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Ray Brewer

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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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Reality star Lisa Vanderpump opening lounge at Caesars Palace
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Lisa Vanderpump of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" fame is teaming with Caesars Palace to open a lounge early next year. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden will reflect her restaurants in California — Villa Blanca, SUR, Pump and Tom Tom — and “bring a taste of Los Angeles to Las Vegas.” It will be located between the Colosseum and the entrance to the Forum Shops. “I have always loved Las Vegas. It has always been a dream of mine to see our brand in ...
Moapa Valley, Truckee share respect for each other, legendary coach
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
It was typical Truckee High School football weather, just in late May. The persistent rains eventually turned into light snow and temperatures seemed to get cooler by the hour, bringing fond memories of Friday nights to the Wolverine fans at the stadium. They gathered to honor the man who built Truckee into a 3A power. Robert Shaffer, the program’s beloved coach for ...
Las Vegas home prices level off as inventory levels rise
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
The average sales price for existing single-family homes for the Las Vegas area in October was down 1.7 percent from last month to $295,025 ...
Menzies' vision: 'Have one of the best teams on the West Coast'
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
A history lesson is a good reminder of where the legendary program once was under Tarkanian and where Menzies envisions it returning ...
Friday Night Roundup: Desert Pines notches big win over Legacy; Foothill unbeaten
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
The two-time defending 3A state champion Jaguars, whose roster features many college recruits, have quickly become one of the state’s most successful programs. With that success came a promotion this fall to the large-school classification ...
Report: Las Vegas home prices reach 2006 level, hit $300K average
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
The average sale price of single-family homes in Southern Nevada was an even $300,000 in September, which marks the highest transaction amount since June 2006 when it peaked at $315,000, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. The September mark was an increase of 1.7 percent from ...
Friday Night Roundup: Arbor View edges Faith Lutheran; Gorman posts dominant win
Battle for Boulder Highway between Basic and Foothill; Centennial-Shadow Ridge should also be closely contested
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Other games of note tonight include: Centennial against Shadow Ridge in a game where the loser likely won’t make the playoffs; Coronado against Green Valley in a Henderson area rivalry game, and Moapa Valley at Boulder City in the class 3A.
Golden Knights license plates now available
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
There’s now another way to show support for the Vegas Golden Knights. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles today started issuing Golden Knights-branded “Vegas Born” license plates, which ...
UNLV's Oblad helps honor high school teacher, receives warm welcome back at Liberty
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
The outreach is especially important for a Rebel football program determined to populate its roster with the best locals and develop a stronger fan base in Southern Nevada ...

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 ...