Today's News

  • Eagles land top free agent

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    Nnamdi Asomugha had a tough choice: the New York Jets or the Dallas Cowboys?

    Then, the Philadelphia Eagles swooped in and snagged the biggest prize in this year’s free agent frenzy.

    The All-Pro cornerback signed a five-year contract Friday with the Eagles, who gave the former Oakland Raiders star a deal that would pay him $60 million over the life of it, with $25 million guaranteed.

  • New coach for U.S. men’s soccer

    The Associated Press

    Now that the U.S. Soccer federation’s perennial coach-in-waiting finally has the job, Juergen Klinsmann will be expected to kick-start a stagnant men’s national team.

    The USSF moved quickly Friday in hiring Klinsmann a day after the firing of Bob Bradley.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports August 1, 2011

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Chuggers vs. Buzzards, 6:30 p.m., Vegas Boys vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Bases Loaded vs. Lady Warriors, 6 p.m., Vida Encantada vs. Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Yo Momma vs. Tecolote, 6:30 p.m., Hackers vs. Bucks, 7:30 p.m., city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    New Mexico Highlands University golf pro Dan Houtchens will be conducting a junior golf camp with four classes in August. Classes will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9 and 11 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. Cost is $30 a person or two for $50. For more information, call Houtchens at 425-7711.

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    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the 2011 fall season through August. Parents may register their youngsters online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or at DesertGate Internet 118 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.

  • Harrison sorry for blasting commish

    By Will Graves
    AP Sports Writer

    LATROBE, Pa.  — James Harrison is an emotional guy. Always has been. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker plays with an intensity few in the NFL can match.

    Yet the four-time Pro Bowler knows that fury has its limits, and Friday he admitted he blew right past them in a magazine article earlier this month in which he used an anti-gay slur when talking about commissioner Roger Goodell and criticized teammates for their play in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl loss to Green Bay.

  • Injury keeps Manning on sidelines

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — The pain in Peyton Manning’s neck will keep him off the practice field early next week.

    Indianapolis still isn't sure how long it will take to get back the four-time MVP.

    Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Friday the Colts will be cautious with their franchise quarterback, who had neck surgery in May, and will not push him too hard. Camp opens Monday at Anderson University.

  • No. 1 pick Newton signs with Carolina

    The Associated Press

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton has signed with the Carolina Panthers and has arrived at camp.

    The team announced Friday evening that he had signed a deal and was attending team meetings. The Panthers also said on Twitter that the quarterback “had officially signed on the dotted line.”

    Bus Cook, Newton’s agent, told the The Associated Press via a text message Friday night that the deal was for four years and “$22 million-plus.”

  • Water system fix: $108M

    Consultants hired by the city of Las Vegas to conduct an extensive study of the water system have come up with a series of recommendations that include $108.6 million in key projects to be phased in over the next 40 years.

  • Senior Profile - Dan and Ruby Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Today, Dan Gonzales Sr. and wife, Ruby, enjoy the view from their Vegas Drive home overlooking a soccer field and Los Niños and Sierra Vista schools beyond. They have lived there for 15 years, having moved from their former home on Eighth and Dalbey, which they occupied for 43 years.

  • HU education school trying to regain accreditation

    New Mexico Highlands University is trying to regain the national specialty  accreditation for its School of Education that was yanked about three years ago.

    A team from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, also known as NCATE, will conduct a site visit Nov. 12-16, Vice President of Academic Affairs Gilbert Rivera told regents Wednesday.

    “I think this will be a successful visit for us,” said Michael Anderson, dean of the university’s School of Education.