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July 29, 2014

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The Elevator: Arum back on top of boxing after being written off

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Who’s going to the penthouse in local sports — and who’s getting the shaft:

GOING UP

Bob Arum

For those who wrote the Las Vegas promoter off boxing’s relevant list a few years back, do you know he has the contracts of both Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, the antagonists in this year’s Fight of the Century, in his hip pocket? Don King would be proud. And envious.

Wynn Las Vegas executives

Five big shots at the resort — Tom Breitling, Matt Maddox, Andrew Pascal, Tim Poster and Marc Schorr — purchased 2,750 balcony tickets so Clark Country School District employees and their families could see tonight’s UNLV basketball season opener against Pittsburg State for free. After the way the Rebels played against Washburn in Tuesday’s exhibition, it will be interesting to see if they find 2,750 takers.

Local talent

Three of UNLV’s eight baseball recruits announced this week are local players, which is better than 0-for-8 but not as good as 8-for-8, which it would be if I were athletic director. Because not only are our local high school kids pretty good, but it also doesn’t cost a lot to recruit them.

GOING DOWN

Andre Agassi

At first I didn’t think it was about selling books. I still don’t. But after watching his 1,314th “exclusive” interview about bad hairpieces and bad drugs, I’m beginning to wonder ever so slightly.

Shirts without numbers

I know times are tough and all, but how much could it have cost to put numbers on the jerseys of the old UNLV basketball players so fans who stayed around Tuesday night to watch them huff and puff following the exhibition against Washburn would at least know who they are? It was sort of like watching the Boston Beaneaters vs. the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in 1890, except nobody threw a spitball.

This elevator operator

For suggesting there was no audience for women’s soccer games on The Mtn., the Mountain West Conference’s almost round-the-clock television network. Boy, was I ever mistaken.

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