Today's Sports

  • Repeat after me

    For the second year in a row, the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos are national champion in “sevens” rugby.

    The Vatos completed a sweep of the National Small College Rugby Organization’s national sevens bracket on Sunday in Philadelphia.

    When the club won its first-ever national title in 2015, it took a furious rally and dramatic last-second try by KeVon Williams to secure a come-from-behind victory.

    No such dramatics were required this time.

  • Grizzlies clinch playoff spot

    Las Vegas Optic

    ominic Markham had his hands full playing quarterback for the Las Vegas Grizzlies on Sunday.

    But he made an even bigger impact on special teams, returning two punts for long touchdowns in Las Vegas’ 34-6 win over the visiting Albuquerque Yellow Jackets at the Herrera Complex.

    Albuquerque scored early on a pass play, but once the Grizzly defense shored up, the Jackets were limited on the offensive end. On successive punts, Markham slashed and dashed to long scores and staked Vegas to the lead.

  • Events to raise funds for Gouin

    Las Vegas Optic

    Thanks to some supportive locals, there will be multiple ways to help the family of Jeremiah Gouin.

    Gouin, a 17-year-old West Las Vegas student, sustained a traumatic injury while performing bullfighting duties over Memorial Day weekend and required emergency surgery.

    Gouin, who’d also attended and played basketball at Robertson before transferring to WLV last year, had been a part of the district champion Dons junior varsity this past winter. He’ll be a senior this year.

  • Penguins a win away

    The Associated Press

    SAN JOSE, Calif.  — The Pittsburgh Penguins were confident that three straight games without a point for Evgeni Malkin and a rare off night by Matt Murray were an aberration more than a concern.

    Bounce-back performances from those two key players moved the Penguins to the brink of winning the Stanley Cup.

    Malkin scored one goal and assisted on another, Murray made 23 saves and the Penguins took a 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Monday.

  • River Cats, Isotopes trade wins

    Las Vegas Optic

    he Albuquerque Isotopes connected for two home runs Monday night at Sacramento.

    But those were solo homers, and the team produced just six total hits in a 5-3 defeat to the River Cats.

    The Isotopes led 2-0 after scoring once in each of the first two frames, including a solo bomb by Rafael Ynoa.

    The Cats (24-35) tied it with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

    Albuquerque (25-33) regained the lead at 3-2 when Tom Murphy hit a solo shot in the top of the seventh.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 8...

    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park; La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park


  • Vatos aim for repeat

    NMHU University Relations

    The Highlands University Vatos rugby club is looking to defend its 2015 national title this weekend in Philadelphia at the 2016 national tournament, with the university hosting a welcome back celebration June 6 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Builiding.

    The community is invited to the celebration that includes music and light refreshments. The Student Union is at 800 National Ave.

    The Vatos will square off in the National Small College Rugby Organization national sevens cThampionship, where teams of seven players compete.

  • Kirk giving back to north

    Dunking basketballs to the roar of partisan crowds in The Pit.

    Rubbing shoulders and trading locker room talk with the likes of LeBron James.

    Going to Europe — and earning MVP honors for an Italian pro team.

    If Alex Kirk has a bucket list, he’s well on his way to filling that sucker out.

    But the former University of New Mexico star, who had a year with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the Canton Charge before signing to play ball professionally in Europe, still says there’s no place like home.

  • Isotopes drop two

    Las Vegas Optic

    Albuquerque wasn’t able to overcome the 4-0 head start they’d given Fresno and wound up on the short end of a 4-3 defeat Thursday night at Isotopes Park.

    The visiting Grizzlies completed a doubleheader sweep after having won 6-2 earlier in the evening.

    Fresno ace Brady Rodgers (4-3) was exemplary in that contest, going six innings and holding the Isotopes to one hit and no walks while striking out eight.

    Rafael Ynoa went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI in game two for Albuquerque (23-31).

  • Warriors take Game 1

    The Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry realizes every last man on the bench can mean so much to winning a championship.

    As he and Klay Thompson endured rare off nights that even featured Curry tossing his mouthpiece in frustration, the MVP’s “Strength In Numbers” supporting cast made all the timely shots and all the difference for the defending champions in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.