Nevada gambling license approved for new Sparks casino

Nevada gambling license approved for new Sparks casino

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State regulators have approved a gambling license for the first newly constructed casino in the Reno-Sparks area more than two decades.

The Nevada Gaming Commission voted Thursday to approve the license sought by Las Vegas-based Olympia Gaming for the Legends Bay Casino in Sparks.

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The Denver Nuggets selected Kansas guard Christian Braun with the 21st pick of the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 Braun averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks last season. His 12 points and 12 rebounds helped Kansas beat North Carolina in the national championship game on April 4. He played the entire game. This is the first draft with general manager Calvin Booth as the primary decisionmaker for Denver. The Nuggets also had the 30th pick Thursday night after acquiring it in a trade with Oklahoma City.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls selected Arizona guard Dalen Terry with the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, adding wing depth to their roster as the team looks to build around DeMar DeRozan for the 2022-23 season.

DENVER — With the No. 21 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Kansas junior Christian Braun.

Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 10 rebounds in her return from an injury and Moriah Jefferson scored 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 100-88. Minnesota has won 17 of the last 20 meetings with Phoenix, including an 84-71 victory on Tuesday. Fowles had been sidelined for five games due to a cartilage injury in her right knee. Fowles, who entered averaging 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in 12 games, was 7 of 12 from the field in 22 minutes of limited action. Kayla McBride and Damiris Dantas each scored 15 points, and Aerial Powers had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which had a season high in points. Tina Charles scored 26 points and Diana Taurasi added 23 for Phoenix.


Chinese President Xi Jinping’s rumored visit to Hong Kong to mark the city’s 25th anniversary of Chinese rule was cast into doubt, after top officials in the city were infected with COVID-19.

The gun violence bill nearing congressional approval is wide-ranging but chiefly makes modest changes in existing programs. It would tighten background checks for the youngest gun buyers, make it harder for more domestic violence offenders to have firearms and help states implement programs to keep guns from dangerous people. It also has money for expanded mental health and school programs. The Congressional Budget Office says it would cost $13 billion but would be paid for by suspending Medicare regulations that have never taken effect.

A judge has issued a bench warrant for an eyewitness to the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle for failing to appear at the trial of the man charged with first-degree murder in the slaying. Evan MacKenzie, known as “Rimpau," was one of Hussle's closest friends and was standing next to him when he was shot. But his refusal to testify underscores a wider reluctance among witnesses in the trial of Eric Holder, who is charged with killing Hussle in 2019. Mistrust of authorities is widespread in the predominantly Black neighborhood where the shooting took place, and Hussle's and Holder's gang ties may add to the hesitation to talk. The defense has acknowledged that Holder shot Hussle, but says there was no premeditation and he is not guilty of first-degree murder.

The Charlotte Hornets drafted two centers in the first round of the NBA draft — trading one away and keeping the other. The Hornets selected Memphis center Jalen Duren with the 13th overall pick before trading the pick away to the New York Knicks, said a person familiar with the deal. The Hornets then used the 15th pick on Duke 7-foot-2 center Mark Williams, who they hope will become a big man who can fix some of the team’s biggest woes in the middle. The Hornets will receive a future first-round draft pick and four second-round draft picks in the Duren trade, the person said.

Coming to Taiwan was a logical step for Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was held by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party. An island just 400 miles from Hong Kong, Taiwan is close not just geographically but also linguistically and culturally. It offered the freedoms that many Hong Kongers were used to and saw disappearing in their hometown since Beijing launched a crackdown on pro-democracy activists. While Taiwan has seemed an ideal hub, many Hong Kongers struggle trying to navigate the immigration system and suspicion by the self-ruled island's authorities who worry about a constant threat from mainland China. Some have gotten their residency permits but others went on to the U.K. and Canada.

Seattle police officers will not march in the Pride Parade Sunday, interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz said in an open letter expressing frustration with Seattle Pride's decision to bar uniformed officers from marching.

ATLANTA — The Hawks have their newest member in the fold. On Thursday night, they selected Duke’s AJ Griffin with the 16th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Democrats pitched national party leaders Thursday in a bid to become one of the first U.S. states to hold a 2024 presidential primary, pointing to the state's strong voter turnout, growing diversity and election laws.

The Chicago Bulls drafted Arizona guard Dalen Terry with the No. 18 pick, adding size and versatility in the backcourt as they try to take another step after making a big jump to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years. The 6-foot-7, 195-pound Terry averaged 8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals as a sophomore in coach Tommy Lloyd’s first season. Owning a 7-foot wingspan, he can guard multiple spots. And on offense, he can play on or off the ball. Chicago did not own a second-round pick.

The Atlanta Hawks have drafted forward A.J. Griffin from Duke with the No. 16 pick in the NBA draft. Griffin was the third player from the Blue Devils to go in the first round, following top overall choice Paolo Banchero and Mark Williams. Griffin was the second straight Duke player to be chosen by the Hawks in the first round. He follows 2021 top pick Jalen Johnson. The Hawks hope Griffin can help them bounce back from a season that failed to meet high expectations after their surprising run to the East final in 2021.

Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens won support from a key panel of U.S. health advisers, a crucial step toward providing yet another tool for protecting young people from the most serious effects of the virus.

Former University of Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji was selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With the initial selection of their pair of first-round picks, the Hornets selected Memphis’ Jalen Duren 13th overall in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

A meeting on Thursday of oil company executives and Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm concerning high consumer gas prices and refining capacity was “constructive,” even as it failed to produce a policy to address prices at the pump, industry leaders said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers added some championship pedigree, selecting Kansas forward Ochai Agbaji with the No. 14 overall pick in the NBA draft. The Cavs were looking to land a wing player and believe they got a good one in the 6-foot-5 Agbaji, who led Kansas to the NCAA title last season. Agbaji was named the most outstanding player at the Final Four. The 22-year-old averaged 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and made 41% of his 3-pointers last season. He’ll join one of the league’s most intriguing young rosters in Cleveland, and a team with playoff aspirations following a turnaround season.

The Washington Wizards have selected Johnny Davis with the 10th pick in the NBA draft, capping his impressive rise from role player to lottery pick. The 6-foot-5 Davis averaged 19.7 points per game as a sophomore last season. That was up from 7.0 in 2020-21. He earned first-team All-America honors for his two-way contributions. Now he joins a team that’s coming off a disappointing season in which star guard Bradley Beal was limited by a wrist injury. The big question for the Wizards this offseason is whether they can keep Beal. On draft night they added a tough wing who averaged 8.2 rebounds last season.

The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Dyson Daniels in NBA draft, using the No. 8 pick to add size to their backcourt. Daniels, 6-foot-8, 199 pounds, is a 19-year-old Australian who played in the G League last season. He averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 26 games. Dyson is joining a backcourt that was bolstered in the middle of last season when New Orleans acquired veteran guard CJ McCollum in a trade with Portland.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the ski federations of Austria, Germany, Croatia and Switzerland have appealed the re-election of Johan Eliasch as president of the International Ski Federation because they say the election was faulty. Eliasch was re-elected to lead skiing and snowboarding through the 2026 Olympics at the FIS Congress in late May.  He was unopposed on the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) ballot but some in the room and online for the election meeting in Milan challenged the voting rules and a few delegates walked out. The billionaire owner of sportswear brand Head was first elected last year in a contest.

Toyota is recalling 2,700 of its bZ4X crossover vehicles globally for wheel bolts that could become loose, in a major setback for the Japanese automaker’s ambitions to roll out electric cars. Toyota says the cause is still under investigation, but the whole wheel could come off, risking a crash. The vehicles subject to the recall include about 2,200 destined for Europe, 270 for North America, 112 for Japan, and 60 for the rest of Asia. They were produced between March and June. The bZ4X is a key model in Toyota’s plans to strengthen its electric lineup.

India has sent a technical team to Kabul to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian assistance after a destructive earthquake in eastern Afghanistan. India’s External Affairs Ministry said the team has been deployed to its embassy in the Afghan capital. The embassy has been vacant since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August. A ministry statement Thursday didn’t give details about the technical team or any relief material sent to Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took power, India has sent tons of wheat, COVID-19 vaccines and other medicine, and winter clothing to Afghanistan to help with shortages.

The three-best players in the 2022 NBA draft have found their new homes.

State regulators have approved a gambling license for the first newly constructed casino in the Reno-Sparks area in 25 years. The Nevada Gaming Commission voted Thursday to approve the license sought by Las Vegas-based Olympia Gaming for the Legends Bay Casino. The $120 million, 80,000-square-foot casino is scheduled to open before the end of the summer at the Legends at Sparks Marina shopping mall along I-80 just east of Reno. It will include a sportsbook operated by Circa Sports, table games, slot machines, video poker and multiple restaurants. Company officials say the sportsbook will be the largest in northern Nevada.

Olivier Nadeau broke a third-period tie with Shawinigan’s third power-play goal, Antoine Coulombe made 38 saves and the Cataractes beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Memorial Cup. Xavier Bourgault and Mavrik Bourque also scored and assisted on Nadeau’s winner to help Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Shawinigan improve to 2-0 with a game left in round-robin play. Nadeau gave Shawinigan the lead at 7:06 of the third, tipping Bourque’s pass from left side past goalie Marco  Costantini from the deep slot. Mason McTavish and Avery Hayes scored for Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton. The Bulldogs are 0-2.

A library board on Long Island reversed a decision made earlier this week to remove Pride Month displays from the system’s children’s sections shortly after Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered a state human rights investigation. The Smithtown Library board of trustees had been under fire since voting Tuesday to remove the displays, which included picture books like “Pink is for Boys” and “Pride Puppy.” The board voted 4-2 at an emergency meeting Thursday night to rescind the removal order for children’s sections. Hochul earlier Thursday directed the state Division of Human Rights to launch an immediate investigation into the initial action.

ORLANDO, Fla. — I’m not only jumping on the Paolo Banchero bandwagon.

The Portland Trail Blazers have selected Shaedon Sharpe with the seventh pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 Sharpe was a five-star recruit who committed to Kentucky but never played for the Wildcats. The Canadian intended on redshirting his first season, but instead decided to declare for the draft. The Blazers finished 27-55 last season and are rebuilding around All-Star Damian Lillard. Portland made a deal with Detroit a day before the draft to acquire Jerami Grant.

The San Antonio Spurs chose Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan with the No. 9 selection in the NBA Draft. A 6-foot-9 forward, Sochan averaged 9.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in his lone season with the Bears. San Antonio missed the postseason the past two seasons following a league record 22 straight playoff appearances. The Spurs are attempting to reinvigorate their franchise behind All-Star Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Josh Primo and now Sochan.

South American soccer body CONMEBOL has moved this year’s Copa Sudamericana final from the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia to Cordoba, Argentina. CONMEBOL said in a statement the change was requested by Brazil’s soccer confederation due to the country’s first round of the general elections scheduled for Oct. 2, a day after the final of the club tournament. This year’s final will be hosted at the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium. The same venue hosted the final of the tournament in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented fans from watching an all-Argentine final between winners Defensa y Justicia and Lanus.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Shaedon Sharpe was the first former Kentucky player to be chosen in Thursday night’s NBA draft when the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the seventh overall pick.

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