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Record sale, record homers and record assists: It's Sports Talk


The reported billion-dollar sale price of the Houston Rockets, the most ever paid for an NBA team. The team and the buyer, Tilman J. Fertitta, announced the sale Tuesday, but did not disclose the price. Fertitta, 60, owns Landry's, which includes more than 500 restaurants as well as casinos and hotels. He also is the host of a reality show, Billion Dollar Buyer, in which he travels around the country visiting small businesses and considering buying them. The previous Rockets owner, Leslie Alexander, is in for a tidy profit: He bought the team in 1993 for $85 million. As the New York Times points out: "For Mr. Fertitta to match the current seller's return, the Rockets would need to sell for about $60 billion in 2042." The deal, which also includes the operation of the city's Toyota Center, still requires the approval of the NBA's board of governors. "This is a life-long dream come true," Fertitta said of his purchase. Fertitta has a net worth of $3.1 billion, according to Forbes. His cousins, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, are casino and entertainment industry moguls who sold the MMA brand UFC for $4 billion in 2016.

Career assists, the number that gave Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm the WNBA's all-time record last week when she passed Ticha Penicheiro. Bird, whose career assists stand at 2,610, told SLAM Online of her record: "There's been longevity there, consistency there, but also it's assists so you need some amazing players around you at the same time. I've been really fortunate to play as long as I have and be surrounded by some great players." Bird has two NCAA titles (UConn), two WNBA crowns (Storm) and four Olympic gold medals.

The estimated cost of the custom SUV renovation — plus that of a hired driver — that the Chargers' Philip Rivers had made for his commute to Los Angeles. The quarterback still calls San Diego home despite the Chargers' move to L.A. So he travels in what amounts to a luxury mobile office. The vehicle's interior, pictured above, includes two seats similar to those on a private jet, a 40-inch video screen, WiFi, satellite TV and a refrigerator. "My two biggest things were my family time and my preparation and what I owe this football team," Rivers told the San Diego Union Tribune. "I was not going to sacrifice either of them in any big proportion. ... This allows me to get home in the 6 to 7 hour, which is when I got home the last 11 years, and it allows me to watch all or more of the film I watched before." Depending on traffic, Rivers' commute is less than an hour-and-a-half trip.



Homers in a game, which has happened twice this season. J.D. Martinez, left, of the Diamondbacks was the latest to accomplish the rare feat, doing it Monday against the Dodgers. In June, Scooter Gennett of the Reds, also had four. Martinez's four-homer game is the 18th in history — making it rarer than a perfect game.


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