It’s Saturday morning at the end of Lake Las Vegas Parkway where the pavement stops, where everything green turns to brown and the terrain becomes uneven. Streams of people, many dressed as superheroes or Star Wars characters, are walking toward the same place. Some are stretching hamstrings.
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On the cover of the new book Jerry Reuss finally got around to writing is a picture of him standing on the pitcher’s mound looking mostly irritated, and of Tommy Lasorda, looking mostly blurry, in the foreground. Blurry Lasorda, it can be assumed, is about to remove irritated Reuss from the ballgame.
There was the side Bob Dylan sang about and the side Denzel Washington portrayed in the movies. That was an admirable side. Then there was the other side, the rough side. That’s the side you didn’t hear too much about.
They are two of the most profound tragedies in sports, separated by 41 years, linked by a trail of tears. Frank Shorter was there for both. It’s not something he’s proud of; it’s something he endured. Sometimes, the fates just conspire in strange ways.
Last year at this time, amateur wrestling was trapped in a full Nelson.
Ten days ago there she was, 14-year-old Hunter Pate, a female, a Cinderella story from out of nowhere — an eighth-grader at Grant Sawyer Middle School in Las Vegas. And she was about to become champion at Augusta National.
When he was a younger man, Bill Lusk flew Nikita Khrushchev’s bags around the U.S. during one of the former communist leader’s visits. Now that he’s 80, Bill Lusk drives a one-of-a-kind Porsche 911 around Auto Club Speedway in California at high rates of speed.
When I bumped into Tim Chambers Saturday morning on the UNLV campus, the wind had not yet started to blow. The Rebels baseball coach was driving a golf cart, showing supporters around. He appeared happy, happy and hairy.
It looks like a monolith carved from mortar and molded of chrome, a giant spaceship in the middle of the UNLV campus.
A couple of visitors were chatting with Eric Meeks in the pro shop at the TaylorMade Golf Experience out on Las Vegas Boulevard recently, where he operates the Eric Meeks School of Golf. It was coming up on the 25-year anniversary of Meeks having qualified to play in the Masters.
My pal Steve and I were talking about old baseball cards the other day, and that segued into a discussion about how sometimes they airbrushed the logos off the caps of guys who had been recently traded — and then that segued into another discussion, about “Who’s Who in Baseball.”
According to ESPN the Magazine’s poll of 143 major league ballplayers, Las Vegas’ Bryce Harper is the most overrated player in the game. But at least one American League All-Star thinks he is going to be pretty good.
Former pro athletes and celebrities brought plenty of lighter moments to the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek, and the image of Jordan golfing with a lit stogie kind of sticks with you.
On opening night of the 51s’ season, I saw a guy wearing a Bad News Bears jersey at Cashman Field. On the back, where the name of the sponsor usually goes, it said “Chico’s Bail Bonds.”
Top prospect throws high hard ones in Cashman Field debut, but he still has much to learn as a volunteer first-base coach.
Paulina Gretzky appears on the cover of the latest Golf Digest magazine in stretchy clothing, and a lot of the LPGA players are none too pleased.
What would a baseball lineup of Batman characters look like? Who would play first base? Or steal it?
Former Bishop Gorman and College of Southern Nevada standout Donn Roach made his major league debut with the San Diego Padres Wednesday, facing seven batters against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In advance of the 51s opening their 32nd Pacific Coast League season here tonight, the team held its annual media day on Tuesday. Of the six or so media who showed up, four or so asked manager Wally Backman if the 51s would be good enough to return to the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
The El Paso Chihuahuas will be marking their territory as the new triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and they’ve got a pretty cool logo.
The Cubs lost their season opener and an umpire challenge but at least they (almost) made history.
You’ve heard of that movie about backup singers called “20 Feet From Stardom?” Well, Molly Sullivan has spent the basketball season 20 feet (or thereabouts) from futility.
Illinois-Chicago defeated Stephen F. Austin 73-64 in the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship game in Chicago, capping a 26-win season under former UNLV women’s basketball coach Regina Miller.
Today is Opening Day in baseball. It is a magical day in many ways. For instance, if you are a Cubs fan, it is the only day for sure you can open the newspaper and find Chicago atop the National League Central standings.
Courtney Force and Graham Rahal are auto racing’s newest, fastest couple on eight wheels. They have overtaken NASCAR’s Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, at least based on career victories.