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  • NFL critics: Crack down on...

    By Teresa M. Walker
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season.

    Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 29...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Portales, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Clayton, 7 p.m., Clayton
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas at Belen tournament, Belen

  • Crespin fighting Saturday

    After a nearly eight-month layoff, Arturo Crespin is returning to the professional boxing ring this weekend.

    Crespin is set to fight Augustine Renteria in an eight-round middleweight contest that will serve as the co-main event Saturday night at the McKernan Event Center (933 Sunset Road) in Albuquerque.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., with first bout at 7.

  • Historic theft - Isotopes’...

    It only took a moment, but Albuquerque Isotope outfielder Joc Pederson didn’t let the opportunity get by.

    A narrow window of time and space opened, and he saw his chance as Colorado Springs pitcher Rafael Betancourt threw a pitch to Tim Federowicz. Then Pederson was off and running, stealing second base — and a piece of history along with it.

    Pederson on Saturday became the first Pacific Coast League baseball player in nearly a century to achieve 30-plus home runs and 30-plus stolen bases in the same season.

  • Lobo women’s soccer issues...

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for excessive alcohol intoxication.

    The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity.

  • Fantasy games drawing scrutiny

    The Associated Press

    Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 27...

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Clovis, 3 p.m., RHS field

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Portales, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

  • Lady Cards look for stability in...

    Last fall, as the Robertson volleyball team toiled to an 8-11 record, Dominique Montoya was a spectator, a frustrated fan in the stands.

    She saw potential in the Lady Cardinals but watched them fall short of it in a challenging season.

    This year Montoya is off the bleachers and on the sidelines once more, having taken over the program from Judith Trujillo. While she acknowledges there’s plenty of work to be done, Montoya said Robertson is a team she expects to get a lot better, returning to contender status.

  • Expectations high for West Las...

    Karli Salazar said that while she got to be a head coach of a high school volleyball team a lot sooner than planned, she was ready for the opportunity.

    Part of the reason is that she’d had ample experience learning the trade from two excellent mentors — her father Damon and the late Mary Bustos.

  • Speaker series begins at West

    Submitted to the Optic

    What does it mean to be a Don?

    That is a question West Las Vegas Athletic Coordinator Richard Tripp wants the student-athletes at WLV to know and find out.

    West Las Vegas Athletics has scheduled three nights this school year, in which student-athletes will participate in what is named, “West Las Vegas Student-Athlete Guest Speaker Night.”