Kings stay in Sacramento
NBA commissioner David Stern was heartened by the decision of the Kings’ owners to keep their club in Sacramento, California, for another season, but said on Monday the city has to act if it wants to keep them. Kings co-owner George Maloof told the Sacramento Bee that it was a difficult decision to drop plans to move the team south to Anaheim, California, where the Maloof family believes the club could find a more stable financial situation. The move was announced just hours before an NBA-imposed deadline for the Kings to file a formal request to relocate the team. However, the Kings’ continued tenure in Sacramento will be contingent on the ability of former NBA All-Star player Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s ability to deliver a workable plan for the building of a new arena.
Gretzky card sets record
A rookie trading card for Wayne Gretzky sold to an anonymous bidder for US$94,163, a record for an ice hockey card, SCP Auctions Inc said on its Web site. Hall of Famer Gretzky, 49, holds NHL records for goals, assists and points. He led the Edmonton Oilers to Stanley Cup championships in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988 and retired in 1999. Gretzky, an 18-time All-Star, who spent the first nine seasons of his NHL career in Edmonton, before moving on to the Los Angeles Kings, St Louis Blues and New York Rangers, was a rookie for Edmonton in 1979-1980.
Norwich City promoted
Norwich City will return to the Premier League next season for the first time since 2005 after clinching promotion on Monday. The Canaries made sure of finishing as runners-up to Championship (second division) winners Queens Park Rangers by beating Portsmouth 1-0. Norwich have 83 points from 45 games, four ahead of third-placed Cardiff City with one match left. Cardiff, who lost 3-0 at home to Middlesbrough on Monday, still have a chance of going up through the four-team promotion playoffs. Norwich’s promotion was their second in successive years under manager Paul Lambert after they won the League One title last season.
Ioane faces fine for tweet
Queensland Reds back Digby Ioane faces a stiff fine for describing New Zealand official Keith Brown as the “worst ever ref” on his Twitter page last weekend. Brown awarded a controversial late penalty on Saturday, which allowed the Wellington Hurricanes to beat the Reds 28-26 and end the Australian team’s run of seven successive wins. The Wallabies winger later deleted the comment from his page, but that had not saved him from a disciplinary hearing. “Queensland Reds wing Digby Ioane has been charged with contravening the SANZAR code of conduct and will face a judicial hearing on Wednesday,” a statement released by Super Rugby organizers said yesterday.
Sheen to donate to fan
Charlie Sheen says he will donate US$20,000 in profits and donations from a San Francisco show to the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodgers Stadium. Sheen’s publicist Barry Klarberg said on Monday the donation to Bryan Stow consists of US$9,000 in merchandise profits from Saturday night’s show and US$4,000 in audience donations. Sheen matched the audience donations and added US$3,000 more for the sum. The paramedic and San Francisco Giants fan was placed into a medically induced coma after the March 31 beating.