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Today's News

  • NMHU hopes to pack the gym

    With both men’s and women’s teams hovering around the .500 mark, battling for winning records and vying for a place in the postseason, New Mexico Highlands women’s head basketball coach Tiffany Darling is calling out for fan support.

    Darling is inviting area fans to pack the Wilson Complex for this weekend’s homestand with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    Highlands hosts doubleheaders beginning at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

  • LVLL sign-up Tuesday

    Las Vegas Little League will be holding early registration for this coming season for one more day — this coming Tuesday, Jan. 31.

    Those who sign up on or before Tuesday’s 5-7 p.m. session at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be charged a reduced $45 fee per child.

    Those registering after that will pay $55.

    Three copies of proof of residency and a state-issued birth certificate are being requested by the league.

  • Solo may be a no-go

    The Associated Press

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia  — Hope Solo has an ailing leg, the result of some extra work she was putting in to get back into playing shape after “Dancing With the Stars.”

    The timing isn’t the greatest. The U.S. women’s soccer team is about to play the game that determines whether it goes to the Olympics.

    “We have to make a decision whether she is 100 percent to go or not,” coach Pia Sundhage said Wednesday. “And if she isn’t, we have a tremendous backup goalkeeper.”

  • U.S. Olympic team looking for leader

    By Eddie Pells
    AP National Writer

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Michael Phelps. Missy Franklin. Jordyn Wieber. Ryan Lochte.

    Any of those athletes could be the defining face of the U.S. Olympic team in the run-up to the London Games. So far, though, none stands alone as “The One To Watch” — at least not according to people who make a living out of watching the Olympics.

  • Staying neutral
  • Oklahoma State upsets No. 2 Mizzou

    The Associated Press

    STILLWATER, Okla.  — Freshman swingman Le’Bryan Nash scored a career-high 27 points, Brian Williams added a career-best 22 and Oklahoma State knocked off No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Wednesday night.

    Nash, a McDonald’s All-American, scored 13 points during a 17-4 burst that sent the Cowboys into the lead in the final 4 minutes and the Tigers (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) didn’t have a response.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 27, 2012

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Sandia Prep (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Albuquerque
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at University of New Mexico, TBA, Albuquerque
    Wrestling
    • Robertson hosts Cardinal Classic (featuring RHS, West Las Vegas, others), 11 a.m., Mike Marr Gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball

  • Horse theft suspect nabbed

    State livestock authorities have arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with being a horse rustler, alleging that he stole 41 horses from people in the Mineral Hill area over the last year.

    Benny A. Padilla, whose address in court documents is listed as Route 1, in Las Vegas is facing 42 criminal charges. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Jan. 13 and ordered released on Jan. 18.

  • Councilman to challenge new charter

    The city campaign season is under way, but questions about the city charter remain unresolved, prompting one city councilor to step forward with a legal challenge.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman sent a letter to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz last week saying he would be willing to serve as a plaintiff in a legal challenge so that the new charter’s legitimacy can be settled in court once and for all.

    “We talked about this over the past year, and nobody ever did anything about it,” Feldman told the Optic Tuesday morning.

  • The campaigning begins