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  • Games drew 219 million TV viewers

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — NBCUniversal is calling the London Olympics "the most-watched television event in U.S. history."

    Citing Nielsen Co. ratings figures, the company said Monday that more than 219 million viewers watched the Summer Games on NBC and numerous sister networks. This figure surpasses the 215 million who watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    The company said NBC averaged a prime-time audience of 31 million, topping Summer Games viewerships in Beijing and in Athens in 2004.

  • U.S. celebrates Olympic dominance

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    LONDON  — Red, white and blue was everywhere in London.

    For the Americans — and for the British, too.

    The most medals, and the most gold medals. That’s what the U.S. Olympic Team wanted, and it’s what they delivered. As for the home team? Riding the wave of home-field advantage, the British put together their best Olympic showing in over a century.

    The competition is over. The U.S. was best, but the success stories from London truly spanned the globe.

  • Countdown to Rio 2016 begins

    By Tim Dahlberg
    AP Sports Columnist

    LONDON — IOC President Jacques Rogge still can’t figure out what to call Usain Bolt, so here’s hoping he gets another Olympics to sort it out. There’s just something about his latest effort —”active performance legend” — that doesn’t rise to a gold medal level.

    There’s a lot of things we can call the London Olympics, and still not run out of superlatives. The backdrops were gorgeous, the performances spectacular and the hometown fans like no others.

  • Bolt finishes 3 for 3 in gold...

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — This time, Usain Bolt ran hard right to the finish.

    Leaned at the line, even.

    Having built a big lead on the 4x100-meter relay anchor leg, Bolt knew he was about to earn his third gold medal in three events at the London Olympics.

  • FYI - Sports - August 13, 2012

    First day of official practice for most fall high school sports programs in New Mexico was Monday, Aug. 6. Check with school coaches or athletic directors for more information.

    Memorial Middle School football practice  began Monday, Aug. 6, at the MMS field. Athletes must have a current physical to practice; bring form on first day of practice or you will not be able to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Martinez at 429-7975.

  • Dream Killers snare second in...

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Dream Killers have done it again — bringing back a trophy from Albuquerque.

    The Dream Killers, a traveling youth soccer team based in Las Vegas, played July 28-29 at the Chivas Cup sponsored by the Guadalajara Soccer Association of New Mexico.

    In its toughest competition to date the Dream Killers met up with the host team Chivas for the championship, with Chivas prevailing 4-2 after a back-and-forth game.

  • U.S. leading medals races as...

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — With one day of competition left at the London Games, the United States had locked up the overall medal race and is holding off the Chinese in the chase for the most gold.

    It will be the fifth straight Summer Games where U.S. athletes took home more prizes than anyone else from an Olympics.

    Swimming, track and field, basketball, women’s soccer, Serena Williams and gymnast Aly Raisman have all been highlights for U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst.

  • Americans show Olympic mettle

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — Now that Kobe Bryant, strangely missing, has finally joined the fun, the U.S. appears complete.

    Oh, there are some major defensive flaws, but that hardly matters to this suped-up, American-manufactured scoring machine that goes from zero to 100 points in seconds.

    Overpowering and dominant in a way not seen since the 1992 Dream Team, the Americans are now two wins from a second straight Olympic gold medal.
    Argentina awaits.

    “We’re ready,” Carmelo Anthony said.

  • Kerri and Misty rule beach again

    LONDON — For 11 years, they have been Kerri and Misty, the most recognizable faces in Olympic beach volleyball and a team that dominated the sport.

    No one could beat them in the Summer Games.

    And no one will get another chance.

  • Highlighting the Extraordinary

    For Ira Harge Jr., the wheels started turning when he and fiancee Lisa Lujan were sitting courtside at a Monte del Sol basketball game.

    Omar Ndiaye, a player on the school’s junior varsity, caught Harge’s attention for the way he handled the ball. As it turns out, Ndiaye has been playing with one hand, lacking the use of his right hand, but managed to emerge as a standout guard for the Dragons.

    The encounter made Harge think.

    So, too, did his meeting Dulce’s Kyle Howe, who has overcome a seizure disorder to compete in athletics.