The Pac-12 struck gold when its basketball tournament from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The atmosphere at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is electric and the Pac-12 hoopfest is the hottest ticket in town.
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On the morning after the 18th Gearhead Christmas, aka the NASCAR Kobalt 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway seemed a bit forlorn. The massive grandstands were clean and eerily quiet — at least until they fired the engines of the Richard Petty Driving Experience stockers.
With no competition yellow flags or pickup trucks with mud flaps and big No. 3 decals on back to slow me down, I was able to spend 6 hours, 4 minutes taking in the sights and sounds of NASCAR Race Day.
A couple of years ago in this space I wrote about David Gilliland, one of the back-of-the-pack NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers for whom I’ve always had admiration and affinity.
He was such a fixture at Las Vegas Motor Speedway they gave him space No. 1 in the media parking lot. Then when Brian Hilderbrand took a position in the LVMS public relations department before last year’s NASCAR weekend, I inherited his parking spot.
Rico Abreu, 4 feet 4 inches tall and 95 pounds, is making a big name for himself on the short-track circuit. “Pretty badass,” said fellow driver Joey Saldana.
SAFER technology has existed since 2002, and it’s now 2015, and the inside walls at most NASCAR tracks still don’t have steel and foam energy to reduce the impact of big hits.
Jamie Little, the auto racing pit road reporter from Las Vegas, may not officially be the most interesting woman in the world. I have heard, however, that when the Dos Equis beer guy sees her coming, he sometimes turns and heads in another direction.
On Tuesday night, little (but perhaps not for long) Grand Canyon skunked the UNLV baseball team down at 35th and Camelback in Phoenix, the bustling city corner upon which the university sits. The final score was 7-0. Beyond the left-field scoreboard at Brazell Stadium, outfielders could hear the rumble of Valley Metro buses.
A proposed Las Vegas NHL expansion/relocation franchise has reached the halfway mark in its stated goal of obtaining 10,000 season-ticket deposits — great news until you read that when it was decided the Atlanta Thrashers should move to Winnipeg, the Jets locked up 13,000 season-ticket deposits in seven minutes.
Now that the globetrotting HSBC USA Sevens World Series of Rugby is coming off yet another wildly successful installment at Sam Boyd Stadium, we may hold these rugby truths to be self-evident …
There’s something in the sports writer’s code, an unwritten rule, about not asking for autographs. When I heard that Jerry Tarkanian had died Wednesday morning, asking him for his autograph when I was a young sports writer was one of the first things that popped into my mind.
Several NHL stars, including Wayne Gretzky, have played in the Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec, an international ice hockey tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds in Canada. The Las Vegas Junior Wranglers will begin play Sunday against a team from Japan.
The Vegas Shoot is the largest indoor archery tournament in the world, with more than 2,500 archers in attendance. They come from faraway places to reach into quivers.
In the junior college ranks, mostly you play winning baseball in a vacuum. But the folks who follow JC baseball have noticed coach Nick Garritano’s Coyotes, ranking them second in the nation in a preseason poll.
Austin Maul, who kicked field goals at Rancho High, played tuba before the Super Bowl. Then he slipped into a 14-foot palm tree costume and danced behind Katy Perry at halftime.
You remember Az Hakim? Little guy from San Diego State who quietly helped lead the St. Louis Rams into Super Bowls XXXIV and XXXVI. He now lives in Las Vegas, where he served as the honorary host of the Big Game 10K on Sunday.
It was a little before 2 p.m. Monday at Cashman Field. A man from the grounds crew was spreading fertilizer in the outfield, walking from the Dotty’s casino sign in deepest left-center field to the right-field foul line. Another grounds crew man was working on the pitcher’s mound in the left-field bullpen.
Long-suffering Cubs fans bought tickets to see a young, talented club led by a skipper who knows how to mold a World Series contender. But a Series title would be bittersweet because their heroes, Ron Santo and now Ernie Banks, won’t be around to see it.
The Rebels, a talented if rudderless bunch, had somehow slipped to 1-5 coming into Saturday.
The GolfBoard aims to draw a younger demographic to golf. So far, the only place you can ride one around the fairways is at Las Vegas National Golf Club.
Cars were back on the track Monday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Monday. That’s good news for NASCAR, which has had its offseason hijacked by the stories coming out of the trial of driver Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.
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Kealiiholookoa Maruyama finished third in the boys’ 14-15 division in the national finals of the PP&K competition.
Christian Volesky, Matt Polster and Sal Bernal were among 55 players invited to the MLS combine. All three were Las Vegas prep stars. Volesky and Polster played at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and Bernal at UNLV.