500 rpm Torque: 434 pound-feet at 4,500 rpm Curb weight: 6,200 pounds Wheelbase: 145.2 inches Overall length: 232.1 inches ...
July 21, 2011 |
Imagine Batman and the Joker are interested in fractional ownership of the same pickup truck. The caped crusader would want it all-black, eminently capable of off-roading, with a penchant for getting airborne. His nemesis might favor it in a crazy shade of orange, with a maniacal engine under the hood and an anarchists' disregard for fuel economy. The truck would be order and chaos fused together. Yin and yang. It would be the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Based on the F-150, a truck that's been the most popular vehicle in the U.S. for decades, the Raptor package adds a whole mess of menace and off-road accoutrement.
June 1, 2011 |
Jay Triano will not return as the Toronto Raptors' coach next season. The Raptors announced Wednesday that they will not exercise their option on Triano's contract. He will be retained as a consultant and a special assistant to Bryan Colangelo, the team's president and general manager. Triano, an Ontario native, guided the Raptors to a record of 87-142 in his three seasons as coach. The Raptors finished 22-60 this season, last in the Atlantic Division. Frank Hamblen , one of Phil Jackson's top assistant coaches with the Lakers and Chicago Bulls, is a possible candidate to be an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, according to NBA officials who could not comment publicly.
March 26, 2011 |
Despite a lack of draft jockeying and accompanying intrigue, there is no shortage of story lines the final three-plus weeks of the season for the Clippers. After Saturday night's 94-90 victory against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, the Clippers tied last season's win total. The Clippers (29-45) rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Toronto, fueled by a determined late effort from Blake Griffin in the midst of a 17-3 run. Eight of Griffin's 22 points came in the fourth quarter, and he had 16 rebounds for his 56th double-double, a Clippers record.