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4A FLAG FOOTBALL: Cimarron gets jolt from Haylei Hughes’ interception to win state title

February 22nd, 2017

There was only one topic of conversation among fans, players and coaches alike for the first 48 minutes of the Class 4A state flag football final at Cimarron-Memorial High on Wednesday.The arctic weather.With pylons and yard markers falling over and palm trees tilting back and forth in unison near the South end zone, players huddled around one another in lettermen’s jackets and blankets i...Read More >>

Lady Rebels move into second-place tie in Mountain West

February 22nd, 2017

UNLV entered Wednesday’s game fourth in the Mountain West women’s basketball standings.By the time the night was over, the Lady Rebels were tied for second. And they have a fairly good shot of finishing second if they continue to take care of business.They did that Wednesday, though it wasn’t necessarily pretty, beating conference bottom feeder Air Force 52-38 at Cox Pavilion ...Read More >>

3 takeaways from UNLV’s loss at Air Force

February 22nd, 2017

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Three takeaways from the UNLV basketball team’s 81-58 loss to Air Force on Wednesday at Clune Arena:1. THE DUMPSTER FIRE CONTINUESAir Force was supposed to be one of the games UNLV could win down the stretch, but after this 23-point loss, it can’t be overstated how bad a shape the program and this season is in.Rebels coach Marvin Menzies didn’t...Read More >>

Las Vegas’ Brendan Gaughan reminisces about Georgetown days with Allen Iverson

February 22nd, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brendan Gaughan was the only NASCAR driver to earn a shoutout in Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame induction speech last fall.AI and Gaughan?Yup, meet the Daytona 500 driver who had his ankles broken by AI. Before Gaughan started a lengthy NASCAR career and Iverson became of the NBA’s greats with the Philadelphia 76ers, they were teammates in the 1990s at Geor...Read More >>

UNLV roundup: Relay efforts pace men’s swim team in WAC Championships

February 22nd, 2017

Two top-five relay finishes carried the UNLV men’s swimming and diving team to fifth place Wednesday after the first day of the four-day, seven-team Western Athletic Conference Championships in Houston.The 800-yard freestyle relay team of junior Francois Van Wynsberghe, senior Tom Paco-Pedroni, senior Brenton Sayers and junior Forrest Beesley finished third in 6 minutes, 30.41 seconds.The...Read More >>

Rae Burrell pays heed to coach, leads Foothill girls to state

February 22nd, 2017

Foothill girls basketball coach Laura Allen and junior Rae Burrell quietly slipped into the trainer’s room at Green Valley to talk after a late-December tournament game.Burrell didn’t start and played less than nine minutes — none in the fourth quarter — in the Falcons’ blowout victory over Durango.It was a clear message from the first-year coach to the Falcons&rsq...Read More >>

Kevin Lee says he’ll do the UFC a favor and finish Trinaldo — VIDEO

February 22nd, 2017

Kevin Lee says he’s doing the UFC a favor by facing Francisco Trinaldo in Brazil.The lightweight fighter jokingly said the promotion called him to dispose of the 38-year-old in dramatic fashion at UFC Fight Night 106. In reality, Lee knows that he’s heading into hostile territory and preparing to face a top-ranked Brazilian fighter who has had his hand raised in his last 7 outings.L...Read More >>

James Bridges gives Clark open look at 4A boys tournament

February 22nd, 2017

Being open isn’t enough for Clark boys basketball coach Colin Darfour. He wants his players to be “wide, wide open.”But when junior James Bridges takes a jumper, Darfour rarely worries.“Anytime he lets the ball go, I’m happy,” Darfour said. “I’m a lot happier when they fall than when they don’t, but he’s the right guy to shoot the ball...Read More >>

Players’ union agrees to MLB’s proposal for pitchless intentional walks

February 22nd, 2017

NEW YORK — There won’t be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.The players’ association has agreed to Major League Baseball’s proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.“It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. I know they’re trying to cut out some of the fat. I’m OK with that,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona...Read More >>

Nevada Fishing Report

February 22nd, 2017

LAKE MEAD — When windy conditions have eased up enough for anglers to get on the water, they have been rewarded with good fishing for striped bass in 40- to 50-foot depths. Grebes and other predatory aquatic birds have been the ticket for finding bait fish. Find the birds, find the bait and then find the fish. If shad or anchovies aren’t catching the fish try, a jigging spoon.LAKE M...Read More >>

Who will be next from Las Vegas to race at Daytona 500?

February 22nd, 2017

There’s a scene in “Days of Thunder,” a movie made about NASCAR when NASCAR tracks still had all their seats and sponsorships were abundant, during which fictional race team owner Tim Daland says this about stock car drivers from north of the Mason-Dixon Line: “If you’re from California, you’re not a Yankee. You’re not really anything.”The same on...Read More >>

Golden Knights unlikely to be NHL trade deadline participants

February 22nd, 2017

That first Vegas Golden Knights player transaction is most likely going to have to wait until sometime in March.Team owner Bill Foley has said he hoped to have the final franchise paperwork complete by Feb. 28, allowing for the team to participate in deals at the NHL’s trade deadline on March 1. But Foley said Tuesday it’s unlikely to happen because of the heavy load of paperwork th...Read More >>

Breaking down tonight’s UNLV Rebels-Air Force game

February 22nd, 2017

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Breaking down the UNLV basketball game at Air Force at 6 p.m. PST Wednesday:BACKCOURTAir Force is a better team beyond the 3-point arc, making 37.4 percent of those shots compared to 33.0 percent for UNLV. But the Rebels have Jovan Mooring, who was the one mostly responsible for winning the prior meeting in Las Vegas when he scored 30 points. Which Mooring will ...Read More >>

Here’s how to watch UNLV basketball at Air Force tonight

February 22nd, 2017

The UNLV men’s basketball team will wrap up its two-game road trip Wednesday facing Mountain West opponent the Air Force Falcons in Colorado.The Rebels (10-17, 3-11 Mountain West) enter the mid-week game off a Sunday loss, 77-64, at San Diego State, which extended UNLV’s losing streak to seven games.UNLV is facing Air Force for the second time this season after taking the first meet...Read More >>

FIELDER’S CHOICES: Camped out at Cox for state basketball tournaments

February 22nd, 2017

I’ve been sleeping in a tent near Cox Pavilion for the past two nights.Don’t worry, nothing tragic happened.The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association boys and girls state basketball tournaments tip off Thursday, and I decided to camp out to make sure I got in since the “multipurpose venue” on the campus of UNLV only holds about 2,500 for basketball.The drawback o...Read More >>

Restoration programs have helped outdoors thrive in Nevada

February 22nd, 2017

Back in the day before technology began to replace outdoor skills, one of the things old timers taught novices about navigating in the wild was to periodically check their backtrail. They knew that taking a minute here and there to identify a series of landmarks would help them remember where they came from and could even point the way going forward.Through the years, I have learned that this p...Read More >>

Several golfers with Las Vegas ties taking cuts on pro tours

February 22nd, 2017

Actor Bill Murray has worn his golf overalls and danced with the gallery at the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach pro-am. The tour pros have played historic Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.That can mean only one thing: The West Coast segment of the PGA Tour schedule is in the record books, thus signaling that golf is in full swing.As in previous years, Las Vegas is well represented on ...Read More >>

Magic Johnson gets his wish, but he has a lot to learn

February 21st, 2017

The first sign Magic Johnson might not be a total fiasco as the person now in charge of returning the Lakers to a position of strength within the NBA — or at least one day to a No. 8 playoff seed so that the Warriors have someone to warm up against before getting serious in the postseason — came last week.Johnson was explaining ways in which he desired having a major role in the dec...Read More >>

UNLV Rebels aim for higher tourney seed as they face Air Force

February 21st, 2017

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — As the seconds ticked down in Sunday’s loss at San Diego State, the Aztecs’ student section turned to UNLV’s bench and began to chant, “Last place, last place, last place.”The Rebels are usually closer to the top than the bottom of the Mountain West standings, but now they meet an Air Force opponent with whom they share the cellar.S...Read More >>

Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers top MLB season win totals at Westgate

February 21st, 2017

Opening Day isn’t until April 2, but that didn’t stop bettors from firing away at the 2017 Major League Baseball regular-season win totals posted Tuesday at the Westgate sports book.The numbers had barely appeared on the board at precisely 2:01 p.m. when Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons moved the Cubs’ majors-high total from 95½ to 96½.“We already got some over ...Read More >>

For patient fans, buying Golden Knights season tickets was worth wait

February 21st, 2017

They came. They looked. They sat.The Vegas Golden Knights had some ticket inventory they were looking to move. Tuesday, they invited the public to T-Mobile Arena for their 24-hour open house to increase their full-season ticket sales from 13,300 to closer to 14,000. The team was also pushing partial season plans of 11- and 22 games.“What’s exciting is the majority of the attendees a...Read More >>

MLB may change strike zone, other unilateral rules for 2018

February 21st, 2017

PHOENIX — Major League Baseball intends to give the players’ association the required one-year advance notice that would allow management to unilaterally change the strike zone, install pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher’s mound starting in 2018.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday after union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not for...Read More >>

TUF 25’s Lima: Not a lot of people get second chances like this — VIDEO

February 21st, 2017

A finalist of The Ultimate Fighter 19, Dhiego Lima returns to the UFC as part of the cast of TUF Redemption. Lima, 28, was released from the UFC following a pair of losses in 2015. Overall, Lima was 1-3 with the promotion.He went on to capture the welterweight title in Titan FC, but lost the belt just prior to being cast on TUF 25.Lima is glad to have a second chance to prove what he’s ca...Read More >>

Color Run’s Dream Tour kicks off in Las Vegas

February 21st, 2017

A foam zone, a dream wall and inflatable giant unicorns are just three new features coming to the Color Run this year.And they’ll debut in Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday.“It’s been one of our first, if not our first event, of the year so it’s actually one of the events that I guess just our huge unveiling, where our whole company kind of comes downs,” event directo...Read More >>

Former UFC champ Ronda Rousey to appear on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

February 21st, 2017

LOS ANGELES — MMA fighter Ronda Rousey will appear on an upcoming episode of NBC’s “Blindspot” as a guest star.Rousey will play Devon Penberthy, a female prison inmate who grew up in a working class family from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and is serving time for transporting weapons across state lines. Penberthy is described as a tough, athletic woman who knows...Read More >>

Facebook might be streaming one MLB game per week this season, sources say

February 21st, 2017

NEW YORK — Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation.Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competit...Read More >>

RJ’s Adam Hill and Heidi Fang recap UFC FN 105, talk Georges St. Pierre — VIDEO

February 21st, 2017

Editors note: Adam Hill and Heidi Fang host a live video chat on the Review-Journal’s Covering The Cage Facebook page every Tuesday at Noon.Review-Journal sports reporter Adam Hill and videographer Heidi Fang returned Tuesday for their weekly live video update on all things MMA and UFC.This week’s topics included recapping Bellator 172 and UFC Fight Night 105, previewing UFC 209 cov...Read More >>

DeMarcus Cousins gives emotional farewell speech, says love for Sacramento ‘hasn’t changed’

February 21st, 2017

DeMarcus Cousins fought back tears while delivering an emotional farewell speech at a gathering one day after the Sacramento Kings dealt him to the New Orleans Pelicans in the first blockbuster trade of the season.Cousins, 26, was traded along with Omri Casspi to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and two 2017 draft picks late Sunday after the All-Star Game in New Orl...Read More >>

Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter to plead guilty to disorderly conduct

February 21st, 2017

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter plans to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct citation stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month.Porter’s defense attorney, Robert Del Greco, tells The Associated Press that Porter will plead guilty in City Court on Tuesday afternoon.Porter was originally charged with aggravated assault and...Read More >>

Players to watch when Rebels play Air Force, UNR this week

February 20th, 2017

Five players to watch when UNLV’s basketball team plays at Air Force at 6 p.m. PST Wednesday and against UNR at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center:1. Cameron Oliver, sophomore forward, UNR: As UNLV discovered in the last meeting (25 points, nine rebounds), the Rebels didn’t have anyone who could match up with the 6-foot 8-inch, 225-pound Oliver, who is able to dominate ...Read More >>

Westgate gets no takers on odds on possible Mayweather-McGregor megafight

February 20th, 2017

If a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor ever materializes, the pay-per-view numbers are expected to be staggering. But early betting interest on the bout has been nonexistent at the Westgate, which posted odds on the possible megafight Thursday with Mayweather listed as a 25-1 favorite and McGregor a 11-1 underdog.“We’ve had absolutely no takers on either s...Read More >>

UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis dumps on defeated opponent Travis Browne

February 20th, 2017

UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis showed why he is a legitimate threat in the division by knocking out Travis Browne in the main event of UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, despite suffering an apparent rib injury early in the bout.The Houston native offered a glimpse into why he can be one of the organization’s next big stars once the fight was over.Lewis did some great wor...Read More >>

Familiar faces match up under a Big Sky

February 20th, 2017

CEDAR CITY, Utah — It is another crisp, snow-capped peak day in this wholesome city of 28,000 residents that serves as a tourism gateway to national parks Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon; the Utah Shakespeare Festival; and last and least, according to the Big Sky standings, the Southern Utah University men’s basketball team.Inside Centrum Arena, two guys — one under each b...Read More >>

UNLV’s Gonzalez twins inseperable on, off the court

February 20th, 2017

When they were kids, Dylan and Dakota Gonzalez’s mother, Angie, would try to do things to separate her daughters.Maybe she’d take one on an errand and leave the other at home. Her fear, the twins say, was that they’d wind up living together as 70-year-olds raising cats and golden retrievers.To this day, they are rarely found apart — they live together, play basketball to...Read More >>

Mackenzie Raim, UNLV women’s golf control back nine

February 20th, 2017

UNLV women’s golf coach Amy Bush-Herzer pays close attention to what her student-athletes do on the back nine of competitions.“I always talk about finishing strong like a Rebel,” said Bush-Herzer, who is in the midst of her seventh season as the Rebels’ leader. “I don’t care what you did on the first holes. It’s how you finish and giving it your all on ...Read More >>

What the UNLV Rebels said after the loss at San Diego State

February 20th, 2017

SAN DIEGO — What the UNLV basketball team said following its 77-64 loss Sunday at San Diego State:COACH MARVIN MENZIES“It sounds like a broken record, but we came ready to play. We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot with missing easy buckets and just getting right there and getting close. But this is a better team than us, and they beat us twice, handily both times. Last time ...Read More >>

Kings agree to trade All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

February 20th, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis.The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena.The Kings dealt one of the most talented but temperamental big men in the game along with Omri Cass...Read More >>

UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis recovers, KO’s Browne

February 20th, 2017

Rising UFC heavyweight star Derrick Lewis took a kick to the midsection early in his main event bout against Travis Browne on Sunday night and looked like he may not even be able to get through the opening round.He did far more than survive.Despite laboring around the cage holding on to his ribs and turning away from the action on several occasions to retreat, Lewis made it to the bell.He regro...Read More >>

3 takeaways from the UNLV Rebels-San Diego State game

February 20th, 2017

SAN DIEGO — Three takeaways from the UNLV basketball team’s 77-64 Mountain West loss to San Diego State on Sunday at Viejas Arena:1. THIS IS NO LONGER A RIVALRYThe UNLV-San Diego State series used to be the Mountain West’s best and most intense, but that was before the Aztecs began to dominate. Now at 10 San Diego State victories in a row (the past four by double digits), the ...Read More >>

As losses mount for Rebels, Menzies continues to hold players accountable

February 19th, 2017

SAN DIEGO — In a basketball season that has now reached a historic level of ineptness for UNLV, perhaps one of the positive rays of light in this sea of perpetual darkness sat on the Rebels bench Sunday in the form of sophomore guard Jalen Poyser.Not for anything he has done on the court this season or in a positive manner for why he was relegated to a spectator’s role, but rather a...Read More >>