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May 17, 2004
Nevadans weigh in on sports*
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May 17, 2004

The Poll

Nevadans weigh in on sports*

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10 Dwaine Knight
The UNLV golf coach, a New Mexico native, led the Rebels to the 1998 NCAA title and has developed 31 All-Americas.

11 Steven Jackson
The former Oregon State running back from Las Vegas was chosen 24th in this year's NFL draft, by the Rams.

12 Greg Anthony
The ESPN broadcaster, a former Runnin' Rebels guard, is from Las Vegas.

13 MGM Grand Garden Arena
Its heavyweight history includes Mike Tyson's famous ear-munching of Evander Holyfield.

14 Binion's Horseshoe
The casino where Benny Binion started the World Series of Poker has had financial troubles lately but is still the real deal when it comes to competitive cardplaying. The winner of this year's tournament, which concludes May 28, will walk away with about $3 million and a lifetime supply of ESPN close-ups.

15 Little White Wedding Chapel
Michael Jordan got married here at 2:30 a.m., on a Saturday in September 1989, with four guests.

16 Thomas & Mack Center
UNLV's basketball arena also hosts the National Finals Rodeo every December.

17 Caesars Palace
Daredevil Evel Knievel made headlines in 1967 when he crashed while trying to jump the hotel fountain on his motorcycle. Fan Man flew into the ring during the 1993 Bowe-Holyfield title fight in the outdoor arena.

18 Henderson
The rapidly growing city (pop. 225,000, up from 7,400 in 1953) is Nevada's SI Sportstown for having the best community sports programs.

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