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A wrap up of this week’s sports news:
Got a spare couple billion lying around?: After nearly 25 years, the owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets is putting the team on the market. When he purchased the team in 1993, financier Leslie Alexander paid a reported $85 million. But Alexander could reasonably attach a nearly $2 billion price tag to the Rockets today, sports marketing expert Rick Horrow said in this week’s podcast.
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming: Now that 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has retired from competitive swimming, the sport must reconcile a future without the American phenom. At the world swimming championships, which kick off Sunday in Budapest, a Phelps-less era will begin.
Sumo smash: Mongolian-born sumo wrestler Hakuho clobbered the record for most career wins in Japan’s national sport Friday, claiming his 1,048th win just 16 years after debuting in the sport. (That’s roughly 65 wins per year.)