Stoudemire out for weeks
New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire will miss two to four weeks while he receives treatment for a bulging disc in his lower back, the National Basketball Association team said on Wednesday. “Doctors have agreed that he should undergo non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation,” the Knicks said in a statement. The treatment will allow the six-time All-Star to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season. The Knicks are in a close battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Stoudemire, whose injury was discovered in an examination on Monday, is the Knicks’ second leading scorer and rebounder, with averages of 17.6 points and eight rebounds per game.
Glen Davis fined for finger
Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis has been fined US$35,000 for making an obscene gesture in a game this week, the National Basketball Association said on Wednesday. Davis appeared to extend his middle finger toward a fan during Orlando’s 117-101 road win against the Toronto Raptors on Monday after being hit on the head by an opposing player. The hit opened a gash on Davis’s scalp and he was booed by the home fans as he grimaced and checked for blood, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel. As Davis looked at a fan, he extended his bloodied right middle finger, put it into his mouth and licked off the blood, but he did not intend to make the obscene gesture, he said. “No, I had blood on my hands,” Davis told the paper. “It was my middle finger, so I think they thought I was flipping somebody off, but I wasn’t. I was getting blood off my finger.”
Theme hotel seeks investors
A proposed island theme resort hotel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) using the brand of the Real Madrid soccer team is still working to line up investors, the chairman of the development said yesterday. The Spanish club announced plans for the US$1 billion Real Madrid Resort Island project in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah earlier this month. Ras al-Khaimah is one of seven semi-autonomous city-states that make up the Gulf federation of the UAE. It includes glitzy Dubai and the oil-rich Abu Dhabi. Project chief executive Louis-Armand de Rouge told reporters that a locally based company plans to begin seeking out investors in a “road show” starting next month. De Rouge is CEO of RAK Marjan Island Football Co, which was set up to develop the 50 hectare resort. The firm is controlled by the northern emirate’s government-controlled RAK Investment Authority. Real Madrid and its UAE business partner did not say how much they are each contributing to the project. Plans call for it to include a theme park, a stadium, marina and other attractions on a previously built artificial island off the emirate’s Gulf coast.
Aussies dislike Speedos
Most of the Australian swimming team are not happy with the official swimsuit they are expected to compete in at this year’s London Olympics, reports said yesterday. Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell, who have both qualified for London, said dissatisfaction with the Elite Fastskin Pro suit presented to the Olympic team by their official sponsor, Speedo, was so high that many were applying for official exemptions to compete wearing something else, newspapers said. “I think there’s about two people on the team who are happy with the Speedo suit at the moment,” Bronte Campbell told the Sydney Morning Herald.