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Runnin’ Rebels Prepare for Lobos Without Ben Carter

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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by Morgan Evens – February 1, 2016

The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels prepare to take on the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque Tuesday a 5:00 p.m. without the assistance of junior forward Ben Carter.

Saturday night against the Aztecs Carter left midgame with a knee injury; Monday it was announced that Carter had torn his left anterior cruciate ligament, and would be out for the rest of the season.

Missing Carter’s leadership the Rebels fell down to the Aztecs, 67-52, now 13-9 for the season, and No. 7 in the Mountain West Conference.

“We are very disappointed for Ben,” interim coach Todd Simon said. “He was obviously an impact player for us, but more than that he is a pillar of our program with his toughness, spirit and leadership. It is a huge loss for our team.”

The Rebels ended the night shooting, 22-60, 37% from the field and grabbing only 27 rebounds compared to the Aztec 44.

With Carter out and byes at stake for the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament it will be every players job to step-up.

“It’s a good thing for everybody to be able to step-up in the leader role, and know that we need him (Carter) and he’s always there to support,” freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. said.

Zimmerman Jr. ended the night with a double-double, scoring 14 points and earning 10 rebounds.

With the second half of Mountain West Conference games beginning the Rebels will have to persevere and make strong improvements if they want a chance to move on post conference.


Morgan EvansMorgan Evans is a UNLV junior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a focus in Integrated Marketing and Communications. She is the Las Vegas Cowboys publicist and a writer for UNLV’s online news source, Virtual Rebel. After graduating Morgan plans to pursue a job as the PR head of a major sports organization. Contact: Morgan Evans Email: Phone: 562.522.6485

The World MMA Awards February 5th

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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World MMA Awards 2016
It’s That Time of Year To Celebrate The MMA Community. Thanks To

Event Schedule:

  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Red Carpet Viewing at the Waterfall Atrium \
  • 7:30 pm – Doors Open & Seating
  • 8:00 pm – Showtime at the Venetian Theatre
  • 10:00 pm – After Party Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo

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See You On The Red Carpet!

Robby LeBlanc

UNLV Conquers Air Force 100-64

January 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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UNLVAfter Hitting What They Could Only Describe as “ROCK BOTTOM”, The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Ran Down The Air Force Academy Falcons, 100-64, at 7:00 p.m. Saturday Night at The Thomas & Mack Center.

By Morgan Evans – January 17, 2016
After losing Head Coach Dave Rice the question of what would become of the Rebels season was on everyone’s mind, but with the guidance of Interim Head Coach Todd Simon UNLV grabbed their second conference win.

Starting senior guard Jerome Seagears ended the night with 17 points and two rebounds.

“Everybody knew how Coach felt,” Seagears said. “Now it’s like we hit rock bottom, so it’s only up from there.”

Since Tuesdays win against New Mexico the team was fired-up and ready to earn themselves a blowout against Air Force.

26 seconds into the game the Rebels were on the scoreboard thanks to a jump-start by sophomore forward Dwayne Morgan who finished the night with eight points, eight rebounds and an assist.

The Runnin’ Rebels showed their power as they successfully executed a 3-2 zone defense and an aggressive full-court press, helping them earn an impressive 52 rebounds which was led by freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr..

Zimmerman Jr. ended the night with another double-double of 12 rebounds along with 14 points, two blocks, an assist and a turnover.

While the UNLV defense kept Air Force from gaining momentum, Simons shooting practices paid off as the offense shined like it hadn’t before.

“When you focus on all these small things that aren’t necessarily small and you start putting them together, you start getting results,” Simon said. “… Those things don’t happen just one-on-one or that kind of basketball. It happens because you take care of the ball and you get enough possessions. It happens because you get up and pressure defensively on every single possession. It’s just got to be who our DNA is.”

The Rebels shot 95% from the free-throw line, making 19-20 shots, and freshman forward Derrick Jones Jr. and Seagears couldn’t be stopped.

Jones Jr. was the leading scorer ending the night with 22 points and 10 rebounds earning his second career double-double, while Seagears stunned all as he ended the night shooting 5-5 from the three-point field.

The Runnin’ Rebels are determine to finish the season strong with the help of Simon.

“We still think we can win the league,” sophomore guard Jordan Cornish said, “ point-blank period.”

Morgan EvansMorgan Evans is a UNLV junior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a focus in Integrated Marketing and Communications. She is the Las Vegas Cowboys publicist and a writer for UNLV’s online news source, Virtual Rebel. After graduating Morgan plans to pursue a job as the PR head of a major sports organization. Contact: Morgan Evans Email: Phone: 562.522.6485

The U.S. Women’s National Wrestling Team is Hosting a National Team Training Camp in Iowa City,

January 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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At USA Worlds 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 18, 2016

Women’s National Wrestling Team training in Iowa City, Jan. 18-22, preparing for the Olympic year ahead

The U.S. Women’s National Wrestling Team is hosting a National Team training camp in Iowa City, Iowa from January 18-22. The team is training in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and is guests of the University of Iowa wrestling team and Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

The camp is being conducted by National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner, and includes many of the top women’s freestyle wrestlers in the nation. These athletes are expected to be in the field at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, which returns to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, April 9-10.

This is the second time that Coach Steiner has conducted a National Team training camp in Iowa City, as a similar camp was held in 2012, another Olympic year. Steiner Womens TEAM USA in blue during Worlds 2015was a 1993 NCAA champion for Iowa, where he wrestled for the legendary Dan Gable.

“There are a bunch of different purposes. We have to come back together as a national team at camp. This is first time we have all been together as a team since the World Championships and that’s always important. We have some technical and tactical areas we need to clean up as a team,” said Steiner.

“The Olympic Trials are in Iowa City. Being in that arena, feeling the energy in Carver-Hawkeye and the flow of it, I want the girls to be very comfortable when we go in there in April. To train here for a week, they will be a lot more comfortable. Then, just to be around the Iowa program, which is known for its tradition of excellence, is invaluable. Just being around Tom and Terry Brands, men’s stars Tony Ramos and Brent Metcalf, people like that, is very important for them to see the intensity and feel the energy,” he said. Read More

Italian MMA Fighter Marco Zannetti Has New Friends in Las Vegas!

January 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Italian Amateur MMA Fighter Marco Zannetti Competed With His TEAM At The IMMAF World Championships 2015.

I was one of the photographers for the IMMAF 2015. Marco Zannetti was just one of the fighters that I got to know on a more personal basis. What really captured my attention about Marco was, after the IMMAF ended, he decided to stay for a few extra weeks to continue to train at some of the local Las Vegas MMA training centers.

A unique friendship and bond developed between Marco and local Cutman/Trainer Roddy Reiger. The relationship developed so much that Roddy Reiger and his wife Elana invited Marco to stay with them while he continued to train.

As far as I know, Marco Zannetti was the ONLY MMA Fighter to stay in Las Vegas after the IMMAF 2015,  in order to take advantage of the WOLRD CLASS MMA Training Talent in Las Vegas. Only Champions do things like that and I PREDICT, Marco Zannetti will be a WORLD CHAMPION some day!


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