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Tito Ortiz ends storied MMA career with first-round victory

January 21st, 2017

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Mixed martial arts legend Tito Ortiz got exactly the moment he was hoping for in his retirement bout.Ortiz took Chael Sonnen’s back and forced him to tap to a rear-naked choke at 2:03 of the first round of the main event of Bellator 170 on Saturday night at The Forum.Then he got to perform his famous gravedigger celebration for the final time.Ortiz, the longtime ...Read More >>

UNLV roundup: Lady Rebels start strong, hand Air Force ninth straight loss

January 21st, 2017

Katie Powell had 13 points and six rebounds to help UNLV hold off Air Force 60-56 in a Mountain West women’s basketball game Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Dakota Gonzalez had 13 points and Brooke Johnson seven points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Lady Rebels (13-6, 4-3), who never trailed after exiting the first quarter up 23-6.Dee Bennett and Kallin Davis scored 13 po...Read More >>

Findlay Prep-Bishop Gorman rivalry is good for Las Vegas

January 21st, 2017

Paul Washington called timeout with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime and his team shooting free throws Saturday, his Findlay Prep basketball team leading Bishop Gorman by six at South Point Arena and the outcome decided except for the final score.He insisted it was to remind his players about finishing at the line and not fouling and competing those final few ticks in an intelligent manner bec...Read More >>

3 takeaways from UNLV’s double-overtime win over Air Force

January 21st, 2017

Three takeaways from the UNLV basketball team’s 87-85 double-overtime victory over Air Force on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center:1. UNLV FOUND A WAYThe Rebels played from behind most of the second half and looked done at the end of regulation when Jalen Poyser was given two free throws while down three points with 3.1 seconds left.Either Hayden Graham or Frank Toohey should have s...Read More >>

Analysis: NFL will approve Raiders move because Las Vegas showed them the money

January 21st, 2017

So, is the Raiders’ NFL caravan inexorably rolling toward our dazzling jewel in the desert?In the unforgettable phraseology of that football mercenary, Jerry McGuire, follow (duh) money.Or maybe Jerry Jones said it first.If the Oakland Raiders do move to Las Vegas, and no sane sports book would post contrarian long odds, that will mean nearly 10 percent of the league’s 32 cities wil...Read More >>

No-call on questionable hit to head a factor in Penguins’ win over Capitals?

January 21st, 2017

The hockey world is still abuzz over Monday’s wild battle in Pittsburgh between the Penguins and the Washington Capitals, a game that saw nine goals scored in the second period and had the Penguins winning in overtime, 8-7.But lost in much of the hype over the flood of goals was a cheap shot by Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist that lit the fuse for the fireworks at PPG Paints Arena.Wit...Read More >>

Original Las Vegas Raiders weigh in on NFL relocation

January 21st, 2017

About a year ago at this time, when word got out that if a lot of things fell into place there might be 53 Las Vegas Raiders, and a practice squad of them, and no doubt a few on injured reserved, the first guy I called was David Humm.David Humm was the original Las Vegas Raider.After starring at Bishop Gorman and Nebraska, Humm carved a niche as a NFL backup quarterback. He wore a baseball cap ...Read More >>

Breaking down today’s UNLV-Air Force game

January 21st, 2017

Breaking down the UNLV basketball game against Air Force at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center:BACKCOURTAir Force remains highly efficient at running its deliberate halfcourt offense even if the Falcons get out in transition more often. Trevor Lyons, Jacob Van and Zach Kocur combine to average 31.2 points and 7.7 assists. They are key to the Falcons averaging 77.5 points.Edge: Air ...Read More >>

Here’s how you can watch this weekend’s AFC and NFC Championships

January 20th, 2017

We’re just two weeks away from Super Bowl LI.The NFL playoffs continue this weekend with the AFC and NFC Championships. We’re down to the last four, and on Sunday we’ll know who’s advancing to The Big Game.First up on Sunday the NFC Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons will meet at the Georgia Dome while the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the New England Patriots finish out ...Read More >>

Syndicate MMA launches first season of ‘Wimp 2 Warrior’ in Las Vegas

January 20th, 2017

Beginning in March, fighters and coaches from Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas will host the first season of ‘Wimp 2 Warrior’, a 22-week workout program. The program is similar to a mixed martial arts fight camp and aims to help regular people who want to get in shape, learn self defense and gain more self-confidence while doing so.Tryouts for the program, which originated in Australia, w...Read More >>

New-look Air Force still a challenge for the UNLV Rebels

January 20th, 2017

Air Force looks like a lot of Air Force basketball teams in many ways.The back-door cuts are still there. The Falcons still run their offense in a deliberate manner much of the time.But now the Falcons are so much more. They score off transition more often. They sometimes take quicker shots in the halfcourt offense.And they’re scoring a lot more, averaging 77.5 points entering Saturday&rs...Read More >>

Better late than never: Former UFC stars set to clash in Bellator cage

January 20th, 2017

LOS ANGELES — When Tito Ortiz reigned atop the mixed martial arts world more than a decade ago, Chael Sonnen just wanted an opportunity to prove himself at the highest level.While there may be a lot less on the line at this stage of their respective careers, Sonnen will finally get a chance to fight Ortiz on Saturday night in the main event of Bellator 170 at The Forum.Sonnen spent much o...Read More >>

Mets’ farm system ranked seventh

January 20th, 2017

The New York Mets farm system jumped significantly in ESPN’s new rankings, released Friday. The Mets catapulted from 16th to seventh in Keith Law’s rankings.“Several years of strong draft results have restocked the system, first with young position players with upside and now with polished starting pitchers, led by Justin Dunn and Thomas Szapucki,” Law wrote.In Baseball ...Read More >>

UNLV athletic director: Sam Boyd Stadium ‘ready and prepared’ if Raiders come early

January 20th, 2017

All eyes shifted toward Sam Boyd Stadium when the Oakland Raiders filed for relocation to Las Vegas this week.Can the 40,000-seat stadium on East Russell Road be the temporary home of the Silver and Black? UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy says yes.“I think it’s a possibility because of what we just saw with the San Diego Chargers moving,” Kunzer-Murphy said. “I ...Read More >>

How to watch UNLV Basketball vs. Air Force Saturday

January 20th, 2017

The Runnin’ Rebels are back on the court Saturday to host the Air Force Falcons at the Thomas & Mack Center.UNLV enters the game off a 64-51 loss at home on Tuesday to San Diego State. The Rebels 7-6 at home this season.Air Force (9-10, 2-4 MW) enters the Thomas & Mack on Saturday off a Wednesday road loss, 83-76, to Nevada. The Falcons are 0-5 on the road this season.Here’s...Read More >>

Carl Frampton, McGuigans ready for more success in 2017

January 20th, 2017

Carl Frampton is arguably the biggest boxing star in the United Kingdom and is now starting to make a name for himself in the United States.The featherweight champion from Northern Ireland will quickly tell you that the McGuigan family deserves a bulk of the credit for his rise to fame.Barry McGuigan has delivered the megabouts as the manager and Shane McGuigan, Barry’s son, has produced ...Read More >>

Johnny Manziel tells ESPN he ‘only needs one team to believe’ in him

January 20th, 2017

Johnny Manziel craves a return to the NFL and the embattled quarterback said he is now a sober person.Manziel told ESPN on Friday that he achieved sobriety without professional help and is focused on becoming a better person.The former member of the Cleveland Browns said he appreciates all the people who helped him “during the truly rough patches” in 2016. Haven't been this hap...Read More >>

Baltimore Ravens LB Zachary Orr ‘forced to walk away from football’ at 24

January 20th, 2017

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr announced his retirement Friday after learning he has a congenital spinal condition.The 24-year-old Orr led the Ravens this season with 132 tackles. He joined Baltimore in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas and stepped into a starting role this year, playing the middle linebacker position once held by Ray Lewis and Daryl Sm...Read More >>

Golden Knights preparing to launch Fan Development Program

January 20th, 2017

Are you ready to learn about hockey?The Golden Knights are anxious to educate you.Whether you are an expert in the sport or a novice, the NHL expansion team is finalizing plans to explain the game throughout the valley with a series of clinics aimed at old and young. The Hockey Fan Development Program is expected to debut sometime in February.“We’re finalizing the details,” sa...Read More >>

Sports books offer prop bet buffet for Championship Sunday

January 19th, 2017

Championship Sunday used to be the calm before the proverbial Super Bowl prop bet tsunami. Not anymore.The Westgate posted 20 prop bets Tuesday on the NFC championship game between the Packers and Falcons and 20 on the AFC title game between the Steelers and Patriots, and Station Casinos upped the ante Thursday with the release of more than 100 prop bet options on the games.“Our guests pr...Read More >>

Look for squares to stay hot with Packers, Patriots

January 19th, 2017

One of my favorite “Seinfeld” episodes is “The Opposite,” in which George decides to turn his life around by doing the exact opposite of what he would usually do.“If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right,” Jerry tells him.George then approaches a beautiful woman, saying “My name is George. I’m unemployed, and I...Read More >>

Curry, Durant, LeBron, named NBA All-Star Game starters

January 19th, 2017

NEW YORK — Stephen Curry won a tiebreaker to join Golden State teammate Kevin Durant in the lineup, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving also gave Cleveland two starters in the NBA All-Star Game.Curry and Houston’s James Harden beat out Russell Westbrook for the two Western Conference backcourt spots Thursday in the new voting system that included players and media for the first time...Read More >>

A look into UFC’s new campus and performance institute — VIDEO

January 19th, 2017

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin really thought he was embracing technology when he started having someone film his sparring sessions in the gym on an iPhone.He could have never imagined anything like the organization’s new Performance Institute, which is set to open as part of the UFC’s new corporate headquarters in southwest Las Vegas later this year.The two-s...Read More >>

What Nevada officials think about Raiders’ filing for relocation

January 19th, 2017

Here’s what Nevada officials are saying about the Raiders filing for relocation to Las Vegas.Bill Foley, owner of the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights:“I learned many years ago to worry about things that are under my control. I can’t control whether the Raiders come here or don’t come here. One thing I know is the Golden Knights were Las Vegas first major league sports...Read More >>

NFL to Las Vegas: The reality a sports columnist never saw coming

January 19th, 2017

I remember most the facial expressions, ones that seemed to offer congratulations and yet at the same time suggest I had just arrived at the company Christmas party shirtless while swigging a bottle of Spirytus Delikatesowy and singing “Rock Lobster.”There was a lot of talk about hot summers and even more about moving to a place without a major league professional sports franchise, ...Read More >>

Bay Area investors still working to keep Raiders in Oakland

January 19th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland civic leaders and deep-pocketed investors fighting to keep the Raiders from moving insist they are still in the game despite team owner Mark Davis formally applying to the NFL to relocate to Las Vegas.A local investment group that includes Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott said Thursday they continue to negotiate with government officials, the team and the NFL to build a $...Read More >>

Matt Millen understands emotional, business sides of Raiders’ move

January 19th, 2017

Matt Millen knows more than a little about the NFL. He knows a lot about the silver-and-black.Selected out of Penn State in the second round of the 1980 draft, Millen played nine seasons for the Raiders, either in Oakland or Los Angeles. The Pro Bowl and All-Pro linebacker was a member of four Super Bowl-winning organizations. He followed with a successful television role as an analyst for the ...Read More >>

Odds on the Raiders playing at Sam Boyd Stadium

January 19th, 2017

The Los Angeles Chargers have changed the moving game by planning to play in the 27,000-seat Stubhub Center for two seasons.What are the odds the Raiders, who filed Thursday for relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, will play at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium before the new 65,000-seat domed stadium is built?Jeff Sherman, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager, said these would be his odds on the ...Read More >>

Morgan sidelined for rest of the season by UNLV Rebels

January 19th, 2017

UNLV junior Dwayne Morgan will miss the rest of the basketball season, the school announced Thursday.The news was not unexpected because Morgan has not played since Dec. 10 because of shoulder and hip injuries. Coach Marvin Menzies waited to make a decision on whether to shut down Morgan because doctors need to prove he can’t play again this season before UNLV can ask for a medical redshi...Read More >>

Sam Schmidt gives thumbs-up to new Indy car design

January 19th, 2017

He was talking auto racing and carrying on another conversation at the same time Wednesday, a hallmark of Sam Schmidt, the IndyCar team owner based in Henderson. Schmidt was not only asked about IndyCar, the series, which begins its 106th season at St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 12, but about Indy car, the machine.A new one is on the drawing board for 2018. Based on artist renderings, it wil...Read More >>

It is not too late to qualify for National Handicapping Championship at TI

January 19th, 2017

The Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship will be at the TI from Jan. 27-29.It is not too late to qualify either. On Thursday, the TI will host a Last Chance/First Chance Qualifier in their main ballroom. The entry fee is $500. A minimum of five seats to the NHC will be awarded to the top finishers.If you are not already an NTRA Tour membe...Read More >>

Timeline of Raiders’ potential move to Las Vegas

January 19th, 2017

1982: Raiders relocate from Oakland to Los Angeles to play at the Memorial Coliseum.1987: Los Angeles suburb Irwindale courts Raiders to move. Stadium is never built.June 23, 1995: Raiders leave Los Angeles to move back to Oakland for a renovated Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.January 2013: Raiders’ lease expires in Oakland. Team signs lease on a year-to-year basis.July 29, 2014: Mark Da...Read More >>

What people are saying after the Raiders filed for relocation to Las Vegas

January 19th, 2017

The day Oakland Raiders fans in Las Vegas have waited for is here — the team has filed paperwork to relocate from to Southern Nevada, according to county commissioner Steve Sisolak. It is official! The @RAIDERS have filed their paperwork to relocate to #LasVegas.— Steve Sisolak (@SteveSisolak) January 19, 2017As expected, fans and non-fans are reacting to the news. There’s hap...Read More >>

Former Rebels receiver Phillip Payne catches coaching bug at Western

January 18th, 2017

When Kiara Rinfrow heard who was the new girls basketball coach at Western, the junior forward went straight to Google.Search: Phillip Payne.“I was like, ‘Wow, our coach went to the NFL,’ ” Rinfrow recalled. “I’ve never had a person who went so far in their life coach us. It’s a life-changing experience.”Payne was a standout wide receiver for UNLV...Read More >>

San Diego State uses 3-pointers to end Lady Rebels’ win streak

January 18th, 2017

Lexy Thorderson and Kymberly Ellison scored 21 points apiece to lead host San Diego State to an 87-68 win over UNLV in a Mountain West women’s basketball game Wednesday.Thorderson hit seven 3-pointers and Ellison four for the Aztecs (8-9, 3-3), who made 14 of 27 3-pointers while shooting 56 percent (30 of 54) from the field.Brooke Johnson scored 27 points for the Lady Rebels (12-6, 3-3), ...Read More >>

Ex-Desert Pines player Sam Poutasi recovering well in Oregon hospital

January 18th, 2017

Sam Poutasi, a former Desert Pines High School football standout who plays for Oregon, is recovering well from an injury that hospitalized him last week, according to people close to him.Poutasi’s former Desert Pines football coach, Tico Rodriguez, said the redshirt freshman offensive lineman was doing well when he spoke with him a few days ago, adding that he could be released from the h...Read More >>

If the floodgates have opened, why are Bonds and Clemens still on the outside?

January 18th, 2017

Never in our lifetime might not prove to be such an indefinite journey after all.So now the floodgates are open, is right.The newest Hall of Fame class for Major League Baseball was announced Wednesday and while those who earned induction by receiving at least 75 percent of the vote garnered the most recognition — Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez — it’s where a few ...Read More >>

Andre Agassi’s return of service to be recognized at ‘Power of Love’ shindig

January 18th, 2017

The Kats! Bureau at this writing is 35,000 feet above … let’s see, Amarillo, Texas, or thereabouts. I am aboard an American Airlines craft hurtling toward Washington, where for the next two-plus days I am to observe and chronicle the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president.Until then, with the wind at my back and gogoinflight WiFi in my face, we’ll catch up to snuff:ROOTING...Read More >>

Las Vegas’ Robert Sagel thrilled to play for Houston Dynamo

January 18th, 2017

Robert Sagel had no one to hug when his name popped up on the Major League Soccer website.Sagel was alone in his Las Vegas home when he found out he was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the fourth round of the MLS Superdraft on Tuesday morning.“My parents were at work when it happened,” Sagel said. “I was just hanging out and looking through the MLS website. I had hope of bein...Read More >>

Nevada Fishing Report

January 18th, 2017

LAKE MEAD — Anglers are finding success for threadfin shad and striped bass in the Las Vegas Bay area. The Overton Arm is worth a try for striped bass, black bass and crappie. Boaters have found the fish at depths around 40 feet. Anchovies are working for striped bass, and silver Rapalas are catching black bass.LAKE MOHAVE — Striped bass are biting out of Willow Beach and Katherine ...Read More >>