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  • UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy answers questions from local TV crews at a media luncheon on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 at Ferraro's Italian Restaurant.
    Small gains theme of Kunzer-Murphy’s state of the Rebels address
    Aug. 18, 2015
    UNLV Athletics finished the most recent annual budget with a surplus for the first time in years and the ongoing plans for an on-campus football practice facility remains the department’s top priority, according to Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.
  • Sydney Dockendorf, 6, returns a ball as instructor J.C. Pauli watches during a United States Tennis Association youth clinic at Macy’s court in Summerlin.
    Long removed from heyday with pro events, Las Vegas still loves tennis
    July 19, 2015
    Recreationally, participation numbers have steadily increased. Membership in USTA-Nevada has grown by 30 percent over the past five years, said Ryan Wolfington, the group’s executive director. There are about 25,000 players in Southern Nevada, 4,300 of whom are registered with the association. About 7,000 play in association leagues. Officials rave about more than the participation numbers. In 12 years, the area went from having two nationally ranked juniors to 100. That’s due largely to the emergence of the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club and the Marty Hennessy Junior Tennis Foundation ...
  • Rancho High product Marty Barrett was selected first in 1979 by the Boston Red Sox.
    From Barrett to Bryant: A look at L.V. prospects picked in first round of MLB Draft
    June 9, 2015
    Thanks to the big leaguers Kris Bryant, Joey Gallo and Bryce Harper enjoying breakout seasons, our youth baseball scene is finally starting to get credit nationally. Here’s a look at first-round draft picks — including the compensation round — in local history ...
  • Tony Sanchez fist bumps with UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy after he is announced as the new UNLV football team head coach in the Stan Fulton Building ballroom on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
    UNLV football in much better APR position than a year ago
    May 27, 2015
    A year after its initial score had the Rebels banned from the postseason, UNLV’s football program brought its multiyear Academic Progress Rate score to the second-highest point since the APR was instituted in 2003, according to the NCAA.
  • UNLV senior Dana Finkelstein won three straight Mountain West Golfer of the Year and has a chance to leave the Rebels with the all-time lowest scoring average.
    Finkelstein and Rebels looking to go out on high note at NCAA Championships
    May 22, 2015
    The origin of Dana Finkelstein, great collegiate golfer, started early in her UNLV career, when the 5-foot-2 native of Chandler, Ariz., added muscle to her frame that resulted in extra distance on her drives. Adding the yardage to compete with bigger competitors was a necessary development, and paired with her abilities away from the tee box it helped create the player who recently won Mountain West Golfer of the Year for the third straight year.
  • Catcher Erik VanMeetren is shown during UNLV baseball practice at Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The UNLV baseball team hosts Nebraska to open the season on Friday.
    Pair of Rebels receive league honors as UNLV baseball enters MW tournament
    May 20, 2015
    A pair of UNLV baseball's locals picked up honors from the Mountain West this morning as catcher Erik VanMeetren and pitcher Kenny Oakley were named to the league’s first and second teams, respectively.
  • UNLV athletic director  Tina Kunzer-Murphy cheers the Rebels on during their game against UNR Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Mackay Stadium in Reno. UNLV defeated UNR 27-22 to reclaim the Fremont Cannon.
    Few sports are guaranteed funding as UNLV considers athlete stipends
    May 16, 2015
    Change is everywhere at UNLV Athletics. Physical changes have the department plotting out the possible ways to pay for the rising cost of staying relevant in national recruiting ...
  • A rendering of the Anthony and Lyndy Marnell III Baseball Clubhouse, UNLV's $2.75 million two-story building that will be located along the first-base line inside Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
    Rebels unveil plans for baseball facility to be completed by spring 2016
    May 11, 2015
    A relationship going back more than 25 years helped lead to the development that UNLV baseball coach Tim Chambers has been talking about adding since he took the job five seasons ago.
  • Chase Maddux poses with his parents Greg and Kathy Maddux during a signing day ceremony at Bishop Gorman High School Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Chase Maddux signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for UNLV. T .
    Chase Maddux, son of Greg, will bring familiar pitching style to UNLV
    April 16, 2015
    The similarities are obvious for Bishop Gorman High baseball coach Gino DiMaria. Gorman senior pitcher Chase Maddux stands 6 feet, 2 inches and weighs about 140 pounds. And when he delivers a pitch to the plate, it reminds DiMaria of ...
  • Coach Tim Chambers laughs during UNLV baseball practice at Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The UNLV baseball team hosts Nebraska to open the season on Friday.
    UNLV baseball coach to miss time with back surgery, plans to return this season
    March 11, 2015
    The UNLV baseball team's respected coach will undergo a second procedure on his back this week, forcing him to miss an undisclosed amount of time in the dugout, the university announced today. ...
  • Victor Hecker coaches swimming five days a week at Desert Breeze Pool in Las Vegas.
    Lap by lap, 80-year-old master coach keeps his students young
    March 8, 2015
    By the time the sun peeks through the windows at Desert Breeze Pool, Victor Hecker’s swimmers have logged hundreds of laps. With a stopwatch hanging from his pocket, Hecker quickly rattles off times for the 30 or so swimmers. He knows each one’s strengths and weaknesses, and he has a plan to make them swim faster. The Las Vegas Masters adult swim team trains each weekday morning under Hecker’s watchful eye, listening carefully to ...
  • Coach Tim Chambers calls out to players during UNLV baseball practice at Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The UNLV baseball team hosts Nebraska to open the season on Friday.
    UNLV baseball set attendance mark, has memorable opening series
    Feb. 17, 2015
    This is the type of environment UNLV baseball coach Tim Chambers envisioned when he became the Rebels’ coach five seasons ago. The line of fans waiting to get into Earl E. Wilson Stadium ...
  • The CSN softball team players wait their turns to bat during practice at the Russell Road Sports Complex on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
    Play like a girl: A look at how women’s sports, athletes thrive in Las Vegas
    Feb. 16, 2015
    Despite their many successes, women athletes aren’t celebrated as frequently or passionately as male players. However, female athletes in the valley are working hard, breaking records, wowing fans and winning games. Here, are a few of them ...
  • Coach Tim Chambers laughs during UNLV baseball practice at Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The UNLV baseball team hosts Nebraska to open the season on Friday.
    Local talent will fuel Rebels baseball as they begin 2015 season
    Feb. 13, 2015
    This year’s UNLV baseball team is the closest thing yet to what coach Tim Chambers had in mind when he left the College of Southern Nevada to take the helm at UNLV in 2011. That’s because the roster is filled with 16 players from across the Las Vegas Valley, many of them guys Chambers has coached or monitored in other capacities for years.
  • UNLV forward Salvador Bernal dribbles past UMKC defender Chris Betancourt on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.
    Being drafted into MLS might involve more than soccer talent for UNLV product Bernal
    Jan. 15, 2015
    Whenever Salvador Bernal got the ball last fall for the UNLV soccer team, good things seemed to happen. Bernal led the Rebels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988 to cap his storied Rebel career, becoming the first in program history to be a first-team, all-league selection in all four seasons. Bernal hopes to bring a similar excitement to a Major League Soccer franchise ...
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