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									       FIGHTING         GOLF        POKER       HEALTH & FITNESS

                                                          July/August 2009

                                             Frank Mir
                                                           The Odyssey

  40th Anniversary

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                                          Health & Fitness
                                                                                       Boxing Spotlight
                                          Shoulder instability in athletes -
                                          Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 10    “Bones” and “The Lion” Feed Off Of
                                                                                       Fighters - Night of Fights at the Palms 36
                                          Sports Book
                                          It’s never too early to bet on the NFL 14
                                                                                       The World Series of Poker - A 40 - year
                                          Golf                                         retrospect 40

                                          LVSM list its Top Ten locals favorites 18    Health & Fitness

                                          MMA Spotlight                                Keeping skin healthy in the summer -
                                                                                       The outdoor enthusiast’s guide 44
                                          Wanderlei Silva - Wand Fight Team Brings
                                          Brazil to Vegas 28

                                                 Tuff-N-Uff - Super Meyer Bros. 30

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    The digital age has been here for quite some time now, and
                                                                         Publisher / Editor in Chief T.J. LOVE
    LVSM has finally given into the fact that most humans get
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    digital. This is the first edition of our digital magazine, and in
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    transformation is now complete as this issue has Frank Mir on
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    the cover and the issue before had poker pro, Scotty Nguyen.
    Before that it was UFC legend, Randy Couture.
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                                                                         Staff Writers ANdREW BRANNON,
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    mentioned, on the cover of this issue is UFC 100 competitor
    and local boy, Frank Mir. Also in this issue in the fight section,
    is the night of fights that took place last month at the Palms,                                                                                                                 Prevention Of Oral Injuries
    Tuff-N-Uff at the Orleans, and the Wand Fight Team with
    Wanderlei Silva at his local gym.                                                                                                                                               Can Save You Thousands!
    In the poker section is the 40-year history of the World Series
    of Poker, and in the golf section is our picks for the top-ten
    courses for locals. The sports book features Mark Franco’s early
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    one about shoulder injuries and the other about keeping the
    skin safe in the summer.
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                                                                 August 2009
                                                         May/June 2008                                                                        on Fridays teach basic computer         12-adult) Mondays and Wednesdays          ADAPTIVE RECREATION ACTIVITIES

                                                          Activity Directory
                                                                                                                                              usage and Microsoft Word Pad            6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays,

                                                           Activity Directory                                                                 software. intermediate classes on
                                                                                                                                              Tuesdays learn Microsoft Works,
                                                                                                                                              Microsoft Word and using the inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                      9 to 10:30 a.m. Fee: $30 per month
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lied community School, 5340 West
                                                                                                                                                                                      Tropical Parkway, (702) 229-5072.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Summer Fitness (ages 7+) Youth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of all abilities may participate in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a variety of activities including
                 All activities are subject to change. List is not all-inclusive. Call centers for complete list of classes and activities.
        All activities are subject to change. List is not all-inclusive. Call centers near younear you for complete list of classes and       net. instructor carlos Pavon limits                                               racquetball, cardio boot camp and
                                  Most require require $2 annual membership Summer 2009 Leisure Guide is available online at
        activities. Most activities activities advance registration. The to City of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs.                        class to 8 people.                      Zumba class (ages 14+) Monday,            swimming. call Bernard Preston at                                                                                                                                                  Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m.;           229-4904 for more information.
                                                                       Fee: $2 transportation fee plus cost of movie                          FITNESS & MARTIAL ARTS                  Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and
           Free Lieburn Cooking Network (ages 50+)
           Tuesday, may 13, 1 to 3 p.m.                                Las Vegas senior Center, 451 east Bonanza Road,                        (all ages)                              Friday at 5:15 p.m. Fee: Included         Paralympic Sports club of Las
           Howard Lieburn senior Center,                               (702) 229-6454. is required. Gymnasts must wear                                                                with membership or $3 per day.            Vegas Open Recreation Night (ages
        FAMILY ACTIVITIES                          YOUTH & TEEN ACTIVITIES
                                                                       Bring a friend or meet new ones as we enjoy dinnermust                 Fitness club Monday through Thursday,   Pre-registration not required.            5-adult) Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.,
           6230 Garwood ave., (702) 229-1600. (not sports)                                 leotards (no tights) and hair and
                                                                       the latest release at a localParents are NOT allowed at                8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.;    Minker Sports complex, 275 N.             through Aug. 19. Garside Middle
        Free All-city Synchronized Swimming month. sampling
           Learn to cook southern style this                                               be up. casino.
           mandatory!                                                                                                                         and Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.              Mojave Road, (702) 229-6563.              School Gymnasium, 300 S. Torrey
        Show – Shall We dance? (all ages) Summer Sports Kamp (ages 4-15)                   tryouts. contract/information provided
                                                                       Fishing (ages 50+)                                                     Fee: $6/day, $10/week, $29/month,       Expect a fitness class with a Latin       Pines dr., (702) 229-4796. This free
        Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
           Scrap-a-Thon (ages 50+)                 Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.         at registration. call 229-6359 for
                                                                       Wednesday, may 21, 9 a.m.                                              $150/6 months, or $230/year             beat and plenty of fun cardio move-       sports program for children and
        Baker Pool, 110010 a.m. Louis Ave., Fee: $65 per child per week; $60 information.
           Friday, may 16,    E. St. to 1:30 p.m.
                                                                       Fee: $2 transportation fee                                             Veterans Memorial Leisure Services      ment.                                     adults with disabilities offers sports
           Fee: $3, includes supplies annual each additional child. charleston Community/senior Center,
        (702) 229-1532. This year’sand dessert.
                                                                       east Las Vegas                                                         center, 101 N. Pavilion center                                                    training and competitions. Focus
                                                                        School, 6438 YOUNG ADULT
           Derfelt senior take you dancing heights community 250 n. eastern ave., (702) 229-1515. AND ADULT
        family show will Citizens Center,
                                                                                                                                              drive, (702) 229-1100. Membership       LEAGUES, SPORTS & SWIMMING                sports include wheelchair basketball,
        under the stars!                           celeste Ave., 229-4440. Through CLASSES & ACTIVITIES
           3343 West Washington avenue, (702) 229-6601.                Bring a picnic lunch, water, sunscreen, fishing gear and               includes all fitness classes, use of    (all ages)                                tennis, hand cycling, tandem bike,
                                                   Aug. 7.
           Bring your lunch and photos and learn to make scrap-        fishing license for an outing to Cold Creek.                           fitness room, cardio and strength                                                 golf, quad rugby, goalball, swim-
           book pages (all ages)
        Penny carnivalfor precious memories.                                               GEd Preparation (ages 16-adult)
                                                                                                                                              equipment and open gym. Reduced         Adult Sports Fee: $2 per day plus         ming and track and field. Educational
        Friday, Aug. 7, 2 to 4 p.m.                Free Bicycle Safety Yahtzee! (ages Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                                                                        Rodeo (ages 50+)
                                                                                                                                              fees for additional family members      $2 annual membership fee dula             sessions introduce new sports and
           Jump Start to Staying Active Free Seminar
        Fee:All activities cost from 5 to 25 cents 6-14) Saturday, Aug.Wednesday, may 21, 1 p.m.
                                                                        1, 11 a.m. to call 799-8650 for information and to
                                                                                                                                              and other limited services. Personal    Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza                 exciting activities. All equipment
           (ages 50+)
        each Mirabelli community center, 6200 1 p.m. charleston heights community register. Stupak community center,
                                                                       Fee: $1                                                                trainers available for hire.            Road, (702) 229-6307. dula Gym            needed to participate is provided,
           Friday, Ave., (702) 229-6359. Test
        hargrove may 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. School, 6438 celesteDerfelt senior Citizens Center, 3343 West Washington
                                                                        Ave.,              300 W. Boston Ave.,
                                                                                                                                                                                      offers pickle ball, paddle tennis,        including the all-court sport wheel-
           Derfelt senior Citizens Center,
        your skills to win candy and prizes.       229-4440.                               (702)
                                                                       avenue, (702) 229-6601.229-2488.                                       Pilates (ages 18+) Mondays, 6:15        table tennis, badminton, basketball,      chairs. Appropriate for novices and
           3343 West Washington avenue, (702) 229-6601.
                                                                                                                                              to 7 p.m. or 7:15 to 8 p.m. Fee: $35    volleyball as well as other activities.   elite athletes alike. (Formerly known
           Topics include calorie intake, dieting Wacky Water day (ages 2-12) Club (ages 50+)
        Free Summer Movie in the Park (all tips and                    Bunco               Free ParenTeen Solutions (ages 11+
           exercise information. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.                    for six-week class. cimarron Rose       Free area hikes are available on          as BlazeSports.) Reservations are
        ages) Friday, Aug. 14, 8                                       Wednesday, may with parents)                                           community center, 5591 N.               Tuesdays. Bowling at special rates        required. call 229-4796 for more
        Becker community School, 9110 Fee: $10 Johnson community School, Advance registration required. call
                                                                        Fee: $3
            17th Annual 90 Plus Banquet – Egyptian Al-                                                                                        cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607.          is available at Sam’s town lanes on       information.
        hillpointe Road, (702) 229-2482.                                northwest senior Center, for W. Lone cimarron
                                                 340 Villa Monterey, 229-6175. Enjoy 455-5295 6841information.mountain
            lure (age 90+ with companion)                                                                                                                                             Monday mornings. call for times
        Bring your family, a picnic, blankets making ice cream, water relays, water Rose community center, 5591 N.
                                                                        Road, (702) 229-4794.
            saturday, may 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.                                                                                               Tae Kwon do (ages 7-adult)              and league information.                   Las Vegas Silver Bandits Wheel-
        and lawn chairs for the Bolt family games and a summer craft.                     cimarron Road, (702) 229-1607.
            Las Vegas senior Center,                                                                                                          Tuesdays or Wednesdays, starting                                                  chair Basketball Team (ages 14+)
        movie in hills Park. Snow cones and                                               Youth Lunch Club (ages 50+)
                                                                        Nibblers Meet & Eastand parents together learn
            451 east Bonanza Road,                                                                                                            at 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m., depending     Open Badminton (ages 18-45)               Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug.
        popcorn 229-6454. for purchase.
            (702) available                                             Friday, Tryouts a.m. to family
                                                 Magic Gymnastic Team may 23, 11 positive 2 p.m. management, problem-
                                                                                                                                              on skill level Fee: $40 per month       Wednesdays, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Fee: $2        4, 11, 18, 25. Fee: $5 per person for
                                                                        Fee: Cost of lunch plus $2 transportation fee to
            an evening to honor those who have (ages 3-14) Wednesday, Aug. 26, solving and discipline skills.
                                                 reached 90 years                                                                             Lied community School, 5340 W.          Mirabelli community center, 6200          summer session Fremont Middle
        Beach Party Splash (all ages)            5:30 p.m. check-in; Go Raw Café.
            of age or better. enjoy entertainment, delicious food 6 p.m. tryouts.                                                             Tropical Parkway, (702) 229-5072.       hargrove Ave., (702) 229-6359.            School, 1100 E. St. Louis Ave.,
            and ancient egyptian 6 p.m.
                                                                        Las Vegas senior Beginning and intermediate computer
                                                 Fee: No cost to audition for member- Center, 451 e. Bonanza Road,
        Sunday, Aug. 16, noon to theme. Call to request an invita-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (702) 229-4903. Sports wheelchair
            tion for ages 4-17; someone
                                                                        (702) center,
                                                 ship. Mirabelli community229-6454. classes (adults) Tuesdays and
        Fee: $1for yourself or $2 ages you know that will have
                                                                                                                                              Jazzercise (ages 16+) Tuesdays,         Open Table Tennis (age 18+)               and proper attire required. call Bob
                        ages $50+; free ages 6200
        18-49; $1.50 his/her 90th birthday by may 17. hargrove Ave., 229-6359.
            celebrated                                                                    Fridays 4 to 6 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m.
                                                                        Armedexcep- Day Dance (ages 50+) plus $2
                                                                                 Forces Fee: $20 for 6 classes,                               6 to 7 p.m. Fee: $43 per month;         Fridays, 8 to 11 a.m. Fee: $2 daily       Murray at 229-4903 for information.
        0-3. Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza do you want to be part of an
                                                                        saturday, may 24, 6 to 9 p.m.                                         $12 to drop in. Johnson community       Mirabelli community center, 6200          This is a Paralympic Sports club of
            Free Indoor Shuffleboard (ages 50+)
        Road, (702) 229-6309. Enjoy swimming, tional team of gymnasts? Once a annual membership fee. dula
                                                                                                                                              School, 340 Villa Monterey,             hargrove Ave., 229-6359.                  Las Vegas activity.
                                                                        Fee: auditions Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza Road,
            monday, may treats, 3 p.m. $2 annual membership Magic holds$4
        games, dancing, 19, 1 to prizes and all year, Mirabellire-
                                                                                                                                              (702) 229-6175. Jazzercise (ages
            quired. Howard the pool.                                    Las Vegas
                                                 for membership. Preregistration senior Center,
        of the splash toys inLieburn senior Center, 6230 Garwood                          (702) 229-6307. Beginner classes
          avenue, (702) 229-1600.                                            451 e. Bonanza Road,
                                                                             (702) 229-6454.
          Dinner and Movie (ages 50+)                                        We honor the dedicated men and women who serve or
          Thursday, may 20, 3 to 7:30 p.m.                                   have served in our military.

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     HEALTH & FITNESS                                                                                                                                                                                  HEALTH & FITNESS

                                                                                                              order to determine if the labrum tissue was torn
                                                                                                              during the dislocation, an MRi arthrogram is ordered.
                                                                                                              A contrast agent is injected into the shoulder joint (an
                                               There are many common shoulder problems that                   arthrogram) to obtain better pictures of the labrum,
                                           athletes will encounter during the course of competition           which makes verifying a tear easier.
                                           and training. One of the most common is shoulder instability,         if the labrum is not torn on the MRi, non-operative
                                           which most often occurs as a result of a traumatic event           treatment is initiated. This includes a short period of
                                           during a game or practice.                                         immobilization for about four weeks, followed by a
                                               in order to better understand these conditions, a simple       physical therapy program aimed at strengthening the
                                           overview of shoulder anatomy is helpful. The shoulder joint        rotator cuff muscles. The therapy also works to train
                                           is technically called the glenohumeral joint. it consists of       the other surrounding shoulder muscles to better
                                           the shoulder “socket” called the glenoid and the “ball of the      position the socket in relation to the ball to increase
                                           shoulder,” or the humeral head. The humeral head is the            shoulder stability. Therapy lasts for about three to
                                           top part of the arm bone, or humerus, and is the portion           four months, and return to sports activity is usually
                                           of the arm bone that sits in the glenoid socket. The ball is       allowed about six to eight months after the injury.
                                           quite large in comparison to the socket and is similar to a golf      if the labrum is torn, arthroscopic surgery is
                                           ball sitting on a tee. As such, the shoulder has a tremendous      performed. Additionally, if the athlete fails non-operative
                                           range of motion allowing for an incredible number of positions.
                                           The drawback of this construct is that the shoulder joint is
                                           one of the most unstable in the human body.
                                               There are two main anatomic structures that provide                                                                              treatment and has continued instability, surgery
                                           stability to the shoulder joint, the labrum and the rotator                                                                          is indicated. This is a same day procedure and
                                           cuff muscles. The labrum is a rim of soft cartilage that sits                                                                        typically involves three small incisions (about ½
                                           on top of the glenoid socket and is similar to an “o-ring.” it                                                                       inch long) in the shoulder. The surgery reattaches the
                                           acts as a chock block to prevent the ball from slipping out                                                                          torn labrum to the glenoid socket and also tightens
                                           of the socket. The rotator cuff muscles are attached to the                                                                          the joint capsule surrounding the ball and socket.

     Shoulder                              ball and function to hold the ball in place within the socket.
                                           There is also a joint capsule that surrounds the ball and
                                                                                                                                                                                Surgery takes about one hour to perform. After
                                                                                                                                                                                surgery, the athlete uses a sling for six weeks and

                                           the socket and contributes to the joint’s stability. When an                                                                         begins physical therapy. Non-contact sports are
                                           athlete dislocates his or her shoulder, the ball literally falls                                                                     usually allowed at six months and contact sports
                                           out of the socket. Most often when this occurs, the labrum                                                                           are allowed at eight to 10 months.

     in Athletes                           tissue is torn from the rim of the socket.                                                                                              Shoulder instability is a commonly encountered
                                               There are many factors involved in selecting the                                                                                 problem in athletes. it limits their ability to perform
                                           appropriate treatment for shoulder instability in athletes.                                                                          optimally and can become a chronic problem if not
     Advanced Orthopedics &                These include the age of the athlete at the time of dislocation,                                                                     treated appropriately. When required, minimally
                                                                                                                                                                                invasive arthroscopic surgery helps restore an
     Sports Medicine                       the number of times the athlete has dislocated his or her
                                                                                                                                                                                athlete’s shoulder to normal function.
                                           shoulder, whether or not the labrum tissue was torn during
                                           the dislocation, and the specific sport in which the athlete
     By Timothy J. Trainor, MD             is competing.                                                            Timothy Trainor, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and subspecialty certified in orthopedic sports. He
                                               The younger an athlete’s age at the time of the initial           specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder.
                                           dislocation, the greater the chances of subsequent                    He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL, and completed his
                                           dislocations. Therefore, more aggressive surgical treatment           orthopaedic surgery residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C. In addition to his work
                                           is usually recommended for athletes younger than 30. if               with Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, he also serves as the consulting physician for the Nevada Athletic
                                           an athlete has sustained multiple dislocation events, non-            Commission.
                                           operative treatment is unlikely to resolve the problem. in

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                                                                                                                                                  All Odds are from the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook.

                                                                                                                      ODDS TO WIN 2010 SUPER BOWL XLIV @ DOLPHINS STADIUM - MIAMI, FL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                   SUPER XLIV GAME LINE

                                                                                                                                                                NFC                        +135
                                                                                                                                                                AFC      -3      47.5      -155

       It’s never too early to bet on the NFL
                                                                                                                                                                        Future odds:
       By Mark Franco          FRANCOSPORTS.COM

        It’s the end of June but all over town people         Philadelphia Eagles – 12/1. This maybe the most              PATRIOTS 4/1                RAVENS 20/1                BUCS 100/1                SEAHAWKS 40/1
     are already getting interested in this coming            talent that Quarterback d. McNabb has had in his             STEELERS 10/1               PANTHERS 20/1              CARDINALS 30/1            49ERS 40/1
     seasons NFL betting board. Las Vegas Sports-             career with Philadelphia. The Eagles drafted WR
                                                                                                                           COLTS 12/1                  VIKINGS 20/1               BRONCOS 40/1              BENGALS 75/1
     books all over town have been hanging numbers            Jeremy Maclin out of Missouri and RB LeSean
     on everything from who will win the Super Bowl to        McCoy out of Pitt adding speed with their first two          GIANTS 10/1                 PACKERS 20/1               DOLPHINS 60/1             BROWNS 75/1
     divisional odds and even Season win totals.              selections. There is lots of young talent on this            CHARGERS 12/1               SAINTS 20/1                TEXANS 40/1               RAIDERS 100/1
        i am not a big fan of future wagering because         team for coach Andy Reid to mold into contenders             COWBOYS 12/1                JETS 50/1                  BILLS 50/1                CHIEFS 75/1
     1) you have to tie-up your money for the entire          after reaching the NFc championship game last
     football season and 2) you can’t get as much value       season. One question will be can the Eagles stay             EAGLES 12/1                 JAGUARS 30/1               REDSKINS 40/1             RAMS 100/1
     as you used to. Despite this you can usually find a      consistent as a team in the tough NFc East.                  TITANS 20/1                 FALCONS 30/1               BEARS 20/1                LIONS 100/1
     few good plays for the upcoming season and have
     fun with it.                                             Minnesota Vikings 20/1. As of this writing it looks
        here is a look at teams i feel have value to win      like the starting Quarterback for the Vikings will be       season. The Falcons biggest problem last year          teams would have to greatly improve for us to get
     Super Bowl XLiV in Miami.                                future hall-of-Famer Brett Favre which could be             was their defense and they addressed that need         worried.”
                                                              the only piece the Vikings need to get to the               in the draft. This will be a playoff team whether         There will be questions with the indianapolis
     San Diego Chargers - 12/1. The chargers dug              Super Bowl. This team has one of the best                   they win the NFc South or get in as a wild-card.       colts who have been a public team for years. “A
     themselves a big-hole last season but still won the      running games in the NFL with A. Peterson and a                 i stopped by the Mirage Sportsbook and spoke       coaching change in indianapolis could be just one
     AFc West division at 8-8 after denver collapsed.         defense that has been superb at stopping the run.           to director Jay Rood to see what teams the public      reason the colts are a team not getting much
     The Broncos will regress even more with a new            coaching along with QB play could be the key for            are betting on and where the early money is coming     action” said Rood.
     coaching staff and new quarterback and a defense         the Vikings in 2009.                                        in for the NFL season.                                    “The cardinals are a team bettors don’t have
     that will still be at the bottom of the league. We                                                                       “The public is hammering the chicago Bears to      much confidence in as they are betting under nine
     know Kansas city or Oakland can’t win the divi-          Atlanta Falcons -30/1. First year Quarterback               win the Super Bowl more then any other team as         wins for the season.”
     sion although both maybe improved. i have a very         Matt Ryan won rookie of the year with a spectacular         they have been bet down to 6/1” said Rood.                We have seen the losing team in the Super
     strong feeling San diego will win this division easily   season in 2008 and should be even better this                   “The lowly Oakland Raiders and the detroit Lions   Bowl have a hang-over the following year so that
     and open with a home game in the playoffs.               year. The Falcons pulled off a great trade for Tight        (who became the first NFL to go winless last           could be one reason the public has the cardinals
                                                              End Tony Gonzales from the chiefs in the off-               season) are somewhat of a risk for us, but both        going under nine wins.

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           GOLF                                                                                                                                                                                                                             GOLF

                  LVSM names its Top Ten locals favorites
                                                                                                         By Brian Geark

    BADLANDS GOLF CLUB                                                                                                                                                                          WILDHORSE GOLF CLUB
                                                           In the heart of Summerlin lies one of Las Vegas’ finest                  Wildhorse Golf Club is home to one of the toughest
                                                        golfing venues - Badlands Golf club. Set against majestic Red            golf holes in the Las Vegas valley as well as a great venue for
                                                        Rock canyons, this Johnny Miller design features 27 holes of             golfers of all abilities. Originally built in 1959, the course was
                                                        breathtaking beauty.                                                     redesigned in 2004 by architects Brian curley & Lee Schmidt,
                                                           A true masterpiece, the desperado, diablo and Outlaw courses          featuring several holes guarded by shimmering lakes. The
                                                        offer distinct layouts that will challenge your game at any level.       championship, par 70 layout is a local’s favorite, offering an
                                                        Spanning across more than 220 acres, the course crosses over             enjoyable round of golf at an affordable price.
                                                        deep-flowing arroyos, canyons and natural washes while playing in           The facility is now owned by the city of henderson so

                                                        the surrounding desert landscape. Scenic views of the entire valley      while getting that country club feel the city makes sure the

                                                        are incredible.                                                          rates are municipal, so for that the Wildhorse comes in at
                                                           The entire facilty form its practice range to the clubhouse are top   #3.
                                                        notch and the best part is the managemnt always will have locals
                                                        specials. Las vegas is a desert and this is the top of the desert golf
                                                        experience so have fun but be aware of the snakes!

                                                                                              ANGEL PARK
       The “world’s most complete Las Vegas golf experience.”
    At almost 3000 feet in elevation, Angel Park offers spectacular
                                                                                                                                                   ALIANTE GOLF CLUB
    views of Red Rock canyon and the Las Vegas Valley. Angel
    Park Golf club features 36 holes of championship Las Vegas                                                                      Soaring in the northwest part of the valley is Aliante Golf Club, a Gary Panks design that is one of the
    golf designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, the lighted                                                                    newest Las Vegas golf courses. The course opened in 2003 and the course is the crown jewel of the master
    cloud Nine Short course, and the world’s original natural                                                                    planned Aliante home community. The course stretches just over 7000 yards from the tips, and is accented by
    grass Putting course.                                                                                                        pear trees, Mondale pines and Bermuda fairways with tiffeagle greens. A large practice facility and clubhouse
       Both the cloud Nine and Putting course are lighted for                                                                    complete the experience at Aliante.
    evening enjoyment. Angel Park has been the recipient of                                                                         Gary Panks has a long-standing reputation for designing golf courses that enhance the environment, create
    several awards throughout the years and rightfully so. it truly is                                                           value, and provide an enjoyable experience for golfers. At Aliante Golf club, great care was taken in planning

    a complete golf experience.                                                                                                  golf strategy and shot values that allow many options to the golfer. The result is a golf course that is fair, challenging,
                                                                                                                                 and truly enjoyable.

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      GOLF                                                                                                                                                                                                                   GOLF

  5              LAS VEGAS GOLF CLUB
   In 1938, the small, desert city of Las Vegas welcomed its first 9 holes of golf with the opening of Las
                                                                                                                           8              PRIMM VALLEY GOLF CLUB
                                                                                                                            Two 18-hole courses, the Lakes and Desert, both designed by Tom Fazio. These courses are located
Vegas Golf club, designed by legendary golf course builder William P. Bell. Ever since, the course has been one          on the california/Nevada border (about 35 miles from the Las Vegas Strip), but are worth the trip. When you play
of the busiest and friendliest in the city that glitters. The lighted range is always jumping with kids and other true   Primm, you will experience golf seclusion at its finest.
golfers, and the 18 holes of today are shadowed by mature trees, and many memories.                                         The Lakes course is a lush golf journey played in the middle of the desert—but you wouldn’t know it—with
   When the Las Vegas Golf club opened in 1938, it was simply known as “The Muni” and to locals it still is today.       holes and fairways decorated with pine trees, water, flowers and bunkers with typical Fazio flare.
It was the first golf course in Las Vegas, and opened with only nine holes. In 1947, nine more holes were added,            The desert brings more of the native Nevada and california desert into play but isn’t as dastardly as most
giving Las Vegas Golf club the layout it has today. Located in the heart of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Golf club           desert golf courses can be. Plenty of fairway width and large greens allow for errant shots to be found and hit
is the oldest golf course in Las Vegas. Any golfer who grew up in Las Vegas or lived here during its “heyday”            again.
has stepped foot upon its turf.                                                                                             For most of us locals that don’t get the chance to play Shadow creek, Primm Valley is the next best “Tom
   it may not be the best layout in the valley but for the nostalgia and the great price it is a local’s sanctuary.      Fazio” thing.

                             PAINTED DESERT GOLF CLUB
   Painted Desert Golf Club is the first of the Las Vegas desert courses and has numerous contrasts of
                                                                                                        6                                              RHODES RANCH GOLF CLUB                                                 9
                                                                                                                            Born out of the desert at the base of Spring Mountain the facility and course have quickly become a
the desert areas and lush green fairways that lend beauty and challenge to the experience. Opened in 1982 and            leader in our valley. designed by renowned architect Ted Robinson, the layout provides a unique blend of chal-
designed by Jay Morrish, Painted desert has also been called target golf. Tee boxes and fairways are separated           lenge and playability to golfers of all skill levels. highlighted by a group of par threes which Robinson calls the
by native desert vegetation (cactus and mesquite), several lakes guard the landing areas and greens, and many            very best that he has ever designed, this 6,909 yard course will envelop you in its lush tropical surroundings
bunkers dot the course. Bring the “A” game and enjoy some of the softest greens in the valley. The course is #6          while providing you with a world class golf experience.
but the par 3’s are quite possibly the best around.                                                                         Opened for play in November of 1997, Rhodes Ranch has quickly matured into one of the best conditioned

                                                                                                                         and most playable courses in the Las Vegas valley. The multitude of water features, varying elevations, stunning
                                                                                                                         city and mountain views and gentle rolling fairways spread out over the 162 acre property provide a wonderful
                                                                                                                         setting for a day of golf.

                 LEGACY GOLF CLUB
   The Arthur hills-designed Legacy Golf club is a par 72, 7,233-yard Las Vegas golf course that is the home
to United State Open qualifying events, and other top pro and amateur tournaments. The Legacy is a typical
hills design, with undulating fairways and dramatic bunkers, with a few water holes thrown in for character and
                                                                                                                                                    BLACK MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB
beauty. One of the most talked about holes in all of Las Vegas golf is the par 3, 10th hole at the Legacy. hills
                                                                                                                            Black Mountain offers three distinct 9-hole courses offering a perfect 18-hole combination to chal-
captured the excitement that is Las Vegas golf by creating each of the four sets of tee boxes in a suit from a deck
                                                                                                                         lenge golfers of all playing abilities. The subtle breaks in the greens and the slope off of Black Mountain can
of cards. The order, from back to forward, is spades, clubs, diamonds, hearts.
                                                                                                                         make a golfer go crazy trying to read the greens but master the flat stick and this course will render some low
   Also notorious at this premier Las Vegas golf facility is the “devil’s Triangle.” holes 11, 12, and 13 make for
                                                                                                                         scores and a ton of fun.
a devilish trio of exciting challenges. The Legacy has become synonymous in Las Vegas for providing country
club-style services and amenities. in fact, The Legacy Golf club was selected as one of the “Top 10 courses You
can Play” in Nevada, by Golf digest.
   The greens are always lightning fast so keep it below the hole. The local’s prices are usually a bit higher than
others on this list but it made the list simply because of the golfers experience.
     feature                                                                                                                               feature

                                                           Frank Mir
                                                                     The Odyssey
                                                       By Isaac Kuhlman

                                               To say that it has been a long road to get where     frustration, and trying to provide for a family
                                           Frank Mir is today may be an under statement. At         become the daily routine. So, Mir did what anyone
                                           first it was a fast-paced, 4-lane super highway that     would do. he went to work. Taking a job working
                                           Mir traveled on to get to the top. Starting his          as a bouncer at a Las Vegas nightclub, he trained
                                           Ultimate Fighting championship career in 2002,           in between. But as much as he was sucked into
                                           he won 8 out of his first 9 fights and broke Tim         the scene he had surrounded himself in, his family
                                           Silvia’s right arm to become the new heavyweight         wouldn’t let him be dragged to the ground.
                                           champion. This was my introduction into Mir’s               “i don’t know if anybody wants to see their
                                           fighting career. One of the quickest fighters to get     significant other, and the father of their children,
                                           to the top, and succeed so impressively that it was      at bars every night, drunk, and sleeping until 3
                                           hard not to believe in his talent.                       or 4 in the afternoon,” recalls Mir about his
                                               Then it all came crashing down. in a manor that      wife’s interjection into the life Mir was leading.
                                           was even faster than his rise, Mir took a catastrophic   he knew something had to change, and he fell
                                           fall. in September 2004 (only three months after         back on the one thing he truly believed was his
                                           his win against Sylvia), Mir was hit by a car while      destiny--fighting.
                                           on his motorcycle. The result was a broken femur            Mir recounts, “i’ve been a martial artist since
                                           (thigh bone) and a knee that had its ligaments           i was three-years old, and everybody has some-
                                           shredded.                                                thing they identify themselves with...My identity
                                               “i thought i was retired. For about eight weeks      comes from the fact that i’m a martial artist. With
                                           i was in denial. i thought i’d be able to get back.      that taken away from me, i had no purpose in life.
                                           i thought it would be no big deal,” says Mir when        To me, it would be like a devout Christian finding
                                           reflecting on his mental state at the time. “At about    out that Jesus wasn’t real.”
                                           the six-month mark is when i broke down mentally            But the road back was the toughest part. Still
                                           realizing i still couldn’t walk.”                        working to pay the bills, Mir had to train in between
                                               This was the other side. Outside the lanes of        his shifts to attempt his return. his natural ability
                                           that metaphorical freeway, there sits the stop-and-      was now equalized by his traumatic injuries. “After the
                                           go traffic of everyday life that consumes the rest       Brandon Vera fight I pretty much had quit mentally,
                                           of the world. it’s the place where bills, work, mental   because with the trainers i had before, i wasn’t

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     improving. So,                                            other side of that wall. The wall could be 20 feet              Wrestling standout, Phil Baroni, is also in Mir’s corner.                             TK Topic
     the top. Then i figured i was screwed, because            tall and 3 feet deep, I’ll run through it face first IF I   Whether the game is striking, grappling, or submitting
     that technique wasn’t good enough to make up for          understand the purpose for why i’m doing it.                someone, Mir is working with the absolute best of the
     my physical inabilities,” says Mir about training after       “That’s how he broke my bad habits. instead of          best in the three worlds. After the long and arduous road
     his first three fights following his accident. “Then,     saying ‘you need to this, this, this, and this,’ first      of training, working, being a family man--adding newborn
     after working with Ken (hahn--his current trainer),       it started with, ‘hey, just be in the gym everyday.’        baby boy, Ronin--Mir is ready to face the giant again.
     i realized i had barely scratched the surface.”           Then it started increasing in the intensity of the              Lesnar and Mir fought last February when Mir submitted
         Mir gives all the credit in the world for his         workouts. Then he started to go ahead and get               Lesnar (ankle lock). however, it was Lesnar who got to
     success to the training regiment from Ken hahn,           into my personal life. ‘how are you sleeping?’ and          fight Randy Couture for a title shot in November 2008. Mir
     who is the owner/operator of Striking Unlimited and       ‘how are you eating?’” says Mir when looking back           subsequently was matched with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to
     a former Bare Knuckle Karate World champion. Mir          on the efficient process of Hahn’s training.                fight for the “interim” Heavyweight title in December. With
     says, “i’ve always had a pretty intelligent aspect            i analogized with Mir about this tactic, noting         both men being utterly impressive in their wins, they meet
     as to how things should go in training, but, with         that it was like the old story of boiling a frog in         again at the historic UFc 100 event to settle the score and
     other trainers in the past, i always felt like some-      water by gradually increasing the temperature.              unify the belt.
     thing was missing...i just didn’t know. Ever since        Whereas, the frog will jump right out if the water              Mir may also have another advantage in the battle. Mir
     i’ve fought with Ken (as coach), i haven’t lost.”         is already hot. To this, Mir replied, “Ken basically        was born and raised in Las Vegas, so he has the crowd’s
         So, how could Mir go from a man at rock bottom        cooked me,” (hahn smiling uncontrollably at the             support when the cage door closes. Mir stated that even if
     to the heavyweight champion in only two years?            comment).                                                   the fight was on the moon he’d beat Lesnar.
         “Ken has a Master’s in Psychology so he kind              Mir also works on a daily basis with world-class            “i have everything going my way. Victory’s never
     of figured me out. If he sat there and whipped me,        Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Robert drysdale.            guaranteed, but if i had to go into battle and pick what
     i’m as stubborn as a mule. i won’t move forward.          drysdale’s BJJ accolades read like an index of all          advantages i had, i would pick every advantage i have
     But if you just sit there and explain to me that if       the names of world jiu- jitsu tournaments. he               going into it,” Mir says. “i mean, there’s lucky shots...Mike
     you go this way, there’s a great reward on the            simply has won almost all of them.                          Tyson got beat by Buster douglas...if i had to bet all over
                                                                                                                           again, i still wouldn’t have bet on Buster douglas,” he
                                                                                                                               Mir says the only thing that has changed in his life now
                                                                                                                           is the way he is able to provide for his family. “i go home to
                                                                                                                           my family. i love my children more than anything. That’s all
                                                                                                                           i care about,” says Mir.
                                                                                                                               But as the heart doth beat, the body still bleeds. Mir
                                                                                                                           knows this as well as anyone. The fighting will take its
                                                                                                                           toll on his body and mind, and he will ultimately suffer the
                                                                                                                           same detriment that many professional contact-sport
                                                                                                                           athletes endure. But as the ancient chinese, Japanese
                                                                                                                           and Greeks believed it was glorious to die in battle, Mir
                                                                                                                           agrees with that sentiment.
                                                                                                                               Mir believes that it is his nature, if not human nature, to
                                                                                                                           be honorable and fight with valor. He explains that he is
                                                                                                                           willing to take the abuse of his body and mind, because
                                                                                                                           people will remember the sacrifice. He compared it to the
                                                                                                                           public distinction of a classical Greek mind and an ancient
                                                                                                                           Greek warrior, “i’ve only seen a movie about Leonidas.
                                                                                                                           i’ve never seen one of Aristotle.”

                                                                                                                              For a complete transcription of the interview, visit www.

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                                                                                                          also is implementing the uses of technologies such       create a learning environment.
                                                                                                          as chryotherapy (the use of freezing techniques to           Silva gives a lot of credit to his friends like Ran-
                                                                                                          reduce the inflammation and damage to muscle             dy Couture and Forrest Griffin for helping him train
                                                                                                          tissue) and hyperbaric tents to speed recovery of        for previous fights, but, now that he has his own
                                                                                                          injuries by inducing a higher level of oxygen into       gym, he gets to work with his own training part-
                                                                                                          the chamber.                                             ners (though he has kept some of the same ones,
                                                                                                              Starting to sound like an episode of Star Trek?      like wrestling coach and fighter, Nik Fekete from
                                                                                                          Well, even without all the scientific components,        Xtreme couture). Silva said that he has asked
                                                                                                          the gym still has plenty to offer the people who         couture for his “fountain of youth” formula and
                                                                                                          look to train in the world of mixed-martial arts. A      says, “i asked to him, ‘what is your secret?’ and he
                                                                                                          traditional full-sized octagon, a weight room, heavy     said, ‘no secret.’ he eats normal. he’s an incred-
                                                                                                          bags, mats, and all the accoutrements that are           ible person...for a guy to fight with you at 46-years
                                                                                                          associated with MMA gyms are standard at Wand            old...nevermore.” Silva laughs about knowing that
                                                                                                          Fight Team.                                              couture is a one-of-a-kind athlete and probably
                                                                                                              Another key addition is the jungle gym for           way too strong for his age.
                                                                                                          children complete with an enclosed trampoline. As             Silva is one of the world’s leading ambassadors
                                                                                                          Silva says, “i have a son. My son is 5 years old. it’s   for the sport of MMA as he has proven to be one
                                                                                                          good to have the kids see their father training. My      of the most popular fighters in Brazil and Japan
                                                                                                          teachers also have a good system for the kids.”          and now in America. The UFc utilized his interna-
                                                                                                          Silva admits that most of the time the kids prefer       tional popularity to host his last fight (against Rich
                                                                                                          to run around and play than to learn techniques,         Franklin at UFc 99) in Germany which paid off as
                                                                                                          but, either way, Wand Fight Team can provide for         the German fans adored Silva and sold out the
                                                                                                          both.                                                    Lanxess Arena.
                                                                                                               Silva knows how great the trainers he has                Looking back on a life that has been spanning
                                                                            For more information visit
                                                                                                          are, because he uses them for his own training.          over a decade of professional fighting and multiple
                                                             or stop
                                                                                                          He did admit after his fight with Rich Franklin that     continents, Silva says his new home of Las Vegas
                                                                      by the gym located at 4631 Dean
                                                                                                          he probably over trained for the fight, because he       has its advantages as opposed to his hometown
                                                                              Martin Drive (across I-15
                                                                                                          wanted to win so badly, but he said that he was          of curitiba, Brazil. “here has more sun. My city in
                                                                                from the City Center).
                                                                                                          the one pushing himself (even training when he           Brazil is cold.” he says with a smile.
                                                                                                          was instructed to rest). Silva said that he plans on          he continues to talk about his plans as he
                                                                                                          taking the lessons he learns and teaching them to        currently is renting his gym space, “i like the city.

                                                                                                          his students.                                            i want to buy my gym here. if you have a building
                                               “I’m not a businessman. I’m a fighter,” says
                                                                                                              The staff at Wand Fight Team is a total MMA          to sell, contact me here, because i’m going to pay
                                           Wanderlei Silva about the difference between his
                                                                                                          coaching team. World champions in Brazilian Jiu-         by cash (laughing).”

                                           gym and other mixed-martial arts gyms. “i understand
                                                                                                          Jitsu like Vitor Vianna and Rodrigo Botti, grappler           For a man nicknamed “The Axe Murderer”
                                           a lot of guys that come in here don’t want to be
                                                                                                          and jiu-jitsu specialist (and current icON Sport         and “cachorro Louco” (mad dog or crazy dog),
                                           professionals. They just want to train. i have a good
                                                                                                          welterweight champion) Sidney Silva, and other           Wanderlei Silva may be one of the absolute most

                                           space for the guys to get what they want, and i have a
                                                                                                          fighters that help instruct classes such as the up-      humble and down-to-earth characters in the world
                                           lot of good coaches.” Wand Fight Team was opened
                                                                                                          and-coming fighter, Jorge Lopez, all help to             of fight.
                                           in February of this year, and, with a little help from his
                                           friends, Silva is making the most of his opportunity
                                           with the new gym.
     The Axe Murderer’s New Grind              Silva’s head trainer, Rafael Alejarra, helped develop
                                           the gym using his studies in physical education in Brazil.
                                           Alejarra uses several advanced technologies such as
     By Isaac Kuhlman                      the gym’s hypoxia room (a room that simulates the
                                           oxygen levels of 9000 feet above sea level). Alejarra

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                                           Super Meyer
                                           Tuff-N-Uff Uses Star Power On
                                           Amateur MMA

                                           By Isaac Kuhlman

                                               Barry Meyer and Jeff Meyer are two guys who
                                            share a passion for mixed-martial arts, work together,
                                            who have beaten each other up, and, oh yeah, they
                                            are brothers. Their hard work with Tuff-N-Uff’s
                                            promotions (founded by older brother Barry) since
                                            1994 (originally promoting kickboxing) is producing
                                            the proverbial fruits for their labor.
                                               “how we got involved was Jeff and i grew up studying
                                            Tae Kwon do and other martial arts, and we both
                                            wrestled in high school,” says Barry Meyer of the initial
                                            interest in the sport of MMA.
                                                 he continues, “Then my dad saw an advertisement
                                            for the original Ultimate Fighting championship in a
                                            satellite guide, and we tuned in not knowing what to
                                            expect...thinking it might be some kind of wrestling
                                            spectacle or the first 10 seconds, we
                                            saw Teila Tuli get his teeth knocked out by Gerard
                                            Gordeau, and we knew this was real. it was an instant
                                                With MMA not being regulated in any state at that
                                            time, the UFc had a huge battle to get the sport to
                                            realize its potential. When the UFc was able to get
                                            the sport sanctioned in Nevada in 2001, it opened the
                                            doors for other promotions and other states to get on
                                                “We were instrumental in getting the amateur mixed-
                                            martial arts sanctioned and approved in Nevada,”
                                            says Barry Meyer about Tuff-N-Uff’s involvement in
                                            the process of lobbying to gain further acceptance for
                                            mixed-martial arts. Meyer went on to say that, after
                                            getting his promoter’s license in 2003 (for professional
                                            MMA) and hosting the first Tuff-N-Uff MMA event,
                                            there was a bit of a “learning curve” in order to see
                                            what worked and what didn’t.

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                                          After amateur MMA was approved by the state of Nevada, Barry              effective, and we like to give the fans exactly what they want,” says
                                      Meyer decided to jump into this endeavor as there were a lot of fighters      Barry.
                                      looking to prove themselves on a smaller scale before making the                  Most recently the Tuff-N-Uff events have had two significant
                                      jump to professional MMA. With all the world-class MMA training               improvements. The first is that the events have moved from the
                                      in Las Vegas, the idea sounded logical.                                       Mardi Gras Ballroom inside the Orleans casino to the Orleans Arena.
                                          “The Las Vegas scene is sort of a Mecca or a hotbed for mixed-            This is a huge leap in attendance, and it gives more people the
                                      martial arts,” says older brother, Barry. “It’s a unique town for fighters.   opportunity to see the fights.
                                      A lot of celebrity fighters like to come and support it. So, it’s been            The second new installation is the device of title belts for weight
                                      good.”                                                                        classes. Tuff-N-Uff had 3 tournaments (one in each of the 135-, 155-,
                                          Younger brother, Jeff, added, “it’s been sort of a grass-roots            and 170-pound weight classes). As Barry Meyer states, “These
                                      movement. We didn’t actively pursue them and ask them to come                 fighters aren’t competing for money so recognition--whether it be a
                                      to our shows or anything.” he continues, “it’s great to have their            medal or a belt...they look forward to that.”
                                      support, but, furthermore, they volunteered it.”                                   Barry Meyer suggests that one idea he would love to see is the
                                          Both agree that amateur MMA is an increasing part of the sport,           “grand prix” style tournament where the combatants fight multiple
                                      because, previously, fighters had to jump from their background               fights in the same day. As it stands right now, however, the idea is
                                      sport (boxing, wrestling, etc...) straight into professional MMA without      in its developmental stages. Obvious health concerns, the Nevada
                                      a chance to really learn the sport through competition.                       Athletic commission, and entertainment value are the major obstacles
                                         Recently other amateur promotions have surfaced to compete with            to overcome when hosting such an event, but, if the Japanese grand
                                      Tuff-N-Uff, but, as Barry Meyer explains, most of those promotions            prix tournaments are any indication, it would be a phenomenal site.
                                      are run by one gym or another or hold their events at a gym. The                  Knowing that the fighters are unpaid and looking to make their
                                      negative side to this is that spectators might see the fights as set up       way in the sport of MMA, Jeff Mayer noted that it was brought to
                                      for one gym to have the dominant team. however, with Tuff-N-Uff               his attention that the “amateurs” at the Tuff-N-Uff events look like
                                      being an independent promotion with no ties to any single gym, the            they’re professionals already and said, “Just to see them succeed
                                      fights are set up for the fans to get their money’s worth.                    is really all the recognition we need. Like i said, Barry and i are
                                         “Of course, more competition means more saturation, and people             fans. We want to see these guys get to the next level, and, to do
                                      only have so much money to spend on a show. We make ours cost                 that through our events...we’re just that much happier.”

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     BOXING SPOTLIGHT                                                                                                                                                                    BOXING SPOTLIGHT

     “Bones” and “The Lion” Feed Off Of Fighters
          Night of fights at the palms                                                   By Isaac Kuhlman

        “I’m baaaccck!” were the words Clarence “Bones” Adams told to interviewer and former boxer,                 The fight with Baba was a little drawn out as Adams dominated the whole fight, but Baba would not
     Kevin Kelley, after his victory 8th-round TKO of opponent, Alex “Ali” Baba, at the Pearl at the Palms on    go down. Adams could not connect with multiple KO punches to put Baba on the canvas. however,
     Friday night. Sterling Promotions, in association with Millennium Events, put on the “Night of Fights”,     Adams worked Baba like he was standing still. The end result was in Baba’s face--which was almost
     and the five other bouts had a lot of exciting action and antics to keep the fans interested.               swollen shut. Adams only had a slight bump on his right eye from an accidental head clash in the 3rd
        Adams (44-6-4) was the WBA Super Bantamweight title holder in the early 2000’s (which he                 round.
     vacated), but then he promptly lost two key fights to Paulie Ayala and a third one to Guty Espadas Jr.         Adams improves his odds of getting tougher opponents, and his fan-base seemed to be in tact.
     in a very long and deflating year of fighting for Adams (between August 2001 and November 2002).            Adams even came into the ring with an entourage that included a rap song created for Adams himself.
     He never got a belt back. He took one more fight (which was declared a draw), and Adams went on             Whether or not “Bones” will get his title shot again remains to be seen.
     hiatus/retired for 3 long years.                                                                               however, when it came to spectacles, Adams was outdone in his ring entrance by another Las Vegas
        Since coming back, Adams is undefeated (3-0, 1Nc), and the Las Vegas resident looks to keep improving.   fighter, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere. Bogere came into the ring with a sexy singer belting out his theme
     His opponents since 2006 have not been the premier fighters of the weight class, but Adams has made         song and four muscle-bound men in loin clothes carrying him into the ring in a cage as he was draped
     sure to keep sharpening his skills each time to get his title shot again.                                   in a skinned lion.

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        His performance was grand, and his skills were definitely up to par with the out-of-the-ring antics.
     Bogere fought three other times earlier this year and has been scheduled to fight a couple other times
     (including Tarver/Dawson undercard and Roy Jones’ mixed-fight card in Primm), but his opponents
     backed out of the fights for unspecified reasons. Bogere (10-0) found an opponent in Broderick
     Antoine, but he could not find a “fight.”
        Bogere dispensed of Antoine with lightning quick hands and knocked him down at the end of round
     one. The bout went the distance, but the scorecard’s were unanimously lopsided (60-53, 60-52, 60-53).
     Bogere said after the fight, “I’m ready for anything.”

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                                                                                    Photography courtesy of PokerImages
                                                                                    and University of Nevada, Las Vegas



     The World
     Series of Poker:
     A 40-Year Retrospect                                                 By Nolan Dalla and the WSOP

        It’s hard to believe that when the World Series         That first World Series of Poker, with little more
     of Poker began back in 1970, there were fewer           than a handful of players, attracted no public attention
     than 50 poker tables in the entire city of Las Vegas.   and little press coverage. No one outside of Las
     There were only 70 poker tables in the whole state      Vegas knew about the World Series of Poker –
     of Nevada. Binion’s horseshoe, the host casino,         or cared about the outcome. The inaugural world
     did not even have a poker room. The contest that        champion, Johnny Moss, did not even win a poker
     would come to decide poker’s first world champion       tournament. he was elected “best all-around
     was held inside an alcove about the size of an          player” in a vote by his peers after several days of
     ordinary hotel room. Thirty or so gamblers shoe-        high-stakes card playing.
     horned themselves around a few poker tables.               horseshoe casino patriarch and poker icon,
     They didn’t know it at the time, but they were making   Benny Binion, realized that improvements had to
     poker history.                                          be made if the World Series of Poker was ever to

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     POKER                                                                                                                                                                                                                        POKER

                                                                                                                                                             due in large measure        into Las Vegas in subsequent years, wildly exceeding
                                                                                                                                                             to direct competition       even the most optimistic projections for turnout and
                                                                                                                                                             from the WPT.               prize money.
                                                                                                                                                                Then, chris Money-          The World Series of Poker achieved a major mile-
                                                                                                                                                             maker won the World         stone in early July, officially crossing the $1 billion
                                                                                                                                                             Series of Poker and         mark in prize money awarded.
                                                                                                                                                             changed everything.            “it’s nice to reach this milestone during the 40th
                                                                                                                                                             That win shattered the      annual WSOP,” said World Series of Poker President
                                                                                                                                                             old way of looking at       and commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. “What’s most
                                                                                                                                                             the game and ushered        remarkable is that nearly two-thirds of this amount has
                                                                                                                                                             in most of the changes      been awarded in just the last four years. Poker is alive
                                                                                                                                                             that are in effect today.   and well and here to stay.”
                                                                                                                                                             Moneymaker’s stag-             in 2008, the event attracted 58,720 entrants from
                                                                                                                          gering victory certainly ranks as one of the most              124 different countries to the Rio All-Suite hotel and
                                                                                                                          important, if not the most critical event, in the 40-year      casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $180 million
                                                                                                                          history of the World Series of Poker. Everything was           in prize money. The creation of the new delayed Main
                                                                                                                          right for the perfect storm. A likeable young man with         Event final table more than doubled ratings on ESPN
                                                                                                                          whom millions of potential poker players could easily          year over year.
                                                                                                                          identify, enjoyed a dream come true. And, it was all              The WSOP in december 2008 was named the 7th
                                                                                                                          seen by millions of viewers worldwide on ESPN.                 most admired sports brand in North America by the
     gain the prestige the title suggested. The following year,   WSOP marked the first time an amateur player pre-          With unprecedented growth came many changes.                Turnkey Sports Survey, trailing only the older and
     the WSOP was played as a freeze-out. Seven                   vailed over the elite. Stu “The Kid” Ungar burst onto   Binion’s horseshoe was sold off in 2004, and harrah’s          more established NFL, MLB, NBA, NhL, NAScAR
     poker players posted a $5,000 entry fee. Johnny              the poker scene with the full force of a firestorm.     Entertainment acquired the rights to the World Series          and PGA Tour among sports properties. in addition,
     Moss won the winner-take-all prize and, therefore,           he was the perfect lightning rod to electrify what      of Poker. Fittingly, the world’s largest gaming company        the WSOP has experienced groundbreaking alliances
     retained his title as world champion.                        had largely been an eccentric enclave of leathery       was now in charge of poker’s biggest spectacle. The            in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsor-
         “Amarillo Slim” Preston’s upset victory in 1972          Texans who were used to winning championships           takeover could not have come at a better time. in              ships, while successfully expanding the brand interna-
     has to go down as one of the most significant                and most of the money. Ungar won in 1980 and            2005, the WSOP moved to the cavernous RiO All-                 tionally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of
     moments in the history of the game. Afterward,               repeated as champion again in 1981. Being               Suites casino and hotel. More gaming space meant               Poker EuropeSM.
     the talkative Texan became poker’s greatest living           from New York and so different from his peers in        that more tournaments could be added to the sched-
     ambassador.                                                  so many ways, Ungar’s achievement was sure              ule. “Build it and they will come” became the corporate
         in 1973, cBS Sports televised the World Series           to generate even more publicity for gambling’s          mantra. And they did. Thousands of players flooded
     for the first time. In 1974 Johnny Moss won his              grandest event. NBC Sports dispatched a film
     third championship. The following year, doyle                crew to cover the ’81 WSOP, which introduced
     Brunson solidified his position as one of poker’s            poker into millions of homes for the first time.
     top players by winning back-to-back titles.                     After a dispute with the horseshoe and Jack
         The next major change in format was instituted           Binion (Benny’s son who assumed the role as
     in 1978 when the Main Event’s prize money was                the director of the WSOP) poker and the WSOP
     divided up for the first time. The top five finishers all    started to lose popularity. By 2003, critics were
     received a cash payout. It was also the first year a         beginning to suggest that the WSOP’s best days
     woman entered the WSOP. Barbara Freer became                 were long gone. A new rival, the World Poker Tour,
     the first player to break the sex barrier, taking her        began to jostle for the affections of poker players,
     place in what had been an all-male poker fraternity.         and the viewing public. during initial weeks of the
         hal Fowler’s stunning upset victory in the 1979          2003 World Series, fields were noticeably smaller;

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     HEALTH & FITNESS                                                                                                                                        HEALTH & FITNESS

                                                                                  RNA disturbances that cause less skin growth,            Clothing—Creating a Barrier

The Outdoor Enthusiast’s Guide                                                    inflammatory reactions, and basal, squamous,
                                                                                  and melanoma cancers.
                                                                                     Unstable molecules called free radicals also
                                                                                                                                           When outdoors on hot, sunny days, lightweight,
                                                                                                                                       light-colored clothing combined with plenty of
                                                                                                                                       sunscreen on both exposed and unexposed skin
                 to Keeping Skin Healthy in the Summer.                           damage your skin by reacting with the collagen and   works well. however, dark-colored, tightly woven
                                                                                  elastin proteins in your skin, causing wrinkling     clothing is even more effective at blocking UV rays
                                                                                  and sagging. Luckily, your body also produces        than a white cotton shirt, which allows UV rays to
                                                               By Roy Stevenson   antioxidants, molecules that sweep up those free     reach the skin. choose clothes you cannot see
                                                                                  radicals before they do any serious harm. An         through when held up to a light. See the following
                                                                                  antioxidant rich diet is highly recommended for      listing of special sun protective clothing brands.
        We all love to play outdoors when the sun is                              outdoor sportsmen. See the end of this article for       A wide-brimmed hat will shade your face, ears
     shining. Exercise enhances oxygen flow to the                                some antioxidant rich foods.                         and neck. A hat with a visor will shield your face,
     skin, flushes out impurities from its surface, and                                                                                and keep your scalp – where cancers can
     promotes production of oil, your skin’s natural                                 Protecting Yourself from Sun Damage               develop more aggressively – safe from the sun.
     moisturizer. For good health we need natural sun-                               clearly, avoiding getting sunburn is the best     Always remember to protect your ears and neck
     light to prevent depression in the winter and to                             way to maintain healthy skin. however, you’re        with sunscreen. cover your skin even on cloudy
     activate vitamin d, which increases bone density.                            likely going to be exercising between 10 a.m. and    or overcast days because UV rays travel through
     Some research even shows that sunlight has a                                 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest, so you     clouds.
     protective effect against hypertension and some                              can take other precautions.
     autoimmune diseases.                                                                                                                  Accessories
        But there’s a downside for outdoor athlete                                                                                         Protect your eyes from cataracts and the skin
     sunless they’re very careful they also experience a                                                                               around them from developing lines by wearing
     high incidence of skin damage and skin cancers                                                                                    sunglasses. There are some solid, sporty
     because of extra hours spent outdoors in the sun.                                                                                 sunglasses available that block 90 to 100% of the
     The lack of protective clothing worn by outdoor                                                                                   sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Polarized sunglasses
     sportsmen doesn’t help either.                                                                                                    may be more expensive, but the reduction in glare
                                                                                                                                       is worth every cent of the extra cost.
        How does skin damage happen?                                                                                                       Sunscreen
        A brown pigment named melanin, found in the                                                                                        The higher the SPF (sun protection factor) the
     epidermis is produced when skin is exposed to sun-                                                                                better. This is because of the increased protection
     light—giving us a tan. Melanin protects the skin                                                                                  that higher SPF sunscreens provide, and also
     by absorbing, reflecting and scattering ultraviolet                                                                               because most people don’t use nearly enough to
     (UV) radiation before it penetrates the underlying                                                                                begin with. The SPF figure only indicates protec-
     skin. But it can’t prevent all the negative effects of                                                                            tion provided against UVB rays—not the invisible,
     the sun, and tan skin often indicates damage.                                                                                     ultraviolet-A rays that hasten the aging process.

        Dry Skin and Photoaging
        The sun’s heat dries out unprotected skin and
     depletes its natural lubricating oils, causing dry skin
     and giving it that flaky and prematurely wrinkled
                                                                                   Roy Stevenson has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Ohio University. his articles on
     look—we call this photoaging. Other skin damage
                                                                                   health, fitness, running, sports and triathlon training have been published in over forty regional,
     includes actinic keratosis, cell membrane dam-
                                                                                   national and international fitness, health, running and triathlon magazines in the U.S., Canada, U.K.,
     age, reduced immune system reactions, dNA and
                                                                                   South Africa, and Australia. Roy teaches exercise science at Seattle University in the Puget Sound,

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                                                                                                                      We are GOING DIGITAL
That’s why you need a broad-spectrum sunscreen         grain cereals and dried beans for vitamin E;
that blocks both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet
B (UVB). While UVA is up to 1,000 times more
                                                       For vitamin c, citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, to-
                                                       matoes, sweet and hot peppers and leafy green
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plentiful than UVB, UVB is about 1,000 times           vegetables.
more potent than UVA in producing sunburn                 Essential fatty acids. Several studies show that
and redness.                                           the amount of poly- and monounsaturated fats,
   To find a sunscreen that protects against both      particularly omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet can
UVs, look for Parsol 1789, also called avobenzone,     minimize sun and aging damage to your skin. Best
anthranilates, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide on      food sources: Coldwater fish, such as salmon,
the ingredients list. Many athletes think the higher   mackerel and tuna. For healthy mono fats, stick
the SPF rating, the longer they can stay in the sun.   with olive oil and nuts.
That’s not true. While higher numbered products           Tea, particularly green tea, is an excellent

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(SPF-85, for example) do provide more protection,      source of antioxidants called polyphenols, that
using sunscreen doesn’t prevent all the possible       according to one research study helps prevent
harmful effects of the sun. Plus, few people use       squamous cell skin cancer. The more vitamin A,
sunscreen the right way—a full ounce (about            the moister your skin. Best food sources: Orange,
a shot glass full) every couple of hours, more if      red and yellow fruits and vegetables such as

you’ve been sweating or swimming.                      carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and cantaloupe,
   That means a six-ounce bottle of sunscreen          and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and
should last just a few applications—not all summer.    broccoli.
What SPF should you use? if dermatologists had            Finally, don’t forget one last item that’s important
their way we’d all be wearing sunscreen with an        for good skin and overall health, and that is
SPF of 85! Given the long hours you’ll be outside,     vital when outdoors: fluid intake. Be sure to
the higher the spf the better.                         stay hydrated with water and electrolyte-
                                                       boosting sports drinks throughout
                                                       your time outdoors as well as
    Nutrition for Healthy Skin                         after.
    Researchers from Monash University in Australia
found people who ate the most fruits, vegetables
and fish had the least amount of wrinkles. Studies
also found that vitamins c and E can help protect
your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. Best
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