Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard to sign with Los Angeles Clippers: ESPN

The two-time NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to their first title in franchise history by beating the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. (AFP)
Updated 06 July 2019
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Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard to sign with Los Angeles Clippers: ESPN

  • Kawhi Leonard will be joined in Los Angeles by all-star forward Paul George
  • Leonard led the Raptors to their first title in franchise history when they beat the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors

LOS ANGELES: Kawhi Leonard is going home to play for the Los Angeles Clippers, reportedly agreeing to a multi-million-dollar deal less than a month after leading the Toronto Raptors to their first championship.
Leonard will be joined in Los Angeles by all-star forward Paul George, who the Clippers are reported to be getting in a separate trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported on Friday night.
The two-time NBA finals MVP Leonard grew up in Riverside, California just outside of Los Angeles. He will join a young Clippers team that will give him a similar starring role to what he had with the Toronto Raptors.
The Thunder will receive Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and a package of NBA draft picks in exchange for George, ESPN said.
Leonard, who was one of the most highly sought-after NBA free agents, met with the Raptors, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers before making his decision on where to play next season.
If he does make the move, Leonard is expected to sign a four-year, $142 million contract with the Clippers.
Leonard led the Raptors to their first title in franchise history when they beat the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA finals.


Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

Updated 22 July 2019
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Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

  • Princess Nourah thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Saad has officially become the first Saudi woman to be president of a sports club. Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera reported recently that the princess had successfully acquired the Umbrian football club Spoleto.

Speaking at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future. 

“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said. 

Princess Nourah chose the team after considering several aspects. “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion. But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.” Spoleto is a member of Serie D of the Italian non-professional football association, Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.  The association represents more than 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy and is considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. Under the princess’s presidency, the team aims to ascend to Serie C in the near future, and further in the long term.

Spoleto announced that they have formally registered for the Excellence Umbria 2019/2020 championship and the Regional Junior Championship 2019/2020.

This purchase marks the Saudi royal family’s second venture into sports club ownership. Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.