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UNLV football borrows Strip magician to present walk-on scholarship


Ray Maker/ Las Vegas Sun UNLV football’s Ammir Aziz hugs coach Tony Sanchez after learning he was put on scholarship on Friday, April 13, 2018.

=” Ray Brewer contact page” > contact) Saturday, April 14, 2018|2 a.m. Associated Content 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, regularly singing them and other tunes to his UNLV football teammates.” Ask any of the men, I love to sing,” he said.

Aziz, as he does most early mornings, left work about 5 a.m. and went to campus for spring practice and classes. He is a walk-on defensive lineman who has actually played just a handful of snaps in three seasons.

However coaches say he’s an important member of the team, nonetheless, and deeply respected by his teammates. That’s because of what the 6-foot-6, 335-pound senior endures to be a Rebel reserve.

Take Friday, for instance.

Although Aziz was just a few hours eliminated from finishing a 13-hour work shift, he was still filled with interest at practice. He’s also kept a 3.0 GPA and is on track to finish next spring with a degree in sociology.

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Ray Brewer/ Las Vegas Sun Magician Farrell Dillon, left, from the Masters of Impression program at Bally’s assisted UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez, right, present protective lineman Ammir Aziz a scholarship after practice on Friday, April 13, 2018.

When practice ended, Aziz’s day got better with the help of another Strip performer.

Coach Tony Sanchez arranged for magician Farrell Dillon from the Masters of Illusion show at Bally’s to carry out for the players.

Dillon, who donated his time, requested for the most significant Rebel to assist him, and the players all yelled, “Aziz.” At the end of the act, there was an envelope with Aziz’s name on it. He opened it to discover a message: “Congratulations on a complete ride scholarship.”

Within seconds, he was swarmed by his teammates in event.

” I didn’t know what was going on,” Aziz said. “This is such a true blessing. I am blessed to be on this team. I have 100 bros on this group. I would take a bullet for each among them.”

The scholarship will cover Aziz’s tuition, space and board for his final year. More important, he’ll no longer need to work the night shift to make ends satisfy.

This is the third walk-on Sanchez has actually granted a scholarship throughout his four years at UNLV. When he put Dalton Baker on scholarship 2 years earlier, Sanchez did a sophisticated discussion on the big screen at Sam Boyd Stadium.

That statement went viral, even finding its method to ESPN’s College Game Day. This one may likewise.

” It is Vegas. We can do cooler stuff than anyone,” Sanchez said. “There were a lot of ideas, however it’s hard to include 105 people into that. This worked out completely.”

Aziz, whose parents live out of the nation, has worked considering that he was a teenager at Durango High School to help support himself. During a night shift at Little Caesars 4 years ago, he was spotted by a UNLV assistant coach on a supper run.

The Rebels, in Sanchez’s initial spring, were brief on linemen for practice. This huge body working the pizza counter, a few months removed from playing in high school, would assist fill the space.

Little did the coaches know what type of person they were getting in Aziz. His character is contagious, his work ethic unmatched.

” He never ever had expectations of being on a scholarship,” Sanchez said. “It shows everyone out there that it is not always about (football), it is about doing the ideal thing each day.”

The balancing act of school, football and work isn’t really easy. However quitting was never a choice for Aziz– a mentality he credits Sanchez for helping instill.

” He established GATA in my life. You need to get after it,” Aziz stated, describing the acronym for Sanchez’s catchphrase: Get after them strongly.

The Rebels have actually enhanced their win total by one game in each of Sanchez’s seasons however still fell one win shy of getting approved for a bowl last season. This season will be different, Aziz said.

If his journey has actually taught him anything, it’s that the benefit for hard work isn’t really constantly instant.

” We have the talent. We have whatever we have to win,” he said. “We are a snap here and there away from winning, you know? Truthfully, this year I think we will take it all. We have the skill. We have the brotherhood.”

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Former UNLV football gamer charged in human trafficking case

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( Source: LVMPD)” border=” 0 “src=” /wp-content/uploads/2018/01/15913667_G.png” width=” 180″/ > Richard James Mapp (Source: LVMPD). LAS VEGAS( FOX5 )-. A previous University of Nevada, Las Vegas football player has actually been charged in connection with a human sex trafficking case, according to the Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Richard James Mapp, 36, was accuseded of the kidnapping of a small, sex trafficking of a child under the age of 18 years of age, living from the incomes of a woman of the street, and abuse, disregard or endangerment of a kid.

Laxalt said the reported criminal activities were dedicated in between September and November 2017. A criminal problem declared that Mapp abducted a minor in Nevada and transferred her to California to engage her in prostitution.

Mapp played football as a receiver for UNLV in the early 2000s.

He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail. An initial hearing is arranged to happen on Feb. 5.

To report cases of human trafficking, call the National Person Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The center takes calls from anywhere in the nation 24 Hr a day and 7 days a week. Anyone can likewise call the U.S. Department of Justice Hotline at 1-888-428-7581 or call regional authorities.

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Las Vegas Sands Present UNLV $1 Million for Fertitta Football Complex

UNLV Athletics announced Monday that the Las Vegas Sands will donate $1 million to the new home of Rebel Football, the cutting edge Fertitta Football Complex, with groundbreaking set for Jan. 23.

More than $22 million has been committed to the task considering that it was announced in 2016. The building, which will cost around $28 million, will open in early 2019.

“The kindness and support of the iconic Las Vegas Sands will assist make this transformational project a truth,” stated UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “The Complex and the opening of our new arena in 2020 will have an extensive effect on our university and on our cherished city and with leaders like the Sands out in front, Las Vegas can end up being the epicenter of sports in this country.”

UNLV Athletics announced the biggest single gift in its history in September 2016, as the Fertitta Household vowed $10 million toward the center. The 73,000-square-foot, two-level complex will be constructed on school in the north end of the group’s practice location and will ignore the Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields at Costs “Wildcat” Morris Rebel Park. The Fertitta Football Complex will be the daily house of the football program and include a scholastic center, locker spaces, offices, meeting rooms, strength & & conditioning center, media room, training table and nutrition bar, athletic training center and gamer lounge.

“Through the extraordinary kindness of the Adelson Family and the Las Vegas Sands, our brand-new home is one action closer to conclusion,” said UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez. “This job will help permanently transform our university’s football program and we can’t wait to experience all that it will provide for our student-athletes, coaches and personnel.”

NFL gamer says he will '' be done playing football' ' if required to stand for anthem


Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews will not remain in the locker space or pay a great if the NFL makes a new rule requiring gamers to stand for the national anthem at games.

Mathews informed a News 4 producer that if a new rule is put in location, he will give up playing expert football.

Right after publishing the tweet, Matthews deleted it.

This follows NFL teams throughout the nation started kneeling or remaining in their locker spaces during the nationwide anthem due to the fact that of statements by President Donald Trump.

Trump has actually repeatedly criticized gamers and groups who kneel during the anthem to demonstration, saying that any gamers who chose not to stand should be fired.

Earlier this month, the Seattle Seahawks and Titans remained off the field during the anthem. This was the very first Sunday after Trump made his remarks.

After the game, the Titans released this statement:

“As a group, we wanted to be combined in our actions today,” the players said in a statement posted on the Titans’ site. “The gamers collectively decided this was the best strategy. Our dedication to the military and our community is resolute and the lack of our group for the national anthem should not be misconstrued as unpatriotic.”

Ever since, the debate between Pres. Trump and NFL gamers have escalated significantly.

It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally requiring that players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

October 11, 2017 Why is the NFL getting huge tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Nation? Change tax law!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

October 10, 2017 Since Trump tweeted about the NFL’s plans, they have releaseded a statement contesting the claim.

In a letter to NFL team executives that was gotten by CNNMoney, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league needs to “move past this debate” and the conflict “is threatening to erode the unifying power of our video game and is now dividing us, and our gamers, from lots of fans throughout the nation.”
Concerned about
how fans will react, and how that will affect ticket sales, the league is reportedly taking a look at the possibility of a new rule needing players to appear and represent the anthem.

NFL players were not required to be on the sidelines throughout the national anthem for games prior to 2009.

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Liberty football grabs win in inaugural Polynesian Traditional


Christopher DeVargas Members of the Liberty High School football team, from left, Crishaun Lappin, Allan Mwata, Octavian Bell and Kenyon Oblad present for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

After Gorman, football'' s Sunset Southwest up for grabs


Christopher DeVargas Members of the Sierra Vista High School football team, from left, Kevin McCray, Jaxson Zibert and Brendan Bentley present for a portrait at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day August 2, 2017, at the South Point.

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Every team will be in contention for a playoff spot– and second place finish– in the Sundown Southwest League.

Take Bishop Gorman, the three-time protecting national champions, from the formula and the Southwest is probably the state’s most balanced department. Gorman, which is ranked No. 4 in the preseason by USA Today, beat each league opponent by the grace guideline of the running clock last season and returns a lineup of leading college hires again this fall.

Not only are the Gaels the runaway preferred to win the Southwest, they are the unquestioned favorites to win a ninth straight state champion. Gorman hasn’t lost a league video game considering that 2006 when it was up to Spring Valley and Sierra Vista.

That doesn’t suggest, however, that opposing Southwest groups aren’t playing to win.

“Every time you get to play Gorman you know there will be a great deal of recruiters there and the accumulation will huge,” Durango quarterback Kaden Renshaw said. “We have to focus like it is other video game.”

Behind Gorman there’s plenty of parity– just like last year when one play at completion of multiple video games changed the playoff seeding.

Spring Valley, for example, beat Durango in overtime in the last week to slip into the postseason. A week earlier, Spring Valley blocked a basket on the game’s last play to beat Desert Sanctuary.

Durango stopped a 2-point conversion against Bonanza in late-September on the game’s last play as part of a 6-0 start to the season. But Durango dropped its last 3 games to miss out on the playoffs, and Treasure trove fumed late to salvage its season and surprisingly make the postseason.

“There are a great deal of teams that are fairly similar, so it will be fairly competitive,” Sierra Vista coach John Foss said.

Even Clark, which didn’t win a league video game last season, thinks it can compete for the playoffs.

“The thing I preach to the kids is to contend,” said Ricky Pickens, Clark’s first-year coach. “If you complete, ball game will work itself out.”

Sierra Vista, ranked No. 10 in the preseason, returns numerous essential players on its offending line and should have a distinct size benefit. Last season, it took 2nd and put up a fight in a Sunset Regional quarterfinal playoff game against Tradition.

While Sierra Vista’s skilled-position gamers aren’t as shown, don’t be shocked if the Mountain Lions once again find ways to win video games. It won 8 straight games to open last season, consisting of holding three league opponents to less than 10 points.

“We seem like we have actually developed a quite strong program,” Foss stated. “We wish to push forward much more this year than in 2015.”

But even if a team begins the season with wins, does not indicate they are assured a place in the postseason. Durango went from being undefeated in the middle of October in 2016 to missing the playoffs. That offers its young nucleus– numerous juniors who played last season– motivation progressing

“At the end (of the season), we simply fell apart,” said T.K Fotu, Durango’s junior linebacker. I have no idea what took place. We didn’t have the exact same strength from the start of the season.”

Spring Valley may be the most significant surprise. Senior quarterback Sylo Stanton didn’t play last season after transferring from Canyon Springs, and is perhaps the very best non-Gorman playing in the Southwest.

“We have the gamers we feel that we can win with weekly and we prepare those people to play that way,” Spring Valley coach Marcus Teal said. “If you prepare to win every week, you go into each game with the mindset that you have a chance. That’s all we are asking for, a chance.”


Last year’s surface: Bishop Gorman, Sierra Vista, Gold mine, Spring Valley, Durango, Desert Oasis, Clark

Forecasted 2017 finish: Bishop Gorman, Sierra Vista, Durango, Spring Valley, Bonanza, Desert Sanctuary, Clark

Huge 3

Bishop Gorman: Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA), tight end Brevin Jordan (Miami) and linebacker Palaie Gaoteote (USC devote and three-year starter)

Gold mine: Defensive back Joey Fox (Nevada’s No. 29 prospect for 2018 by Rivals.com), junior quarterback Kyle Allison and wide receiver Joshua Wilson.

Clark: Running back Aquantay Morris (four-year varsity player), pass receiver Daimanuel Mayfield and Justin Aguilar, a quarterback and security

Desert Oasis: Quarterback Mitch Moniz (6-foot-2, 215-pounds), lineman Aydan Smith (6-foot-2, 310-pounds) and running back Anthony Garcia

For Durango: Quarterback Kaden Renshaw (begun in 2015 as sophomore), junior linebacker T.K. Fotu (60 takes on in 2016) and wide receiver Kevin O’Neil (3 TDs in 2016).

For Sierra Vista: Linemen Tim Asuncion (three-year starter; preseason all-city) and Brendan Bentley (Flying force verbal dedicate) and running back Jaxson Zibert.

For Spring Valley: Quarterback Sylo Stanton (missed out on 2016 after transferring), linebacker Clark Genneken (51 tackles in 2017) and wide receiver Kash Jenkins (264 receiving yards; 2 TDs in 2017)

All-league predictions

Offensive MVP: Gorman’s Thompson-Robinson

Protective MVP: Gorman’s Gaoteote

Increasing Star (finest freshman or sophomore): Christian Vaughn, Desert Oasis, running back

Coach of the Year: Durango’s Scott Murdock

Video game of the Year: Spring Valley 23, Bonanza 21 in “Banner Video game”

Beginner of the Year: Spring Valley’s Staton

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UNLV football radio analyst hitting airwaves in Colorado

Texas football gamers leveled referee after supposed racial slurs, officials state

The video shows a bone-crushing deal with on a Texas high school football field— not one gamer striking another, however one gamer leveling a game-day authorities. As if that blindside hit had not been disconcerting enough, among his John Jay High School teammates finishes it off by diving helmet-first on the fallen umpire.

But what the video does not show is why.

On Tuesday, Texas school authorities offered clues– recommending that Mustang players were angry about calls and alleged racial slurs from one game authorities, and might have been directed to take action.

“The students alleged that an assistant coach stated (of the targeted umpire), ‘That man has to spend for cheating us,’ or words to that result,” Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told press reporters.

That 23-year-old coach, who was worked with in 2010, is on administrative leave while authorities examine the occurrence in Friday night’s game in between John Jay and Marble Falls High School. Northside School Superintendent Brian Woods stated the players apparently informed the assistant coach about slurs directed versus them.

“His alleged idea to the students was inappropriate and could have caused this event,” Gonzalez said.

The gamers and coach are not the only ones possibly in problem. School authorities likewise prepare to submit a problem against the referee who allegedly directed at least 2 racial slurs at John Jay gamers.

Even if such comments were made, they wouldn’t validate what happened in the 4th quarter of John Jay’s last video game, stated the Northside school district’s top athletic official, Stan Laing.

“In the spirit of competitors,” Laing said, “the utmost authority and respect has to be offered to those authorities– no matter what may have been said.”

Video of blindside hit goes viral

In less than 4 days, there have actually been 8 million views of one YouTube video revealing the John Jay gamer’s jarring hit of the referee and the follow-up spearing by among his teammates.

Woods stated the video drove home how severe and dangerous the hits were.

“I went from being disrupted by the initial spoken description that had been provided to me to (being) actually very troubled,” Woods stated. “It was really very troubling that students connected with among our programs would engage in that kind of habits.”

The event came near the end of exactly what had been an emotionally charged game.

2 other John Jay gamers had been ejected by that point, with the targeted referee kicking out the wrong one on one event. The referee apparently made a slur around the time of the 2nd ejection, Laing said.

A comparable supposed comment came on the next-to-last play, though the athletic director didn’t rule out other slurs.

School authorities do not think John Jay’s head football coach, Gary Gutierrez, found out about his assistant coach’s discussions with the gamers who struck the official.

District attorney available to filing charges against gamers

The gamers who “targeted one of the game authorities and blindsided him,” according to Marble Falls police, were kicked out of the game. The two have actually considering that been suspended from their group and school.

They’ll undergo a corrective hearing for “attack on a school authorities” that might lead to expulsion or placement in a juvenile justice school, stated Gonzalez, the school district representative.

The players might also face criminal charges.

Investigators have actually called Burnet County Lawyer Eddie Arredondo, whose jurisdiction consists of Marble Falls, and the prosecutor has actually stated he is open to filing charges, Marble Falls Authorities Department spokesman Tom Dillard stated.

Dillard would not speculate on the timing of any possible charges. If charges are submitted, he said, the football players might be looking at counts of assault.

People 17 and older are considered grownups in Texas. Dillard stated he did unknown the gamers’ ages.

Laing, the Northside district athletic director, told reporters he can’t actually draw much on his 30 years in education and years before that as a professional athlete to make sense of the scenario.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen and experienced (anything like this) in the world of athletics,” he stated.

CNN’s Jill Martin, Shawn Nottingham, David Close, Sara Pratley and Wayne Sterling added to this report.

Miracle catches turn football into religious experience for Public Relations executive

College football became a spiritual experience Saturday for Las Vegas public relations executive Melissa Warren and family members.

She and hubby, Clark Warren, were enjoying completion of the BYU-Nebraska video game in your home when her nephew, freshman backup quarterback Tanner Mangum, connected on a 42-yard Hail Mary pass to Mitch Mathews to shock Nebraska, 33-28, in Lincoln.

Then a crazy day for the family got crazier.

Mangum’s brother, Madison, a pass receiver for Idaho State, made a one-handed circus catch for among his three touchdowns in a 55-0 thrashing of Black Hills State.

ESPN’s “SportsCenter” was so pleased it rated Tanner’s miracle touchdown No. 1 on its “Plays of the Day” and Madison’s catch No. 2.

“The more fascinating nugget,” Melissa Warren said through email, “is my bro, Michael, dad of Tanner and Madison, along with his better half, Karen, participated in Madison’s game in Pocatello. Provided their sons’ football schedules, they have actually diligently divided the season to go to half of each child’s games.

“When they heard Tanner got into the game, they began watching it on a mobile phone, which died right prior to Tanner’s Hail Mary pass!”

Tanner Mangum, who was an LDS missionary in Chile in June, had actually replaced Taysom Hillside, who hurt his foot throughout a goal run. Mangum, a true freshman, was not your average unskilled backup. Four years ago, he and Jameis Winston were co-MVPs of the Nike Elite 11, representing the top high school quarterbacks in the nation.

“So we constantly understood he was an incredibly talent,” said Melissa Warren, a managing partner of the Public Relations company Faiss Foley Warren.

The Mangum household story has an interesting twist.

“I matured in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah,” Warren stated.

“My immediate and extended family are divided into 2 camps: red and blue (believe Jack Mormon and Mormon),” she said. “We more defiant Jack Mormons attended the University of Utah while the more passionate of the family participated in BYU.”

Throughout the BYU-Nebraska video game, she received text messages from buddies. Among them was one from former Channel 3 anchor Kendall Tenney, a BYU graduate, minutes after BYU’s impressive surface.

“Melissa Warren, fall to your knees! You might need to go back to the Church after all!”

Most likely not, said Warren, “but I will certainly go as far as to put on BYU blue on video game days.”

When Terry fulfilled Angie

Moved-up wedding strategies didn’t stop Terry Fator from keeping a dedication to his fans.

The Mirage’s headlining ventriloquist got hitched to Angie Fiore on Thursday at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and brought her on phase to announce it at his program. Then they avoided for his weekend engagements at state fairs in Pueblo, Colo., and Grand Island, Neb.

. The unofficial honeymoon weekend in Pueblo and Grand Island will certainly be defeated by the main honeymoon in Europe in January, he said.

The couple’s Nov. 28 wedding event got moved up when Fator created an emotional touch. Upon learning the wedding anniversary of his wife-to-be’s late father and mothers was Sept. 3, Fator raised the concept of having the wedding event sooner.

They fell in love with the Tuscan-themed chapel at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and chose to have the wedding within a week.

Angie asked Fator if he would like to use her father’s wedding event ring. “Her moms and dads were married 66 years,” stated Fator, who developed another unique touch. Angie’s daddy was a singer and “among his preferred songs was ‘You’ll Never Stroll Alone,'” Fator said. He sang the tune at the wedding.

A difficult year that began with a divorce from his spouse and phase assistant, Taylor Makakoa, took an unanticipated turn in the spring when he was presented to Fiore, a Dallas caterer, at an event honoring him in Corsicana, Texas. A theater was called after the “America’s Got Skill” winner.

A few nights later on throughout their first supper “actually, lightning struck,” Fator stated. “We had opened the window and lightning struck.”

The big wedding is still on Nov. 28. “I didn’t want to wait that long,” he stated.

“It resembles that line in (the movie) ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ When you fulfill the person you want to spend the rest of your life, you desire the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

The Scene and Heard

Alan Stock, who attended on Jim Villanucci’s talk-show on KNXT-AM 840 recently, will certainly substitute him Tuesday through Friday (3 to 6 p.m.)

On this day

Sept. 7, 1996: Rap artist Tupac Shakur is fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting on Flamingo Roadway near the Strip after going to the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon battle. Shakur, who passed away 6 days later on, was riding in an automobile driven by Marion “Suge” Knight. Despite extensive suspicion that the murder is connected to a fight amongst rappers, no arrests were made.


Houston Rockets star James Harden, with friends in a cabana at Repetition Beach Club (Wynn) on Saturday. … “Orange is the New Black” breakout star Ruby Rose and her fiancee, Phoebe Dahl, taking pictures backstage with DJs Diplo, Major Lazer’s Jillionaire and Zedd. … Trey Songz, with guests at Hakkasan restaurant (MGM Grand) on Saturday. … Comedian Russell Peters, with a group of 20 that included UFC announcer Bruce Buffer at N9ne Steakhouse (Palms) on Saturday. … “Jersey Coast” stars Pauly D and Ronnie Magro, reuniting at Rehabilitation (Acid rock) on Saturday. In the crowd: “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars,” commemorating his 33rd birthday, and Michael Pericoloso of “Dating Naked.” … Ron Yuan of “Boys of Anarchy,” with starlet Cindy Chiu of “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” dining at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse (The D) on Saturday. Also in the restaurant: UFC ladies Arianny Celeste and Britney Palmer, sharing wine, oysters and lobster risotto.

The Punch Line

“I saw that during a city center in Miami today, Jeb Bush attacked Donald Trump in both Spanish and English. And later on that night, Donald Trump responded in both English and much, much louder English.”– Jimmy Fallon

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