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Today's Sports

  • Little League

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 16
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 14, Cubs 2; Rockies 5, Red Sox 4
    La Plaza Minors: CUbs 5, Angels 1; Dodgers 6, Phillies 3; Red Sox 2, Marlins 0

    MONDAY, APRIL 18
    La Plaza Majors: Red Sox 4, Angels 1
    La Plaza Minors: White Sox 1, Giants 0

    TUESDAY, APRIL 19
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 10, Marlins 0
    La Plaza Minors: A’s 4, Dodgers 1

  • NMHU relay breaks mark

    The NMHU women’s 400-meter relay team established itself as a national contender by winning its heat and lowering the school record in the event at the 53rd Annual Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., on April 15.

    The foursome of Qiauna Fair, Fiona James, Jillisa Grant and Sheneika Rochester ran 46.08 in taking the heat. The time is nearly a second and a half faster than the NCAA provisional qualifying time and is currently the seventh fastest in the nation among Division II schools. The mark destroys the school record set just last year of 47.19.

  • Go Fish

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, April 19

    COYOTE CREEK: Flow is 0.71 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure. The river was stocked with 560 triploid rainbow last week.

  • Reason to Win
  • Coyotes swept, done in desert?

    The Associated Press

    GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Danny Cleary shot from behind the post, squeezing the puck through a hole seemingly no wider than a skate blade. Todd Bertuzzi muscled an opponent and the puck to the front of the crease, getting a fortunate bounce to find the net.

    Two goals in 2 minutes and the Detroit Red Wings were headed into the next round, the Phoenix Coyotes toward an uncertain future.

  • NFL talks on hiatus

    The Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS  — After four long and intense mediation sessions between the NFL and its locked-out players, the judge decided to give both parties an extended break.

    By the time they reconvene in mid-May, the landscape of their discussions could be completely different.

    Executive vice president Jeff Pash, the NFL’s lead negotiator, said Wednesday that U.S. Judge Magistrate Arthur Boylan told both sides they likely won’t convene again until May 16 because he has a few other matters on his judicial calendar.

  • MLB takes over Dodgers franchise

    By Beth Harris
    AP Sports Writer

    LOS ANGELES  — Commissioner Bud Selig is taking away control of the Los Angeles Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt, whose troubled finances and unresolved divorce settlement have seemingly paralyzed the once-proud franchise.

    Selig told McCourt on Wednesday he will appoint a MLB representative in a few days to oversee all aspects of the business and day-to-day operations of the club.

    However, McCourt appeared to signal his intent to challenge Selig’s decision.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Regis (DH), noon, Denver
    Rodeo
    • NMHU at Tri-College Rodeo Challenge, Taylor, Ariz.
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney (DH), noon, Cowgirl Field
    Tennis
    • Robertson in pre-district tournament, TBA, site TBA

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Regis, noon, Denver
    • Robertson vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 11 a.m., MMS Field

  • Three from LV are all-state

    Three local hoopsters have been recognized with selection to all-state teams by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Miranda Martinez of West Las Vegas High was the lone first-team all-state pick from the Meadow City.

    Martinez, a senior guard, led the Lady Dons with 15.7 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals per game this past season; she was the team leader in those statistical categories.

    The Lady Dons, coached by Jose Medina, made it to the state quarterfinals in The Pit, losing to eventual state champ Santa Fe Indian School 71-45.

  • WLV thrower making a splash

    West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule chose a good time to make the throw of her life.

    Gurule threw the discus a personal-record 112 feet, 6 inches, in the Marilyn Sepulveda track meet on April 11 in Albuquerque. The throw was good enough for second place among the best 12 female discus athletes from around the state.

    “Just an amazing girl,” marveled WLV coach James Esquibel, who noted Gurule has also qualified for state in the shot put. “She is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and working hard for a state title.”