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    L.E. Baskow

    Even Hey Reb is a bit dismayed as the game versus Utah appears to be a lost cause at the MGM Garden Arena on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

    Rebels shoot their way out of any chance to upset No. 14 Utah at MGM Grand
    UNLV basketball: UNLV's first-ever game on the Strip ends in a 59-46 defeat, in part because the Rebels (7-3) set several season lows on offense
    Dec. 21, 2014
    The No. 1 goal for the UNLV basketball team entering the MGM Grand Showcase was to control the defensive glass. No. 14 Utah hadn’t been outrebounded all season and that area, which the Rebels have struggled with for much of the season, figured to be key Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
  • Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, right, eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Bradley McDougald) on a 44-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
    Steelers, Packers win, move into playoffs
    Dec. 21, 2014
    The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at home.
  • Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State's Materials Research building for his student conduct code hearing Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla.
    QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.
  • Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, top, reaches up to grab a touchdown pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
    Romo, Cowboys reach playoffs in 42-7 rout of Colts
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Tony Romo helped dump a bucket on Jason Garrett and playfully shoved him the same way the Dallas coach often does to his players. The Cowboys had long since known their four-year playoff drought was over Sunday when they finally got to celebrate in the final seconds of a dominating 42-7 win over Indianapolis that clinched the NFC East title.
  • Oakland Raiders running back Jamize Olawale, center, scores on a 1-yard touchdown reception past Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Preston Brown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
    Raiders knock Bills out of playoffs with 26-24 win
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Unable to make the playoffs for the 12th straight year, the Oakland Raiders are doing a good job keeping other teams out of the postseason. Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals, and the Raiders knocked the Buffalo Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory Sunday.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
    Steelers wrap up playoff berth, top Chiefs 20-12
    Dec. 21, 2014
    A two-year playoff absence is barely a hiccup in most NFL cities. In Pittsburgh, it's a drought that forced one of the league's most successful franchises to rebuild itself on the fly. Consider the project right on schedule. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards and a touchdown, Le'Veon Bell added a score and the Steelers locked up a postseason berth with a methodical 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
  • Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) runs as Cleveland Browns' Jim Leonhard (30) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
    Without Manziel due to injury, Browns lose 17-13 to Panthers, who move into first place
    Dec. 21, 2014
    The Carolina Panthers never quit on the season, and now have a chance to repeat as NFC South champions. Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Panthers defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-13 on Sunday to take sole possession of first place in the division.
  • Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, right, eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Bradley McDougald) on a 44-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
    Rodgers, Packers clinch playoff spot with 20-3 win over Bucs
    Dec. 21, 2014
    With the NFC North title still up for grabs, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers couldn't afford a slip-up against the struggling Tampa Buccaneers. Rodgers threw for 318 yards and one touchdown and Eddie Lacy scored on a 44-yard run to pace a 20-3 victory that clinched at least a wild-card playoff berth Sunday.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James walks the ball up against the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Cleveland.
    LeBron James: Maturing into team sage
    Dec. 21, 2014
    An hour after Cleveland suffered its worst defeat of the season, a 29-point blowout to Atlanta on Wednesday night, LeBron James sat in a chair on the baseline with a cold drink in his hand and watched his young teammate, point guard Kyrie Irving, work on his craft.
  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, center, reacts after being sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland.
    Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
    Dec. 21, 2014
    I’m unintentionally fading the same team for the second NFL Sunday in a row with the South Point-lined Play of the Day. ...
  • Will NHL hockey work in Las Vegas?
    Dec. 21, 2014
    Here’s a look at how hockey has fared in other nontraditional markets ...
  • UNLV forward Christian Wood, right, deflects a shot under the basket from Utah forward Chris Reyes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
    Instant Analysis: UNLV couldn't buy a bucket against Utah, still a work in progress
    Dec. 20, 2014
    In the first half, UNLV held Utah scoreless for about eight minutes in taking a brief lead minutes before halftime. Even during the Rebels' rally, you could sense Utah was going to pull away ...
  • Utah wide receiver Delshawn McClellon (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Colorado State during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
    Utah's speed spins Colorado State around in Las Vegas Bowl blowout
    Dec. 20, 2014
    The entire Colorado State sideline had vacated to the locker room before any Utah players started to make their way toward the end zone for the trophy presentation. The end of the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl was the first time all afternoon the Rams moved quicker than the Utes ...
  • UNLV guard Cody Doolin, right, and Utah center Dallin Bachynski fight for a loose ball at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
    Blog: UNLV's offense awful in 59-46 loss to Utah at the MGM Grand
    Dec. 20, 2014
    UNLV barely cracked 30 percent shooting on offense and Utah eventually wore down the Rebels at the other end, pulling away in the second half for a 59-46 tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Rebels fall to 7-3 with No. 3 Arizona coming to the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday.
  • Kentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-42
    Dec. 20, 2014
    Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
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