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September 23, 2014

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  • 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.
  • UNLV forward Khem Birch dunks over Utah State guard Jo Jo McGlaston during their game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: This was a step in the right direction for UNLV basketball
    Jan. 22, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 62-42 victory tonight against visiting Utah State. It’s a step in the right direction. Sure, Utah State was missing a few key pieces and forced to play some younger player, but that should take nothing away from the UNLV win. The Rebels went on a 10-0 scoring run in the final 3:08 of the first half to take the lead for good.
  • Baseball coach Nick Grove and player Bryce Durham stand next to the baseball storage shed at Sunrise Mountain High School on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. At some point during the previous summer, the shed was broken into and almost everything was stolen.
    Sunrise Mountain baseball overwhelmed with community support after burglary, season saved
    Jan. 17, 2014
    Nick Grove can’t help feeling humbled by the support his high school baseball team received last week. My story on the Sunrise Mountain High School program having most of its gear stolen from an on-campus storage unit was posted for just a few hours last week on the Sun’s website when supporters starting reaching out to the school offering to help.
  • UNLV forward Chris Wood and UNR guard Jerry Evans Jr. collide during their Mountain West Conference game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Instant Analysis: Hey UNLV basketball, that was embarrassing
    Jan. 8, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 74-71 loss today against visiting UNR at the Thomas & Mack Center. Can’t believe I typed that sentence, as Reno snapped an eight-game losing skid to UNLV dating back to 2005.
  • UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones offers a different opinion to a referee after being called for a foul against Air Force during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Analysis: UNLV's inability to defend home floor hurts Mountain West chances
    Jan. 4, 2014
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 75-68 loss today against Air Force at the Thomas & Mack Center. Yes, the 14-point betting favorite Rebels lost to Air Force. And at home.
  • UNLV forward Roscoe Smith's face gets slapped by Mississippi State guard I.J. Ready during their Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic game Monday, Dec. 23 2013, at the Orleans Arena.
    Instant Analysis: What a difference a month makes for the UNLV basketball team
    Dec. 23, 2013
    UNLV topped Mississippi State 82-66 today in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic. While we were reminded tonight during Mississippi State’s brief second-half comeback that there is still work to be done, it’s obvious this isn’t the same UNLV basketball team as in mid-November. As crazy as it sounds, the Rebels have salvaged their season.
  • UNLV guard Deville Smith is defended by Santa Clara guard Jared Brownridge during their Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic game Sunday, Dec. 2013, at the Orleans Arena.
    Instant Analysis: Tough to find much wrong with UNLV's performance after win against Santa Clara
    Dec. 22, 2013
    Here are some observations from the UNLV basketball team’s 92-71 victory today against Santa Clara at the Orleans Arena. UNLV took care of a fourth straight opponent in convincing fashion, fighting off early resistance from Santa Clara before posting another lopsided win. All four opponents — the Rebels (7-4) also beat Southern Utah, Radford and Sacred Heart — are nothing to write home about, but that shouldn’t diminish the improved play.
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