HOUSTON (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.
Petr 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.”