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Today's Sports

  • Arguello awarded Marr Memorial...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Francisco Palemon Arguello, a 2016 Las Vegas Robertson High School graduate and affectionately known as “Koko,” has been selected as the recipient of the 35th Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.  The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson High student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program. 

  • Sluggers in Juniors, Seniors up...

    Las Vegas Optic

    District All-Star tournaments are coming this week for those on the Juniors and Seniors levels, with Las Vegans among those hoping to advance to state and regional competition.

    The District 4 tourneys for younger age groups — 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 — are currently under way in Raton. Brackets for the Juniors and Seniors divisions were to be finalized and announced early this week.

  • Reserved seating

    Sometimes the stands are packed. Other times, there are plenty of good seats to be had.

    But at every home game for the West Las Vegas baseball team, there’s one seat that remains vacant — a chair of honor reserved for the ones who cannot be present.

    The black chairback, marked with the familiar Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action insignias, is meant to acknowledge and pay tribute to the sacrifices of the military, particularly those designated as POWs or MIA.

  • NBA draft goes abroad

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

    The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round.

    Nearly half the selections in the 30-pick round were international players, topping the 12 international players in the first round in 2013.

  • Garneau homer can’t break slide...

    Dustin Garneau drilled a home run and a double in a 2-for-4 outing Thursday night, but it was just the silver lining for what went down as the Isotopes’ seventh consecutive loss.

    Host Fresno won 5-2 to take the third straight game in the four-game series.

    The skid is the longest of the season for Albuquerque, which occupies the cellar in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division with a 31-43 record under Glenallen Hill.

    Garneau opened the scoring with a two-out solo home run in the top of the second inning.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 26...

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

    MONDAY
    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

    TUESDAY

  • Little League district tourneys...

    Las Vegas Optic

  • 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!