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Today's Sports

  • 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!
  • 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...

    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.

  • At long last, a title for...

    By Tom Withers
    AP Sports Writer

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.

    As promised, James brought home a championship, the one on hold the past 52 years.

    “This is for you, Cleveland,” James shouted into a microphone.

  • District tourneys open Sat. in...

    Las Vegas Optic

    District 4 Little League All-Star teams from Las Vegas and La Plaza will join counterparts from across northeastern New Mexico for tournaments starting this coming weekend in Raton.

    Opening ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Raton’s Little League complex.

    In 9-10 baseball, both local leagues will be represented, along with Raton, Santa Rosa, Springer and Taos.

    In 10-11 baseball, it’ll be La Plaza, LVLL, Raton and Taos.

  • Aces deck Isotopes

    Albuquerque squandered a 3-0 head start Monday afternoon, losing to Reno when Mike Freeman’s run off a Jack Reinheimer double in the top of the seventh broke a tie and held up as the game winner.

    It was the fourth defeat in as many games against the Aces, who dealt the Isotopes a rare home sweep.
    The Isotopes are playing at Fresno through Friday, then returning to The Lab on Saturday.