He has won 41 races in drag racing’s Nitro classes, and no driver has won as many events in Las Vegas as Ron Capps. He has won five times here: once in spring, four times in fall.
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A few weeks ago, when he nearly won the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a risky fuel strategy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pretty much said it was new NASCAR rules rewarding race winners that was responsible for an exciting finish. Today at Martinsville, Va., he pretty much backtracked on that.
Hank Finkel might not have been a star in the NBA, but he was a great player at Dayton, which has made it to this year’s Sweet 16. Plus, he had a name that is hard to forget.
Inside of a minute to play with the national championship on the line, the ball was in the hands of No. 42 in the bright yellow jersey. The string bean kid, who stands 6 feet 11 inches but weighs just 165 pounds. He was running the court on a fast break. He was ahead of the defense, a cluster of spindly arms and legs.
Three-time gold medalist Rebecca Soni and world-record holder Ariana Kukors “crashed” Las Vegas Swim Club practice Tuesday. The kids seemed to enjoy their visit.
The Rebels, coming off a series win over San Diego State, are ranked No. 25 this week by Perfect Game, whatever that is.
Even the Duke haters have to admit Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski showed class when he stopped by the Mercer locker room to congratulate the Bears on their victory.
If you were watching the smart guys from Stanford knock the one-and-dones from Kansas out of this year’s March Madness on Sunday, then you probably saw the #CryingKansasKid. The CBS cameras did, and the network is taking a bunch of flak for it on social media.
On Saturday, I filed a blog about the NCAA Tournament — the NCAA men’s tournament — that began thusly:
Kyle Busch won another race at Auto Club Speedway in California Sunday. He suggested that Harry Hogg from “Days of Thunder” should get an assist.
“So where do you keep it?”
If you’re the guy who called the boss and left a long message using a French accent saying we had it wrong in the newspaper when we referred to the first round of March Madness as the second round, do not call and leave another message. Call NCAA headquarters.
I have colleagues that cannot write about Steve Alford, now the coach at UCLA, formerly the coach at New Mexico, without mentioning that he likes to wear a basketball net as a fashion accessory. But he wasn’t the first.
The state of Indiana had 10 chances to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. It went 0-for-10. This is only the second time since 1973 the Hoosier State has not placed a team in the bracket.
Most sports writers won’t admit to cheering for certain teams at the NCAA Tournament. There shall be no cheering from the press box. But if you are watching the Madness unfold in a sports book, it’s OK to pull for certain teams.
UNLV’s next baseball game is tonight, against North Dakota. The last time the North Dakota team played a home game was May 18, 2013, because it’s too cold to play baseball in Grand Forks at this time of year.
Sometimes it’s not about runs, hits and errors at the ballpark. Sometimes it’s about the people you meet there. Or the ones who still buy you peanuts and Cracker Jack.
UCLA vs. Arizona; New Mexico vs. San Diego State: SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt says Las Vegas was the place to be for the prelude to March Madness.
Off-road racing veteran Andy McMillin (and co-driver Steve Sourapas) were the overall winners in Saturday’s General Tire Mint 400 off-road race held south of Las Vegas near Jean. They averaged 59.9 mph over four 100-mile loops with an elapsed time of 6:14.29.
The name on his birth document says Rufus Parnell Jones. The name in all those auto racing Halls of Fame just says “Parnelli.” Well, it probably says “Jones,” too. But it wouldn’t have to.
Amanda Marcum was a Maxim magazine cover girl before she met basketball coach Andy Enfield. Along with Florida Gulf Coast, she was one of the stars of last year’s NCAA Tournament. She won’t be going back after Colorado knocked Southern Cal out of the Pac-12 tournament.
The WAC moved into The Orleans on Wednesday morning, but nobody not on the conference payroll can guess the nine basketball teams. The answer is: Utah Valley, Texas-Pan American, Missouri-Kansas City, Idaho, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, Cal State Bakersfield, New Mexico State, Seattle U.
Jonathan Goldsmith, the debonair actor from the TV beer commercials, was the guest of Richard Petty’s NASCAR team at the Kobalt 400. He said he drives his father’s 1994 AMC Jeep, and that he would would be driving the No. 6 car in the race.
NASCAR almost fell over while taking a deep bow over Brad Keselowski’s exciting victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. But at least one commentator suggested the rule changes weren’t responsible for Dale Earnhardt Jr. running out of fuel on the last lap.
Former Bonanza High and University of San Diego slugger, who specializes in long home runs, will be in uniform for the Chicago Cubs against the New York Mets in annual preseason games.