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SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
- On a night when the toll of a lengthy boxing career was going to be tested in another multimillion-dollar world-title fight, the promise of a limitless future in the sport was also displayed. Oscar Valdez, a 23-year-old two-time Olympian from Nogales, Mexico, who trains in Santa Fe Springs, won his first belt, the North American Boxing Federation super-featherweight title, with a fourth-round knockout of Florida's Adrian Perez, 33, on Saturday. "Everything we practiced in the gym we showed in the ring today," Valdez (10-0, 10 knockouts)
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LAS VEGAS - Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the interviews. Well, I did indeed head to Vegas last weekend to see "The Tempest," and I can guarantee that I was the only person on my morning flight reading Harold C. Goddard's classic "The Meaning of Shakespeare. " Just a few pages from the chapter on "The Tempest," mind you. The guys downing pre-lunch wine and cocktails around me were whooping it up "Hangover"-style.
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - Theories abound as to why Manny Pacquiao has gone seven fights since 2009 without knocking out an opponent. The effects of age on the 35-year-old, the talent and size of the opponents, conditioning flaws and distractions in his personal life and in his public life as a congressman in the Philippines are among the most cited reasons. Pacquiao's opponent Saturday at the MGM Grand, World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, has called out Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 knockouts)
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Kevon Seymour finished the 2013 season in style. The USC cornerback was selected defensive player of the game in the Las Vegas Bowl after deflecting a pass and making seven tackles in the Trojans' rout of Fresno State. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior from Pasadena built on the performance during the off-season and has been playing with a veteran confidence throughout spring practice. Seymour started on the left side last season, but with senior Josh Shaw sidelined while recovering from a stress fracture he also has played on the right.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
It will be man versus beast when many of the nation's best bull riders gather in Las Vegas on April 19. Starting at 8 p.m. that day, 24 cowboys will compete for $30,000 in prize money during the Tuff Hedeman Shootout (named for four-time world champion Tuff Hedeman) at Las Vegas' South Point Arena . During three rounds of competition, riders will try to stay atop angry bulls for eight seconds. Prize money will also be awarded to the owners of the bulls most capable of quickly tossing their riders to the ground.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - We went to write about Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley and SignGate broke out. It was Wednesday, this was boxing, and so the anger, hatred, rips, finger-pointing and innuendo were not unexpected. Nor, if you write a sports column for a living, unwelcome. For big fights here, they always have a large press conference on Wednesday. The norm is a large stage, fighters and teams strung along each side of a podium, and a half-dozen skimpily clad Tecate girls, featuring plastic-enhanced smiles, etc. The proceedings usually go one of two ways.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Four months ago, Clay Helton was drawing up a postseason game plan and overseeing USC's staff as interim coach of the Trojans. He guided USC to a Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State in December, and was subsequently rewarded when new Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian retained him as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Helton has spent the last four weeks installing the fast-paced, no-huddle offense that Sarkisian brought from Washington. The 41-year-old Helton had run a no-huddle system as Memphis' offensive coordinator before Lane Kiffin hired him at USC before the 2010 season.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Jay Jones
As the weather in Las Vegas heats up, resort pools are beginning to open for the season and new venues are sure to bring some extra sizzle to the city this summer. Drai's Beach Club  launches Memorial Day weekend atop the Cromwell .  This is the re-imagined resort opening next month at Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, kitty corner from Bellagio . It's the former Bill's Gamblin' Hall. Perched on the 11 th floor, with splendid views of those famous fountains and other sites along the Strip, Drai's is hoping to become a place to see and be seen.
NEWS
March 31, 2014
A woman with plenty of equine experience has become the first female horse rider in the cast of a long-running medieval-themed dinner show in Las Vegas.  Iranda Dyer is the newest "maiden" to join the cast of “ Tournament of Kings ” at the Excalibur . Unlike the other female performers, Dyer appears astride Nobilissimo as she leads him through dressage, a routine in which horse and rider make precise movements in harmony. Nobilissimo is an Andalusian, commonly called “the horse of kings.” During the daytime, the San Diego County native works as a sports massage therapist for horses at three equine centers in Las Vegas . Showtime is 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, with additional 8:30 p.m. performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The world's tallest Ferris wheel, the appropriately named High Roller, welcomed its first passengers on Monday in Las Vegas. The first tickets were sold for rides beginning at 1 p.m. The 550-foot-tall wheel is the anchor attraction of the Linq , the new entertainment and retail complex directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesars Palace . The 30-minute ride isn't impressive at first because it's alongside undeveloped land behind...
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