LAS VEGAS | In a ceremony that balanced the glitz that Las Vegas embodies and the tragedy from which it is still recovering, the Oakland Raiders on Monday broke ground on a 65,000-seat domed stadium across the freeway from the city’s world-famous casinos. Prince protegee Judith Hill opened the ceremony with a rendition of Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” as police, firefighters, EMTs and other members of the local community walked through a temporary venue to a standing ovation. Fifty-eight beams of light shone behind the stage, each representing one of the victims of the Oct. 1 attack, which was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
LAS VEGAS | Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.
LAS VEGAS | Connor McDavid won his first Hart Trophy. Hardly anybody in hockey believes it will be his last. The Edmonton captain claimed the award as the NHL’s most valuable player Wednesday night at the league’s postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
It’s 116 degrees in the ice hockey capital of the world. For the next few days, Las Vegas is the place to be on skates. The desert gambling mecca is hosting the NHL’s annual postseason awards show on Wednesday, when the league also will reveal the Vegas Golden Knights’ choices in the expansion player draft to stock the club with talent for its inaugural season in the fall.
George McPhee wants his fellow general managers to make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Vegas Golden Knights GM might as well be The Godfather of the NHL during this three-day expansion draft window. He holds the cards for a significant chunk of the league’s talent, fielding calls from colleagues willing to trade something to keep McPhee from plucking certain players from their rosters, or to take someone from another team to flip in a deal.
The prospect of losing talent to Vegas is keeping a lot of NHL general managers up at night. “Sometimes at 3 in the morning I wake up and remind myself of that: ‘You can only lose one player. Go back to sleep,'” Minnesota’s Chuck Fletcher said. All 30 existing teams must submit their protected list for the upcoming expansion draft by Saturday afternoon, which has made for a week of trade chatter and speculation as GMs jockey for position. Only seven forwards, three defenseman and a goaltender (or eight skaters of any position and a goaltender) can be protected.
Nobody truly knows whether Floyd Mayweather’s boxing match with Conor McGregor will turn out to be a unique spectacle or an overhyped debacle. The only certainty is that the next 2½ months of hype will be a masterpiece of fight promotion from two of the best ever to play that game.
They are launching their first national joint action on April 4, the 49th anniversary of King’s assassination, with “Fight Racism, Raise Pay” protests in two dozen cities, including Atlanta; Milwaukee; Memphis, Tennessee; Chicago; Boston; Denver; and Las Vegas
The states’ governors announced Monday that they will come up with plans to add charging stations to Interstates 15, 25, 70, 76 and 80 in the next year.