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  • NBA Finals: Dirk vs. LeBron may...

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI — It’s the matchup that basketball fans might really want to see.
    Not Heat vs. Mavericks. LeBron vs. Dirk.

    There’s a chance at some point in the NBA finals, which began Tuesday with Dallas visiting Miami, that Heat forward LeBron James may find himself guarding Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki.

    If it happens, James said he will accept the challenge.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 1,...

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League will hold its annual board meeting with elections for leaders at 6:30 p.m. on June 15 at the NMHU Student Center Senate Chambers.

  • Barcelona now among elite

    The Associated Press

    WEMBLEY, England  — The debate is over now. Barcelona is on the list of soccer’s all-time greatest teams.

    Led by another dominant performance from Lionel Messi, the Catalan club beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday to earn its third Champions League title in six seasons and No. 4 overall.

  • Little League - June 1, 2011

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

    WEDNESDAY, May 25
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 12, Angels 11
    La Plaza Minors: Phillies 6, Marlins 3
    LVLL Majors: Rockies-Cubs, Yankees- Red Sox, no reports
    LVLL softball: Stars-Psychlones, Pink Sox-Longhorns, no reports

    THURSDAY, May 26
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 10, Angels 9 (continuation of May 19 game tied at 9-9; game decided with one extra inning); Cubs 17, Angels 7

  • Grant leaps to a national title

    For the first time in school history, a female athlete from New Mexico Highlands University is a national champion.

    Jillisa Grant earned that distinction by winning the long jump late Thursday in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a meet being hosted by Cal State-Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif.

    Highlands scored team points in several other events and wound up tied for 13th in the women’s team standings. There were more than 60 schools represented in the meet.

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  • Veterans in Dallas share one goal

    By Jaime Aron
    AP Sports Writer

    DALLAS  — Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd are at the point in their careers where the only thing they care about is winning a championship.

    Luckily for them, their teammates feel the same way.

  • Miami stars closer to dream

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI  — Only a year ago, everything in Dwyane Wade’s life was uncertain.

    Former business partners had brought a combination of civil lawsuits, seeking somewhere around $100 million in what they said was the earnings potential of some failed deals. His yearslong divorce battle was still unsettled. Another courtroom fight was looming for custody of his two sons. And the free-agent period was fast-approaching.

    “Very long year,” Wade said Saturday. “Very, very long year.”

  • Frankie-Johnny 3 cancelled

    The long-anticipated third and decisive boxing matchup between former world champion Johnny Tapia and Las Vegas native Frankie Archuleta has been shelved yet again. And this time, the prospects don’t look good for rescheduling.

    Archuleta reportedly failed a pre-fight physical just days before the scheduled bout, the headliner for a June 4 card at Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque.

    More alarming for fans of the Meadow City boxer is the suggestion that Archuleta (27-8-1) has seen his last in-ring action.