http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sports/rss.xml en Cowgirls tabbed 11th in league http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/cowgirls-tabbed-11th-league <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.20_tarissamellin.jpg" alt="Tarissa Mellin of New Mexico Highlands serves the volleyball in a fall 2013 match at the Wilson Complex. Mellin, who was the Cowgirls’ primary setter last year as a freshman, is among the returners this fall. " title="Tarissa Mellin of New Mexico Highlands serves the volleyball in a fall 2013 match at the Wilson Complex. Mellin, who was the Cowgirls’ primary setter last year as a freshman, is among the returners this fall. " align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> Las Vegas Optic</p> <p> The New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team is projected to finish 11th in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this fall.</p> <p> But with an experienced core returning, supplemented by several talented newcomers, the Cowgirls may have enough depth to make serious progress and prove a few naysayers wrong.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s the plan, anyway, for NMHU head coach Bryan Crawford.</p> Sounds triple up Isotopes http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/sounds-triple-isotopes <p> Clutch hitting made the difference Monday night at The Lab.</p> <p> Nashville hit 6 for 11 with runners in scoring position.</p> <p> Host Albuquerque was 0 for 11 in that category and lost 9-3 before a reported crowd of 7,207.</p> <p> The Triple-A clubs combined for five home runs.Isotope leadoff hitter Mike Baxter went 3 for 4 with a homer and two doubles. He and Joc Pederson hammered back-to-back solo shots in the third inning and helped lift the Topes to a short-lived 3-1 lead.</p> Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 20, 2014 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/looking-ahead-sports-aug-20-2014 <p> Wednesday<br /> Baseball<br /> &bull; Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:35 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.<br /> <br /> Thursday<br /> Baseball<br /> &bull; Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:35 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.<br /> <br /> Friday<br /> Baseball<br /> &bull; Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:05 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.<br /> Volleyball<br /> &bull; West Las Vegas vs. Lady Dons alumni, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym (exhibition)<br /> <br /> Saturday<br /> Baseball<br /> Golf tournaments galore http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/golf-tournaments-galore <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.18_lvwga.jpg" alt="Martha Spencer, right, congratulates Betsy Bloch on her winning the third flight longest drive at Pendaries. " title="Martha Spencer, right, congratulates Betsy Bloch on her winning the third flight longest drive at Pendaries. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> The Fiesta is coming.</p> <p> And it&rsquo;s a time for local area women&rsquo;s golfers to celebrate.</p> <p> The Las Vegas Women&rsquo;s Golf Association&rsquo;s annual Fiesta de Golf tournament, a one-day ABCD scramble format event, is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Gene Torres Golf Course operated by New Mexico Highlands University.</p> <p> The event includes breakfast, lunch, a silent auction, door prizes and longest drive, closest to the pin and team prizes.</p> Manfred is new commish of MLB http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/manfred-new-commish-mlb <p> By Ronald Blum<br /> AP Sports Writer</p> <p> BALTIMORE &mdash; Rob Manfred was elected baseball&rsquo;s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.</p> Memphis overpowering http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/memphis-overpowering <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.18_burritorace.jpg" alt="As the Albuquerque Isotopes’ mascot, Orbit, applauds, the Burrito bursts across the finish line (beating Red Chile, Green Chile, Tortilla and Jar of Salsa) during a break in a recent Isotopes home game. The race is part of the Isotopes organization’s usual in-game entertainment and promotions for fans." title="As the Albuquerque Isotopes’ mascot, Orbit, applauds, the Burrito bursts across the finish line (beating Red Chile, Green Chile, Tortilla and Jar of Salsa) during a break in a recent Isotopes home game. The race is part of the Isotopes organization’s usual in-game entertainment and promotions for fans." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> Submitted to the Optic</p> <p> Neither team struggled for offense Thursday night, but the Albuquerque Isotopes (56-70) couldn&rsquo;t keep up with the Memphis Redbirds (68-58) and were outslugged 17-7 in game three of their four-game series.</p> Goodbye, Candlestick http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/goodbye-candlestick <p> The Associated Press</p> <p> SAN FRANCISCO &mdash; San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park &mdash; the stadium where the city&rsquo;s beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.</p> <p> The storied venue was expected to shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney. It will then be demolished to make way for a housing, retail and entertainment development.</p> Redskins appeal trademark ruling http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/redskins-appeal-trademark-ruling <p> The Associated Press</p> <p> ASHBURN, Va. &mdash; The Washington Redskins on Thursday formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the franchise&rsquo;s attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.</p> <p> The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and that it &ldquo;points out the many errors&rdquo; in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.</p>