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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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'Too many errors' for Rebels in 27-20 loss at Arkansas State
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
UNLV played its worst game of the season and blew a fourth-quarter lead in a 27-20 loss at Arkansas State on Saturday. The Rebels committed four turnovers ...
Live blog: Rebels come up short at Arkansas State, fall 27-20
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
UNLV has played better teams during Tony Sanchez’s four years as head coach — Michigan, USC, Ohio State, etc. — but Saturday’s game at Arkansas State is shaping up to be the most important game of Sanchez’s tenure ...
Clark's Jalen Hill commits to Oklahoma basketball
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
One of the state’s top high-school players made his college decision on Thursday, as Clark senior Jalen Hill committed to Oklahoma. Hill made the announcement in the gym at Clark, surrounded by ...
Gabe McCoy enjoying breakout season for rebuilt Rebels defense
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
Gabe McCoy doesn’t look like a typical linebacker. Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, the junior from California is the Rebels’ lightest player at the position, but that hasn’t stopped him from emerging as ...
Former UNLV women's basketball coach Dan Ayala dies at 82
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Former UNLV women’s basketball coach Dan Ayala died Monday in Las Vegas at the age of 82. Ayala coached the Lady Rebels’ from 1975 through 1980 and compiled the highest winning percentage (.827) in ...
Sanchez expects Arkansas State to test Rebels' elite running game
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
At the quarter point in the 2018 season, UNLV currently finds itself ranked as the No. 2 rushing offense in the country with an average of 345.3 yards per game. And that’s why the Rebels will have a chance to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Seahawks at Bears
Monday, Sept. 17, 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 playing strong defense as they chase best start in a decade
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
After beating Prairie View A&M on Saturday, the Rebels will head into their Week 4 matchup at Arkansas State with a chance to improve to 3-1 for the first time since 2008 ...
Armani Rogers enjoys record-breaking night in win over Prairie View A&M
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
For the second time since Tony Sanchez took control of the UNLV football program, the Rebels are above .500. The first time was Week 1 of the 2016 season — Sanchez’s second campaign ...
Live blog: UNLV beats Prairie View A&M, 46-17
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Heading into UNLV’s matchup with Prairie View A&M tonight, we solicited reader questions to find out which storylines Rebels fans will be following throughout the game. As it turns out ... 

Rebels want freshman Tyleek Collins more involved
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Freshman receiver Tyleek Collins scored two touchdowns in UNLV’s win over UTEP on Saturday — the first two TD’s of his college career — but when he met with the media after practice on Tuesday, he didn’t ...

New UNLV recruit Josh Pierre-Louis wants to bring grit to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
Josh Pierre-Louis was only in Las Vegas for 48 hours, but that was plenty of time for him to make up his mind about which college he wants to attend. The Class of 2019 guard committed to UNLV on Sunday, capping off an official visit that Pierre-Louis said ...
UNLV aims to tighten run defense vs. Prairie View A&M
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
There wasn’t much to nitpick about UNLV’s 52-24 win over UTEP on Saturday, as the Rebels racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and led by multiple touchdowns for the entire second half. It was a great example of a superior team taking care of business from beginning to end. Well, not quite from ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Rams at Raiders
Monday, Sept. 10, 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 showcase deep ball, defense and a new playmaker in Week 2
What we learned from UNLV's win over UTEP
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
UNLV improved to 1-1 with a blowout win on Saturday, and though the opponent was an overmatched UTEP squad, we still learned something about the Rebels in the process ...
New Jersey guard Josh Pierre-Louis commits to UNLV basketball
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018
UNLV received its second commitment from the Class of 2019 when Josh Pierre-Louis pledged on Sunday. The New Jersey native was in town for ...
Rebels run over UTEP in home opener
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
As far as blueprints go, UNLV’s is pretty straightforward: Run the ball in dominant fashion, and when defenses try to crowd the line of scrimmage as a counter, use a vertical passing attack to strike for ...
Live blog: Rebels rout UTEP, 52-24
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
Heading into UNLV’s home opener on Saturday, we solicited reader questions to find out which storylines Rebels fans will be following throughout the game. As it turns out, Armani Rogers, the defensive backfield and ...
Fighting fatigue: Rebels are seeking depth in the defensive backfield
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
USC ran 75 offensive plays in a Week 1 win over UNLV, and Rebels cornerback Jericho Flowers was on the field for all but a handful of them. In head coach Tony Sanchez’s opinion, that was a bit too much playing time. Sanchez estimated Flowers’ snap count was ...
Armani Rogers can let it rip against overmatched UTEP
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
UNLV probably won’t need a great passing performance from quarterback Armani Rogers in order to beat UTEP on Saturday, but it would be nice to see the Rebels’ captain come out firing ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Athletics vs. Yankees
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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 ...
Analysis: Projecting UNLV basketball's lineup for 2018-19
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
The first day of college basketball practice is now less than four weeks away, and though we haven’t seen the 2018-19 Runnin’ Rebels in action yet, we have enough information to begin speculating as to what the team will look like this season ...
Rebels' pass rush looks improved heading into Week 2
What we learned from UNLV's loss at USC in Week 1
Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
UNLV put up a better fight than expected at USC on Saturday, playing the No. 15 Trojans tight for three quarters before running out of steam and falling, 43-21. But moral victories are only worth anything if ...
Rebels put up fight in 43-21 loss at No. 15 USC
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018
Eight seconds into the 2018 football season, UNLV appeared to be on the verge of disaster. Star running back Lexington Thomas took a handoff on the first play of Saturday’s contest at No. 15 USC, and after an offseason spent talking about ...
Rebels fade late at USC, fall 43-21
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018
UNLV put a scare into USC for three quarters, but the No. 15 team in the nation pulled away over the final 15 minutes and eventually dispatched the Rebels, 43-21 ...
UNLV secondary anticipating test from USC receivers
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
The UNLV football team has spent much of the week discussing the importance of making USC quarterback J.T. Daniels “uncomfortable” in his first college start. Junior linebacker Gabe McCoy said the No. 1 job of the ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Patriots at Giants
Thursday, Aug. 30, 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 football has set an early goal against USC
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
UNLV will enter Saturday’s season opener against No. 15 USC as a three-touchdown underdog (at least), but star running back Lexington Thomas believes it won’t take long for the Rebels to prove they belong ...
Season opener is second time around for UNLV's Armani Rogers
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
A year ago, Armani Rogers was doing everything for the first time. Now, heading into his second season as UNLV’s starting quarterback, the sophomore has been there, done that ...
Chet Buchanan returning as Rebels' hype man
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
UNLV announced Tuesday that former on-court host Chet Buchanan will return as an emcee for Runnin’ Rebels basketball games this season. Buchanan, a local radio personality known for his annual KLUC Toy Drive, previously served ...
Aces win draft lottery, will pick first again
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
When it comes to lottery luck, the Las Vegas Aces are on a roll. The Aces won the WNBA’s draft lottery on Tuesday, making it three straight years that the franchise ...
Underdog Rebels hope to disrupt USC in Week 1
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
UNLV went into last year’s season opener against Howard as a 45-point favorite, and we know how that turned out. The Rebels will experience a role reversal in Saturday’s 2018 opener, as they’ll be considered massive underdogs ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Athletics at Astros
Monday, Aug. 27, 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 ...
Bowl or bust: 101 predictions for UNLV football
Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
The Rebels' dreams of a bowl game were crushed on the final day of the 2017 season with a loss at rival UNR, and the 39 weeks since that defeat have been leading up to Saturday's 2018 opener at USC ...
Mock game gives Rebels chance to practice for real thing
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
UNLV has spent the past month on the practice field getting ready for the season opener at USC on Sept. 1. On Saturday, however, the Rebels will spend a day preparing for the stuff that happens outside the lines on game day ...
Rebels' passing game wants to go deep this season
Friday, Aug. 24, 2018
UNLV is going to have a strong running game this season, just like last year (16th nationally) and the year before that (18th nationally). It’s practically a foregone conclusion, with ...
UNLV football team has high hopes for this season
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
The UNLV football team has a very clear goal this season: to qualify for a bowl game. The Rebels came up just short last year, losing the final game of the season at UNR in dramatic fashion to finish with a 5-7 record (teams that are .500 or better earn postseason eligibility), and there are no more excuses.
Polu key to Rebels' powerful running game
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
Justin Polu got out of bed two weeks ago and knew immediately that something was wrong. He felt debilitating pain in his right foot, and that was bad news for UNLV. The Rebels are a run-first offense, and Polu, a powerful 6-foot-4, 325-pound right guard ...
Analysis: Trey Woodbury could be dynamic shooter UNLV needs
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018
To compete with the best teams in the Mountain West, UNLV needs to add talented wing players. Head coach Marvin Menzies has acknowledged that reality on several occasions, and the incoming class ...
UNLV football targeting red-zone efficiency in 2018
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
It feels wrong to blame the UNLV offense for last year’s 5-7 record, as the Rebels averaged 28.8 points per game. But there is still room for improvement on that side ...
Jericho Flowers wants to be Mountain West's top corner
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
Who is the best cornerback in the Mountain West? For UNLV junior Jericho Flowers, that’s an easy question to answer ...
UNLV leaning on experienced linebackers to lead defense
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
UNLV is overhauling its defense this season, with a new coordinator installing a new system, but the one place where the Rebels have continuity on that side of the ball is at the linebacker position. Under new defensive coordinator Tim Skipper, UNLV is expected to play a four-man front with three linebackers at the second level, and there is experience lined up at all three spots. Sophomore Farrell Hester is listed as the starter at middle linebacker after appearing in ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Angels at Padres
Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...
UNLV's Charles Williams back to '100 percent' after injury
Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
Charles Williams remembers exactly when his 2017 season ended. It was supposed to be a breakout sophomore campaign for the 5-foot-9 running back, but Williams managed just 12 carries in the season opener against Howard before an ankle injury sidelined him ...
Armani Rogers off-target in UNLV scrimmage, Sanchez not worried
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
After putting his team through more than 100 plays in Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Sam Boyd Stadium, UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez pulled quarterback Armani Rogers to the side before the Rebels broke for the locker room. Rogers had struggled ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Lions at Raiders
Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...
Rebels preparing to use Lexington Thomas in return game
Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
UNLV hasn’t scored a punt-return touchdown in 16 years, so if the 2018 Rebels find themselves in a close game and in need of a big special-teams play, don’t be surprised if Lexington Thomas is called upon to make something happen. As a running back, Thomas ...
Aces drop fifth straight amid playoff push
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
The Aces finally returned to Las Vegas after a road trip from hell, but their home environs did little to change their fortunes ...
Louis Bangai, Marvin Coleman joining UNLV hoops as walk-ons
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
College basketball coaches take different approaches to walk-on players. Some view walk-ons as practice bodies, with no purpose other than to play hard between game days and push the scholarship players to match their effort. Others see the walk-on route as ...
Noah Robotham staying at UNLV as walk-on for final season
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
When UNLV signed four incoming freshmen for the 2018-19 season it led to something of a roster crunch, and senior point guard Noah Robotham appeared to be the odd man out. Head coach Marvin Menzies put issue that to rest, however, confirming this week that Robotham ...

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