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World Football Challenge at Sam Boyd Stadium

LAS VEGAS -- Nearly 30,000 soccer fans turned out to see Real Madrid win a soccer challenge in Las Vegas Sunday. It left many fans wanting the Major Soccer League to have a presence in the valley.

"We got fields right across from the stadium always full on the weekends. Many fans of soccer deserve one team. We are asking," said Gerado Medina at the World Football Challenge on Sunday.

Among the chants for Real Madrid and Santos Laguna, many fans were calling for a team of their own.

The MLS was founded in 1993. There are many fans in Las Vegas, but there's no professional team.

"We do need one. This is like a heads up," said Jesus Marquez, at the match. "As you can see people come here from out of town just to see this game."

Bryan Chenault of Soccer United Marketing has been to big matches allover the world. He said the crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium was as enthusiastic as anything he's seen.

Hard Rock Cafes Host Book Drive for Local Charity

Hard Rock Cafes Host Book Drive for Local Charity

The two Hard Rock Cafes in Las Vegas will not just be serving food during the month of August. They will also be taking in books for southern Nevada kids.

The cafes will be working with the nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada by collecting books. Spread the Word Nevada is working to advance childhood literacy by donating books to at-risk and low-income kids around the Las Vegas valley.

The Hard Rock Café at 4475 Paradise Road will host a Rock the Cause Donation Day from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 14. They are encouraging people in the community to donate gently used books to the nonprofit.

This year Spread the Word Nevada distributed its 2 millionth book to a child in Clark County. The charity also hosts literacy workshops for parents.  

UNLV Equipment Team Prepares for First Practice

LAS VEGAS - In the equipment room of the Lied Athletic Complex, it's a busy time of year.

"Basically, there's always something going on," said UNLV Director of Athletic Equipment Paul Pucciarelli. "There's always something to worry about."

That includes making sure everything is in place for the 105 football players who will take the field Tuesday.

"The whole thing with equipment, they think it's just a matter of handing out jocks and socks and, you know, towels and that type of stuff," Pucciarelli said.

He would know. He's entering his 28th year with the school. Pucciarelli and his staff take immense pride in making sure everything looks great, everything fits great and everything meets NCAA safety standards.

"Our job is to provide protection," he said.

Pitch Perfect: The Costly Preparations for Sunday's Soccer Game

Pitch Perfect: The Costly Preparations for Sunday's Soccer Game

Las Vegas has hosted many big events, and this weekend another one will arrive.

Two soccer-powerhouse teams, Real Madrid and Santos Laguna, will play at Sam Boyd Stadium Sunday night.

To bring the two teams to the Las Vegas valley, the field at the stadium had to meet international soccer standards. The promoter of the event had to bring in $100,000 worth of new turf in July, to bring the field up to standards.

In a meeting last week with the coach of the Real Madrid team, the first question he asked of promoter Justice Entertainment was whether the pitch was ready for play.

“That is what we are talking about with the grass. That is what is important because you are talking about the highest payroll team in the world of sports, stepping foot on grass that has to be perfect," Daren Libonati, President of Justice Entertainment, said.

I-215 Widening Work Causes Detours in McCarran Airport Connector

I-215 Widening Work Causes Detours in McCarran Airport Connector

 

Ongoing construction work on Interstate 215 near McCarran Airport will bring major traffic headaches for nighttime drivers beginning Sunday.

Northbound and southbound lanes of the airport connector will cause detours and delays for the next couple of weeks. Workers are doing groundwork for the expansion of the bridge over the connector as part of a project to widen I-215 between Interstate 15 and Windmill Lane. Rotating closures begin Sunday and continue through August 16. They will usually start at 7 p.m. and finish at 5 a.m.

Northbound drivers will detour to the Warm Springs Road off-ramp, where traffic will be directed east on Warm Springs and then back to the I-215 heading west to the connector tunnel.

Southbound drivers will exit the Airport Connector at Hidden Wells Road, turn left (south) on Gilespie Street, then left (east) onto Warm Springs, where they can pick up the eastbound I-215. The tunnel north of I-215 leading into the airport will remain open. The work schedule is as follows during previously listed hours:

Fatal Crash on Boulder Highway Claims 1 Life

LAS VEGAS -- One man is dead following a single car crash on Boulder Highway Tuesday morning.

Metro Police say the driver was heading southbound when he veered into northbound traffic and crashed into a pole near Missouri Avenue. The man was transported to St. Rose de Lima Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say there were three dogs in the vehicle. They were picked up by animal control.

Las Vegas Athletes Set Sights on Olympic Gold

LAS VEGAS - Four Las Vegans are among the hundreds of athletes competing in the Summer Olympics in London.

Silverado High School graduate Amanda Bingson never dreamed of competing in London, but she throw the hammer in the games.

Conner Fields rode his way into the Olympics. The Green Valley High School graduate is making his debut in BMX cycling.

Palo Verde High School graduate and heavyweight Michael Hunter is living a dream as he boxed his way into the games.

Making a return trip to the Olympics is UNLV Assistant Track Coach Khadevis Robinson. He'll compete in the 800 meters, which is considered the toughest of all track and field events.

Of the four, Fields has the best chance to bring home a medal. His first ride takes place Wednesday, August 8th in a seeding run.

Hunter will box in the round of sixteen Wednesday, August 1st.