Felton helps Knicks stay undefeated ; Heat breaks Denver duck

Updated 17 November 2012
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Felton helps Knicks stay undefeated ; Heat breaks Denver duck

SAN ANTONIO, Texas: Veteran guard Jason Kidd nailed three fourth quarter three pointers as the New York Knicks beat San Antonio 104-100 Thursday to remain the league’s last remaining unbeaten team.
Raymond Felton had a game-high 25 points and Kidd contributed 14 for the Knicks who are off to their best start since compiling a 7-0 record to begin the 1993-94 season.
The Knicks have won six games to start the season as they used a late offensive burst to beat the Spurs, scoring 27 points in the final seven-plus minutes.
J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 17 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer late in the game in front of a crowd of 18,581. Tyson Chandler finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
New York won despite Carmelo Anthony’s off night as the Knicks’ top scoring forward managed just nine points on three-of-12 shooting.
The Knicks also won their first game in San Antonio since April 2003, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Spurs.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 19 points and 12 assists, while Kawhi Leonard finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Tim Duncan added 14 points and 14 rebounds.
“Tony was exhausted, we got tired, but part of it was trying to guard those guys,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
In Denver, the defending champion Miami Heat claimed a rare road win over the Denver Nuggets 98-93 on Thursday despite being without the services of eight-times All-Star Dwayne Wade.
The Heat led throughout but needed to survive a late Nuggets rally to claim a first victory in Denver since January 2002.
Despite trailing by as many as 19 points on the night, the Nuggets (4-5) were just one behind with 65 seconds remaining but Danilo Gallinari’s wide-open three-point shot fell woefully short.
Norris Cole then stuck a dagger in the home fans heart by nailing a triple of his own just 14 seconds later.
Wade sat out the contest at the Pepsi Center in Denver after spraining his left foot earlier this week against the Los Angeles Clippers but the Heat overcame his absence to move to 7-3.
Three-time league MVP and eight-time All-Star Lebron James took charge for the Heat, leading the team with 27 points, seven rebounds and 12 assists.
He was helped by Shane Battier (18 points), Chris Bosh (14) and Mike Miller (12), in what was an impressive team performance.
The Heat were on fire from distance, claiming 39 points at 48 percent from outside the three-point arc compared to the Nuggets 18 points at 30 percent.


Saudi Arabian football clubs helped with debts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Updated 22 May 2018
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Saudi Arabian football clubs helped with debts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will cover all external debts owed by Saudi Professional League clubs
  • Crown Prince will provide 1,277,000,000 Saudi riyals (around $340 million)

RIYADH: The General Sports Authority and Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) have announced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will cover all external debts owed by Saudi Professional League clubs.
According to reports, the Crown Prince will provide 1,277,000,000 Saudi riyals (around $340 million) that will not only clear monies owed but also enable clubs to invest ahead of the 2018-19 season.
The issue of debt had become a major issue in the country’s football scene.
“Some Saudi Arabian clubs are currently experiencing financial problems that require immediate and urgent intervention,” the General Sports Authority, which oversees Saudi Arabian sport, said in a statement released on social media.
The body noted that there are a total of 107 cases under appeal at world governing body FIFA regarding unpaid salaries in Saudi Arabia.
“Failure to intervene urgently to rescue clubs may result in damage to the reputation of the Kingdom in general and Saudi Arabian sport in particular,” added the GSA.
“Some Saudi Arabian clubs may face severe disciplinary sanctions because of the failure to meet financial obligations such as the
denial of the registration of players in general or the deduction of points.”
Unpaid salaries were also a factor in Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr being unable to appear in this year’s AFC Champions League after they were denied AFC club licenses.
Al-Ittihad were the club with the highest debt of 309 million riyals ($82 million) and welcomed the news.
“We are delighted by the generous initiative of His Royal Highness,” Al-Ittihad president Nawaf Al-Muqairn said in an official statement released by the two-time Asian champions.
“This contributes to creating solid ground for all clubs to move toward achieving their goals.”
Legendary Saudi striker Sami Al-Jaber, recently appointed president of champions Al-Hilal, announced his gratitude on social media.
“Great thanks to His Highness the Crown Prince for the great support that the clubs have enjoyed which enables sport in our country to keep pace with the aspirations of our leadership,” Al-Jaber wrote.
The Crown Prince’s move followed the SAFF announcing a new raft of regulations in April that will come into effect next season and are designed to take the league forward. These included restricting club spending on transfers and salaries to 70 percent of revenue. The size of first-team squads has been reduced from 33 to 28, of which five must be homegrown players of 23 or younger.