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Ray Brewer, a proud local, has been part of Greenspun Media Group since the mid-1990s. He’s covered high school and UNLV sports, and managed the Las Vegas Sun’s award-winning website. He’s a graduate of Chaparral High School and UNLV, and a fierce defender of Las Vegas — especially in comparisons to Reno. Brewer and his wife, Karla, have two children. And they all are passionate about the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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  • Sports

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

    After an eventful first year, Las Vegas’ pro soccer team will look to a big-name coach in year two.

  • Sports

    Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

    City National Arena is packed to capacity for a Golden Knights practice, all eyes on the ice, when a dog walks in wearing a Golden Knights jersey. Attention suddenly shifts.

  • News

    Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

    Las Vegas doesn’t want to be part of this fraternity; no city does. Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Houston area last summer, taking 82 lives and causing millions of dollars of damage. Destructive weather in Puerto Rico and ...

  • Sports

    Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

    This year, Democracy Prep football team was elevated to Class 3A, the state’s second-highest classification, pitting it against the likes of Moapa Valley, an established power, and Cheyenne, a school with eight times the enrollment. Democracy Prep only has 272 students ...

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

    They have donated money to many causes, gotten involved in youth sports leagues and become so visible, you’d think they were already playing here.

  • Sports

    Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

    Henderson’s Gresko family has been making the journey to Akron, Ohio, each summer for decades to compete in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race. Four generations of racers have competed there, including 10-year-old Riley, who ...

  • Sports

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Las Vegas-area high school basketball players would check the mail every day in March for their invitation. Al La Rocque summoned only 25 players to try out for the Las Vegas Stars, the lone club basketball team in Southern Nevada from the 1980s into the ’90s. The Stars would play in a handful of spring and ...

  • Sports

    Friday, June 22, 2018

    When, how and why to attend Aces, Lights and 51s games.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Tickets have become the toughest in the league to get; practices required fire marshals to limit the overwhelming number of attendees.

  • Sports

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Sun Standout Awards recognized the best in high school athletics last Wednesday at the South Point Showroom. Here are this year’s winners and their stories.

  • Sports

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Coronado's Nick Campbell survived the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip, where one of the bullets that rained down on concertgoers ripped through his right shoulder ...

  • Summerlin

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    The team announced today it will also change its name in 2019, retiring 51s after nearly 20 seasons and launching a “Name the Team Sweepstakes” for community feedback on ...

  • Sports

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    The Vegas Golden Knights have been in first place most of the NHL season and could become the “first” expansion franchise to win a championship. But some people ask, “What about the Dustdevils?”

  • Business

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    The saying was repeated all day: The next best thing to being at the NCAA Tournament is being in Las Vegas for the tournament. Being here, actually, could be slightly better. Our over-the-top parties have cheap eats, easy access to betting stations and games displayed on ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Here’s the good news for the many visitors coming to Las Vegas this week to watch the NCAA Tournament: Some places around town have free viewing parties. That is ...

  • News

    Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

    Plant daffodils in the name of shooting victims, sample wine downtown, and be a part of Las Vegas history.

  • Sports

    Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

    Most of Weinstock’s life has revolved around preparing for an athletic event, be it a football game at Del Sol (where he made it to the state championship game) or a track meet at Brown (where he established the school record in the decathlon). Those experiences helped prepare ...

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

    If your Thanksgiving dinner plans don’t involve cooking at home, this is a good city to be in. Not only do many properties on the Las Vegas Strip, in downtown and the suburbs have ...

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    King was a finalist on the show, parlaying the exposure to a lengthy pro wrestling for the Las Vegas resident ...

  • UNLV

    Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

    After a thorough victory over the weekend at Idaho, one of ESPN’s writers have the Rebels pegged for a postseason bowl game. David M. Hale’s weekly bowl prediction column projects ...

  • Sports

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    If you’re worried about being priced out of attending a Vegas Golden Knights home game during the team’s inaugural season, you can rest easy.

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Papale, who gained fame when his improbable journey from high school teacher to being a 30-year-old rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles was made into the movie Invincible, will be the ...

  • Sports

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    We’ve always had professional sports, and a pretty darn good franchise to boot, in the Las Vegas 51s. They are our first love. They’ve been there year after year when we needed a night of sports entertainment, whether it was a fireworks promotion, dollar-beer night or for our kids to ...

  • Business

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Just like many other locals I’m not a fan of Raider Nation. But, also like many locals, I sure love Las Vegas. So, when residents wonder if it’s possible to root for their favorite NFL team — the Pittsburgh Steelers here — and the Raiders at the same time, there’s a simple answer ...

  • Gaming

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Whether you are a visitor staying on the Strip or in Las Vegas downtown, or if you are a local taking a long lunch, here are a few options ...

  • Las Vegas

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

    The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork with the NFL to relocate to Las Vegas, the league confirmed this morning. "Today, the Oakland Raiders submitted an application to relocate their franchise to Las Vegas, as is provided for under the NFL policy and procedures for proposed franchise relocations," the NFL said. "The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by ...

  • Sports

    Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

    Do you want to know what’s going to happen in 2017 on the Las Vegas sports scene? We've got your covered — hopefully. After all, projecting the future is never an easy task. We asked the same question last year when ...

  • Sports

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    It’s these types of days I’ve long wanted to give to my son. Until now, though, there weren’t many chances for one of those memorable father-son outings to a Las Vegas ...

  • UNLV

    Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

    UNLV kept the game close the entire second half against visiting South Alabama but struggled with inconsistent play to lose 76-68 in Marvin Menzies’ coaching debut. It was their first season-opening loss in 12 years ...

  • UNLV

    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

    Tony Sanchez arrived at the Lied Athletic Complex during his initial days as the UNLV football coach in late 2014, looked around at the outdated facility and immediately started working on the transformation. He insisted that to consistently win games, the program ...

  • Features

    Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

    The games here are famous for their intensity. If you plan to take your shot, you’d best come ready.

  • Sports

    Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016

    The NBC cameras focused on the winner of the race at the Rio Olympics, and rightfully so. Adam Peaty of Great Britain set a world record in the 100-meter breaststroke finals at the Rio Olympics. In the background, though, a swimmer from Las Vegas shared the spotlight. You couldn’t help hearing Cody Miller wildly celebrate ...

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

    Once again, the season begins with no reason the Rebels shouldn’t win games.

  • Sports

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Here are talented fighters poised to be the next great draw.

  • 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.

  • Sports

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Don King’s office last week was the 36th floor penthouse at Treasure Island. He felt right at home — it’s Las Vegas, after all. This is the fighting capital of the world, thanks largely to King.

  • Sports

    Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

    Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers is Sunday, and for several of us, that means taking a crack at the several proposition wagers posted by Las Vegas-area sports books. Here are some prop bets that stood out, including my sure-thing lock.

  • Sports

    Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

    The UNLV basketball team has just one loss at the Thomas & Mack Center in coach Dave Rice’s two-year tenure. A significant reason for the success is the home court advantage created by the Rebellion student-cheering section — everything from cheering on their feet the entire game to holding up giant-sized cutouts of players and prominent Las Vegas figures to create an awesome game-day atmosphere.

  • Sports

    Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013

    There always will be a special place in my heart for the Silver Bowl. That’s what we locals call Sam Boyd Stadium, the starter home of sorts of the UNLV football program if the proposed UNLV Now project becomes a reality.

  • Sports

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

    The Rebels play the Wolf Pack this Saturday for the coveted Fremont cannon.

  • Breaking News

    Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

    With three decades in the sports handicapping industry, Jimmy Vaccaro, one of Nevada’s top bookmakers, has never seen anything like this. The controversial ending to the Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers not only made Seattle the winners on the field, it gave them the victory at Las Vegas sports books, thanks to an apparent blown call by officials.