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Today's Sports

  • On the run

    Rudy Castellano will readily admit that he’s not a runner, either recreational or competitive.

    But when Castellano was serving on the Las Vegas Fiesta Council in the early 1980s, the longtime educator recognized the appeal of a good 10-kilometer race.

    “It was the craze at the time, people getting into exercise and fitness,” he recalled. “People were really starting to look at health.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 8...

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •State Little League tournaments TBA
    Softball
    •State Little League tournaments TBA

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes on Triple-A All-Star Break
    •State Little League tournaments TBA
    Softball
    •State Little League tournaments TBA

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes on Triple-A All-Star Break

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes on Triple-A All-Star Break

  • Wade ends 13-year run in Miami

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Basketball Writer

    MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is going home, making what he called “an extremely emotional and tough decision” on Wednesday night to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and sign with the Chicago Bulls.

    Wade will sign a two-year deal with the Bulls, one that will pay him about $47 million.

  • Isotopes end skid, win three of...

    Breaking a nasty losing streak that had reached a franchise-worst 13 games, the Albuquerque Isotopes have now won three of their last four.

    Albuquerque’s bats served up a steady stream of fireworks in the team’s Independence Day return to Isotopes Park, beating El Paso 7-2 on Monday night.

  • Hundreds in Fiesta Run

    The oldest of the competitors were in their 70s.

    The youngest were too little to walk on their own, being pushed along in strollers by hard-working parents.

    They came from as far as New York City and Georgia, although the vast majority were locals.

    A couple of hundred in all  took part in this past Sunday’s Las Vegas Fiesta Run, which traversed along State Road 65 and Hot Springs Boulevard to the Old Town Plaza.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 6...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s (DH), 6:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •State Little League tournaments TBA

    Softball
    •State Little League tournaments TBA

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

  • West High School students leave...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Omar Cano, Moses Esquibel. Isaiah Gallegos, Austin Jensen, Liam Lopez, John Linzie and Fenix Young were the 2016 West Las Vegas High School representatives to New Mexico Boys State held in Portales last month.

    The event began in El Rito 69 years ago and has evolved each year. The program revolves around the U.S. and New Mexico Constitutions.

  • Cats pin unlucky 13 on...

    An RBI single by Ben Paulsen to score Rafael Ynoa in the eighth inning cut the deficit in half.

    But the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes failed to extend the rally and lost their series opener 4-2 at Sacramento on Thursday night.

    It was the 13th straight defeat for Albuquerque, which occupied the cellar of its division with a 31-49 record as of Friday morning.

    The Isotopes are back at The Lab for Monday’s Independence Day festivities, which feature a free fireworks show immediately following their game with division-leading El Paso.

  • Title town

    Midnight had fallen on Rodriguez Park on the far western reaches of the Meadow City when the District 4 Juniors Division softball championship was finally decided late Thursday (or early Friday, to be precise).

    By that point, only the most diehard fans — i.e. players’ parents and a few others —.were left to watch the proceedings, joining the hordes of moths thrashing madly against the stadium lighting.

    Not that there wasn’t a lot of excitement to be witnessed.

  • Icons left significant legacies

    It’s been an especially brutal year in terms of the deaths of major icons of pop culture and now sports.

    Six months into 2016, we’ve already lost music greats David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard and Prince, to name just a few.

    More recently, we were hit with the losses of several of the biggest names ever to grace the sports pages — Muhammad Ali, Gordie Howe, Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan. A few words on each ...