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.
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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?
By now you probably are familiar with Notre Dame having hired a wildly successful high school coach named Gerry Faust to wake up the echoes. But there’s an even bolder experiment that better correlates to UNLV that was conducted in North Texas.
The Cowboy Christmas and Fanfest drew 66,258 shoppers to giant shopping the Las Vegas Convention Center on opening weekend. Is it any wonder Orlando and Dallas tried to rustle the cash cow that is the National Finals Rodeo?
Last weekend, when he was driving toned-down NASCAR stock cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was hard to discern the perennial all-around world champion cowboy Trevor Brazile from the racing machines.
During his first week on the job, a nervous young sportswriter got a chance to interview hockey legend Gordie Howe. No. 9 broke the ice by offering him a beer.
NASCAR champ Kevin Harvick grew up wanting to be Rick Mears, the four-time Indy 500 champ from Bakersfield. “I was fortunate to have grown up in a racing town,” Harvick says. “It’s a place that has dirt tracks, asphalt, ovals, go-kart tracks, drag strip … always well supported.”
Rodeo cowboys usually don’t talk trash. Unless you get them behind the wheel on a racetrack. Then they will talk more trash than a mob boss when the feds are tapping wires.
A couple of hours after Bobby Hauck resigned as UNLV football coach on Friday, Gonzaga beat St. John’s in one of those sort-of-attractive early season college basketball matchups on TV.
I chatted with Matthew Nelson for nearly an hour the other day, and he barely mentioned music. All he wanted to talk about was cars, classic cars and muscle cars and racing cars.
The left-for-dead Rebels won the WAC regular-season title and conference tourney. They faced UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament.