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From the Pressbox Ray Brewer: From the Pressbox

  • 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.
  • 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:
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