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From the Pressbox Ray Brewer: From the Pressbox

  • 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 MLB.tv 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.
  • UNLV guard Anthony Marshall drives to the basket against  New Mexico during their Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: The better team won the Mountain West tournament, and that team wasn't UNLV
    March 16, 2013
    The first instinct is to assign blame. If they didn’t make just 33 percent of their shots, or if a few of the 22 3-pointers they missed would have fallen, then the UNLV basketball team might not have lost 63-56 to New Mexico on Saturday in the Mountain West tournament championship game.
  • UNLV guard Katin Reinhardt directs his teammates during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game against Colorado State Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 75-65 and will face New Mexico in the championship game on Saturday.
    Instant Analysis: Katin Reinhardt might have found his shooting stroke in leading UNLV past Colorado State
    March 15, 2013
    Just think if Katin Reinhardt played like he did in the first half Friday all season. Two days ago, the freshman shooting guard nearly put up a bagel in the Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinals, finishing 1 for 10 shooting in a game that would have destroyed the confidence of most young players. Just not this young player. Friday night, he had arguably his best game for UNLV.
  • UNLV's Mike Moser yells after teammate Bryce Dejan-Jones drew an Air Force foul during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack.
    Instant Analysis: Could the Rebels have their swagger back after 16-point league tournament win against Air Force?
    March 13, 2013
    Moments before the start of the UNLV basketball team’s Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinal game Wednesday against Air Force, one of my media colleagues asked for a prediction. With a straight face, I told him the Rebels would win by double digits. Not just against Air Force, but in the Rebels’ other tournament games, too.
  • Former Western HS baseball player and local attorney Jeff Sylvester spoke to this year's team about the importance of education and staying on a righteous path, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Jeff's brother, who also played for Western, was stabbed to death in the 1980's after a basketball game.
    Western High baseball team gets it right with tribute to fallen player
    March 13, 2013
    Last year I wrote about the Western High baseball team’s improbable upset against local power Sierra Vista. Western is located in one of Las Vegas’ worst neighborhoods. The school’s athletes don’t enjoy the financial backing of the teams they compete against, and most people in town are dismissive of the school and its students. But I couldn’t help silently cheering for this group of seasonal players. Turns out that game was just one of the many good things happening each afternoon on the Western diamond. I wish everyone could have seen what happened at Western’s game Monday against Faith Lutheran.
  • A UNLV fan rests his chin in his hand in the final minutes of their game against Fresno State Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Fresno State, a 14-point underdog, upset the Runnin' Rebels 61-52.
    Instant Analysis: UNLV's loss to 11-win Fresno State unexpected, unacceptable
    March 9, 2013
    Before the disaster that was the UNLV basketball team’s second loss of the season to lowly Fresno State, a script read by the public address announcer during the Rebels’ Senior Day celebration raised a red flag. When introducing Justin Hawkins and Anthony Marshall on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center for their final game, making four straight NCAA Tournaments was listed in each of their accomplishments. OK, I get it, the Rebels are 99.9 percent guaranteed to have their name called next Sunday. It’s just a pair of defeats to 11-win Fresno State will surely be a gigantic black ...
  • UNLV forward Quintrell Thomas celebrates his offensive rebound and game-winning basket in the last second of the Rebels' game against Cal on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. UNLV won 76-75.
    Don't forget to cheer loudly for Quintrell Thomas on Senior Day — he's earned it
    March 8, 2013
    Quintrell Thomas, UNLV’s 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward with a daunting physical stature and a look that is downright intimidating, seems like the last person on the Rebels’ team you’d want to start a fight with. But looks are deceiving.
  • A Japanese tourist, right, takes photos during a parade of NASCAR haulers on the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  The NASCAR hauler parade traveled north on the Las Vegas Strip to Sahara Avenue, then on I-15 to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    NASCAR Hauler Parade again brings excitement to the Strip, helps start another week of events
    March 6, 2013
    It’s a scene that doesn’t get old for racing fans and other tourists visiting the Las Vegas Strip each early March. The NASCAR Hauler Parade again shutout one of the world’s most famous streets, with the trucks carry the cars for this weekend’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races traveling from the South Point to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on a familiar course.
  • From left, UNLV's Demetris Morant, Anthony Marshall, Justin Hawkins and Bryce Dejena-Jones celebrate as they pull ahead of Boise State Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 68-64.
    Instant Analysis: Rebels continue late-season charge by rallying past Boise State for hard-fought win
    March 5, 2013
    The UNLV basketball team didn’t take its first lead Tuesday against visiting Boise State until 17 minutes remained in the game. It lasted less than one minute. Mind you, that was the first time the Rebels led the Broncos in a game this season. Earlier this year, UNLV trailed from start to finish in a five-point loss at Boise State. Tonight, the Rebels fell behind by seven points early and trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but was able to scratch and claw its way to a hard-fought 68-64 victory.
  • UNLV forward Mike Moser signals a successful three-point shot against San Diego State during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack.
    Instant Analysis: Momentum from this win could give Rebels much-needed boost
    Feb. 16, 2013
    Maybe this will be the victory that changes the UNLV basketball team’s fortunes. The Rebels trailed visiting San Diego State Saturday by 11 points in the first half but rallied for a 72-70 victory. They showed a toughness that has been glaringly missing — especially on the road — in the past few weeks and weren’t going to be pushed around on their home court.
  • UNLV forward Anthony Bennett celebrates a dunk against New Mexico during their game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: Rebels begin fixing what was broken in 9-point win against New Mexico
    Feb. 9, 2013
    The UNLV basketball team’s problems are far from fixed, but a 64-55 victory Saturday against No. 15 New Mexico was clearly a step in the right direction. Yes, it’s tough to forget the train wreck of the past two games — playing uninspired in an ugly loss at Boise State, then trailing by as many as 16 points in falling at last-place Fresno State. But, in what was deemed as a must-win game against New Mexico to salvage the season, the Rebels — especially in the first half — resembled the quality team they were expected to be.
  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2), quarterback Joe Flacco (5), and defensive end Arthur Jones (97) celebrate after winning the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
    Super Bowl prop bet report card: How Baltimore punter Sam Koch impacted Super Bowl Sunday for Vegas bettors
    Feb. 4, 2013
    Another safety. And with four seconds left in the game. The gambling gods were shining on a few lucky handicappers late in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Of course, I wasn’t included in that good fortune. Last week, I gave readers my picks for a few proposition wagers, including one predication I felt strongly about. There was no way there would be a safety.
  • UNLV fans jeer as the UNR basketball team takes the court before their game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack.
    Instant Analysis: Trying to figure out how important a victory is against UNR in basketball
    Jan. 29, 2013
    Most UNLV supporters despise all things UNR. But, home games against New Mexico and San Diego State next month will be more significant than this victory — for the players, a good majority of the fans, and most important, in determining the fate of the Rebels’ season.
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