It was a little before 2 p.m. Monday at Cashman Field. A man from the grounds crew was spreading fertilizer in the outfield, walking from the Dotty’s casino sign in deepest left-center field to the right-field foul line. Another grounds crew man was working on the pitcher’s mound in the left-field bullpen.
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Long-suffering Cubs fans bought tickets to see a young, talented club led by a skipper who knows how to mold a World Series contender. But a Series title would be bittersweet because their heroes, Ron Santo and now Ernie Banks, won’t be around to see it.
The Rebels, a talented if rudderless bunch, had somehow slipped to 1-5 coming into Saturday.
The GolfBoard aims to draw a younger demographic to golf. So far, the only place you can ride one around the fairways is at Las Vegas National Golf Club.
Cars were back on the track Monday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Monday. That’s good news for NASCAR, which has had its offseason hijacked by the stories coming out of the trial of driver Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.
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Kealiiholookoa Maruyama finished third in the boys’ 14-15 division in the national finals of the PP&K competition.
Christian Volesky, Matt Polster and Sal Bernal were among 55 players invited to the MLS combine. All three were Las Vegas prep stars. Volesky and Polster played at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and Bernal at UNLV.
A lot of American fight fans and boxing experts, including Showtime Boxing’s Al Bernstein, are excited about Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder on Saturday night. Bernstein said it’s been more than 20 years since the last excellent, action-packed heavyweight title fight involving Americans, or sort of Americans.
While going through boxes in the garage recently, I found an old cassette tape — one supposes there aren’t any other kind. It was white, with red letters. “A Happy Baseball Birthday.” Under the two little reels were bolder red letters that said: LENNY DYKSTRA.
Rugby players from around the world return to Las Vegas next month. Before the fast-paced action begins on the field — and in the stands — the organizers have to turn the turf football field at Sam Boyd Stadium into a rugby pitch with skinny goalposts, touch and try lines — and living grass.
UNLV lost to UNR in basketball again on Wednesday night, and that was a bad thing if you were Rebels coach Dave Rice, who takes a ration of grief — or something like it — whenever the Rebels stub a toe against the lesser squads of the Mountain West Conference.
Blake Leeper, the “blade runner” with the 10,000-watt smile, on silver and bronze at the 2012 Paralympics. He needs to shave 2.8 seconds off his 400 meter time to become the first American paralympic athlete to qualify for the able-bodied Olympics.
If Tony Sanchez, the new UNLV football coach straight out of high school, wasn’t watching all of the bowl games, one hopes he was watching some of them, or that he has a DVR with extra storage capacity.
On a 1-10 scale, I asked, with one being the guy in the Super Bowl office pool and 10 being Edward Norton in “Rounders,” where would he place himself and the group? “Eleven,” he said.
Martin Luther was a 16th-century German friar who wrote the Ninety-Five Theses about religious indulgences, or the selling of them, thereby sparking the Protestant Reformation.
Upon closer examination of the box set of the original “Batman” TV series, it appears the screenwriters were sports fans, too.
While UNLV was shocking No. 3-ranked Arizona, Dick Vitale and his bride of 43 years were taking in Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas. Le Reve was the first big production at the Wynn, so it’s still a diaper dandy among Las Vegas shows.
When the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association voted 6-3 to fly south to Florida, it started the gears turning on one of the biggest sports stories of the year. Columnist Ron Kantowski looks at half of the year’s biggest sports stories.
It’s a ghost of sports Christmas past now. But in the days before the NBA extravaganza and “A Christmas Story” marathons, nothing said Christmas like the Blue-Gray Football Classic from Montgomery, Ala.
Sprint — whose new boss is a soccer guy — is latest sponsor to defect from NASCAR. The turmoil continues as many tracks are downsizing the great speedways, so TV viewers don’t see empty seats.
Every five years when UNLV fires its football coach there is a great whoop-de-doo and la-di-da about football. It usually lasts until the UNLV basketball team plays a quality nonconference opponent. Is there a program out there UNLV ought to be imitating?
The UNLV basketball team got a heavy dose of perspective Thursday morning at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Just 12 hours after holding off stubborn Portland of the West Coast Conference at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Rebels dropped in on pediatric and intensive care wards and put smiles on young faces.
Sometimes late at night Bobby Florence will stop by the main gaming floor at the Gold Coast where people are wagering money on a new baccarat game called Rabbit’s Play. He’ll get a little twinkle in his eye, as he did when he scored 35 points in one half against Saint Mary’s 40 years ago.
They divvied up the last of the $6.3 million purse at the record-setting National Finals Rodeo following Saturday night’s final performance. Load up the livestock and alfalfa bales, pardners. Y’all come back again, ya’ hear?
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