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Week 15 NFL picks against the spread for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017
There’s a long-running debate in handicapping circles about how meaningful previous games between two teams matter when prognosticating an upcoming matchup. ...
Vintage Boise State performance leads to Las Vegas Bowl win over Oregon
Broncos receiver Cedrick Wilson named MVP with 221 receiving yards
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Boise State running back Ryan Wolpin motioned out wide and briefly looked back before abruptly turning towards the line of scrimmage in unison with his three teammates at receiver. ...
Blog: Boise State notches fourth Las Vegas Bowl victory by beating Oregon
Broncos' defense held Ducks' offense scoreless until the fourth quarter
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Boise State became the winningest program in Las Vegas Bowl history Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The Broncos used a solid defensive effort to upset Oregon 38-28 in the 18th edition of the annual local bowl game. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Rewind to two months ago. Not that long in the past, all things considered. ...
Bowl pick'em against the spread: Part 1
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Nowhere celebrates the arrival of bowl season more than Las Vegas, which is why it feels appropriate that college football’s unique postseason now annually starts here. For the fifth straight year, the Las Vegas Bowl is presented as the featured matchup on the first day of bowl season, which brings a 16-day sports betting bonanza to town. Boise State takes on Oregon as a 7-point underdog in in this year’s iteration. The last time the Broncos played in the Las Vegas Bowl was also the last time ...
Vegas Play of the Day: San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Everything is set up for the Spurs to have a great performance tonight. ...
Local product Tyrell Crosby has etched his place in Oregon football history
Green Valley High graduate finishes off career Saturday in Las Vegas Bowl
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Crosby has blossomed at Oregon, and now gets to finish off his storied college career at home. Oregon faces Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 15 winners against the spread
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
The Miami Dolphins have found their niche this year in pulling off massive upsets. ...
High School Basketball Picks: Entry 1
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
After 148 games, Las Vegas Sun sports editors Ray Brewer and Case Keefer finished dead-even in this season’s high school football picks. ...
Week 14 NFL picks for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
With as evenly matched as the NFC Playoffs project, the pair of first-round byes appears even more valuable than normal. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Army vs. Navy
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
This total has dropped from as high as 54 points at offshore sports books with forecasts of snow hitting Philadelphia, where the Midshipmen and Cadets will contest their annual rivalry game. ...
Sophomore Anthony Hunter takes reins for Durango basketball
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
A learning curve exists for even the most talented of freshmen, with coaches often trying to navigate it by not overloading their young stars with pressure. ...
Coronado basketball out for third straight state tournament berth this season
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
The Coronado basketball team needs only three words to describe its long-term goal for the season — One more game. ...
Top-ranked Clark High has unfinished business under returning coach
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
For Chad Beeten, it was a no-brainer to jump back into an old coaching job. ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 14 winners against the spread
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
A 40-year-old is four weeks away from winning the NFL MVP award, if the odds are to be believed. ...
Super Seven: Clark star James Bridges playing senior season for his late father
Three Chargers lead annual preseason boy’s basketball team
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Clark High standout James Bridges had to do something he had rarely ever done before recently in the first preseason game of his senior season. Bridges had to pull himself out of the game. Emotion overwhelmed the 6-foot-3 guard when he looked toward the stands and saw ...
Week 13 NFL picks for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
The first clue that the New Orleans Saints might have been back as Super Bowl contenders for the first time in years came when they traveled to take on the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers in week 3. ...
Analysis: UNLV came close to realizing Marvin Menzies’ vision in loss to Arizona
Rebels not in a bad spot despite consecutive overtime defeats
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
With smoke from the fireworks having barely cleared the shot clocks and fans still raising the decibel level, UNLV forced an Arizona turnover and sped out on a fast break with future NBA players trailing on both sides. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: SEC Championship Game
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
I’ve gotten myself in trouble with the last few Saturday Play of the Days by trying to get cute and pick something other than what was in college football by the odds. We’re done with that. ...
College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of week 14
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
The College Football Playoff is likely to omit at least one team that would be favored over each of the four teams that actually make the field. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Milwaukee Bucks at Portland Trail Blazers
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
The Trail Blazers are feeling good about themselves returning home from a road trip and on an overall run where they’ve won five of six games. ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 13 winners against the spread
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Philadelphia entered rarified betting air last week when they routed Chicago 31-3 as 14-point favorites. ...
UFC finishing off ‘best year ever’ with focus on female fighters
Last two local fight cards of the year will feature women’s championship bouts
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Dana White entered the “Ronda Rousey” conference room at the UFC’s plush new headquarters Tuesday afternoon for his first media luncheon in years with a more cheerful disposition than he had when such events were regular occurrences. ...
High School Football Picks: State Championship
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
The final leg of Bishop Gorman’s quest to win a ninth straight state championship comes in Reno on Saturday. ...
Week 12 NFL picks for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
The Los Angeles Rams continue their tour of fellow NFC divisional leaders with a home date this afternoon against the New Orleans Saints. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Colorado at Utah
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
This is a terrific spot for Colorado, and it’s not reflected in the line. ...
Defense delivers Bishop Gorman to another state championship game
Liberty’s offense held in check until fourth quarter in state semifinals
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Bishop Gorman senior defensive lineman Adam Plant sprung up from a pile he created by stuffing a Liberty running play and waved his arms across each other to motion that his team wasn’t going to give up anything. It wasn’t an empty threat ...
College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of Week 13
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Oddsmakers unintentionally contributed to the conversation over how many teams are left with a legitimate shot to reach the College Football Playoff heading into the final full week of the regular season. ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 12 winners against the spread
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
The turkey likely won’t taste as well to local bookmakers when they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner if a certain NFL streak keeps up. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Vancouver Canucks at Philadelphia Flyers
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
When in doubt, take the biggest underdog on the hockey board. ...
High School Football Picks: Week 14
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
One state champion will be crowned. Another will be well on its way. ...
Analysis: It’s easy to be in awe of Golden Knights’ continued success
Golden Knights win seventh straight game at T-Mobile Arena
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
Forty days ago, the Golden Knights christened T-Mobile Arena by beating the Arizona Coyotes with what some called a once in lifetime performance. That’s turned out to be a lie. ...
Las Vegas' sports rivalries: Past, present and future
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
The addition of NHL and the NFL will only add to a rich tradition of sports rivalries in Las Vegas.
Week 11 NFL picks for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
Network executives surely weren’t irritated when the NFL passed on scheduling a mid- to late-season game between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings in a primetime slot. ...
College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of Week 12
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Bettors were surely muttering under their breaths about oddsmakers being too tough after last week’s college football action. ...
Kris Clyburn clicks in as UNLV cruises past Eastern Washington
Rebels execute game plan after slow start to improve to 3-0 on the season
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
When a team wins its first two games by a combined 77 points, its coach can be hard-pressed to find any major causes for concern. UNLV coach Marvin Menzies had one issue he labeled as “critical,” though. It was the play of Kris Clyburn, the only Rebels’ starter not to ...
Blog: UNLV comes alive to take down Eastern Washington 91-76
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
UNLV shot 54 percent in the second half to Eastern Washington’s 29 percent. Offensively, freshman Brandon McCoy led the way once again with junior Kris Clyburn chipping in arguably the best game of his career ...
Vegas Play of the Day: New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Sit down, grab a glass water and breathe deep before reading the next sentence because it could be shocking. ..
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 11 winners against the spread
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
The preseason future odds implied less than a 1 percent chance that the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams would all emerge together as NFC division winners. ...
High School Football Picks: Week 13
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Every high school football team aims to be playing until after Thanksgiving. ...
Week 10 NFL picks for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
It’s a throwback to seven or eight years ago in local sports books. ...
College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of week 11
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
Betting lines are seeping out on the presumed SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia. ...
Arbor View slows down Legacy attack to march into regional championship
Frustration boils for Longhorns after Aggies impose their will
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Arbor View fought fire with ice on Thursday night to advance to the Sunrise regional championship game for the fifth straight year. ...
Desert Pines returns to state semifinals by beating Sunrise Mountain
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
A rematch of last year’s class 3A state championship is locked up for 1 p.m. next Saturday. ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 10 winners against the spread
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
All bets are action regardless of injury or participation by individual athletes. ...
High School Football Picks: Week 12
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
Green Valley or Canyon Springs? Arbor View or Legacy? Virgin Valley or Mojave?
Week 9 NFL picks for the Sun's handicapping contest
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
The betting line on the Dallas Cowboys’ week 9 home game against the Kansas City Chiefs has shifted as much as star running back Ezekiel Elliot’s eligibility status. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Florida at Missouri
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
The Gators should get a boost in interim coach Randy Shannon stepping in for the recently fired Jim McElwain this week. ...
College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of Week 10
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
The Green Valley Ranch sports book, likely along with other shops in town, erupted when Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 16-yard touchdown to complete a 39-38 comeback victory over Penn State last week. ...
UFC 217 breakdown, betting odds and picks
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Georges St. Pierre returns to the octagon for the first time in four years with an excitement level that feels somewhat diminished. ...

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