Al-Fayed sells Fulham
Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise, has bought English Premier League club Fulham from Mohamed al-Fayed. “The transaction has been approved by the Barclays Premier League. Khan assumes 100 percent ownership of the club, debt-free, as of today,” said a statement issued on Friday by a spokesman for the new owner. Khan, a billionaire car-parts manufacturer, bought out former Harrods owner al-Fayed, ending his 16-year spell in control of the London club. Fulham finished 12th in the league last season. Last year the Jaguars signed a deal to play four games at Wembley Stadium over the next four years. The British Telegraph newspaper reported the deal would net al-Fayed up to ￡200 million (US$302 million).
McCaw back in action
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw returned to rugby after an eight-month layoff in an amateur club match yesterday watched by a few hundred spectators. McCaw took a “sabbatical” from rugby after playing for New Zealand against England in December and has not played in this season’s Super Rugby competition. He is to return to international level in New Zealand’s first Rugby Championships Test against Australia in Sydney on Aug. 17. Camera crews lined the sidelines when McCaw played yesterday in a match between the Christchurch Rugby Club and University in Christchurch’s amateur club competition. McCaw said he felt “a bit rusty” and had “heavy legs” at the end of the match, in which he played a full 80 minutes.
Bath probes Henson punch
English Premiership side Bath on Friday said they were investigating claims that their new signing Gavin Henson was punched by a teammate in a pub. “Bath Rugby can confirm there was a minor incident in the city center on Wednesday night involving a few members of the playing squad,” a statement read. “The club are investigating the matter as a priority and will only make a statement when further information is available.” British media reports said that former Wales international Henson, who signed for the west of England club from London Welsh last month, was knocked unconscious by the punch. Police confirmed that they were contacted, but the group left the pub, meaning officers were not required to attend and no offences were being investigated.