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The Golden Knights’ nightly show began long before the pucked dropped
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The lynchpin of the pregame festivities was a medieval-themed performance in which a knight would pry a sword out of a stone and use it to vanquish a foe waving the opposing team’s flag.
Golden Knights will receive due recognition for leadership at NHL Awards
Finalists Deryk Engelland, William Karlsson helped foster beneficial environment
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Based on the NHL Awards finalists, it’s ironic the Vegas Golden Knights were one of the few teams in the league this season that went without designating ...
Famed music producer Steve Albini wins a World Series of Poker bracelet in Las Vegas
Monday, June 18, 2018
Albini arrived at the Rio to compete following a European tour with his band, Shellac
World Cup odds: Sports books brace for dip in betting without the United States
Favorites Brazil, Germany have drawn the bulk of the action so far
Thursday, June 14, 2018
With the United States failing to qualify for this year’s World Cup tournament, betting handle on the event may decrease locally for the first time in decades. The total volume bet ...
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 4
Friday, June 8, 2018
At the beginning of the series, the total didn’t seem quite enough. Now it feels too high and in need of a larger adjustment from the first three games. ...
Golden Knights go out valiantly in Stanley Cup loss to Capitals
Vegas merits praise even with pain of loss to Washington bound to linger
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Alex Tuch skated away from the melee-inflicted dog pile that followed a goal he orchestrated and toward the penalty box nodding his head. The message was as sharp as the blade on the stick he left behind: Tuch’s Golden Knights weren’t intimidated ...
Stanley Cup by the odds: Sports book preview and pick of Game 5
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Gaming executives preoccupied with their bottom lines require only one more loss by the home team to evade their greatest fear. ...
Knights vs. Capitals: The series so far
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Desperation accompanies the Golden Knights as they arrive back in town for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Stanley Cup by the odds: Sports book preview and pick of Game 4
Monday, June 4, 2018
The Vegas Golden Knights have a chance to prove their season-long insistence that they play better as an underdog tonight in Washington D.C. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 2
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Enough with the “ifs.” Yes, Cleveland had some devastating breaks to prevent it from stealing game 1 — topped by J.R. Smith not knowing the score in the final seconds. ...
Stanley Cup by the odds: Sports book preview and pick of Game 3
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The Vegas Golden Knights only fell to back-to-back losses twice all season with Marc-Andre Fleury in net. They’re favored to suffer that fate for the third time in Game 3 tonight in Washington ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners
Friday, June 1, 2018
Too many people fear the unfamiliar. That partially explains why no one is betting on the Rays as they shift to an “opener” strategy, putting reliever Sergio Romo on the mound to start the game. ...
Star power: In a city built on entertainment, the Golden Knights stole the show
Friday, June 1, 2018
Nearly an hour after the Golden Knights’ final home game of the Western Conference Finals, a congregation of fans waited outside the back of T-Mobile Arena, hoping to catch ...
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals game 1
Thursday, May 31, 2018
It’s jarring enough to see an NBA Finals total trend downwards, let alone in the first game, when the masses are typically excited and wagering on more and more points. ...
Rival primer: Five Washington Capital storylines
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The D.C. histories of captain Alexander Ovechkin, veteran goalie Braden Holtby and Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee
Golden Knights’ road to the Stanley Cup looks much more treacherous after loss
Settle in for a long series after an atypical midgame collapse
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The fan experience of the NHL Playoffs is supposed to resemble the world’s most frightening haunted house, with long stretches of shriek-inducing horror followed by only brief moments of respite ...
Stanley Cup by the odds: Sports book preview and picks of Game 2
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Home teams that win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final have gone on to win the series 84 percent of the time since the NHL implemented the best of seven format 79 years ago. ...
Golden Knights’ otherworldly ability to answer pays off in Stanley Cup opener
Vegas trailed for less than 5 minutes despite close game throughout
Monday, May 28, 2018
Golden Misfits had a good run as the punk rock-inspired nickname for the Golden Knights. After Monday’s 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, however, it’s time to update the moniker with ...
Breaking down Day 2 of Punk Rock Bowling
Monday, May 28, 2018
Highlights included a rare Partisians performance, the incomparable showmanship of Turbonegro and a reliably inappropriate set from NOFX.
Stanley Cup by the odds: Sports book perspective of Golden Knights vs. Capitals
Sunday, May 27, 2018
A year ago, a $5 bet on the Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season would have paid as much as $2,500.
The same wager would yield as little as $2.94 today. ...
Local sports community unites to honor prep athletes at Sun Standout Awards
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Professional sports have taken over Las Vegas, but they willingly yielded the spotlight to the area’s best high school athletes, coaches and support staff members on Wednesday night at the South Point showroom. ...
Six Punk Rock Bowling must-catch sets
Thursday, May 24, 2018
GBH, The Partisans, Western Addiction and more.
MIT-bound Haylee Niemann caps high school career with Sun Standout award
Arbor View goalie/defender to be recognized as Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Haylee Niemann was the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Arbor View High, but none of her smarts were necessary to compute ...
Despite claims to the contrary, Hellebuyck proves to be no Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury dazzles again as Golden Knights take 3-1 series lead over Jets
Friday, May 18, 2018
Everyone in the hockey world has paid attention to the Vegas Golden Knights as they’ve extended the greatest expansion season in any major sport — everyone except for Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck, apparently ...
‘Cocky little guy’ Marchessault is becoming a Golden Knights folk hero
Marchessault arrives in style, plays with grace in Game 3 win over the Jets
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
If Jonathan Marchessault would have driven his customized Golden Knights Lamborghini to Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the same manner he skated, he may have been arrested and unavailable to play ...
With series back in Las Vegas, 3 keys for Golden Knights to beat the Jets
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ideally for the Golden Knights, tonight’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets will go a lot like Saturday’s Game 1 — only in reverse ...
Supreme Court ruling in favor of sports betting is a win for everyone
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
No matter how many sports books spring up in casinos and race tracks across the country, nowhere is going to offer the aura and amenities of the Strip and surrounding ...
Everything to know about betting on the Golden Knights vs. Jets series
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Local gamblers have soared all year by breaking sports betting’s cardinal rule of not betting with their hearts when it comes to the Vegas Golden Knights. ...
UFC 224 breakdown, betting odds and picks
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Amanda Nunes’ UFC women’s bantamweight championship reign has consisted entirely of upset victories, as she’s come into each of her three title fights as an underdog. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Don’t declare the last remaining conference semifinals as over quite yet. Despite falling into a 3-0 hole, Philadelphia isn’t done. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Both defenses tightened in game 2 of this series. The Lightning and the Bruins should only go further in the direction as their Eastern Conference semifinal clash transitions to Boston for game 3. ...
UNLV basketball lands frontcourt commit from NBA Global Academy
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The UNLV basketball team picked up an unexpected commit for next season on Tuesday evening, according to an ESPN.com report. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Jets and Predators have played 23 periods of hockey against each other this season. They’ve each scored 28 goals in those 23 periods. ...
Analysis: Golden Knights outdo themselves again with Game 1 blowout
Marc-Andre Fleury posts 33 saves for third shutout in five playoff games
Thursday, April 26, 2018
From the moment the matchup was set last week through Thursday’s pregame festivities where a shark tank projected on the T-Mobile Arena ice, “Jaws” references abounded the Vegas Golden Knights’ Western Conference semifinal series with the San Jose Sharks ...
Four prop bets to make on the NFL Draft — if you must
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The best advice regarding betting on the NFL Draft might be one word — don’t.
There are many reasons why wagering on the draft is unlikely to be a money-making endeavor. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Ten days ago, bettors were loading up on the Thunder as 4.5-point favorites in game 1 against the Jazz. More than 75 percent of the tickets at William Hill sports books were on Oklahoma City. ...
NFL Mock Draft: Projecting the first round with dueling picks
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Perhaps to the detriment of gamblers, the NFL Draft appears more unsettled than usual this year.
The mystery has proven beneficial to interest levels, which are at an all-time high heading into the ESPN-televised first round at 5 p.m. tomorrow night from Arlington, Texas. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards
Friday, April 20, 2018
The Raptors and Wizards played each other to a stalemate in the regular season, with each winning two of four games and the scoring margin falling only two points in Toronto’s favor. ...
5 reasons to catch the Las Vegas 51s this season
Thursday, April 19, 2018
With three new local professional teams beginning play within a year—the NHL’s Golden Knights, the USL’s Lights and the WNBA’s Aces—locals are loaded with options for live sporting events. That doesn’t mean they should forget about the veteran franchise.
Vegas Play of the Day: Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Jets had an off-night in their first road game of the postseason, getting pasted 6-2 in Minnesota on Sunday. ...
Chaparral High grad Will Hernandez has come a long way to reach NFL Draft
Two-time collegiate All-American could become a rare guard taken in the first round
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Block the players rushing down the field from the opposite side.
The coach’s instructions to Will Hernandez on his role on the kickoff return team in his first football practice as a freshman at Chaparral High sounded easy enough — except they weren’t. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Bettors make the mistake of putting too much stock into the end of the regular season every year going into the NBA Playoffs. ....
How one lesson changed the way I saw polo
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Fewer than 100 people nationwide are certified as official United States Polo Association instructors. After more than two decades of work in the field, Ismael Molina joined that elite group earlier this year.
Golden Knights’ Game 1 win shows they can hold up in the playoffs
Vegas beats Los Angeles at its own game in front of record number of fans
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Those who spent the season saying the Golden Knights weren’t built for the playoffs can trudge barefoot uphill through miles of snow back into their caves and spare everyone ...
Betting facts on the Golden Knights’ historic regular season and impending playoff run
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Jason McCormick attended about half of the Golden Knights’ home games this year, getting lost in the atmosphere of T-Mobile Arena as a fan. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
The Angels have started the season 8-3, and are being discussed as one of the best teams in baseball. ...
UFC 223 breakdown, betting odds and picks
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Never has a fight week experienced as much upheaval as what’s transpired in Brooklyn, N.Y. over the last several days. ...
Analysis: Forget Conor McGregor, Max Holloway has historic chance at UFC 223
Featherweight champion steps in against undefeated top lightweight
Friday, April 6, 2018
Conor McGregor looked so emaciated before weighing in the second-to-last time he fought at 145 pounds that Urijah Faber asked him if he was going to survive and inadvertently incited a minor quarrel backstage at MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Mariners starter James Paxton came on last year to become one of the better pitchers in the majors, and should be great again this season. ...
Five prop bets to place on the Masters
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Every once in a while, the Masters transcends its status as one of the biggest niche betting events of the year and turns into one of the biggest betting events of the year, period. This year’s tournament shapes up as one of the gambling goliaths ...

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