LOS ANGELES — When Johny Hendricks emerged from a bruising, bloodying five-round bout with the UFC welterweight title in March, a noteworthy portion of the mixed martial arts world thought Robbie Lawler got robbed. Lawler wasn’t among those who disagreed with the decision, however. Even after his remarkable career resurgence left him agonizingly short of a title, Lawler refused to take solace in anyone else’s opinion. To the well-traveled Lawler, … Read the rest

Weekend best bets: Great Santa Run, Train, Amy Schumer and NFR

Steve Marcus Caesars Palace headliner Shania Twain serves as grand marshal for the 2013 Las Vegas Great Santa Run in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. By Andrea Domanick (contact) Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 | 6 p.m. From rodeos to Santa runs to complex rock, there is truly a little something for everyone in the days ahead as Las Vegas kicks in to high gear for the holidays. … Read the rest

Strip Scribbles: ‘Catch a Contractor,’ toy drive, ‘Celebrity Idols,’ Jaymes Vaughan

Mitchell Zachs / South Beach Comedy Festival / AP In this photo provided by the South Beach Comedy Festival, comedian Adam Carolla performs during the South Beach Comedy Festival at Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Thursday, March 3, 2011. By Robin Leach (contact) Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 | 6:01 p.m. Al Powers Kathy Najimy, Meg Ryan, Dan Finnerty and Adam Carolla at Tao in The Venetian on Jan. 22, 2010. … Read the rest

Los Angeles entrepreneur Sam Nazarian jumped a key hurdle on the way to getting a gaming license for his new casino in Las Vegas.Members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board voted 2 to 1 on Wednesday to recommend in that Nazarian be granted a temporary one-year permit for the casino at the SLS Las Vegas, which opened in August.Under the conditions of the permit, Nazarian is to have no involvement … Read the rest

Celine Dion’s return to Caesars Palace is delayed again

Tom Donoghue/DonoghuePhotography.com Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the “Veronic Voices” premiere at Bally’s on Friday, June 28, 2013. By Robin Leach (contact) Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 | 4:57 p.m. 3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum Launch slideshow » Caesars Headliners Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn Launch slideshow » On Dec. 17, Caesars Palace superstar headliner Celine Dion and her husband and former longtime manager Rene Angelil will celebrate … Read the rest

Exclusive Genetics, a leader in the bucking bull industry returns to Las Vegas, Nevada for the fourth consecutive year to feature its $1.5 million Bucking Bull Games. The Games will be held December 4-13 at Cowboy Marketplace in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, as well as the historic rodeo arena at Horseman’s Park near Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall – parallel to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, when … Read the rest

© Troy Wayrynen, Associated Press Troy Wayrynen, Associated Press PredictionMachine.com’s Director of Research and Analytics, John Ewing, takes a look at what the College Football Playoff could look like through 50,000 simulations of Football Four’s most likely four-team Playoff. Follow John on Twitter @JohnEwing for more notes from his determination and to let him know what else you may like to see with these projections. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and … Read the rest

Lawmakers At Odds On Prospect Of North Jersey Casinos By Phil Gregory, WBGO NewsTrenton. December 4, 2014 Listen to Report Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee Members of the New Jersey Assembly’s Tourism and Gaming Committee disagree on allowing a casino in the northern part of the state. Assemblyman Chris A. Brown from Atlantic County says even the discussion about a casino in North Jersey is hurting Atlantic City. “Continuing this … Read the rest

MGM Grand Detroit’s new 315-seat Axis Lounge will feature live music from local artists, seven nights a week. MGM Grand Detroit plans to debut its new Axis Lounge on Friday night.The casino-hotel invested $3 million to take out the U Me Drink center bar area to pave the way for the new, 315-seat, open-air lounge. Axis will feature live music from local artists, seven nights a week.Sunday through Wednesday will … Read the rest

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kyle Petty will join NBC Sports Network’s broadcast team for next year’s NASCAR coverage.The former Cup driver had been an analyst on the network’s ”NASCAR America” show this season. He’ll now join host Krista Voda for prerace and postrace shows for Sprint Cup and Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) race telecasts on NBC and NBC Sports Network.NBC and NBCSN will telecast the final 20 Cup … Read the rest