02/12/2007 12:00AM

Benefit screening at Palms


NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas is going to be all about the Benjamins, and I'm not referring to Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel or even Benjamin Gordon and Benjamin Wallace of the Chicago Bulls.

I'm talking about the $100 bills with Benjamin Franklin's picture on it. Those are going to be thrown all over town this weekend with dozens of official and unofficial parties, nightclubs with $100 cover charges, bottle service at clubs costing several hundred, and all leading up to the actual NBA All-Star Game on Sunday with ticket brokers asking $1,500 for nosebleed seats to $25,000 for courtside.

But with a lot of the focus being on the high price of participating in the all-star festivities, it's refreshing that the first event of the weekend will be for a worthy cause instead of going into the wallets of casino owners and club operators.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the CineVegas Film Festival will present a special screening of the 1986 movie "Hoosiers" at the Brenden Theatres at the Palms hotel to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

Actor Dennis Hopper, who received an Oscar nomination for his role of Shooter, the drunken assistant coach, and director David Anspaugh will be on hand to talk about the movie and answer questions.

The $35 tickets are available by calling 702-992-7979 or going to www.cinevegas.com.

Leap before the midnight hour

Wednesday is also Valentine's Day, which is understandably one of the busiest days of the year for Las Vegas's numerous wedding chapels. But in case you meet the love of your life and you can't wait to tie the knot, just keep in mind that while many chapels are open 24 hours, the Clark County Marriage Bureau at 201 Clark Ave., where you have to go to get the marriage license to make your union legal, is only open until midnight after ending its around-the-clock schedule last year.

Marriage licenses in Las Vegas are still $55, having not seen an increase since 1983.

Weekend sports wrap-up

Sunday is usually the capper to every sports weekend (Monday Night Football notwithstanding), but this past weekend there were many more big events on Saturday.

* The NFL Pro Bowl Game was moved up to Saturday this year. The game received its usual modest amount of wagering, with the AFC closing as a 4-point favorite. That was a pretty solid line most of the week. The total was bet down from 66 to 63 1/2, but with low betting limits and the books aggressive in moving the odds in games such as this, that isn't as significant of a move as it looks at first glance. The AFC held a 28-14 lead late in the fourth quarter and looked like the favorite would easily cover with no doubt that the under was a winner. Then it got wacky. The Ram's Steven Jackson scored on a fourth-down run to make it 28-20. The NFC failed on a two-point conversion, but then recovered an onside kick. The Cowboys' Tony Romo then hit the Cardinals' Anquan Boldin with a 47-yard touchdown pass, and connected with Steve Smith on another two-point conversion try to tie the game 28-28 with 1:48 remaining (NFC backers were obviously cheering for a failed conversion at this point, as a 28-26 final would have still given them the money). The AFC drove back down the field behind the Bengals' Carson Palmer, who was named MVP, to set up the Chargers' Nate Kaeding with a 21-yard field goal as time expired to give the AFC the 31-28 non-covering victory and still comfortably under the total.

* The players on the winning team in the Pro Bowl each received $40,000, while the losers received $20,000. Not bad for an exhibition game, but it still pales in comparison to the other exhibition that took place Saturday night on the opposite end of the United States. The Nextel Cup's Bud Shootout at Daytona is the final preseason tune-up for this Sunday's Daytona 500. Tony Stewart, the 9-2 second choice at the MGM Mirage sports books, won the so-called exhibition race and the winner's check of $215,000. David Gilliand finished second to collect $115,000. Kyle Busch was leading with eight laps to go until Stewart nudged the back of his car and flew on by. Busch settled for third-place money of $64,500. Even Jeff Gordon, who finished 21st and last, collected $31,818. Las Vegas Sports Consultants has Jimmie Johnson, who finished fourth as the favorite in the Bud Shootout, as the 4-1 favorite to win the Daytona 500, with Stewart at 5-1, Gordon and Kevin Harvick at 8-1, and Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 10-1. I'll take a closer look at the Great American Race in Friday's Daily Racing Form.

* "Sugar" Shane Mosley, a solid -340 favorite, won a unanimous decision over Luis Collazo on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Collazo looked like he had a fighting chance after winning the second round on all three judges' scorecards, but Mosley took control and had clearly won enough rounds for the victory even before he knocked down Collazo in the 11th round. The under was in doubt when Collazo went down, as the over/under was set at 11 1/2 or 12 rounds depending on where you bet, but he got to his feet and finished the fight. With the victory, Mosley holds the WBC interim welterweight title belt. Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. holds the official belt, but he is slated to step up in class (at least weight-wise) to face Oscar De La Hoya on May 5. If he doesn't fight Mosley by the end of the year, Mosley would official become to WBC titleholder.

* Phil Mickelson coasted to a five-stroke victory in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am that concluded Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was the 12-1 third choice in betting at the Las Vegas Hilton, and this week opened as the 10-1 favorite in the Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which starts Thursday. Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, and Adam Scott are co-second choices at 12-1, with Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen at 15-1.