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Vegas Play of the Day: Open Championship first round
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Fading Fleetwood is one of the strategies I’m most seeking to employ in this week’s major at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. ...

Las Vegas' newest pro sports team focuses on entertainment, competitiveness
Thursday, July 18, 2019
The flow of professional sports teams to Las Vegas continues, with another new franchise joining the fray. The Las Vegas Rollers of World TeamTennis began their inaugural season July 14 in Orlando, Fa., and will make their home debut July 20 at Orleans Arena. “The league thought it was important to ...
Hossein Ensan aptly wins Main Event championship to cap WSOP’s 50th year
German pro is the tournament’s oldest winner since 1999
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Throughout this summer’s 50th annual event, the World Series of Poker paid homage to its history in a number of ways. ...

German poker pro continues to control WSOP Main Event final table
Three final players represent three different countries
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Hossein Ensan shared a laugh with a World Series of Poker floor person as he shoveled several handfuls of chips into his sealable overnight bag after the second night of the Main Event final table. It might have been the 55-year-old German professional’s first true show of emotion at ...

Hossein Ensan, Garry Gates build on separation to start WSOP final table
Five players remain in the running for $10 million with two rounds to go
Monday, July 15, 2019
Like a pair of predators crossing paths in the wild, Hossein Ensan and Garry Gates proceeded cautiously. The two chip leaders in the World Series of Poker Main Event spent a few extra seconds analyzing each other in their lone one-on-one encounter in a hand Sunday night at the Rio. They even lightly ...
Your primer on always-evolving Kansas rock band The Appleseed Cast
Thursday, July 11, 2019
With a solidified new lineup and a memorable new record, now is the time to catch Chris Crisci and company.
Vegas Play of the Day: PGA Tour's John Deere Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The sixth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

10 dangerous players still alive deep in World Series of Poker Main Event
Recent champion outlasts all the former winners
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
With more than 8,000 entrants in the World Series of Poker Main Event, some would assume that the final table would be composed of all unknown players. It rarely works out that way. Almost every year, a player or two familiar to even the most casual of poker fans reaches the final nine of the game’s ...
World Series of Poker Main Event just misses all-time entrants record
Eventual winner will earn $10 million next week at Rio
Sunday, July 7, 2019
A total of 8,569 players ponied up the $10,000 to enter the event — the second-most ever and only 204 less than the record set in 2006.

Vegas Play of the Day: PGA Tour's 3M Open
Sunday, July 7, 2019
The sixth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Jon Jones looks human at UFC 239 in tightest win of his career
More challengers like Thiago Santos may be on the way for pound-for-pound titan
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Awkward silence permeated on multiple occasions throughout the UFC 239 main event Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. ...
UFC 239: Three straight knockouts electrify T-Mobile Arena
Jon Jones retains title in razor-thin fashion
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Let’s hope local hospitals set aside a few extra beds for the UFC tonight. ...


Vegas Play of the Day: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
Saturday, July 6, 2019
The sixth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

How Jon Jones changed his preparation for UFC 239 bout against Thiago Santos
Size or speed? Differing approaches in pay-per-view main event
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Jon Jones bounded to the scale with an outstretched smile at the UFC 239 official weigh-ins Friday morning at New York-New York. ...
Fangs and Bones: Comparing the careers of two of UFC's greatest champions
Friday, July 5, 2019
The UFC has traditionally relied on historic matchups or megastars to headline the pay-per-view card that caps its annual International Fight Week during July Fourth ...
Vegas Play of the Day: PGA Tour's 3M Open
Thursday, July 4, 2019
The hype on Viktor Hovland has gone overboard. ...
8 things to watch as 50th WSOP Main Event begins at Rio
Defending champion John Cynn kicks off the festivities on Day 1A
Thursday, July 4, 2019
John Cynn fought to keep his eyes open and stave off exhaustion a year ago to accept the World Series of Main Event championship bracelet after a final session that lasted all night into the early morning at the Rio ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Sunday, June 30, 2019
 The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Oakland A's at Los Angeles Angels
Saturday, June 29, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
Saturday, June 22, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Four longtime Vegas friends are booking prominent hardcore bands—for all ages
Thursday, June 20, 2019
“When you’re a kid and going to shows, you don’t realize how much goes into planning and booking those shows. So it’s nice to feel like this many years later—that we can be the ones doing these for a whole new generation of kids.”
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

UFC Apex ‘a big piece’ of promotion’s plans going forward
Facility includes venue that can hold up to 1,500 people for fights, concerts
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The UFC hopes Apex revolutionizes its smaller live-show presentation and production in the same way that the performance institute has done for athlete preparation and ...

Vegas Play of the Day: U.S. Open third round
Saturday, June 15, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Odds to win next year’s NBA Finals: Finding the best futures bet
Milwaukee Bucks are enticing at 6-to-1 amid a logjam of contenders
Saturday, June 15, 2019
The Toronto Raptors’ NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors, which they closed out Thursday night, did little to clarify next year’s title picture ...

Fifty years after its birth, the World Series of Poker retains its restless spirit
Thursday, June 13, 2019
The 50th-annual World Series of Poker began in late May at the Rio with the set of 89 championship tournaments running through mid-July. The Main Event begins on July 3 and lasts 10 days, with ...
Four brutal DeathFest XI recommendations
Thursday, June 6, 2019
From Blood Red Throne to Kill Everything.
Vegas Play of the Day: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Las Vegas Bowl will amp up at new stadium with SEC, Big Ten affiliations
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The Las Vegas Bowl made another big step Tuesday morning in its decades-long climb up the college football postseason landscape. After starting as one of the lowest-tier bowls nearly 30 years ago, the annual local game had recently ascended to one ...
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 2
Sunday, June 2, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Circa Sports launches with promise to foster a competitive betting experience
Owner Derek Stevens implements ‘old-school thought process’ at new sports book
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The money started pouring in Thursday morning. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Friday, May 31, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Daniel Negreanu gets fast start in chasing ‘lofty goals’ at World Series of Poker
Local pro makes final table of one event before turning focus to massive field
Friday, May 31, 2019
Daniel Negreanu got married two weeks ago but will have no extended honeymoon period or settling-down process — not professionally at least. Already synonymous with the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas’ most popular card player plans to ...
NBA Finals betting: Vegas picks and preview of Warriors vs. Raptors
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Raptors vs. Bucks exact series odds

Three Pummelling metal masters team up to crush all hope at the Bunkhouse
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Full of Hell, Primitive Man and Genocide Pact plat the Downtown venue on May 30.
Punk Rock Bowling’s expanded edition upped the intensity in 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Refused, Descendents, Flag, The Specials and many more descended upon Downtown Las Vegas for a record-breaking weekend.
Vegas Play of the Day: Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors
Saturday, May 25, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Stanley Cup odds: Vegas picks and preview of Bruins vs. Blues
Saturday, May 25, 2019
The Stanley Cup odds have stayed deflated because of money coming in on the Blues at plus-135 (risking $1 to win $1.35) including 61 percent of the overall action at William Hill.

Vegas Play of the Day: Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday, May 23, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...

Sun Standout Awards: Variety of impressive winners emerges at South Point
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Legendary coaches. Budding stars with professional-athlete potential. Inspiring team managers. Those descriptions apply to only a portion of the winners at the Sun Standout Awards on Tuesday at the South Point ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers
Saturday, May 18, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks
Friday, May 17, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...
NBA Playoffs betting: Vegas picks and preview of Eastern Conference Finals
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
A lifelong NBA fan underwent a crisis of faith at the end of last season. ...

NBA Playoffs betting: Vegas picks and preview of Western Conference Finals
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The 8-point spread in Game 1 is the same number that Golden State laid to Portland in the teams’ only previous meeting at Oracle Arena this season — and that was with the Durant in the lineup.

Vegas Play of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
Sunday, May 12, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Portland Trailblazers at Denver Nuggets
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Sunday, April 28, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...

NFL Draft is the biggest day of the year for thriving local sports agent
Caric Sports Management has grown steadily over the last decade
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Steve Caric sits behind a desk in his Town Square office thumbing through a packet both thick and detailed enough to be mistaken for court files from afar. These nine pages rank potential team fits for each of his nine clients available in this year’s NFL Draft ...