Today's News

  • Miami stars closer to dream

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI  — Only a year ago, everything in Dwyane Wade’s life was uncertain.

    Former business partners had brought a combination of civil lawsuits, seeking somewhere around $100 million in what they said was the earnings potential of some failed deals. His yearslong divorce battle was still unsettled. Another courtroom fight was looming for custody of his two sons. And the free-agent period was fast-approaching.

    “Very long year,” Wade said Saturday. “Very, very long year.”

  • Frankie-Johnny 3 cancelled

    The long-anticipated third and decisive boxing matchup between former world champion Johnny Tapia and Las Vegas native Frankie Archuleta has been shelved yet again. And this time, the prospects don’t look good for rescheduling.

    Archuleta reportedly failed a pre-fight physical just days before the scheduled bout, the headliner for a June 4 card at Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque.

    More alarming for fans of the Meadow City boxer is the suggestion that Archuleta (27-8-1) has seen his last in-ring action.

  • Lobos nab MWC crown

    Saddled with the No. 6 seed in the Mountain West Conference baseball tournament, the University of New Mexico did everything it had to do to overcome the odds.

    The Lobos staged four straight upsets — Brigham Young (5-4), Texas Christian (4-3), Utah (6-5) and

    TCU again in a 4-2 championship game victory Friday night in San Diego.

    UNM will learn its next opponent Monday morning as part of the NCAA Selection Show, to be televised on ESPN.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 30, 2011

    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    The Optic is looking to provide the most complete local sports coverage available. To submit scores, statistics or story ideas, e-mail: dkavanaugh@lasvegas optic.com.

  • Abuse suspected in boy’s injury

    Authorities suspect child abuse in the case of a 20-month-old boy who was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital last month with life-threatening head injuries, the Optic has learned.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said this week that city police were requested at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital emergency room on April 25 in reference to an injured child.

  • Time to Celebrate
  • Las Vegas medical pot activist dies

    Robert Jones, the medical marijuana user whose battle with the San Miguel County housing authority garnered national attention last year, has died. He was 70.

    Jones was with caregiver John Emerick, and he was surrounded by other friends when he died at Alta Vista Regional Hospital on Wednesday morning.

    He had battled cancer, emphysema, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Emerick said Jones was in remission from his cancer. But chemotherapy damaged his lungs, causing his death, he said.

  • Senior Profile - ‘Chula’ McWilliams keeps the spirit alive

    If there is a word which might characterize the life of now-100 year old Sara Esperon Pimentel de McWilliams, it just might be “tapestry,” a term that implies a pleasing complexity of detail.

    The tapestry (tapiceria) of Sara’s life has been interwoven with life experiences spanning the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, north to the USA, from Indiana to New Mexico. Sara was born May 6, 1911, in Oaxaca city, the second daughter of Jose Esperon Ceballos and Maria Pimentel de Esperon.

  • City moves forward on 3 projects

    The Las Vegas City Council voted Tuesday to move forward on three high-profile projects: the purchase of about 125 acre-feet of water from the state Game and Fish Department, partnering with the county on a regional recycling system and hiring an architect to design the proposed gateway over University Avenue.

    The water purchase and recycling measures passed unanimously while the gateway project required a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

    Water purchase