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  • The Race & Sports Book at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
    One suggestion for sports books officials in their football pick ’em contests
    Aug. 5, 2013
    I couldn’t believe my eyes. There had to be a mistake. A poster hung in the sports book at this local casino congratulating the winner of its NFL pick ’em contest, in which patrons paid $25 to select games each week of the regular season with no point spread. Winners could pocket up to $30,000 each week, or six figures for the overall winner at the end of the year. The champ wasn’t someone I expected — it was an elderly woman, someone who is usually stationed at the penny slot machines at the casino, not a handicapping specialist cashing ...
  • UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck talks to his players after their spring football game Friday, April 12, 2013.
    Could the outcome be different this fall for UNLV football?
    July 25, 2013
    Three years ago, when Bobby Hauck greeted reporters before his initial season as the UNLV coach at the Mountain West preseason media day, he put on a smile when asked about his team’s chances.
  • Chivas fan Erick Ramirez and Club America fan Vanessa Espinoza watch as their teams take the field for El Super Clasico soccer game Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
    The ugly side of soccer fans not an indication of the rest of supporters
    July 11, 2013
    Don’t judge all soccer fans by what happened last week at Sam Boyd Stadium. And not just fans in Las Vegas — worldwide. Most attend games to cheer for their team. They aren’t looking to start a fight and have enough respect for the sport that they don’t storm onto the field. They wave flags, chant songs and blow horns. Their support doesn’t include stomping on an opposing fan's head.
  • A Club America fan jumps down from the stands to deliver a final kick in the head to a Chivas fan after El Super Clasico soccer game Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
    When fans noticed poor security, they went back to cars to bring in liquor bottles to soccer game
    July 4, 2013
    I would have never written this last night: The group of fans responsible for a pregame and postgame fights that sent at least 10 to the hospital and forced the game to end prematurely, aren’t a good indication of the Hispanic soccer community in Las Vegas.
  • In this Aug. 11, 2012, photo, fans of Mexico's soccer team celebrate after their team beat Brazil in the men's soccer final at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, below the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City.
    Passion of Mexican soccer fans makes indelible impression
    July 3, 2013
    They chanted the entire game, straddling the line between confident and cocky with the assumption their soccer team was better than mine. They drank beer after beer, becoming more loud as the game wore on. It was only a matter of time before their passion would be rewarded with a goal. Then, Landon Donovan silenced the crowd.
  • UNLV forward Anthony Bennett celebrates his 3-pointer against Boise State at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
    Anthony Bennett's one season at UNLV a success for this important reason
    June 27, 2013
    Thursday, the UNLV basketball program takes a giant step forward. It instantly becomes more creditable. Thank you, Anthony Bennett.
  • Field of dreams: A rendering of the proposed $800 million, 60,000-seat UNLV Now stadium.
    How those hoping to build a baseball stadium in Summerlin can learn from the hype of UNLV Now
    May 22, 2013
    New Las Vegas 51s owners might want to take a page out of UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck’s playbook when talking about their plans to build a state-of-the-art Triple-A baseball stadium in Summerlin.
  • UNLV Athletic Director Jim Livengood details the circumstances surrounding his retirement Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
    Jim Livengood's 'retirement' doesn't feel right
    May 9, 2013
    It doesn’t make sense that Jim Livengood’s successful three-and-a-half-year run at the helm of the UNLV Athletic Department is suddenly ending. Instead of celebrating the man who nearly tripled the department’s fundraising efforts, a spur-of-the-moment news conference is held in his office to address his retirement. Strange, right?
  • Chaparral Cowboys head back to the dugout after losing  a playoff game against the Boulder City Eagles in Boulder City Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
    How one high school baseball team went from a two-win season to the playoffs
    May 8, 2013
    There is more to high school sports than just winning. It’s about learning to become a reliable teammate, developing lifelong friendships, staying productive and playing for the name on the front of the jersey — that school you grew up following and hoping to one day compete for in a varsity sport. But winning sure makes the experience more memorable. That’s something players on the Chaparral High baseball team can attest to after their Division I-A playoff game Monday.
  • UNLV guard Anthony Marshall pounds the court  during their Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game against New Mexico Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. New Mexico won 63-56.
    Anthony Marshall still doing his job as an ambassador for UNLV basketball
    May 2, 2013
    About 20 students at Clifford O. "Pete" Findlay Middle School were peeking through the windows of the school’s theater Wednesday afternoon hoping to get a glimpse of Anthony Marshall. For children of the North Las Vegas school, the former UNLV basketball guard is a rock star and someone whose path in life they strive to duplicate.
  • Findlay Prep forward Matt Willms reacts after Nigel Williams-Goss got a basket and was fouled by Bishop Gorman during their game Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Cox Pavilion. Findlay won the game 73-61.
    In his words: Findlay Prep star says farewell, thanks Las Vegas community for support
    April 27, 2013
    Nigel Williams-Goss, the first four-year player in Findlay Prep basketball history, certainly made his mark on the powerhouse program. The point guard was a McDonald’s All-American this past season and helped Findlay win a pair of ESPN National High School Invitational championships. He contacted the Sun asking if we’d publish a farewell column. He said he couldn’t leave Southern Nevada for the University of Washington without thanking the community. I couldn’t think of someone better to take over my column space. Here’s Nigel in his own words:
  • Baseball fans fill the stands at Cashman Field during the opening game for the Las Vegas 51s against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday, April 12, 2013.
    Hoping Cashman Field's days are numbered for greener pastures of Summerlin
    April 19, 2013
    My routine following Thursday’s Las Vegas 51s baseball game surely resembled that of several fans in attendance for the club’s popular Dollar Beer Night promotion.
  • Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, front, sits in front of fellow inductees during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class announcement, Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia.
    Ray Brewer: Jerry Tarkanian enjoys final victory with selection for Hall of Fame
    April 8, 2013
    This doesn’t validate Jerry Tarkanian’s career. He’d already taken care of that, because his contributions to the game have long spoken for themselves. Sure, having the title Hall of Famer before a coach’s name is an extraordinary honor and one some strive for as the crowning achievement of their contributions to sport. Tarkanian was officially announced Monday for induction for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte loses his sunglasses after missing a fly ball during a baseball spring training intrasquad game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
    The MLB Extra Innings package is great, but you won't see every one of your team's games
    April 1, 2013
    Buyer beware. If you are a Southern Nevada resident planning on purchasing the MLB Extra Innings package from cable providers such Cox Communications, DirecTV, or the version to be streamed to a tablet or smart phone, make sure you understand what you are buying. For us in the Las Vegas area, it’s not what’s being advertised.
  • UNLV guard Anthony Marshall yells as time out is called  during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game against Air Force Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack. UNLV won 72-56 and will face the winner of the Fresno State vs. Colorado State on Friday.
    Making four straight tournaments is nice for UNLV duo, but there is more to achieve
    March 18, 2013
    Not to take anything away from the accomplishment of making four straight NCAA Tournaments, but UNLV seniors Justin Hawkins and Anthony Marshall still have more to achieve.
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