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A man in a red shirt and cowboy hat is grabbing surgical bandages.
Holly Hutchings

The Reno Rodeo has ended, and some of the athletes are already headed to their next competitions. Injuries from these events can leave riders with lasting impacts, physically and emotionally, as they move forward. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has more.

A boy in a cowboy hat looks at sheep.
Lucia Starbuck

Mutton bustin’ is one of the Reno Rodeo’s most popular events. It involves children clinging onto the backs of sheep and trying to hang on, as long as possible. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck explores what this sport means to those involved.

A woman is on a horse. A dog is next to her.
Lucia Starbuck

While the Reno Rodeo is just in town this month, local athletes are practicing year-round. And as KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports, even though women have been competing in rodeos close to 70 years, their opportunities to compete remain limited. 

Nevada men's basketball coach Steve Alford speaks infront of almost one thousand northern Nevada community members for the first time.
Stephanie Serrano

Wolf Pack fans have been adjusting to the news that Coach Eric Musselman has accepted a new position in Arkansas and Steve Alford has taken his place. The local basketball community gathered Friday to welcome the new coach. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there to capture reactions to this surprising series of events, which unfolded pretty quickly.

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

Nevada men’s basketball player Jazz Johnson recently scored a career high of 27 points in his game against Air Force. As a junior, he’s been awarded two Mountain West Conference media honors, Sixth Man of the Year and Honorable Mention. The team recently won its third consecutive regular season championship. Off the court, Johnson reflects on the sacrifices it’s taken to be in this position. KUNR Stephanie Serrano sat down with him to talk about his upbringing, family, and his younger sister Nyame, along with, of course, the Mountain West tournament.

Johnson-Jeffries fight
Photo courtesy of Neal Cobb.

Perhaps the most famous event in the history of Reno, Nevada took place on July 4, 1910. As we close out Black History Month, that momentous day is the focus of this segment of Time & Place from historian Alicia Barber.

A man wearing headphones behind a computer screen, appearing to play a video game
Courtesy Nevada Esports

The University of Nevada, Reno’s esports club, Nevada Esports, is one of the largest organizations on campus, and while it isn’t considered a sport at the university, many other schools are adding esports to their rosters.

Jerry Fenwick

Baseball season is just around the corner, along with opening day for our local Triple-A team, the Reno Aces. Historian Alicia Barber looks back at our region’s long love affair with baseball in this episode of “Time and Place.”

Aaron Serrano Freelance Videographer

Reno’s first soccer team already has a loyal and growing fan base. Our reporter Stephanie Serrano, with Noticiero Móvil, explores why.

A sea of blue and yellow stops traffic down Virginia Street as fans bang drums, wave flags and chant at the top of their lungs. Once in the stadium, they find their designated seats but they don’t sit down; the atmosphere is contagious. 

Photos: Reno 1868 FC Hosts Second Home Game

Apr 2, 2017
Stephanie Serrano/Reno Public Radio

Home games for Reno 1868 FC kick off at about 7:00 p.m. but for the Battle Born Brigade, game day starts as early as 4:00 p.m. The Battle Born Brigade is Reno 1868 FC's growing fan club of all ages. Every game day they meet at the iconic Believe sign in the middle of downtown Reno and march to the Greater Nevada Field where they chant original chants, bang drums and yell in support of their team. On Saturday, April 1 that is exactly what they did.

David Calvert / Sierra Arts Foundation

Baseball may be done for the season, but a photo exhibit called "My Reno Aces: Minor League Baseball in the Biggest Little City" is highlighting the eight-year history of Reno's ball club.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick spoke with team photographer David Calvert about this special exhibit.

NHL Team Coming To Las Vegas

Jun 22, 2016
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The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas.

The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors met on a 109-degree day and unanimously voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert's gambling mecca.

Longtime Reno Reporter Recalls Knockout Story

Nov 9, 2015
Courtesy Ray Hagar

  Four long-time journalists with the Reno-Gazette Journal retired at the end of last month, including political reporter Ray Hagar. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with Hagar to talk about his nearly four-decade career in journalism and an infamous episode when he accidentally became the news.

“My first job at the paper was in high school, and I answered the phones in the sports department at night when they got busy and when somebody called something in that the regular sports writers were too busy to deal with,” he says.

With the season down to just a dozen games and the Reno Aces chasing the Sacramento River Cats for a playoff berth, Aces' Chief Operating Officer Eric Edelstein visited with David Stipech on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines.

Reno Aces

An unusually wild brawl at the Reno Aces ballpark led to several suspensions last week. As those players begin to suit back up, the team is arranging meetings with some of its upset fans to clear the air. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.