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Mike Grimala

UNLV beat writer

Mike covered high school and college sports for The Boston Globe and ESPN.com before moving to Las Vegas in 2012 to cover UNLV athletics for RunRebs.com. Mike is a Massachusetts native, a graduate of Northeastern University and a fan of all Boston sports teams (though he’s not as obnoxious about it as you’d imagine).

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UNLV shortstop prepares to take another step toward his big-league dream
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
One day as a youngster, Bryson Stott stepped to the plate in his T-ball league and looked out at an empty infield. In the name of safety, the opposing coach had moved his players back to the outfield during Stott’s at-bats, keeping the tykes out of the line of fire.

Top 2020 recruit Kyree Walker impressed by UNLV environment
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
When it was reported that UNLV would be hosting Kyree Walker at Saturday’s home game against Fresno State as part of an unofficial visit, there was some concern among the fan base: With the Rebels drawing low attendance numbers at the ...
Rebels get defensive late in win over Air Force
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
It took 79 minutes and 30 seconds, but UNLV finally got a defensive stop against Air Force. In fact, the Rebels got two stops ...
Live blog: Rebels surge past Air Force, 77-72
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Noah Robotham came up clutch, connecting on a pair of free throws to give UNLV the lead in the final minute, and the Rebels held on for a 77-72 win over Air Force ...
First-year Rebel Joel Ntambwe ignoring 'freshman wall'
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Joel Ntambwe has started every game this season, but he says he is feeling fresh as UNLV heads into the final stretch ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Wizards at Pistons
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1 ...
UNLV basketball goes cold in home loss to Fresno State
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
College basketball is a simple game sometimes. On Wednesday, UNLV caught fire from long distance and rode 14 made 3-pointers to a road win at Boise State. Three days later the shooting touch was ...
Live blog: Rebels fall at home to Fresno State
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
The Rebels left way too many shooters wide open in the first half, and Fresno made them pay by going 8-of-14 from the 3-point line. At the break, Fresno State leads, 45-33 ...
Bryce Hamilton focusing on 'energy and defense' in quest for playing time
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
When Bryce Hamilton committed to UNLV in October 2017, he probably imagined the Rebels were ready to roll out the red carpet for him. The 6-foot-5 scoring guard was rated as ...
Bishop Gorman outlasts Clark in double overtime, 74-68
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
All the ingredients for an upset were present when Clark hosted Bishop Gorman. The Chargers’ gymnasium was rocking, their superstar was unstoppable, and Gorman ...

Rebels win shootout at Boise State, 83-72
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
With less than five minutes remaining in UNLV’s game at Boise State on Wednesday, Noah Robotham found himself open for a potential go-ahead 3-pointer. The score was tied, 68-68, and Amauri Hardy’s dribble penetration had ...
Blog: Robotham leads UNLV to victory at Boise State
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
Noah Robotham made huge plays down the stretch, and UNLV has snapped its three-game losing streak with an 83-72 win at Boise State ...
Can UNLV solve its season-long problem with slow starts?
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
When was the last time UNLV basketball got off to a good start in a game? You’d have to go back three weeks to the Rebels’ 94-56 dismantling of San Jose State to find the most recent occurrence. UNLV jumped out to a 10-4 lead in that ...
UNLV football schedule announced for 2019 season
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
The Mountain West released its football schedules on Monday, completing UNLV’s slate for the upcoming 2019 season. The Rebels, who went 5-7 last year, will open the campaign on Aug. 31 with a non-conference ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Bucks at Nets
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Rebels rocked at Utah State, left searching for answers on defense
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
With about four minutes left in UNLV’s loss at Utah State on Saturday, the Rebels found themselves trailing by 23 points. The game was over, but senior guard Noah Robotham wanted to set an example for his teammates by playing tough defense until ...
Live blog: Rebels blown out at Utah State, 82-65
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
Coming off back-to-back blowout losses, UNLV could really use a win. But snagging a victory at Utah State today will not be easy ...
UNLV's 2019 recruits lighting up opposite coasts
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
UNLV’s backcourt is going to look very different next year. Two of the Rebels’ starting guards, seniors Noah Robotham and Kris Clyburn, are set to graduate, and they happen to be the team’s co-leaders in minutes played ...

Rebels are routed by rival UNR in a display of in-state dominance
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
While UNR was flexing, UNLV was shrinking. The Rebels, who came into the game leading the conference in 3-point shooting, missed their first 12 attempts from ...
Live blog: UNR routs UNLV, 87-70
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
In what could very well be the single biggest game on UNLV’s schedule this season, the Rebels will host No. 8 UNR on Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center (8 p.m., ESPN2). Three keys for UNLV ...

UNLV basketball trying to close talent gap on rival UNR
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
Heading into today’s game between UNR and UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center, the two in-state rivals couldn’t be further apart. UNR is ranked No. 8 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Warriors at Pacers
Monday, Jan. 28, 2019
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Analysis: UNLV basketball needs to rebound against UNR
Monday, Jan. 28, 2019
When No. 7 UNR comes to town to face UNLV on Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center, much of the focus will be on the Wolf Pack’s team-wide ability to make shots. And that makes sense. Under coach Eric Musselman, the Pack has come to ...
Defenseless Rebels 'slapped' in blowout loss at San Diego State
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
After the Rebels’ miserable experience at San Diego State, it’s safe to say a team has never been more happy to turn the page and get ready to face a Top-10 opponent. UNLV wasn’t just blown out at SDSU on Saturday ...
Live blog: Rebels fall at San Diego State, 94-77
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
Coming off a pair of blowout home victories, can the Rebels keep things rolling on Saturday when they travel to San Diego State? Let's preview the game with some reader questions ... 

Analysis: Rebels should roll with Nick Blair at center vs. San Diego State
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
Some of the mankind’s greatest achievements have been discovered by accident. Penicillin. The X-Ray. Tom Brady. Could UNLV’s newfound spread offense be added to that list? The Rebels are rolling right now, sporting ...
Robotham still remembers Rebels’ pivotal loss at San Diego State
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
UNLV is currently 5-1 in Mountain West play and riding a wave of momentum after back-to-back blowout home wins over San Jose State and New Mexico. There should be a positive feeling around what the Rebels are doing right now ...

Nick Blair explodes for 26 points as Rebels sweep New Mexico
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
Four weeks ago, Nick Blair was sitting on the bench for the entirety of UNLV’s loss to Indiana State in the Diamond Head Classic. It was the walk-on forward’s seventh consecutive game without seeing any playing time ...
Blog: Hot-shooting Rebels knock out New Mexico, 74-58
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
UNLV continues to play efficient offense, and on Tuesday they used a strong shooting performance to down New Mexico, 74-58 ...

Analysis: Robotham's defense key to UNLV's game plan vs. New Mexico
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
Senior point guard Noah Robotham rose to the occasion in UNLV’s statement victory at New Mexico on Jan. 8, scoring 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting while dishing out eight assists. It was perhaps his best offensive performance of the season ...
Refocused Rebels smother San Jose State, 94-56
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
Effort was the bare minimum required of the UNLV basketball team on Saturday. The Rebels provided it and were rewarded with an easy, 94-56 victory over lowly San Jose State at the Thomas & Mack Center ...

Live blog: UNLV breezes past San Jose State, 94-56
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
UNLV took a beating on Wednesday at Air Force, but the Rebels will be right back at it on Saturday when San Jose State comes to town (4:30 p.m., AT&T SportsNet). What does Marvin Menzies have to do in order to get his team back ...
Rebels seek to regain inside advantage against San Jose State
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
What is the UNLV basketball team good at? The Rebels aren’t a good shooting team, and the team defense comes and goes. Turnovers have been an issue at times. Consistency has been hard to come by. The one thing UNLV ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Thunder vs. Lakers
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Rebels blown out at Air Force in 'calamity of errors'
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
UNLV scored 88 points at Air Force on Wednesday — and lost. The Rebels shot 48.4 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range — and lost. They even scored 1.24 points per possession, their second-most efficient ...
Blog: Rebels routed at Air Force, 106-88
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
UNLV made a statement by winning at New Mexico to improve to 3-0 in conference play, and the Rebels are heading back out on the road in pursuit of a 4-0 start when they take on Air Force today (8 p.m., ESPNU). Three keys for the Rebels: Air Force has been ...
Analysis: UNLV basketball making it work with two point guards
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Through UNLV’s first 12 games, no position battle was more hotly debated than point guard. Designated sixth man Amauri Hardy was clearly having a breakthrough ...
Mbacke Diong's status uncertain as Rebels prep for Air Force
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
If the Rebels want to remain alone atop the Mountain West standings by beating Air Force on Wednesday, they may have to do it without Mbacke Diong. The sophomore center will be a game-time decision due to an ankle injury, head coach Marvin Menzies announced Monday. “He’s still under evaluation,” Menzies said. “It was a bad sprain. We’re not sure how ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Nets vs. Celtics
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Take a Lap: Marvin Menzies on family and 'Full House'
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
Welcome to the latest installment of “Take a Lap with Mike Grimala,” a video interview series that we hope becomes a regular trip to the fun side of UNLV sports. The concept is simple: We invite a UNLV athlete coach or sports personality to hop in a motorized cart and take one lap around the Thomas & Mack Center. During the course of ...
From dunk artist to glue guy: Nick Blair now focused on doing 'little things' for UNLV
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
As a young high school basketball star, Nick Blair was a highlight player. Explosive dunks were his calling card. Now, as a grizzled old vet of 22 years, Blair describes his current role as ...

Robotham, Clyburn lead Rebels to victory at New Mexico
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
Could these Rebels be for real? Less than two weeks after losing to Bucknell in humiliating fashion to fall to 6-6 on the season, UNLV has now ripped off three straight wins to ...
Live blog: Rebels stun New Mexico, 80-69
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
UNLV can move to 3-0 in Mountain West play for the first time since 2006 with a win at New Mexico on Tuesday night (8 p.m., ESPN2), but it won't be easy. New Mexico is coming off a blowout win over No. 10 UNR and will ...
Rebels receiving offensive boost from unlikely source
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
UNLV wasn’t supposed to be an outside-shooting team this season. Head coach Marvin Menzies certainly didn’t expect his squad to rely on the 3-point shot. But due to circumstances, the Runnin’ Rebels are now a launch-first team ...
Joel Ntambwe torches Wyoming for 31 points in UNLV win
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Before UNLV took the court for Saturday’s home contest against Wyoming, coaches reminded the players that it had been more than a decade since a Rebels team won its first two conference games. The message stuck...
Live blog: Rebels pull away from Wyoming, 68-56
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Coming off a comeback win over Colorado State, the Runnin’ Rebels will look to add another conference win on Saturday when Wyoming visits the Thomas & Mack Center. Will it come down to the final seconds again? Three keys to watch ...
UNLV guard Amauri Hardy shining in sophomore season
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Through the first half of the season, Amauri Hardy did just about everything he could to establish himself as UNLV’s most valuable player. In non-conference play, the sophomore guard tied for the team lead in scoring ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Spurs vs. Raptors
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Rebels top Colorado State on Mbacke Diong putback
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
Considering the way the Rebels played for the first 39 minutes and 58 seconds of their 78-76 win over Colorado State on Wednesday, it was only fitting that they won on a missed shot — two missed shots, actually ...

Live blog: UNLV beats Colorado State with late comeback
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
After going 6-6 in non-conference play, UNLV will tip off the Mountain West season on Wednesday when Colorado State visits the Thomas & Mack Center (7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network) ...

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