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Today's Sports

  • Kings’ OT win fuels 2-0 lead

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    NEWARK, N.J. — Jeff Carter scored at 13:42 in overtime and the Los Angeles Kings moved within two wins of their first NHL title with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night.

    Jonathan Quick made 32 saves and Drew Doughty scored on a magnificent end-to-end rush as the Kings won their 10th straight road game this postseason, and their 12th in a row over the last two seasons. Both are NHL records.

  • Cowgirls: 12 All-America honors

    Jillisa Grant rounded out her storied collegiate track and field career with three more All-American honors, and the New Mexico Highlands University women’s squad combined for a total of 12 All-American performances in the recent national meet.

    Highlands finished seventh in  the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo this past weekend.

    The Cowgirls’ point total was the best in program history.

  • North-South slugfest coming to...

    For years now, the Class 3A North-South all-star games in football and boys’ and girls’ basketball have been situated in Las Vegas and specifically the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Now Class 1A-3A North-South baseball is about to make its debut in the Meadow City.

    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced the all-star games for the sport will be held June 29-30 at NMHU’s Brandt Park, with preliminary activities for the honorees starting June 27 in town.

  • WLV spikers dominate club circuit

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Lady Dons club volleyball team ended its season on May 6 with a first-place finish in the Rio Rancho Spring Series Tournament.

    The team is in the 13’s age group and this is the first year for the girls in club volleyball with their only prior experience in middle school volleyball.  

    The team has come a long way since their first tournament in Española where they lost in the first round back in March.

  • Local athletes tackle Memorial...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas area runners and walkers turned out for the races in the annual Santa Fe Run Around this past Saturday.

    The races were marked by mild temperatures and gusty winds over the Memorial Day weekend. More than 300 runners competed in the 1-mile Fun Run, 5K run, 5K walk and 10K run. Race proceeds were to benefit the Santa Fe chapter of Girls on The Run. The course consisted of one or two laps on a 5k loop beginning and ending at the downtown Plaza.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 1...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, 5:30, 7 p.m., Keyes Park

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, beginning 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball
    • Men’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • Women’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

  • Go Fish - June 1, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    FREE FISHING DAY
    Saturday, June 2, is National Fishing Day and the first of New Mexico's two free fishing days. Take your family fishing! No license is required but all other regulations apply.
     

  • Cowgirls 7th in national meet

    PUEBLO, Colo. — New Mexico Highlands University’s women finished seventh overall at the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Saturday.

    The Cowgirls secured their seventh place standing with 31 points overall, which is the most points NMHU has scored at the national championship meet.

    Eight of the 10 athletes that competed on the women’s side for the lone New Mexico school received All-American honors.

  • Alonzo’s time
  • NM boxing icon Tapia dead at 45

    AP and Optic staff reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his Albuquerque home. He was 45.

    Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, Albuquerque police spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn’t appear to be suspicious, he said.