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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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UNLV receiver granted extra year of eligibility
Friday, May 23, 2014
One of UNLV football’s strengths got a little better today as the NCAA awarded another year of eligibility to receiver Maika Mataele, the school announced.
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels
Friday, May 23, 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 guard Deville Smith the latest player to leave program
The Rebels are now without nine players from last year's roster, including seven with eligibility remaining
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The next domino has fallen at the Thomas & Mack Center with guard Deville Smith not returning to the program, a source confirmed. The move has been expected for a couple of weeks, and UNLV is now without its primary five starters from the 2013-14 season. Smith has one year of eligibility remaining and ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat
Thursday, May 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 a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels slated to play South Dakota in neutral-site game
UNLV will play the Coyotes on Dec. 13 in Sioux Falls, S.D., about an hour away from their campus
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
UNLV has added another date to its nonconference schedule, and this one’s a trip with a little extra meaning for two of the newest Rebels.
Rebels land another commitment in loaded class of 2014
Jordan Cornish picks UNLV over Nebraska and Wake Forest, joining his friend Rashad Vaughn in incoming class
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Last week, Jordan Cornish told the Sun great players want to play with other great players. Today the class of 2014 guard committed to do just that, becoming the newest member of UNLV’s top 5-ranked …
Vegas Play of the Day: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers
Tuesday, May 20, 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: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels
Saturday, May 17, 2014
For a while there, it felt like there would be enough NBA playoff games to carry me at least through the month, but alas it’s an off day in hoops so I’m back to baseball.
Dave Rice Foundation has exceeded coach’s expectations
Friday, May 16, 2014
Dave Rice didn’t even wait to finish his first season before branching out. He and his wife, Mindy, had been discussing the idea for years, so as soon as he had a platform as UNLV’s head coach, he ...
Class of 2014 guard says UNLV staff has made him their ‘top priority’
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The friendships made during the summer, when recruits travel from one state to another, often to face the same team they just played, sometimes become relationships that help in the recruiting process. Take UNLV signee Rashad Vaughn and recruit Jordan Cornish ...
Pair of Rebels’ home football games change dates
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Rebels’ football schedule is switching a couple of home dates, with one game moving to Friday and another pushed back to the weekend.
Rutgers guard commits to UNLV, adding another transfer to the mix
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rutgers transfer Jerome Seagears is the newest Rebel, he told the Sun today. Seagears, a 6-foot-1 guard, was in town for an official visit and made his decision known just before taking off on his flight back home in Maryland. Seagears has one year of eligibility remaining and the Rebels expect him to be eligible immediately.
Vegas Play of the Day: Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat
Wednesday, May 14, 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 baseball trying to overcome bad news in home stretch
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The final week of the regular season was already going to be a challenge for the UNLV baseball team. Now the Rebels must go through it without manager Tim Chambers in the dugout.
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday, May 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.
Rebels’ Morant transferring to be closer to his family
A Bishop Gorman grad, the sophomore forward appeared in 13 games last season
Monday, May 12, 2014
Add Demetris Morant to the growing list of UNLV players leaving the program early. A source confirmed to the Sun that the redshirt sophomore forward will transfer closer to family in ...
Fast and Fearless: Wheelchair sports give disabled athletes an outlet in Las Vegas
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Being born with spina bifida hasn’t kept Blake Dickinson out of sports. He is one of many disabled athletes who have embraced wheelchair basketball, rugby and track and field. Las Vegas and the School District provide opportunities that ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers
Friday, May 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 a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Vegas Play of the Day: Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat
Thursday, May 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 a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Notebook: Two incoming Rebels, local big man selected for national team
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Two incoming Rebels and Bishop Gorman junior Stephen Zimmerman were among the 21 players selected to the USA Men’s Basketball U18 national team ...
Latest signing keeps UNLV basketball moving forward in busy offseason
Patrick McCaw signs to play at UNLV this season while Oregon transfer Ben Carter is expected to sign in the near future
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
UNLV’s offseason continues its relentless charge forward with another commit signing on the dotted line. Patrick McCaw, a 6-foot-6 guard from St. Louis, signed with the Rebels on Tuesday night, a little more than two weeks after making a verbal commitment to UNLV.
Pro future a major factor in college choice for local UNLV target Zimmerman
Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-foot top-5 prospect in the class of 2015, has the hometown Rebels in his final eight schools
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The recruiting process really picks up for most high school basketball players during the spring and summer before their senior year. For Stephen Zimmerman, this probably feels like business as usual.
What’s it like to live the moment?
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Sports produce some of the most euphoric and heart-breaking moments in our lives. We talked to the competitors and see what it’s like for them to ...
Bern’s-Eye View: UNLV’s latest departure lowers expectations for basketball season
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The immediate reactions varied from “We’re screwed” to everything short of “We’re better off without him.” When Khem Birch tweeted out his decision last Thursday to pass on a final season at UNLV and instead ...
UNLV target Horace Spencer back from injury just in time for summer season
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Findlay Prep forward Horace Spencer waited a long time for last weekend. Forced out of action for much of the season with a hand injury, Spencer finally got the OK to return to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
Monday, April 28, 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 basketball coach Dave Rice gets 2-year contract extension
Friday, April 25, 2014
Stability was Dave Rice’s top priority and the UNLV coach now has more of that as the Board of Regents approved a two-year extension at a...
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Rockets at Portland Trailblazers
Friday, April 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 a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels' block party ends with Birch declaring for NBA Draft
The 2-time league Defensive Player of the Year decides to forgo senior season and face uncertain pro future
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The most important decision of UNLV’s offseason has been made and it leaves the Rebels without its top defender. Junior forward Khem Birch announced today that he would forgo his final season and enter the NBA Draft. Birch first announced the news...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Thursday, April 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 a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Bern’s-Eye View: New arena pushes Las Vegas forward but isn’t game-changing
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There’s a desire from some locals to fast-forward the timeline, to skip the May 1 groundbreaking for the new $350 million arena going up near...
Vegas Play of the Day: Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls
Tuesday, April 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 a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels’ incoming recruiting class grows with another guard
6-foot-6 guard Patrick McCaw commits to UNLV a week after taking an official visit
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Everyone could see UNLV’s shooting struggles last season, and that included coach Dave Rice. That’s why getting better shooters was a priority offseason, and this weekend the Rebels got ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday, April 19, 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.
Miller adds basketball pedigree, experience to Rebels coaching staff
Friday, April 18, 2014
The future isn’t always crystal clear for Ryan Miller, but one thing has seemed certain from a young age: Whatever he does, basketball will ...
Pair of guards officially sign to play for Rebels basketball
Findlay Prep guard Rashad Vaughn signs his national letter of intent while San Francisco transfer Cody Doolin signs a financial aid agreement
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Rebels’ incoming recruiting class officially doubled in size today. UNLV received ...
More Rebels football games slated for national TV but no bonuses guaranteed
Four of UNLV's league games, including the Battle for the Fremont Cannon, will appear on ESPN networks
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Rebels will play in front of a national audience at least five times this football season, the Mountain West announced today.
Rebels pick former league rival to join coaching staff
UNLV replaces Heath Schroyer with Ryan Miller, an Auburn assistant who spent 5 seasons at New Mexico
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Rebels’ fourth assistant basketball coach will be former Auburn associate head coach Ryan Miller, coach Dave Rice announced today. The move has been expected for several weeks. Miller spent five seasons under Steve Alford at New Mexico, where Miller was key in opening the Lobos’ recruiting pipeline to Australia. Miller spent time there...
Vegas Play of the Day: Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers
Wednesday, April 16, 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.
Rebels pitching their way to possibly historic season for the program
UNLV is on pace to make a regional for the first time since 2005, and it has a lot to do with 4 stellar starting pitchers
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Every once in awhile, maybe if he’s all caught up on the DVR and needs some entertainment, UNLV junior catcher Erik VanMeetren will stir the pot. It’s always a friendly argument, and honestly VanMeetren doesn’t need to do much for the back-and-forth to get started. His pitchers know each other’s stats and how to use them to ...
Former Rebel Bryce Dejean-Jones commits to Iowa State
Monday, April 14, 2014
Former Rebel Bryce Dejean-Jones will play his final basketball season at Iowa State, he announced while visiting the Cyclones over the weekend. Dejean-Jones is on pace to graduate this summer and would then...
Rebels’ running backs steal the show at Spring Showcase
Saturday, April 12, 2014
QB Blake Decker’s battle with former starter Nick Sherry will be the most-watched position battle when the team resumes practices this summer, yet on Friday it was ...
UNLV football accepts blame yet still defiant in face of NCAA’s postseason ban
NCAA denies UNLV’s appeal and sanctions the program for failing to meet the Academic Progress Rate standard
Friday, April 11, 2014
With the NCAA’s decision made, UNLV football was simultaneously angry and disappointed with in the Academic Progress Rate failings that will keep the Rebels from competing in any postseason play this year. UNLV is the first FBS-level program to face ...
Bishop Gorman grad likely to transfer from Oregon to UNLV
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bishop Gorman grad Ben Carter is likely coming back home. The Oregon sophomore forward plans to transfer to UNLV with two years of eligibility remaining. Carter helped win two state titles with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
Thursday, April 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.
Class of 2014 guard visiting UNLV this weekend
Shooting guard Pat McCaw is all set to visit the Rebels, who currently have one open scholarship
Thursday, April 10, 2014
UNLV basketball will have a visitor this weekend as class of 2014 guard Pat McCaw is coming to campus, according to a source. McCaw’s official visit comes just a few days before the first day of the spring signing period on April 16.
Notebook: Inside Birch’s decision-making process and schedule update
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Khem Birch is awaiting the feedback from NBA general managers and scouts that will help him make a decision whether to stay at UNLV for his final season or enter the NBA Draft. Coach Dave Rice has submitted the paperwork and the NBA must respond by ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Dodgers
Tuesday, April 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 a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Junior Roscoe Smith to leave UNLV and enter name in NBA Draft
Friday, April 4, 2014
Rebels junior forward Roscoe Smith will forgo his final year of eligibility and put his name into the NBA Draft pool, multiple sources tell the Sun. After sitting out a year because...
Vegas Play of the Day: Phoenix at Portland
Friday, April 4, 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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