Wally Backman is still old-school enough to prefer a mix of metrics and instinct, the 51s manager who should be running the Miami Marlins right now but isn’t because owner Jeffrey Loria is a bigger lunatic than we ever imagined.
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NCAA officials hope proposed rule changes, including a shorter shot clock, will help increase scoring in college basketball. But it looks as if the rule changes will make things much tougher for lesser-talented teams to upset bigger, faster, more athletic ones.
Like most college sports in this era of the BCS and now playoff football, the national championship for men’s golf is more about generating fan interest than fretting over what might be the most demanding test for its participants. It’s all about the number of eyeballs watching. Just ask UNLV coach Dwaine Knight.
Jelan Kendrick on Saturday walked in a procession far more important than any half-court set he has been part of, graduating from UNLV with a degree in sociology. His journey to the reality of a cap and gown, more than anything else, is best described as complex.
Cerruti Brown labels himself as a man who thinks outside the box. He wants to form a team — the Las Vegas Dealers — made up of McDonald’s All-American prep players and current college and NBA Development League players to compete against professionals from Europe over a six-month season that would begin in October.
The strategy of fouling DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard or any big man who can’t shoot free throws seems to be slowly killing what is meant to be a beautiful game and the NBA may try to change its rules to prevent it. But the strategy seldom works.
In his quest to continue denying any involvement over the deflation of footballs, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will reach retirement and beyond having never admitted to any wrongdoing. He will always lie about this. Isn’t that why the NFL hammer was swung with such ferocity on Monday?
Dantley Walker has departed UNLV for a land of mangoes and guava and cooling trade winds, for a Division II program in Chaminade whose history is defined by one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship this week announced a tiered payment system for its athletes from its partnership with Reebok, and if all 586 currently under contract didn’t voice their displeasure across social media, well, a good chunk of them did.
A lawsuit has been filed claiming Manny Pacquiao deceived pay-per-view fans by not disclosing his injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. If you paid to watch the fight, you were owed a championship fight. You got it — a typical Mayweather one.
Money is the one component that most defined the entire saga that was Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Manny Pacquiao, which the former predictably won by unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a smart, calculating, defensive genius when a bell rings. The most hyped fight in history was, for the most part, a nice sparring session between a bigger, stronger, longer Mayweather and a fellow champion in Manny Pacquiao.
It’s not near over, and specific plots will determine if Floyd Mayweather Jr. advances his perfection to 48-0 or Manny Pacquiao alerts the Philippines to prepare for the biggest celebratory parade ever witnessed on the island country in Southeast Asia.
Freddie Roach is a Hall of Fame trainer who for years has gone over in his mind every detail, every form of strategy, every potential surprise and counteraction, every movement that could decide a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Wednesday was the official media day to promote the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden, and yet Mayweather’s comfortable demeanor and candid temperament haven’t wavered much since the much-anticipated bout was announced.
I disagree with the notion that there is no suspense in inevitability, that because Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao didn’t step into a ring and oppose each other years ago means all the tension and excitement from the moment has disappeared. It just made people angry and bitter, is all.
Steve Cyr has been a casino host for 28 years. He has never seen anything like Mayweather-Pacquiao. Ever.
The truth: UNLV forward Chris Wood made the correct choice, but there is a right way and wrong way to handle such matters, and Wood failed about as miserably as one can in the process of leaving after his sophomore season for the NBA.
It took this, the megafight of megafights, the one sure to shatter all sorts of financial records at the gate and on your pay-per-view screens, the supposed biggest night in the sport’s history, to confirm what we already knew: It’s not about the fans.
Tony Sanchez delivers a lot of messages. He’s a courier with a whistle, a columnist’s dream for notebook material, a guy who talks about eating elephants one bite at a time and walking into an alley to rumble.
The 51s and Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday at Cashman Field honored the late Jerry Tarkanian and two of his college basketball coaching stops, with Las Vegas players wearing UNLV jerseys and the Grizzlies those of Fresno State.
UNLV concluded spring football drills Saturday under first-year coach Tony Sanchez with a showcase scrimmage at the school’s soccer complex.
While UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice has yet to prove March as a month that can define his program as either successful or relevant, he has this recruiting thing going like nobody’s business. He’s no April fool.
If the gathering at Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Las Vegas gym Tuesday was expertly organized, and it was, the one that played out for Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif., was more controlled chaos. Neither setting, of course, lacked for pointed jabs aimed at the other side.
Tuesday seemed beyond normal for what you might expect, if you believe normal for a boxing media day is David Hasselhoff holding court for some who at least appeared interested in his opinion and Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury posing for photos inside the gym.
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