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UNLV Now 19th in AP Poll; Stanback Wins MWC Honor

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The UNLV men's basketball team moved up two spots in Associated Press Top-25 NCAA rankings, to 19th, and senior Chace Stanback was named player of the week by the Mountain West Conference.

The Runnin' Rebels, now 13-2 after wins over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19 and California on Friday, also moved up three spots, to No. 20, in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll in results announced Monday.

The 22-year-old Stanback scored a career high 29 points in the Rebels' 81-63 win over Louisiana-Monroe, including eight 3-pointers. He also had four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Stanback scored 15 points with three rebounds and one assist in UNLV's 85-68 win over California.

UNLV hosts Central Arkansas on Wednesday, and plays at Hawaii on Saturday.


Another Jump in Passengers Through McCarran in November

Another Jump in Passengers Through McCarran in November


The positive yearlong trend in McCarran Airport visitation continued in November, as nearly 125,000 more people came through the airport compared to the same month last year according to figures released Tuesday by airport officials.

The November bump represents a 3.9 percent jump over 2010. For the year, the airport is up 4.4 percent, or more than 1.6 million people, as Las Vegas tourism slowly climbs back toward better days.

Of McCarran’s five major carriers, Delta (down 4.8 percent) and Southwest (down 0.4 percent) saw a drop in November. Continental (up 8.2 percent) posted the largest increase in volume.



Runnin' Rebels Score Big Win over Cal

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Anthony Marshall had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 21 UNLV to an 85-68 victory over California on Friday.

Chace Stanback had 15 points and Mike Moser added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Rebels (13-2), who have won all eight games this season at the Thomas & Mack Center and 11 overall in Las Vegas.

Oscar Bellfield had 11 points and 11 assists for UNLV, which shot 49% from the field and had 22 assists.

Justin Cobbs had 20 points and five assists for the Golden Bears (10-3), while Allen Crabbe had 13 points and six rebounds and Harper Kamp added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Jorge Gutierrez had 12 points and six rebounds for California.

Bowl Game Big for Las Vegas Business

LAS VEGAS - Tens of thousands of Boise State and Arizona State fans descended on Las Vegas for the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. The football game took place at Sam Boyd Stadium Thursday night, but most of the visitors are spending the night and their money on the Strip.

While the bowl game is what brought an estimated 35,000 fans to Las Vegas, ticket sales represent a fraction of what they'll spend here.

"Including airfare and all that, I don't know, it's gonna' be a couple thousand bucks probably," Boise State fan Nick Carlile said.

"We are here for four nights, and we're gonna' go to the "O" show while we're here and do some other things," Boise State fan Sandy Hemenway said.

Financially speaking, the bowl game pitting the Broncos and Sun Devils is more like a pre-show. The millions of dollars the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas scores for our city is the main event.

UNLV Professor Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit

UNLV Professor Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A tenured 62-year-old economics professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has filed an age discrimination lawsuit, claiming he was told he was too old to apply for a prestigious university position.

Alan Schlottmann claims in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Clark County District Court that he was discouraged in January 2010 from applying for a vacancy as director of UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Research.

Schlottmann said he was told instead that he should retire.

A spokesman says the university doesn't comment on litigation.

Schlottmann has been at UNLV since 2000. He's known for his research on real estate, economic development and the Nevada economy. He's also executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Institute, a think tank with scholars and professionals.

New Tech Hopes to Prevent Lost Luggage

LAS VEGAS -- It's what no holiday traveler wants -- lost luggage. But that will happen to about one in 50 travelers each year. McCarran Airport has spent millions putting microchips in its bag tags to prevent luggage from getting lost.

McCarran is one of only two airports in the world using the expensive and high-tech bag tags. They look just like any other, but peel this sticker back and you see a tiny silicon radio chip with a metal antenna around it. It tracks the bag from the moment it leaves your hand until it reaches your plane.

"These chips will pass through certain checkpoints and at those checkpoints, a signal will be emitted from readers. This chip will bounce back a signal and it knows as it passes through that point that this bag that belongs to a particular individual crossed through this point at this time of day," said McCarran spokesman Chris Jones.

Boise State Wins Maaco Bowl Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.

Arizona State (6-7) never seriously threatened the Broncos (12-1), even though Boise State had three turnovers and allowed a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by the Sun Devils to start the second half.

Arizona State missed on several opportunities to make the game closer, and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore played well enough in his last college game to keep his team scoring, despite some missteps.

Moore finished with 266 yards and two touchdowns, ending his career with 50 total wins.

The Broncos led 28-3 at halftime with Martin's kick return, Moore's passing touchdowns and another by wide receiver Matt Miller on a trick play.