Jul 26, 2022; Chicago, IL, USA;  Las Vegas Aces owner Mark Davis  before the team's game against the Chicago Sky during the Commissioners Cup-Championships at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Davis chooses his Aces over his Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis is skipping his football team’s home opener on Sunday to be in Uncasville, Conn., where his Aces are bidding to win the WNBA title, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The Aces hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. A Game 4 win over the Connecticut Sun would give Las Vegas its first major pro sports title.

“I knew if it was a potentially (series) deciding game, I would be with the Aces,” said Davis, who watched the Sun win Game 3, 105-76.

The Aces are scheduled to tip off just a few minutes before the Raiders meet the Arizona Cardinals at Allegiant Stadium.

Last Sunday, Davis missed Game 1 of the WNBA Finals to attend the Raiders’ season opener in Los Angeles, where they lost to the Chargers 24-19.

“I’ll be 100 percent into the basketball game,” David told the Review-Journal. “I won’t be worried about the football game until the basketball game is over.”

Given that the Raiders have not won a Super Bowl since after the 1983 season, Davis knows the struggle to win a league title.

“We went back to the Super Bowl (in 2003) and got blown out and haven’t sniffed one since,” he said. “I know how hard it is. Even though (the Aces) are up 2-1, I’m not counting any chickens. You have to go do it. But when you do, it’s so rewarding. If the Aces can do this — be the first major league professional team in Las Vegas — I’d be very proud of that. It would be a statement that would last forever.

“This has never been a hobby for me. We’re looking for success on and off the court, and we’re making progress in both endeavors. This is very important to me. I’ve said it before — these women are the greatest athletes in the world at what they do. It’s really good basketball, and we have some of the greatest fans in the world.”

Davis entered into a deal to buy the Aces from MGM Resorts International in January 2021.

If necessary, a deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals will be held Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

–Field Level Media

Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) reacts after moving the ball forward against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders sign tight end Darren Waller to 3-year extension

A Pro Bowl tight end has helped to ensure his future in Las Vegas, as the Raiders and Darren Waller have reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension worth $51 million.

Waller, 29, began his career on the practice squad in Baltimore, eventually recording 12 receptions over two seasons for the Ravens. After a six-reception debut season with the Raiders in 2018, he recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and ’20 before knee and back injuries limited his 2021 numbers to 55 receptions for 665 yards in 11 games.

“Darren Waller is an exemplary teammate in every way, and we’re excited to see him continue to grow as a leader on this team,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said on the team’s website. “Darren brings a tremendous commitment and work ethic to the building every day, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be a part of the Raiders Family for years to come.”

Waller’s 2020 season resulted in a Pro Bowl selection after he set a team record with 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns.

Despite having two years left on his previous contract, Waller sought to get a deal done before the start of the Raiders’ regular season against the Chargers in Los Angeles on Sunday, and the two sides made the deadline by a day.

–Field Level Media

Apr 18, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch and musician Macklemore talk during the game between the Seattle Kraken and the Ottawa Senators at Climate Seattle defeated Ottawa 4-2. Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Police: Marshawn Lynch arrested on DUI charges

Former Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested Tuesday morning in Las Vegas on DUI charges, police said.

“Through the course of the investigation, officers determined that Lynch was impaired and conducted an arrest. Lynch was transported to the Las Vegas City Jail and booked for driving under the influence,” Las Vegas PD said in a tweet.

Lynch’s bail was set at $3,381, according to USA Today. He was also cited for driving an unregistered vehicle, failure to refuse/surrender and failure to drive in a travel lane, per USA Today.

TMZ obtained a mugshot of Lynch, his eyes barely open.

Lynch, 36, finished his NFL career as a five-time Pro Bowler, with 10,413 rushing yards and 85 touchdowns. He had another 2,214 receiving yards and nine TDs.

He was selected No. 12 overall by Buffalo in the 2007 draft. He played parts of four seasons with the Bills (2007-10), seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-15, 2019) and two with the then-Oakland Raiders (2017-18).

Lynch was also arrested on DUI charges in 2012 in Oakland. He pleaded down to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Chris Lammons (26) after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Chris Lammons faces battery charges in Alvin Kamara incident

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons appeared in court in Las Vegas on Thursday after being charged with battery resulting in substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit battery earlier this week.

The charges are related to the Feb. 5 incident in Las Vegas in which New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara is accused of felony suspicion of battery with substantial bodily harm. Kamara was arrested one day later.

Lammons’ attorney told ESPN that his client posted $5,000 bail and will next appear in court on March 8.

The incident occurred while Kamara was in town to play in the Pro Bowl. According to police, a man identified as Darnell Greene was assaulted at a nightclub in the 3500 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard and knocked unconscious and sustained a orbital fracture to his right eye.

Video of the incident displayed Greene was punched eight times by Kamara. After Greene fell, he was stomped on by others in Kamara’s group.

The 26-year-old Lammons played in 12 games in 2021 for the Chiefs, mostly on special teams. He was on the field for 13 defensive snaps.

Lammons has 19 defensive tackles and one interception in 26 NFL games with the Miami Dolphins (2019) and Chiefs (2020-21).

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) warms up on the field before facing the Texans on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Indianapolis Colts Versus Houston Texans On Sunday Dec 5 2021 At Nrg Stadium In Houston Texas

Carson Wentz’s status may determine Raiders-Colts winner

Will he, or won’t he?

That’s the question regarding Carson Wentz and a whole lot of Indianapolis Colts as they aim to clinch a playoff spot Sunday at home against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Wentz, whose mostly mistake-free play at quarterback has helped Indianapolis rebound from an 0-3 start to pull within a game of the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South, was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. The team has put 15 players on the list in the last week.

If he emerges from protocol by kickoff, Wentz could still play. With the Colts holding all meetings virtually this week, Wentz can still prepare for the game as though he’s going to play.

Should Wentz not get clearance, rookie Sam Ehlinger will make his first career start in a pressurized situation against a team making its own playoff push. Not optimal by any means, but coach Frank Reich has confidence Ehlinger can get the job done if his number is called.

It will help that Ehlinger will take all the practice reps this week with Wentz isolating at home.

“It’s a great opportunity for Sam,” Reich said. “He’s been getting his share of reps and a lot of scout-team reps and all the fundamental and technique work. So, this will be a good opportunity for him to get the team reps.”

Reich confirmed on Wednesday that he talked to 17-year NFL quarterback Philip Rivers, who retired after playing for Indianapolis last year, about coming out of retirement. But Rivers, now a high school football coach in Alabama, is not planning to return to action.

Whoever runs the offense, Indianapolis’ goal will stay the same. It will build its attack around running back Jonathan Taylor, the NFL’s leading rusher, and then try to sting Las Vegas with play-action throws down the field.

Taylor and his 1,626 yards have been a prime reason why the Colts (9-6) are considered dangerous if they make the postseason. He compiled 108 yards on 27 carries on Christmas night in a 22-16 win at Arizona.

That the Raiders (8-7) are still in contention might be surprising to some who thought their chances were toast after losing five of six games. But consecutive wins over fellow playoff hopefuls Cleveland and Denver have revived their chances.

Las Vegas’ defense, which has been middle-of-the-pack in terms of yards allowed per game, saved its best game for last week’s 17-13 decision over the Broncos. It limited Denver to 18 yards on the ground and 158 yards total, permitting only eight first downs.

Interim coach Rich Bisaccia praised his team’s approach to preparing for games as though things were normal in a period where the pandemic is rearranging rosters and depth charts daily.

“We haven’t been exempt from it, what happened to us last week, and we’re certainly expecting things to happen as the week goes on,” he said. “The mentality we’re going to have right now is everybody practices to play.”

The Raiders lead the all-time series 9-8, although Indianapolis routed them 44-27 on Dec. 13, 2020 in Las Vegas.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; A general overall view of the Allegiant Stadium exterior. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas officially awarded Super Bowl LVIII

The Super Bowl is coming to Sin City.

The NFL announced Wednesday that Super Bowl LVIII will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, 2024.

The game was originally slated for New Orleans on Feb. 4, 2024. When the NFL expanded to a 17-game regular season, however, it pushed the Super Bowl back a week. That created a conflict with the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, which gave up hosting duties for 2024 and was awarded Super Bowl LIX in 2025 instead.

The 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium opened in 2020. The facility is also scheduled to host the 2022 Pro Bowl and the 2022 NFL Draft.

Super Bowl LVI will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Feb. 13, 2022, and Super Bowl LVII will be at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 12, 2023.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) attempts to catch a pass in the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium.The Raiders defeated the Dolphins 31-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Coroner: Woman in Henry Ruggs’ crash burned to death

The Las Vegas woman who died in a fiery crash involving former Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III was burned to death, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday.

Tina Tintor, 23, perished in her vehicle after the violent crash in which Ruggs was estimated to be driving at 156 mph shortly before impact. Prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood-alcohol content level was 0.16, twice the legal limit in Las Vegas.

Tintor “died from thermal injuries due to a motor vehicle collision on Nov. 2,” according to a statement from the coroner’s office.

“Other significant conditions contributing to her death were inhalation of products of combustion, fractures of the nasal bones, right sided ribs … left forearm and (lung/chest bleeding),” the statement said. “The manner of her death was accidental.”

The 22-year-old Ruggs is facing two felony counts of DUI and reckless driving resulting in death. The Raiders released Ruggs hours after the crash.

The accident happened about 3:40 a.m. as Ruggs rear-ended Tintor’s car and the impact caused the vehicle to be engulfed in flames. Onlookers heard Tintor’s desperate screams for help. Tintor’s dog also died in the crash.

Ruggs posted $150,000 bail and is on house arrest.

Ruggs had 24 catches for 469 yards and two touchdowns in seven starts this season for the Raiders.

Drafted in the first round in 2020 (12th overall) out of Alabama, Ruggs caught 26 passes for 452 yards and two scores in 13 games (12 starts) in his rookie season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; A general overall view as Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws the ball against the Washington Football Team  in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Las Vegas will host 2024 Super Bowl

The United States’ biggest sporting event reportedly is heading to one of the nation’s biggest tourist destinations.

The 2024 Super Bowl will be held in Las Vegas, according to multiple media reports Monday. The venue selection for the Feb. 11, 2024, game reportedly will be approved by NFL owners on Wednesday.

Super Bowl LVIII had been slated for New Orleans, but a conflict with Mardi Gras forced the NFL to look elsewhere for a site.

The Raiders are completing their second season of action in Las Vegas after relocating from Oakland. Once an NFL team moved to Sin City, it was expected that a Super Bowl would be slated for Las Vegas sooner rather than later.

Allegiant Stadium, the new $2 billion home of the Raiders, normally has just 65,000 seats, below the NFL’s required minimum of 70,000, according to ESPN. However, ESPN added that the league could either expand the stadium’s capacity or waive the seating requirement.

Moving Super Bowl LVIII from Louisiana to Nevada would put three consecutive NFL title games in the Southwest. Super Bowl LVI is set for Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif., and Super Bowl LVII will be held Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. New Orleans will host Super Bowl LIX on Feb. 9, 2025.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas (82) celebrates with Washington Football Team tight end John Bates (87) after scoring a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Johnson’s boot allows Washington to beat Las Vegas

Brian Johnson kicked a 48-yard field goal with 37 seconds left and the Washington Football Team escaped with a 17-15 victory against the host Las Vegas Raiders, winning their fourth game in a row Sunday.

Washington (6-6) led most of the game but needed a final scoring drive to pull off its third road win of the season. The Raiders never reached Washington territory on their last chance.

Daniel Carlson’s 37-yard field goal with 2:22 left gave the Raiders (6-6) the lead for the first time in the game.

Taylor Heinicke was 23-for-30 passing for 196 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Washington. He completed four of five attempts for 37 yards on the final drive.

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr threw for 249 yards by completing 28 of 38 passes.

The Raiders struggled most of the game to move the ball, but ended up with 310 yards of total offense compared to Washington’s 298.

Nate Hobbs intercepted Heinicke to set up the Raiders for their go-ahead field goal. Hobbs’ pick was the game’s lone turnover and it set up Las Vegas at its own 39-yard line with 6:49 remaining.

The Raiders moved 43 yards in eight plays before their last field goal. Earlier, Carlson was good from 52 and 38 yards. His first boot came with nine seconds left in the first half.

Leading 7-6, Washington extended its margin with a nine-play drive covering 75 yards lasting almost 6 1/2 minutes. Antonio Gibson scored on a 4-yard pass from Heinicke.

The Raiders responded less than three minutes later when Josh Jacobs ran in from 1 yard out. A two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Washington with a 14-12 lead.

Washington led early by scoring on the game’s opening possession. That was capped by Heinicke’s 7-yard pass to Logan Thomas.

But Washington punted to end its three other possessions of the first half. The Raiders also punted three times in the half.

Gibson finished with 88 rushing yards on 23 carries.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes throws five TDs, Chiefs bury Raiders

Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes and the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Raiders, 41-14 on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Mahomes had 406 passing yards and the Chiefs (6-4) won their third consecutive game to climb into first place in the AFC West over the Raiders, who are even with the Los Angeles Chargers at 5-4.

Mahomes completed 35 of 50 passes, relying on shorter patterns to produce time-consuming drives that solved the deep coverage schemes employed by the Raiders.

Running back Darrel Williams proved to be the Chiefs’ biggest weapon. His touches included 11 rushes for 43 yards and nine receptions for 101 yards. Running a wheel route, Williams made a leaping grab of a 38-yard touchdown bomb from Mahomes with 13:11 remaining to put Kansas City up 34-14.

Travis Kelce added eight catches for 119 yards, while Tyreek Hill caught seven balls for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Noah Gray and Byron Pringle also snagged TD grabs as the Chiefs gained 516 yards and revived an offense that averaged just 13 points in the previous three games.

Las Vegas committed turnovers on back-to-back third-quarter possessions after beginning the second half with a touchdown drive Derek Carr capped with a 37-yard pass to Bryan Edwards.

Minus a running game, Carr led the Raiders with 18 rushing yards. He passed for 261 yards, going 25 of 35 with two touchdowns and one interception. Las Vegas, which has lost four of six, generated just 50 rushing yards.

Mahomes found Hill for touchdown strikes of 8 and 1 yards as the Chiefs claimed a 17-7 halftime lead while producing 241 yards and 15 first downs.

The Raiders’ only score came after getting stopped, but then recovering a fumble by Chiefs punt returner Mike Hughes.

The turnover allowed Las Vegas to take over at midfield. A 6-yard pass from Carr to Hunter Renfrow forged a 7-7 tie two minutes into the second quarter. Carr began the game 8-for-8 but the Raiders managed just 82 first-half yards.

–Field Level Media