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  • Sides back to table in NFL labor...

    By Dave Campbell
    AP Sports Writer

    MINNEAPOLIS — Different state. Different mediator. Same disagreements.

    One month and two days after the NFL and its players cut off negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement and put the 2011 season in peril, the two sides were to return to the table for court-ordered mediation Thursday with a key legal ruling on the lockout still pending.

  • Bonds found guilty of obstruction

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer

    SAN FRANCISCO — Just like the whole Steroid Era: We'll never really know.

    Even the one charge that left Barry Bonds a convicted felon didn’t specify steroids.

  • Roadrunners complete sweep

    Outhitting their hosts 16-8, Metro State’s Roadrunners dealt New Mexico Highlands a 7-1 defeat Sunday to wrap up a four-game sweep of their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball series.

    Metro won 2-1 on Friday, then swept Saturday’s doubleheader 18-8 and 11-8.

    The Roadrunners improved to 20-8 and 16-7 in the RMAC, as Highlands fell to 15-17 and 9-14, respectively.

  • State track list growing

    A list of area athletes who have qualified for May’s state track and field competitions to date:

  • Cowgirls split with Eagles

    Efficiency was the name of the game for New Mexico Highlands’ softball team in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Chadron State in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference pod play.

    The Cowgirls (7-32 overall, 4-24 RMAC) split two games with the Eagles (15-20, 13-15), having lost Sunday’s opener 10-6.

    NMHU got just four hits — two by Ashley Paiz — in the 3-0 victory, but made the most of its baserunning opportunities.

    In the top of the third, Samantha Butler’s sacrifice fly scored Melissa Martinez to break a scoreless tie.

  • Cowgirl track tops region

    For the first time in program history the NMHU women's track and field team sits atop the NCAA Central Region rankings determined by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    The Cowgirls are leading by nearly 30 points over second-ranked Chadron State. The rankings are determined by a point system that compares performances in each event versus other regional teams. The Highlands women are well ahead of RMAC foes Western State (No. 4) and Adams State (No. 7) in this past week’s ranking.

  • National champ returns to LV

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hector Hernandez, who won a national wrestling championship for Highlands in 1987, will be the special guest speaker in an enchilada dinner fundraiser Thursday.

    The dinner, which doubles as a recognition ceremony for top local high school wrestlers, begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hillcrest Flamingo Dining Room; tickets are available for $20, with proceeds to benefit the NMHU wrestling program.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball
    • LCC at Otero JC (DH), noon, La Junta, Colo.
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Los Alamos, 3 p.m., Los Alamos

    THURSDAY
    Softball
    • Robertson vs. St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., RHS Field
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Mount Sac Relays, 9 a.m., Walnut, Calif.
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Raton Invite, 3 p.m., Raton

    FRIDAY
    Baseball

  • FYI - Sports

    The Optic is looking to provide the most comprehensive area sports coverage available. To submit sports scores, statistics and story ideas, e-mail:
    dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • LV Elite stun Dukes; move to 5-1...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Elite scored one of its most riveting wins of the season over the weekend, handing the previously undefeated Dukes their first loss in Rio Rancho by a 7-6 count.
    The Elite held the Dukes in the first inning and scored one run.

    In the fifth inning, with his team down by one run, Caleb Marrujo was hit by a pitch; he stole his way around to tie the game at 6-6