Quick opens with a shutout in Kings’ 2-0 win over Flyers

Michael Cammalleri #14 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a pass from Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Philadelphia Flyers during opening night of the Los Angeles Kings 2017-2018 season, in Los Angeles on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 06 October 2017
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Quick opens with a shutout in Kings’ 2-0 win over Flyers

LOS ANGELES: Jonathan Quick made 35 saves in the first season-opening shutout of his career, and the Los Angeles Kings won in new head coach John Stevens’ debut, 2-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Kings, who immediately got a vintage game from their well-rested goalie.
Quick injured his groin in the Kings’ season opener last year, eventually missing 59 games. He returned in February, but could not stop the Kings from missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. That led to coach Darryl Sutter’s firing and the promotion of Stevens, Sutter’s longtime assistant and the former Philadelphia head coach.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 shots for Philadelphia, which followed up its season-opening win at San Jose with a frustrating offensive night.
After a scoreless first period highlighted by Neuvirth’s stunning glove save on Kings captain Anze Kopitar, Lewis put Los Angeles ahead midway through the second on a setup from Nick Shore. Toffoli scored with 2:21 to play on a pass from former Flyers forward Jeff Carter.
Quick was outstanding in the third period, making 17 saves and surviving a series of short-handed situations. The 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner posted the seventh October shutout of his career.
Stevens took over the Kings this summer after serving as an assistant for the previous seven seasons, winning two Stanley Cup rings as Sutter’s defensive specialist. Before heading to LA, Stevens coached the Flyers for parts of four seasons from 2006-10, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals in 2008.
Three Kings also made their NHL debuts in a revamped lineup following the firings of Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi.
Alex Iafallo, a speedy 23-year-old forward from Minnesota-Duluth, skated on Los Angeles’ top line with Kopitar and Dustin Brown in his first professional hockey game after winning a roster spot in camp.
Defensemen Oscar Fantenberg and Kurtis MacDermid also got their first shot with the Kings, who want to be faster and younger in the post-Sutter era. Alec Martinez, the Kings’ 2014 Stanley Cup Final hero, missed the opener with a lower-body injury.
Defenseman Travis Sanheim made his NHL debut for the Flyers, who picked him in the first round in 2014. The 21-year-old Manitoba native got a double minor for high-sticking Lewis in the head late in the second period.
Staples Center observed a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. They included 22-year-old Christina Duarte, who started work with the Kings this summer as a fan service associate. The Kings wore a sticker on their helmets bearing her initials, “CD,” inside a heart.


Egyptian billionaire acquires stake in English football club

Updated 20 July 2018
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Egyptian billionaire acquires stake in English football club

LONDON: Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris is behind a bid to invest in English football club Aston Villa, the club announced on Friday.
Sawiris is ranked at No.251 in the world’s rich list and is estimated to be worth $4 billion by Forbes. He has joined forces with Wes Edens, the co-owner of NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, to make a “significant investment” in Villa, the Midlands club who play in the second tier of English football.

They have won the league title seven times and the European Cup in 1982, but have fallen on hards times in recent years, ending a sequence of 105 seasons in the top tier of English football with relegation in 2016.

Villa owner Tony Xia spent the close-season searching for fresh investment to plug a reported £40 million ($52.45 million) deficit after Villa were beaten by Fulham in the Championship playoff final last season.
He had entered talks to hand over some of his control of Villa to Sawiris and Edens' company NSWE in exchange for a cash injection.

“I am extremely pleased to have formed a strategic partnership with Nassef and Wes,” Villa owner Dr. Xia said in a club statement. “We have a common goal of delivering future success for Aston Villa and I look forward to working together to achieve this aim.
“To have come so close to achieving promotion last season was a humbling experience. In finding such strong partners as Nassef and Wes we’re gearing up to fight again and bring back the success that this Club deserves and we all so want to provide it with.”
One of three brothers, Nassef’s family’s net worth is put at $36 billion by Forbes and he is said to be the richest Egyptian in the world. He built his fortune in telecom and has a stake in Adidas.