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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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Tristan Clark, 2017 recruiting target for UNLV, transfers to Findlay Prep
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
A week ago, class of 2017 forward Tristan Clark knew very little about the newest school to offer him a scholarship. Now he’s going to get an up-close view of life in Southern Nevada as ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Sanchez holds court as everyone wonders if UNLV coach will buck recent trends
The Rebels' first-year coach had a lot of interest at the Mountain West's media days as he makes transition from high school to Division I
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
When you’re only the fifth person ever to do something, as UNLV coach Tony Sanchez is, it piques outside interest. When all four of the previous people in the modern era to go straight from high school to Division I coach essentially failed, it invites skepticism that the fifth will be any different. Especially at a place like UNLV, which ...
Boyd receives preseason honor; Rebels picked last in West Division
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
UNLV was picked to finish last in its division while sophomore receiver Devonte Boyd was the lone Rebel on the preseason All-Mountain West team, it was announced this morning at ...
Foothill High graduate will join UNLV as preferred walk-on
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Foothill High graduate Austin Starr will suit up at UNLV this season as a preferred walk-on, it was announced Monday.
UNLV to face UCLA in opening game at November’s Maui Invitational
Monday, July 27, 2015
UNLV’s first game at the Maui Invitational will come against a recent Mountain West coaching foe, ESPN reported today. The official bracket for the Thanksgiving week tournament comes out ...
Class of ’17 forward could follow fellow Baltimore natives to UNLV
Andre Rafus’ profile is growing, but he remembers it was the Rebels who first reached out to him
Monday, July 27, 2015
Being the first school to show interest and offer a prospect a scholarship doesn’t guarantee a program will sign that recruit. But it doesn’t hurt.
Bern's-Eye View: Even in weak division, UNLV will have an uphill battle
Boise State and San Diego State are the clear favorites to meet in this year's Mountain West championship game
Monday, July 27, 2015
The 2015 Mountain West Football Media Days start Monday at the Cosmopolitan. Media were asked to predict how the league would play out. Here’s how our Taylor Bern sees it ...
UNLV targets are teammates in the summer, rivals come fall
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Secondary market tickets to the 2012 Bishop Gorman vs. Findlay Prep game were going for more than $200. Every seat at the Cox Pavilion was filled, and occupying one of them was a young player from Arizona who fell in love with the Pilots and ...
UNLV football schedules series with Arizona State starting in 2020
Friday, July 24, 2015
UNLV football continues to add Big 5 opponents to its future nonconference schedules as the program today announced a home-and-home series with Arizona State starting in 2020.
UNLV commit Justin Jackson still mulling options on 2015 vs. 2016
Friday, July 24, 2015
UNLV freshman Jalen Poyser sent the tweet at 2:04 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 and deleted it by 2:05. The message could still come true but according to its subject, fellow Canadian Justin Jackson, it was and remains premature.
Four remaining UNLV football games will be streamed online
Fire up the laptop or desktop for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon and three additional home games
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
All four of the UNLV games that didn’t already have TV information will be streamed online, the Rebels announced today.
Vegas Play of the Day: Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Local events will have UNLV’s coaching staff trailing targets all over town
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Two years ago, UNLV coach Dave Rice entered the summer’s final recruiting period with one open scholarship and no plans to use it on an incoming player. Then Jamal Aytes ...
Pair of UNLV football road games to air on Root Sports
Monday, July 20, 2015
UNLV’s regular season finale at Wyoming was one of two Rebel games picked up by Root Sports, the Mountain West announced today.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns
Monday, July 20, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Birch feels at home in Las Vegas as he continues journey toward NBA dream
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Khem Birch has spent the first two summers of his professional life in a familiar place trying to prove that he belongs in the NBA. Whenever his career ends, he’s ...
UNLV’s Vaughn alone in dark room when Milwaukee drafted him
The Rebels' leading scorer last season was getting nervous before he went No. 17 and made his pro debut this week in the NBA Summer League
Friday, July 17, 2015
As far-fetched as it was, there was speculation that the Milwaukee Bucks could move to Las Vegas. One might think that Milwaukee first-round pick Rashad Vaughn would love ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
UNLV announces nonconference slate with MGM Grand game in ticket package
Release delayed due to getting game vs. Oregon included in season-ticket package. Maui Invitational, Arizona highlight schedule
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Dave Rice heard the feedback last year. As nice as some fans thought it was to see UNLV’s first-ever game on the Las Vegas Strip, it annoyed ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Oubre finding his way at the next level with Washington Wizards
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Kelly Oubre Jr. always had the look and the build, but eight months ago that NBA-ready body spent more time on Kansas’ bench than off it.
Vegas Play of the Day: Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
What happens when you don’t get drafted into NBA?
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Christian Wood signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Rockets and will try to carve a path to the NBA the same way as other recent forwards who left college with eligibility remaining. James Michael McAdoo (Warriors), Jabari Brown (Lakers) and Tarik Black (Rockets) all made NBA rosters last season despite not being selected in 2014, giving Wood hope his journey will include reaching the sport’s top league ...
Slew of former Rebels and top draft picks highlight Vegas Summer League
Friday, July 10, 2015
With some loaded Summer League rosters and top-10 picks throughout, there’s plenty to follow for college and pro basketball fans. And for local supporters, the action will be ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox
Monday, July 6, 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 forward fighting through back injury to get back on the court
Junior Ben Carter has been sidelined much longer than originally anticipated but still has sights on being ready for the 2015-16 season
Friday, July 3, 2015
Sitting out as a redshirt meant Ben Carter’s games were UNLV’s practices. Transferring back to Las Vegas from Oregon required the Bishop Gorman High grad’s biggest impact to come during days in the Mendenhall Center rather nights at the Thomas & Mack Center, so that’s what he did.
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 ...

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