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Rim-protecting Khem Kong someone Rebels can count on

There isn’t a better teammate on UNLV than Khem Birch. He is as thoughtful and sincere a kid as the Rebels have had in years. His heart is as big as his wingspan, a young man who at times can be as naive as he is compassionate. There is no phony to him.

Jimmer’s chucking days over in Sactown

For some reason, the first thing that popped into mind upon reading former Brigham Young gunner Jimmer Fredette was on his way out with the NBA’s Kings was a “Seinfeld” episode called “The Jimmy.”

Shockers might not be No. 1, but they’re no illusion

A magician works with smoke and mirrors and a sexy assistant. Sometimes, a hat and a rabbit are involved. But when you see Gregg Marshall coaching Wichita State in a basketball game, he’s never using props and doing eye-opening tricks.

Former Indy 500 champ Villeneuve to drive for Sam Schmidt

When he was only 24, Jacques Villeneuve won the Indy 500 before moving on to Formula 1 and winning that championship. This year, at 42, he will drive at Indianapolis again, for a team headed by Henderson’s Sam Schmidt.

UNLV not perfect, but clearly good enough

The Rebels were good enough on Wednesday night, beating a Colorado State team that couldn’t match up in talent but was again coached well enough to make things interesting.

UPS delivery can improve any sportsman’s day

If America’s sportsmen and women had to identify the people in their life who can turn an otherwise bad day into a good one, I think the one person who could and probably should show up on every outdoor enthusiast’s list is the UPS driver.

Fixed? Ali-Liston story mostly shadow, little substance

On the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s stunning upset over Sonny Liston in their first fight, which was Tuesday, the Washington Times ran a story suggesting the bout might have been fixed. Documents implicate “a Las Vegas figure tied to organized crime and to Liston.”

Tortoise coaches fighting progress

Spring drills are just around the corner for many programs (UNLV begins Monday), about the time an NCAA playing rules oversight panel will vote on a proposal that states a defense can substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock, excluding the final two minutes of each half.

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