New York Islanders being sold to investment group
The New York Islanders owner, Charles B. Wang, announced Tuesday that he would sell the team to Jonathan Ledecky, a former owner of a minority stake in the Washington Capitals, and Scott Malkin, a London-based investor.
Wang said in a statement that he would initially sell the group led by Ledecky and Malkin a “substantial minority interest,” pending NHL approval, and that Ledecky and Malkin would become majority owners of the Islanders in two years.
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Financial details were not announced, and Wang did not reveal how much of a stake he would retain after surrendering majority control of the team.
Wang had been listening to offers for the team since at least March. One of the suitors, Andrew Barroway, a hedge-fund manager, thought he had a handshake deal to buy the Islanders for $420 million. Last week, he filed suit against Wang, accusing him of reneging on the sale and raising his asking price to $548 million so that he could pursue an agreement with another buyer. Barroway is seeking $10 million in damages.
The sale to the Ledecky-Malkin group comes a year before the Islanders are to move to Brooklyn to play at Barclays Center — ending their stay at Nassau Coliseum, which began in 1972.
Settlement reached in Bertuzzi lawsuit
A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore’s career.
Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case was “settled in its totality” but said the terms are confidential. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been set for trial Sept. 8.
On March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi, then playing for the Vancouver Canucks, hit Moore from behind. The Colorado Avalanche rookie crashed face first to the ice, leaving him with a concussion and fractured vertebrae.
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Raul Garcia equalized for Atletico in the 87th from a corner.
Djokovic leads U.S. Open seeds, Federer No. 2
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Djokovic beat Federer for the title at Wimbledon last month.
Federer moved up one spot from his No. 3 ranking because 2013 champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the year’s last Grand Slam tournament with an injured right wrist.
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Isner, the tournament’s top seed and two-time winner, served 13 aces — one clocked at 138 mph — and broke Klahn’s serve twice in the second set to improve to 11-0 all-time in the final tuneup before next week’s U.S. Open.
Tommy Robredo became the first high seed eliminated at the Winston-Salem Open, falling to France’s Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 7-6 (7-0) in the second round.
Two other top seeds also lost in the second round. Fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina was beaten by Belgian qualifier David Goffin 6-3, 6-1, and Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz upset sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
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Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bayern leads a field of 10 3-year-olds for the 145th renewal of the Mid-Summer Derby, followed by Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist at 3-1 and Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong at 7-2.
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