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  • Uphill climb for U.S. men

    By Ronald Blum
    The Associated Press

    HOUSTON  — Minutes after Lionel Messi and Argentina had finished a 4-0 mauling of the United States in the Copa America semifinals, Jurgen Klinsmann was asked to assess the size of the gap between his team and soccer’s elite and how long it will take to close it.

    “Oh, that’s a tough one,” the coach said, smiling and chuckling. “I don’t have that answer right now.”

  • Skid hits 6 games

    Limited to just four hits, the Albuquerque Isotopes stumbled to their sixth straight loss on Wednesday night in Fresno, Calif.

    The host Grizzlies had the upper hand in a pitchers’ duel, taking a 2-1 verdict and winning the second game of a scheduled four-game set.

    Cesar Valdez (4-1) struck out five and held Albuquerque to one earned run on four hits and one walk in seven stingy innings for Fresno (34-37). James Hoyt picked up his 17th save of the year after allowing just one walk in the ninth.

  • Champs!
  • Hockey coming to Sin City

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas.

    The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league’s board of governors met on a 109-degree day and unanimously voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert’s gambling mecca.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 24, 2016

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •District 4 Little League Tournaments, games TBA, Raton
    Softball
    •District 4 Little League Tournaments, games TBA, Raton
    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

  • Go Fish - June 24, 2016

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Eric Ferguson, 6, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch smallmouth bass June 14. He was using a 3-inch grub.

    Morphy Lake: Dominic Jaramillo, 6, caught a 20.5-inch rainbow trout June 19.

  • Fundraiser planned for teen

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    A fundraiser will be held Saturday for a Sapello teen left paralyzed after a bull stepped on him, crushing all but one of the eight vertebrae in his neck.

    Since the Memorial Day accident during a bull riding camp in Maxwell, Jeramiah Gouin, 17, has remained in the neurological intensive care unit at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, said family spokesman Shane Sena, who is Jeramiah’s cousin. Jeramiah is the only child of Dennis and Rose Gouin.

  • Royalty for Las Fiestas de Las Vegas
  • West is launching search for new chief

    After spending more than three decades on the field of education, West Las Vegas School superintendent Gene Parson will soon enter retirement. During a board meeting on Monday evening, the school board voted unanimously to advertise the position for the upcoming school year and let Parson’s contract expire on June 30.

    “I am grateful for the opportunity at West,” Parson said during a telephone interview on Tuesday morning. “Fact is, my intentions were not to retire, unless I really have to. It’s truly unfortunate the way it happened.”

  • NM 49th for children for 3rd year

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s high poverty rate and staggering education statistics kept the state from improving its second-to-last place standing in the country for children, a report released Tuesday said.