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Grey Cup stirs memories of Posse
With the old Las Vegas team’s quarterback finally getting a championship, a few looks back at that brief, amusing run
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
It seems like a lot of years since Anthony Calvillo made his pro football debut with the Las Vegas Posse of the Canadian Football League.
Battle of I-74 settled 1,700 miles from home
Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Now, Rebels must build on big Louisville win
Happy but humble team that beat Cardinals has another test coming in Arizona
Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
Most everybody agrees UNLV’s 76-71 come-from-ahead victory over No. 16 Louisville at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday was big. But how big? It was big enough game that the student body was in full force despite it being on a holiday weekend. But when it was over, when Oscar Bellfield finally put his foot on Louisville’s collective throat, there was a hesitation. Do we rush the court or not?
Make a bid in Sun holiday auction, help a youth
These unsolicited gifts to the Sun could be yours
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
’Tis the holiday season, a time for giving and receiving. It’s time to make a bid (or two) in the 12th annual Las Vegas Sun Holiday Auction, which helps teach kids arts and crafts and the words to campfire songs through the auspices of the Sun Camp Fund.
Thankful for a post-Thanksgiving feast of sporting events
UNLV-Louisville hoops the main course of a bountiful weekend
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
If there’s one thing that Tonto, Tarzan and Frankenstein could agree upon on the old “Saturday Night Live,” it was that Thanksgiving was good, and that fire was bad. They said so in so many words. Actually, they said so in few words. “Thanksgiving, good. Fire, bad.”
Underdog is open on a post pattern
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
Rory in disguise ... with glasses
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009
NASCAR running an uphill race with seasons that are too long
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009
Counting his days in stadium and other forms of off-road racing and the time we rented a convertible to travel to the NASCAR race at California Speedway “in style” (snowed on while going over the Cajon Pass near San Bernardino), I probably have seen Jimmie Johnson race an off-road truck, buggy or full-fledged Cup stock car about 25 times in person.
Michael Schumacher takes 7th in go-kart race at Rio
Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
The Elevator: Sanford edition
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009
Sounds like an old Saturday morning cartoon, doesn’t it? When Steve “Chopper” Jones and freshmen Anthony Marshall and Justin Hawkins checked into the game in the second half against Nevada-Reno on Wednesday night, UNLV trailed by 12 points. When they went back to the end of the bench, the Rebels led by seven. Heavens to Murgatroyd, Snagglepuss!
Schumacher adds star power to go-kart finals’ horsepower
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009
When I heard from an old racing pal that Michael Schumacher would be racing go-karts on the parking lot at the Rio this weekend, I told him I wasn’t interested, because I was covering Tiger Woods’ putt-putt match against Phil Mickelson. Then it was over to the Laughing Jackalope where U2 was playing a benefit for a school chum who had lost it all by hitting a hard 16. And after that, Pele said he’d give me a chance to get even on the foosball table.

Big fight headed for a New Frontier?
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Tina Kunzer-Murphy won't be next UNLV athletic director
Kunzer-Murphy might make a great athletic director for UNLV, but now is not the time
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Tina Kunzer-Murphy is out of the running to become UNLV’s next athletic director before the real running even begins.
Irish eyes are crying
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
The dog must have eaten Mike Sanford's homework
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009
Two paths to improvement for UNLV's football team
One way, but maybe not the only way, is to spend millions more
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009
The hills are alive with the sound of ... well, that isn’t exactly music now, is it? It’s the cacophony of UNLV football fans suggesting cures for what has ailed the program since the advent of the face mask and two platoons.
Saints finally going somewhere fast
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009
The Elevator: Arum back on top of boxing after being written off
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009
Who’s going to the penthouse in local sports — and who’s getting the shaft. For those who wrote Las Vegas promoter Bob Arum off boxing’s relevant list a few years back, do you know he has the contracts of both Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, the antagonists in this year’s Fight of the Century, in his hip pocket? Don King would be proud. And envious.
Antoine Walker doesn't know when to hold or fold 'em
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
Gondo’s pal tries to fill void on Rebels air
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
The final chapter of Glen Gondrezick’s career as a UNLV Rebel was written Tuesday night, 104 feet beneath where his jersey hangs from the rafters at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Ichabods were tougher than they sound
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009
A name for those who want to see Sanford gone
UNLV could do a lot worse than a 10-time national champion
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009
Should Mike Sanford be fired as UNLV’s football coach, one name already has surfaced in conjunction with the potential opening.
Wranglers to face familiar foe and that's putting it mildly
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
I went to a hockey game and a New Mexico women's soccer match broke out
Monday, Nov. 9, 2009
Rebels’ win raises a few what-ifs
Imagine what would happen if UNLV were to win its last two scheduled games
Monday, Nov. 9, 2009
As I sat in the Bono seats — the rickety bleachers at the summit of the stadium, which, with rare exception, get occupied only when U2 is in town and never, ever get occupied when the UNLV football team is in town — I had a thought that might be frightening to whatever devoted Rebel football fans remain.
Rollie's team beats Isiah's team
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009
101 years and counting ...
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009
A venue for all types of pros
Even if a big corporation does build an arena downtown, that’s no reason to pursue a sports team. Is it, Mayor?
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009
One more reason why I love Las Vegas: I can get the mayor on the phone even when I don’t leave a message.
Le Moyne and lament: Syracuse loses to Division II school
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Letting the good ol’ times roll
Roller derby on banked track returns to valley, bruises and all, after decades-long hiatus
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
They got started late, and when the recording of “The Star-Spangled Banner” kept malfunctioning, I thought the couple sitting in the front row dressed out of “A Clockwork Orange” was going to sing Jim Croce’s “Roller Derby Queen” — the roller derby national anthem — so the match could get under way. Or assault somebody.
A bagel with straight cream cheese and Choo Choo Coleman
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009
The Elevator: Halloween edition
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009
A special Halloween edition of who’s going to the penthouse in local sports — and who’s getting the shaft: One stale Zagnut bar — To Mayor Oscar Goodman, who is and always will be the one Las Vegan I would most like to party with. That said, the next time he pitches an idea about a 20,000-seat downtown arena during an economy that is softer than the University of Florida’s nonconference football schedule, he must do it wearing fake nose and glasses, lest somebody take him seriously.
Rolling with the punches
Despite setback, derby to skate in this weekend
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
The last time anybody saw the banked roller derby track in Patrick and Lali Outhoummountry’s back yard in northwest Las Vegas it looked like a pretzel, or an ampersand with twisted metal hanging from it. It was virtually destroyed by a mighty wind storm in June 2008.
Cliff Lee, meet Gary Wright
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
Agassi's book puts ’97 in perspective
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
I don’t know Andre Agassi, the Las Vegas tennis legend and, as of Tuesday, admitted former crystal meth user. But I have liked him since the day he started losing his hair and responded by shaving it off.
It's (not) the great Stu Miller, Charlie Brown
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
Kyle Busch gets Raw on Monday Night
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
Abba dabba do at Primm
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
5-foot-1, 90-pound pitcher manages to make bigger hitters helpless
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
Ryan Popowcer does not a throw a baseball with a great deal of velocity like Nolan Ryan, Don Drysdale or Roger Clemens did, mostly because those guys stood 6-foot-2, 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-4 respectively, and weighed 200, 216 and 220 pounds.
The Elevator: College GameDay edition
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009
Who’s going to the penthouse in local sports — and who’s getting the shaft:
If the Rebels can’t win this one ...
Coach Sanford can’t possibly stay at UNLV, unless he can
Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
For those Rebels fans who haven’t moved on to basketball practice season — all four of you — this column is for you. It’s about how this game Saturday against winless New Mexico, quite possibly the worst college football team in the land, if not the entire solar system, is the most crucial game in the UNLV coaching career of Mike Sanford. Provided, that is, he wants to stay on as Rebels coach. Perhaps his spread offense would play better on Pluto.
Eddie Bonine's son now playing golf
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
Now what am I'm gonna do?
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
For a spot with Yanks, he’ll take a little hazing
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
During September, Cimarron-Memorial graduate Mike Dunn appeared in four games for the New York Yankees, and once as The Riddler from “Batman.”
Broncos go vertical (again), sock it to Chargers
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009
Harvey's Rebels had a few warts, but not as many as you may have heard
Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
Members of UNLV's 1984 football team converge for reunion
Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
At a little before 7 Friday night the old Rebels began to congregate in the banquet area at South Point.

The Elevator: Uniform edition
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
Who’s going to the penthouse in local sports — and who’s getting the shaft:
Hockey on a budget
Wranglers open season with the economy a continuing challenge
Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
In a few hours they will drop the puck on their seventh consecutive campaign of slashing, high-sticking and roughing at the Orleans Arena, thereby breaking the defunct Las Vegas Thunder’s record of slashing, high-sticking and roughing longevity in Las Vegas, which stood at six seasons.
If you've seen one Popovich, you haven't seen them all
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

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