One of the simple pleasures of being a sports fan is rolling out of bed on a Monday morning and having something live to watch.
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When I heard there was going to be an NBA Summer League Wall of Fame marking the circuit’s 10-year anniversary in Las Vegas, my first thought was cool.
A bunch of seasons ago, after he was drafted in the fifth round by the NFL‘s Oakland Raiders, it was decided a good time should be shown to rookie quarterback David Humm after the veterans had arrived at training camp.
When Kris Bryant was introduced at the All-Star Game and tipped his cap, the guy sitting alongside at Buffalo Wild Wings said the Cubs’ rookie third baseman must have grown a good four or five inches since the first time he saw him on a baseball diamond.
It was late during one of the two NBA Summer League matinees Monday. Guys still were hacking on defense. The refs still were calling it.
Becky Hammon, the former Colorado State and WNBA star, became the first woman in NBA history to be named a full-time assistant coach, before the start of the 2014-15 season. If you think it was a publicity stunt, you’re nuttier than Dennis Rodman.
It remains to be seen if Jason Pierre-Paul and C.J. Wilson will play this fall after losing digits in fireworks mishaps over the Fourth of July. But athletes are tough, and others have played without all their fingers.
Miki Sudo, 29, won her second consecutive Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in the women’s division by scarfing down 38 frankfurters in 10 minutes by first removing the hot dog from the bun and eating it, then dipping the bun in Crystal Light and eating it.
Until 2005, I watched just about every big soccer match at the Crown & Anchor British Pub — the holy grail of Las Vegas-area soccer bars — across the street from UNLV.
Because this is the social media age, somebody anonymously speculated on Twitter that perhaps “flu-like symptoms” was a euphemism for Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs being hung over. Even though the Las Vegan is known as a nondrinker, unless you count Gatorade.
The California race almost ended in tragedy when Ryan Briscoe’s car — racing in a pack — flipped on the final lap. “This is the Las Vegas situation all over again, but 500 miles,” said driver Will Power, recalling the crash that killed Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway four years ago.
It has been at least two weeks since I’ve seen threesome and foursomes — or even an odd twosome — teeing off on and hacking away on the Road Hole at Black Mountain. It’s the weather, man.
Dan LaCouture’s beef with the NHL is that he believes it knows there is a correlation between hockey and head trauma, and that the league has kept this information from the players. He said he probably suffered a dozen or more concussions during his career, five or six of which were documented.
The charity event at Jose Canseco’s home involved Jamie Gold in heads-up hold ’em vs. one of his admirers, a University of Montana graduate named Bradley Anderson. The former WSOP kingpin needed roughly 10 minutes to take the kid’s comped $1,000 buy-in.
The Las Vegas Sin of the LFL doesn’t play its home games in Las Vegas anymore and the players don’t get paid much, if anything. But the players still have great stories — such as Cynthia Schmidt, who was an officer in the Indiana National Guard.
There was another grand entrance at the MGM Grand on Monday afternoon involving a sporting icon. But hockey’s Stanley Cup was not wearing a TMT jump suit, which is what Floyd Mayweather Jr. was wearing at the MGM’s previous grand entrance.
His name was Joseph Derybowski, but everyone called him Mr. Derby or Coach Derby. He was an old coach — my first coach, really, because I don’t count the teenage kid who made out the baseball lineup card when I was 9. Coach Derby wore a whistle around his neck, but never had to use it because he had our respect.
Carrying 14 golf clubs over 7,585 yards of greenish-brown hills and dales and granite-like fairways will make it difficult on the caddies at scenic Chambers Bay Golf Club this week during the U.S. Open.
Tyler Anderson, who pitched at Spring Valley High School, was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year in 2014, but he has been sidelined this season because of a stress fracture in his pitching elbow. Anderson, a first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2011, hopes to start throwing soon.
When Air Jordans first came out 30 years ago, all the cool kids had to have them. Michael Jordan’s signature sneakers paved the way for modern NBA stars, who get paid plenty to endorse footwear.
Last week, the race book at the South Point was buzzing, and there was a Triple Crown viewing party in one of the ballrooms. On Saturday, one week after American Pharoah’s historic triumph, the race book was about half full. I would have guessed the median age of those putting down wagers to be about 60.
James Lawrence says his outrageous attempt is needed to raise awareness of childhood obesity. He completed triathlon No. 6 Thursday in Henderson, then jumped into an RV and headed for Arizona.
Jennifer Ruiz Williams, who was born in Corona, Calif., and played for UNLV from 2001 to 2004, was running on a treadmill when she got this crazy idea: playing women’s soccer for Mexico in the World Cup might be fun. She played against Colombia on Tuesday.
Mike Bryant, father of Cubs slugger Kris, believes so. “There’s a preponderance of club ball teams, which has decimated the best developmental system there ever was, which was Little League,” he says.
Another installment of the 50-yard indoor war was raging toward its irrelevant conclusion Sunday afternoon before a paltry crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center when it was noticed the Las Vegas quarterback, No. 12, Sean Brackett, was from Columbia.