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July 3, 2015

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Bryce Harper: ‘My body feels pretty unbelievable’

Bryce Harper

(via ESPN)

Comment Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper spoke with reporter Stacey Pressman about expectations for the Nationals' season, how he prepared this winter, and what it was like to take it all off for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. Harper was photographed at UNLV, as shown in an accompanying video. To see the full story, click here.

NHL’s Bettman slams report claiming Coyotes moving to Las Vegas

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a news conference before the 2015 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at MGM Grand. The league is opening a formal expansion review process to consider adding franchises to its 30-team league, Bettman announced Wednesday.

(via By Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun)

Comment Are the Arizona Coyotes moving to Las Vegas in time for the 2016 season? A report in the New York Post suggesting such a transaction is in the works left both the NHL and Coyotes ownership seething. In fact, commissioner Gary Bettman told a Fox affiliate in Arizona that the story was “garbage,” adding that the Post was told prior ...

Report: Arizona Coyotes to move to Las Vegas under new owner

Arizona Coyotes' Sam Gagner (9) celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks with teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Ducks defeated the Coyotes 2-1.

(via By Josh Kosman, New York Post)

Comment Sin City is getting hockey, two sources close to the situation told The Post. The NHL is arranging the sale of the Arizona Coyotes to billionaire William Foley who will move the team to Las Vegas giving it its first major professional franchise, one source said. Foley said in January that he needed 10,000 ticket deposits to get an NHL ...

The wild early years and the football family that shaped Bills coach Rex Ryan

(via Buffalo News)

Comment Rex Ryan was a trampled man. His New York Jets were 2-8 entering last November’s game against the Buffalo Bills, the one that was moved to Detroit because Ralph Wilson Stadium was buried under a snowstorm. An avalanche already had fallen on Ryan. He knew the Jets would fire him at the end of the season. Their micromanaging front office ...

Reading American cities: Books about Las Vegas

(via The Guardian)

Comment The version of Las Vegas that pop culture broadcasts to the world is, for the most part, confined to a narrow slice of the city, a couple of miles of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip. Sometimes the view stretches to include downtown Las Vegas, home to the oldest casinos. To see the full story, click here.

Former Gorman DL Nacua withdraws from BYU football

(via By Sean Walker, KSL.com)

Comment Isaiah Nacua has withdrawn from the BYU football program for non-injury related reasons, head coach Bronco Mendenhall said at Wednesday’s annual on-campus Media Day. The sophomore-to-be defensive lineman is expected to enroll at Snow College, Mendenhall added. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman came to BYU as a highly touted prospect who prepped at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas ...

Reno bets Tesla gigafactory will erase image as downmarket Las Vegas

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference after Nevada was chosen as the new site for a $5 billion car battery gigafactory, which will be built east of Reno. Several hundred people attended the media event at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

(via BloombergBusiness)

Comment Elon Musk’s sprawling factory outside Reno, Nevada, won’t start making batteries until next year, and local residents are already talking up the “Tesla effect.” Tesla employees have begun relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area, buying houses in leafy neighborhoods and enrolling their kids in local schools. The new Whitney Peak Hotel, a non-smoking, non-gambling luxury inn, has become the ...

Timberwolves make former UNLV star Anthony Bennett available in trade

(via ESPN)

Comment The Minnesota Timberwolves have made former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett available via trade in advance of Thursday's NBA draft, according to league sources. To see the full story, click here.

Poker pro Lindgren folds again as creditors up the ante

(via By Dawn McCarty, Bloomberg)

Comment Erick Lindgren, a professional poker player who made millions in competitions including the World Series of Poker, filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years. The PokerStars online gambling service sued Lindgren after he failed to return a $2 million payment erroneously deposited into his account by its Full Tilt Poker unit. Lindgren also didn’t repay a ...

Mormon Bryce Harper says he hates BYU

Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper walks in the dugout during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on Friday, April 18, 2014, in Washington.

(via Deseret News)

Comment Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, a Las Vegas native, isn’t what you call a conventional member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the Deseret News’ Jerry Earl Johnston wrote last month, “he’s not your father’s Mormon. He has shaggy hair, a beard and a brash style, and he plays the game with abandon.” You can add ...

NFL looking at Las Vegas events tied to players

(via ESPN)

Comment After raising concerns about the locale of the first National Fantasy Football Convention, the NFL is looking into other events scheduled to be held at venues related to casinos in Las Vegas that will feature active players. To see the full story, click here.

Report: Las Vegas baseball prospect Phil Bickford tests positive for marijuana

(via Baseball America)

Comment JC of Southern Nevada righthander Phil Bickford tested positive for marijuana in a predraft drug test, multiple industry sources have confirmed to Baseball America. To see the full story, click here.

BYU offers Liberty High quarterback for Class of 2018

(via By Darnell Dickson, Daily Herald)

Comment BYU football is holding its Junior Day and with more than 200 underclassmen on campus, offers are starting to show up on Twitter. One of the more intriguing offers is to a player who has played just one season of high school football. Kenyon Oblad is a freshman quarterback from Liberty High School in Henderson, the former home of current ...

BYU stars honor memory of 9-year-old Henderson boy killed in accident

(via By Andy Larsen, KSL.com)

Comment A Henderson family faced the ultimate tragedy last Saturday when a 9-year-old boy, Austen Russell, died after being accidentally run over by his father in the family garage. In a post on a BYU fan site, the boy's father reached out to the BYU community for support in his family's difficult time. In the letter, he writes about Austen's love ...

How much does lunch with Sheldon Adelson cost?

(via The Washington Post)

Comment Republican Presidential candidates are all seeking the endorsement of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, and with good reason — he and his wife Miriam poured $92 million into the 2012 presidential race. To see the full story, click here.