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WNBA coming to Las Vegas


    San Antonio Stars player Kayla McBride laughs with head coach Vickie Johnson during a game against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis on July 12.

Add women’s basketball to Las Vegas’ expanding list of professional sports franchises. The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors have approved the relocation of the San Antonio Stars WNBA team to Las Vegas. The team will be owned by MGM Resorts International, with the Mandalay Bay Events Center serving as the home arena. The team’s head coach is former NBA great Bill Laimbeer and some feel this is a first step toward attracting an NBA team. The Las Vegas Stars will begin play in the 2018 season.

Last call for Elton

Elton John has announced the end of his long-running residency at Caesars Palace. He’ll play the final 14 dates of his “Million Dollar Piano” show from April 28 to May 19. Between this and his original “Red Piano” show that began in 2004, Elton will have performed 450 shows at the Colosseum before over 1.8 million fans.

Miss Universe returning

The Miss Universe competition will return to Las Vegas this year after being held last year in the Philippines. The 66th edition of the competition will be held on Nov. 26 at Planet Hollywood, where it was also staged in 2012 and 2015.

Lotus 2

The acclaimed Lotus of Siam Thai restaurant remains closed due to roof damage suffered in a rain storm, but a post on Facebook indicates that it expects to be open by Nov. 1 in a new location at 620 E. Flamingo Road.

It’s not clear whether it will be the sole location of the restaurant or if it will be the second of two, with the original reopening at East Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

Question: Is there really a line on the name of William and Kate’s next baby?

Answer: Not in Las Vegas, but just hours after the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, the British bookmakers posted a line on the name.

Alice is the favorite at 7-1, followed by Arthur and Victoria, both at 10-1.

The long shot is Donald at 50-1. Somehow it seems those odds should be longer.

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