Last Week in Las Vegas Sports (Feb 6 – 12)

The Las Vegas Raiders might not be all in on Derek Carr and four other Las Vegas sports stories that made headlines last week!

#5 Las Vegas Golden Knights drop mask mandates at home games

Las Vegas Golden Knights fans can breathe a sigh of relief this week after it was announced that masks will no longer be required at home games. The news should make fans feel more comfortable as they enjoy watching their favorite team! The Henderson Knights games will not require masks either.

“In light of today s announcement by Governor Sisolak, the Vegas Golden Knights and Henderson Silver Knights are pleased to rescind the requirement for our guests to wear a mask at our home games, as well as at City National Arena and Lifeguard Arena,” the team said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the state s guidance on this issue and adjust our policies accordingly if needed.”

#4 Kyle Busch set to make return to the NASCAR Truck Series at Las Vegas

Las Vegas native Kyle Busch is about to embark on one of the most important seasons of his NASCAR Cup Series career, but that doesn t mean he can t have a little fun. In fact, Rowdy has officially announced that he will be running the March 4 Truck race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A victory would move him to 222 total career wins across NASCAR s top three series, more than seven-time Cup Series champion Richard Petty, who has 200.

  We re working through that, Busch said during a Zoom teleconference. We had a couple of sponsorships sold that wanted particular races and then they kind of backed out, so now it s not sold. I ll just say here, I mean, the first one is going to be Vegas for sure. Obviously, a hometown run would be conducive to what I enjoy. And that ll be our first race of the year.

#3 Liz Cambage leaving Las Vegas Aces

According to ESPN, all-star center Liz Cambage has verbally committed to play for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2022 and will thus be leaving the Las Vegas Aces. The news comes only weeks after Cambage made headlines for criticizing the Aces’ decision to sign Becky Hammon to a million-dollar coaching deal.

It will be very interesting to see how the Aces respond to this massive loss of star power. Then again, Cambage was never able to take the Aces past the semi-finals of the WNBA playoffs, meaning that this might be the team’s chance to finally find someone who can do that!

#2 Max Crosby and Hunter Renfrow speak out about Josh McDaniels’ as Las Vegas Raiders head coach

Josh McDaniels was recently named the Las Vegas Raiders Head coach, and while some players were saddened to see Rich Bissacia lose the role after a 7-5 record, it doesn’t seem to have impacted the team much. A lot of players have already come out in support of McDaniels as their new coach, including Hunter Renfrow, Derek Carr, and Max Crosby.

“It’s a crazy business we’re in,” Crosby said. “Rich, I’ll always love him. Coach McDaniels, this has nothing to do with him. I don’t know him much but we’ve had great conversations and we’re excited. We just want to win football games and that’s all that matters to me.”

Hunter Renfrow, who totaled 1038 yards from 108 receptions, also had a positive take on the McDaniels signing.

“He’s an unbelievable coach. I’m excited to work with him,” Renfrow said when asked about his new head coach. “I talked to him, he called me after he got the job and just said how excited he was and I feel the same way.”

#1 Las Vegas Raiders not interested in signing Derek Carr to a long term contract

While Derek Carr will likely be the starting  Quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022, that doesn’t exactly mean he’s their future. In fact, according to a new report from the Athletic’s Vic Tafur, Las Vegas might not be interested in signing Carr to a long-term deal until he proves himself. 

“It’s not a question of whether you like Carr if you’re the Raiders,” The Athletic’s Vic Tafur wrote this week. “He has one year left on his deal, so here’s the question: Do you give him $150 million-plus and tie yourself to him shortly after putting your family photos on your new desks? And I have SERIOUS doubts the Raiders will do that.”

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