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  • Silver medalist’s suicide shocks...

    By John Miller and Lynn DeBruin
    The Associated Press

    PARK CITY, Utah  — Hans Gardner shouted as he headed down the steep ramp and slapped his thigh the way Olympic silver medalist Jeret “Speedy” Peterson often did.

    “I wanted to go out there and be as strong as I could ... while letting him motivate me,” the rookie said Wednesday, a day after learning that police said one of the world’s most innovative freestyle skiers had killed himself just miles down the road in Lambs Canyon.

  • Free agent frenzy in NFL

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    Matt Hasselbeck is heading to Music City. Santonio Holmes is staying at home in the Meadowlands. Two days after the lockout ended, NFL teams are doing deals at a frantic pace, with some big names — maybe even Donovan McNabb — changing addresses, and others staying put.

    Not going anywhere is Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who signed a one-year extension Wednesday that keeps him with the team through 2012.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 29,...

    MONDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Chuggers vs. Buzzards, 6:30 p.m., Vegas Boys vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Bases Loaded vs. Lady Warriors, 6 p.m., Vida Encantada vs. Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7 p.m., NMHU field

  • ‘Football is back’

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    WASHINGTON — Let’s talk Peyton Manning touchdown passes, not antitrust lawsuits.

    Let’s talk Troy Polamalu interceptions, not court interventions.
    And let’s talk football, not lockout.

    Finally, 4 1/2 months after the NFL’s first work stoppage in 24 years, Commissioner Roger Goodell could say the words fans awaited: “Football’s back.”
    With a frenzy.

  • Picks contest returns


    With Monday’s announcement that, yes, the National Football League will have a 2011-12 season after all, the wheels are in motion for the return of the Optic’s annual football picks competition.

    Every week of the pro and college football season, participants are asked to submit their predictions for the upcoming weekend’s NFL and select college games. The Optic will e-mail weekly lineups, collect picks, keep tabs of the standings and crown a champion by season’s end.

  • RHS graduate coaching Hornets

    By Richard Tripp
    For the Optic

    Derek Maestas’ dream of becoming a head football coach is now a reality. The 1999 Robertson grad and former football player is now the head football coach at Albuquerque’s Highland  High School, replacing Gary Sanchez.

    Maestas is attempting to return the Hornets program back to the glory days of Bill Gentry and Judge Chavez and Mark Henry, who guided the program to a 6-0 state championship win over Clovis in 1989.
    Excerpts of my interview with Maestas follow.

  • Headed To LCC
  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 27,...

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Tecolote vs. Balls Deep, 6:30 p.m., Louisville Chuggers vs. Young Bucks, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    THURSDAY
    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 game: Alta Vista vs. Bud-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    New Mexico Highlands University golf pro Dan Houtchens will be conducting a junior golf camp with four classes in August. Classes will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9 and 11 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. Cost is $30 a person or two for $50. For more information, call Houtchens at 425-7711.

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    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the 2011 fall season through August. Parents may register their youngsters online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or at DesertGate Internet 118 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.

  • State runs come to end for...

    The state tournament treks for two Las Vegas youth baseball teams came to an end on Monday evening.

    In Albuquerque, La Plaza’s juniors lost 15-4 to Albuquerque Zia in an elimination game despite a home run by Jose Juan Montaño. The team opened with a 4-1 setback against a strong Paradise Hills club but stayed alive by nipping Gallup 10-8, aided by Salvador Lopez’s home run. La Plaza finished in the top six.