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Lessons to be learned at heels of Cowboys

What you are witnessing is Dave Rice’s prophecy coming true, and within it will be these sorts of close losses to an experienced team. But as the games and weeks and possessions pass, UNLV basketball improves.

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.

Holiday cold front should warm ice fishermen’s hearts

Call me sentimental, nostalgic or maybe even a little on the mature side, but it is New Year’s Day. So I will begin this column by wishing all of you a Happy New Year. Perhaps this is the old school thing to do, but I do miss the days when everyone wished each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. That was before the holiday season was completely driven by retail interests and political correctness.

Weak schedules hurt Mountain West from top to bottom

Say what you want about those tools used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee when determining at-large berths each March, the opinion about a Mountain West ranked 11th among conferences nationally in RPI today is fairly consistent.

Holy sports themes, Batfans

Upon closer examination of the box set of the original “Batman” TV series, it appears the screenwriters were sports fans, too.

Chargers put bettors in choke hold

It seems every season is some kind of comical misadventure for the San Diego Chargers. There is success followed by hope, failure followed by lost hope, and then it falls into Philip Rivers’ hands for an all-or-nothing game.

With Dick Vitale, you always get more than you bargain for

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.

From Little League to big business, sports had it all

You don’t get more local than Little League. Mountain Ridge united the community as few teams have, a group of 14 players who became the first team in Nevada history to make the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Columnist Ed Graney has their story at the top of his 2014 list.

Rodeo to Rebels, a year of big stories in sports

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.

In weird Week 17, Bucs would win by losing

Believe it or not, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent the past 3½ months trying to win football games. According to coach Lovie Smith, his team will be playing to win on the regular season’s final Sunday, too. And that could be a costly mistake, if the Buccaneers actually do win.

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