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September 4, 2015

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With Obama’s help, Harry Reid leaving an indelible mark in the Nevada desert

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks with reporters following a groundbreaking ceremony for the Interstate 11/Boulder City Bypass project near Boulder City Monday, April 6, 2015.

(via The Washington Post)

Comment When President Obama and Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) flew to Las Vegas in November to tout the president’s plan to block the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, Reid took the opportunity to broach an unrelated subject, one that tied together his childhood love of Nevada’s desert with his political legacy. To see the full story, click here.

Flesh-peddler lays bare Senate plans in Nevada; here’s why his naked ploy might matter

Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel owner Dennis Hof answers the media questions on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at the Legislature in Carson City following a speech from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in which he proposed banning legal prostitution in the state.

(via The Washington Post)

Comment So, we're about to give you some great water cooler talk: The owner of Nevada's Bunny Ranch brothel is considering running for the state's open Senate seat. But don't stop reading there. To see the full story, click here.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. loses title won in Manny Pacquiao fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. connects to the chin of Manny Pacquiao late in their fight Saturday, May 2, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

(via By Maane Khatchatourian,

Comment Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of his latest belt. The World Boxing Organization has revoked the legendary boxer of the welterweight world title he earned during his pay-per-view fight against Manny Pacquiao that broke all financial records and TV ratings for a boxing match. Mayweather, who holds a 48-0 boxing record, missed Friday’s deadline to pay a $200,000 sanctioning ...

Turner Sports reinstates broadcaster Greg Anthony

(via By Richard Deitsch,

Comment Greg Anthony is beginning his second act in sports broadcasting. Turner Sports will use Anthony as an NBA TV game analyst for NBA Summer League play in Orlando from July 4-10. Turner Sports would not elaborate on whether this meant Anthony is back in the fold for the long term, but it is clearly an entrée to getting reps again ...

WBO poised to strip Floyd Mayweather Jr. of 147-pound belt

Floyd Mayweather connects to the chin of Manny Pacquiao late in their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

(via )

Comment After pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. outpointed Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the richest fight in boxing history to unify three of the four major welterweight world titles, Mayweather spoke at length at the postfight news conference about how he planned to vacate all of his titles in order to give younger fighters ...

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,

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 ...