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Today's Sports

  • NM boxing icon Tapia dead at 45

    AP and Optic staff reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his Albuquerque home. He was 45.

    Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, Albuquerque police spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn’t appear to be suspicious, he said.

  • LV Elite excels in Albuquerque...

    Submitted to the Optic

    With the schedule winding down, the Las Vegas Elite traveling youth baseball squad has posted another strong finish.

    Wins in two of their last three games — played after this story went to press — would give the team a top-three finish in the Albuquerque USSSA league.

    Late last spring, the team finished in fifth place, the best any team in northern New Mexico has done in the league.

    “This past weekend (May 18-20) we had two big games,” said Nicholas Marrujo of the Elite.

  • Dodger stars help Isotopes down...

    Logging three insurance runs in the eighth inning, then withstanding a three-run Oklahoma City rally in the top of the ninth, the Albuquerque Isotopes pulled out a second straight win over the RedHawks by an identical 11-9 score Monday at Isotopes Park.

    That made it a successful weekend  for rehabbing Los Angeles Dodger stars Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera, who played for Albuquerque both Sunday and Monday on their way back to the parent club in L.A.

    Albuquerque (30-22) got good contributions from both Kemp and Rivera as they won the Oklahoma City series 3-1.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 30...

    WEDNESDAY
    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
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, 5:30, 7 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball

  • Danville national champ in triple

    PUEBLO, Colo. — Kearah Danville triumphed in the triple jump on Friday, winning the first outdoor national championship of the season for the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team.

    The Cowgirls sealed five championship berths along with Danville’s national title during day two of competition at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Pueblo, Colo.

  • Tough out
  • Dodgers’ Kemp, Rivera join...

    In Isotopes Land, even consecutive losses to Fresno and Oklahoma City weren’t enough to extinguish the enthusiasm of fans and the organization over the pending arrival of two of Major League Baseball’s brightest stars.

    Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera of the L.A. Dodgers are slated to join Albuquerque for a pair of games Sunday and Monday as part of their rehabilitation assignments within the Dodger organization.

  • New Rough Rider
  • Heat rest before return to East...

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI  — Dwyane Wade has been battling knee soreness. LeBron James was hobbling after a falling into a courtside cameraman. Chris Bosh remains sidelined indefinitely with an abdominal strain. Mike Miller looks to be in agony whenever he moves.

    An extra day of rest doesn’t sound like much, but it means plenty right now to the Miami Heat.

  • British soccer camps June 4-8

    Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camps is making its annual return to the Las Vegas area with a weeklong camp June 4-8 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Perkins Stadium.

    The camps, which are being coordinated with the popular Las Vegas Youth Soccer League, is for soccer players age 3 to 9.

    Those who have not registered may do so via the challengersports.com Web site.