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June 25, 2016

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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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T-Mobile Arena played major role in enticing NHL to Las Vegas
NHL executives rave over expansion team's new home on the Strip
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Before the puck could drop, ground had to break, and as Las Vegas celebrates its first-ever major-league franchise it’s important to note the role a privately financed arena made in making it all a reality. ...
Place your bets: Books already taking action on new NHL team
Las Vegas is 100-1 to win Stanley Cup in inaugural season of 2017-18
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Las Vegas (insert name here) don’t have a coach or a roster, but you can bet them at plus-150 at Station Casinos to win the first game in franchise history ...
Q+A: McCaw’s NBA dream could soon become reality
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The son of a coach and a librarian, former Rebel Pat McCaw is certainly a product of parentage. When the St. Louis native gets home he said he has a copy of Catcher in the Rye waiting, the next classic he plans to dig into.
UNLV’s Mountain West basketball schedule released
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The Mountain West announced its full slate of conference games this morning, including the tournament format, which will remain the same after officials originally decided to include only ...
Sport’s die-hards want to put Las Vegas on pickleball map
Sunday, June 19, 2016
About seven years ago, John Sloan was in St. George, Utah, when he first heard pickleball. Not heard of it, an explanation that would come later, but literally heard it, the little pops and pongs of paddle thwacking ball as teams dinked and slammed against one another on a court a quarter the size of tennis’ playing surface. “They were playing this sport that I had never seen before,” Sloan said. That sport has become …
Rebels’ game at USC moved up to 2018 season
Friday, June 17, 2016
UNLV’s trip to USC has been moved up one season to 2018, both schools announced today.
Dominance was the goal for Rebel golf team now entering hall of fame
Friday, June 17, 2016
Championship teams often have a turning point, a moment that must be conquered in order to realize the dream season. For the 1997-98 UNLV men’s golf team, it came early in the fall season.
Former Rebels facing uncertain future as NBA Draft approaches
Thursday, June 16, 2016
One week from tonight in Brooklyn, 60 players will be selected in the NBA Draft. Odds are that most of the eligible former Rebels who have entered won’t hear their name called, and projections for the two that likely will get drafted are all over the map.
Kansas, Duke and Oregon highlight UNLV’s nonconference games
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Kansas at home and Duke on the Strip highlight UNLV’s 2016-17 nonconference basketball slate, which the Rebels released this afternoon.
Bern’s-Eye View: Las Vegas’ pro franchise dream now an unofficial reality
One more vote must be passed, but the NHL is likely coming to town, and the work must begin immediately
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
It’s not quite official, sure, but no one’s going to stop you from celebrating all the same. Tuesday’s report from the Associated Press confirmed what’s been apparent for some time now: Next week Las Vegas will get an NHL expansion team, the city’s first major-league sports franchise.
Pair of locals selected for USA Basketball U17 competition
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Centennial High senior Troy Brown and former Findlay Prep guard Markus Howard both made the 12-man roster for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team, it was announced today.
Grad transfer joins Rebels, eligible immediately
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Rebels have added more experience and their roster is nearly complete as this morning UNLV announced that St. John’s transfer Christian Jones has signed a financial aid agreement.
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 5
Monday, June 13, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Local pitchers selected by same team in MLB Draft
Friday, June 10, 2016
The Tampa Bay Rays selected pitchers from the Las Vegas area in back-to-back rounds of today’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Rebels’ workouts focused on finding new limits
Friday, June 10, 2016
Strength and conditioning coach Keith Belton prefers to be in constant motion, so that means the same is expected of his players ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: Stanley Cup Finals Game 4
Monday, June 6, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Raiders owner says securing public funds key to bringing team to Las Vegas
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis made another appearance in Las Vegas on Friday night, and consistent with his comments over the past ...
Football notebook: Former Rebel signs with Chargers; additional TV info
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Former UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko has signed with the San Diego Chargers, the team announced today.
Rebels add another piece in junior transfer guard
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The Rebels’ roster is one man closer to completion as today UNLV announced the signing of transfer guard Jovan Mooring. Mooring, who will be eligible immediately with two years remaining, comes to UNLV …
Vegas Play of the Day: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
UNLV football receives record donation
Friday, May 27, 2016
An anonymous donor made the biggest contribution to UNLV football in program history, the university announced today. The donor gave UNLV $2 million specifically earmarked for football, just the third seven-figure donation the program has ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Focus on debate, not pageantry in stadium discussion
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The banners and balloons won’t be necessary at today’s Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meeting at UNLV. Cold, hard numbers will do ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
Monday, May 23, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Sun Standouts: Awards honor some of Southern Nevada’s best and brightest in high school sports
Monday, May 23, 2016
We honor the best in high school sports, with categories such as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Team of the Year, Support Staff of the Year, Moment of the Year, Game of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rising Star and the inaugural Hank Greenspun Lifetime Achievement Award.
Male Athlete of the Year: Nick Quintana had 15 home runs in 89 at-bats for Arbor View
Monday, May 23, 2016
A top-100 prospect, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound shortstop has signed with Arizona but will likely have a decision to make about going professional after June’s Major League Baseball Draft.
Moment of the Year: Desert Oasis team manager makes most of playing time
Monday, May 23, 2016
“We broke 21 school records,” coach Ryan Fretz said. “But when these boys grow up and no matter where I am, when we look back this is going to be that one memory from the season.”
Vegas Play of the Day: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Jeter ready for new start at UNLV after difficult ending at UW-Milwaukee
Thursday, May 19, 2016
After an 11-year tenure at UW-Milwaukee abruptly ended in March, Rob Jeter took a little time to figure his next step. Turned out a few weeks of full-time duty checking off the honey-do list at home was all he needed to get the coaching juices flowing again, so when he started figuring out job opportunities the process went rather quickly.
UNLV basketball notches 3 more commitments
A freshman, a transfer and a grad transfer are heading to the Rebels
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
On Tuesday night during a meet and greet at Born and Raised in Henderson, UNLV basketball coach Marvin Menzies told a bar full of supporters to expect some news soon about ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
Monday, May 16, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat
Friday, May 13, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Another Chicago player commits to Rebels; big man schedules visit
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Rebels picked up their second commit out of Illinois this week as shooting guard Zion Morgan this morning announced his decision …
Backman and the 51s get NL title rings, keep on rolling
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman has the same job title for the fourth straight season, but there’s a difference in the job description this time around for the man leading the New York Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.
Forward from Chicago commits to UNLV
Monday, May 9, 2016
The Rebels’ roster continues to grow as 6-foot-7 forward Ben Coupet announced his commitment on Twitter this morning. The Chicago native was in Las Vegas for an official visit over the weekend.
Vegas Play of the Day: Golden State Warriors at Portland Trailblazers
Monday, May 9, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
UNLV’s golf, tennis programs take center stage with league titles
Men and women’s golf, men and women’s tennis teams all won Mountain West championships, a first in league history
Friday, May 6, 2016
The omelet bar would have to wait, because the UNLV men’s golf team didn’t want a mess of plates messing up the shot when the Golf Channel cut to them Thursday morning sitting around table at the Las Vegas Country Club.
Menzies completes coaching staff at UNLV
Thursday, May 5, 2016
UNLV men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies has rounded out his coaching staff with Rob Jeter and Eric Brown, multiple sources confirmed. Jeter was the coach for 11 years at ...
Menzies, reunited with Kruger for good cause, seizes chance to mingle with fans
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Marvin Menzies hasn’t had much time to go out in the Las Vegas community since taking over UNLV’s basketball program. Building a roster from nearly the ground up has, understandably, taken priority. So when the opportunity came to appear with ...
UNLV’s Ben Carter leaving for Michigan State
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Ben Carter will spend his final collegiate season at Michigan State, he announced on Twitter today. Carter is on pace to graduate and will be eligible immediately for ...
Bern’s Eye View: NHL to L.V. still seems likely, but time running thin
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
This might be the month Las Vegas gets its first big-league sports franchise. If it does finally happen, those who have been waiting should be happy that prospective NHL team owner Bill Foley didn’t know what he was getting into with the league that has seemingly ...
UNLV basketball lands another commit in 6-foot-11 Africa native
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Rebels have another piece in place as big man Cheickna Dembele today committed to the program, multiple sources confirmed. Listed at 6-foot-11 and 220 pounds, Dembele was also getting interest from Michigan State and …
Additional UNLV football games selected for national TV
Friday, April 29, 2016
The Rebels will have two more chances to earn TV bonus money against their two main rivals, it was announced today. The Mountain West released the remainder of its ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Junior college guard is Menzies’ first commit at UNLV
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Guard Kris Clyburn will be new UNLV coach Marvin Menzies’ first incoming player, the program announced today. Clyburn, listed at 6-foot-6, comes from Ranger (Community) College in Ranger, Texas, and he will have three years of ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trailblazers
Monday, April 25, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels game at Boise State will air on ESPN2
Monday, April 25, 2016
UNLV will appear on ESPN2 when it travels to Boise State, it was announced today. The Rebels will kick off at 6 or 6:30 p.m. Las Vegas time on Friday, Nov. 18, in Boise, one of 10 non-Saturday games the Mountain West Conference revealed TV information for this morning.
Switching sides: Former Rebels coach Dave Rice joins staff at UNR
Monday, April 25, 2016
Former UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice was fired from his dream job on Jan. 10. Now, he returns to coaching in the state of Nevada, and part of his new job will be making the in-state rivalry a nightmare for the Rebels. UNR will hire Rice for ...
With 5-year, $3.7 million contract approved, UNLV coach says it’s time to work
Friday, April 22, 2016
Standing in the Mendenhall Center gym, Marvin Menzies listed some of the programs that have told him thanks, but no thanks. Tulsa. Colorado State. Even Texas Tech, which provided the most bizarre ...

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