Edward Fryatt was a golfing All-American at UNLV and had a nice little run on the PGA Tour. Then he lost his tour card and set aside his clubs for 10 years — until he started playing again recently as an amateur in Southern Nevada Golf Association tourneys.
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Two of the neat things about arena-style football are that the ball looks like a giant walnut, and that it gives guys from small colleges a chance to continue chasing dreams.
Do you see the photo of Northern Arizona basketball coach Jack Murphy? It shows Murphy calling out a play, exhorting his team — and one can see a fire extinguisher on the wall of the gymnasium.
Two weeks ago, Ron Riley, the former Clark High star who during his four-year Arizona State career became the Sun Devils’ all-time leading scorer and threw down some of the most thunderous dunks in ASU history, was inducted into the Pac-12’s Hall of Honor.
Check the Hasbro line. Krzyzewski (Duke coach Mike) would beat Krystkowiak (Utah coach Larry) on the Scrabble board. Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski would beat them both, but only if you used his first name.
An Internet poll came out just before the ongoing edition of March Madness ranking Las Vegas No. 124 among the 300 best basketball cities in the U.S.
While the other specialists limbered up by kicking official Arena Football League striped footballs over fences or between narrow makeshift goal posts made of bright yellow tape, the straggler stood in the shadows cast by Las Vegas Sportspark. He smoked a cigarette and ate a glazed doughnut.
Lauren Surick, a goalie for the Las Vegas Premier Soccer Academy girls under-18 team, outkicked her teammate, bounced the ball over the head of the other goalie and scored. “Does this count?” she asked. “I didn’t even know if this counts.”
Kurt Busch missed the first three races of the NASCAR season because of a suspension related to domestic violence accusations. He returned Sunday at Phoenix and challenged teammate Kevin Harvick for first place before finishing fifth.
If Mike Bryant had seen this once, he had seen it a hundred times. Or a thousand, if you go back to Little League and Wiffle Ball: The baseball sailing toward the outfield fence on a long and high arc, easily clearing it, his son Kris breaking into a home run trot.
Starting with the 1961 season, P.K. Wrigley, the Cubs’ spendthrift owner, decided the team no longer should have a field manager. Instead, it would have an eight-man committee of coaches. And that every month or so, one of these fungo hitters would become head coach.
The Pac-12 struck gold when its basketball tournament from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The atmosphere at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is electric and the Pac-12 hoopfest is the hottest ticket in town.
On the morning after the 18th Gearhead Christmas, aka the NASCAR Kobalt 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway seemed a bit forlorn. The massive grandstands were clean and eerily quiet — at least until they fired the engines of the Richard Petty Driving Experience stockers.
With no competition yellow flags or pickup trucks with mud flaps and big No. 3 decals on back to slow me down, I was able to spend 6 hours, 4 minutes taking in the sights and sounds of NASCAR Race Day.
A couple of years ago in this space I wrote about David Gilliland, one of the back-of-the-pack NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers for whom I’ve always had admiration and affinity.
He was such a fixture at Las Vegas Motor Speedway they gave him space No. 1 in the media parking lot. Then when Brian Hilderbrand took a position in the LVMS public relations department before last year’s NASCAR weekend, I inherited his parking spot.
Rico Abreu, 4 feet 4 inches tall and 95 pounds, is making a big name for himself on the short-track circuit. “Pretty badass,” said fellow driver Joey Saldana.
SAFER technology has existed since 2002, and it’s now 2015, and the inside walls at most NASCAR tracks still don’t have steel and foam energy to reduce the impact of big hits.
Jamie Little, the auto racing pit road reporter from Las Vegas, may not officially be the most interesting woman in the world. I have heard, however, that when the Dos Equis beer guy sees her coming, he sometimes turns and heads in another direction.
On Tuesday night, little (but perhaps not for long) Grand Canyon skunked the UNLV baseball team down at 35th and Camelback in Phoenix, the bustling city corner upon which the university sits. The final score was 7-0. Beyond the left-field scoreboard at Brazell Stadium, outfielders could hear the rumble of Valley Metro buses.
A proposed Las Vegas NHL expansion/relocation franchise has reached the halfway mark in its stated goal of obtaining 10,000 season-ticket deposits — great news until you read that when it was decided the Atlanta Thrashers should move to Winnipeg, the Jets locked up 13,000 season-ticket deposits in seven minutes.
Now that the globetrotting HSBC USA Sevens World Series of Rugby is coming off yet another wildly successful installment at Sam Boyd Stadium, we may hold these rugby truths to be self-evident …
There’s something in the sports writer’s code, an unwritten rule, about not asking for autographs. When I heard that Jerry Tarkanian had died Wednesday morning, asking him for his autograph when I was a young sports writer was one of the first things that popped into my mind.
Several NHL stars, including Wayne Gretzky, have played in the Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec, an international ice hockey tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds in Canada. The Las Vegas Junior Wranglers will begin play Sunday against a team from Japan.
The Vegas Shoot is the largest indoor archery tournament in the world, with more than 2,500 archers in attendance. They come from faraway places to reach into quivers.
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