- Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It’s gonna cost you.

One night next weekend at the MGM Grand, the fight venue, is running $1,600 on Friday or Saturday night. That’s more than 13 times the going rate on Sunday.

Or there’s a $180 room on the California-Nevada state line at Whiskey Pete’s hotel and casino just a 40-minute drive from the action.

Las Vegas is filling up fast ahead of the much-anticipated May 2 megafight and the city is headed for a big payday from what might be the most lucrative boxing match ever held.



Airlines are swapping smaller planes for larger ones, readying for a busy weekend and altogether busier May at McCarran International Airport.

Cabbies are asking regulators for permission to dispatch more taxis to roam the roads.

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BASEBALL

CHICAGO (AP) - Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not to blame for a string of fights and that opponents are mostly at fault.

Yost says his team has not started “any of this.” He says opponents are trying to get under his players’ skin and that his team has to remain composed.

Yost spoke before Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, a day after the teams were involved in a benches-clearing melee that resulted in five players being ejected. It could also lead to discipline from the league.

The defending AL champion Royals were leading the Central division at 12-4. But while the wins are mounting, so are the skirmishes.

The latest was at the end of the seventh inning Thursday.

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NBA

NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Curry’s tying 3-pointer could have been a four-point play.

The NBA says a foul should have been called on Curry’s 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation Thursday night. Golden State went on to beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime for a 3-0 lead in its series.

Curry got the ball in the corner after Marreese Speights grabbed an offensive rebound and quickly fired it up as Pelicans defenders rushed at him, making contact.

In its report Friday about the plays in the final 2 minutes of regulation and overtime, the league determined that Anthony Davis made contact with Curry before the All-Star guard landed, ruling it an incorrect non-call.

Curry, who scored 40 points, says Friday he “had plenty of daylight” on the shot.

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COLLEGE SPORTS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The NCAA has put Oklahoma State’s football program on a year of probation for failing to follow its own drug-testing policies.

The Committee on Infractions also ordered Oklahoma State to suspend its Orange Pride student group after determining its all-female membership violated recruiting rules.

The penalties follow a Sports Illustrated expose in 2013 that included allegations of widespread misconduct. The NCAA and Oklahoma State said last October that the allegations were “fundamentally unfounded.”

The NCAA said five football players competed in a total of seven games from 2008-2012 when they should have been benched for violating drug policies.

The NCAA said the school was not guilty of failing to monitor its football program, a violation that could have brought more severe penalties. It agreed with the school’s self-imposed recruiting limits.

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NHL

NEW YORK (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe Winnipeg Jets fans were being “sexist in the slightest” by comparing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry to pop singer Katy Perry.

Bettman likens the chants to goalies being called “sieves.” The commissioner was in Winnipeg on Monday for the chants during Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

When reminded that sieves don’t have feelings, Bettman accepted that point, before adding he didn’t believe Katy Perry was “particularly upset by that chant.”

The exchange took place at the league headquarters Friday during Bettman’s annual meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors.

Bettman says it’s “overly literal” to call the chants sexist. Without providing numbers, he says the NHL has a greater percentage of female fans than do the other major sports.

NEW YORK (AP) - Montreal’s Carey Price, Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie.

The 30 NHL general managers submitted ballots at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists Friday. The winner will be announced June 24 during the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Price led the NHL in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), becoming the first goalie to top the league in all three categories since Ed Belfour with Chicago in 1990-91. Price also had a career-high nine shutouts.

Dubnyk set a franchise record with 38 straight starts following a trade with Arizona, going 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA, .936 save percentage and five shutouts for Minnesota.

Rinne was 41-17-6 in 64 appearances. He tied for second in the NHL in wins, was third in goals-against average (2.18) and was seventh in save percentage (.923).

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MLS

NEW YORK (AP) - Having committed to reach 24 teams by the end of the decade, Major League Soccer intends to develop additional expansion plans within six months.

There are 20 teams this year following the additions of New York City and Orlando, and the league already has announced Atlanta and a second Los Angeles team will start play in 2017, Minneapolis will join in 2018 and David Beckham will own a Miami team whose start date is uncertain.

With new eight-year television contracts with ESPN, Fox and Univision and attendance growth, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said “we’re riding a wave of shifting demographics and a country that is so dramatically different today than it even was when we launched 20 years ago.”

MLS says cities expressing interest included Austin, Texas; Sacramento, California; St. Louis; and San Antonio; and to a lesser extent El Paso, Texas; Indianapolis; and Las Vegas.

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