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July 4, 2015

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Jose Canseco admits story about finger falling off was a hoax

Brad Garrett's Maximum Hope Foundation Poker Tournament included Annie Duke, Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, Larry and Camille Ruvo, Cheryl Hines and Jose Canseco at the Tropicana on Sept. 17, 2011.

(via TMZ)

Comment Remember that story about Jose Canseco's finger falling off during a poker tournament? Really, who could forget. Well, it turns out the whole thing was a hoax, a prank, one big joke. That's according to TMZ. To see the full story, click here.

Uber executive suggests digging up dirt on critics

(via BuzzFeed)

Comment A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. To see the full story, click here.

Baby body parts found in Bangkok package destined for Las Vegas

(via )

Comment The body parts of several babies have been found in a parcel destined for the United States, Thai police said. A baby's head, several feet and "sheets of skin" — including one taken from an adult and bearing a large tattoo — were discovered Saturday after staff at a Bangkok parcel company scanned the package. Local media reported it was ...

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Allow gambling on pro games

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

(via By Adam Silver, The New York Times)

Comment Betting on professional sports is currently illegal in most of the United States outside of Nevada. I believe we need a different approach. For more than two decades, the National Basketball Association has opposed the expansion of legal sports betting, as have the other major professional sports leagues in the United States. In 1992, the leagues supported the passage by ...

NHL admits Las Vegas expansion possible, meets with owner group

(via Yahoo! Sports)

Comment The NHL has been reluctant to put its cards on the table about potential expansion. But when it comes to Las Vegas, that’s only a matter of time. To see the full story, click here.

Caesars said to be lining up creditors for January bankruptcy

An exterior view of Caesars Palace.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Caesars Entertainment Corp. reached an agreement with key senior creditors on the outline of a debt restructuring plan that includes a prearranged bankruptcy for its largest unit as soon as January, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations. To see the full story, click here.

UNLV transfer says Dave Rice’s practice style ‘wasn’t getting anyone better at all’

Demetris Morant

(via SB Nation)

Comment Big-time recruiting classes and high-talent transfers haven't resulted in elite success for Dave Rice at UNLV. One former Runnin' Rebel player has an idea why. To see the full story, click here.

Macau casino industry bound for worst streak in austerity

A gondola sails at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel  in Macau Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007.

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Macau’s casino industry is headed for its longest losing streak, facing months more of falling revenues as continued crackdowns against graft by the Chinese government prompt gamblers to tone down on extravagance. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas could be the new home of an NHL team

(via New York Post)

Comment Billionaire William Foley is betting hockey will sell in Sin City. Foley is in advanced talks with the NHL about bringing the first major league sports franchise to Las Vegas, The Post has learned. To see the full story, click here.

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 ...

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 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.