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September 26, 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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Rebels take step back with 33-30 overtime loss at home to Idaho
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
The type of game that was supposed to be behind UNLV played out in strikingly familiar fashion Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium. The key difference is that Idaho won’t drop down to Division I-AA for two years, so for now this is just a regular …
Blog: Rebels fall to Idaho 33-30 in overtime
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Idaho’s Matt Linehan hit Callen Hightower streaking across the middle and Hightower snuck into the end zone for the game-winning score, handing UNLV a 33-30 overtime loss tonight at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Vegas Play of the Day: TCU at SMU
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
TCU has gone over in each of its first three games, but all of those totals were set at less than 60. I think this is too far of a jump up in large part because I don’t think SMU is going to be able to hold up its end of the bargain.
Boyd and receivers working to do their part in UNLV's passing game
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Receivers and quarterbacks were the last ones on the field following Wednesday’s UNLV practice at Rebel Park. After two weeks of errant throws compounded by dropped passes, they all wanted some extra time to try to get the passing game moving forward.
Hockey team announces 20-year lease for Summerlin practice facility
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Las Vegas’ first major professional sports franchise will have a 20-year ground lease for its practice facility in Summerlin, it was ...
Palandech returns to No. 2 quarterback spot ahead of Idaho matchup
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Kurt Palandech is back up to No. 2 on the quarterback depth chart, but there are no immediate plans to work him into Saturday’s game, coach Tony Sanchez said Tuesday afternoon. The Rebels are home this weekend to host Idaho with kickoff at 6 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium and the game streaming on MWN/
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
I was originally leaning towards the under in tonight’s Monday Night Football game in Chicago primarily because of turnovers. But the more I think about it the more I expect one or two of those giveaways to lead directly to points, which should push this think up to the 45-50 point range.
5 Rebels to root for: UNLV has stars in volleyball, soccer, cross country and golf
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
Bree Hammel, Susie Bernal, John Oda, Danny Musovski and Spencer Moore aren’t scoring touchdowns or dunking basketballs, but they are UNLV athletes worth watching this fall.
Rebels fall completely flat in a 44-21 loss at Central Michigan
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Sometimes, the saying goes, a player can be too open. Running completely free in the secondary gives a guy too much time to think about the play he’s obviously going to make, and he …
Blog: Central Michigan dominates UNLV 44-21
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush set a stadium record with six passing touchdowns and the Rebels devolved in all three facets as the game wore on, losing 44-21 today at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
UNLV's Greene a good weapon to have at Central Michigan
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Four times against UCLA, the Rebels’ offense faced third or fourth down with only one yard to go. Four times did they convert, and the answer was the same each play: fifth-year backup running back David Greene.
Vegas Play of the Day: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
It’s important not to overreact to Week 1 results when you’re looking at the Week 2 slate, and tonight’s game seems like a good opportunity to capitalize on books’ overreaction.
New 'heartbeat of UNLV football': Fertittas give $10M for training complex
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
Tony Sanchez didn’t know anything about the Fertitta family the first time he spoke to brothers Frank and Lorenzo, who recently sold the UFC for $4 billion. It was in 2009 when ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
It’s my turn again on a non-football night, which means I’m going to continue to mine the Royals for fictional gold.
Targeting penalty derails Rebels in attempt to upset UCLA at Rose Bowl
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
It happened in an instant. By the time UNLV senior safety Kenny Keys got to his feet to celebrate what he thought was a great stop on third down, three flags were descending onto the Rose Bowl field. After falling behind 28-7 in the first half, the Rebels …
Blog: Rebels fight back but come up short, losing 42-21 at UCLA
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
Senior safety Kenny Keys was flagged and ejected for a targeting penalty that enabled UCLA to keep a touchdown drive alive, and from my view the call was complete bull.
Martell leads Gorman to impressive 35-20 victory at St. John Bosco
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
The players took a knee surrounding Bishop Gorman High coach Kenny Sanchez in a semicircle. He quieted the group for a postgame message, and before uttering any words Sanchez pumped his fist and yelled …
UNLV running back looking to use size to his advantage at UCLA
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Seven inches. That’s the average difference in height between UNLV starting running back Lexington Thomas and the Rebels’ offensive line, assuming Thomas stacks up to his listed 5-foot-9.
UNLV basketball will have at least a dozen national TV games
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
UNLV basketball will appear on TV at least 12 times this season, the Mountain West announced this morning. The league released its full slate of national TV and streaming appearances, and UNLV ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
Let’s ride the wave: Kansas City has gone over the total in nine of the last 10, and that should continue against the Twins.
Underdog Rebels preparing for UCLA's new offense
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said a cousin sent him a text message about the big game this week at UCLA, and Sanchez’s response was straight out of ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016
Kansas City’s bid for a playoff spot took a significant hit with three straight losses and four out of seven, but the Twins are the cure for what ails most teams this season.
New QB Stanton delights in Rebels' 63-13 shellacking of Jackson State
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
The first pass of Johnny Stanton’s UNLV career was a touchdown. So was the third, and the eighth one, too. It was that kind of night for the Rebels, who scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes en route to a 63-13 bludgeoning …
Four-star forward joins UNLV's 2016 recruiting class
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
With a surprise addition during the first week of classes, Marvin Menzies’ first recruiting class at UNLV is complete. Four-star power …
Blog: Rebels cruise to 63-13 victory against Jackson State
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
The only question left is the final score. UNLV scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes, and towards the end of the third quarter they scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in even less time.
UNLV not among Big 12 expansion candidates
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
The Big 12 has whittled down its list of potential expansion teams and, as expected, UNLV was not among them.
Rebels aiming to open season with a win for first time since 2009
Junior quarterback Johnny Stanton will make first career Division I start against Jackson State
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
The last time UNLV won its opening game, Tony Sanchez was beginning his first year at Bishop Gorman High. Over the last 20 years, the Rebels are 5-15 in their first game of the season, and for the third time in program history an entire class of players has graduated without ever starting a season 1-0.
Vegas Play of the Day: New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
The Royals are red hot lately, but since starter Kansas City Dillon Gee has struggled you can get a good price on the team that’s won 12 of the last 14 and eight of nine at home.
UNLV Athletics bracing for difficult budget situation this year
The Rebels finished with a balanced budget for a second straight year, but that's unlikely to continue
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
UNLV Athletics has reported a balanced budget for the second straight year, although athletics director Tina Kunzer-Murphy is already projecting a probable shortfall for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Three things in particular helped UNLV’s total revenues: an extra …
Expectations high for Las Vegas High football
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Las Vegas High’s defense has one thing in common with the Wildcats’ opponents this year: they know how hard it is to tackle ...
Canyon Springs building foundation for successes
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
First-year Canyon Springs High football coach Gus McNair isn’t taking his new gig for granted. He knows ...
Rancho football anxious to continue its rebirth
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
After snapping a 30-game losing streak with three victories last season, the Rams have their eyes on even more ...
Eldorado making improvements, confident it will contend for playoff berth
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
It starts with the participation numbers, which Cutts said is up over 100. Eldorado’s coaches have been able to achieve that by ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Miami Marlins
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Before losing Wednesday’s game in Miami, the Royals had won nine straight and 14 out of 16.
Valley football gets back to basics in search of wins
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
The Valley High football team’s losing streak goes back to 2013, so second-year coach George Baker came up with a simple plan ...
UNLV walk-on earns full scholarship ahead of season opener
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
Dalton Baker had no idea it was coming. After UNLV’s mock game at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night, coach Tony Sanchez told his team to watch the video board so they could see ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland at Oakland
Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Both quarterbacks expected to play in UNLV's season opener
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016
Darius Mouton intercepted the pass near one sideline, worked his way up the other and toppled into the middle of the opposite end zone, covering about 99 yards north-south and at least that much east-west as he weaved his way down the field.
Rebels close out Bahamas trip with 15-point victory
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Sophomore guard Jalen Poyser scored 28 points and the Rebels wrapped up their exhibition tour in the Bahamas this afternoon with a 102-87 victory against the Providence Storm.
Cunningham advances to Olympic high jump finals on Saturday
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Bishop Gorman High grad Vashti Cunningham cleared 1.94 meters (about 6-feet-4 1/4) on her final jump to advance to Saturday’s women’s high jump finals at the Rio Olympic Games.
Rebels feel like they've figured out their pressure problem
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
Dead last. That’s where UNLV’s paltry nine sacks ranked in the country last season. Out of 128 teams, 127 managed ...
Rebels notch 21-point win in 2nd Bahamas exhibition game
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016
UNLV went into halftime with an 11-point lead and doubled that in the first two and a half minutes of the second half, cruising to a 106-85 victory against the CTG Knights on Tuesday afternoon. The Rebels will wrap up their Bahamas exhibition tour Thursday at …
Rebels drop opening game of exhibition tour in Bahamas
UNLV makes mistakes at the end, loses 80-79 to the University of Toronto
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016
Mistakes are expected in August basketball, and it was the Rebels’ errors that cost them a victory in their first exhibition game in the Bahamas this afternoon. UNLV’s game against the University of Toronto was ...
Vegas NHL team goes back to drawing board in search of nickname
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
Las Vegas’ first professional sports franchise might not be as close to a name as it appeared on Thursday. After reports came ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer seems like a dude who really cares about winning in the preseason.
Big things expected from Lotulelei and deeper linebacker corps
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
Tau Lotulelei is preparing for the season as a leader in a position group that looks a lot different from last year. There’s experience with Lotulelei, but additions or improvements to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago Cubs
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
In the unofficial history of the Sun’s Play of the Day, there’s never been a day when all three of us were above our starting bankroll of $10,000. That doesn’t say much for us, but with a victory today that extremely low bar is exactly what we’ll clear.
Grad transfers expected to help lead UNLV in Bahamas and beyond
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
One of the main things UNLV coach Marvin Menzies and his staff wanted to do when they had to put together a roster at the 11th hour was bring in ...
Vegas Play of the Day: San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins
Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
I don’t like betting against Miami starter Jose Fernandez, but getting the Giants at a decent price with Johnny Cueto on the mound is enough for me to take a shot.
Junior Boyd passing down lessons to Rebels' next up-and-coming receiver
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016
Life as the understudy can take a little getting used to. Lucky for UNLV freshman receiver Darren Woods Jr., many around the program don’t think he’ll remain in that role for long. UNLV opened its fall camp ...

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