<!– google_ad_section_start –> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Something had to give in Friday’s night Las Vegas Invitational championship game.Illinois came in with the third best scoring average per game in the country at 95.6, while Baylor came in ranked best defensively at 49.4.The Illini didn’t have their usual high-octane yet they had enough offense in the 2nd half to rally from a four-point halftime deficit to win 62-54 at the … Read the rest

LAS VEGAS — If Illinois coach John Groce can find a way to convey his team’s November magic to March, they may have to start making room for a few banners in the State Farm Center. The Fighting Illini improved to 21-0 in November under Groce while extending their school November winning streak to 32 in a row with a 62-54 success over the Baylor Bears on Friday night in … Read the rest

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, the new commissioner of the National Basketball Association, Adam Silver, says in that he favors allowing legalized sports betting throughout the United States. The announcement both surprises and confirms. It surprises 'cause no leader of any major U.S. sports league, either college or professional, has ever expressed anything other than opposition to sports betting. But Mr. Silver’s about-face moreover confirms a … Read the rest

<!–<div class=”stampAd”>–> <!– –> Typically, country music does not travel far beyond North America, yet country-pop trio Lady Antebellum became a worldwide sensation with the 2011 single “Need You Now,” which hit the top 10 in seven countries and charted highly around the world, catapulting the group in to the realm of major international successes like U2 and Coldplay. That’s pretty impressive territory for the trio (singers Hillary Scott and … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shaq Goodwin scored 19 and grabbed eight rebounds to direct Memphis past Indiana State 72-62 in the third-place game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.Trahson Burrell had 15 points, while Avery Woodson had 12 to give the Tigers (2-2) a split of two games in Las Vegas.Brenton Scott led Indiana State (3-3) with 12 points and Khristian Smith added 10 as … Read the rest

Poker by Bryan Devonshire

November 29, 2014

To bolster your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses, you must start by thoroughly understanding your mistakes. At the poker table, that’s an intricate, complex challenge, 'cause the game gives you natural blind spots. The World Series of Poker Main Event is a marathon, and I constantly preach in that patience is the key to going deep in this tournament. I went in to this year’s Main Event fresh and rested … Read the rest

By TIM REYNOLDSAP Basketball Writer PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Duje Dukan thought he had created a turnover with a held ball. The referees asserted he was guilty of a foul instead.It’s a play in that won’t make highlight reels, won’t get pointed to in any boxscore. But it sparked No. 2 Wisconsin in to finding a way to survive its 1st test this season. Sam Dekker scored 17 points, … Read the rest

NFL, players union at odds on imposing fair discipline

FILE – This is an Aug. 5, 2011, file photo showing NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell, left, and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith shaking hands after signing their collective bargaining agreement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Saying the NFL is “making things up as they go along,” players’ union chief DeMaurice Smith wants the league and its owners to take disciplining players out of the hands … Read the rest

<!–<div class=”stampAd”>–> <!– –> Typically, country music does not travel far beyond North America, yet country-pop trio Lady Antebellum became a worldwide sensation with the 2011 single “Need You Now,” which hit the top 10 in seven countries and charted highly around the world, catapulting the group in to the realm of major international successes like U2 and Coldplay. That’s pretty impressive territory for the trio (singers Hillary Scott and … Read the rest

Celine Dion visits Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

LAS VEGAS — International superstar and Las Vegas headliner Celine Dion is getting in to the holiday spirit.  The “Power of Love” singer, a long supporter of the Las Vegas Community since she began her 1st residency in 2003, enjoyed a little time at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest.  While there, Dion who had to cancel performances of her show at Caesars Palace through March 22, 2015, even took the time … Read the rest

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A group of activists in that faced charges last year for writing anti-police messages outside the Las Vegas courthouse has struck again, this time with messages about a cops shooting in Ferguson and criticism of the use of force among Las Vegas officers. Members of the group Sunset Activist Collective and other supporters wrote chalk messages outside Las Vegas cops headquarters on Tuesday and outside of … Read the rest