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Today's Sports

  • Rally falls short - Team New...

    SANTA FE — They didn’t go down without a fight.

    On the field or in the stands.

    Playing as state champion Team New Mexico, La Plaza Juniors softball All-Stars battled almost all the way back from a 9-1 deficit against Team Louisiana only to lose 13-8 on Monday in the Southwest Regional.

    With the loss, New Mexico was eliminated from the tournament three wins shy of the Junior League World Series. On the positive side, the team finished as one of the top four in the region alongside East Texas, West Texas and Louisiana.

  • Robbers fade as season closes

    Ending the Pecos League season on a three-game slide, the Las Vegas Train Robbers dropped a Monday doubleheader at Garden City, Kans.

    As the league’s attention turns to the playoffs that begin Wednesday, the Train Robbers’ future in Las Vegas remains in doubt. While questions linger about the level of support the semipro team enjoys in the Meadow City, no official decision had been announced as of press time.

  • Topes’ Story PCL Player of Week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Trevor Story has been tabbed Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 20-26, the league office announced Monday morning.

    He is the first Isotopes position player to receive a weekly accolade since Alex Castellanos on July 1-7, 2013.

  • With Boston out, L.A. could...

    The Associated Press

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — With Boston no longer in contention, IOC President Thomas Bach urged U.S. Olympic leaders on Tuesday to pick “the most appropriate city” as a substitute candidate for the 2024 Games. Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles could fit the bill perfectly, according to several IOC board members.

    The U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties with Boston on Monday, finally pulling the plug on a bid that had been hampered by dismal poll ratings, strong local opposition and months of political wrangling.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 29...

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • Las Vegas adult league games: WOMEN, All-Star game, 6:30 p.m.; MEN, All-Star Game, 8 p.m.; city softball complex

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    Saturday
    Baseball

  • Dancing on the big stage

    SANTA FE — Powerful pitching by West Texas’ Raigan Mock set the tone for a 6-3 verdict over Team New Mexico in Saturday’s Southwest Juniors Softball Regional at Bicentennial Park.

    New Mexico, a team from Las Vegas’ La Plaza Little League, rallied twice in the game but never could quite overtake the opponent, a team representing Robinson Little League in Waco, Texas.

  • Smalling, Nina blast Topes to win

    Tim Smalling hit a two-run bomb and Angelys Nina added a solo home run to highlight Albuquerque’s string of five straight runs in the third and fourth innings Saturday night, lifting the Isotopes past visiting Sacramento 9-6.

    A robust crowd of 12,856 was announced at Isotopes Park as the home side wore the throwback yellow and red uniforms of its previous incarnation, the Albuquerque Dukes, on Retro Night.

  • Robbers, Wind split Saturday

    Las Vegas withstood a six-run seventh-inning rally to hang on to a razor-thin 11-10 win Saturday night, salvaging a split with host Garden City (Kans.).

    The Train Robbers, who lost the opener 6-1, will wrap up their 2015 campaign Monday.

    Dylin Brooks, representing the tying run, was on second base when Edgard Muñoz ground out to second to end the ballgame.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 27...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Garden City Wind, 6 p.m., Garden City, Kans.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • Juniors Division Southwest Regional, games TBA, Bicentennial Park, Santa Fe
    • Las Vegas adult league games: MEN, Sons of Pitches vs. V-Town Grizzlies, 6 p.m.; Balls Deep vs. Vegas Boys, 7:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. V-Town Grizzlies, 8:30 p.m.;  city softball complex

    Tuesday
    Baseball

  • Play ball! La Plaza Juniors in...

    Marquisa Montoya’s hustle play — a slide into third base during a recent La Plaza Junior All-Stars practice — turned heroics into heartbreak.

    After getting helped off the field, she soon learned the bad news: two bones in her leg were broken.

    It was a tough break for the youngster and her team, to be sure, particularly with the District 4 tournament looming.