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Antron Brown does it again in Las Vegas

April 2nd, 2017

It was Opening Day of the baseball season, and Antron Brown went 4-for-4.The 41-year-old Top Fuel champion continued his mastery of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brown defeated teammate Tony Schumacher in the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals on a sun-splashed day during which youth was served in two of hot rod racing’s three pro classes.In his past four outings at The Strip, Brown has clinche...Read More >>

NCAA championship prediction poll

April 2nd, 2017

North Carolina is a 1½-point favorite over Gonzaga and the total is 154½ in Monday’s NCAA championship game. Here’s a survey of opinions from Review-Journal staff members, other media, oddsmakers and professional handicappers.Mark Anderson, Review-Journal: North Carolina, 77-74The Zags will win if both teams play like they did in the semifinals. But North Carolina will up its game...Read More >>

South Carolina captures 1st national title, tops Miss St 67-55

April 2nd, 2017

DALLAS — Dawn Staley is going to savor her first NCAA championship. It took her a long time to finally be able to raise the trophy over her head.A’ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night.Staley made the Final Four three times as a player at Virginia but never ...Read More >>

Matching up the national championship

April 2nd, 2017

#1 GONZAGA (37-1) vs. #1 NORTH CAROLINA (32-7)Site: University of Phoenix Stadium.Time: 6:20 p.m.TV/radio: KLAS-8; KWWN (1100 AM, 100.9 FM).Series: Tied 1-1.How they got here: The top seeds of the West (Gonzaga) and South (North Carolina) regions both had close calls in advancing to the championship, with the Zags being pushed most by West Virginia in the Sweet 16 (61-58 final) and the Tar Heel...Read More >>

Kruger and Williams-Goss connection changed the course of UNLV basketball

April 2nd, 2017

“UNLV was always at the top of my list. I didn’t want to lead on other schools that were recruiting me. I want to go somewhere I was genuinely wanted, and no one gave me that feeling better than UNLV.” — Nigel Williams-Goss, December of 2010.GLENDALE, Ariz. — The last seconds ticked away in a Final Four game Saturday evening, and not a few hundred feet from one ano...Read More >>

Gonzaga poised to beat North Carolina for first NCAA title

April 2nd, 2017

North Carolina isn’t the only team on a mission to win the NCAA championship.Much of the focus on Monday night’s national title game has been on the fact that the Tar Heels have been driven all season to avenge last year’s heartbreaking loss to Villanova in the championship. But Gonzaga has been on a mission of its own the last 19 years to reach the Final Four and win the the ...Read More >>

North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks has unfinished business in NCAA title game

April 2nd, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s a bit premature for Kennedy Meeks to wax nostalgic.After all, the 6-foot-10-inch, 260-pound power forward has one more game before his college basketball career at North Carolina ends and can look back on the good times and the bad.The Tar Heels (32-7), winners of the South Regional as the top seed, meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs (37-1), the No. 1 seed and winner o...Read More >>

Morgan Ettinger carries UNLV softball’s pitching staff

April 2nd, 2017

When senior Kwyn Cooper stepped away from UNLV’s softball team early in the season, coach Lisa Dodd had a conversation with her other main starter, senior Morgan Ettinger.The coach wanted to make sure Ettinger knew there wasn’t any added pressure on her, that she didn’t need to do anything different. It ended up barely being necessary.“She’s actually the one that s...Read More >>

51s roster features lots of returners but not Lugo, Montero

April 2nd, 2017

The 51s were supposed to get either Seth Lugo or Rafael Montero.Either would have bolstered their rotation.Instead, they’ll get neither.The New York Mets were deciding between the two to be their long reliever with the other to be sent down to start in Las Vegas. It appears they had a difficult decision ahead of them, but instead, Lugo’s health made it an easy one.Lugo will head to ...Read More >>

UNLV roundup: Hall, Oda power men’s golf team to third at Goodwin

April 1st, 2017

John Oda shot 4-under-par 66 to finish in a two-way tie for the day’s best score, and UNLV teammate Harry Hall finished in a two-way tie for second overall Saturday to help the 15th-ranked Rebels hold onto third place after the final round of The Goodwin in Palo Alto, California.Oda, a junior, finished at 1-under 209 to tie for fifth, two strokes behind sophomore Hall and three behind med...Read More >>

Antonio Orozco back in title picture after knocking out KeAndre Gibson

April 1st, 2017

Antonio Orozco tried to stay positive, but in the back of his mind he thought he blew his big break in December when he was forced to cancel a fight because of dehydration.Golden Boy Promotions didn’t give up on Orozco and trusted him enough for its ESPN-televised main event bout Saturday at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.The talented junior welterweight didn’t dis...Read More >>

3 takeaways from North Carolina’s win over Oregon in the Final Four semifinals

April 1st, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Three takeaways from North Carolina’s 77-76 win over Oregon in Saturday’s Final Four semifinals at University of Phoenix Stadium:1. Seniors are usually reliableKennedy Meeks is no kid. He’s a 6-foot-10-inch space-eater of a man. And as a senior, he understands what it takes to perform in a big-game atmosphere.Sure enough, he showed up Saturday and it&rs...Read More >>

North Carolina opens as 2-point favorite over Gonzaga in NCAA title game, total 154½

April 1st, 2017

In a showdown between the East and West, North Carolina opened as a 2-point favorite over Gonzaga in Monday’s NCAA Tournament championship game.The total is 154½ for the matchup of No. 1 seeds at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.Neither team covered the spread in Saturday’s national semifinal games as the Tar Heels outlasted Oregon 77-76 as 4½-point favorites...Read More >>

Zach Collins shines on the brightest of stages, leads Gonzaga to national final

April 1st, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The basketball just sort of plopped on the rim and paused, the hearts of those who follow and love and cherish all that is Gonzaga undoubtedly stopping in mid-beat.It fell through net, of course, because when you’re having the game of your life on the biggest stage your hightops have touched, the hoop Gods tend to have your back.Zach Collins told anyone who would l...Read More >>

UNLV gets commitment from Texas quarterback for 2018

April 1st, 2017

UNLV’s future at the quarterback spot keeps getting brighter.Quarterback Stacy Conner gave his oral commitment on Saturday to become UNLV’s first recruit for the class of 2018, according to a source close to the situation.Conner is currently a junior at Wylie High School in Texas. He’s listed as a three-star dual-threat quarterback by Scout.com and 247Sports.com. Scout has Con...Read More >>

Leah Pritchett back on top of drag racing world

April 1st, 2017

Last year at this time, Leah Pritchett was almost on top of the drag racing world.And then, just as quickly, she was almost at the bottom. Through no fault of her own.She would have a come to Papa moment.Now she’s back on top of the world again, and on top of the Top Fuel standings heading into Sunday’s DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals final eliminations at Las Vegas Motor Speedway....Read More >>

Three takeaways from Gonzaga’s Final Four win over South Carolina

April 1st, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Three takeaways from Gonzaga’s 77-73 win over South Carolina in Saturday’s Final Four semifinals:1. LON KRUGER KNOWS POINT GUARDS When Nigel Williams-Goss was starting out at Findlay Prep, Lon Kruger, then UNLV’s coach, offered Williams-Goss a scholarship. In Williams-Goss, Kruger saw exactly who he wanted at point guard: A tough kid who never backed do...Read More >>

Local prep stars Collins and Williams-Goss save the day for Gonzaga at the Final Four

April 1st, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The local kids came up big and Gonzaga is going to the NCAA championship game.Former Findlay Prep standout Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points and former Bishop Gorman star Zach Collins had 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds along with six blocked shots off the bench to lead the Bulldogs past a feisty South Carolina squad, 77-73, Saturday at the University of Phoenix Sta...Read More >>

Raiders’ facility could land in several Las Vegas Valley neighborhoods

April 1st, 2017

The Golden Knights narrowed their search to three sites before choosing Downtown Summerlin as the location to build a hockey practice facility.Las Vegas’ NHL franchise might soon have company in the neighborhood.The Triple-A 51s have considered building a baseball stadium there, and the Raiders could construct a practice facility on the site as well.Downtown Summerlin could be, to borrow ...Read More >>

Raiders will be open for business (and hiring) in Las Vegas

April 1st, 2017

The Raiders’ move to Las Vegas means most of the team and front office will need to relocate.That’s an advantage of getting a team already in existence. The Golden Knights had to start from scratch, but there is something to be said for that as well because it was Las Vegas’ team from the beginning.But the Raiders’ organization will need to make some new hires, and they ...Read More >>

Locals with NFL ties eager for Raiders to arrive

April 1st, 2017

Miles Killebrew missed out on the opportunity to play in Las Vegas during his college career.Killebrew was in his redshirt year as a freshman in 2011 when Southern Utah stormed into Sam Boyd Stadium and returned three interceptions for scores in a 41-16 win over UNLV.Now, the Detroit Lions’ second-year safety hopes he gets another chance to play here as a professional.“As a native, ...Read More >>

Moving Oakland Raiders will to Las Vegas will be tough task for NFL

April 1st, 2017

NFL relocation brings dislocation. Hauling a pro football franchise from one NFL city to another is an unsettling, Herculean task.In the case of the Oakland Raiders, time is on their side, yes it is. A fancy-schmanzy, revenue-generating stadium will be built at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion in time for the 2020 season. But it is conceivable that the Raiders could play in Las Vegas sooner th...Read More >>

NFL not requesting betting ban on Las Vegas Raiders games

April 1st, 2017

The NFL hasn’t requested a betting ban on Raiders games when the team moves to Las Vegas, and commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has no plans to do so.However, despite NFL owners approving the Raiders’ relocation to America’s gambling capital by a 31-1 vote, Goodell still hasn’t embraced sports betting.“We still strongly oppose legalized gambling,” he...Read More >>

Nomadic Raiders might need interim home before landing in Las Vegas

April 1st, 2017

So, where will the gypsy-like Oakland Raiders call home beyond next season?The Raiders will play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2017. But then where does the nomadic Silver and Black call its temporary residence until 2020, when a domed 65,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas will be ready?Don’t ask the Raiders. They don’t know, either.“Now what?’’ Oakland general manager Reg...Read More >>

Raiders GM thinks team will sustain winning ways in Las Vegas

April 1st, 2017

Reggie McKenzie is one of those guys who understands the idea that what you learn after you already know is all that counts in life.You can learn a lot from 11-37, because you know how tough it is to endure.That was the record of the Oakland Raiders during McKenzie’s first three years as general manager, an NFL franchise drowning in players who were paid too much and performed too little,...Read More >>

3 takeaways from UNLV’s Spring Showcase football scrimmage

April 1st, 2017

The running clock had two minutes left when the Rebels in the white uniforms began to get frustrated.For nearly 23 minutes, the UNLV offense struggled to move the ball against its defensive teammates during Saturday’s Spring Showcase at Peter Johann Soccer Field.As the incompletions piled up, the groans kept getting louder on the sidelines.The Rebels were moving the chains on the ground, ...Read More >>

Agents say Las Vegas a favorable destination for NFL free agents

April 1st, 2017

You’re a 27-year-old NFL free-agent wide receiver who grew up in rural Georgia. The phone rings. It’s your agent telling you the Raiders are interested in signing you.The Las Vegas Raiders.You’ve visited Vegas before. Had a good time. Nearly too good one night. But you didn’t quite make it on TMZ. Now, you’re considering living there for the next four or five years...Read More >>

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz isn’t interested in team’s past failures

April 1st, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Barry Trotz wasn’t around for most of the disappointments. Yet, he gets asked about them all the time.Frankly, the Washington Capitals’ head coach would just as soon not play historian. He’s thinking only about the present and making sure his team is playing its best hockey when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 12.“I think we’ve got some...Read More >>

Introducing the Las Vegas Nine

April 1st, 2017

During Big League Weekend at Cashman Field, Chicago Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies chatted about what a baseball town Las Vegas has become.They mentioned Kris Bryant, of course — and a couple of innings later the National League’s reigning MVP from Bonanza High lit the fuse on a two-run bomb that might have detonated on Washington Avenue if not for a stiff crosswind.T...Read More >>

Remembering Las Vegas’ first national basketball champions

April 1st, 2017

A large framed photograph of a little girl standing alongside golf legend Nancy Lopez hangs on the wall of Larry Keever’s State Farm Insurance office in Summerlin.The little girl is Keever’s daughter Stephanie, who became an All-American at Stanford and played on the LPGA tour for 10 years.A regulation basketball autographed by the 1990 national champion UNLV Rebels sits atop a cabi...Read More >>

Here’s how you can watch Saturday’s Final Four games

April 1st, 2017

It’s no longer March, but March Madness is still going on with the NCAA Tournament going three days into April this year. And tournament action continues today with the Final Four.Here’s a look at today’s games and how you can watch on television or online in Las Vegas.SATURDAY’S GAMES(all times PDT)3:09 p.m.: No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (KL...Read More >>

UNLV roundup: Men’s golf team climbs to third at The Goodwin

April 1st, 2017

Harry Hall shot even-par 70 for a 2-under 138 total and moved into a four-way tie for second place, helping the UNLV men’s golf team climb to third Friday at The Goodwin in Palo Alto, California.The 15th-ranked Rebels followed their opening sixth-place 289 with a 284 for a 13-over 573, nine strokes behind 12th-ranked Stanford, the leader in the 24-team field featuring nine teams ranked am...Read More >>

‘King Mo’ evens score with ‘Rampage’ Jackson at Bellator 175

March 31st, 2017

Bellator star Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal once again believed he had done enough to beat Quinton “Rampage” Jackson when their rematch of their 2014 fight went to the scorecards on Friday night.The judges agreed with him this time.Lawal, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, won 29-28 on all three scorecards in the heavyweight main event of Bellator 175 in Rosem...Read More >>

Frank Martin’s barking and berating has led South Carolina to Final Four

March 31st, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The bully is in the eye of the beholder.They used to say the same things about Bobby Knight as a basketball coach, that more important than the intense, barking, at times profane delivery was the message being conveyed.Which is easier to accept, I suppose, when you’re not the one being berated.But those who play for Frank Martin are unabashed in their defense of hi...Read More >>

Mississippi State ends UConn’s 111-game winning streak

March 31st, 2017

DALLAS — UConn’s record 111-game winning streak came to a startling end when Mississippi State pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in women’s basketball history, stunning the Huskies 66-64 on Morgan William’s overtime buzzer beater in the national semifinals Friday night.William hit a 15-footer to cap it, moments after a replay review awarded UConn two free throws for a...Read More >>

Courtney Force sets Las Vegas track record in NHRA qualifying

March 31st, 2017

They are to the NHRA what the Pettys and Allisons and Earnhardts are to NASCAR, what the Andrettis and Unsers are to the IndyCar series.Most everybody agrees that big-time drag racing is just a bit more interesting when John Force and his speedster daughters, Courtney and Brittany, are putting down a blue streak.And, in John Force’s case, talking one.After the first three races of the 201...Read More >>

Tiger Woods to miss another Masters

March 31st, 2017

Tiger Woods won’t play in the Masters for the third time in the last four years, announcing Friday night on his website that rehabilitation on his back didn’t allow him enough time to prepare.“I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready,” Woods said on his website.He still plans to be at August...Read More >>

Former UNR baseball star fights back tears after making big league roster — VIDEO

March 31st, 2017

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Rookie outfielder/first baseman Brock Stassi had an emotional reaction after being named to the Philadelphia Phillies’ opening day roster.Video shows the former University of Nevada star tearing up and calling making the team “a dream come true” after six years in the minors.The 27-year-old was a long shot to make it to the big leagues after being the ...Read More >>

Randall Cunningham won’t return as Silverado football coach

March 31st, 2017

Randall Cunningham was on the internet Friday morning browsing at athletic gear for the Silverado football team.Soon after, the former UNLV and NFL quarterback was informed he won’t be on the Skyhawks’ sideline next season.Cunningham said Friday he was not retained as the school’s football coach after leading Silverado to the postseason in each of his two seasons in charge.&ld...Read More >>

BYU-Arizona game in 2021 could leave Sam Boyd for new Las Vegas Raiders stadium

March 31st, 2017

It appears the new Las Vegas Stadium has booked its first non-Raiders event.The 2021 neutral site game between Brigham Young and Arizona was expected to be played at Sam Boyd Stadium, but that’s now moving to the yet-to-be-built home of the Raiders, according to ESPN.com. UNLV officials weren’t available for confirmation.BYU is scheduled to play at Sam Boyd Stadium in November for a...Read More >>