It’s the wind that has everybody fretting. The forecast is for stiff 30 mph breezes under partly cloudy skies with cooler temperatures. Friday’s high was 80 degrees; it’s supposed to be 64 Sunday.
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The Las Vegas native, the only local driver in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, talks about turning 40 and the racing goals he would still like to accomplish.
Only 39 cars and drivers have entered Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A full field is now 40 cars. Last year it was 43. Participation numbers are down. They were down last year, too. Should NASCAR’s fireproof coveralls be all in a bunch? Yes. And no.
Sprint Cup cars and drivers will be on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday to test the low downforce package in advance of Sunday’s Kobalt 400.
It was the legendary Dale Earnhardt who famously said “second place is the first loser.” I’m not so sure that applies in regard to Martin Truex Jr., one of the dark-horse favorites in Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This is the year that for some crazy reason, NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, USA Sevens rugby at Sam Boyd Stadium, UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden and the West Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at the Orleans Arena will be held in Las Vegas, concurrently, or at least within the same 72 hours or thereabouts.
You can almost smell the high octane, the burning rubber, the barbecue on the grill, the suntan lotion. You can almost see the questionable yellow flag that bunches up the field toward the end of the race.
There's a special bond that develops over time between a kid and his baseball glove. Even if the kid is from Canada. So when 17-year-old Jake Polancic of British Columbia lost his glove in Henderson, he was distraught. That glove meant a lot to him. It had sentimental value.
Kyle Busch was all set to make a run on teammate Matt Kenseth on the last lap of the Daytona 500 and bring home the bacon for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. But his other teammate, Denny Hamlin, beat him to it, leaving Busch with scrambled eggs and toast.
The third-to-last time I saw Rich Abajian, the former UNLV assistant football coach and longtime Rebels uber booster whose funeral service is at 11 a.m. today at South Point Arena — he died in his sleep last week at age 62 — was at Findlay Toyota, where he was general manager and part owner.
Sweethearts exchanging chocolates on Valentine's Day. Pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. NBA all-stars playing matador defense. The Busch Brothers of Las Vegas racing in the Daytona 500. These are rites of February.
It's half past 12 at the gym when the fighter strolls in from brilliant sunshine. He looks spry for 84 years old — and for a guy who fought two wars with Carmen Basilio back in the day
It had been exactly three months since terrorist bombings in Paris had left 130 people dead. On Saturday morning, the echoes from those blasts were felt in the middle of Field 2 of the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.
There's a bronzed statue on the UNLV campus that depicts Jerry Tarkanian chomping on a bronzed towel. It's a wonderful tribute, but only a tiny part of his legacy.
In 1864, the story goes, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman wired a military order to Gen. John M. Corse back at Union Army headquarters in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The directive was supposed to say "hold on, relief is coming." It came out "hold the fort," and then after that, it became "hold down the fort."
It's this time of year when Mike Cofer is reminded of having twice kicked a football on the game's biggest stage, and also that people can be (expletives) sometimes.
Usually when a birth certificate is doctored for the sake of sports, it's so a kid can play in Little League for one more season.
With so many West Coast events to attend — Tournament of Roses Parade; NCAA national championship football game in Glendale, Ariz.; Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. — the world famous Clydesdales have become among Michael Gaughan's most pampered guests.
Archery people from around the world and around the United States — but mostly from places such as South Dakota — were making their way to the Equestrian Center. They wielded high-tech bows affixed with pulleys and wheels. Quivers of arrows were strapped across shoulders. This was Las Vegas Shoot 2016.
To say things have been on an uptick for Napoleon McCallum is putting it more mildly than a Palm Springs winter.
For the sake of this discussion, let's assume shovels will be placed in the ground at the $1 billion domed arena site on the edge of UNLV's campus. And that the NFL rescinds its leather-helmet view of legal and highly monitored gambling on pro football.
Maybe we're getting a little bit ahead of ourselves with this speculation of the NFL coming to town. But in the NFL, getting ahead of oneself is a way of life.
When I told the UNLV people I wanted to write about the new courtside seating area at Lady Rebels games sometimes referred to as Tiffany Row (there is no official connection with the women's jewelry and specialty retailer), they pointed to three women's basketball fans seated in the cushy seats near the baseline.
When it was announced Tim Chambers was stepping down as UNLV baseball coach, the first things that came to mind was his health and family, because those things are more important than a season-opening, three-game series at Texas.
It was Aug. 22, the penultimate homestand of the 2015 Las Vegas 51s' season, when the (raw sewage) hit the fan at Cashman Field. The toilets near the dugouts backed up and exploded into a noxious quagmire. Don Logan, the 51s president, said (raw sewage) got all over his shoes.