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December 20, 2014

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    UNLV guard Cody Doolin (45) drives past Portland guard Bryce Pressley (1) on his way to a late-game basket at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

    Rebels know what they’re up against in balanced, 14th-ranked Utah
    UNLV Basketball:
    Dec. 20, 2014
    The question was meant to get responses along the lines of, “We’re excited to play in Las Vegas and in this great venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena.” And UNLV coach Dave Rice gave that kind of answer, eventually ...
  • Kentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-42
    Dec. 20, 2014
    Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Dominique Tovell, center, recovers a fumble during the first half of the New Orleans Bowl against Nevada in New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
    Nevada falls to Louisiana-Lafayette 16-3 in New Orleans Bowl
    Dec. 20, 2014
    The Nevada Wolf Pack will have to wonder how the New Orleans Bowl might have been different if not for some untimely mistakes deep in Louisiana-Lafayette territory.
  • Utah quarterback Travis Wilson runs for a touchdown against Colorado State during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
    Blog: Travis Wilson scores four times in Utah's Las Vegas Bowl rout
    Dec. 20, 2014
    Utah quarterback Travis Wilson high-stepped his way into the end zone for the third time with no disruption. Wilson was free to do as he pleased Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium in a 45-10 victory over Colorado State in the 2014 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl ....
  • This photo taken with a fisheye lens shows Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley celebrating after a 43-23 won over the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
    Week 16 NFL picks and game of the week for Sun’s handicapping contest
    Dec. 20, 2014
    The AFC is deep into invalidating the NFL’s annual promise of parity. For at least half of the league, this season has played out shockingly predictable. ...
  • Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson runs in the second half of a 31-24 victory against UNR in Reno on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
    Vegas Play of the Day: Utah vs. Colorado State in Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
    Dec. 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 ...
  • Ronda Rousey, UFC women’s bantamweight champion, responds to a question during a UFC news conference Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
    UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey: Definition of happiness ‘the absence of wants’
    Dec. 20, 2014
    With the close of 2014, here is the next in our series of interviews with 14 prominent Nevada personalities who were asked to answer 14 questions in 14 or fewer words: UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
  • Ray Rice arrives with his wife, Janay Palmer, for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, in this Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 file photo taken in New York. A video released Friday Dec. 19, 2014, shows Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in a casino elevator.
    New video shows Rice and fiancee in aftermath of punch
    Dec. 19, 2014
    A video released Friday shows Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in ...
  • In this June 9, 2014 file photo, the Mane Garrincha Stadium, also known as the National Stadium, stands in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil is still trying to find ways to take advantage of some of its new arenas.
    Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums
    Dec. 19, 2014
    When the World Cup ended, Brazil was left with a sense of pride after successfully hosting soccer's showcase tournament. It was also left with 12 modern facilities that officials said would help revitalize the sport in the country. Now, Brazil's brand new arenas are having to host weddings, children's parties and ...
  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (23) is congratulated by Clayton Kershaw, center, and other teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Phoenix.
    Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax
    Dec. 19, 2014
    The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than ...
  • Bishop Gorman's Biaggio Walsh (7) on his way to the end zone for one of his touchdowns during the NIAA State Championship game against the Reed Raiders at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno.
    Legislator wants Bishop Gorman banned from football playoffs
    Dec. 19, 2014
    Assemblyman Harvey Munford, D-Las Vegas, has proposed a bill-draft for the 2015 Legislature that would ban the Bishop Gorman football program for the state-championship playoffs ...
  • Mojave HS: Jordan Glenn, Daryl Adams, Malik Abbott
    Here come the Runnin’ Rattlers: Mojave basketball transforms into winner
    Dec. 19, 2014
    In Colin Darfour’s first season coaching the Mojave High basketball team, the Rattlers won five games. Three seasons later, the Rattlers are expected to contend for ...
  • Marshall's Rakeem Cato (12) runs the ball during an NCAA football game against Rice in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)
    Bowl Pick ’em Against the Spread Part 1
    Dec. 19, 2014
    An unintended, and perhaps unpredictable, benefit of the new college football playoff is a more balanced helping of bowl games. Plucking the top four teams into their own bracket has drastically altered the postseason landscape for the first time in 15 years. ...
  • Utah running back Bubba Poole (34) during warmups for an NCAA college football game against UCLA Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif.
    Bubba Poole adapting to new role with Utah ahead of Las Vegas Bowl
    Dec. 19, 2014
    Unease washed over James “Bubba” Poole a few times Wednesday afternoon as he trotted up and down the Bishop Gorman football field during one of Utah’s Las Vegas Bowl practices. Bad memories flooded, as the Cimarron-Memorial graduate hadn’t felt Gorman’s turf since the night that ended his high-school football career more than five years ago. ...
  • UCLA takes on Arizona State during their Pac-12 Basketball Tournament game Thursday, March 14, 2013, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Rebels’ first game on the Strip adds another local venue to their history
    Dec. 19, 2014
    That it took this long is a story all to itself, but on Saturday two Las Vegas institutions will finally meet when UNLV basketball plays its first-ever game on the Strip.The Rebels (7-2) are taking on No. 14 Utah (7-2) in the nightcap of the ...
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