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Ray Brewer

Managing Editor

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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Westgate Las Vegas Superbook plans to expand to other states
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Sportsbooks have opened across New Jersey and Mississippi in recent months after the Supreme Court in May ruled in favor of legal sports wagering nationwide. More states ...
Real estate report: Market for existing homes in Las Vegas is 'cooling off'
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
The Las Vegas housing market is “cooling off,” says Chris Bishop, president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. The group reported today that the average price for existing single-family homes sold in ...
Friday Night Roundup: Gorman suffers first 2-game skid since 2005
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
That’s the beauty of the Gorman schedule, as it opens with four games against notable out-of-state competition. One loss won’t define the season because there is another quality ...
Westgate SuperContest on pace to set record, winner will receive 'life-changing money'
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
The Westgate SuperContest, a $1,500 buy-in contest that attracts professional handicappers and amateurs alike, is on pace this season to establish a record for participants. The winner gets 33 percent of the entry money, which projects to be more than $1.5 million this season ...
Gorman football's drive for 10 straight state titles begins Friday against Mater Dei
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
The Bishop Gorman High football team begins its season Friday in a familiar spot: On national television facing a ranked opponent ...
Don't be surprised if a team from Northwest League plays for football's state title
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018
Realignment also provides a clear path for a Northwest League team to reach the state championship game. Bishop Gorman ...
All-City: With basketball behind him, big-bodied Crusader finds success on gridiron
Defensive end DJ Heckard is one of 5 from Faith Lutheran on the Sun's all-city team
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
When DJ Heckard joined the Faith Lutheran football team for his junior season, he hadn’t played football since grade school. At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, he instantly found success ...
6 Las Vegas football players you’ll be hearing more from
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Mike Overland arrives at 5 most mornings to the Cimarron-Memorial High School weight room for the Spartans’ speed, strength and agility offseason program. When the workouts started in January, coaches told the offensive lineman he could blossom into ...
Average price of existing homes climbs to $290,000
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
The average sales price for an existing single-family home in Southern Nevada in July was $290,000, an 11 percent increase from $260,000 in July 2017, according to ...
Preseason Top 10: Gorman playing for a 10th straight championship; others closing in
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
The Gaels haven’t lost to a Nevada opponent since 2008, going from a team that’s always in contention for the Nevada state championship to a perennial nationally ranked team. If this season plays out like the others ...
Bring on the Cougars: UNLV, BYU announce 2-game football series
Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
UNLV football in 2020 will begin play in the new 65,000-seat Las Vegas stadium it will share with the NFL's Raiders. On Nov. 2, 2024, the Rebels will likely set ...
Media: Rebels third in West division; Thomas part of preseason team
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Fresno State received 16 first-place votes in the 22-person poll; San Diego State had the other six. The Rebels were one spot ahead of ...
A look at the games UNLV football will win on the way to 8 victories
Monday, July 23, 2018
If the UNLV football team is going to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in five seasons, this is the schedule to clear the six-win hurdle ...
Remembering Jan Van Tuyl, who coached into his 80s and left mark on LV teens
Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Basic High girls basketball team won the overtime jump ball. With possession, coach Jan Van Tuyl’s strategy was simple: Hold onto the ball for the last shot. So, the Lady Wolves deliberately ran out the clock, dribbling and passing to avoid the defense until the end of the four minutes of extra time. They got the last shot and ...
As summer sizzles, there’s always something cool about a 51s game
Sunday, June 24, 2018
A few minutes before the Reno Aces took the field Thursday to face the Las Vegas 51s, Aces infielder Ildemaro Vargas grabbed his glove to put the finishing touches on his warmup routine. But this game of catch came with an unlikely partner — a ...
UNLV football's new season ticket package includes unlimited concessions
Athletic department announces ticket package for select games with unlimited concessions
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Some tickets for UNLV football this fall will include unlimited concession items in an initiative university officials believe is unique in college athletics …
It wasn’t fun watching the Washington Capitals celebrate in our city
Golden Knights players give thoughtful farewell to fans to conclude memorable inaugural season
Friday, June 8, 2018
While having Washington fans invading T-Mobile Arena wasn’t an ideal scenario for Vegas, it did create an awesome environment for such a ...
Las Vegas home prices could reach new peak 'sometime later this year'
Thursday, June 7, 2018
"We don’t buy into some recent reports suggesting that homes here are somehow overvalued.”
Culinary: Tentative deal reached with MGM on 5-year contract
Sunday, June 3, 2018
The contract covers 24,000 employees at 10 Las Vegas Strip properties and would end the union’s threats to strike if a deal wasn’t ...
Whether you like or dislike Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final, it's good for hockey
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
There’s a narrative, albeit a weak premise, that says Las Vegas didn’t deserve to experience the Stanley Cup Final. That awesome display on Monday at T-Mobile Arena, everything from ...
Engelland, the Golden Knights' go-to guy, exemplifies 'Vegas Strong'
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Deryk Engelland is one of us. From the moment he took the microphone before the Vegas Golden Knights home opener and delivered a powerful message about our town’s unity in the days after the senseless Oct. 1 massacre, the defender’s status in this town has magnified ...
Lights fall behind early in defeat to first-place Salt Lake
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The first-place Monarchs prevailed 2-0 thanks to a pair of breakaway goals in the first half to drop the Lights’ record ...
UNR basketball gets commitment from McDonald's All-American
Friday, May 11, 2018
The UNLV basketball program has signed plenty of McDonald’s All-Americans in recent recruiting classes ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Braves at Marlins
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Schedule released: Golden Knights to play May 16 at home in Western Conference finals
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The series shifts to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for Game 3 at 6 p.m. May 16. Game 4 is 5 p.m. on May 18. If necessary ...
Las Vegas home prices up 16 percent from last year
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The average sales price for a single-family home in the Las Vegas area in April was $289,000, which is an increase of 3.2 percent from March and ...
Former Rebel Johnny Stanton grabs spot on Vikings training camp roster
Monday, May 7, 2018
Stanton came to UNLV is 2016 as a heralded junior college recruit at quarterback. But he was injured as a junior and eventually ...
Giants select Las Vegas' Will Hernandez in NFL Draft
Friday, April 27, 2018
At the NFL Combine, he impressed by putting up 37 bench press reps at 225 pounds. He’s noted excelling as a run blocker, so much that he became just the ...
New name: Baseball club will retire 51s brand when it moves to 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 ...
UNLV football borrows Strip magician to present walk-on scholarship
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Ammir Aziz thought his Friday couldn’t get any better when, during his early morning shift working security at the MGM Grand, he was introduced to country music star Blake Shelton. Aziz is no stranger to Shelton’s lyrics, frequently singing them and ...
How far will Golden Knights' fairy-tale season take us?
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Playoffs in three years. Stanley Cup champions in six. That was the timeline owner Bill Foley established for his National Hockey League expansion franchise when it launched ...
Las Vegas housing supply remains tight; average sales price again increases
Friday, April 6, 2018
The average price for an existing single-family home sold in Las Vegas last month was $280,000, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Home prices increased 1.8 percent from February and 15.7 percent from March 2017. Also, the average sale price of townhouses and condos was $160,000, or a spike of 30.1 percent from the same time last year. The total number of existing local homes, condos and townhouses sold during ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Rangers at A's
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Photos: A look inside Jerry Lewis' Scotch 80s house for sale in Las Vegas
Friday, March 30, 2018
The 7,325-square-foot house near Interstate 15 and Charleston Boulevard was listed this week for $1.4 million. Lewis, who died in August, lived at the property for 30 years, according to the listing ...
David Humm, former Raiders, Bishop Gorman great, dies at age 65
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Las Vegas native David Humm, one of the best passing quarterback in Nebraska football history who went on win two Super Bowls with the Raiders, died Tuesday night from ...
Casino owner Derek Stevens could win $1 million on Michigan basketball future bet
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Derek Stevens is asking for your sports betting advice. The downtown Las Vegas casino owner has a $25,000 wager on Michigan to win the national championship at ...
Las Vegas outlet mall to begin charging for parking
Monday, March 26, 2018
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets downtown will charge $5 for parking starting Tuesday. Locals with state identification, however, will continue to park for free. The change ...
Las Vegas Lights a great addition to our sports landscape
Sunday, March 25, 2018
But Lashbrook’s work is far from over. This is just one night. The season goes until the fall, which means many more home dates and many more needs for ...
UNLV law school program earns top billing nationally
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The school ranks 59th overall out of 194 accredited law schools, which is UNLV’s highest-ever spot in the publication’s annual ...
Cubs star Kris Bryant 'just can’t get enough of this city'
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant had been at Cashman Field many times before. But most of previous trips were as a fan. Long before Bryant ..
March Madness in Vegas: 'Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve combined into one'
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 ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kentucky vs. Davidson
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ...
Where to watch the NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas
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 ...
Shrinking housing supply is 'catching up to' Las Vegas
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Home sales in the Las Vegas area slowed in February because of the shrinking supply of properties, according to an industry report. The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reports ...
Las Vegas Lights FC trying their best to create rivalry with Reno
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The five options for the series include: Nevada Cup, Silver State Cup, Gamblers’ Cup, Copa Nevada and Governor’s Cup. You can also make a recommendation, such as mine ...
New UNLV cornerbacks coach a native Las Vegan who grew up with Rebels
Monday, March 5, 2018
Irvin, formerly the defensive coordinator at the University of San Diego, is one of four new defensive coaches to join the program in the offseason, and ...
UNLV track has gear stolen, responds to win first league title since 1993
Sunday, March 4, 2018
The burglars had broken the windows and taken everything — laptop computers and other electronically devices, wallets with cash and identification, headphones, text books, car keys, and track shoes and other gear needed for competition. The snatch-and-grab job affected 12 athletes for a loss of nearly $15,000 ...
Freddie Banks: Canyon Springs basketball success 'all about the kids'
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Banks will tell you it’s more than just those core players. It’s everyone on the roster. He can easily point to any player and explain how without their contributions, Canyon Springs wouldn’t be ...
Vegas Play of the Day: UNLV at San Diego State
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our four sports writers started with ..
Canyon Springs backcourt unstoppable in regional semifinal win
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Before the Canyon Springs High basketball team took the court for the Sunrise Regional semifinals, coach Freddie Banks brought ...