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Major sports leagues, NCAA challenge New Jersey on sports gambling

NEWARK, N.J. — Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed a court challenge to the state’s latest attempt to offer legal sports gambling on Monday, calling the effort “astounding,” ”specious” and a “blatant violation” of an earlier court order.

Boyd Gaming launches sports wagering app

Boyd Gaming Corp. launched a sports wagering application for mobile devices Tuesday, allowing customers in Nevada to bet on college and professional games and events.

UFC (legally) beats down accused pirate

Ultimate Fighting Championship recently sent a message to anyone thinking about pirating its fight show content: We will hunt you down.

Sacramento going for MLS after success of keeping Kings

After securing its perch as a pro-basketball city amid much controversy last year, Sacramento is now aiming to add Major League Soccer, a move that could help revitalize the California capital and mark it as a regional center for sports.

Sports betting approved in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues.

Sam Boyd Stadium gets upgrades for 2014 season

Don’t bury Sam Boyd Stadium quite yet. In fact, University of Nevada, Las Vegas officials need to make some serious decisions about improvements to the often-maligned, 38,600-seat venue that sits in a residential neighborhood about seven miles from campus.

Energy drink maker Xyience sold to Texas company

Las Vegas-based Xyience, a top ten energy drink manufacturer, has been sold to Big Red Inc., of Austin, Texas. Big Red is a top ten soda company known for its Big Red Vanilla Float, Big Blue and its signature Big Red.