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April 16, 2014

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  • Kentucky head coach John Calipari directs his team during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Connecticut Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Calipari not going to ‘dignify’ Lakers rumors
    April 7, 2014
    Kentucky coach John Calipari refused to "dignify that stuff" when he was asked after Monday night's championship game about his rumored interest in coaching the Los Angeles Lakers. The rumors were floated by former Kentucky star Rex Chapman on Twitter shortly before ...
  • Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrates after winning the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kentucky on Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
    Napier leads Connecticut to NCAA title over Kentucky
    April 7, 2014
    Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night. Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies' 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun's retirement even when the Huskies were ...
  • Manhattan coach Steve Masiello speaks during a news conference for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
    Manhattan coach on unpaid leave until he gets degree
    April 7, 2014
    The school announced Monday that Masiello, who had been coach of the Jaspers for three seasons, will be on unpaid leave until he gets the degree. During his absence ...
  • Vegas Play of the Day: White Sox at Rockies
    April 7, 2014
    Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
  • Connecticut players celebrate against Florida in the final moments of the NCAA Final Four game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Connecticut won 63-53.
    NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of championship game
    April 7, 2014
    Las Vegas’ two pre-NCAA Tournament favorites are gone now, both banished back-to-back by the hands of Connecticut. Florida and Michigan State went off the LVH Superbook betting board as co-favorites at 4-to-1 to win the national championship. Kentucky is a 2.5-point favorite over Connecticut in the title game, and not a single national-television analyst picked against ...
  • 51s beat Fresno in ninth inning; take three games in season opening series
    April 6, 2014
    Zach Lutz’s game-ending RBI double scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the winning run today for the Las Vegas 51s in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 6-5 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies at Cashman Field.
  • (Clockwise) UNLV football wide receiver Jonathon James, a walk-on from Canyon Springs H.S. in North Las Vegas, is backed up by offensive linemen Brett Boyko, Cameron Jefferson, Charles Howard, Aleks Vekic and Tom Clarkson on Friday, March 28, 2014.
    UNLV has its own ‘Rudy’
    April 6, 2014
    For each UNLV football practice, senior wide receiver Jonathon James wears the same sleeveless, gray T-shirt under his shoulder pads. He received the shirt in 2011 when he made the Rebels’ team as a walk-on and was given locker No. 105. Teams are allowed 105 players, meaning James was the Rebels’ last player. The shirt, with a red 105 on the front, is as a reminder of where James’ journey began ...
  • Vegas Play of the Day: Padres at Marlins
    April 6, 2014
    Two underdogs got my baseball season off to the right start in the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point and features starting bankrolls of $10,000. I’ll get a little less feisty and back a favorite with the third pick.
  • Las Vegas 51's Matt den Dekker slides safely under Fresno's Tony Abreu during the 51's season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies Thursday, April 3, 2014.
    One strike away from winning, 51s give up 7 runs in ninth inning
    April 5, 2014
    The Las Vegas 51s had a five-run lead today in the ninth inning and were one strike away from beating visiting the Fresno Grizzlies for the third straight day to open the season.
  • Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, center, is congratulated by teammates Julius Randle, left, and Dakari Johnson after making a 3-point basket in the final seconds of the second half of the NCAA Midwest Regional final game against Michigan on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four.
    Vegas odds favor Kentucky slightly in national championship
    April 5, 2014
    The NCAA Tournament semifinals culminated with one of the most exciting Final Four games in several years Saturday night in Dallas. Monday night's national championship projects as every bit as gripping and evenly matched according to the early betting line in ...
  • Kentucky players celebrate on the court after their 74-73 victory over Wisconsin in an NCAA Final Four game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
    3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left vaults Kentucky into championship game
    April 5, 2014
    Eighth-seeded Kentucky will play seventh-seeded Connecticut in the highest combined seed total for a national championship game since seeding began in 1979. The previous was the 2011 game when ...
  • Bishop Gorman High 2015 safety Nicco Fertitta gave a verbal commitment to Notre Dame football on April 5, 2014.
    Gorman football’s Fertitta picks Notre Dame during unofficial visit
    April 5, 2014
    Some feel the Notre Dame tradition is second to none in college football. Today, Bishop Gorman High’s Nicco Fertitta couldn’t help ...
  • Connecticut players celebrate against Florida in the final moments of the NCAA Final Four game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Connecticut won 63-53.
    Junior forward Daniels leads UConn to finals with 63-53 upset of Florida
    April 5, 2014
    Shabazz Napier had 12 for the seventh-seeded Huskies, who trailed 16-4 midway through the first half but took the lead by halftime and pushed it to double digits early in the ...
  • Chase Elliott, left, talks with team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Victory Lane after Elliot won the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, April 4, 2014.
    Chase Elliott arrives as NASCAR’s next big star
    April 5, 2014
    Bill Elliott rarely got rattled during his three-plus decades racing at NASCAR's highest level. He worked hard, didn't worry about what was going on around him, and did his talking on the track.
  • Vegas Play of the Day: New York Yankees at Toronto
    April 5, 2014
    Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
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