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Today's Sports

  • Oklahoma No. 1

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    NEW YORK — Being voted preseason No. 1 is a tradition at Oklahoma, and this season is no different.

    The Sooners will start out top-ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the 10th time, more than any program in the country.

    The defending Big 12 champions received 36 of 60 first-place votes and 1,464 points in the Top 25 released Saturday.

    Auburn, last season’s national champion, will start the season No. 23, one spot behind where it began in 2010.

  • Sports commentary: Mess in Miami...

    By Tim Dahlberg
    AP Sports Columnist

    Strippers, prostitutes, decadent parties on the yacht. If all the allegations against the University of Miami turn out to be true, the NCAA may have to add another chapter to the rule book when it comes to defining what exactly constitutes extra benefits for college athletes.

    Not to worry, though. The organization is already on the case, and no doubt will be helped along by an extraordinarily detailed Yahoo Sports expose of a Miami athletic program where cash was king and the partying never seemed to stop.

  • NMHU spikers hope to avoid cellar

    New Mexico Highlands University’s volleyball team hopes to be the surprise program in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this fall.

    As of right now, though, the season looks to be another uphill climb.

    The Cowgirls, led by head coach Jim Deisler, were picked to finish 14th out of 14 teams in a preseason coaches’ poll released Tuesday by the RMAC’s assistant commissioner Eric Danner in Colorado Springs.

  • Hackers again top seed for...

    Benavidez Construction’s Hackers took one step closer to a repeat title

    Wednesday, clinching the regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s division tournament.

    The men’s tourney begins Friday, Aug. 26, and runs through the weekend.
    The Hackers wrapped up an unblemished season with a 26-16 victory over Balls Deep on a cool, overcast Wednesday night at the city complex.

    And they didn’t have a couple of their top guns present, either.

  • Fort Lewis names its new AD

    Submitted to the Optic

    Gary Hunter will become Fort Lewis College’s new director of athletics, FLC President Dene Kay Thomas announced this week. Hunter will officially begin Sept. 1.

    Fort Lewis is one of New Mexico Highlands University’s rivals in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 19, 2011

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary. Extreme fire danger has prompted agencies to impose fire restrictions and closures on public and private lands across New Mexico. Please check for the latest information at nmfireinfo.wordpress.com or by calling the fire restrictions hotline at 877-864-6985.

    Fishing report, Aug. 16

  • Looking Ahead - Sports August 19...

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Rosa (scrimmage), 6 p.m., Santa Rosa

    MONDAY
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s game: Yo Momma vs. Vegas Boys, 6:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s tournament games: No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed, 6 p.m., No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    TUESDAY
    Softball

  • FYI - Sports

    Young American Football League registration is under way for the fall season. Forms can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $65. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 26. Sports physicals are mandatory. Grades 3-4 are in juniors division; grades 5-6 in seniors division. Mandatory player evaluation is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Perkins Stadium; juniors at 8:30 a.m., seniors at 10:30 a.m.
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  • Adult Softball

    Still entertaining thoughts of the fourth seed in the upcoming postseason tournament, the Louisville Chuggers pulled out a thrilling 15-14 decision over Vegas Boys on Monday evening.

    The Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s division game moved the Chuggers unofficially into a tie for fourth place in the standings (with Tecolote).

  • Four RMAC grid teams get votes

    As polls go, this one has some merit but it’s hardly a lock.

    In that sense, it’s a lot like the Iowa straw poll.

    The American Football Coaches Association has the University of Nebraska-Kearney ranked 16th among NCAA Division II schools this fall.

    UNK, which is also the favorite to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, is the lone RMAC football program to be ranked in the AFCA top 25 preseason poll, which was released on Monday.