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Today's Sports

  • James helps U.S. survive a scare

    By Brian Mahoney
    AP Basketball Writer

    LONDON  — It’s a collection of superstars with MVP trophies, scoring titles and all sorts of impressive statistics. And it wasn’t until the U.S. men’s basketball team was finally challenged that it found its leader.

    Lithuania was on the verge of an Olympic-sized upset when LeBron James made four big baskets in the final four minutes Saturday, finishing with 20 points in a 99-94 victory that kept the Americans unbeaten but cracked their aura of invincibility.

  • Duo All-American in javelin

    Before the recent Junior Olympics national track and field competition in Baltimore, Nicholas Gurule had never boarded an airplane.

    By the time he returned to the Meadow City from the big meet, Gurule was flying high in more ways than one.

    The 14-year-old West Las Vegas student earned a national runner-up finish in the javelin, youth division (13-14), defeating 45 other throwers and securing All-American honors.

    Oh, and he also got to ride in a plane for the first time.

  • Cougar town - In photo finish,...

    Tuesday’s city league championship game came down to the final at-bats for the Vida Encantada Cougars, who had to claw and scratch back from a rare deficit against a battle-hardened Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl club for a 9-8 win.

    With young Jacklyn Alarcon pitching some of her best softball of the summer, the Bud team held their offense-minded counterparts well below their previous tournament average of 22.5.

  • Fun run to benefit youth...

    Area runners can look forward to another opportunity to test themselves this coming weekend — and it’s all for a good cause.

    A 5-kilometer Fun Run benefitting the New Mexico Youth Foundation and Alliance is scheduled for 7 a.m. Saturday at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Runners ages 5 to 70-plus are welcome to take part. Those 12 and younger are free, while those older than 12 are asked to make a $25 donation that constitutes the race fee.

  • FYI - Sports - August 3, 2012

    Las Vegas’  Young American Football League will hold a coaches’ meeting for all new and returning YAFL coaches at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

    All seventh and eighth grade girls from West Las Vegas Middle School who are interested in playing volleyball are asked to attend an organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at West Las Vegas’ Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. If you have any questions, please call Mary Bustos, 429-0597.

  • 9-10 All-Stars shine
  • ‘Topes tripped by 51s to begin 8...

    In Wednesday night’s series opener, the Las Vegas 51s did all their damage over two innings, and the Albuquerque Isotopes’ late-game rally fell just short in a 7-6 defeat.

    Albuquerque (64-48 as of Wednesday night) held on to its narrow lead in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division. Oklahoma City (62-48) was just a game back, with New Orleans (61-51) and Round Rock (50-62) trailing.

  • Go Fish - August 3, 2012

    FISHING REPORT,
    JULY 31
    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.  
    Cimarron River: Trout fishing was good using brassies, Cimarron specials, red copper John Barrs, tricos, small gold Panther Martins, salmon eggs and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 36 cfs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was fair to good using salmon eggs.

  • A rodeo legacy: Highlands...

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University marketing major and rodeo team member Chelsea DeMott has received an academic scholarship for her success as an entrepreneur in organizing youth rodeos.

    The Galesburg Business & Technology Center in Illinois awarded DeMott the $1,000 scholarship. The 20-year-old is from Rio, a small rural community near Galesburg.

  • Clutch win