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July 28, 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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Vegas Play of the Day: Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins
Thursday, July 28, 2016
I’m late to the party but the Orioles have hit the under in 15 straight games, and tonight I’ll see if there’s any more track out in front of this low-scoring train.
Deeper Rebels looking to build on the positives of 2015 season
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Ultimately, UNLV’s 2015 football season was about marginal improvements. The Rebels won the Fremont Cannon, cleared the low bar of two victories and ...
Mountain West commissioner weighs in on expansion talks
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Mountain West Conference could lose teams to expansion or add more members, but the bottom line is no one’s sure how the current shakeup will play out. That was the message from Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson’s address at this year’s league football media days at the Cosmopolitan.
UNLV football weight-lifting video goes viral
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
One thing’s for sure, Keith Belton knows how to throw a party. UNLV football’s director of strength and conditioning injected a lot of life into the Rebels’ workouts when ...
Boyd on preseason All-Mountain West team; Rebels picked 5th in division
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
For the second straight year, UNLV junior receiver Devonte Boyd was named to the preseason All-Mountain West team, the league announced this morning from its media days at the Cosmopolitan.
MGM vows changes after T-Mobile ticketing issue caused delays, long lines
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Since opening in April on the Strip, T-Mobile Arena has had a relatively smooth entry into the event game in Las Vegas. The first major hiccup came Friday night, when a slew of issues combined to leave many people standing outside in 100-plus degree heat while the USA Basketball vs. Argentina exhibition game was taking place ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
Monday, July 25, 2016
The Cubs just bolstered their World Series-favorite lineup with closer Aroldis Chapman. Meanwhile, the White Sox just suspended their best pitcher because he threw a temper tantrum and cut up a jersey.
Las Vegas product Pumphrey has San Diego State football thinking big
Sunday, July 24, 2016
College recruiters may not have considered Donnel Pumphrey a major prospect, but his play for the Aztecs has proven them wrong. This year, he and his team are setting the bar high.
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros
Friday, July 22, 2016
The Angels have won six straight, and starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker is looking to build on the 13-striekout, complete game shutout he tossed last week against the Chicago White Sox.
UNLV-Duke matchup will conjure up plenty of early-'90s nostalgia
Friday, July 22, 2016
Since the last time UNLV and Duke met on the court, the Rebels have had nine different full-time head coaches. As the teams look ahead to their first meeting since 1991 ...
Centennial's Brown focused on being a leader during final live period
Thursday, July 21, 2016
A couple of weeks ago the Las Vegas Prospects had a rough showing at the Nike Peach Jam, and after a little bounce back in Milwaukee they were looking to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Las Vegas Summer League Championship
Monday, July 18, 2016
It’s been a nice tournament run at the Las Vegas Summer League for Minnesota, which went 0-3 in pool play before ripping off four straight victories as the last-place seed.
Jones eager to jump-start next step in his basketball career
Also, former Rebels Christian Wood and Anthony Bennett each sign two-year NBA deals
Friday, July 15, 2016
Derrick Jones Jr.’s career at UNLV came to a sudden stop, and an ill-timed injury has delayed a portion of his next step. But now that he’s been cleared to practice, the Chester, Pa., native is focused more on the future than the things that have kept him off the court.
Take 5: New GM expounds on philosophy behind building Vegas' franchise
Thursday, July 14, 2016
At his introductory news conference, George McPhee took a page out of the UNLV coaching textbook. When asked about style of play, the new general manager promised ...
Foley tabs former Capitals leader to be Vegas team's first GM
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Citing his vast knowledge and experience after more than three decades in professional hockey, Las Vegas NHL team owner Bill Foley today announced George McPhee as the organization’s first general manager. McPhee, 58, most recently worked as ...
Former Rebels enjoy little battles during NBA Summer League
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
As he ran down the court after a Philadelphia free throw in the first half, former Rebel Christian Wood hitched up his 76ers shorts. The string worked just fine, but a quick-handed culprit had tugged them down a tad during the free throw.
Former Rebel on a tear entering Las Vegas NBA Summer League
Friday, July 8, 2016
No matter what you thought about his effort level, former Rebel Christian Wood could always produce on the court. As the Las Vegas Summer League begins today on UNLV’s campus, there will be a lot of eyes on ...
Greg Maddux to join UNLV baseball as volunteer assistant
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Hall of Famer Greg Maddux will join the UNLV baseball program next season as a volunteer assistant, Rebels coach Stan Stolte announced today. Maddux, who retired in 2008, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 after a 23-year career that saw him win ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The high-scoring Cardinals are on a bit of an offensive drought, scoring two runs in four of their last eight games.
Former Rebel keeping busy chasing down LPGA status
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Former Rebel Dana Finkelstein is in her first season of professional golf. And one of the first things she had to figure out about this stage of her career is which airline would best help her budget-conscious pursuit of a full LPGA Tour card.
Summer League has become Las Vegas' NBA franchise
Monday, July 4, 2016
Over the past five years, attendance for NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas has nearly doubled to more than 100,000. And during what’s usually a slow business month in Las Vegas, Las Vegas Events pegs the total economic impact of last year’s Summer League at $29.5 million, with expectations that ...
Rebels hope work in the kitchen will help their work on the field
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Inside a cramped room that used to house random pads, weights and any other equipment lying around in the way, the Rebels are fueling up. The menu calls for eggs, and plenty of them.
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.”

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