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From athletic family, temper all her own

If you think returning one of CoCo Vandeweghe’s 117-mph first tennis services is a chore, try writing about her without mentioning her family.

Coulter dodges tragedy, aids those who couldn’t

This is a story that begins on Easter Sunday, 1991. On that day, Darrell Gwynn, the popular NHRA drag racer from Florida, was doing exhibition runs in England when his Top Fuel dragster spun out of control and slammed into the wall at 240 mph.

Las Vegas Bowl well-positioned in its 22nd year

A lot of Las Vegas movers and shakers wearing tailored blazers with open collars attended Wednesday’s Las Vegas Bowl kickoff luncheon at the Hard Rock Hotel, at a swanky restaurant called 35 Steaks + Martinis.

‘Flat Out’ is slice of reality for young racer

I am not a fan of reality television. Except, maybe, for the evening news. With that said, there’s much to like in “Flat Out,” the new AOL docu-series that focuses on Dylan Kwasniewski, the 18-year-old NASCAR phenom from Las Vegas who recently moved to the Charlotte, N.C., suburbs to accelerate his career.

Buff, bronzed paddleboarders stand up to gentle tides at Lake Las Vegas event

During down time at the Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday, they played a lot of Creedence Clearwater Revival over the public address system. They should have played the “Hawaii Five-O” theme by the Ventures, because this sport — stand-up paddleboard racing — looks like something you’d see during the opening credits of the TV detective series.

After 35 years, Norton’s epic loss to Holmes still packs ferocious punch

When most people think of the boxer Ken Norton, who lived out his final years in Henderson and died there last week, they probably think of his cross-armed, crab-like style of coming forward that gave some of the greatest heavyweights of his generation — of all time, really — major fits. Or they think of him breaking Muhammad Ali’s jaw at decrepit San Diego Sports Arena in the first installment of their indelible trilogy.

UNLV men’s soccer still kicking with pride

It was a sweaty day around the Fourth of July, and UNLV soccer coach Rich Ryerson was sitting inside a fireworks stand at Westcliff Drive and Durango. He was there out of necessity.

COLUMN: For Rebels, any win is good

At the start of his Monday news conference, Bobby Hauck, UNLV’s football coach with the 6-34 record — 7-34 now, after coming from three touchdowns down to beat Central Michigan on Saturday night — said he would answer questions only about the Chippewas.

Substantial entourage gives Mayweather edge

People who follow fisticuffs use a lot of boxing expressions when predicting winners of the big bouts. I have a more proven method for determining who will win. I go to the “news” conference and count entourage members.

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