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Ray Brewer

Senior Editor/sports

Ray has been covering sports in Southern Nevada since 1996. His work is regularly honored by the Nevada Press Association.

Recent Stories (view all stories)

  • Breaking News

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    Jerry Tarkanian, the towel-biting, head-shaved, raspy-voiced coach who built the UNLV basketball program into a powerhouse and led the Rebels to the 1990 national championship, died today. He was 84. During ...

  • Sports

    Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

    The Rebels’ team changes each season, but this voice is the one constant.

  • NASCAR Weekend

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    You can be part of NASCAR race weekend in Las Vegas without opening your wallet. If you aren’t going to Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there are still plenty of ways to be involved. And they are free.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

    The son of Armenian immigrants, Jerry Tarkanian was urged by his stepfather to become a barber. His true calling, of course, was basketball.

  • Sports

    Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

    The countless winter evenings spent at the Thomas & Mack Center during my childhood helped fuel an unreachable dream: I wanted to play for the hometown Rebels. Thinking back, it was sure fun imagining myself in the Rebels’ scarlet and gray and slamming home an alley-oop pass from Mark Wade. That’s why Ishe Smith's rise to prominence as a championship boxer is easy to appreciate. If you thought it was difficult getting one of a handful of roster spots at UNLV, imagine the long odds of becoming a boxing champion ... at age 35.

  • UNLV

    Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

    When Jerry Tarkanian’s family arrived today at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, one of the former UNLV basketball coach’s many grandchildren in attendance had a suggestion.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

    Making an NFL roster is easier said than done, but there are plenty of local products ready for action this season.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

    Bishop Gorman's freshman quarterback already has double-digit scholarship offers.

  • Sports

    Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Dana White frequently passes at opportunities to get nostalgic. The UFC president is constantly asked to reminisce about the early days of operating the mixed martial arts organization, and how he helped transform it into a multimillion-dollar league and the world’s fastest-growing sport. White could easily talk about those difficult days when the organization was operating at a deficit of $44 million and how some viewed the sport as barbaric. Times quickly changed, however, with White leading the effort. Friday, he was inducted at the Orleans Arena into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, being honored for growing the UFC — and doing so with a base in Southern Nevada.

  • Summerlin

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    The sale of the Las Vegas 51s to the Howard Hughes Corp. from the Stevens Baseball Group has been finalized, Howard Hughes officials announced Monday.