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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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Mountain West announces format for this year’s tournament at the Mack
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
With all 11 men’s basketball teams once again eligible for postseason play, the league announced today that the Mountain West tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center would return to the format it used two years ago.
Vegas Play of the Day: New York Liberty at Chicago Sky
Tuesday, June 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 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels
Monday, June 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 ...
In arm wrestling, big muscles aren’t the only thing you need to win
Spirit of meritocracy makes the sport feel like a perfect American pastime
Monday, June 29, 2015
With ESPN planning to air events starting at the end of July and bigger pots of prize money available to competitors, the sport of arm wrestling appears to be adding some muscle. The finals will take place July 4-5 at the Mirage, and each winner will take home $20,000. Second-place finishers will receive $10,000 each ...
UNLV duo could be latest additions to Rebels’ first-round draft club
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
They aren't the first and with the way UNLV has been recruiting they probably won't be the last, but as former Rebels Rashad Vaughn and Christian Wood approach ...
Rebels old and new preach pushing the pace again in 2015-16 season
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
In coach Dave Rice’s first season the Rebels averaged 15 seconds per offensive possession, the seventh fastest in the country. That average has ...
Former Rebels trending opposite directions heading into NBA Draft
Projections have Rashad Vaughn moving up and Chris Wood moving down, but they could both still end up in the first round next week
Thursday, June 18, 2015
One week from today is a night most basketball players dream of taking part in. For former Rebels Christian Wood and Rashad Vaughn it’s about to be reality. The NBA Draft starts at ...
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 6
Tuesday, June 16, 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: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Friday, June 12, 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 trip to the Big House to air on Big Ten Network with early kickoff
Friday, June 12, 2015
UNLV’s first-ever game against Michigan will air on the Big Ten Network and kick off at 9 a.m. Las Vegas time, it was announced today. The Rebels are playing at the Big House on Saturday, Sept. 19 in a battle of two first-year Division I coaches with disparate previous experience.
Bern’s-Eye View: How should UNLV use its last open scholarship?
Friday, June 12, 2015
The most interesting on-court topic regarding UNLV’s upcoming basketball season is how the Rebels will divvy up their 200 allotted minutes each game between five returners, four transfers and three top-100 freshmen. Keeping them all happy seems like ...
Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 4
Thursday, June 11, 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 ...
Former Rebels AD Livengood helped author report that brought back UAB football
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Jim Livengood is staying busy two years after the Rebels helped him out the door, and recently that included a study on UAB Athletics that could possibly help other non-Power 5 conference teams such as UNLV ...
Future Rebels highlight Las Vegas connections on Canada’s U19 national team
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The Canada-to-Las Vegas basketball pipeline has been pumping talent to the desert for several years, so it’s no big surprise that Canada’s Under-19 National Team is headlined by three players with Las Vegas connections.
UNLV has kickoff time for season opener at NIU; Boyd picks up another honor
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The first game of Tony Sanchez’s UNLV and Division I coaching career will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Las Vegas time, it was announced today. The season opener on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Northern Illinois will air on CBS Sports Network.
San Francisco Giants take CSN pitcher No. 18 overall
Monday, June 8, 2015
College of Southern Nevada pitcher Phil Bickford was drafted in the first round for the second time in his career today, going 18th overall to the San Francisco Giants in the ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Stanley Cup Finals Game 3
Monday, June 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 ...
CSN pitcher about to be first-round pick for the second time
Saturday, June 6, 2015
About a half-dozen times in the three weeks since the College of Southern Nevada’s baseball season came to a halt, coach Nick Garritano has ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners
Friday, June 5, 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: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1
Wednesday, June 3, 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 ...
Thompson’s high school coaches not surprised by emergence in Cleveland
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won three playoff series to reach this week’s NBA Finals, and with each progression more and more people are getting to know the guy that star LeBron James said management should never allow to leave Cleveland.
Pair of Rebels named to Phil Steele’s All-Mountain West first team
Monday, June 1, 2015
Two Rebels were named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Preseason All-Mountain West first team, it was announced today. Sophomore receiver Devonte Boyd and senior safety Peni Vea received the honor, with junior running back Keith Whitely and junior Tau Lotulelei named to the fourth team.
Vegas Play of the Day: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers
Friday, May 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 ...
UNLV coaches try to rally support at community-outreach event
Friday, May 29, 2015
Fans were told they could ask anything they wanted, so when the mic was brought around Wednesday night at UNLV’s Coaches Caravan the questions included how men’s basketball coach Dave Rice planned to better coach free throws, what football coach Tony Sanchez will do to avoid injuries and one concerned grandmother wanted to know what the Rebels will do to get her grandson to go to games like he did with her now that he’s a UNLV student.
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners
Thursday, May 28, 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 ...
Bern’s-Eye View: New arena will help keep Las Vegas a basketball epicenter
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The final steel beam is in place for the building that will one day host a weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament. Probably. The topping off ceremony the Las Vegas Arena project is a milestone moment, one of many to be checked off since officials broke ground on ...
UNLV football in much better APR position than a year ago
Football's multiyear score is on the rise while six programs posted perfect single-year marks
Wednesday, 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.
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
Leukemia patient practices with state champion Gaels after wish granted from Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada
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 ...

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