Judge Bill Jansen, who was justice of the peace in Las Vegas for 26 years, traveled to his first Indianapolis 500 in a Packard Clipper, if that tells you anything. The year was 1949. The track still was made of bricks.
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The renegade PBR still blazes its own trail, bringing a pool party, bikini contest, high-voltage concerts and, of course, tough cowboys trying to ride angry bulls to Las Vegas this weekend. The audacity even surprises the PBR founders.
Several scary crashes have marred practice for the Indy 500. The prospect of their cars being turned into flying machines has piqued the interest of the casual sports fan, but it has everybody in racing concerned.
As the American Legion and Connie Mack seasons get set to open, one wonders if America’s pastime is losing its grip on America’s youth.
A couple of hours before the best 3-year-olds would go for a muddy romp in Baltimore on Saturday, a 21-year-old and a 79-year-old were preparing for a different kind of equine display at the Cooper Ranch in northwest Las Vegas.
The Preakness is the almost forgotten middle child of the Triple Crown. For years, it was known for debauchery in the infield, but Pimlico officials are trying to tone down the InfieldFest and turn the focus back to the track.
Kyle Busch made it official on Tuesday morning, that he’s returning to NASCAR sooner than expected after suffering a compound fracture to his right leg and breaking his left foot during a grinding crash the day before the Daytona 500 in February.
Commercial airline pilot Glenn Counts renews an old rivalry and sets a 100 butterfly national record in the U.S. Masters swimming championships in Texas. Since moving to Las Vegas, Counts and his wife, Jodi, have swam with the Las Vegas Masters.
On the same day investigative findings about the Patriots under-inflating footballs were disclosed and everybody went nuts, NASCAR, as only coincidence would dictate, rendered a final ruling about one of its top teams under-inflating tires. Exactly nobody went nuts.
Logan Stieber won four NCAA individual championships. This weekend, he’s competing at the U.S. Open Wrestling Championship at the South Point, the first rung on the ladder leading to a spot on Team USA and a trip to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
Henderson native Renee Brown, who once wanted to be a coach, continues to have impact as a longtime women’s pro basketball executive and national team talent scout.
Jen Hamson, who is 6 feet 7 inches tall, is one of three nonroster invitees to Team USA women’s basketball minicamp at the Mendenhall Center. She says she loves being 6-7, except when she shops for blue jeans.
It wasn’t supposed to be a draft party. It was supposed to be just a small group of well-wishers and intimates watching to see where Jeremiah Poutasi, Samuelu and Olaka’s oldest football-playing son, would be selected in the annual pro football talent grab. And by whom.
People were calling it the Perfect Storm. But if you were tuned into all of these, then you can relate to George Clooney and the crew of the Andrea Gail.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao is the first megafight for Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Among other things, the commission is in charge of the boxing gloves each fighter will use. Don’t expect to find a horseshoe in them.
After watching his first 51s game with the clocks turned on, a columnist reconsiders and decides longer ballgames mean less time worrying about the job, or the kids’ college education, or whatever.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao is indeed the Fight of the Century, it will mean that over the next 85 years, nothing in boxing will approach it in terms of interest, anticipation and how much one is willing pay to split a pay-per-view purchase with one’s chums.
Because it has been 39 years since Rick Monday saved the flag and handed it to a Dodgers relief pitcher named Doug Rau, there wasn’t much hubbub about it on Saturday morning. There was no “ESPN Films: 30 for 30” piece. It’ll probably be another 11 years before that happens.
He still gets up at 5:30 a.m., only now there’s not much to do. It’ll probably take a couple more weeks to remove all the stuff from his office, because one accumulates a lot of office stuff over 35 years as coach.
Dick Beyer, 84, was a longtime pro wrestling star as The Destroyer and Doctor X. He was so big that Blondie once sang with his picture on her T-shirt.
On Thursday night, Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in equestrian events, and her horse named Simon knocked down the last rail in their FEI World Cup jumping preliminary run at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Phil Bickford, the College of Southern Nevada’s pitching prospect from Ventura, Calif. — he’s projected as a high first-round selection in June’s major league draft — has an easygoing style to him. He is 7-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 62 innings this season.
On the eve of the home opener, let’s ponder the fate of the Las Vegas 51s if “Downtown” Tony Hsieh actually had bought the team. No managers?
They say Charlotte Dujardin can make a donkey dance. She certainly will make her horse, Valegro, dance this week at the FEI World Cup Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 29-year-old rider from Great Britain is the first person to hold every dressage title: Olympic freestyle, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, European freestyle and Grand Prix Special.
Top prospect Phil Bickford, two others, combine on gem but Coyotes lose 1-0, bringing back memories of the late Stu Miller.
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