When NASCAR announced it was changing the rules again, to create a winner-take-all, one-race showdown for the Sprint Cup championship, there was an uproar. A very loud uproar. It sounded like the flyover before the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the government shutdown, when there still were flyovers.
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Former Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco went on the Letterman show to discuss having both arms and legs blown off by a roadside bomb in Iraq — and how NASCAR driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas lifted his spirits at the Daytona 500.
After hinting for months he wanted to become the fourth driver in auto racing history to attempt the double — driving in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day — the Las Vegas lead foot made it official today.
Darrell Waltrip was rolling down U.S. 93 in a motorcoach on Monday. He was saying how beautiful the Arizona desert is, and that he was surrounded by cactus. He had just started to tell me about his emergency gallbladder surgery when he rolled into radio-free Arizona, or at least Verizon-free Arizona.
Former Lady Rebels coach guides Illinois-Chicago to first 20-win season, still preaching getting back on defense, blocking out on boards
This was the sixth Scale the Strat benefiting the American Lung Association. More than 600 runners went up the 1,455 steps and then took the elevator down.
There’s a kick-boxing card at Planet Hollywood on Saturday night featuring an undercard fight between women making their professional debuts. One is Colleen Schneider of Oakland, Calif. The other is Jennie Nedell from the incorporated village of Lindenhurst, N.Y.
George Thorogood is a huge baseball fan. He used to play semipro ball. This is why the official logo of his rockin’ blues band looks like the front of a baseball jersey.
For some reason, the first thing that popped into mind upon reading former Brigham Young gunner Jimmer Fredette was on his way out with the NBA’s Kings was a “Seinfeld” episode called “The Jimmy.”
When he was only 24, Jacques Villeneuve won the Indy 500 before moving on to Formula 1 and winning that championship. This year, at 42, he will drive at Indianapolis again, for a team headed by Henderson’s Sam Schmidt.
On the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s stunning upset over Sonny Liston in their first fight, which was Tuesday, the Washington Times ran a story suggesting the bout might have been fixed. Documents implicate “a Las Vegas figure tied to organized crime and to Liston.”
Instant replay gets it right, but wrecks spontaneous thrill of sinking a buzzer-beating basket.
UNLV’s former football coach, like most coaches, said he didn’t read the newspaper. But a story about former Rebels quarterbacks staking their claim as NFL assistant coaches brought back a favorite Mike Sanford memory.
When Jon Kruger reached out to shake my hand, he reached with his left hand, because he has only one finger and a couple of stubs on his right hand. That mangled hand is the one he shoots with.
By the time Daytona 500 winner finished with media responsibilities, it was 3 a.m., and his crew was “out of spirits” But they found some more.
That Kyle Busch won a truck series race was hardly unusual. It was his 36th victory in those pick-’em-up trucks. Busch the Younger also has thanked his sponsors 63 times after winning Nationwide series races.
NASCAR’s first lady of speed isn’t often a leader on the track, but she sure has a lot of followers off it on social media.
I eagerly went up the escalator, bounding up the last few steps two at a time.
After Canada defeated Team USA 1-0 in the men’s Olympic hockey semifinals today, most American hockey fans had only one question.
He said his name was Adrian Ace, from Toronto, and he was dressed as a maple leaf. He was celebrating Canada’s thrilling come-from-behind victory over the U.S. women’s hockey team in the gold medal hockey game and he had a story to tell.
Last week’s column on Bob St. Clair and the undefeated 1951 University of San Francisco football team — “The Best Team You Never Heard Of” according to the ESPN documentary showing this month — generated a lot of email and phone calls from readers who remembered St. Clair or that Dons team. Or had a father who did.
I was introduced to Cowboy Kenny Bartram on Wednesday morning. I almost didn’t recognize him. He wasn’t flying through the air hanging from the handlebars of a dirt bike; there weren’t a bunch of pretty girls waiting for his autograph.
The good doctor says, use common sense, curlers, or you may slip and/or fall.
THe 51s opening day starter is Noah Syndergaard. He’s this year’s Zack Wheeler. He probably won’t be in Las Vegas long, so catch him while you can.
I had read that Dartmouth, the little Ivy League school in New Hampshire with the big academic tradition, had sent 120 of its athletes to the Winter Olympics over the years. And though Dartmouth was founded in 1769, that still seemed like a lot.