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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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Utah State knocks out UNLV, 52-28
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
For the second consecutive week, UNLV built a sizable early lead only to watch it erode over the course of the second half of a demoralizing defeat. This time it was Utah State scoring the game’s final 38 points to hand the Rebels a 52-28 loss at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels also ...
Live blog: Utah State rolls over UNLV, 52-28
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
Can the Rebels regroup and get their season back on track? A home win over Utah State (3 p.m., AT&T SportsNet) would improve UNLV's record to 3-4 and reignite the program's bowl dreams, but after last week's disappointing defeat at Air Force there's no telling how ...
Jovan Mooring wants to lead UNLV to a season to remember
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Jovan Mooring has vivid memories from last season. Then a junior guard, Mooring remembers exactly how he was feeling on Feb. 8, when UNLV traveled to UNR and lost in ...
Rebels focus on fans at Scarlet & Gray Showcase
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
The 2017-18 Runnin’ Rebels took the court at the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time on Wednesday, and they even played a short intrasquad scrimmage as part of the Scarlet & Gray Showcase. But the event wasn’t really about basketball. Given everything the ...
Rebels picked sixth in preseason basketball poll
Brandon McCoy chosen as Freshman of the Year
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Not everyone is convinced UNLV basketball will make a return to Mountain West contention this season. The league released the results of its preseason poll on Wednesday, and the rebuilt Rebels were picked to finish in sixth place. Defending champion UNR was picked to ...
UNLV basketball announcing return to relevance with free Showcase
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Heading into last season, it was difficult to pick the UNLV basketball team out of a lineup. Faced with a short recruiting period after being hired late in the spring, head coach ...
With bowl hopes slipping away, Rebels trying to rally
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Even before UNLV blew a 27-0 lead at Air Force on Saturday, the Rebels’ margin for error for making a bowl game this season was thin. Now, with that devastating 34-30 loss dropping their record to 2-4, they will have to win four of the final six games to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Colts at Titans
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
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 stunned by Air Force comeback in 34-30 loss
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
UNLV suffered its second catastrophic loss of the season on Saturday, as the Rebels built an early 27-0 lead at Air Force before a total collapse in all three phases of the game allowed AFA to roar back for a 34-30 win. With a key road victory all but assured, UNLV (2-4, 1-2 Mountain West) was ...
Live blog: Rebels blow late lead, Air Force wins 34-30
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
UNLV's date at Air Force this morning may go a long way toward determining whether the Rebels can compete for a bowl berth this season. A win would improve the team's record to 3-3 and put it on track for for postseason play, but it won't be easy ...
Defending option at Air Force critical to Rebels' bowl hopes
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
As UNLV prepares to play at Air Force on Saturday, the Rebels are reaching a critical point in the schedule. The team’s oft-stated goal of qualifying for a bowl game is still within reach, but as they sit at 2-3 after five weeks, each remaining contest could end up being the difference ...
Analysis: UNLV defense trying to get aggressive with blitz scheme
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
One of the more common criticisms thrown at the UNLV defense has been that the unit plays too conservatively, opting for a bend-don’t-break approach instead of an aggressive, pressure-based scheme. Against San Diego State, however, the Rebels upped their blitz game and ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Vikings at Bears
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Every home date is like a festival for UNLV soccer team
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
For just $8, you can watch the game and feast at a tailgate party catered by the college of hospitality's executive chef.
Rebels no match for No. 19 San Diego State, fall 41-10
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
The UNLV players did just about everything that could be asked of them on Saturday night. They played with emotion and they competed at a high level, and the members of the Las Vegas community that made the trip to Sam Boyd Stadium for the game had to be ...
Live blog: San Diego State defeats UNLV, 41-10
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
This week has undoubtedly been a difficult one for UNLV football. With more than 20 players on the roster who count Las Vegas as their hometown — and many more who have developed deep ties to the community during their time here — game week has taken on a ...
Las Vegas tragedy resonates deeply for San Diego State football
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
For Noble Hall, playing in Las Vegas is usually a joyous occasion. The San Diego State defensive lineman has returned to play in his hometown twice since leaving to begin his collegiate career, and both times the Sam Boyd Stadium stands were stocked with family and ...
Emotional Rebels attempting to focus on football after tragedy
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
This week, the UNLV football team is tasked with doing the impossible. It has nothing to do with Saturday’s opponent, Mountain West favorite San Diego State, formidable though the undefeated Aztecs may be. At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, head coach Tony Sanchez outlined ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Twins at Yankees
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
With senior backcourt in place, UNLV setting sights on return to NCAA tournament
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
There were times last season when Jovan Mooring must have felt like the only Runnin’ Rebel on the floor. Then a junior in his first year at the Division I level, Mooring was thrust into the point guard role midway through the season and asked to create offense, often out ...
Menzies says clean Rebels "have nothing to worry about" in recruiting scandal
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
The college basketball landscape is currently being rearranged by a pay-for-play scandal that has already touched (and toppled) some of the nation’s elite programs, but at UNLV’s first basketball practice of the season on Saturday, head coach Marvin Menzies expressed confidence ...
Rogers, Rebels post lopsided win against San Jose State
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Armani Rogers had the breakout game Rebel fans have been waiting for, scoring four total touchdowns to lead UNLV to a 41-13 win over San Jose State Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium. Rogers ...
Five questions for UNLV basketball ahead of first practice
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Last year, it seemed like UNLV supporters were counting down the days until the end of basketball season. The Runnin’ Rebels’ 11-21 campaign featured an overmatched roster with little hope of competing, even in the middling Mountain West, so who could blame fans for throwing in the towel? The situation couldn’t be more different this season. Expectations are sky-high for Year 2 under ...
Mojave tops Sunrise Mountain in OT, 34-28
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Sunrise Mountain rallied from a 22-0 second-half deficit to force overtime, but Mojave was able to hold on and escape with a 34-28 win on Thursday night. Mojave quarterback Xavier Delong ran for two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in OT to give the ...
Sierra Vista defense swarms Bonanza in 48-0 win
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Sierra Vista topped 40 points for the fourth straight game — all wins — in a 48-0 home win over Bonanza. Senior running back Kaika Faatiliga ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Mountain Lions’ attack. “I think we just wore them out,” Sierra Vista coach ...
Durango outlasts Clark, 25-18
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Durango improved to 3-0 in the Southwest League with a hard-fought 25-18 home win over Clark. “Our defense played great,” Durango coach Scott Murdock said. “[Clark] had a couple busted plays that kept them in the game, but our defense played well and our quarterback ...
Jayden Perkins leads Virgin Valley past Boulder City, 36-12
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Senior running back Jayden Perkins scored four touchdowns to lead Virgin Valley past Boulder City, 36-12. Perkins found the end zone four times in the second quarter to push the Bulldogs to a 30-12 halftime lead. He scored on runs of 3 and 10 yards and caught ...

Arbor View goes deep in 44-7 win over Centennial
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Arbor View used a few well-timed long bombs to blow out Centennial, 44-7. The Aggies’ offense exploded on their first play from scrimmage, as junior quarterback Logan Bollinger hit senior Deago Stubbs deep for a 67-yard touchdown. Then, on the final play of ...
Foothill rides hot defense, big plays to 38-0 win over Coronado
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Foothill improved to 5-0 with a 38-0 win at Coronado on Thursday night. Falcons’ quarterback Koy Riggin was the catalyst on offense, as the sophomore threw a touchdown pass and ran for two other scores to help Foothill win its Southeast League opener ...
With start of MWC play, Rebels' offense looking to get back on track
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
Sometimes the best cure for a struggling offense is a bad defense. Not that the UNLV offense is struggling, exactly — the Rebels just happened to run into a buzzsaw on Saturday at Ohio State. UNLV had averaged 41.5 points and 557 yards of offense per game through the first ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Cowboys at Cardinals
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rebels overmatched at Ohio State, fall 54-21
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
If there was a lesson learned on Saturday, it was that monumental upsets by 40-point underdogs are the rare exception. Howard is a nice story, but the reality is usually closer to UNLV’s blowout loss at Ohio State, as the favored home team used its superior ...
Analysis: A whimsical five-point plan for shocking Ohio State
A fun look at how Rebels could make the impossible slightly possible
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
UNLV will head into Saturday’s game at Ohio State as a 40-point underdog (give or take a touchdown), but the Rebels should be the last team in the country to get discouraged by a lopsided point spread. They know ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Diamondbacks at Padres
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rebels at numbers disadvantage against deep Ohio State
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
There are plenty of reasons for UNLV to be wary of Ohio State in advance of Saturday’s matchup (9 a.m., Big Ten Network). The Buckeyes are one of the nation’s best teams (ranked No. 10 in the country, even after last weekend’s loss to Oklahoma), they ...
Rebels retreat for intense offseason training sessions
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
There were times last season when the UNLV basketball team was entirely too quiet. In a sport that requires constant communication between teammates as the action unfolds on the court, the Rebels simply weren’t very talkative. Whether it was due to the mix of personalities, a team-wide lack of confidence or ...
Mojave deals Moapa Valley first defeat, 38-20
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Mojave used a simple offensive game plan and timely defensive plays to topple Moapa Valley, 38-20. Junior running back Tawee Walker powered the Rattlers to the upset victory, as he ran for more than 200 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns ...
Coronado notches first win, 20-6 over Durango
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Coronado scored its first win of the season by downing Durango, 20-6. The Cougars were paced by Zacari Holbert’s 164 yards rushing and Patrick Ng’s dominance on the defensive line. Holbert scored a touchdown, while Ng racked up 11 tackles, three sacks and ...
Sierra Vista shuts out Spring Valley, 41-0
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Isaiah Zavala ran for more than 300 yards to lead Sierra Vista to a 41-0 win over Spring Valley on Friday night. Zavala, a senior, also notched a touchdown as the Mountain Lions improved to 3-1 ...
Clark scores 36-0 win over Desert Oasis
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Isaiah Bigby hauled in two spectacular touchdown receptions to lead Clark to a 36-0 win over Desert Oasis in the Southwest League opener for both teams. Bigby, a 6-foot junior, went deep and pulled in a 56-yard score in the second quarter, then added a one-handed ...
Foothill defense stifles Chaparral in 34-7 win
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Foothill shut out Chaparral through the first half and eventually rolled to a 34-7 victory on Friday night. Junior Jordan Wilson made the biggest defensive play of the game, returning a second-quarter interception for a touchdown, and the Falcons went into halftime ...
Lexington Thomas ready for No. 1 role at running back
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
The most carries Lexington Thomas can remember handling in a single game is 27, which came during his prep days at Davis High School in Houston, Texas. Thomas hasn’t been that kind of workhorse running back during his time at UNLV — his high for single game is 21 carries, and his average is 10.1 attempts per game — but if the Rebels ever needed
Analysis: What Rebels can learn from Idaho win
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
UNLV managed to get its season back on track by winning at Idaho on Saturday, and with a bye week coming up, now might be a good time to assess where the Rebels stand after two games and break down what they can do to keep the momentum going. There were a lot of signs ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Vikings vs. Saints
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
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 running back Charles Williams out for season
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
UNLV sophomore running back Charles Williams will have surgery on his injured ankle and is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Rebels’ leading returning rusher ...
Rebels use big plays to beat Idaho in 'must-win' game
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
The Rebels were just waiting for a big play. A week after squandering too many offensive drives in a shocking loss to Howard, UNLV’s attack ...
Live blog: Rebels finish off Idaho, 44-16
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
It’s only Week 2 of the college football season, but UNLV (0-1) is facing a potential make or break game at Idaho (4 p.m., ESPN3). Three keys as the Rebels look to bounce back ...
Rebels aiming for better red zone production against Idaho
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
In order to win games this season, UNLV’s offense is going to have to be perfect. Tony Sanchez conceded that point before the season, acknowledging that he couldn’t see the Rebels winning “a lot of 17-14 games.” In Week 1, the unit was good, putting up 40 points on 15 drives against Howard. But they weren’t perfect, and that was the difference in the 43-40 loss. Wild shotgun snaps, delay-of-game penalties, turnovers and ...
Funding plan for UNLV football facility approved
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
UNLV’s plan to seek out a loan to complete funding for its planned football practice facility was approved by the Nevada Board of Regents on Thursday at a meeting in Elko. The vote to approve was ...
After being upset in opener, UNLV football's game at Idaho has extra significance
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
With a potential season-defining game coming up at Idaho on Saturday, UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez is doing his best to put the Rebels’ demoralizing Week 1 loss to Howard behind them. The Rebels’ defense was shredded in the 43-40 defeat last week, and ...

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