Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers due to personal reasons

Above, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker during their NBA previous match. (AP)
Updated 25 November 2017
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Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers due to personal reasons

LOS ANGELES: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose is on leave and in the process of assessing his future with the NBA team, US media reported Friday.
Rose has missed the past seven games due to a sprained left ankle, the latest in a long list of ailments he has suffered during his all-star career.
American sports broadcaster ESPN quoted a team source as saying that Rose is “tired of being hurt and it’s taking a toll on him mentally.”
Rose was the 2011 league MVP as a member of the Chicago Bulls before multiple knee injuries interrupted his career.
The 29-year-old Rose is in his first season with Cleveland. The Cavaliers said Rose’s current absence is excused.
“Take as long as he wants to take, and we wish him well and we want him back,” coach Tyronn Lue said.
Rose originally suffered the ankle injury on October 20. He returned to play in five games but suffered a setback on November 7 and has not played since.
Rose, a three-time all-star, is averaging 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.7 turnovers in seven games this season.


Moroccan World Cup star Nordin Amrabat to play in Saudi Pro League

Updated 19 July 2018
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Moroccan World Cup star Nordin Amrabat to play in Saudi Pro League

  • Moroccan winger agrees to join Al-Nassr
  • Amrabat used to wash dishes and make desserts for a living

LONDON: Al-Nassr have signalled their intent to mount a challenge to the top two by boldly signing Nordin Amrabat from Premier League club Watford.
The 31-year-old winger has penned a three-year contract with the Riyadh club who finished third last season, 11 points behind Al-Ahli and 12 behind title winners Al-Hilal.
Reports say Al-Nassr have paid Watford £4 million ($5.2 million) for Amrabat, 31, who has spent the last season on loan at Leganes where his new Al-Nassr teammate Yahya Al-Shehri also played last season on loan.
“Happy and excited with my adventure,” Amrabat wrote on Instagram. “Looking forward to meet these amazing @alnassr_fc fans.”


Amrabat arrives with a fine pedigree, having played for PSV, Galatasaray, Malaga and Watford. He predominately plays on the right wing but he prefers playing on the left so he can cut inside on his favored right foot and have a crack at goal.
He is currently taking an extended holiday following his World Cup exploits with Morocco, but when he joins up he will find a familiar face in the dressing room in countryman Mohamed Fouzair and should form an exciting attacking partnership with Al-Shehri and Mohammad Al-Sahlawi.
Amrabat was in many experts’ team of the tournament after the World Cup group phase, his all-action performances against Iran, Spain and Portugal catching the eye and putting him in the shop window. He was always going to be surplus to requirements at Watford after they signed Spain international winger Gerard Deulofeu, and Trabzonspor were thought to be leading the race for his signature. But Al-Nassr have won the race to land him and he becomes the second ex-Watford player to have agreed to move to the Saudi Pro League, following on from Jose Manuel Jurado’s move to Al-Ahli earlier this summer.
Amrabat has enjoyed a fine career, playing nearly 300 top-flight appearances but he came from very humble beginnings and needed to wash plates and make desserts at a Michelin-starred restaurant before his career took off.