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December 20, 2014

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From the Pressbox Ray Brewer: From the Pressbox

  • Canyon Springs football players, from left, defensive back Raequan Bascombe, linebacker Isiah Carter, defensive lineman Rayshawn Henderson, running back Zaviontay Stevenson and defensive back A.J. Cooper.
    Blog: He lost his mom to breast cancer this season, never quit fighting
    Feb. 5, 2014
    The library at Canyon Springs High in North Las Vegas was so packed with supporters on national signing day, officials had to bring in more chairs to accommodate the crowd. The ceremony, during which seven football players signed their letter of intent to different levels of college football, quickly became emotional. Coach Hunkie Cooper delivered a powerful speech that left most in tears.
  • Super Bowl XLVIII proposition bets are posted on an electronic display board at the LVH Superbook on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
    Super Bowl prop bet report card: How Tarvaris Jackson's Super Bowl cameo helped win bet
    Feb. 3, 2014
    While most of the world had little interest Sunday in the second half of Super Bowl 48, with the Seattle Seahawks holding a commanding lead, those with prop bets continued to follow the action closely. A prop bet gives you action on literally every play, which is something witnessed in Super Bowl 48. The Sun’s three sports writers each took six prop bets — one wager lost on the first play from scrimmage; another was cashed with less than two minutes to play when the outcome was long decided.
  • UNLV forward Carlos Lopez-Sosa dunks on Boise State during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV notched a 73-69 come from behind victory.
    Instant Analysis: UNLV saves its best for last against Boise State
    Feb. 1, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 73-69 victory today against visiting Boise State. Just when it appeared the Rebels were going to lose another home game, they did the unexpected. They rallied. They showed they still had some fight left in this season, erasing a double-digit second-half deficit — in the final few minutes, mind you — for arguably their best win of the season.
  • UNLV forward Khem Birch dunks over Utah State guard Jo Jo McGlaston during their game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: This was a step in the right direction for UNLV basketball
    Jan. 22, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 62-42 victory tonight against visiting Utah State. It’s a step in the right direction. Sure, Utah State was missing a few key pieces and forced to play some younger player, but that should take nothing away from the UNLV win. The Rebels went on a 10-0 scoring run in the final 3:08 of the first half to take the lead for good.
  • Baseball coach Nick Grove and player Bryce Durham stand next to the baseball storage shed at Sunrise Mountain High School on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. At some point during the previous summer, the shed was broken into and almost everything was stolen.
    Sunrise Mountain baseball overwhelmed with community support after burglary, season saved
    Jan. 17, 2014
    Nick Grove can’t help feeling humbled by the support his high school baseball team received last week. My story on the Sunrise Mountain High School program having most of its gear stolen from an on-campus storage unit was posted for just a few hours last week on the Sun’s website when supporters starting reaching out to the school offering to help.
  • UNLV forward Chris Wood and UNR guard Jerry Evans Jr. collide during their Mountain West Conference game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: Hey UNLV basketball, that was embarrassing
    Jan. 8, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 74-71 loss today against visiting UNR at the Thomas & Mack Center. Can’t believe I typed that sentence, as Reno snapped an eight-game losing skid to UNLV dating back to 2005.
  • UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones offers a different opinion to a referee after being called for a foul against Air Force during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Analysis: UNLV's inability to defend home floor hurts Mountain West chances
    Jan. 4, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 75-68 loss today against Air Force at the Thomas & Mack Center. Yes, the 14-point betting favorite Rebels lost to Air Force. And at home.
  • UNLV forward Roscoe Smith's face gets slapped by Mississippi State guard I.J. Ready during their Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic game Monday, Dec. 23 2013, at the Orleans Arena.
    Instant Analysis: What a difference a month makes for the UNLV basketball team
    Dec. 23, 2013
    UNLV topped Mississippi State 82-66 today in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic. While we were reminded tonight during Mississippi State’s brief second-half comeback that there is still work to be done, it’s obvious this isn’t the same UNLV basketball team as in mid-November. As crazy as it sounds, the Rebels have salvaged their season.
  • UNLV guard Deville Smith is defended by Santa Clara guard Jared Brownridge during their Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic game Sunday, Dec. 2013, at the Orleans Arena.
    Instant Analysis: Tough to find much wrong with UNLV's performance after win against Santa Clara
    Dec. 22, 2013
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 92-71 victory today against Santa Clara at the Orleans Arena. UNLV took care of a fourth straight opponent in convincing fashion, fighting off early resistance from Santa Clara before posting another lopsided win. All four opponents — the Rebels (7-4) also beat Southern Utah, Radford and Sacred Heart — are nothing to write home about, but that shouldn’t diminish the improved play.
  • A UNLV fan holds up a sign reading "We Want 'Bama" during their Mountain West Conference game against San Diego State Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
    Instant Analysis: Rebels did their part; now they play bowl-bid waiting game
    Nov. 30, 2013
    Aside from the victory at UNR, this was easily the Rebels’ most important win of the year, especially when considering their quest to be picked for a bowl game for the first time in 13 seasons. With 78 teams bowl-eligible for 70 spots, this victory puts UNLV at the seven-win plateau, making them more attractive than teams stuck at six wins.
  • UNLV players celebrate after forward Christian Wood was fouled by Illinois during their game Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: UNLV's solid first half erased by poor second half in loss to Illinois
    Nov. 26, 2013
    Here are some quick observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 61-59 loss tonight against visiting Illinois.
  • Las Vegas Sun Sports Editor Ray Brewer, his son Nicholas and his father John Brewer watch the UNLV basketball team play Arizona State on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Thomas & Mack: More than just an arena, it's a place where Las Vegas families create traditions
    Nov. 21, 2013
    The goal of the evening was simple: Introduce a new generation in my family to UNLV basketball. That’s what we native Las Vegans do with our children. We bring them to the Thomas & Mack Center for a taste of one of the highlights of our youth, hoping they will also get a case of Runnin’ Rebel fever. It’s a rite of passage, a baptism of sorts in cheering for a basketball program that’s near and dear to our hearts.
  • UNLV linemen Siuea Vaesau, left, and Tyler Gaston celebrate a play against Utah State during their game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
    Instant Analysis: Missed opportunities deny UNLV football bowl eligibility for second straight week
    Nov. 9, 2013
    The UNLV football team let one slip away. The Rebels were denied bowl-eligibility for a second straight week today, falling 28-24 to visiting Utah State in a game where they had multiple chances to win. Most of the damage was self-inflicted. Some of it questionable.
  • UNLV’s Daquan Cook and Dantley Walker share a light moment during the Adams State game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Dantley Walker worth the wait for UNLV basketball
    Nov. 7, 2013
    When Dantley Walker entered the UNLV basketball team’s Tuesday exhibition game, fans at the Thomas & Mack Center perked up, cheering for the 5-foot-11 freshman guard from small-town Panaca. He easily received the loudest reception, proving he has quickly become one of the Rebels’ more popular players.
  • UNLV defensive back Mike Horsey gets beat by San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones for a touchdown Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
    Instant Analysis: Rebels show promise with strong third quarter, deserve credit for making game interesting
    Nov. 2, 2013
    You can’t blame the UNLV football team for its 34-24 loss today to visiting San Jose State. The Rebels (5-4) get a pass because of what they’ve already accomplished this season, especially in beating rival UNR last week to win back the Fremont Cannon.
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