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Outside debate arena, a buzz of activity by media, others

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Hours before Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump meet for their third and final presidential debate, it was anything but quiet outside the Thomas & Mack Arena on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. Media members, marching bands and supporters of all stripes assembled under sunny skies on the campus not far from the busy Las Vegas Strip. Media outlets are broadcasting live, speculating on the candidates’ debate strategy and decorum. The Rebels marching band tuned up while noisy…

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Stadium deal passes; Raiders move to Vegas now more likely

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Nevada took a giant step closer to becoming home of the Raider Nation on Friday, after state lawmakers narrowly approved a hotel tax increase that would put $750 million in public money toward an NFL stadium partly funded by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. A cadre of lobbyists for the project strained over the past week to overcome conservative anxiety over a tax increase and liberal objections to subsidizing one of the world’s richest men, eventually securing the bare minimum…

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U.S. Olympic gold hasn’t made for winning bets in Las Vegas

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Rowing, shooting and judo — the U.S. may have won big gold medals in those Olympic events but some of the most prominent Las Vegas sports books didn’t even bother with them. The bookmakers in Sin City said there’s been little money and few expectations for Olympic sports wagering this year, as the games returned to the betting board after being off-limits for more than a decade in Nevada. “I know that they’re watching. I just know they aren’t betting,”…

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UFC sold for $4 billion, White stays on to run promotion

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The UFC has been sold for approximately $4 billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG. UFC President Dana White confirmed the sale of the mixed martial arts promotional company in text messages to The Associated Press on Sunday night. WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel also announced the sale early Monday in an internal company email that included SNTV — a joint venture between The Associated Press and IMG. “We’ve been honored to have UFC and a number of its athletes as clients…

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Props rule the day for Super Bowl at Vegas sports books

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Jay Kornegay still finds it painful to talk about the last time the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl and the first snap of the game went over Peyton Manning‘s head for a Seattle safety. For some reason, a lot of bettors at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had put money on a 60-1 longshot that the first score of the games for the Seahawks would be that safety. “It cost us a healthy six figures in the first…

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Republicans to take debate stage in race reshaped by attacks

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Republican presidential candidates take the debate stage Tuesday night for the first time in a month, their race reshaped by national security threats but still dominated by outsider contenders. Now it’s Ted Cruz challenging front-runner Donald Trump. Trump will once again be standing at center stage, reflecting the billionaire businessman’s surprising dominance in the GOP primary campaign. His newest test, at least in the leadoff Iowa caucus, comes from Texas Sen. Cruz, a chief antagonist of Republican leaders in Washington.…

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Fantasy sports companies weigh leaving U.S. market – for now

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Yahoo remains active. CBS has quietly withdrawn. And lesser-known daily fantasy sports companies are scaling back. As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports are taking different approaches to how they operate as their new industry faces increased scrutiny. “The industry is pretty fragmented on the ‘should they stay or should they go’ issue,” said Chris Grove, editor of the Las Vegas-based Legal Sports Report, which focuses on sports wagering.…

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