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Ex-big league batting champ Bill Madlock helps local youth with swings
Monday, May 10, 2010
In late June 1979, Bill Madlock was traded in a five-player deal from the San Francisco Giants to the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the time, the Giants were 8.5 games back in the National League West, while the Pirates faced a similar 6.5-game deficit in the National League East. But four months later, Madlock was a World Series champion as the third baseman of the 1979 “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates.
From Vegas to the Yankees, broadcaster recounts his career
Friday, May 7, 2010
Paul Olden has two championship rings.
One is a large, diamond-studded ring encrusted with 113 stones. The other is a smaller ring with one large, single diamond in the middle.
On a spring day in the Bronx, Olden, the New York Yankees’ public address announcer, sat in his office in Yankee Stadium and reflected on the journey between the two rings.
Palo Verde's Brandon Wright one step closer to spot in all-star game
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Brandon Wright watched Adrian Peterson. The Palo Verde High running back watched Peterson on television playing in the U.S. Army All-American high school football game. A few years later, he watched Reggie Bush and C.J. Spiller, too.
Rolling with friendship on the bocce court
Competition, conversation inspire these teams at Sun City Anthem
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Sixty-four-year-old David Rosen is sitting on a green bench, trying to ignore the wicked wind so he can give a 25-yard stretch of grass his full attention. He knows his turf the way an artist knows his canvas. Rosen is a bocce enthusiast. To the right is his teammate, Faye. “She’ll kill me if I don’t throw a good shot here,” Rosen says. Indeed, Faye is also his wife.
Sierra Vista grad plays before home crowd at Cashman Field
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sacramento River Cats first baseman Chris Carter likes being back home. For proof, just look at Saturday night’s players’ guest list at Cashman Field. “There’s probably close to 100 people on the list,” River Cats manager Tony DeFrancesco said.
Wranglers looking ahead to next season on the ice
Friday, April 23, 2010
After a season that saw the Wranglers make it to the first round of the playoffs, the question now is what will next year’s team look like? “I anticipate there being a bunch of players back, but right now, I just don’t know,” head coach Ryan Mougenel said.
John Force grabs top spot at Las Vegas NHRA Nationals
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Class is back in session. John Force, the most successful NHRA funny car driver in history, delivered that message to the rest of the motorsports world Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Mets legend Dwight Gooden mingles with fans in Las Vegas
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Dwight Gooden was Tim Lincecum. Twenty-six summers ago, Gooden exploded onto the Major League scene with the New York Mets, winning a Cy Young Award in his second professional season and consistently baffling hitters to the tune of two consecutive 200-strikeout seasons.
Racers going all out to win for recovering team owner
Friday, April 16, 2010
The world seems right again for Ken Black Racing teammates Greg Anderson and Jason Line. Back in Las Vegas, where the KB Racing team has seen its fair share of success, the duo is feeling more comfortable than ever heading into this weekend’s SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, thanks to an appearance by their team owner, Ken Black.
Wranglers end season with 5-1 loss to Utah in playoff elimination game
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It was a season of momentum.
From the drop of the first puck last fall, the Las Vegas Wranglers endured many twists and turns to their season.
They started in a swoon, picked up their play near midseason and ended with a flurry of wins, vaulting them into the ECHL playoffs.
Top prospect Buster Posey in town to face Las Vegas 51s
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Buster Posey emerged from the visitor’s dugout at Cashman Field Monday afternoon and immediately spotted a familiar face on the field. “Roh-ney!” shouted the San Francisco Giants prospect, before exchanging pleasantries with Las Vegas 51s manager Dan Rohn.
Wranglers ready for series-deciding game at Utah
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers will be looking to extend their season Tuesday night. After 72 games of regular-season hockey and four playoff games, the Wranglers will battle the Utah Grizzlies for the right to keep playing in the 2010 ECHL playoffs.
Utah tops Wranglers in playoff game, forces Game 5
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers have been playing important hockey games for several weeks.
Wranglers respond at key moments to down Utah, 6-3
Saturday, April 10, 2010
After Saturday night’s 6-3 victory over the Utah Grizzlies in Game 3 of the National Conference quarterfinals, Las Vegas Wranglers head coach Ryan Mougenel talked about responding.
“The playoffs is all about responding and which team responds the quickest,” Mougenel said.
Major League veteran a mentor for younger 51s players
Friday, April 9, 2010
Jeremy Reed is entering his ninth year of playing professional baseball. During his career, he’s played outfield in the American League and first base in the National League. This season, he will be playing the role of leader in the Pacific Coast League, as one in a stable of veterans to help guide the Las Vegas 51s.
Wranglers drop playoff game, series even at 1-1
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
What began as a best-of-five series between the Las Vegas Wranglers and the Utah Grizzlies is now a best-of-three series.
Wranglers down Utah 6-4 in first game of playoffs
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers offense answered the bell. Down a pair of goals early in the second period, with momentum and Game 1 of the National Conference quarterfinals against the Utah Grizzlies slipping away, the Wranglers made a series-opening statement.
Wranglers host Utah to open playoffs
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Tonight, when the Utah Grizzlies open the first round of the ECHL Playoffs at the Orleans Arena, they might have a hard time recognizing their opponents. That’s because the Las Vegas Wranglers are a much different team from the last time the two met on the first day of February.
Wranglers end regular season with 7-1 loss to Ontario
Saturday, April 3, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers and Ontario Reign played each other for roughly 20 percent of the 2009-10 season. For the first 18 percent of those games, Las Vegas earned a point, failing to lose in regulation to Ontario in 13 games.
Playoff-bound Wranglers pick up another win
Saturday, April 3, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers weren’t tested on Friday night.
Just a day after clinching a National Conference playoff berth, leaving the Ontario Reign to hope for help to get into the postseason, the Wranglers cruised to a 2-1 victory at the Orleans Arena.
Wranglers lock up playoff berth with win over Ontario
Friday, April 2, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers are headed to the ECHL playoffs. Thursday night, in front of 4,149 fans at the Orleans Arena, the Wranglers clinched a playoff berth against the hard-charging Ontario Reign with a 5-2 victory.
Wranglers face Reign for final playoff spot
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Ryan Mougenel needed a moment.
It was late Dec. 18, minutes after the Wranglers dropped their fourth consecutive game in heartbreak fashion to the Ontario Reign, and the first-year head coach stood alone, next to a brick wall, hundreds of yards behind the team bus.
Stockton rallies after Wranglers grab early lead
Monday, March 29, 2010
With a minute left in Sunday’s game, Stockton Thunder left-winger Matt Robinson finished a hat trick and finished the Wranglers.
Wranglers beat Stockton, pull ahead in points standings
Sunday, March 28, 2010
For the second straight game, the Las Vegas Wranglers and Stockton Thunder were tied at two goals apiece late in the third period.
Friday night, the two teams skated to a regulation tie that stood until the Thunder won, 3-2, in a shootout.
Saturday night, Wranglers right-winger Alex Bourret decided three periods would be all Las Vegas needed to jump ahead of Stockton in the points standings.
Wranglers lose to Stockton, 3-2, in shootout
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers started their most important series of the year the same way they have finished the past month — by coming back.
Unfortunately, their comeback efforts were spoiled in a shootout, when Stockton’s Oren Eizenman beat Las Vegas goaltender Jimmy Spratt for a 3-2 victory.
Wranglers in battle for spot in playoffs
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
March Madness has hit the ice.
As the ECHL regular season winds down, seven National Conference teams find themselves fighting for six playoff spots.
Aces pick up second straight win over Wranglers
Alaska's Ryan Turek scores winning goal in 3-2 victory over Las Vegas
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Alaska defenseman Ryan Turek’s goal with 11:20 remaining in the third period Saturday night gave the Aces their second straight win over the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Wranglers come from behind but fall short against Aces
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers played another come-from-behind game Friday night, but fell just short in a 3-2 loss to the Alaska Aces.
“It’s a tough way to lose,” Wranglers head coach Ryan Mougenel said. “For the most part, we dictated the play. We had enough opportunities to win the game and we didn’t.”
Wranglers erase three-goal deficit, top Aces
Friday, March 19, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers never led the Alaska Aces during regulation on Thursday night. Trailing for over 50 minutes and falling behind three goals on three separate occasions, the Wranglers were caught in a game of catch-up.
Commission OKs license for Francois Botha to fight Evander Holyfield
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has tentatively approved a license for Francois Botha to fight Evander Holyfield on April 10 in Las Vegas.
Wranglers' Jimmy Spratt named ECHL Goalie of the Week
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
On the night of Feb. 12, Jimmy Spratt sat in his Louisiana apartment, hanging out with a friend just hours after he watched from the bench as his Louisiana IceDogs teammates lost in overtime.
Wranglers revving up as regular season winds down
Sunday, March 14, 2010
It took nearly five months, but the Las Vegas Wranglers are playing their best hockey of the season at the most opportune of times.
Wranglers jump to early lead, down Bakersfield, 6-2
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers weren’t going to fall behind in this game.
Propelled by three goals in the second period, the Wranglers jumped out to a four-goal lead and chased Bakersfield goaltender Tyler Sims to a 6-2 victory Saturday night.
Chicago baseball fans get taste of home in Las Vegas
Cubs play White Sox in exhibition game at Cashman Field for annual Big League Weekend
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Windy City has moved west — at least for a couple days. Sitting 26 rows behind home plate at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Jerry Kern, who grew up in Chicago, enjoyed a glimpse of his childhood Saturday afternoon. “It’s just like Wrigley Field today with this wind, but a little bit nicer out,” Kern said.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen recalls minor league days in Las Vegas
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday afternoon, Ozzie Guillen sat on a dugout railing at Cashman Field, fiddling with a fungo bat as he overlooked a familiar place.
“The walls are a little higher,” he said, pointing to left field. “The scoreboard is different. I broke a couple of lights out there a couple times.”
This weekend, the Chicago White Sox manager is back for Big League Weekend in Las Vegas, where he played as a 20-year-old shortstop with the Las Vegas Stars in 1984.
Wranglers score three power-play goals in 5-4 win over Bakersfield
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday night, the Las Vegas Wranglers picked up where they left off. Powered by three power-play goals, the Wranglers defeated the Bakersfield Condors, 5-4, for their second straight victory.
Wranglers come from behind again to beat Bakersfield, 3-2
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers’ Josh Prudden said it best.
“Coming back was the theme of our road trip. We consistently came from behind and played well in the third period,” he said.
Wranglers come out flat, lose 5-2 to Bakersfield
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Wranglers head coach Ryan Mougenel didn’t have a good feeling as his team warmed-up before Tuesday night’s game at Bakersfield. “We weren’t looking sharp,” he said. “I didn’t like the feel of us before the game and didn’t like where our minds were at.”
Saint Mary's stuns Gonzaga to win tourney in Las Vegas
Monday, March 8, 2010
Finally, the wait was over. With less than a minute to play in Monday’s championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament, Saint Mary’s center Omar Samhan took the most gratifying walk of his life. Showered with a championship mix of cheers, chants and boos, the smiling Gaels senior made his way to the Saint Mary’s bench with his team in control of its destiny, then firmly wrapped his arms around head coach Randy Bennett.
Gonzaga in familiar territory for Las Vegas championship game
Sunday, March 7, 2010
As the clock ticked down on Sunday’s West Coast Conference semifinal matchup between Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga, a chant started from behind the Bulldogs' bench.
Wranglers get win, find groove ahead of playoffs
Sunday, March 7, 2010
It took three games, three overtimes and three shootouts, but Sunday afternoon the Las Vegas Wranglers left Ontario, Calif., with what they came for: A point.
Wranglers force overtime but lose to Ontario in shootout
Sunday, March 7, 2010
For the second straight game, the Las Vegas Wranglers were down.
Trailing by two goals heading into the third period Saturday night, the Wranglers would once again have to climb out of a hole.
Wranglers come from behind to beat Ontario, 7-6
Saturday, March 6, 2010
It was a game that didn’t want to end.
But with a Jerry Pollastrone goal in the 12th shootout round, the first of three playoff-implicating games was over, as the Wranglers came back to defeat the Ontario Reign, 7-6.
Wranglers prepare for key, three-game series against Ontario
Teams separated by one point in the Pacific Division standings
Friday, March 5, 2010
The first crucial series of the season's homestretch is here for the Las Vegas Wranglers. Trailing the Reign by one point in the Pacific Division standings, the Wranglers will travel to Ontario, Calif., for a three-game series with the Reign - a series with at least six points at stake.
UFC helping state with census count
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Nevada’s secretary of state are teaming for a different kind of fight: The 2010 Census. Wednesday afternoon at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in downtown Las Vegas, Secretary of State Ross Miller announced a partnership between Nevada and the UFC to promote awareness for the upcoming Census.
Fans, locals share Speedway for annual NASCAR Weekend
Monday, March 1, 2010
Luke Aikins makes the jump once a year.

He falls from the sky, his arms and legs outstretched, descending to Earth at the 1.5-mile oval of asphalt most commonly referred to as Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Lady Luck doesn't smile on Busch brothers
Kyle finishes 15th, Kurt ends race in 35th place
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
On paper, all signs pointed to a successful, Sunday afternoon homecoming for the Busch brothers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Shelby American.
Wranglers can't contain power play, fall to Thunder, 6-4
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010
The Las Vegas Wranglers couldn’t contain the Stockton Thunder power play Saturday night. In the middle game of a three-game set at the Orleans Arena, the division-leading Thunder scored three power-play goals en route to a 6-4 victory.
Kevin Harvick overcomes pit mistakes to win Sam's Town 300
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
Kevin Harvick was angry. It was early in Saturday afternoon’s Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Harvick’s Rheem Chevrolet crew had just blown a pit stop.
NASCAR fans know how to tailgate in style
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
It’s a cool and windy Friday afternoon at the epicenter of the tailgating at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Six flags fly high in the air, blowing right to left with the smell of charcoal and burgers in the air and the beer flowing freely.

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