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Jimmie Johnson the Favorite for NASCAR Win

Jimmie Johnson the Favorite for NASCAR Win

Perennial favorite Jimmie Johnson leads the betting pack for this weekend’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The sports book at the Stratosphere has selected five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Johnson as the favorite to win Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400. Johnson is listed at 9/2.

Defending champion Carl Edwards is listed at 8/1, as is last week’s Phoenix winner, Denny Hamlin.

Of the three hometown heroes, Kyle Busch boasts the best odds at 6/1. Kurt Busch’s new team is facing tall odds at 35/1 and Brendan Gaughan is in what’s referred to as “the field” (all others) at 15/1.

Mike Tyson's One-Man Show Set for Strip Debut

Mike Tyson's One-Man Show Set for Strip Debut

 

Where the bizarre meets reality, you’ll find a one-man Strip show starring Mike Tyson.

 “Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage,” starring the former champion boxer, will run from April 13 - 18 at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand.

Producers tout the show as “the no-holds-barred life story of the iconic boxer as it has never been told before” featuring untold stories, as well as images, music and video. Tyson, in an intimate and theatrical setting, will share the stories of his life and experiences as a professional athlete, and controversies in and out of the ring.

Mayweather to Fight May 5, But Not Against Pacquiao

Mayweather to Fight May 5, But Not Against Pacquiao

 

Floyd Mayweather will fight on May 5. It just won’t be the superfight the world wants.

Mayweather will move up in weight to take on Miguel Cotto for the WBA Super Welterweight World title at MGM Grand. After successfully petitioning in January to push back a jail sentence to clear himself for the May fight night, Mayweather could not convince Manny Pacquiao to take the bout on relatively short notice. Derisively referring to Pacquiao on Twitter as “Miss Pac Man” for his refusal to take the fight, Mayweather announced the fallback fight against Cotto earlier Wednesday.

NFL Star Mark Sanchez Visits Boys & Girls Club

NFL Star Mark Sanchez Visits Boys & Girls Club

Mark Sanchez, the quarterback of the NFL's New York Jets, visited the Lied Memorial Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. He was joined by George Maloof, owner of the Palms Casino Resort.

The visit coincides with National Boys & Girls Club Week and gave the kids the opportunity to toss the football and interact with Sanchez and Maloof. There are nine locations of the Boys & Girls Club throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Top Wheelchair Basketball Teams To Compete During Annual Tournament At UNLV

Top Wheelchair Basketball Teams To Compete During Annual Tournament At UNLV

This weekend, the Las Vegas Championship Division Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will take place at the UNLV Paul McDermott Physical Education Building north and south gyms. The tournament is one of the last major ones open to top level teams before the national championships, which will take place this April in Denver, Colorado. Teams will be in top form and gearing up for nationals.

The games are open to the public, and people are encouraged to come watch! There is no admission fee, and the games will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in both gyms.

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon to Run at Night

LAS VEGAS -- Big changes are on the way for the Zappos Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon. This year's marathon will take place in the evening  instead of the morning, giving participants the chance to experience the neon lights of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Runners from across the country and around the world come to Las Vegas to experience the thrill of running up and down the Strip. But now, organizers of the race will be switching things up a bit and make it a night-time race with the start time of 4 p.m.

"Vegas is truly one of those towns that like to reinvent themselves and this race is obviously right on that," said Tom Ellingson with Zappos.

The marathon has been on the Strip since 2005 and the start time has always been around 6 a.m. Most marathons across the country are organized this way for logistical reasons -- it is harder to shut down a large part of the city later in the day.

An NBA Team Coming to Las Vegas?

LAS VEGAS -- Plans for a new arena on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip are looking more promising.

Texas developer Chris Milam, whose plan it is to build the Silver State Arena on the old Wet N' Wild site, is hoping to use tax increment financing to fund the arena. TIF is a creative way to use tax dollars to pay for municipal improvements, like arenas.

An arena would increase the property value for business owners in the area, and generate the additional property tax revenue to pay for the vast majority of the stadium.

Milam claims to have an NBA team under contract to become the arena's top tenant, once it's completed, but calls to Milam were not returned.

At the NBA Summer League, reaction to this so-called signed agreement was varied. A lot of coaches and executives a little sensitive about the issue, given the nature of what is being discussed.