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April 23, 2014

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  • Martrel Johnson
    Former Durango basketball star not quitting in fight for donated kidney
    April 19, 2014
    Martrel Johnson could have done anything he wanted on the basketball court. Against any opponent. “We called him the man child,” says Al La Rocque, his former coach at Durango High. “When he came in as a freshman ...
  • The Loan Writers huddle after their game as Silverado Little League hosts Challenger Little League day Saturday, April 12, 2014.
    This day of Little League baseball is something to remember
    April 17, 2014
    Little League is one part of childhood that, win or lose or tie, you never forget about participating in. You remember eating at McDonald’s after the game, playing catch with dad in the backyard and riding your bike to practice. Thanks to a group of ballplayers, I was reacquainted ...
  • UNLV coach Dave Rice calls a timeout against Fresno State, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 75-73 in overtime.
    UNLV is lucky Dave Rice decided to stay
    March 29, 2014
    A coach that severely underachieved this past basketball season is getting a pay raise from financially strapped UNLV. And Dave Rice is worth every penny ...
  • Canyon Springs hitter Rashaad Jones waits for a pitch during their game against Western Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The Pioneers wore pink jerseys for the game for cancer awareness and to honor parents of two of the players who died from cancer in the past year.
    For 3 teammates, baseball diamond a refuge from tragedy
    March 20, 2014
    Canyon Springs seniors Rashaad Jones, Isiah Carter and Joe Jackson III each had a parent die in the past year, giving new meaning to their afternoons of baseball. The diamond has become a place to take their mind off their respective tragedies, using the time together to ...
  • UNLV forward Roscoe Smith dunks on San Diego State during their Mountain West Conference semifinal game Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The #8 ranked San Diego State Aztecs won 59-51 to advance to the finals.
    Instant Analysis: Another season of shortcomings almost in the books for UNLV
    March 14, 2014
    San Diego State is the best team in the Mountain West, and behind Arizona of the Pac-12, one of the West Coast’s top programs. UNLV, sadly, isn’t in the conversation.
  • UNLV forward Khem Birch defends Wyoming forward Kerek Cooke Jr. during their Mountain West Conference tournament game Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: A win is a win in March, but UNLV scored few style points with victory
    March 13, 2014
    Thankfully for UNLV, style points don’t matter at this point of the season. It’s all about surviving and advancing, which the Rebels successfully did despite a first half of blunders and nearly blowing a double-digit second-half lead against Wyoming in the Mountain West quarterfinals. And UNLV would gladly take another ugly win when...
  • UNLV coach Dave Rice talks to Bryce Dejean-Jones in a game against Colorado State, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 78-70.
    UNLV basketball’s best chance to win is with Dejean-Jones in the lineup
    March 11, 2014
    The Rebels must have Bryce Dejean-Jones’ unquestioned ability on the court to have a fighting chance of winning this week’s Mountain West Conference tournament. The recently suspended junior wing has been cleared to play after an episode of self-absorbed immaturity, but can he bounce back to lead UNLV in a spirit of unselfishness?
  • Rancho football players take part in a drill during practice Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
    Why high school sports are broken in Nevada and one way to fix the problem
    March 7, 2014
    The Rancho High football team hasn’t won a game since 2011 and in the past two seasons has been outscored 1,004-82. The Rams’ basketball team has a 9-38 record in the past two seasons and is 0-20 in league games. But when realignment is discussed in March, Rancho isn't likely to get a reprieve because ...
  • UNLV forward Carlos Lopez Sosa reacts after they scored a three point shot against San Diego State during their Mountain West Conference game Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Aztecs won 73-64.
    Instant Analysis: UNLV squanders another chance on its home court, falls to better San Diego State team
    March 5, 2014
    The Rebels missed a golden opportunity by blowing another second-half lead in their own building. It would have been their best win of the season.
  • Shawney Gainey, left, covers a teammate during practice at Desert Pines High School Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
    This 8-win basketball team never quit, earns unlikely spot at state
    Feb. 26, 2014
    They won just six regular season games, took fourth in their league and were outscored by an average of 16 points per game. The Desert Pines High girls basketball team had the type of season you’d expect with a first-year coach and a starting lineup of three sophomores and a freshman. So how, exactly, did such a squad win a berth in this week’s Division I-A state tournament in Reno?
  • Longtime Eldorado soccer coach Gerald Pentsil sits for a portrait Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
    Why a state championship won't change this veteran coach's approach
    Feb. 15, 2014
    Eldorado High’s Gerald Pentsil had been offered other soccer coaching and teaching positions numerous times. Some came from schools with more resources or in a perceived better part of Southern Nevada. But Pentsil was never tempted to leave, knowing his home is a place that needs him most — at-risk Eldorado in northeast Las Vegas. He’s been an earth science teacher and soccer coach at Eldorado since 1988, making him one of the state’s longest-tenured coaches.
  • UNLV forward Chris Wood gets tangled up with Wyoming guard Charles Hankerson Jr. during their game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: UNLV's win wasn't pretty, but style points don't matter
    Feb. 8, 2014
    The sky is no longer falling for the Rebels. Winning a closely contested game against Wyoming is a great bounce-back win after a lackluster performance earlier in the week at Colorado State.
  • Canyon Springs football players, from left, defensive back Raequan Bascombe, linebacker Isiah Carter, defensive lineman Rayshawn Henderson, running back Zaviontay Stevenson and defensive back A.J. Cooper.
    Blog: He lost his mom to breast cancer this season, never quit fighting
    Feb. 5, 2014
    The library at Canyon Springs High in North Las Vegas was so packed with supporters on national signing day, officials had to bring in more chairs to accommodate the crowd. The ceremony, during which seven football players signed their letter of intent to different levels of college football, quickly became emotional. Coach Hunkie Cooper delivered a powerful speech that left most in tears.
  • Super Bowl XLVIII proposition bets are posted on an electronic display board at the LVH Superbook on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
    Super Bowl prop bet report card: How Tarvaris Jackson's Super Bowl cameo helped win bet
    Feb. 3, 2014
    While most of the world had little interest Sunday in the second half of Super Bowl 48, with the Seattle Seahawks holding a commanding lead, those with prop bets continued to follow the action closely. A prop bet gives you action on literally every play, which is something witnessed in Super Bowl 48. The Sun’s three sports writers each took six prop bets — one wager lost on the first play from scrimmage; another was cashed with less than two minutes to play when the outcome was long decided.
  • UNLV forward Carlos Lopez-Sosa dunks on Boise State during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV notched a 73-69 come from behind victory.
    Instant Analysis: UNLV saves its best for last against Boise State
    Feb. 1, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 73-69 victory today against visiting Boise State. Just when it appeared the Rebels were going to lose another home game, they did the unexpected. They rallied. They showed they still had some fight left in this season, erasing a double-digit second-half deficit — in the final few minutes, mind you — for arguably their best win of the season.
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