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Drake at Tao in the Venetian on Friday, May 11, 2012.
10:30 a.m.
Drake, a Canadian rapper who got his start on the TV show “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” is one of the biggest recording artists today. And the first song on his new album may have given the UNLV basketball program more validation than it accomplished with 51 victories over the past two seasons. Read more...

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Like navigating the world’s most complex corn maze, getting from one side of the MGM Grand lobby to the other Tuesday afternoon proved treacherous and overwhelming. Obstacles impeding any view of the path included hundreds of outstretched arms with hands gripped on camera phones. Dead-ends of boxing fans maneuvering for position to catch a glimpse of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vastly outnumbered front-desk personnel waiting to check visitors in. Read more...

IBF 154-pound champion Ishe Smith, right, works on his timing with assistant trainer Rafael Ramos at the Mayweather Boxing Club Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Head ...
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The countless winter evenings spent at the Thomas & Mack Center during my childhood helped fuel an unreachable dream: I wanted to play for the hometown Rebels. Thinking back, it was sure fun imagining myself in the Rebels’ scarlet and gray and slamming home an alley-oop pass from Mark Wade. That’s why Ishe Smith’s rise to prominence as a championship boxer is easy to appreciate. If you thought it was difficult getting one of a handful of roster spots at UNLV, imagine the long odds of becoming a boxing champion … at age 35. Read more...

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When Jerry Tarkanian’s family arrived today at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one of the former UNLV basketball coach’s many grandchildren in attendance had a suggestion. Read more...

Randall Cunningham II will lead Gorman onto the field Friday for its Fox Sports 1 televised game against Phoenix’s Mountain Pointe.
4:29 p.m.
Bishop Gorman’s freshman quarterback already has double-digit scholarship offers. Read more...

Forty-six counties vie for the title at the WTBA World Championships this week.
3:41 p.m.
Even if you’re just a spectator, you can still have lots and lots of beer. Read more...

Lyoto Machida, from Brazil, right, and Phil Davis, from the U.S., battle during their UFC 163 mixed martial arts Light Heavyweight bout in Rio de ...
10:45 p.m.
Phil Davis pleaded with the Rio de Janeiro crowd to not boo the biggest moment of his mixed martial arts career. Nice try, “Mr. Wonderful.” Nothing could quiet the angered sold-out HSBC Arena crowd after the judges gave Davis a unanimous-decision victory — 29-28 on all three scorecards — over Brazilian Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of UFC 163. Read more...

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Learn how to shoot, cradle and check.

Simon Peck relaxes on the rocks prior to gearing up for a climb on the boulders at Calico Basin west of Red Rock Canyon Conservation ...
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Simon Peck fell in love on a “crappy cliff” at age 15. Read more...

The guy can fight, no doubt about it.
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Because big fights and dollar beers belong on your schedule. Read more...

2:13 p.m.
The former sports director and anchor for Las Vegas’ ABC affiliate is now working for one of the largest sports networks in the world. Read more...

1:15 a.m.
For an organization that’s vocally championed anti-bullying initiatives, the UFC could have seen this coming. The biggest bully in the history of the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion tumbled Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Read more...

Last year’s Herbalife World Football Challenge pitted Real Madrid against Santos Laguna—at our own Sam Boyd Stadium. More goodness is to come July 3.
2:43 p.m.
Sam Boyd Stadium is where you want to be July 3. Read more...

Mike McCallum Jr., a Silverado High School student, listens to his father during a workout at Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym Thursday, May 9, 2013. Mike ...
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Prize fighter Mike McCallum would hold his 1-year-old son on his shoulder, as the boy’s bowed legs, wrapped in plastic braces, dangled in front of him. He feared that his boy would never follow him into the ring. The sight pained the father, a hall of famer known back in the day as the Body Snatcher. Would his own son’s body grow into that of a prize fighter? Read more...

Stipe Miocic celebrates his heavyweight victory over Roy Nelson during UFC 161 in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday June 15, 2013
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There goes Roy Nelson’s bargaining power. Stipe Miocic beat out the leverage Nelson may have possessed heading into contract negotiations with the UFC and left it in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On Saturday night, Miocic landed a heavyweight-record 437 significant strikes, routing the local fighter with a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in the co-main event of UFC 161. Read more...
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