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As clock nears midnight, Raiders fans react to possibly losing team again

March 25th, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. — If a second eulogy is to be delivered, you are likely to find countless mourners in one corner of a strip mall on Hesperian Boulevard, in the town of San Leandro.Ricky’s Sports Theatre & Grill is not 15 minutes in crawling Bay Area traffic from the Oakland Coliseum, the landfill from which Raiders owner Mark Davis intends to move his team.The chairs at Ricky&rs...Read More >>

Here’s how you can watch Saturday’s Elite 8 games

March 25th, 2017

Just like that, March Madness is down to the Elite Eight.The NCAA Tournament continues today with two of the four Elite Eight games. Two teams from the West and two teams from the Midwest will battle today for spots in the Final Four.In the West, No. 1 Gonzaga defeated No. 4 West Virginia Thursday and No. 11 Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona to advance to Saturday’s Elite Eight.On the Midwest si...Read More >>

Oakland makes last-ditch effort to hang on to Raiders

March 25th, 2017

With the Raiders gazing at Las Vegas and sticking one foot out the door, Oakland is making a last-minute plea to hang on to them.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Friday shared details of investors’ plans for the first time for a stadium on the current Coliseum site, and vowed that she and the city are doing all they can to keep the team.“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,...Read More >>

UNLV baseball team pounded by New Mexico

March 24th, 2017

It’s seldom a good sign when the opposing baseball team begins to make defensive changes as early as the third inning, and that’s what New Mexico did Friday night against UNLV.That doesn’t mean, however, there wasn’t drama.Not in the outcome, but whether it would be record-setting defeat for the Rebels.It wasn’t.UNLV scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inni...Read More >>

UNLV roundup: Rebels’ late rally falls short in softball loss

March 24th, 2017

Michala Erickson went 3-for-3 with a two-run double in New Mexico’s three-run seventh inning, sending the Lobos to a 3-2 win over UNLV in a Mountain West softball game Friday at Eller Media Stadium.Callie McGarrigle went 4-for-4 with an RBI single for New Mexico (15-11, 1-0), which had a 10-7 edge in hits.Brianna Gatlin went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-out RBI single in a two-run seve...Read More >>

Chiozza’s buzzer-beating 3 lifts Florida over Wisconsin in OT

March 24th, 2017

NEW YORK — Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament.Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws. With no timeouts left, the Gators inbounded to Chiozza and the point guard stopped right at the top ...Read More >>

Dempsey’s hat trick powers US over Honduras 6-0

March 24th, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bruce Arena’s return as U.S. coach reignited American confidence, and his players responded with an emphatic rebound in World Cup qualifying.Clint Dempsey returned from an irregular heartbeat to score his second international hat trick, 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and set up three others, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 Friday night to get r...Read More >>

Fox leads Kentucky past UCLA, into Elite 8

March 24th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — De’Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points as the Kentucky Wildcats beat UCLA 86-75 Friday night in a showdown between two of college basketball’s goliaths for a spot in the South Regional final.The only No. 2 seed to advance to the Elite Eight, the Wildcats (32-5) won their 14th straight game. Now the NCAA’s winningest program will play another of bask...Read More >>

Devin Booker scores 70, but Celtics top Suns 130-120

March 24th, 2017

BOSTON — Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth different player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night.Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor as the NBA’s 70-point scorers. Baylor also held the previous record a...Read More >>

South Carolina cruises past Baylor, 70-50

March 24th, 2017

NEW YORK — Apparently South Carolina is getting the hang of winning NCAA Tournament games.The Gamecocks, who hadn’t won a tournament game since 1973, got their third this year. One more and it’s on to the Final Four.“It’s a great win for the program,” Gamecocks guard Duane Notice said. “It’s a good feeling when we continue to make history and I th...Read More >>

Gonzaga giant Przemek Karnowski grateful to be healthy and playing

March 24th, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — At first glance, you might imagine him wandering the ancient Bialowieza forest, trudging through some of Poland’s primeval woodland, chopping down trees with his trusty ax so as to prevent them from falling on trails and crushing poor unsuspecting tourists.His thick beard is only missing an accompanying plaid shirt, and we suspect Babe the Blue Ox might instead be...Read More >>

Berry leads North Carolina past Butler 92-80

March 24th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Joel Berry II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night.Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digit...Read More >>

Breaking down the NCAA Tournament West Region final

March 24th, 2017

Who: No. 1-seeded Gonzaga (35-1) vs. No. 11 Xavier (24-13)What: West Region finalWhen: 3:09 p.m. SaturdayWhere: SAP Center, San Jose, CaliforniaTV/Radio: TBS; KWWN (1000 AM, 100.9 FM)Line: Gonzaga -8½; total 145½Series: Gonzaga leads 3-1, winning the most recent meeting at Xavier in 2011.How they got here: Gonzaga beat three teams (South Dakota State, Northwestern and West Virginia) by an ave...Read More >>

Cubs, 51s maintain strong relationship

March 24th, 2017

The first time the Chicago Cubs played at Cashman Field, Kris Bryant was a year old.This weekend, the Cubs will return to play the Cincinnati Reds in Big League Weekend as World Series champions, led by the 25-year-old Bryant, last year’s National League MVP. Games will be played at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.“One of my good friends in high school always got tickets to the games,...Read More >>

Pac-12 would consider Las Vegas for football title game

March 24th, 2017

Las Vegas might be in the mix for another conference title game, and this one doesn’t involve a basketball.Speculation about the Pacific 12 Conference football championship game moving to Las Vegas’ proposed 65,000-seat, $1.9 billion domed stadium grew on Thursday when Oregonian columnist John Canzano tweeted about his conversation with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.Canzano met wi...Read More >>

2017 All-State Boys Basketball Teams

March 24th, 2017

(Click on the logo to start a slideshow with photos of the athletes)First TeamTroy Brown, Centennial (6-7, G)The senior averaged 22.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Brown shot 42.9 percent from the field, 33.1 percent on 3-pointers and 80.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Oregon signee was the Northwest League Most Valuable Player.Maka Ellis, Sierra Vista (6-5, G)The junior was th...Read More >>

Las Vegas’ Jorge Linares defends lightweight title on Showtime

March 24th, 2017

The king of the lightweight division has called Las Vegas home for almost three years.Jorge Linares, who has the WBA title and the Ring Magazine lineal crown, reinvented himself when he left Japan in 2014 to join his trainer, Ismael Salas, in Las Vegas.Linares’ move paid off when he became a three-division champion and gained the perfect rival in Anthony Crolla to raise his boxing profile...Read More >>

UNLV spring Day 11 recap: Jason ‘Pops’ Fao controls the middle

March 24th, 2017

Jason Fao might have a long list of people he has offended.There could have been several instances in which someone spotted the UNLV defensive tackle at the local grocery store and tried to get his attention by shouting his first name only to be ignored.Fao says don’t take it personally. Next time go with “Pops,” the name given to him as a child by his aunt that stuck.“S...Read More >>

Here’s how you can watch today’s Sweet 16 games

March 24th, 2017

NCAA Tournament action continues today with Day 2 of the Sweet 16 and the East and South regions fighting for a spot in the Elite 8.In the East, No. 8 Wisconsin will meet No. 4 Florida and No. 7 South Carolina will meet No. 3 Baylor. In the South, No. 4 Butler will face No. 1 North Carolina and No. 3 UCLA will face No. 2 Kentucky.Here’s a look at today’s games and how to watch in La...Read More >>

Defense — what else? —carries Gonzaga to within 40 minutes of Final Four

March 24th, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — You hear about them from the moment college basketball tips off each November until one fortunate and formidable team climbs a final ladder those first few days of April.Ken Pomeroy and his statistical metrics for all that is hoops.Kenpom.comThe numbers have been kind to Gonzaga all season, it being the only team nationally that ranks among the Top 10 in both offensive ...Read More >>

Mason leads Kansas to 98-66 rout of Purdue

March 23rd, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III poured in 26 points, Kansas turned on the jets in the second half and the top-seeded Jayhawks soared to a 98-66 blowout of No. 4 seed Purdue on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.Devonte Graham also had 26 points and Josh Jackson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Jayhawks (31-4), who led by 7 at halftime...Read More >>

Gonzaga survives scare from West Virginia, heads to Elite 8

March 23rd, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night for both teams to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final.On a night that featured 51 fouls and only 34 made baskets, Mathews delivered the big shot that sent the Bulldogs (35-1) to their third Elit...Read More >>

Oregon advances to Elite 8 with win over Michigan

March 23rd, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon ended No. 7 Michigan’s dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night.Dorsey, the man the Ducks call “Mr. March,” had his sixth straight game scoring 20 or more points.The Wolverines (27-11) had one more chan...Read More >>

MMA referee John McCarthy talks taking points and new rules — VIDEO

March 23rd, 2017

MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy helped to shape the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts back in 2001. On Jan. 1, 2017, some of those rules were amended. McCarthy explains how some rules are still misinterpreted and attempts to clarify what they should mean.The longtime referee also tries to explain when points should and shouldn’t be taken from a fighter when he or she commits...Read More >>

Faber’s focused on new endeavors, not Dillashaw’s negativity — VIDEO

March 23rd, 2017

For 13 years, Urijah Faber competed in mixed martial arts. On Dec. 17, 2016, he defeated Brad Pickett at UFC on Fox 22 and then retired in front of his home crowd in Sacramento, California.Since retiring, Faber has worked with the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to develop a television show and still mentors up-and-coming athletes at Team Alpha male.In this interview, &ldquo...Read More >>

Is Las Vegas really a ‘viable market’ for a MLB franchise?

March 23rd, 2017

To borrow from baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, viable means something that is capable of working successfully.If you ask those who were most involved in trying to bring MLB to Las Vegas 13 years ago, the chances of it occurring then were as practicable as the game’s commissioner envisions now.Big League Weekend has again arrived at Cashman Field, where the World Series champion Chicago...Read More >>

Tom Brady’s 2 stolen Super Bowl jerseys returned to Patriots

March 23rd, 2017

BOSTON — Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots.The jerseys worn by Brady during this year’s Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced.Brady’s 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots’ locker room after the team’s win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off...Read More >>

Golden Knights, Cirque du Soleil enter into three-year partnership

March 23rd, 2017

The Golden Knights announced Thursday they have entered into a three-year partnership deal with Cirque du Soleil that will include four “Cirque-themed” nights during the regular season at T-Mobile Arena.Financial terms were not disclosed. The Montreal-based company, which has seven permanent shows in Las Vegas, will have dasher board signage, LED ribbon-board exposure, a digital pre...Read More >>

Jamaal Brimmer, Ryan Moore headline UNLV Hall of Fame class

March 23rd, 2017

Former All-Americans Jamaal Brimmer in football and Ryan Moore in golf headline a class of nine that will be inducted into the UNLV athletics Hall of Fame.The ceremony will be May 4 at the Strip View Pavilion at the Thomas & Mack Center, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7.The school also will induct longtime public-address announcer Dick Calvert, basketball player Gwynn Hobbs (19...Read More >>

2017 All-State Girls Basketball Teams

March 23rd, 2017

(Click on the logo to start a slideshow with photos of the athletes)First TeamRae Burrell, Foothill (6-1, G/F)The junior was a first-team All-Southeast League pick and helped the Falcons to the Sunrise Region title. Burrell averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.Dre’una Edwards, Liberty (6-2, F)The junior was the Player of the Year in the Southeast League ...Read More >>

Clippers to return for Las Vegas NBA Summer League

March 23rd, 2017

After a two-year absence, the Los Angeles Clippers will return to Las Vegas for this year’s NBA Summer League.The event will be July 7 to 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, according to the Summer League’s Facebook page.The Clippers will replace the D-League Select Team in the 24-team field, a source with inside information of the event said. The Clippers had been ...Read More >>

Here’s how you can watch today’s Sweet 16 games

March 23rd, 2017

The NCAA Tournament gets back into full swing today with the first day of the Sweet 16. The Midwest and West teams will battle for a spot in Saturday’s Elite 8.Out of the Midwest, we’ll see No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 1 Kansas. In the West region, we’ll see No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 11 Xavier vs. No. 2 Arizona.Here’s a loo...Read More >>

Cubs star Kris Bryant stays humble despite MVP spotlight

March 23rd, 2017

MESA, Ariz. — Kris Bryant was browsing furniture selections at RC Willey with his wife last offseason when he was approached by an autograph seeker, baseball in hand.It’s commonplace now for Bryant to be stopped when he leaves the house, but while out furniture shopping, it caught him a bit off guard.Bryant has had a whirlwind past two years, being named the National League Rookie o...Read More >>

Former Arrogate jockey missed out on elite racehorse

March 23rd, 2017

As Arrogate, the world’s best racehorse, enters the starting gate for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, jockey Rafael Bejarano will rue what might have been.Bejarano was the regular rider on Arrogate until last year’s Travers at Saratoga. Bejarano also rode American Freedom, another nice 3-year-old for trainer Bob Baffert, who was sending Arrogate and American Freedom to ...Read More >>

Everything’s Great for Kyle Busch T-shirt sales

March 23rd, 2017

Everything’s great as far as Kyle Busch is concerned.That’s what the Las Vegas racer said — repeatedly — after emerging from the NASCAR hauler at Phoenix last weekend. Stock car racing officials gave Busch and Joey Logano a talking to after they tangled in their cars on the last lap of the Kobalt 400 on March 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, then tangled with their fists ...Read More >>

Cubs’ Kris Bryant returns to Bonanza High School — VIDEO

March 23rd, 2017

Don’t believe a word of what was said in that Steely Dan song. You can go back to your old school, if your old school is Las Vegas’ Bonanza High, and your name is Kris Bryant.The reigning National League Most Valuable Player and offensive leader of the 2016 world champion Chicago Cubs recently returned to his old school at the behest of the Red Bull energy drink people.(A can of Red...Read More >>

UNLV roundup: Late walks haunt in baseball loss at Texas Tech

March 22nd, 2017

Michael Davis drew a two-out, four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, sending home the winning run in No. 3-ranked Texas Tech’s 5-4 victory over UNLV in a nonconference baseball game Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas.The Rebels (10-13), who led 3-0 after three innings, went up 4-3 in the top of the 10th on Payton Squier’s RBI single.But the Red Raiders (19-4) drew five w...Read More >>

Here are the matchups for the semifinals of the West Region

March 22nd, 2017

NO. 1 GONZAGA (34-1) vs. NO. 4 WEST VIRGINIA (28-8)Site: SAP Center, San Jose,California.Time: 4:30 p.m.TV: TBSSeries: Gonzaga leads 3-0.How they got here: Gonzaga started slow before running away from a 16 seed in South Dakota State (66-46) and then ended the historic season of Northwestern (79-73). West Virginia earned a hard-fought win against Bucknell (86-80) before never trailing in beatin...Read More >>

Las Vegan Amir Garrett trades basketball for baseball career

March 22nd, 2017

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Amir Garrett knew it was time to make a decision.It was 2014, and the Las Vegan was excelling at Single A as a prospect for the Cincinnati Reds while also trying to juggle his collegiate basketball career.He had fallen in love with basketball shortly before high school, but to reach his full potential as a pitcher, he had to choose.“Who knows what would have happen...Read More >>

NCAA Tournament prop bets

March 22nd, 2017

Props posted on Sweet 16 games at the Westgate sports book:(All prop prices are Over/Under minus-110)THURSDAY’S GAMESPURDUE-KANSASTotal 3-point field goals made by both teams: 16½Largest lead of the game by either team: 15½Points for Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan: 19Points for Kansas’ Josh Jackson: 18WEST VIRGINIA-GONZAGATotal 3-point field goals made by both teams: 14½Largest le...Read More >>