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Category - Sports

Hoop heaven

You've filled out your brackets, so head to Las Vegas to watch every buzzer beater all tournament long!

College hoopsHead downtown to the Fremont Street Experience for the 5th annual Downtown Hoopstown through April 8. Enjoy nightly entertainment by the Hardwood Hotties, the world's largest tournament bracket, fan shoot-outs and hoop-themed Viva Vision productions.

Almost every resort is hosting viewing parties for all of the opening-weekend tournament games. At the South Point, enjoy a free chair message and $16 buckets of Budweiser. The LVH theater becomes Hoops Central with seating for more than 1,500. Hard Rock, LVH, Treasure Island, JW Marriott and The Orleans will also throw all-day parties, to name a few.

For a more intimate experience, check out Hoops & Hops inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, where you can choose from four different packages including "The Main," which includes open seating, access to a basketball court and more -- or watch all of the action with viewing parties in Las Vegas nightlife hot spots.

Enjoy a zesty chicken wings, BBQ pork sliders and more at PURE at Caesars Palace, or kick back at The Deuce Lounge at ARIA, Lily at Bellagio, PURE at Caesars Palace and Rockhouse at The Venetian/The Palazzo. You can also fill up with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink package at The Rhumbar at The Mirage.

Feast on more great food and hoop fireworks with parties at Carmine's at the Forum Shops at Caesars, Chayo at the LINQ, the Pub at Monte Carlo or PBR Rock Bar and Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

At Tacos & Tequila at Luxor, package your tournament experience with Basketball Nachos, a drink and a ticket to Fantasy.

Catch every big shot throughout the college postseason in Las Vegas!



5 places to catch every big play in Vegas

Playoff football, college and pro basketball, hockey, golf, tennis and more. There's always great sports action to see and with luxurious sports books and lounges and restaurants with arena-style seating, Las Vegas has plenty of venues that are perfect for watching every big game. Here's a list of some of the places to see it all unfold:

1. Hooters. The resort -- and specifically the signature restaurant inside -- is a great place to enjoy the game!

2. Sports books. Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the split-level VIP booths at the MGM Grand or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at LVH, are the next best thing to being at the game.

3. Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo. BAM! Kick it up a notch when you watch the big games here.

4. The Ainsworth at the Hard Rock Hotel. HD flat screens, mouthwatering food and cocktail options. What more do you need?

5. The Sporting House Bar & Grill at New York-New York. A sports fan's paradise!

Catch every touchdown in the comfort of a Vegas sports book

If you're a football fan -- the die-hard kind who thinks the four seasons of the year are the preseason, midseason, postseason and offseason -- this is your time of year.

And there's no better place on Earth to spend it than in Las Vegas, where the game is always on! You don’t want to miss a single moment, and you won’t have to in the sports books and sports bars of Las Vegas. If there's a touchdown being scored, it’s on one of the thousands of big screens across the Strip. Catch every big play at the bar, on the patio, in a booth or in a private viewing room.

Lagasse Stadium at The Palazzo offers stadium-style seating, the best beers on tap, countless screens and bar food that reinvents the genre. You can thank Emeril Lagasse for a menu of delectable treats and creative cocktails that make this bar and sports book an only Vegas experience.

Sporting HouseFor more traditional fare and familiar barstools, check out Blondie’s at Planet Hollywood. MSN and Gayot.com voted Blondie’s the best sports bar in America. Decide for yourself while catching every feat of gridiron greatness on any of their 40 screens. And the cheerleaders who keep the drinks coming don’t hurt either.

If watching, cheering for or placing a little action on games is your thing, you have to visit the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel and Casino SuperBook. It’s not only the world’s largest sports book, but every season, the LVH theater transforms into Football Central. Find yourself in the middle of the madness, where sports fans from across the country collide in an avalanche of excitement and energy. For more adrenaline-pumping sports book excitement, visit the Race & Sports Bar and Lounge at Wynn Las Vegas.

For more ways to enjoy every exciting touchdown all season long, check out the Sporting House at New York-New York, Holstein’s at the Cosmopolitan or the Queen Victoria Pub at the Riviera.




International Fight Week packs a punch

It's your chance to get up close and personal with the stars of The Octagon when UFC Fight Week returns to Las Vegas July 3-6 with meet and greets, autograph signings and more!

The gloves come off at the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay. It's the ultimate fan experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with the top names in mixed martial arts.

Cap the weekend with UFC 162 at MGM Grand as Anderson Silva defends the middleweight title for a record 11th time against unbeaten Chris Weidman! 

Ever wonder what Dana White and Ronda Rousey like to do in Las Vegas? Follow Ronda as she experiences Vegas attractions. As you can see, she isn't afraid of sharks, heights, or her opponents in the Octagon:




Forget socks or a tie -- Vegas is a much better Father's Day gift!

Golf in Las VegasLet's face it -- your dad has socks. And probably a tie. This Father's Day, get him something he really needs. A trip to Las Vegas! And hey, just to make sure he has a good time and all that, maybe you should join him, to make up for all those times he helped chaperon you.

Start with a relaxing round on the links. Las Vegas has more than 55 championship golf courses crafted by some of the game's greats, such as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Weiskopf and Arnold Palmer.

Then, help Dad update his wardrobe with some stylish threads. You'll find everything you need to get Dad decked out in Las Vegas' amazing shopping centers.

Charlie Palmer Photo for Blog

Once he's dressed to kill, it's time to fuel up. First, dinner -- most Dads love to eat, and Las Vegas has some of the most award-winning restaurants anywhere on the globe. Treat him to a memorable steak dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, or Cut by Wolfgang Puck at The Palazzo. If he's a seafood lover, American Fish by Michael Mina at ARIA Resort has dishes ranging from Copper River salmon to Great Lakes walleye, or treat him to fresh steamers, shrimp, lobster, crab, clam chowder and calamari at the Oyster Bar at Harrah's.

Finally, treat Dad to any of Las Vegas' unbeatable shows and you've got the perfect Father's Day gift -- a Las Vegas excursion that he'll think about fondly all year long.

From the hardwood to fairways, you'll find great sports in Vegas

Whether you're ready to hoop it up and catch all the excitement of college basketball tournament action, or see A-listers show off their skills on the links for charity, there's plenty of great sports to see in Las Vegas.

Get your brackets out and follow every buzzer-beater throughout the men's and women's college basketball tournaments (Pac-12 at MGM Grand, WAC at Orleans, Mountain West at Thomas & Mack Center). Catch every shot in any of Las Vegas luxurious sports books, or venues such as The Ainsworth at the Hard Rock Hotel or Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.

Michael Jordan Celebrity InvitationalWatch the stars come out and take their swings for charity from April 4-7 at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational. The event features incredible parties, A-list entertainment and competitive golf and is recognized as one of the best of its kind. Sports legends such as Wayne Gretzky, Charles Barkley, Mario Lemieux and Julius "Dr. J" Erving and entertainment personalities such as Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Don Cheadle have participated in the MJCI since its inception in 2001.

See your favorite celebrities tee it up at the exclusive Shadow Creek in the only event where the club opens its doors to the public!

Action sports take over Las Vegas from two wheels to four wheelers! The Geico Endurocross tournament rolls into town May 3, while the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals rumbles into Sam Boyd Stadium, March 22-23. And for the real sports aficionado, check out the hard-hitting action of the Lingerie Football League later this summer

From the hardwood to the fairways, you'll always find great sports in Vegas!

Catch every big play in Vegas

Playoff football, college and pro basketball, hockey, golf, tennis and more. There's always great sports action to see and with luxurious sports books and lounges and restaurants with arena-style seating, Las Vegas has plenty of venues that are perfect for watching every big game.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.

The new Ainsworth Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel features HD flat screens for sports viewing and mouthwatering food and cocktail options for those who prefer the upscale bar and lounge atmosphere. You can also enjoy the action from luxury boxes, plush seating and an outdoor patio steps from the Strip while you dine on signature cuisine at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.

Want to be at the center of the action? Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the split-level VIP booths at the MGM Grand or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at LVH, are the next best thing to being at the game.

Las Vegas is also home to the best live sporting events, including MMA, NASCAR, and four college hoops conference tournaments. Game on -- catch every big play in Vegas!


If you like sports, you'll love them even more in Vegas!

Football season is under way and there's no better place to catch every big play than Las Vegas. Whether it's college or pro, you'll always find the best seat in the house at any of Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the split-level VIP booths at the MGM Grand or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at LVH.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo.The new Ainsworth Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel features HD flat screens for sports viewing and mouthwatering food and cocktail options for those who prefer the upscale bar and lounge atmosphere. You can also enjoy the action from luxury boxes, plush seating and an outdoor patio steps from the Strip while you dine on signature cuisine at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo

Do you prefer watching live? Las Vegas also hosts plenty of exciting sporting events throughout the year, including UFC and major boxing events, college football's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, multiple NCAA conference championship tournaments, Big League Weekend, NHL and NBA exhibition games, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and PBR World Finals, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children golf tournament, motocross and more!

If you like sports, you'll love sports in Las Vegas!

UFC International Fight Week heats up


UFC International Fight WeekThings are about to get extreme in Las Vegas this Fourth of July weekend for UFC 148 as Anderson "The Spider" Silva is pitted up against Chael "Gangster from West Linn" Sonnen! Can you handle it?

During the UFC International Fight Week July 4 - 7, get ready to rough it up with four days of exclusive UFC events like free concerts, cool pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, weigh-ins and access to UFC fighters throughout the city, plus, follow @Vegas for your chance to win UFC 148 tickets and prize giveaways.

The UFC Octagon Nation Tour takes over Fremont Street daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. July 4 through July 7 for a free, public event. Meet UFC athletes, play the latest UFC video games, check out cool memorabilia and more!

Be sure to join us for the kick-off party and free 3 Doors Down concert on Fremont Street at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

On Thursday, July 5, pop in to check out the UFC 148 open workouts at XS at Encore from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. then hit up the pool party at Palms Casino Resort to mingle with Octagon girls and UFC fighters from 1 until 6 p.m. Afterward, head downtown for the pub crawl at Golden Nugget, El Cortez, The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.

Get an autograph from your favorite UFC fighter, ask your burning questions during the Q&A session, and mingle with thousands of UFC enthusiasts at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Tickets are $40 on Friday, $45 on Saturday, or get a two-day package for $60.

On Friday, July 6, get up close and personal with UFC fighters during the UFC weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the weigh-in beginning at 4 p.m. Also plan on stopping by the fan beach party at Mandalay Bay Beach beginning at 8 p.m.

Also on Friday, check out the tamer side of UFC in Downtown Las Vegas with First Friday Art Night. View pieces from the sport's past, present and future while rubbing elbows with UFC stars. First Friday is a monthly art celebration featuring artwork, free music and street side entertainment from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. the first Friday of every month.

All of the festivities come to a culmination when Sonnen goes head-to-head with Silva in the main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the first bout beginning at 4 p.m. See you there!

For more information, check out the UFC International Fight Week page.

Muhammad Ali Celebrates 70th Birthday in Las Vegas


Muhammad Ali Celebrates 70th Birthday in Las VegasOn February 18, Muhammad Ali is celebrating his 70th birthday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The room will be filled with A-list actors, GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, all-star athletes and more. Ali's remarkable career has filled with victories and defeats but he will always be known as one of the greatest boxers of all time. 

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, Jr., was inspired to fight at the age of 12 years old, after his bike was stolen. He told police officer Joe Martin that he wanted to beat up the thief. Martin, who also trained young boxers at a local gym, encouraged him to learn how to fight and started working with Clay. At the age of 14, Clay won the Golden Gloves Championship for light heavyweight novices and three years later won the Golden Gloves Tournament and the Amateur Athletic Union's light heavyweight national title. In 1960, the 18-year-old earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and returned home with the gold medal. This was just the beginning of Clay's historic career. "The Champ" went on to win his first 19 bouts and knocked out Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the heavyweight champion of the world at age 22.

In 1964, Clay decided to change his name to Muhammad Ali as part of a spiritual search. That same year, Ali refused to acknowledge his military service after being drafted, so the boxing association took away his title and suspended him from the sport for three and a half years.

Ali returned to the ring in 1970, winning his first bout against Jerry Quarry. The following year, Ali fought Joe Frazier in what was called the "Fight of the Century." The fight went all 15 rounds and by unanimous decision Frazier retained the title. After a 1973 loss to Ken Norton, Ali claimed victory in a high profile rematch by split decision, which set the stage for Ali-Frazier II, in which Ali won a unanimous 12-round decision.

The historic "Rumble in the Jungle" bout of 1974 put World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman and former world champion and challenger Ali face-to-face. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round, regaining his title.

In the early part of 1975, Ali faced boxer Chuck Wepner in a bout that inspired the original motion picture Rocky. Over the next couple of months, Ali fought formidable opponents, but none as exciting and electrifying as Joe Frazier.  On October 1, 1975, Ali fought Joe Frazier for the third time in the historic fight known as "The Thrilla in Manila" in the Philippines. The highly anticipated fight lasted 14 grueling rounds. At the start of the 15th round, Frazier's trainer threw in the towel and refused to allow him to continue due to his unstable condition.

Regarded as the greatest upset of all time, boxer Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas in 1978 for the heavyweight championship - becoming the only person to take the belt from Ali in the ring.  Ali's other losses were non-title contests.  In a rematch with Spinks just 7 months later, Ali won a unanimous decision becoming the first ever three-time heavyweight champion.  Ali fought eight more times before his final defeat against Trevor Berbick in 1981.

Ali's power, speed and grace led him to achieve great success in all facets of his life. In 1984, he announced that he had Parkinson's disease. Despite the disability, Ali devoted much of his time to world travel and humanitarian work. In 2005, the Muhammad Ali Center opened in downtown Louisville. The center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect and personal growth. This is just one of his many charitable initiatives.

The "Only Vegas" event on February 18 celebrating Ali's 70th birthday will benefit the Muhammad Ali Center as well as the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which is close to Ali's heart. Tune in to ABC at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on February 25 to catch all the action inside the celebrity filled event. In the meantime, send Muhammad Ali a personal birthday message by using #Ali70 @Vegas. All wishes are streaming on LasVegas.com.


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