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Rugby a passion play for U.S. team

I am not certain where most of the defensive coaches for UNLV football the past few years landed, but here’s a guess: On staff with the Guyana rugby team.

Quad rugby satisfies local’s athletic urge

He doesn’t move all that fast. His wheelchair is positioned as a defensive protector of the goal line. Most times, others push beyond him through the orange cones and score with ease.

Irish guys stand in for Damon

I went out to the USA Sevens rugby tournament fan festival Saturday in search of Invictus.

Vampires hungry for goals, not blood

The boss has a twisted sense of humor, which is why I wasn’t surprised when he told me the first thing I should do when meeting a group of youth soccer players from Transylvania would be to slice open a wrist and see if they came running at the sight of blood. What a kidder, that Joe Hawk.

Demanding horse owners keep heat on trainers

What do trainers Hal Wiggins, Jimmy Jerkens and Tim Ice have in common? They developed Grade I winners Rachel Alexandra, Quality Road and Summer Bird, respectively, and then had their star horses taken away.

Credit Payton for gutsy gamble

If his big gamble had failed, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton could have been criticized, second-guessed and portrayed as the fool of the Super Bowl.

Lobos wanted it more

F or those who missed the entire first half of UNLV-New Mexico basketball on television Wednesday evening, those who sat clutching their remotes tighter and tighter as two Top 25 teams went at it but were nowhere to be found on the ol’ tube, you can be certain one theme defined the matchup from its outset.

Beretta’s Xplor shotgun a work of art

Last week I shared with you my prediction for the future of firearms, a future in which synthetic stocks and military looks will most certainly dominate the landscape. Even so, I don’t think those traits will completely displace beautiful firearms with clean lines, such as Beretta’s new A400 Xplor Unico.

Kruger helps UNLV pack Mack again

They had a party as the Rebels kicked Jimmer Fredette and then-No. 12 Brigham Young to the curb Saturday afternoon. When they left, UNLV led the Far West, which is what the sports writers back east call the Pacific-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic Conference and Gonzaga, in basketball attendance.

Underdog bettors profit as Manning takes fall

Instead of seeing more magic from Peyton Manning, we watched as the Super Bowl took a surprising twist. It was a fall from grace for the NFL’s favorite quarterback.