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April 18, 2015

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Cubs to promote Las Vegas native Kris Bryant for MLB debut

(via ESPN.com)

Comment CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, paving the way for his major league debut, according to a source familiar with the situation. Bryant, a Las Vegas native and Bonanza High School graduate, will take third baseman Mike Olt's roster spot as Olt will go on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his wrist suffered last weekend in Colorado when hit by ...

Reports: Cirque du Soleil close to sale

The "Octupus' Garden" scene from Cirque Du Soleil's Love seen with a four second-long camera exposure at the Mirage Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.

(via Variety)

Comment Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil will sell a majority stake to private equity firm TPG Capital and Chinese firm Fosun, according to multiple media reports. To see the full story, click here.

The tragic love story of Christy Mack and MMA fighter War Machine

Christy Mack says she suffered severe injuries in a domestic violence dispute involving ex-boyfriend Jon Koppenhaver.

(via espnW)

Comment Christy Mack looks at her face sometimes — the new one — and tries to decide if she likes it better than her old one. There are differences. Her bright eyes used to be slightly more expressive. But the way her muscles healed after the attack, she now needs glasses. "It's OK," she says. "They're cute." To see the full ...

Can Russell Crowe take rugby league to Las Vegas?

(via BBC)

Comment Did you hear the one about the Hollywood star and the casino boss who showcased a bunch of one-time losers in Las Vegas and hit the jackpot? It's not a joke. If Oscar winner Russell Crowe succeeds, Australia's South Sydney Rabbitohs, the premiership-winning team he part-owns, will become a global brand. It doesn't hurt that he has the backing of ...

Cause for concern? Mayweather and Pacquiao camps trade barbs over tickets, contract

(via By Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports)

Comment Just 23 days before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are to step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden for what will be the largest-grossing fight in boxing history, a significant dispute has erupted between the promoters. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, said no contract exists between MGM Resorts and the promoters. Asked point blank if ...

ESPN offers suggestions for NHL team names for Las Vegas

(via ESPN.com)

Comment What would an expansion team in Las Vegas be called? What colors would they wear? We asked our writers, and they rolled the dice on some suggestions. We also had great submissions by our users. To see the full story, click here.

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 ...

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.