It has been been 10 years since James Loney batted .380 for the 51s. If memory serves, that was a fine Las Vegas team. The 51s also had Matt Kemp (.368) and Andre Ethier (.349), and they, too, went on to star for the Dodgers.
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Bill Foley, the former pond hockey player who, to use his favorite expression, will own Las Vegas’ NHL expansion entry “if we get a team,” comes across as a fairly common man.
About a month ago, Valley High School football coach George Baker set up an account on GoFundMe to raise money for a new blocking sled and other equipment. He has raised $5,100 and will order the blocking sled soon.
He was named the MVP of Super Bowl VII. Then Jake Scott had a falling out with Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula and was traded to the Washington Redskins, where he played the last of his eight seasons. Then he basically disappeared.
I received a Twitter message from Ed Odeven, who covers pro basketball overseas for the Japan Times. He thought UNLV fans might want to know that Wendell White has been named MVP of the bj-league over there for the second time.
As the fast runners headed for the tape, Christian Jackson of Palo Verde High took a hard tumble. Steven Walker thought somebody should do something. He picked up his fallen rival and they crossed the line together.
“I think you could make the point this was as good a week for UNLV golf as anybody can remember,” said Jack Sheehan, a longtime observer of the Las Vegas golf scene. “In ‘98 they won the (men’s) national championship, but I don’t think they even had a women’s program then. And then Hoffman shakes off the demons …”
The NCAA’s APR — Academic Progress Rate — is like WAR in baseball, but even more convoluted. It has been in the news a lot at UNLV during the Rebels’ search for a new basketball coach.
A woman was struck by Kyle Busch’s car after the reigning Sprint Cup champion from Las Vegas crashed out of Sunday’s race at Bristol, Tennessee.
The Coyotes have lost only four games since Feb. 6 while winning 32. They are ranked 10th in the nation. They are on a roll and eyeing a return to the junior college World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Shane Christensen played high school basketball for Bishop Gorman, and college basketball for Montana. More recently, he has been spinning the basketball on his finger, nose, face and head for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
Tyler Summitt, the son of a coaching legend, resigned at Louisiana Tech after it was learned he had an improper relationship with one of his players.
In a move that caught most in the NHRA off guard, Leah Pritchett’s team closed shop doors this week, leaving the up-and-coming driver in the unemployment line.
When word got out that Chris Beard was going to be the new UNLV basketball coach, a 45-year-old man from Las Vegas named Che’ Jones wrote a letter and attached a resume about his dream. He wants only to be an assistant basketball coach at UNLV.
It is billed as the world’s largest participatory sporting event for women. When it ends in three months, it will have pumped more than $120 million of nongaming revenue into city coffers.
They made Chris Beard sit there for more than two hours while they discussed whether he was worthy of making $900,000 next season for drawing up X’s and O’s on his now famous dry eraser board, and $1.4 million a couple of seasons down the road, provided he is as successful here as he was at Arkansas-Little Rock last season.
The 51s begin a new season Thursday night against PCL champion Fresno at Cashman Field seeking the answer to the same tired question, to use the Bryce Harper vernacular: When are they going to get a new ballpark?
When Las Vegas 51s pitching coach Frank Viola talked about pitching prospects during the New York Mets’ spring training at Port St. Lucie, Florida, he couldn’t remember them all.
There’s a common perception that it’s not about winning in the minor leagues, that it’s about developing players, or why else would the big league teams call up a bunch of guys in September right when the Triple-A playoffs are starting?
I know there were three ballgames Sunday, but today is the real Opening Day as far as I am concerned — because today is the first day your mom could write a note and sign your doctor’s name to excuse your absence from school.
It is the second day of March Madness, and the television in the New York Mets clubhouse in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is tuned to one of the regional sites. Though the clubhouse is full — or almost full — none among the Mets seems very interested in the college basketball games.
It wouldn’t be Opening Day without making a late-night sojourn to Baseball-Reference.com to find an interesting morsel or two or three about the grand ol’ game.
Paul Sewald of the New York Mets said he was looking forward to pitching in Las Vegas, in front of mom (Judi) and dad (Mark) and his girlfriend (Molly). He just didn’t think it would be Thursday against the Cubs.
Musiette McKinney from The Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach heard that Chris Beard, the Arkansas-Little Rock basketball coach, was in town to interview for the UNLV job that Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin didn’t want and she was so excited.
It’s only a few hundred feet from the big league compound to the minor league practice diamonds at New York Mets spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It seems a much longer distance when you are there.