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Div. III players overachieve under the rim

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.

Hospital visit cheers kids — and Rebels

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.

Street ball has its day with dunks, bravado

The Ball Up all-stars concluded their season at Cox Pavilion on Saturday night. What they do is play street ball — what some of us old-timers once called playground basketball.

Mid-season NBA tourney in Vegas not bad idea

When NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the idea of playing a mid-season tournament in Las Vegas, the media reacted as if it was a harebrained idea. Here’s one vote for Silver’s proposal.

Watson’s clinic still free, but so priceless

It’s early Friday morning at the Doolittle Community Center, and a very tall man is leading 145 kids through calisthenics on one of the center’s two basketball courts.

Turkish basketball not for the timid

All jokes aside, if players in the Vegas Summer League don’t make the NBA, there are worse things than playing in the Turkish Basketball League.

Cavs fans should love new Anthony Bennett

Last year, the Canadian kid the Cleveland Cavaliers took first was Anthony Bennett from UNLV; this year it was Andrew Wiggins from Kansas. Taking Bennett first hasn’t worked out. Not yet, at least.

Unlike 76ers, Sullivan on winning streak

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.

Former Lady Rebels coach cuts down the nets

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.

Dayton’s in Sweet 16, and it’s not Henry Finkel’s fault

Hank Finkel might not have been a star in the NBA, but he was a great player at Dayton, which has made it to this year’s Sweet 16. Plus, he had a name that is hard to forget.

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