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Christmas Comes Early For Tom Hicks

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Last night, Texas Rangers exec VP of communications John Blake sent the word since heard 'round the sports world: Tom Hicks has 30 days to get a deal done with Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan before asking MLB (and his myriad creditors) if it's OK, pretty please, to sell the franchise to the group, which would also include Tom Hicks and his kin. Oh, and Hicks would also like to apologize to all Texas fans: "I am most appreciative of the fans' patience and support for the last year. I know it's been difficult, but this new generation of ownership is 100 percent resolved to excellence and a superior fan experience for the long term."

The announcement out of Arlington is making plenty of news overseas too, as Liverpool FC fans hope Hicks will use the cash to fund a team Hicks and George Gillett put in heavy debt since taking ownership two years ago. And there's also this late-breaking: The Ras al-Khaimah family of the United Arab Emirates want Hicks and Gillett to fly to the Middle East to talk about investing in Liverpool. "Massive cash boost," it says here. I want one of those.

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