Today's Sports

  • Four RMAC grid teams get votes

    As polls go, this one has some merit but it’s hardly a lock.

    In that sense, it’s a lot like the Iowa straw poll.

    The American Football Coaches Association has the University of Nebraska-Kearney ranked 16th among NCAA Division II schools this fall.

    UNK, which is also the favorite to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, is the lone RMAC football program to be ranked in the AFCA top 25 preseason poll, which was released on Monday.

  • Sun Country PGA pros regain Cup

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANDIA PARK, N.M. — The two-year Challenge Cup run came to a sudden halt for the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Monday at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club.  

    The SCAGA team of the top 16 amateurs in the Sun Country borders just never seemed to get on track as they lost a decisive victory to the top 16 PGA Professionals of Sun Country PGA.

  • Texas A&M mulls future

    The Associated Press

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Stay or go? Texas A&M plans to take a while before making a decision on its conference affiliation.

    School President R. Bowen Loftin offered his first detailed comments Monday on the Aggies’ rather public interest in joining the Southeastern Conference — a move that almost surely would set off another round of conference realignment.

  • Looking Ahead - August 17, 2011

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Balls Deep vs. Hackers, 6:30 p.m., Young Bucks vs. Tecolote, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Bases Loaded vs. Vida Encantada, 6 p.m., Alta Vista vs. Vida Encantada, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s game: Yo Momma vs. Buzzards, TBA, city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    Young American Football League registration is under way for the fall season. Forms can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $65. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 26. Sports physicals are mandatory. Grades 3-4 are in juniors division; grades 5-6 in seniors division. Mandatory player evaluation is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Perkins Stadium; juniors at 8:30 a.m., seniors at 10:30 a.m.

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  • Twins veteran Thome smashes...

    By Noah Trister
    AP Sports Writer

    DETROIT  — Jim Thome’s back was aching, his toe was throbbing and his quad was cramping, turning his pursuit of 600 home runs into a painful endeavor that made him wonder if he would even reach the milestone before season’s end.

  • Grant All-America Scholar Athlete

    From NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University’s first ever national champion in women’s track and field, Jillisa Grant, has added yet another accolade to her shelf — this time for her work in the classroom.

    Grant has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Division II Field Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2010-11. She joins New Haven University’s Shannon Gagne as USTFCCCA’s Track & Field Scholar Athletes of the Year.

  • Upset shakes up women’s standings

    That’s why they play the game.

    One of the biggest Las Vegas-area sports upsets of the year occurred this past Thursday night at the city softball complex, where the previously winless Lady Warriors stunned the division-leading Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl crew.

    The surprise outcome came as action in the Las Vegas Adult Softball League hits the home stretch of the season. Postseason tournaments for both women’s and men’s divisions are scheduled next week.

  • Jeter’s gear now in Hall

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Derek Jeter donated to the Hall of Fame the batting helmet and batting gloves that he wore when he homered for his 3,000th hit.

    Jeter made the presentation during a brief ceremony honoring him for becoming the 28th player and first in pinstripes to reach the milestone before the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

  • Braves retire No. 6

    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA — There were 6s everywhere at Turner Field as the Braves honored Bobby Cox on Friday night.

    Cox’s No. 6 was cut into the outfield grass, painted on the bases and in front of the dugouts and, finally, unveiled on the stadium’s facade with eight others that have been retired by the team.

    Cox, who retired as manager last year, is the first to have his number retired by the Braves primarily for his work as manager. He led the team to 15 playoff appearances and the 1995 World Series championship.