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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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Analysis: Rebels suffer toughest loss of disappointing season at Hawaii
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
In a season that has seen the UNLV football team stack up eight losses against just three wins, Saturday’s defeat at Hawaii had to be the most painful ...

Shakur Juiston returns to form in Rebels' win over Oakland
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
Despite a slow start to the season for forward Shakur Juiston, neither he nor his head coach seemed too concerned ...

Blog: Led by aggressive defense, Rebels pound Oakland, 74-61
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
UNLV played aggressive defense for all 40 minutes and held Oakland to 20-of-53 from the field (37.7 percent). On offense, Shakur Juiston had his best outing of the year, with ...
Max Gilliam likely to start at QB against Hawaii
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Running back Lexington Thomas made the biggest play of UNLV’s 27-24 upset win over San Diego State last week, racing for a 75-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Rebels the lead. But when head coach Tony Sanchez went back ...
UNLV freshman Bryce Hamilton breaks out in win over UC Riverside
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Now that’s more like it. UNLV got a game-high 16 points from star freshman Bryce Hamilton, and the Rebels rolled to a relatively easy 72-51 victory over UC Riverside at the Thomas & Mack Center ...

Live blog: UNLV notches first win in blowout of UC Riverside
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
The 2018-19 season did not get off to a good start for the Runnin’ Rebels, as the offense died in a 61-50 loss to Loyola on Saturday. That’s the bad news. The good news is, the Rebs don’t have to sit on it long, as they’ll get a chance for redemption tonight when UC Riverside comes to town. UNLV may not have been expecting to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Warriors at Clippers
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
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: Noah Robotham and Trey Woodbury talk Runnin' Rebels all-time greats
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
Welcome to the second 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 ...

Lexington Thomas strikes late in Rebels' comeback win at SDSU
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
The play was supposed to gain three or four yards. But in the hands of Lexington Thomas, it turned into one of the most improbable highlight runs in recent UNLV football history ...
Live blog: UNLV football comes back to stun San Diego State, 27-24
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
The Rebels will face one of their toughest tests of the year on Saturday, when they travel to take on San Diego State in a game that should let us know pretty early whether ...
Rebels teammates not surprised by Mbacke Diong's improvement
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Sophomore Mbacke Diong turned in a standout performance in UNLV’s exhibition win over Montana State-Billings last week, posting a career-high in points (15) and rebounds (17). Coming off a freshman campaign in which he averaged ...
Rebuildin' Rebels: 75 predictions for UNLV basketball
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
UNLV basketball will open its 2018-19 campaign on Saturday against Loyola Marymount (7 p.m., AT&T SportsNet), and this season figures to be an important step in the Rebels’ rebuilding process. After winning just 11 games in Marvin Menzies’ first year as head coach, UNLV improved its record to 20-13 last year, and the ...
UNLV football still has 'whole lot to play for'
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
UNLV’s stated goal entering the season was to play in a bowl game. Everyone seemed to agree that the Rebels ...

Take a Lap: UNLV basketball's Shakur Juiston on dad jokes and 'Juice Box'
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
Welcome to the debut 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 ...
Rebels' bowl hopes dashed with painful 48-3 loss to Fresno State
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
In a game that saw UNLV allow its opponent to score 48 points, it was actually the Rebels’ offensive performance that had head coach Tony Sanchez dismayed after Saturday’s blowout loss to Fresno State ...

Live blog: UNLV dominated by Fresno State in 48-3 loss
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
With UNLV (2-6) set to host Fresno State in a game that could officially eliminate the Rebels from postseason contention, let's preview the contest with questions from readers ...
Rebels survive exhibition scare on Clyburn's last-second game-winner
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
An exhibition game that was supposed to serve as a tune-up for UNLV turned into a battle to the final buzzer, and the Rebels were finally able to exhale when Kris Clyburn ...
UNLV freshman Bryce Hamilton hopes to get loud in exhibition game
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
UNLV freshman Bryce Hamilton is a star in the making on the basketball court, and as the headliner of the Rebels’ incoming recruiting class, he’ll be counted on to provide scoring punch ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Raiders at 49ers
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Seven reasons the Runnin' Rebels will be better this season
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
A bunch of question marks surround the Runnin' Rebels heading into the 2018-19 season. Concerns include, but are not limited to, outside shooting, ball handling and a soft schedule that will require UNLV to win nearly every nonconference game to have any ...
Armani Rogers returns to practice for UNLV football
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Quarterback Armani Rogers suffered a toe injury in the Rebels’ loss at Arkansas State in Week 4, and UNLV has lost all four games with backup Max Gilliam at the helm ...
UNLV AD: Football program to be addressed from 'top to bottom' after season
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018
After the Rebels’ 50-37 loss at San Jose State on Saturday, UNLV director of athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said the entirety of the football program ...
Rebels routed by previously winless San Jose State, 50-37
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Late in the second quarter of UNLV’s game at San Jose State on Saturday, head coach Tony Sanchez decided to take a chance. He put his faith in the Rebels defense to get a stop, and he got burned ...

Live blog: San Jose State blows out UNLV
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
A field goal and an onside kick recovery gave UNLV a glimmer of hope, but Max Gilliam was intercepted for the third time and now San Jose State has the ball and a 47-31 lead with less than nine minutes to play ...
Foothill bounces back with win over Green Valley
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Foothill rebounded from its first loss of the season by pulling away from Green Valley for a 46-25 victory on Thursday ...
Arbor View breezes past Palo Verde, 49-0
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Arbor View’s matchup with Palo Verde on Thursday turned into a playoff tuneup for the Aggies, as they rolled to a 49-0 win ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Nuggets at Lakers
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
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 offense shifting to passing game under Max Gilliam
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
When Armani Rogers went down with a foot injury a month ago, it was a given that the UNLV offense would have to adapt its style of play. But the Rebels have pulled a complete 180 in the past three games, becoming a pass-first team ...
Rebels looking to rediscover defensive swagger at San Jose State
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Three short weeks ago, UNLV had the look of a bowl team. Despite dropping a close road game at Arkansas State to wrap up the non-conference schedule with a 2-2 record, the Rebels were confidently on the postseason track ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Falcons vs. Giants
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
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 comeback falls short, Air Force wins 41-35
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Max Gilliam had his best game since taking over as starting quarterback, but it didn’t make a difference in the end, as the UNLV defense allowed Air Force to rack up nearly 600 yards of offense in a 41-35 victory for the Falcons ...

At preseason showcase, Runnin' Rebels pledge to 'play their hearts out'
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
The 2018-19 Runnin' Rebels were introduced for the first time at a preseason showcase on Friday, and sophomore guard Amauri Hardy was among those who ...
Blog: Air Force holds off UNLV, 41-35
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
Friday is shaping up to be a big day for UNLV sports. Not only will the football team host Air Force in a must-win situation (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network), but the basketball team will provide some pre-game entertainment with a preseason showcase event at Sam Boyd Stadium (5:30 p.m., free to the public). With that in mind, let’s ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Astros vs. Red Sox
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
5 takeaways from Mountain West basketball media day
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
With the start of college basketball season less than a month away, the Mountain West gathered all its members in Las Vegas on Tuesday for media day. Five takeaways ...
Runnin' Rebels trying to blend youth, experience in 2018-19
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Marvin Menzies has an oft-stated goal when it comes to building his ideal roster at UNLV: He wants the Rebels to get old, and stay old. It’s a way of saying he wants his initial recruiting classes to grow through the program and become ...

Vegas Play of the Day: 76ers at Celtics
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
UNLV hoops picked sixth in preseason Mountain West poll
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
UNLV is projected to finish sixth in the Mountain West this season, according to the preseason poll released by the conference today. The Runnin’ Rebels finished ...

Rebels focusing on details heading into must-win matchup with Air Force
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
UNLV has been victimized by big plays the last two weeks, resulting in back-to-back blowout losses to New Mexico and Utah State, but on Monday head coach Tony Sanchez said he doesn’t want his players to focus on that. He wants his team to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: 49ers at Packers
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
UNLV blown out again in 59-28 loss at Utah State
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Utah State scored five touchdowns in an nine-minute span during the first half — with three of them assisted by UNLV miscues — and rolled to a 59-21 win over a demoralized Rebels team on Saturday. It was the second straight ...
Live blog: Rebels dominated at Utah State, 59-28
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
One week after a devastating 50-14 home loss to New Mexico, the Rebels find themselves with a 2-3 record and heading to Utah to take on perhaps the hottest team in ...
UNLV quarterback Max Gilliam hoping to learn from tough debut
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
Football is a quarterback’s game, and right now, UNLV is searching for answers at the sport’s most important position. In the last two games, the Rebels’ QBs have combined to complete 20-of-56 passes for 146 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Both games were losses, and another passing performance like that on Saturday at ...
After coach's criticism, Lexington Thomas vows to run harder
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Three days after being called out by his head coach for not running hard enough, senior running back Lexington Thomas took the blame for a lack of energy in ...

Vegas Play of the Day: Red Sox at Yankees
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
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 sticking with Max Gilliam at quarterback against Utah State
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
Citing a variety of factors, UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez reiterated that the Rebels will stick with sophomore Max Gilliam at quarterback for this week’s game at Utah State. Gilliam, a junior college transfer, struggled through his first career start in Saturday's 50-14 loss to New Mexico. He completed ...
UNLV basketball announces preseason showcase event
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
UNLV basketball won't open its season until Nov. 10 against Loyola Marymount, but fans will be able to get a first look at the team in less than two weeks, as the Rebels will hold a preseason showcase event on ...
Three keys as road-tripping Golden Knights look to build on first win
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
As shocking as their opening-night loss was, the Golden Knights proved they still have a little magic in them with a last-minute comeback and shootout win at Minnesota on Saturday. Now, Vegas will continue on with ...
Rebels 'still on vacation' in 50-14 loss to New Mexico
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Going into Saturday’s home game against New Mexico, UNLV was still harboring hopes of making it to a bowl game this season. About ninety minutes after kickoff, the bar had been lowered to the point that the Rebels were just hoping to make ...
Live blog: Rebels routed by New Mexico, 50-14
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
New Mexico just tacked on a 43-yard field goal (with help from the wind), and the Lobos now lead 15-0 with four minutes left in the half. UNLV has run ...

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