Today's Sports

  • Cavs force Game 7

    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND — From the edge of elimination to the brink of history.

    LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have pushed the NBA Finals to their limit. Game 7 is necessary.

    James scored 41 points, delivering another magnificent performance with the season on the line, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cavs sent the finals packing for California by beating the rattled Golden State Warriors 115-101 on Thursday night to even this unpredictable series and force a decisive final game.

  • U.S. reaches Copa semis

    The Associated Press

    SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey scored for the third straight game and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.

    Playing before a boisterous and almost completely partisan home crowd in the soccer-mad Pacific Northwest, the U.S. won a knockout game against a nation outside its region for only the second time and will play Argentina or Venezuela on Tuesday in Houston.

  • No let-up for champs

    The New Mexico Highlands University community welcomed their Vatos rugby club — fresh off a second consecutive national championship in sevens rugby — with balloons and cake and atta-boy speeches from NMHU President Sam Minner and Las Vegas City Manager Richard Trujillo.

    Although the Vatos themselves were glad to take a victory lap, they also indicated they weren’t altogether satisfied with two gleaming trophies.

  • Captain Kirk returns
  • Topes Win

    Las Vegas Optic

    Jordan Patterson and Dustin Garneau homered and combined for three RBI as Albuquerque held on to edge host El Paso 6-5 on Thursday night.

    After falling behind in the first inning, the Isotopes tied it in the second and surged ahead with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Garneau hit 3 for 4.

    Albuquerque left 10 stranded but managed to withstand the Chihuahuas’ late rally. The Topes host Reno through Monday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 19...

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    •Playoff: Las Vegas Grizzlies at Duke City Marshals, 2 p.m., Albuquerque

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.

  • Saying goodbye to two all-time...

    Howe a blend of tough, tender

    The Associated Press

    DETROIT — Gordie Howe could break a lobster claw with his fingers, one of his sons said, and make people melt in his hands with his kindness and humility.

    With a nod to the two dominant personas of Mr. Hockey, his family was joined by hundreds of friends and acquaintances Wednesday for a funeral service to bid farewell to one of the NHL’s greatest players.

  • Isotopes split with Chihuahuas

    Stephen Cardullo smashed his team-leading ninth home run Wednesday night to lead off the Isotopes’ scoring, but El Paso went on to a 6-3 win in the third of a four-game set.

    The series was to conclude on Thursday evening.

    Cardullo’s solo homer with two out in the first gave Albuquerque a 1-0 edge held until the bottom of the third.

    That’s when Manuel Margot scored on a Carlos Asuaje single and Asuaje made it home on Hunter Renfroe’s line-drive hit to grab a 2-1 lead. Both runs were scored with two outs.

  • Ichiro gets historic hit

    The Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — With two hits Wednesday, Ichiro Suzuki raised his career total in the Japanese and North American major leagues to 4,257, passing Pete Rose’s record Major League Baseball total.

    “This wasn’t like a goal of mine to get to this point,” Suzuki said through a translator after the Miami Marlins’ 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

  • Soccer camp, ‘Beasties’ style