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December 20, 2014

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Formula One race sought for Las Vegas Strip

Sauber driver Adrian Sutil of Germany, left, and Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson of Sweden steer their cars during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

(via Forbes)

Comment Formula One’s chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that a blockbuster race on the streets of Las Vegas is “ready to go” and an unlikely ally could hold the keys to getting it off the grid. In an interview with Britain’s Independent newspaper Mr Ecclestone revealed that he is in discussions with a group which is planning the race and confirmed that the track would include The Strip. To see ...

Mayweather Sr.: Manny Pacquiao fight is ‘gonna happen’

(via ESPN)

Comment Although Floyd Mayweather Jr. has yet to announce his plans for 2015, his father has no doubt that a fight against Manny Pacquiao will happen. To see the full story, click here.

Zappos chief Tony Hsieh loses a Las Vegas bet

The Blue Man Group unveils Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh from within a rolling case during the 10th Annual Zappos Bald and Blue charity event on Wednesday, May 15, 2014.

(via Bloomberg View)

Comment I had planned to make a pilgrimage next spring. After almost two years of putting it off, I was finally going to make the trek to Las Vegas to see the amazing new downtown that Zappos.com chief Tony Hsieh was inventing from of scratch. Like so many others, I was lured -- enchanted, even -- by the vision of the ...

Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly cashes $1.4 million on sports bet

(via USA Today)

Comment Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. reported via Instagram making a $720,000 bet on the Indianapolis Colts against the Jacksonville Jaguars to win a cool $1.4 million. To see the full story, click here.

Family of Duke’s Shaq Powell seeks help

(via The Herald-Sun)

Comment A $20,000 fundraising effort has been launched to help the family of Duke running back Shaq Powell cover medical expenses for his younger brother, who is being treated in Las Vegas for cancer. Powell is a Bishop Gorman High product. To see the full story, click here.

Tony Hsieh steps down from lead role at Downtown Project

(via Re/code)

Comment Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO and founder of the ambitious startup-city development Downtown Project in Las Vegas, stepped down as leader of the project a few weeks ago, sources close to the project told Re/code, which has been running a multi-part series on the project. To see the full story, click here.

Grand jury indicts former official at center of GSA’s Las Vegas scandal

(via The Washington Post)

Comment Jeffrey E. Neely, the former General Services Administration senior executive at the center of the agency’s Las Vegas conference scandal, faces criminal charges after a federal grand jury indicted him on five counts of fraud Thursday. To see the full story, click here.

Nevadans among least likely to finish high school, attend college

(via 24/7 Wall St.)

Comment Based on recently released educational attainment data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, West Virginia had the lowest level of educational attainment, with 18.9% of adults 25 and older having attained at least a bachelor’s degree in 2013. Conversely, more than 40% of Massachusetts residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, the highest percentage nationwide. Where did Nevada ...

1990-91 UNLV deemed best team to never win a national championship

(via SI.com)

Comment Since Indiana's perfect run to a national championship in 1975-76, only two teams have entered the NCAA tournament with an unblemished record. The most recent was 2013-14 Wichita State, which despite being 34-0, was neither No. 1 in the final regular season Associated Press poll, nor the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAAs. The other team was 1990-91 UNLV, ...

Rod Stewart broke my nose, fan claims in lawsuit

(via Page Six)

Comment A fan has filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart, alleging the singer broke his nose when he kicked a soccer ball into the crowd during a show at Caesars Palace in October 2012. To see the full story, click here

Ben Affleck admits to getting in trouble for counting cards

Actor Ben Affleck plays a hand of poker during The Showdown at the Sands, a $1 million poker tournament, at the Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003.

(via Details)

Comment Ben Affleck knows how to count cards at blackjack and he's gotten in trouble for doing it in a casino, the actor admitted in an interview in Details magazine's October issue. Various outlets reported in May that Affleck had been banned from blackjack at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In the interview, Affleck confirms that he "got good" ...

Arizona storms back, beats Cal on Hail Mary from Solomon

(via Arizona Daily Star)

Comment Remarkably, and in the last second, the Arizona Wildcats pulled off a comeback win against the California Golden Bears. In the final seconds, Bishop Gorman graduate Anu Solomon converted a Hail Mary pass to Austin Hill for a 48-yard touchdown, and the Wildcats won the game 49-45, powered by 36 fourth quarter points. To see the full story, click here.

Mayweather called before athletic commission

(via By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com)

Comment The Nevada State Athletic Commission ordered pound-for-pound king and licensed promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Thursday to appear before the five-person panel at its meeting Tuesday to answer questions about unsafe training conditions at his Las Vegas gym. The commission is concerned about scenes that were broadcast during the second episode of the Showtime "All Access" series that aired in ...

Bettors losing interest in Floyd Mayweather

(via ESPN.com)

Comment Floyd Mayweather is the biggest draw in boxing, but Las Vegas gamblers weren't interested in his rematch with Marcos Maidana. The amount wagered on Saturday's fight was down significantly across town. Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports books for MGM, said the rematch attracted less than 50 percent of the betting action that Mayweather's fight with Canelo Alvarez ...

Tesla stock falls after Morgan Stanley note

(via CNBC)

Comment Tesla Motors stock dropped Monday after Morgan Stanley suggested that its shares had risen for the wrong reasons, CNBC reports. To see the full story, click here.