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March 31, 2015

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Millions swing in Las Vegas on late free throw in Duke-Utah game

(via ESPN.com)

Comment A foul that almost wasn't called resulted in a last-second free throw that caused millions of dollars to change hands in Las Vegas. And this time the sports books took the worst of it. Duke guard Quinn Cook made one of two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining, capping the Blue Devils' 63-57 victory over Utah on Friday in Sweet 16 action in Houston. Duke closed as a 5-point favorite ...

MGM blocks rival hotels from showing Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

(via TMZ Sports)

Comment TMZ Sports reports that MGM Resorts International is blocking competing hotels in Las Vegas from showing the May 2 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. The fight is taking place at the MGM Grand. To see the full story, click here.

NCAA exec, Tarkanian nemesis David Berst to retire

(via ESPN)

Comment Longtime NCAA executive David Berst, perhaps best known for announcing SMU football would receive the "death penalty" in 1987 and then fainting, will retire this summer. After a 43-year NCAA career, Berst will be replaced by Kevin Lennon as vice president for Division I governance. To see the full story, click here.

Caesars warns creditor lawsuits imperil going-concern status

(via By Laura J. Keller, Bloomberg)

Comment Caesars Entertainment Corp., the casino company whose largest unit is in bankruptcy, warned that lawsuits stemming from its restructuring efforts could endanger its ability to continue operating as a going concern. If creditors of the subsidiary were to prevail on claims that the company improperly shifted assets from their reach and stripped them of a parent-company guarantee, the outcome “could ...

Soccer franchise sought by Las Vegas going to ...

(via Sprots Illustrated)

Comment Minnesota United, which currently competes in the North American Soccer League, is expected to be granted an MLS expansion franchise, according to multiple sources. An announcement should come in the coming weeks, perhaps considerably sooner than the 45-day timeline referenced last weekend by commissioner Don Garber. To see the full story, click here.

Bryce Dejean-Jones says ex-UNLV teammate told him, ‘I should have shot you when I had the chance’

(via By Travis Hines, Ames Tribune)

Comment Bryce Dejean-Jones loves basketball. It’s all he thinks about. It’s what drives and sustains him. His experience playing it in college, though, has been a struggle. From fights with teammates to butting heads with coaches to spending a few hours in jail, Dejean-Jones’ career could be defined largely by what’s happened off the court, not on it. “I had my ...

Kentucky’s unbeaten season makes Las Vegas squirm

(via BloombergBusiness)

Comment The University of Kentucky’s undefeated regular season has Nick Bogdanovich sweating. If the Wildcats don’t lose this year, his employer will. To see the full story, click here.

$350 million might not be enough to save Las Vegas

Downtown's Container Park.

(via The Atlantic)

Comment There's been a lot of hubbub about the effort tech whiz Tony Hsieh and his crack team of acolytes have put into revitalizing downtown Las Vegas. In case you missed it, Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, in January 2012 announced that he was putting $350 million into the Downtown Project, which would fund new businesses in an economically depressed part ...

U.S. official: Iran behind cyber attack on Las Vegas Sands

(via BloombergBusiness)

Comment The top U.S. intelligence official confirmed for the first time that Iran was behind a cyber attack against the Las Vegas Sands Corp. last year. To see the full story, click here.

Bank of America reaches $300 million settlement over Fontainebleau

(via Reuters)

Comment Bank of America Corp on Wednesday said it reached a $300 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by lenders that helped finance construction of the failed Fontainebleau Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009. To see the full story, click here.

UNLV greats honor Tarkanian with matching championship tattoos

(via Sporting News)

Comment Sporting News reports that five members of Jerry Tarkanian's 1990 UNLV team came together to remember their beloved coach with some matching ink. To see the full story, click here.

What Happens in Vegas: High school legend Tony Sanchez takes aim at hapless UNLV — and coaching history

(via Grantland)

Comment For the record: Yes, Tony Sanchez knows what he’s getting himself into. He wasn’t born yesterday, and he didn’t ride into town yesterday, either. Sanchez is a Vegas guy, the longtime captain of a local high school juggernaut, and he doesn’t need anyone to remind him that his new job, as head football coach at the University of Nevada, Las ...

Hyperloop is real: Meet the startups selling supersonic travel

(via Forbes)

Comment The majestic Senate majority leader suite in the U.S. Capitol was still Harry Reid’s in September when he eagerly scooched his leather chair across the Oriental rug to gaze at something that, he was told, would change transportation forever. Former SpaceX engineer Brogan BamBrogan (yes, that’s his legal name) pulled out his iPad for a preview. Two business partners, the ...

What happened with the GSA in Vegas stymies federal workers

(via The Washington Post)

Comment When federal employees get together for training and meetings, fancy lunches aren’t on the menu anymore. In fact, food of any kind — tuna fish sandwiches, green salad, oatmeal cookies — can no longer be served by the government. Even coffee is off-limits. To see the full story, click here.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski unhappy with track’s ad

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Comment Sometimes race promotions work, sometimes they don’t. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the latest track to suffer the ire of those it is promoting. To see the full story about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s and Brad Keselowski's thoughts on the track's promotion to publicize the March 8 Kobalt 400, click here.