From the Aces’ new training facility to a much-needed win by the Raiders, here’s everything that happened last week in Las Vegas Sports (Nov 14 – 20).
#5 Las Vegas Aces open a new training facility in Henderson
The Las Vegas Aces earned a great deal of respect throughout the 2022 season and that trend is continuing. In fact, the new WNBA champions just announced a new 80,000-square-foot training facility. Aces General Manager Nikki Fargus called the move a step towards making Las Vegas the place to play in the WNBA.
“This training facility has been developed to provide the best tools and equipment available to support our continued dominance,” Fargas said in a news release. “With this facility, we are setting a standard for women’s sports as well as ensuring that the Aces will remain the team to play for in the WNBA.”
#4 Bubba Wallace reveals harsh details of Kurt Busch’s retirement
Las Vegas native Kurt Busch came into the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season with high hopes. Why wouldn’t he after signing a two-year contract with 23XI Racing to become their anchor driver and show Bubba Wallace the ropes? Unfortunately for Busch and 23XI Racing, it didn’t last very long.
Busch suffered an injury at Pocono Raceway, where he got loose and backed into the way. The next day NASCAR announced he was suffering from concussion-like symptoms, making him unable to compete. Busch worked hard to get back on track before the end of the 2022 season, but it never materialized. Busch later announced his retirement from full-time Cup Series competition.
Bubba Wallace Jr had a lot to say about Busch’s tragic situation.
“He’s not driving, and I know it kills him,” Wallace claimed in an interview. “Especially with the circumstances that he’s in, but he’s not just lying over. He wants to see this team succeed, and he feels he has an obligation…”
#3 Las Vegas Golden Knights looking to trade Robin Lehner?
According to Dan Rosen of NHL.com, the Las Vegas Golden Knights are strongly considering trading goaltender Robin Lehner. While Las Vegas originally got rid of Marc-Andre Fleury to keep Lehner in 2021, the team seems tired of his constant injuries.
Adding to the speculation is that Adin Hill and Logan Thompson have been putting on a clinic as goalie rotation for Sin City. Thompson holds a 9-3 record as a starter this season and has only allowed 27 goals to get past him. Hill has also impressed in his role, touting a 5-1 record and 18 goals allowed.
While Lehner has proven to be a good goalie in the past, his injuries have racked up over the years. This has left him unavailable for long stretches of the season, which Las Vegas can’t afford to happen. The final straw in this ongoing saga might have been Lehner’s decision to have season-ending surgery at the beginning of the year.
#2 New report claims Mark Davis might want Jon Gruden back as head coach.
The Las Vegas Raiders are having a disastrous season and a lot of people are calling for Josh McDaniels to be fired as a result. In fact, between a 2-7 record in their first nine games and one of the worst defenses in the league, there are just no positives coming out of this team right now.
Mike Floria of NBC Sports is even claiming that while McDaniels may not be fired until the offseason, there is a strong possibility that Jon Gruden could be his replacement. Gruden is currently embroiled in a court battle with the NFL over his leaked emails, which will probably have to be resolved before he can return to a head coaching role.
“It would still be highly unlikely for McDaniels to get the heave-ho during the season. But he could be in grave danger of getting fired after 2022 ends,” Florio said last week. “Then what? Given the affinity and affection Mark Davis has for Jon Gruden, could anyone rule out a return?”
#1 Las Vegas Raiders defeat the Broncos in overtime
The Las Vegas Raiders have struggled this season, making their Sunday night victory against the Broncos a much-needed one. Not only was it a step in the right direction, but it also might help save Josh Mcdaniel’s career.
The Raiders fell behind early in this matchup after Latavius Murray punched it in for a score. This put the Broncos up by seven and forced the Raiders to play catchup. Things got even worse when Brandon McManus chipped in a 48-yard field goal to put the Broncos up by ten.
Las Vegas responded with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Davantae Adams. They would then go on to kick three field goals to tie the score and force overtime. In overtime, the Raiders pulled off the impossible, and Derek Carr completed another pass to Adams for the win.
Carr finished the game by completing 23 of 37 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He got help from Davantae Adams, who caught seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Joshua Jacobs also contributed with 24 carries for 109 yards and 4.5 yards per carry. The now 3-7 Raiders will move on to face the Seattle Seahawks in another must-win road game for the team.
And that’s what went down last week in Las Vegas Sports (Nov 14 – 20)!