Racehorse California Chrome has his work cut out for him in the dirt “war zone” known as the dash for the Triple Crown, where some would like to see the horse and jockey fail.
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Before we throw Donald Sterling’s self-help manual on how best to resemble a disturbed, ignorant, unstable bigot into the dumpster, we should review those truths discovered when watching the bizarre narrative play out the past several weeks.
Chris Riley plays golf a few times a week. It helps him stay sharp. He and his wife coach their two daughters on a 10-and-under softball all-star team. It helps him stay happy.
On Friday, in a rainy town of not 55,000 souls along the Willamette River in central western Oregon, UC Irvine returns to the college baseball postseason when it meets UNLV in a regional game at Oregon State.
The most impressive of UFC champions, a guy who hasn’t lost in nearly 10 years, who has won 32 consecutive fights, who finishes better than LeBron James in the open court, who is a betting favorite in the realm of Floyd Mayweather Jr., is someone the mainstream enthusiast would fail miserably at picking out of a lineup. But there is no debating the greatness of Renan Barao.
The Rebels open play against Fresno State at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Stadium as the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament, a co-conference champion whose roster includes 15 players from the Las Vegas valley.
Bismack Biyombo went ahead of him. So did Jimmer Fredette and Markieff Morris and Alec Burks. Fourteen names were called during the 2011 NBA Draft before Kawhi Leonard made his way to the stage for a congratulatory handshake from then-commissioner David Stern.
The news hit John Richy like a fastball that missed its spot. Square in the heart. “There were no words, nothing you could really say,” Richy recalled. “It was so tough to hear. Devastating. Tragic.”
Mike Livreri owns the sort of problem most coaches desire and yet never realize, the idea that his Centennial High softball team has won so much, has reached so many levels of success, has produced a program all others chase locally each spring, discovering ways to motivate his players has become a difficult task.
Arch Ward had a simple idea. Help kids and promote amateur boxing. Take fighting off the streets and into a ring. Turn dreams into reality. The same notion exists today, much as it did in Chicago in 1923. The same hope lies within those who continue to champion Golden Gloves boxing.
Things continue to go well for the Las Vegas 51s, despite the fact many of the fifth-graders at Tuesday’s game weren’t aware of the team’s hot start.
I don’t know Joey Nebeker. Never spoke to him. Short of glancing at the Boise State basketball media guide from last season, I wouldn’t have a clue what he looks like. He might as well be Joey Logano without the racecar.
A confession: I don’t want to see it as badly as I do Manny Pacquiao pummel Adrien Broner, but time will pass, and September will arrive, and if that is indeed when Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues his six-fight contract with Showtime, the only opponent worth a pay-per-view receipt again is Marcos Maidana.
Oscar De La Hoya strikes me as a man who doesn’t buy the idea that recognizing power in another doesn’t diminish his own.
TBE, Floyd Mayweather’s latest acronym to describe his place in boxing history — The Best Ever — falls short on the reality side of the ledger. He never has been. He never will be.
There is a time and place for contract discussions, and this isn’t it, not for a coach whose side has an opportunity to make the sort of history UNLV’s athletic department rarely enjoys from one of its leading sports.
The controversy surrounding Donald Sterling and the fact the NBA has the power and desire to make him sell the Los Angeles Clippers opens the door slightly for broader thoughts on the possibility of a team landing in Las Vegas sooner than later.
Khem Birch decided to leave UNLV and declare for the NBA Draft. There’s a question if he’ll get drafted, but no question it’s a big loss for the Rebels.
UNLV is tied for second in the Mountain West, four games back of New Mexico in the loss column, and what felt like a certainty a few weeks ago when it came to NCAA at-large chances for the Rebels isn’t all that assured now. Which in no way has their head coach worried.
I’m not sure if winning leads to more dialogue. Or if larger crowds translate to the opening of minds and doors in and around City Hall. Or if success on a scoreboard means more in a board room.
The Academic Progress Rate, the measure by which the NCAA tracks eligibility and retention rates of student-athletes, isn’t as straightforward a system as some would believe. It’s like most things in life: Money might be the root of all evil, but it sure does benefit those with the fattest wallets.
She needed a throwing partner. That’s where the story begins. On a softball field, near the end of intramural workouts in February 2013, two freshmen at Valley High joined by the uncomplicated act of warming up.
A few years didn’t change much, huh?
The doorstep calls them all at some point. It beckons with truths about age and fading skills and stories about greatness abating from one’s Hall of Fame resume. Manny Pacquiao is being called, but is convinced it’s far too early.
It took more than a decade for the UNLV football program to exhibit some semblance of respectability. It took one news conference Thursday to severely damage all that positive energy.