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UNLV’s Smith focusing on basketball to move past tragedy

It was not a wonderful life he was leaving behind, so Deville Smith listened when family members pleaded for him to get out of Mississippi and take a higher-percentage shot at success.

Bronze statue honors ‘Tark the Shark’ on UNLV campus

There was a Shark sighting on the UNLV campus Wednesday. But this Shark was bronze. And it sure looked like Jerry Tarkanian. The school officially dedicated a statue to the 83-year-old Hall of Fame basketball coach.

Transfer Smith didn’t sit idle while awaiting turn as Rebel

During his redshirt year on the bench, UNLV junior Roscoe Smith made a decision to get off the couch. As a transfer from Connecticut, Smith practiced with the Rebels and watched games from the sideline. But when the team was on the road, he was at home. The time alone was a chance to look in the mirror.

Rivers starting fresh

Doc Rivers saw what was going on in Boston, and he didn’t want to be part of a rebuilding project. So after nine years of coaching the Celtics and winning an NBA title in 2008, he knew it was time to move on.

Savon Goodman leaving UNLV basketball

Sophomore forward Savon Goodman, facing felony charges and suspended for the season, announced Friday he is leaving the UNLV basketball program.

Fans get first look at Runnin’ Rebels

The Rebels unveiled their new-look roster for the Scarlet/Gray Showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday night. A crowd of around 5,000 showed up to catch a preview of the 2013-14 basketball season.

Do Lakers have shot to contend? Not likely

The Lakers hosted a preseason game Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden, but there was no Bryant and a definite lack of buzz. Imagine the E Street Band showing up to play without Bruce Springsteen.

Kings embracing fresh start

With new ownership, the promise of a new arena in downtown Sacramento, new leadership in the basketball operation with general manager Pete D’Alessandro and coach Mike Malone, perhaps the days of the Sad Sac Kings are over.