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Today's Sports

  • ‘I’ll Have Another’ eyes Crown

    By Richard Rosenblatt
    AP Sports Writer

    BALTIMORE  — I’ll Have Another had Bodemeister in his sights again, a shot at the Triple Crown hanging in the balance.

    Two weeks ago, he ran down his rival and won the Kentucky Derby. This time, the chestnut colt needed to be even more relentless to win the Preakness.

    Jockey Mario Gutierrez asked for more at the top of the stretch, and I’ll Have Another closed the gap with each stride, finally surging past Bodemeister a few yards from the wire.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 21...

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, beginning 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball
    • Men’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • Women’s city league, 5:30, 6:30 p.m., city complex
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 18...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NCAA Division II Central Regional, matchups TBA, 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., Mankato, Minn.
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park
    Softball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • NCAA Division II Central Regional, matchups TBA, Mankato, Minn.

  • Grant: RMAC track athlete of year

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    Jillisa Grant as been selected as the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Women’s Athlete of the Year.

    Grant is a three-time NCAA Division II national champion in the long jump (outdoor, 2011; indoor, 2012) and 200-meter dash (indoor, 2011).
    She is currently ranked among the top three in the nation in the 100, 200 and long jump. She also runs on Highlands’ 400-meter relay team, currently ranked fourth nationally.

  • Region honors Cowboy slugger

    More honors rolled in this week for the New Mexico Highlands baseball team, which is playing in the NCAA Division II Central Regional playoffs this week in Mankato, Minn.

    Kyle Davis, a junior designated hitter for the Cowboys, was named to the first-team all-Central Region for his work leading up to the national tournament.

    Davis has hit. 396 with 42 runs batted in and 35 runs scored.

  • Isotopes back at ‘the Lab’

    Isotopes and Las Vegas Optic reports

    After some time away, the Albuquerque Isotopes will be back at their own ballpark for a while.

    And so will onetime Isotope Manny Ramirez, albeit in a different uniform.

    Ramirez, now with the Oakland A’s organization, will return to Albuquerque to make a rehabilitation appearance with the Sacramento River Cats when they play the Isotopes on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Go Fish - May 18, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
     
    CATCHES OF THE WEEK:
    Cochiti Lake: May 9, Mike Gianfriddo of Albuquerque caught a 4.5-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a Mepps spinner.

  • Highlands baseball makes...

    For the third time in four seasons, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys are headed to the national tournament in NCAA Division II baseball.

    The Cowboys and head coach Steve Jones learned their postseason fate on Sunday evening.

    Highlands is the No. 4 seed in a six-team Central Regional to be held Thursday through Sunday in Mankato, Minn.

    The Cowboys will play No. 3 seed Colorado Mesa (39-14), their longtime archrival from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, at noon Central time on Thursday, the first day of the regional playoff.

  • Cowboys reap kudos

    Three New Mexico Highlands University baseball players have been recognized for their work in helping get the Cowboys to a 39-14 overall record and a high ranking in the NCAA Division II Central Region throughout the season.

    The Cowboys have earned an invitation to the national tournament, which begins this week with regional playoffs across the country.

  • Gents finish 6-10 campaign

    Submitted to the Optic

    In a feel-good finish to the season, the West Las Vegas Middle School Gents baseball team took down a strong Class 4A Los Alamos with a 7-4 win on April 25.

    The boys have been playing Ironman baseball with only nine players on the team as three of their usual sluggers have been in Chicago with the national award-winning West Las Vegas Business Professionals of America club.

    Led by head coach Isaac Lopez and assistant coach Mike Jaramillo, the Gents were 6-10 and led in every game.