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Taylor Bern

UNLV Sports Reporter

Taylor, who covers UNLV sports, is a 2010 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He worked for newspapers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri before moving out to the desert, working seven months on the sports desk at the Arizona Republic before joining the Sun in November 2011. His outside passions include good books, bad coffee and the search for adequate leg room.

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Rebels expected to stay in the running for pair of Florida players
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The long-term benefits of adding Ryan Miller to the coaching staff this offseason will bear themselves out over time. The immediate impact is easier to quantify, though ...
Findlay Prep forward likes what he hears from UNLV’s staff
Friday, July 25, 2014
Keep coming with all those calls and texts, college coaches. Horace Spencer isn’t getting tired of them and he’s not turning off his phone anytime soon.
UNLV prospect’s goal is to be the best in class of 2015
Thursday, July 24, 2014
To Elijah Thomas, it doesn’t matter that he was sidelined from the summer circuit because of injury until June this season, or that guys like Oakland’s Ivan Rabb and Bishop Gorman High’s Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman are all top-10 bigs in the class of 2015. To Thomas, a UNLV target out of Lancaster, Texas, he’s the top player and soon enough everyone else will agree.
Vegas Play of the Day: Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rebels optimistic as hectic offseason coming to a close
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The scrum surrounding UNLV coach Bobby Hauck on Wednesday in the Cosmopolitan at the Mountain West’s media days was noticeably larger and lasted longer than in the past couple of years. Relevance gives more import to Hauck’s words, not to mention ...
The Rebels will be busy on local recruiting trail this week
Find out where and when to catch UNLV's main targets who are playing at one of the three big tournaments in town this week
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This time of year, scheduling is key. The only way for college coaches — or fans of those teams — to see all of the games and players they’re trying to catch is to plan their days out, because it’s easy to get stuck between places like Bishop Gorman High and the Cashman Center if you’re not careful.
Mountain West commissioner has more questions than answers about future
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Craig Thompson is entering his 16th season leading the Mountain West. He’s the only commissioner the league has ever had, and on Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan he briefly discussed that past before moving to the topic the assembled media was more interested in: the future.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
UNLV football picked 4th in division; 3 Rebels make preseason team
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
UNLV was picked to finish fourth in its division while three Rebels were named to the preseason All-Mountain West team, it was announced today at the league’s annual media days at the Cosmopolitan. The teams and standings are selected by members of the media.
Bern’s-Eye View: Predicting the Mountain West’s best this football season
Monday, July 21, 2014
The biggest question facing UNLV football at this point last year was whether or not the Rebels would finally win more than two games. Compared to that, this year’s quandaries already feel like success ...
Bishop Gorman basketball star Jeter rising to new heights
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Chase Jeter's time is in demand these days. The 6-foot-11 16-year-old has rapidly risen in the recruiting rankings the past year, and has a big decision to make regarding his future ...
Former Rebel pitcher comes to terms with Washington Nationals near deadline
Friday, July 18, 2014
It went down to the wire but former UNLV pitcher Erick Fedde is officially a member of the Washington Nationals after agreeing to terms on deal just hours before today’s signing deadline.
Vegas Play of the Day: Cavaliers vs. Heat in NBA Summer League
Friday, July 18, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Q+A: Former Bishop Gorman standout on entering his 2nd NBA season
Friday, July 18, 2014
The NBA Summer League is a proving ground for a lot of players. Often it’s about guys on the fringes trying to play their way into a roster spot, but there are also ballyhooed draft picks from years past — such as Shabazz Muhammad — trying to prove their worth ...
Rebel forward Morgan has sights set on dominating as a freshman
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Dwayne Morgan hasn’t had much time to process a moment he’s been looking forward to for more than a year. Morgan landed in Las Vegas on Monday and went straight to the Mendenhall Center for a few games of pickup with his new teammates and then an extra hour of shooting ...
Vegas Play of the Day: MLB All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
After leaving UNLV early, Smith learning about basketball’s business side
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
On one hand it’s still basketball, the thing Roscoe Smith and many like him have been devoting a large portion of their lives to with great success. On the other hand, even for those who have felt like professionals during their college tenure, there’s a notable change in how this game feels day-to-day when it becomes professional for real.
Despite going undrafted, Khem Birch happy he started professional career
Monday, July 14, 2014
Khem Birch’s professional career hasn’t had the start he had in mind. When Birch, the two-time defending Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, left UNLV with a year of eligibility remaining, he thought the next step was to get picked in the NBA Draft. So when Birch went undrafted ...
Vegas Play of the Day: World Cup final
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Former Rebel Bennett surprised, excited about LeBron’s return to Cleveland
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The news broke Friday morning while the Cleveland Cavaliers were at shoot around preparing for their NBA Summer League debut against the Milwaukee Bucks in Cox Pavilion. ...
Ex-UNLV star Bennett one of the top attractions in this year’s NBA Summer League
Friday, July 11, 2014
With all of the excitement surrounding LeBron James’ not-so-secret meeting at the Wynn on Wednesday in between his stops at the camp bearing his name at the Cashman Center, it was possible to forget one of the other things that makes Las Vegas the center of the basketball world in July.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Argentina vs. Netherlands
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Germany vs. Brazil
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Two years after passing on UNLV, Carter eager for new opportunity with Rebels
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ben Carter wanted to experience life outside of Las Vegas. Now that he’s back, there’s some debate as to whether the Bishop Gorman High grad ever should have left for Oregon over UNLV ...
Q+A: Former UNLV AD Jim Livengood busy in his retirement
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Occasionally, it sounds like Jim Livengood doesn’t know what to do with himself ...
Desert Pines grad poised to put on a show in NBA Summer League
Pierre Jackson tore up the D-League last year but couldn't get a shot at the top level. Now he's on a new team with something to prove
Monday, June 30, 2014
The game was effectively over, but even though Pierre Jackson was on the wrong side of a lopsided loss he wanted to finish with a flourish.
UNLV and NCAA, for once, on same side of table with football decision
UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy credits Rebels' academic support staff for working to gain unprecedented reversal in APR case
Friday, June 27, 2014
A couple of months ago, UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy sat at one end of the conference table in her office explaining how UNLV would respond to becoming the first Division I football program ...
Former UNLV players go undrafted; Lobo top Mountain West pick in NBA Draft
Cameron Bairstow joins former teammate in Chicago, SDSU's Xavier Thames one of last picks and Nick Johnson continues Findlay Prep's draft-night presence
Thursday, June 26, 2014
This always seemed like a possibility when the decisions were made, but going undrafted is certainly not what UNLV's Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith had in mind when they left school a year early.
UNLV football’s postseason ban is lifted this season
The university resubmitted its numbers after discovering some possible differences and reached the NCAA's minimum score
Thursday, June 26, 2014
It appears UNLV football will be eligible for the postseason this year, after all. A source confirmed an earlier report that a miscalculation was the reason the Rebels’ Academic Progress Rate score fell below the NCAA’s minimum and that the new score meets the standard of 930.
Bishop Gorman teammates take gold on Team USA Under-18 squad
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman are familiar with winning championships at Bishop Gorman High. This one feels a little different.
Vegas Play of the Day: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rebels slated to play Stanford, not Duke, in first Coaches vs. Cancer game
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
UNLV is likely going to have to work for its desired matchup with Duke in November.
Once in similar situations, two former Rebels await their NBA fate
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Two years ago, Mike Moser was Khem Birch. Both players had big decisions to make after their third season out of high school. Moser, who had just had a breakout season at UNLV, elected to return to school. Birch decided ...
UNLV football makes brief appearance in NCAA trial
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The ongoing trial pitting a group of plaintiffs led by Henderson resident Ed O’Bannon against the NCAA is primarily about college athletes not being able to profit from use of their likeness. However, with a long list of witnesses the topics at least mentioned during the case run the gamut of the college sports world. Including, it seems, UNLV football.
Local class of 2015 loses one of its many talented basketball players
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The local basketball players in the class of 2015 would rival almost any national group of area talent in their class. However, in recent weeks that group got a little smaller.
The body unlimited: Technological advances change life for those with disabilities — and without
Sunday, June 22, 2014
There was a time not so long ago when people with missing limbs were relegated to lives in wheelchairs and diminished opportunity. Not anymore. The world of prosthetics has evolved. The things people are capable of doing now with replacement limbs far outreaches what we once thought imaginable, and what’s coming next is simply mind-blowing ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Quest for gold once again unites Bishop Gorman teammates
Friday, June 20, 2014
When Chase Jeter found out he didn’t make the final cut for Team USA’s Under-18 squad, he had little time to dwell on it. Jeter, a class of 2015 center at Bishop Gorman High, was one of three players sent home last weekend from training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the U18 squad will compete ...
Additional UNLV football game picked up for TV coverage
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Rebels’ Nov. 1 home game at Sam Boyd Stadium against New Mexico will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and air on Root Sports, it was announced today. This is the seventh Rebel game that has been picked up for some type of coverage.
Gorman senior replaces UNLV freshman on Team USA U18 squad
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Team USA’s Under-18 squad will feature two Bishop Gorman teammates after all. Chase Jeter, who was one of the 15 players remaining in camp before the final cut, was added to the roster Wednesday evening to replace incoming UNLV freshman Dwayne Morgan.
Freshman feels fortunate to land with current group at UNLV
Thursday, June 19, 2014
UNLV’s incoming class is filled with guys who weren’t supposed to be here. Bishop Gorman High grad Ben Carter chose Oregon over the Rebels a couple years ago. Point guards Cody Doolin and Jerome Seagears both played nearly full collegiate careers at San Francisco and Rutgers, respectively, before trying to find something else for their final season.
Desert Reign tips off third season with 5 incoming Rebels on rosters
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
If you know what to expect, the Desert Reign ProCity League can be a lot of fun. Entering its third season, the ProCity League is primarily a stage for incoming and current UNLV players but also features other local collegiate or pro players who are in town.
Chambers right where he wants to be, leading UNLV baseball
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tim Chambers is telling a story from this year’s postseason, the Rebels’ first trip to an NCAA Regional since 2005. UNLV’s manager approaches the mound in Oregon State’s Goss Stadium at Coleman Field to pull starting pitcher John Richy in a losing effort against UC Irvine.
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 5
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
Friday, June 13, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 4
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
UNLV freshman, Bishop Gorman teammates survive first Team USA cut
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Incoming UNLV freshman Dwayne Morgan and a couple of Rebel targets from Bishop Gorman High are among the 15 finalists for the Team USA Under-18 squad, it was announced today. Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman are the only high school teammates on the roster.
UNLV junior at ease with leap into NCAA track championships
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
From the outside, it looks like Krystal Wharton is flying. How else to describe the path she takes from jumping board to a landing spot more than 20 feet away?
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 3
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.

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