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July 20, 2018

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Ray Brewer

Managing Editor

Ray Brewer, a proud local, has been part of Greenspun Media Group since the mid-1990s. He’s covered high school and UNLV sports, and managed the Las Vegas Sun’s award-winning website. He’s a graduate of Chaparral High School and UNLV, and a fierce defender of Las Vegas — especially in comparisons to Reno. Brewer and his wife, Karla, have two children. And they all are passionate about the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Basketball coaching legend Soares steps down at Foothill
Friday, July 20, 2018
Kevin Soares, who is widely considered the best high school basketball coach in Southern Nevada, stepped down from his post at Foothill High School at the end of the school year. Soares had coached the Falcons since the Henderson school opened in 1999 ...
Remembering Jan Van Tuyl, who coached into his 80s and left mark on LV teens
Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Basic High girls basketball team won the overtime jump ball. With possession, coach Jan Van Tuyl’s strategy was simple: Hold onto the ball for the last shot. So, the Lady Wolves deliberately ran out the clock, dribbling and passing to avoid the defense until the end of the four minutes of extra time. They got the last shot and ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Rays at Twins
Sunday, July 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 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Blue Jays at Red Sox
Saturday, July 14, 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 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Cardinals at White Sox
Wednesday, July 11, 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 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Marlins at Nationals
Sunday, July 8, 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 ...
As summer sizzles, there’s always something cool about a 51s game
Sunday, June 24, 2018
A few minutes before the Reno Aces took the field Thursday to face the Las Vegas 51s, Aces infielder Ildemaro Vargas grabbed his glove to put the finishing touches on his warmup routine. But this game of catch came with an unlikely partner — a ...
Keep the cheering going by supporting three teams still in action
Friday, June 22, 2018
When, how and why to attend Aces, Lights and 51s games.
The Vegas Golden Knights are champions where it counts most—in the community
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tickets have become the toughest in the league to get; practices required fire marshals to limit the overwhelming number of attendees.
At 94, matriarch of family with six living generations still active in Las Vegas
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Eulalia McCamly became so skilled at milking cows, driving tractors and stacking hay bales on her family’s South Dakota farm that her father took notice of the teen’s efforts. Some of those bales weighed more than 90 pounds, but McCamly — who was just 5 feet tall — handled them as well as ...
UNLV football's new season ticket package includes unlimited concessions
Athletic department announces ticket package for select games with unlimited concessions
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Some tickets for UNLV football this fall will include unlimited concession items in an initiative university officials believe is unique in college athletics …
In first start, Rancho grad Alvarez shines in goal for LV Lights
Sunday, June 17, 2018
The Rancho High product stopped six of seven shots for the Las Vegas Lights FC in a 4-1 victory against Seattle Sounders 2. A few of the saves came from ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Diamondbacks at Rockies
Sunday, June 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 ...
It wasn’t fun watching the Washington Capitals celebrate in our city
Golden Knights players give thoughtful farewell to fans to conclude memorable inaugural season
Friday, June 8, 2018
While having Washington fans invading T-Mobile Arena wasn’t an ideal scenario for Vegas, it did create an awesome environment for such a ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Mariners at Rays
Thursday, June 7, 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 ...
Las Vegas home prices could reach new peak 'sometime later this year'
Thursday, June 7, 2018
"We don’t buy into some recent reports suggesting that homes here are somehow overvalued.”
Game 4: Golden Knights to host free watch party at T-Mobile Arena
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and admission is free — first come, first serve. The Golden Knights are at Washington for a crucial game, looking to ...
Culinary: Tentative deal reached with MGM on 5-year contract
Sunday, June 3, 2018
The contract covers 24,000 employees at 10 Las Vegas Strip properties and would end the union’s threats to strike if a deal wasn’t ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Indians at Twins
Saturday, June 2, 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 ...
Whether you like or dislike Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final, it's good for hockey
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
There’s a narrative, albeit a weak premise, that says Las Vegas didn’t deserve to experience the Stanley Cup Final. That awesome display on Monday at T-Mobile Arena, everything from ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Baltimore at Tampa Bay
Saturday, May 26, 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 ...
Engelland, the Golden Knights' go-to guy, exemplifies 'Vegas Strong'
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Deryk Engelland is one of us. From the moment he took the microphone before the Vegas Golden Knights home opener and delivered a powerful message about our town’s unity in the days after the senseless Oct. 1 massacre, the defender’s status in this town has magnified ...
Hank Greenspun Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul Nihipali, Chaparral football
Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Sun Standout Awards recognized the best in high school athletics last Wednesday at the South Point Showroom. Here are this year’s winners and their stories.
Best in preps: Oct. 1 survivor headlines honorees in Southern Nevada high school sports
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Coronado's Nick Campbell survived the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip, where one of the bullets that rained down on concertgoers ripped through his right shoulder ...
Unsung Hero nominee found true calling as Las Vegas High coach
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Art Plunkett is retiring next week and is moving to the Pacific Northwest. He is one of five finalists for the Unsung Hero award during tonight’s Sun Standout Awards at the South Point. The award is designated for someone who who works behind the scenes to …
Lights fall behind early in defeat to first-place Salt Lake
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The first-place Monarchs prevailed 2-0 thanks to a pair of breakaway goals in the first half to drop the Lights’ record ...
Desert Pines' Darnell Washington 'shocked' by Alabama scholarship offer
Sunday, May 20, 2018
One by one college football recruiters have stopped by this spring to visit Washington and his teammates. The response is similar — coaches are amazed with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Padres at Pirates
Thursday, May 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 ...
UNR basketball gets commitment from McDonald's All-American
Friday, May 11, 2018
The UNLV basketball program has signed plenty of McDonald’s All-Americans in recent recruiting classes ...
Las Vegas' first hockey team — the Thunder — ready for induction into local hall
Friday, May 11, 2018
Long before the Golden Knights became the hottest ticket on the Las Vegas Strip, a minor league hockey team also ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Braves at Marlins
Thursday, May 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 ...
Schedule released: Golden Knights to play May 16 at home in Western Conference finals
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The series shifts to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for Game 3 at 6 p.m. May 16. Game 4 is 5 p.m. on May 18. If necessary ...
Las Vegas home prices up 16 percent from last year
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The average sales price for a single-family home in the Las Vegas area in April was $289,000, which is an increase of 3.2 percent from March and ...
Former Rebel Johnny Stanton grabs spot on Vikings training camp roster
Monday, May 7, 2018
Stanton came to UNLV is 2016 as a heralded junior college recruit at quarterback. But he was injured as a junior and eventually ...
Las Vegas Lights, Tulsa play to 1-1 draw
Sunday, May 6, 2018
The Lights jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in front of its vocal Cinco de Mayo crowd of 7,777 fans on a ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Phillies at Nationals
Friday, May 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 ...
GV's Crosby picked in draft's fifth round by Lions
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Green Valley High graduate Tyrell Crosby had to wait longer than expected to be picked in the NFL Draft. Some projections ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Rockies at Marlins
Saturday, April 28, 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 ...
Giants select Las Vegas' Will Hernandez in NFL Draft
Friday, April 27, 2018
At the NFL Combine, he impressed by putting up 37 bench press reps at 225 pounds. He’s noted excelling as a run blocker, so much that he became just the ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Diamondbacks at Nats
Friday, April 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 ...
UNLV football lands another recruit from local power Liberty
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
For the second straight year, the Rebels are in line to sign one of the best players — if not the best player — from powerhouse Liberty ...
Rebels capture three Mountain West titles in five days
Monday, April 23, 2018
In men’s golf, senior Shintaro Ban captured the league’s individual title on Sunday to pace the Rebels to ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Braves at Phillies
Wednesday, April 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 ...
New name: Baseball club will retire 51s brand when it moves to Summerlin
Monday, April 16, 2018
The team announced today it will also change its name in 2019, retiring 51s after nearly 20 seasons and launching a “Name the Team Sweepstakes” for community feedback on ...
UNLV football borrows Strip magician to present walk-on scholarship
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Ammir Aziz thought his Friday couldn’t get any better when, during his early morning shift working security at the MGM Grand, he was introduced to country music star Blake Shelton. Aziz is no stranger to Shelton’s lyrics, frequently singing them and ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Giants at Padres
Thursday, April 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 ...
How far will Golden Knights' fairy-tale season take us?
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Playoffs in three years. Stanley Cup champions in six. That was the timeline owner Bill Foley established for his National Hockey League expansion franchise when it launched ...
Prop bets on NFL Draft drawing interest at Las Vegas sports books
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Which Georgia running back will be selected first in the NFL Draft at the end of the month: Sony Michel or Nick Chubb? In Nevada, you can place a wager on the outcome. There are ...
Las Vegas housing supply remains tight; average sales price again increases
Friday, April 6, 2018
The average price for an existing single-family home sold in Las Vegas last month was $280,000, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Home prices increased 1.8 percent from February and 15.7 percent from March 2017. Also, the average sale price of townhouses and condos was $160,000, or a spike of 30.1 percent from the same time last year. The total number of existing local homes, condos and townhouses sold during ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Rangers at A's
Wednesday, April 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 ...

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