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Today's Sports

  • Fall from grace: O.J. went from...

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — O.J. Simpson’s story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.

    A beloved football hero in the 1960s and ‘70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.

    He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. A jury acquitted him, but many still believe he carried out the grisly slayings.

  • Last in line - La Plaza juniors...

    La Plaza juniors baseball is the last in line.

    That team is the Meadow City’s last hope for a state Little League championship after advancing with a pair of big wins this past weekend.

    But La Plaza will have to endure a long road trip in the mid-summer heat, playing in Carlsbad starting Friday.

    La Plaza’s juniors defeated Alamogordo Rotary 14-3 on Friday and then took down North Valley 10-6 on Saturday; both games were held at Albuquerque West Mesa.

  • Triple trouble - Isotopes hit...

    David Dahl made the Tacoma Rainiers pay with a triple that scored three runs for the Albuquerque Isotopes in the fourth inning.

    But it was solid pitching and defense that proved just as important in the Isotopes’ 6-5 victory.

  • LV Junior Wrestling meeting...

    Parents of current or prospective participants in the Las Vegas Junior Wrestling program are being asked to attend a mandatory organizational meeting this week.

    The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Robertson High School wrestling room at McFarland Hall.

    The meeting will include information about fees, practice times and assignment of board members.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 19...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • State Little League tournaments, TBA
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Salt Lake City

  • Little League update: La Plaza...

    La Plaza juniors baseball is the last in line.

    That team is the Meadow City's last hope for a state Little League championship after advancing with a pair of big wins this past weekend. But La Plaza will have to endure a long road trip in the mid-summer heat, playing in Carlsbad starting Friday.

    A couple of other local teams came close to state titles this past weekend before falling in their own double-elimination tournaments.

  • Little League update: LVLL 8-10...

    Las Vegas Little League 8-10 softball has battled back from defeat to earn a spot in the state championship game.

    The team endured a 6-0 setback against Eastdale on Saturday morning at Atrisco Valley fields in Albuquerque, then bounced back to defeat Copper 6-4 in the afternoon. The team must now beat Eastdale twice to win state, with the first game starting 10 a.m. on Sunday.

    Las Vegas juniors softball, which won 13-2 over Petroglyph on Friday, will meet Thunderbird in a semifinal 10 a.m. Sunday. A win would mean a place in the title game 5:30 p.m. Monday at Atrisco.

  • Little League updates: Five...

    Five of six Las Vegas-area teams playing for state Little League championships won their games on Friday.

    * La Plaza juniors baseball beat Alamogordo Rotary 14-3 at Albuquerque West Mesa fields. La Plaza plays the North Valley-Westgate winner at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    * Las Vegas juniors softball defeated Petroglyph 13-2 in Albuquerque. Vegas advances to a semifinal against opponent to be determined at 10 a.m. Sunday at Atrisco Valley.

  • Homecoming dates set

    Football season is still months away, isn’t it?

    Uh, no.

    The first day for allowable high school team practices falls on July 31 this year. Most other prep sports have their first official days on Aug. 7, as allowed by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The first of the local teams to host a homecoming game will be West Las Vegas. The Dons take on Albuquerque Academy at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Herrera Complex.

  • Topes double down in Vegas

    Jordan Patterson’s grand slam helped the Albuquerque Isotopes put up a five-run third inning en route to an 8-4 triumph over the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday night in the Nevada desert.

    Albuquerque started the post-All-Star break portion the right way, improving to 45-45 with seven weeks remaining in the regular season. The team was to complete a four-game road series in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, then host Tacoma from Monday through Thursday at Isotopes Park.