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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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Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks
Friday, May 22, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Finkelstein and Rebels looking to go out on high note at NCAA Championships
Friday, 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.
Pair of Rebels receive league honors as UNLV baseball enters MW tournament
Wednesday, 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.
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
Monday, May 18, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Few sports are guaranteed funding as UNLV considers athlete stipends
Football, men's and women's basketball will receive the new benefit starting Aug. 1; other sports might receive partial funding or wait until 2016-17
Saturday, 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 ...
Boy, 7, lives dream as Gorman football player for a day
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Thaddeus Thatcher sat at his own locker inside Bishop Gorman’s facilities, donned a blue No. 1 jersey and emerged from an inflatable tunnel to lead the Gaels onto Fertitta Field while more than 1,000 people cheered on from the stands. It was everything the 7-year-old wished for ...
Pair of former Rebels drafted by Canadian Football League
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Former UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko has got options, and for a guy who wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft that’s a decent position to be in.
Incoming Rebel’s latest effort solidifies place as nation’s elite dunker
Derrick Jones’ windmill from the free-throw line at Mendenhall Center might surpass jumping over four people as his top highlight (so far)
Monday, May 11, 2015
UNLV signee Derrick Jones’ dunking ability is no secret, but what he did over the weekend might have taken him to another level ...
Rebels unveil plans for baseball facility to be completed by spring 2016
Monday, 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.
Junior college forward Bellot-Green picks UNLV over Colorado State
Monday, May 11, 2015
Last Wednesday, UNLV coach Dave Rice emphasized building a roster deep with versatile players who can play multiple positions. Today, the Rebels added ...
Back in Las Vegas, coach Mike Peck still developing young basketball talent
Peck built Findlay Prep into a national high school powerhouse before leaving for professional job in NBA D-League
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Last winter and spring, Mike Peck was coaching in the NBA D-League. Now he’s back in Southern Nevada, working with players on the Las Vegas Prospects team, and they're ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
Friday, May 8, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rice putting emphasis on versatility, depth for 2015-16 Rebels roster
Friday, May 8, 2015
This isn’t exactly new territory for coach Dave Rice and the Rebels. With the bulk of the previous season’s production out the door, Rice will rely on ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Walker transferring to Chaminade, could face UNLV in upcoming season
Monday, May 4, 2015
Dantley Walker decided to transfer out of the UNLV basketball program but he could still end up playing in a Rebels game during the 2015-16 season. The fan favorite chose ...
Alabama running back Tenpenny transferring to UNLV
Monday, May 4, 2015
UNLV football’s newest addition is a former four-star running back looking for a second chance after falling down the depth chart at Alabama. Altee Tenpenny announced today on his private Instagram account that he would transfer to the Rebels ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels
Monday, May 4, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Has UNLV basketball found its next hometown hero in Stephen Zimmerman?
Big man passed on the big programs to help turn around his hometown team
Monday, May 4, 2015
Stephen Zimmerman was wooed by college basketball’s elite programs, among them Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and Arizona. But the Bishop Gorman High School 7-foot center turned them ...
Transfer guard Nwamu commits to UNLV, eligible for 2015-16 season
Saturday, May 2, 2015
During Ike Nwamu’s first night in Reno, where the Mercer guard was taking his third and final official visit, one of the best available transfers on the market already had UNLV on his mind when he tweeted “Tuscan Leather..”
Several Rebels join NFL teams as free agents after going undrafted
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Multiple former Rebels have signed free agent deals with NFL teams after no UNLV player was drafted for the fifth straight year ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Las Vegas featured prominently in UNLV’s new football uniforms
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
From the moment he left Bishop Gorman High to take over at UNLV, Tony Sanchez has been set on rebranding the Rebels. That includes more openly embracing and selling Las Vegas to recruits, right down to the uniforms. Sanchez’s teams ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Three additional UNLV football games slated for national TV coverage
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Rebels’ first and last home games of the season will air on CBS Sports Network and they have one more chance at earning some national TV bonus money from the Mountain West, it was announced today ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Astros at San Diego Padres
Monday, April 27, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Desert Pines sophomore getting bigger in the recruiting world
Greg Floyd Jr., a 6-foot-7 guard, has scholarship offers from more than a dozen schools, including UNLV
Saturday, April 25, 2015
When you’re 6-foot-7 with the skillset of a guard, you won’t stay under the radar for long. Still, Desert Pines High sophomore Greg Floyd Jr. wasn’t quite expecting this. In the past couple of weeks, Floyd has picked up more than a dozen scholarship offers, including ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
UNLV sophomore Wood declaring for NBA Draft
The Rebels’ leading scorer, freshman Rashad Vaughn, and rebounder, Wood, both leave school early for the draft
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
What seemed like a foregone conclusion at the end of the regular season took longer than expected, but sophomore forward Christian Wood’s decision is still ...
Sanchez’s new approach will keep UNLV football active in off-season
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Bobby Hauck’s record made UNLV easy to ignore during the season, but his recruiting philosophy made the Rebels a complete afterthought in the off-season ...
Decker-Boyd connections highlight UNLV’s Spring Showcase
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Whether it’s a wink or a nod coming out of the huddle, sophomore receiver Devonte Boyd is finding himself on the same wavelength as senior quarterback Blake Decker more and more often these days ...
Sanchez travels back to Gorman to receive national award
Saturday, April 18, 2015
It takes about 20 minutes to travel from Tony Sanchez’s present to his past, something he did Friday for the first time since leaving Bishop Gorman High to become the 11th football coach in UNLV history. The accomplishment that brought him back felt much further away than that trek or the four and a half months ticked off on the calendar.
New-look Rebels on display for fans in Saturday’s Spring Showcase
Friday, April 17, 2015
The vast majority of the work the Rebels have accomplished in the spring will be complete by the time the vast majority of the public will first set eyes on coach Tony Sanchez’s first team at UNLV. That’s by design, because while no time on the practice field is without its benefits, Saturday’s Spring Showcase is more about continuing the program’s positive offseason outreach and trying to transfer the energy from the practice fields to the fans than perfecting the systems the Rebels have spent more than a month working on.
Zimm City: Bishop Gorman big man picks UNLV
Stephen Zimmerman's commitment vaults the Rebels' recruiting class into the top 10 for the second straight season
Thursday, April 16, 2015
After four years of fielding offers from every notable program in the country, Bishop Gorman High big man Stephen Zimmerman is going with ...
High-flying forward officially joins UNLV’s incoming recruiting class
Derrick Jones comes to the Rebels with a full highlight reel of dunks
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Small forward Derrick Jones dunked his way into UNLV fans’ hearts months ago. Today, the Philadelphia-area native signed his way there, putting pen to paper on a national letter of intent and officially becoming the Rebels’ ...
UNLV Athletics’ sale lets public dress like the Rebels on a budget
Thursday, April 16, 2015
You might not be able to play like a Rebel, but at least you can dress like one. And it doesn’t cost much, either.
Rebels will get bonus money for Friday night game at Fresno State
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
For the first time under the Mountain West’s revamped national TV bonus structure, UNLV is in line to get paid. The league today announced its slate of weekday games that ...
Transfer senior guard from Mercer visiting UNLV this weekend
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Findlay Prep product Nigel Williams-Goss won’t be the only transfer guard taking an official visit to UNLV this weekend. Mercer guard Ike Nwamu, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, will also be ...
Former Rebels commit Williams-Goss coming to UNLV for official visit
The Findlay Prep product is transferring after two years at Washington, where he averaged 15.6 points last season
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
UNLV will get the first chance to woo former Rebels commit Nigel Williams-Goss as the Washington transfer is coming to Las Vegas this weekend for an official visit. After leading the Huskies ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
Monday, April 13, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Sanchez, staff looking for ways to overcome UNLV’s depth issues
Friday, April 10, 2015
From the time the preseason was really churning at Bishop Gorman High at the end of July to UNLV’s spring break last week, UNLV coach Tony Sanchez guessed that he hadn’t spent two straight days without working. So while there’s still a mountain of work left to be done before Sanchez coaches his first college game, enjoying some time away from the offices was a priority for the entire coaching staff.
Vegas Play of the Day: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
UNLV’s offseason kicks into gear after Vaughn’s departure
The first part of the offseason for programs with future pros is the current stretch as underclassmen decide their futures
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Three years ago Mike Moser decided to stay. Two years ago Anthony Bennett decided to leave. Last year it was Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith declaring themselves eligible for the NBA Draft while leaving some college eligibility, in their case one season each, on the table ...
Freshman Vaughn announces he’s leaving UNLV to enter NBA Draft
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Saying he’s “following his heart,” UNLV freshman Rashad Vaughn announced this morning in a Youtube video that he’s leaving early to declare for the NBA Draft.
UNLV heading to Wichita State in renewed Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Rebels are heading back to the site of Dave Rice’s first career loss, and they have the Mountain West to thank for it.
Rice says he’s more excited than ever about future despite difficult season
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The end of the college basketball season is all about meetings. Meetings with players both staying and leaving, meetings with the coaching staff and meetings with the administration. Usually the latter is a formality, either congratulatory from the athletic director or explanation for how it will get better ...
Findlay Prep off to New York in search of first national title since 2012
The Pilots (28-2) are the No. 6 seed in the Dick's High School Nationals. Their first game airs Thursday at 9 a.m. Las Vegas time on ESPNU
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Amid all the changes at the top, Findlay Prep has kept on winning. Just how successful the Pilots have been with their fourth different coach in four seasons, though, depends on your perspective.
Walker will transfer while UNLV awaits official decisions from Vaughn, Wood
Monday, March 30, 2015
While awaiting official decisions from freshman Rashad Vaughn and sophomore Christian Wood, who are both considering leaving for the NBA Draft ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Louisiana Monroe at Loyola-Chicago
Monday, March 30, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...

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