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  • 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.
  • King of The Cage fighter Daniel Cuison
    This local fighter’s journey to King of the Cage championships follows an unlikely road
    Oct. 18, 2013
    One-time fat guy Daniel Cuison drops 100 pounds and is now on the verge of signing a professional fighting contract. Find out how he did it.
  • Rancho football coach Tyrone Armstrong calls a play during practice Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
    Rancho won't go down without a fight in 'Bone Game'
    Sept. 26, 2013
    Don’t judge the Rancho High football team by its record or how badly it has performed in games the past few seasons. Don’t judge the Rams on the size or inexperience of their players. Don’t judge them by an ugly 17-season losing streak to Las Vegas High in the annual “Bone Game,” that rivalry that was at its peak back in the day when the teams were evenly matched but is still a source of pride for alumni. This year's game is 7 p.m. Friday at Rancho.
  • UNLV junior wide receiver Devante Davis catches a 42-yard touchdown to tie the game 21-21 against Central Michigan at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
    Could the momentum from rallying past Central Michigan help Rebels win next three games?
    Sept. 15, 2013
    The UNLV football team wouldn’t have won this game the past three seasons. Rather, they would have gone through the motions after falling behind by three touchdowns, essentially throwing in the towel on the game and the season. Bobby Hauck, who won for just the seventh time in his four-year UNLV coaching tenure, deserves credit for keeping his team together.
  • IBF 154-pound champion Ishe Smith, right, works on his timing with assistant trainer Rafael Ramos at the Mayweather Boxing Club Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Head trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad watches at far right. Smith will defend his title against Carlos Molina of Mexico at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14.
    Ishe Smith's journey to fight Saturday at the MGM a tale of patience, persistence
    Sept. 10, 2013
    The countless winter evenings spent at the Thomas & Mack Center during my childhood helped fuel an unreachable dream: I wanted to play for the hometown Rebels. Thinking back, it was sure fun imagining myself in the Rebels’ scarlet and gray and slamming home an alley-oop pass from Mark Wade. That’s why Ishe Smith's rise to prominence as a championship boxer is easy to appreciate. If you thought it was difficult getting one of a handful of roster spots at UNLV, imagine the long odds of becoming a boxing champion ... at age 35.
  • Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian smiles while being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass.
    Jerry Tarkanian, now a Hall of Famer, still a fighter
    Sept. 8, 2013
    Jerry Tarkanian arrived today at the steps leading into Symphony Hall with the help of a rolling walker for his long-overdue induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Tarkanian, the UNLV coaching legend who built a powerhouse program in the Las Vegas desert and overcame more than his share of adversity in guiding the Rebels to four Final Four appearances, wouldn’t be denied in the last steps to take his place alongside the sport’s other greats. He ditched the walker, and with the help of two grandsons, gingerly made his way up those stairs.
  • Chaparral High School boys soccer coach Eric Rolwing addresses former and current Cowboys soccer players after a game between the two teams on Saturday morning at the school.
    How a group of former Chap soccer players (that's me) is helping the current team
    Aug. 26, 2013
    Back in the day, I was an average soccer player on one of Nevada’s all-time great high school teams. When the coach would ask me to enter the game, I’d race across the field to my position, eager to contribute in what turned out to be a storied season. On Saturday, I wasn’t so eager.
  • Members of the Coronado High football team stand on the sideline before their Sunrise Regional championship game against host Liberty during the 2012 season.
    This idea may be unorthodox, but it will help high schools lacking numbers to fill sports teams
    Aug. 12, 2013
    Desert Oasis High had just 11 varsity baseball players interested in joining its American Legion team this summer, so coach Paul Buboltz reached out to friends at Sierra Vista High with an idea: Let’s combine forces and form one team, the Las Vegas Aces.
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