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Chambers’ contract talk creates needless distraction for Rebels

There is a time and place for contract discussions, and this isn’t it, not for a coach whose side has an opportunity to make the sort of history UNLV’s athletic department rarely enjoys from one of its leading sports.

Derby pick California Chrome gets ‘perfect’ post

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The only time Victor Espinoza won the Kentucky Derby was aboard War Emblem in 2002. They broke from the No. 5 post, the same position he’ll start the 140th edition of the race with early 5-2 favorite California Chrome.

Hayhurst’s latest brainchild? PED-popping video game

The last time I spoke with Dirk Hayhurst was 2009. He was standing about 375 feet from home plate at Wrigley Field in Chicago, shagging batting practice fly balls — but mostly he was just standing there with the other Las Vegas pitchers — before a special 51s game against the Iowa Cubs.

LEFTOVERS: Warriors were ready to walk off

The Golden State Warriors held a players-only meeting after shootaround Tuesday and decided on a plan.

Pine tar usage not as tacky as it looks

Jerry Reuss readily admits having used Stickum and other substances to help improve his grip on the ball during his 22-year big league pitching career. But the colorful left-hander still maintains he never violated the Major League Baseball rule that prohibits using a foreign substance on the baseball.

Anglers get a reprieve from closing of Willow Beach hatchery

When news broke in December that the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery no longer would raise and stock rainbow trout along the lower Colorado River, it sent a shock wave through the recreational fishing communities in Southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. Anglers experienced disbelief and feelings of betrayal, and community leaders voiced concern about the financial impact on local economies.

Fishing report, May 1, 2014

LAKE MEAD — Windy conditions deterred many anglers from hitting the water this past week. But on the calmer days, anglers and recreational users were out in full force. Despite their best efforts, catch reports were varied, with the only consistency being in the difficulty of netting shad. The spawning period for largemouth bass appears to be drawing to an end, and that has bass fishermen reeling their fish from deeper water on drop shots. The northeastern area of Boulder Basin has been productive along with the shoreline of Boulder Harbor, where anglers still are finding a few bass on beds.

Khan hopes welterweight debut is audition for Mayweather bout

Amir Khan will fight as a welterweight for the first time on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden in what is essentially a tryout for what Khan hopes will be a megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. later this year.

Patient Arbor View wears out Mustangs

Arbor View softball coach Maria Yoder has lectured her team to be more selective at the plate.

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