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NHL UNVEILS 2017 HONDA NHL® ALL-STAR GAME JERSEYS

Designs for Four All-Star Jerseys Inspired by NHL’s 100th and Kings’ 50th Anniversaries
All-Star Jerseys Available Today at shop.NHL.com, TEAM LA Store at STAPLES Center and NHL Powered by Reebok Store in NYC
The National Hockey League’s Centennial, the Los Angeles Kings’ 50th anniversary, previous NHL All-Star Games and the Hollywood setting all influenced the design of the jerseys that will be worn during the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29.
All four All-Star team jerseys are available for purchase starting today at shop.NHL.com, the TEAM LA Store at STAPLES Center and the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City. The jerseys will be available at select local retailers, including Lids Locker Room, Dick's Sporting Goods and Fanzz, within the next week.
The 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game again will be a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring teams representing each NHL division. The four All-Star teams – the Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific – will wear jerseys that feature colors worn by the Kings during their 50-year history: Purple (Forum Blue), Gold, Black and White. The silver also is a nod to the NHL Centennial logo and the NHL Shield.
The Pacific Division (featuring the hometown Kings) will wear the black jersey. The Atlantic Division will wear gold, the Central Division will wear purple and the Metropolitan Division will wear white.
Each jersey features a band of stars that is reminiscent of the uniforms worn in NHL All-Star Games from 1989-91. Each of the 10 stars represents a decade in the 100-year history of the League. Four stars on the socks represent the four divisions in the NHL today.
The 2017 NHL All-Star patch is located on the right shoulder, while a full-color team patch for each player is found on the left shoulder. The custom font for the numbers and player names is inspired by the letters in the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign. Fans will be able to order player-customized versions of each All-Star jersey at designated retail locations during the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend. The Los Angeles Kings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and the city of Los Angeles will play host to the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend. The festivities begin with the opening of the 2017 NHL Fan Fair™, including the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena, on Thursday, Jan. 26; continue with the celebration of the 100 Greatest NHL Players at THE NHL100 on Friday, Jan. 27 (6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVAS) and the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 28 (4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS); and conclude with the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 29 (12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Visit NHL.com/AllStar for more information.


Past Events

2016 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AWARDS

The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards took place on Friday, December 2nd in Las Vegas. This year’s event was held again at the Wynn Casino. With a celebration of the biggest moments from this year's season of NASCAR and to celebrate this year's NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson.


The evening’s musical lineup included sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, along with award-winning musical artists American Authors, Skylar Grey and Olivia Holt. Grammy-nominated actor, comedian and radio personality Jay Mohr returns to host the black-tie celebration for the sixth time.


TEAM ELTON DEFEATS TEAM BILLIE JEAN 19-14 TO WIN WTT SMASH HITS

Sharapova, Roddick, McEnroe and Navratilova among tennis stars helping charity event to raise more than $600,000 for Elton John AIDS Foundation. Charity is always the biggest winner at the WTT Smash Hits presented by Citi event, with some of tennis’ big stars turning out to raise more than $600,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Monday night.


The 2016 edition of Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King’s annual charity tennis pushed the 24-year total to more than $15 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs. On the court, Team Elton got the best of Team Billie Jean with a 19-14 victory in the four-set showdown.
A capacity crowd watched Maria Sharapova’s highly-anticipated appearance as she opened the night pairing up with Andy Roddick for a set of celebrity doubles against Elton John and Martina Navratilova. Sharapova and Roddick got the best of John and Navratilova 3-1 in an entertaining quick set that preceded the World TeamTennis match. Team Elton took the lead in the first set of the night and never looked back en route to their second consecutive victory and an overall 13-11 series lead. Sharapova and 16-year-old junior Taylor Johnson teamed up in Sharapova’s return to the court but it was the veteran doubles experience of Martina Navratilova and Liezel Huber that took the first set for Team Elton, 5-2.

Former U.S. Davis Cup teammates Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish were too strong for Team Billie Jean’s duo of John McEnroe and Mark Philippoussis in men’s doubles, winning the second set for Team Elton 5-3. Roddick and Philippoussis faced off in a battle of big serves in men’s singles. Roddick held off Philippoussis 5-3 to build Team Elton’s lead to 15-8 after three sets. McEnroe and Sharapova rallied in mixed doubles, winning the first set of the night for Team Billie Jean with a 5-3 victory over Roddick and Navratilova and sending the match into Extended Play. Team Billie Jean won the first game in Extended Play but Roddick and Navratilova closed out the set and match by winning the next game for Team Elton. The evening started with all the players participating in a live auction that raised more than $150,000 of the evening’s totals. The players were active bidders in the auction, with Sharapova winning a ticket package for the Broadway hit “Hamilton” and John McEnroe buying an autographed Elton John piano bench. The stars were out in Las Vegas on Monday night to support WTT Smash Hits as avid tennis fans and Las Vegas residents Gladys Knight and Mike Tyson took in the action on the multi-colored tennis court just steps away from where Elton John plays his hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace. International recording artists The Tenors opened the night by performing the national anthem.

Official event sponsors include host sponsor Caesars Palace and presenting sponsor Citi. Additional sponsors and partners include AmerisourceBergen, Cashman Photo, Core Academy, DecoTurf, Donnelley Financial Solutions, Fanatics, GEICO, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, KXNT News/Talk Radio & CBS Sports Radio - Las Vegas, Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, NBC & The CW - Las Vegas, WG Communications Group, Wilson and XS Tennis - Chicago. Ryan Wolfington and USTA Nevada are promotional partners of WTT Smash Hits.

For more on WTT Smash Hits, visit www.WTTSmashHits.com.
For more information on the Elton John AIDS Foundation, visit www.EJAF.org.


The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2016

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2016 Saturday night at Caesars Palace. Boxing greats Riddick “Bid Daddy” Bowe, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, Ricardo “El Finito” Lopez, Christy Martin and Freddie Little were the fighters inducted. The hall also recognized trainers Kenny Adams and Thell Torrence, late gym owner and trainer Johnny Tocco, longtime boxing writer Tim Dahlberg, and TV and radio personality James “Smitty” Smith.

Some of the other attendees included Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Cortez, Iran Barkley, Richard Steele, Badou Jack, Christy Martin just to name a few. The beautiful decor in the VIP Reception area was designed by “dash”.

2016 Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day Hats Contest

More than 300 contestants entered the 22nd annual Opening Day Hats Contest at Del Mar. The Bing Crosby Grand Prize winner was Andria Elam, from the Best Fascinator category. “I spent two months on and off crafting my fascinator from millinery materials,” said Andria, from Bonita. Andria, a frequent attendee at Del Mar but first time entrant, was inspired to enter by her love of fashion and horses. From left to right: Funniest/Most Outrageous Second place winner ROB HANLY of San Marcos. NADIA DAYZIE of Vista was first place winner with a large green under the sea themed hat. Most Glamorous MELISSA ORDAZ of Palmdale was second. RENEE SALAS of Vista won first place with red rose and polka dot ribbons. Best Flowers First place winner TESSA ROBESON of Escondido with bright tropical flowers and gold skeletons drinking tequila. LAUREN SILVEIRA from Laguna Beach was second. Best Racing Theme RACHEL BURTON of San Diego was first place with a starting gate, grandstand and Winner’s Circle collage. LORI SHELTON of San Diego, 2nd place. Best Fascinator Second place winner JANICE ASHTON of Newport Beach. ANDRIA ELAM of Bonita sported a lilac and turquoise fascinator with curled feathers and purple veiling with a matching floral.

She received the Bing Crosby Grand Prize which includes a Fairmont Grand Del Mar one-night stay and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, featuring Chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings with a total value of more than $1,000. Also included was a halter from racing’s #1 ranked horse, California Chrome, scheduled to run at Del Mar on July 23. The halter was donated by Chrome’s owners.

Winners in each category received $300 and $250 Studio Savvy Gift Basket. Second place finishers received $200 and third place, $100.

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2016 Del Mar Race Track Opening

2016 Del Mar Race Track opened, on a Friday for the first time since the 1970s, this year there was increase in attendance and all-sources handle, but a decrease in on-track handle.

The 42,562 who attended the 10-race card at the seaside racetrack made it the 10th-largest crowd in Del Mar history, but they wagered nearly $400,000 less than last year's Thursday opening-day card. On-track wagering Friday was $3,395,116, compared with $3,791,454 in 2015. All-sources handle, however, was up 6.7% from $15,339,177 in 2015 to $16,374,236.

Tragedy hit the race track so the unfortunate death of Presidential Air in the sixth race.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards

Kyle Busch crowned the 2015 champ at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards which took place Friday, December 4th at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Television personality Drew Carey hosted the awards. Singer Andy Grammer entertained. Late night host Jimmy Fallon did a special comic bit about the series. Dale Earnhardt Jr. collected his 13th Most Popular Driver Award. And young, 22-year old Jeff Hanson was given the prestigious $100,000 Betty Jane France Award for his charitable work with the Children's Tumor Foundation.

Highlight of the evening: Tom Cruise introduces four-time NASCAR Champion Legend Jeff Gordon at Sprint Cup Awards which was a very emotional moment in NASCAR history.

Additional entertainment included music by Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten and Sabrina Carpenter.


Myers Brothers Luncheon Honors NASCAR Award Winners

The NMPA Myers Brothers Award Luncheon, an annual event to celebrate and honor winners of various NASCAR industry and sponsor awards took place Thursday, December 3rd at the Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Among the various awards that were presented at the Myers Brothers Award Luncheon, which recognizes individuals or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing was Darlington Raceway for their efforts in successfully launching and executing Throwback Weekend for September’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 weekend.

Martinsville Speedway Track President Clay Campbell was presented with the Buddy Shuman Award, which is given annually to individuals that have played vital roles in the growth of professional stock car racing.

Brett Moffitt was officially recognized as the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

Kevin Harvick took home the bulk of the hardware during Thursday’s event including the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award, the 3M Lap Leader Award, the Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race" Award and the Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award.

Matt Kenseth won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award.

Additional awards presented included:

Coors Light Pole Award - Joey Logano

Marketing Achievement Award - Sunoco

Inaugural Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award - Jeff Gordon

Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Year - Sam Vernatter

MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award - Greg Ives

Ingersoll Rand Power Move Award - Tony Gibson

Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award - #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Team

Sunoco Diamond Performance Award - Kyle Busch

Goodyear Series Champion Award - Kyle Busch

Champion Sponsor Award - Mars

ANDY RODDICK LEADS TEAM ELTON TO VICTORY AS MYLAN WTT SMASH HITS RAISES MORE THAN $1 MILLION FOR CHARITY

Andy Roddick defeated James Blake 5-1 in men’s singles to lead Team Elton to a 17-11 victory over Team Billie Jean at Mylan WTT Smash Hits in front of a capacity crowd at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Monday night. The biggest winner was charity as, for only the third time in event history, Mylan WTT Smash Hits raised more than $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation with a portion of those proceeds benefitting local charity Aid for AIDS of Nevada.

Mylan WTT Smash Hits, co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, has now raised more than $14 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.

The multi-colored Mylan WTT tennis court was built just steps away from where Elton John plays his hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace.

The evening started with all the players participating in a live auction that raised approximately half of the night’s total. Among the top auction items was a $100,000 bid for a private hitting session with Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf and two signed Elton John piano benches, which sold for $30,000 each.

When the action moved from the auction to the stadium court, it was Elton John who stole the show. The avid tennis player and fan teamed with longtime friend Martina Navratilova for an upset 3-2 victory over Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. Although the opening celebrity set didn’t count towards the final overall score, it inspired Team Elton to a quick start in men’s doubles.

Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish teamed together for the first time since they paired up on the ATP World Tour this July in Atlanta. The duo was too tough for Andre Agassi and James Blake as they posted a 5-3 set win for Team Elton.

A quartet of Hall of Famers took the court for women’s doubles. Team Elton added to their lead as Lindsay Davenport and Navratilova outlasted Graf and Tracy Austin of Team Billie Jean, 5-2.

Las Vegas residents Agassi and Graf gave Team Billie Jean their first set win as they impressively took out Fish and Navratilova 5-2 in mixed doubles, but Roddick quickly regained the momentum in men’s singles to clinch the match and give Team Elton the 12-11 edge in the all-time series.

Even though her team was on the losing end of the final score, King was thrilled with the Las Vegas debut of Mylan WTT Smash Hits. “We raised a lot of money for EJAF and left money locally for HIV/AIDS organizations. And the players come for nothing every year, so they are amazing. The crowds were so packed tonight, we had to turn people away. I loved being here at Caesars Palace but I have to live with being down to Elton now for a full year. He will be reminding me of it.”

For more on Mylan WTT Smash Hits, visit www.WTTSmashHits.com.

For more information on the Elton John AIDS Foundation, visit www.EJAF.org.