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From the Pressbox Ray Brewer: From the Pressbox

  • 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 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.
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