Today's Sports

  • Unbeaten Carolina’s pass rush...

    By Steve Reed
    AP Sports Writer

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — The unbeaten Carolina Panthers already have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL — and more help is on the way.

    The Panthers plan to activate defensive end Charles Johnson from short-term injured reserve on Tuesday. Coach Ron Rivera said he expects Johnson will play on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Defense leads Detroit’s...

    By Noah Trister
    AP Sports Writer

    ALLEN PARK, Mich.  — Jim Caldwell’s demeanor rarely changed much when his team was losing game after game, so now that Detroit has won two in a row, he has nothing earth shattering to offer about how the Lions have become stronger defensively.

  • Eagles look for a quick rebound

    By Rob Maaddi
    AP Sports Writer

    PHILADELPHIA — A short week gives the Philadelphia Eagles no time to dwell on a bad loss, and little time to figure out their problems.

    The Eagles (4-6) were back on the practice field Monday preparing to play at Detroit (3-7) on Thanksgiving Day. They’re still reeling from a 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers, but must rebound quickly.

  • Packers-Bears rivalry hits prime...

    The Associated Press

    GREEN BAY, Wis.  — The Packers celebrated the end of their three-game losing streak and return to the top of the NFC North on the flight home from Minnesota.

    Then the reality set in of having to turn around quickly to prepare for another game on Thursday.

    A Thanksgiving night game at Lambeau Field against the Chicago Bears awaits coach Mike McCarthy.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 25...

    No local varsity sports scheduled

    No local varsity sports scheduled

    • NMHU men at Concordia, 6 p.m., Riverside, Calif.
    • West Las Vegas hosts WLV Thanksgiving Shootout, boys’ and girls’ games TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    • NMHU men at Concordia, 6 p.m., Riverside, Calif.
    • West Las Vegas hosts WLV Thanksgiving Shootout, boys’ and girls’ games TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Robertson bounces Bloomfield...

    A punishing ground game lifted Robertson to a 49-6 rout of visiting Bloomfield in the Class 4A football quarterfinals on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. 

    The Cardinals will host top-seeded Portales this coming Saturday in the semifinals. 

    Robertson has won nine consecutive games. 

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print editions this week. 

  • Highlands runner Kirui 12th in...

    New Mexico Highlands University freshman Collins Kirui raced to a 12th place individual finish in the NCAA Division II national cross country championships Saturday morning in Joplin, Mo.

    Kirui's effort earns him an All-American honor as he becomes the latest NMHU runner to finish among the top 20 for head coach Bob DeVries.

    For more on this and other Las Vegas sports coverage, please see the Optic print editions this week.

  • Cowboys vs. Cowboys: Cowboys win!

    Wyoming used first-half runs of 14-0 and 11-0 to build a cozy 50-30 halftime spread, then held on over the final 20 minutes in an 83-67 men’s basketball win over New Mexico Highlands on Thursday night in Laramie.

    Thursday’s game, a standoff between two Cowboy teams, was the third NCAA Division I opponent of the season for Highlands (1-2).

    NMHU has also played exhibition games at Grand Canyon in Phoenix and at Nevada-Las Vegas. This one counted for both sides.

  • MMS football goes undefeated

    For the second time in three seasons, the Memorial Middle School football team finished 7-0 under head coach Richard Martinez and his staff.

    Martinez, who’s best known for his work while head coach of Robertson wrestling, has also been instrumental in maintaining a pipeline of football talent for the high school.

    Memorial’s young gridders went 7-0 in 2013 before going 5-2 last fall with a loss by forfeit early on. This fall, the young Cardinals won most games decisively, including a 38-8 verdict over St. Michael’s.

  • RMAC honors 8 Cowboys

    Las Vegas Optic

    Kirt Terry-Springs, who emerged as New Mexico Highlands’ leading wide receiver, was the lone Cowboy to earn All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first-team honors this fall.

    Terry-Springs, a senior from White Center, Wash., caught 48 passes for 741 yards with five touchdowns to lead the Cowboys, who finished 2-9.