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Today's News

  • Locals among leaders at Lobo meet

    Henrique Chavez and Amanda Ortzow were once leaders of their respective packs — the Mora boys’ cross country team and the West Las Vegas Lady Dons runners.

    At least on Saturday, they weren’t far from the front for New Mexico Highlands University.

    Chavez was the Cowboys’ No. 2 man behind Ismael Samano. He finished the 8-kilometer men’s course at the University of New Mexico Lobo Invitational in 26:17, good for 23rd place overall. Samano was 16th individually with a time of 25:29.

  • Pushing No. 3

    Highlands’ women’s soccer team extended the No. 3 nationally ranked Saint Rose Golden Knights to 104 minutes — the full 90 minutes plus overtime — before falling 2-1 this past Saturday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Derith Fernandes ended the match with a lengthy shot from the right wing after getting a pass from teammate Laura Taylor.

    Highlands came close to a monumental upset in its first match of the season.

  • NFL teams make cuts as opener nears

    The Associated Press

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Brandon Meriweather, Tommie Harris and Larry Johnson are former Pro Bowl players now looking for jobs.

    The three were among hundreds of players cut Saturday as NFL teams got down to the mandatory 53-man roster maximum just five days before New Orleans and Green Bay kick off the regular season.

  • Starting with a ‘W’
  • Looking Ahead - Sports Sept. 7, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Cross country
    • Pecos middle school invitational, 4 p.m., Pecos

    THURSDAY
    Football
    • Mora vs. Magdalena, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 7 p.m., Tucumcari

  • Payton gets new contract

    METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton has a new contract that gives him a chance to make his first NFL head coaching job a decade-long gig.

    The Saints announced that Payton, who coached New Orleans to its first Super Bowl championship two seasons ago, has agreed to an extension through 2015.

  • $5.25M settles football case

    The federal lawsuit filed by seven victims in the 2008 Robertson High School football team assaults has been settled for $5.25 million, their attorney confirmed to the Optic on Friday.

    The settlement was reached Tuesday after about 10 hours of negotiations. Las Vegas City Schools officials could not be reached for comment Sunday morning.

  • Bustos makes good on pro hoops dream

    Vera Jo Bustos’ remarkable basketball journey is far from over.

    The West Las Vegas alumnus on Saturday made official her signing with a professional league in Greece.

    Bustos will play for Apollon Kalamarias, a women’s pro team in Thessaloniki, Greece. The club plays as part of an A-1 league there, ranking as the highest caliber of pro basketball in Europe.

  • Dems, gov at odds as session looms

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez  and Democrats in the Legislature find themselves on a collision course as they head into a special session to deal with the politically tricky assignment of redistricting.

    The Legislature convenes Tuesday, but Martinez has Democrats grumbling because she wants lawmakers to consider a wide range of proposals in addition to the once-a-decade job of redistricting.

  • Man accused of eluding police caught

    A 28-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested recently on a warrant issued in July charging him with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and numerous misdemeanors.

    Ruben Estrada, who lives on Flagstone Road, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Aug. 26. Not guilty pleas were entered on Estrada’s behalf last Monday.

    Magistrate Philip Romero set Estrada’s bond at $13,000 cash. The jails most recent list of inmates indicates he has bonded out.