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May 20, 1987 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
So now the SuperSonics are down 2-0 to the Lakers, which means that something must be going wrong, right? Maybe it's time to check their itinerary. The best-of-seven series shifts back to Seattle for the next two games, but maybe the SuperSonics should stay here. After they lost Game 1, the SuperSonics flew back home for a couple of days and that sure didn't work. They should change their travel plans. Hang out at the beach. Be lounge lizards out by the pool. Give those sneakers a rest.
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BUSINESS
January 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
MOJAVE, Calif. -- Virgin Galactic, British billionaire Richard Branson's commercial space venture, reached its highest altitude yet Friday in a supersonic rocket plane that's set to carry paying customers into sub-orbit later this year. The company's SpaceShipTwo blasted through the sound barrier and sped to Mach 1.4, climbing to 71,000 feet in its first powered test flight of the year. The flight, the program's third rocket-powered test flight, is the latest milestone in Virgin Galactic's goal to take dozens of people into space multiple times each day. The test flight took place shortly after sunrise Friday beginning on the desert runway at Mojave Air and Space Port, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
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SPORTS
November 9, 2013
Mind your manners Pearl Jam singer and Seattle SuperSonics fan Eddie Vedder, speaking to the crowd in Charlotte, N.C., about why his band hadn't come through the city in 10 years: "To be honest, we might be a bit upset because you have a basketball team and we don't. " Going for it Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, tweeting about his hopes of winning the NBA's defensive-player-of-the-year award: "DPoY. Goodnight! People act like I can't have individual goals. I didn't talk about it in the past.
SPORTS
November 9, 2013
Mind your manners Pearl Jam singer and Seattle SuperSonics fan Eddie Vedder, speaking to the crowd in Charlotte, N.C., about why his band hadn't come through the city in 10 years: "To be honest, we might be a bit upset because you have a basketball team and we don't. " Going for it Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, tweeting about his hopes of winning the NBA's defensive-player-of-the-year award: "DPoY. Goodnight! People act like I can't have individual goals. I didn't talk about it in the past.
SPORTS
May 18, 1996 | From Associated Press
The Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz exist on the wrong side of the galaxy in a sort of parallel NBA universe. Sure, their conference final series in the West is just as important as the one in the East, but the Jazz and SuperSonics aren't the glamour teams and are having to settle for second-class treatment. That's why the Western Conference finals begin this afternoon--barely 36 hours after the Jazz eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in the second round--and not Sunday.
SPORTS
April 6, 1988 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
The Seattle SuperSonics hardly make a love match for the Lakers. Xavier McDaniel, for one, makes no secret of the fact that he hates the Lakers--and not just Wes Matthews, the Laker reserve whose windpipe still constricts at the sight of the X man. Hate the Lakers? The SuperSonics have trouble loving one another, as player wives Bobbie Jo Lister and Monique Ellis proved in graphic fashion when they went toe-to-toe in a postgame brawl earlier this winter.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - This is a city that knows how to nurse a grudge. Seattle basketball fans never got over their anger when Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz signed the deal in 2006 that would ultimately send the beloved SuperSonics to Oklahoma City. Try Googling "Howard Schultz" and, take your pick, "traitor," "Howard the Coward" or "evil incarnate. " Fan forums endured for years sharing venom and regret over the team's reemergence in 2008 as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Guys in Sonics hats showed up at Schultz's book signing at a Costco in 2011 and proudly videotaped themselves getting thrown out. A documentary film, "Sonicsgate," explored in excruciating detail the raw deal that preceded the transfer and the civic pain that ensued.
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Investor Chris Hansen, seeking to bring an NBA team to Seattle, is nearing a deal to buy the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family for about $500 million, multiple websites are reporting. Hansen is trying to build a new arena in Seattle, which lost the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Maloofs are looking to sell the Kings because they have been unable to come up with a long-term solution for a new arena in Sacramento. As a prerequisite before construction can start on his proposed $490 million venue in Seattle, Hansen must bring an NBA franchise to Seattle.
SPORTS
May 6, 1989
The Lakers said that single seats are available for the first game of the Western Conference semifinals against the Seattle SuperSonics Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Forum.
SPORTS
March 2, 1991
Thanks for the memories, Benoit. May the change of scenery inspire you, and let us hope that the trade ultimately helps the SuperSonics, the Clippers and both you and the newest Clipper, Olden Polynice. ANDREW E. RUBIN Santa Monica
BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | W.J. Hennigan
With a sonic boom that resounded above the Mojave Desert, a rocket plane belonging to British billionaire Richard Branson's commercial space venture Virgin Galactic got one step closer to carrying tourists into space. On Monday the company's SpaceShipTwo ignited its rocket motor in mid-flight for the first time and sped to Mach 1.2, faster than sound, reaching about 56,000 feet in altitude. The test flight is the biggest milestone in Virgin Galactic's 81/2-year endeavor to be the world's first commercial space liner, which would make several trips a day carrying scores of paying customers into space for a brief journey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most effective politician in Sacramento? There's no question. It's the mayor. Kevin Johnson - K.J. as he became known during his pro basketball playing days - is indisputably the right mayor at the right time. It's impossible to imagine any other mayor anywhere - let alone from Sacramento - who would have such entree into the National Basketball Assn. as the city struggles to keep Seattle from pilfering its beloved Kings. Johnson recently concluded a successful whale-hunting expedition - whale being the synonym for billionaires willing to buy the team and invest in a new downtown arena.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - This is a city that knows how to nurse a grudge. Seattle basketball fans never got over their anger when Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz signed the deal in 2006 that would ultimately send the beloved SuperSonics to Oklahoma City. Try Googling "Howard Schultz" and, take your pick, "traitor," "Howard the Coward" or "evil incarnate. " Fan forums endured for years sharing venom and regret over the team's reemergence in 2008 as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Guys in Sonics hats showed up at Schultz's book signing at a Costco in 2011 and proudly videotaped themselves getting thrown out. A documentary film, "Sonicsgate," explored in excruciating detail the raw deal that preceded the transfer and the civic pain that ensued.
SPORTS
January 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the NBA confirmed in a statement Monday morning. The deal is still pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors. Hansen's group will buy 65% of the franchise for $525 million and will probably move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. The Maloofs will get a $30-million non-refundable down payment by Feb. 1, according to the deal. They will be allowed to receive other offers until the league approves the sale.
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Investor Chris Hansen, seeking to bring an NBA team to Seattle, is nearing a deal to buy the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family for about $500 million, multiple websites are reporting. Hansen is trying to build a new arena in Seattle, which lost the SuperSonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Maloofs are looking to sell the Kings because they have been unable to come up with a long-term solution for a new arena in Sacramento. As a prerequisite before construction can start on his proposed $490 million venue in Seattle, Hansen must bring an NBA franchise to Seattle.
SPORTS
October 28, 2012 | BILL PLASCHKE
It's the most anticipated NBA season in Los Angeles history, so what are we waiting for? Oct. 30 -- The Lakers defeat the Dallas Mavericks by 55 points in the season opener. At least, this is the rumor. Nobody actually sees the game after it is revealed that Time Warner not only bought the Lakers' cable rights, but the live rights, meaning the entire home season will take place in Jim Buss' backyard while the neighbors are charged $3.95 per peek. Oct. 31 -- The Clippers defeat the Memphis Grizzlies by 55 points in the season opener.
SPORTS
March 1, 2003 | Elliott Teaford
Eric Piatkowski, who on Wednesday became the eighth player in Clipper history to top 5,000 points, isn't happy about losing his starting spot at shooting guard to Corey Maggette. Asked if he was excited about the milestone, Piatkowski said, "No, not really." "I just want an opportunity to play on a consistent basis," he added. "I want to contribute. I want us to be playing decent basketball toward the end of the season.
SPORTS
May 15, 1987 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
The Seattle SuperSonics, who finished the regular season with a losing record, finally finished off the Houston Rockets, 128-125, in two overtimes Thursday night to win their Western Conference semifinal series, 4-2. Seattle, the surprise team of the NBA playoffs, will play the Lakers for the conference title in a best-of-seven series. Game 1 is 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Forum.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
More than six decades after shattering the sound barrier, pilot Chuck Yeager hasn't slowed down. In fact, he's gotten faster. At exactly 10:24 a.m. Sunday, officials said - 65 years to the minute since Yeager first pushed his rocket-powered Bell X-1 past Mach speed in 1947 at 670 mph - the 89-year-old legend broke the sound barrier once more in an Air Force F-15 over the Mojave Desert, hitting Mach 1.4. He rode in the seat behind Capt....
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