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Rockets to have new owner

first_imgHOUSTON (AP): Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire restaurant and casino owner from Houston, agreed to buy the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander yesterday. Terms were not released and must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors. In the two most recent sales of NBA teams, the Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion and the Atlanta Hawks for $850 million. “This is a lifelong dream come true,” said Fertitta, who will be the sole owner of one of the NBA’s elite teams. “Leslie Alexander has been one of the best owners in all of sports, and I thank him immensely for this opportunity. … I am overwhelmed with emotion to have this opportunity in my beloved city of Houston.” The deal includes Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, which puts on shows and concerts at the Toyota Center. Alexander announced the team was for sale in July. He became owner in 1993, and the Rockets won titles in 1994 and 1995 behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. In 24 seasons under Alexander, the Rockets have won 57 percent of their games, fifth highest in the league. The 60-year-old Fertitta owns the Landry’s restaurant chain and Golden Nugget casino and hotels. He was born in Galveston, Texas, and has lived in Houston his entire adult life. Fertitta is the chairman of the board of regents of the University of Houston System and star of the reality show “Billion Dollar Buyer” on CNBC. The 74-year-old Alexander says he wants to spend more time with family and work on his charitable projects.last_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal target wants Premier League stay to break records, believes Cudicini

first_imgPetr Cech could be willing to make the switch between Chelsea and Arsenal because he wants to break the Premier League record for keeping the most clean sheets, Carlo Cudicini has told talkSPORT.The Czech Republic goalkeeper, 32, has been usurped at Stamford Bridge by Belgian sensation Thibaut Courtois this season and has only started four games as a consequence.And with Cech keen to beat David James’ achievement of racking up 170 clean sheets – he currently has 162 – his former team-mate Cudicini believes a move to the Gunners could suit all parties.“Now we are four months into the season the decision the manager [Jose Mourinho] has taken to play Thibaut Courtois has [continued] and he’s doing all right,” said the Italian, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“[Petr Cech] did a fantastic job for Chelsea for ten years and he didn’t put a foot wrong, now he finds himself on the bench and obviously he’s not happy.“Is he going to move? I don’t know. I’m pretty sure he would love to stay in England. I think he has a record to beat [for the most Premier League clean sheets].“There was speculation to Arsenal but I’m not sure. There are a lot of things to take into consideration.”last_img read more

Latino proud of Valley roots

first_imgJoe Lozano of Mission Hills typifies the San Fernando Valley in ways few do. Like 41 percent of the Valley, he is Latino. But he is perhaps even more proud to be an American, telling new immigrants who come into his community: “When you come to my country, please don’t try to make it look like the country that you came from. I worked very hard to keep it nice.” Lozano’s grandparents emigrated from Mexico to the Valley in 1922. He was born in Pacoima, worked as a migrant laborer up and down the state as a youth and returned to Pacoima in the late 1950s after a stint in the Marines. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Today, at 72, a decade retired from his studio set-building job that occupied much of his adult life, he looks much younger than his age. “I don’t know how I had time to work because I’m busier now than I’ve ever been,” he says. “I’ve been living in Mission Hills almost 50 years. It’s one of the better-looking and better-kept communities because of a lot of hard work on my part. “I have an old truck named Rusty Blue, and it’s ready 24 hours a day to wipe out graffiti … I wipe it out myself. “I’m pretty much a no-nonsense guy. If there’s cars that are junk, illegal vendors, whatever, I report it. I report everything. That’s what keeps our community nice and clean.” Lozano’s family – wife Virginia, six grown children (“I had the Mexican `Brady Bunch,’ three boys and three girls”), and 20 grandchildren – is itself a microcosm of the Census’ Valley demographics on age, sex, households and incomes. Lozano’s own three-bedroom, one-bath home that he bought in 1962 is also typical of how real-estate prices in the Valley and Los Angeles have taken a quantum leap. He bought the home for $15,750. Today, he says it’s worth more than $400,000. The Lozanos thought seriously for a while about cashing in that equity and moving to Montana where Lozano fell so in love with the country while making sets for the 1980 film “Heavens Gate” that he bought two homes there. But he changed his mind, he says, because of one of the amenities of living in the Valley – proximity to doctors and hospitals. “For a senior, that’s important,” Lozano says. Today, he remains involved in his labor union (“I still go back to work when I need a couple of bucks”), the Elks, the American Legion, Neighborhood Watch and a community police advisory board. “I’m an American,” Lozano says. “But I also know the realities of life. The Valley is different today than even when I first bought our house here.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img