Adidas Reportedly Told Referees to Lay off Lavar Ball at Las Vegas Tournament

Adidas Reportedly Told Referees to Lay off Lavar Ball at Las Vegas Tournament

LaVar Ball (Getty Images)

Referees at Adidas’ AAU basketball tournament in Las Vegas this week have been implored by the shoe company to let LaVar Ball’s sideline antics slide, because of the blustering patriarch’s drawing power and also because the brand may be interested in signing his son, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, to an endorsement deal, reports.

A source told the website that refs have been told by Adidas officials to “put three officials on the game who will keep (LaVar) in the building” while the Big Baller Brand squad he coaches is competing.

One referee either didn’t get the message or ignored it, as she slapped Ball with a technical foul Friday. After he threatened to pull his team off the court, she was removed from the game.

Adidas acknowledged it was the company’s decision to take the ref off the game.

“There was some miscommunication,” said Chris Rivers, Adidas director of global basketball sports marketing, per ESPN. “The NBA don’t put certain people with certain guys, either. If there’s a history or miscommunication, that happens.”

During his team’s win Thursday, Ball told a different ref, “You’re the worst (expletive) ref who ever lived.”

Said the source, “Under normal circumstances, the sideline behavior, including profanity and sideline antics, would have demanded a technical foul under the category of disrespecting the game.”

Ya think?

But, the source added, “Due to strong messaging (from Adidas) to extend those guidelines in an effort to keep (LaVar Ball) in the gym, the officiating crew felt uncomfortable enforcing the technical foul rule for actions that clearly warranted (action).”

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CIRCUS 1903 Brings the Golden Age of Circus Back at Paris Las Vegas

CIRCUS 1903 Brings the Golden Age of Circus Back at Paris Las Vegas

In a Las Vegas premiere event, the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to bring a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular to the Las Vegas Strip. Jointly promoted by Caesars Entertainment, Red Mercury Entertainment and Producing Group, CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus will debut inside the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas July 25, 2017.

Coming off of successful runs in Los Angeles at Hollywood Pantages Theatre and New York at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus has all the thrill and daredevil Entertainment One would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist. Sensational puppetry put elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby. Led by a cunning ringmaster, the production features a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers to high wire and much more.

“After playing to sell-out theaters and enthralling audiences of all ages through Australia and North America, we are thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to present our acclaimed, spectacular production in such a perfect theater at Paris Las Vegas,” said creative producer Simon Painter of the Works Entertainment. “We are grateful to our local partners for their invaluable support and look forward to being part of the entertainment tapestry at Caesars Entertainment for years to come.”

“We and our co-promoters are thrilled to welcome CIRCUS 1903 to its new home in the Paris Theater,” said David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Paris Las Vegas. “Paris Las Vegas has long history of hosting world-class entertainment lineup and we look forward to offering another top notch, enthralling show to our guests.”

Tickets begin at $49, plus all applicable taxes and fees, and go on sale Friday, June 30 at 10 a.m. CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus will perform in the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., with additional performances at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and will be dark on Monday. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (702) 777-2782 or by visiting the Paris box office. For groups of 10 or more, please call 866-574-3851 or email

CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus is produced by Simon Painter and Tim Lawson for The Works Entertainment and MagicSpace Entertainment. Painter and Lawson have created and produced Le Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline and The Illusionists in over 300 cities in 30 countries breaking multiple records from Broadway to London and beyond, as well as presenting A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fiddler on the Roof through Australasia. MagicSpace Entertainment has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years, including The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible, Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, American Idiot, RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway, Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and national concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher and Fleetwood Mac, to name just a few.

The award-winning team of puppeteers and model makers who created the National Theatre’s War Horse will design, build and bring to life two stunningly beautiful elephants for CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus. Featuring groundbreaking advances in design and expression, the puppets appear throughout the show as the mother teaches her calf the tricks of the trade.

CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus is designed by scenic artist Todd Ivins and set in an extraordinary and decadent circus tent. Act 1 is set in front of the circus with trucks, props and rigging. Act 2 features the tent, flagpoles and rigging being raised into the roof of the theater.

The costumes for CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus are designed by Angela Aaron, whose impeccable recreations of original turn-of-the-century circus costumes are truly a work of art. These were inspired by authentic photographic collections, studying historical museum pieces and discussions with experts and historians.

No circus would be complete without its music. The soundtrack of CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus encapsulates the time period and accentuates the thrill and danger of the acts. It is composed by Evan Jolly, composer of many of Painter and Lawson’s international hits.

Discover the golden age of circus as CIRCUS 1903 sets to captivate audiences of all ages. Follow CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus on Twitter: @Circus1903, Facebook and Instagram: @Circus1903. For more information, visit

Paris Las Vegas brings the passion and sophistication of the City of Light to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, transporting guests to Europe’s most romantic city. Distinctive for its dramatic 50-story replica Eiffel Tower and authentic architectural reproductions, Paris Las Vegas features more than 2,900 hotel rooms and suites. Additionally, the resort offers an 85,000 square-foot casino; the two-acre Soleil Pool; Las Vegas’ first rooftop bar and grill, BEER PARK, spanning 10,000 square feet; Paris Spa by Mandara; two wedding chapels; unique French retail shopping located along the resort’s Le Boulevard District and the opulent nightlife venue Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop. Eleven restaurants include a distinctive array of fine cuisine such as Chef Joho’s acclaimed Eiffel Tower Restaurant, French-bistro Mon Ami Gabi, Steve Martorano’s signature Italian-American dishes at Martorano’s and internationally-renowned Gordon Ramsay Steak. For more information, please visit or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find Paris Las Vegas on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Red Mercury Entertainment

Red Mercury Entertainment is a Las Vegas-based full service entertainment company that provides comprehensive solutions for entertainment, technical direction, box office operations, showroom management and marketing for resort partners and casinos with more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. For more information on Red Mercury Entertainment, visit

Producing Group is an innovative, diversified entertainment company built on decades of tenacity and ingenuity providing brand management and producing services to the discerning artist. Producing Group has a longstanding history of producing Drama Desk and Tony Award winning hits on Broadway, award winning Las Vegas residencies, and concert touring throughout theaters, arenas and stadiums. Producing Group has a proven track record of creating significant value through both acquisition and development of entertainment properties ranging from online media to real estate with both a knowledge base and skill sets acquired from owning, operating and promoting through the most successful venues in America leading to a series of large scale productions in Las Vegas and touring operations throughout North America.

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Oj Simpson Granted Parole in Las Vegas Robbery Case

Oj Simpson Granted Parole in Las Vegas Robbery Case

The July 20 ruling granted Simpson’s parole request, and he will be released from prison in October 2017. He could be released as early as October 1.

Gray-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, Simpson walked stiffly into the hearing room in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers.

The four commissioners decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star can be paroled after serving his minimum nine-year term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.

In 1995, Simpon was tried and acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

Simpson, a former football running back who has appeared in almost two dozen movies and television shows, was found not guilty of murder in 1995 after Brown and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Brown’s Los Angeles townhouse.

He expressed a desire to be a better Christian, and he said that he “lived a conflict-free life”.

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He told the parole board on Thursday that California authorities investigated the ownership of the items shortly after he went to prison, concluded they were his and returned them to him, a turn of events he called “kind of mind-boggling”.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, author of “The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, said the hearing was “an absolute disgrace”. He said it was “mind-boggling” that he had been incarcerated for trying to retrieve property that was later ruled to be his.

“I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it just wasn’t worth it”, he told the board. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released. “He is my rock”, Arnelle Simpson said, “We just want him to come home”. He also denied that he has ever had an alcohol problem, despite having consumed alcohol before committing the armed robbery in 2007.

Observers pointed to the fact that four of the other men involved in the robbery were merely sentenced to probation after taking plea deals in 2008. All were chasing the ratings achieved by the long-running coverage of Simpson’s murder trial more than two decades ago.

“I’ve done my time”, he said, before adding, “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I think anybody can”.

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Dean Heller’s Las Vegas Office Burglarized

Dean Heller’s Las Vegas Office Burglarized

Police in Las Vegas are investigating a weekend break-in at the office of Sen. Dean Heller, according to a Las Vegas Sun report.

The burglary occurred at Heller’s local office in Las Vegas and a spokesman for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police confirmed Sunday night that “entry did occur” but would not comment further other than to say the investigation was ongoing.

A spokesman for Heller did not immediately confirm the break-in.

Heller (R-Nev.), whose seat is a top target for Democrats in 2018, is among the handful of Republican senators who have voiced concerns about the GOP’s proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. He has not yet announced whether or not he will support the recently-revised version of the bill.

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Learn How to Perfect Your Poker Face at a Vegas Master Class

Learn How to Perfect Your Poker Face at a Vegas Master Class

Whether you’re holding a pair of aces or a bunch of nothing, your expressions can give away your hand to other players. Learn how to develop a good poker face during a July 20 class at Wynn Las Vegas. (Jeff Green)

Want to learn to be a better poker player when you hit the casino? This class could help.

“Perfecting Your Poker Face” will be held July 20 at Wynn Las Vegas. It’s one of the offerings in the ongoing series of the casino’s master classes during which people learn tricks of the trade, whether in the casino or the kitchen.

‘Perfecting Your Poker Face’
Ryan Beauregard is Wynn Las Vegas’ director of poker operations. (Eric Jamison)

The poker class is designed for those considering making the leap from playing at home for matches to playing at a casino for money.

“We’ve all played on our kitchen table,” said Ryan Beauregard, Wynn’s director of poker operations. “Taking the next step to organized casino poker is a big jump for people.”

Beauregard said players get an adrenaline rush as they view the cards they’re holding or get ready to make a bet. That can lead to a grimace or a slight smile that can, well, tip your hand.

“It’s one of the barriers for people entering poker and giving it a try for the first time,” Beauregard said. “We’ll take them through the basics. Over the course of that, we’ll include how to keep a poker face and how to control your emotions.”

The class, open to those 21 and older, costs $125. Beauregard stressed that no money will change hands during the tutorials.

The interesting blend of classes continues through the rest of the year.

Bread-making class
Johann Willar is Wynn’s master bread baker. (Eric Jamison)

On July 27, Wynn’s master bread baker Johann Willar will invite guests into his bakery for a beginner’s lesson in how to achieve professional bread making results at home. Guests will observe as Willar creates taste tempters including bacon bread rolls and a classic baguette.

The 1 p.m. class, priced at $150, includes a charcuterie lunch.

Chocolate class
Executive pastry chef Patrice Caillot will teach participants the basics of chocolate making during a Dec. 7 master class. (Barbara Kraft)

Just in time for the holidays, participants can hone their skills in the Chocolate Master Class.

Led by Wynn’s executive pastry chef, Patrice Caillot, and chocolatier Bruno Codinha, the interactive class is designed as a crash course in techniques such as molding, piping and tempering.

There will be plenty of opportunities to taste Wynn’s artisanal chocolates, which are handcrafted daily.

The Dec. 7 class begins at 2 p.m. and costs $125.

Other classes include cake decorating (Sept. 28) and whiskey and cigar appreciation (Nov. 9).


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Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Are Back in Los Angeles Together After Time in Las Vegas

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Are Back in Los Angeles Together After Time in Las Vegas

Ben Affleck and his new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus are back in Los Angeles after spending time in Las Vegas.

The two were spotted grabbing coffee at Starbucks in matching black outfits Monday morning.

“Ben and Lindsay both returned to L.A.from Las Vegas yesterday,” a source tells PEOPLE. “Lindsay spent the night at Ben’s house. She had a business meeting this morning. She is in a great mood.”

Shookus was spotted headed to a studio Monday morning as a source tells PEOPLE the two are spending time together in L.A. again. The Saturday Night Live producer was seen flying out of the city Friday morning as news of the relationship broke.

Shookus was seen beaming Monday as she made her way to a meeting in L.A. The producer kept it casual with a loose black dress and a jean jacket over her shoulders paired with peach flats and black sunglasses.

“She’s out in LA for work,” a source close to Shookus tells PEOPLE. “The plus is that the guy that she’s seeing is there, but she’s there for work meetings.”

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Affleck, 44, and Shookus, 37, went public with their romance on Thursday night in the city when they stepped out for dinner. Multiple sources told PEOPLE that the two started their affair back in 2013 while Affleck was still married to Jennifer Garner and Shookus was also still married to then-fellow SNL producer Kevin Miller.

However, a source who knows Affleck and Garner maintains the actor and Shookus “did not date while either of them were married. They started dating when they were separated.”

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The Real Place to Chill out in Vegas: Tea Time. These Hotels Offer Classic Services That Go Way Beyond Scones

The Real Place to Chill out in Vegas: Tea Time. These Hotels Offer Classic Services That Go Way Beyond Scones

From the tea lounge at the Mandarin Oriental, the traditional tea service comes with gorgeous views of the Las Vegas Strip. (Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas)

Can a hot cup of tea cool you down on a scorching afternoon in the desert? Several studies say it can, which means elegant afternoon tea services at some of Las Vegas’ classiest hotels are perfect for chilling out.

Wynn Las Vegas is the latest resort to offer a calming afternoon tea, a British tradition that typically includes sweet pastries, petite sandwiches and plentiful pots of tea.

Guests can indulge in sweet and savory offerings at Wynn’s recently opened Terrace Lounge, located near the main entrance. The menu includes sandwiches that merge curried chicken salad with red grapes, plus freshly baked scones. (In keeping with the British custom, diners should first cover the scone with jam and then top it with clotted cream.)

The tea service is offered daily from 12 to 4 p.m. It’s priced at $47 per person, with optional Champagne pairings at an additional cost.

Tea-infused cocktails are also available a la carte. The Tea-jito, for instance, combines Cruzan rum infused with herbal citrus-mint white tea, lime juice and club soda.

Reservations: Wynn Las Vegas, (702) 770-7000

Afternoon tea is a long-standing tradition at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. For $35 (or $50 with champagne), guests enjoy tea service at Verandah from 3 to 4 p.m.

There are organic black, green and herbal teas to sip while noshing on bites such as a sandwich of cucumber, grilled artichoke and olive tapenade on sourdough bread, plus pastries such as fig upside-down cake.

Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Info: Four Seasons Las Vegas, (702) 632-5000

There are seatings for tea from 11:45 a.m. through 4:15 p.m. at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

Guests are sure to be tempted by savoring offerings such as chicken curry, trumpet mushroom and Asian pear served in a sesame cone.

The service, priced at $40 (more with Champagne), comes with stunning views of the Strip.

Reservations: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, (888) 881 9367

But back to those studies about tea cooling you off. Ollie Jay of Canada’s University of Ottawa told Smithsonian Magazine that drinking tea on a hot day “… does result in a lower amount of heat stored inside your body, provided the additional sweat that’s produced when you drink the hot drink can evaporate.”

The practice of afternoon tea was started in the early 19th century by the seventh Duchess of Bedford after she complained of having a “sinking feeling” in the late afternoon. That’s according to the British website Afternoon Tea, which lists tea places throughout Britain.


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Brandon Flowers of the Killers Stars as Several Las Vegas Denizens in New Video for “I’m the Man”

Brandon Flowers of the Killers Stars as Several Las Vegas Denizens in New Video for “I’m the Man”

The Killers just released a brand new music video for their track “I’m the Man,” and the concept is something out of the box for the group, Brandon Flowers admitted.

In an interview with the BBC, Flowers said the music video was “pretty funky, funkier than we’ve ever done before.”

The video depicts Flowers as four different identities or alter ego’s, all living their daily lives in Las Vegas. However, viewers watch each one start to crumble as something seemed to happen along each of their life paths. Check out the entire video below.

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Classic Americana in Las Vegas

Classic Americana in Las Vegas

When Ryan Shorosky graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2014, he decided to drive an 18-wheeler around the country for a year, photographing truck drivers along the way. That was when he first went to Las Vegas.He returned there once a month over the course of that year.

On his latest trip, in May, Mr. Shorosky wanted to capture the variety of people who work in Las Vegas, especially those with unconventional jobs. “In other cities you might work as a barista, but in Vegas really strange opportunities exist for people that live there,” he said. He saw these two women outside the Bellagio hotel. The woman on the left has a tattoo covering most of her thigh. “There is a dichotomy that exists in Vegas where, from afar, things kind of look like they’re meant to be, but when you dig in closer, you figure out that there are a lot more layers to the people or the place,” the photographer said.


“I had this idea on my first day about exploring the iconic things of Vegas — Elvis, of course, being one of those things,” Mr. Shorosky said. Not that everything in Las Vegas is as it appears.Zach Brewer, shown above, is not a professional Elvis impersonator. He and a friend, visiting from Houston, were part of a bridal party and decided to dress up. “He was in costume and just drinking a lot,” the photographer said.


Toni James has been a figure in the Las Vegas drag scene for 30 years. “No matter where I went or who I talked to, everyone knew who Toni James was,” the photographer said. He first met Mr. James at the Double Down Saloon, a dive bar where locals hang out, and decided to photograph him there. “He was in this punk bar bathroom putting his makeup on and getting ready,” Mr. Shorosky said.

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Mr. Shorosky met Marrion and Marlon Amos at First Fridays, a monthly art festival where people bring their wares to sell. He was drawn to their sense of style. “I think Vegas is just enough removed as a culture that you are able to explore yourself,” he said. “These two brothers were a perfect example of that.”


Jace Thorstenson, 14, competes in national junior rodeos. This time he was in a doubles roping competition at the Little Britches Rodeo, which took place a half-hour southwest of the city. “He had the mannerisms and character of someone who could have been in his 40s,” the photographer said. “I wanted to capture that facade of adolescents who are growing up in an environment where you’re expected to be a lot older than you are.”

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This photo was taken in Paradise Palms, a midcentury modern-style community that hasn’t changed much since the ’60s. “In the past couple of years, it has had an influx of younger people, so you have these 30-year-olds sort of pushing the historic relevance of this area,” Mr. Shorosky said. Here, from left, are Jaede Mansfield, Denise Heximer and Jasmin Rodriguez, all vintage enthusiasts. “It’s sort of a fascinating idea to try to relive that aura of classic Vegas,” he said.


Michelle Kolnik, a.k.a. D.J. Cryki, at the First Friday art fair, where she sells vintage clothes.


The photographer met Elia Lucio, who works as an exotic dancer, walking around Fremont Street. “She grew up in Vegas, basically in and out of homelessness,” he said. “She supports herself fully in what she does and takes a lot of pride in the fact she can support herself.”

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Mike Ogden at the Little Britches rodeo just outside of Las Vegas. Mr. Ogden, a cowboy from Utah, had provided some of the animals for the competitions.

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The photographer saw these professional Santas, who were vacationing together in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget casino. One wore a shirt reading, “I survived anorexia.”


This photo was taken in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a mountain range outside Las Vegas that attracts tourists like this German couple. They were there with a group of motorcyclists doing a cross-country road trip. Mr. Shorosky was attracted to their vests covered in patches. “It’s sort of a right of passage for motorcyclists to wear emblems,” he said.


Bobi Jo Marie dresses to embody the classic American cowgirl. “Las Vegas is a place where you can become whatever archetype you like,” Mr. Shorosky said. “There is a lot of room to be something else.”

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Jesse Garon, a professional Elvis, and his pink Cadillac with a license plate that reads “VGELVS.” He was outside the Little White Wedding Chapel, where you can get married on the fly.

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