Today's Sports

  • U.S. women nip Canada in OT

    By Joseph White
    AP Sports Writer

    MANCHESTER, England  — On the verge of missing the gold-medal game for the first time, the U.S. women’s soccer team caught a break when the referee made a call rarely seen in the sport.

    Then the Americans put together a final winning surge, inspired by the familiar — a pep talk from co-captain Abby Wambach.

  • Sands, Isotopes edge 51s for...

    Jerry Sands had another big night, and runs in the seventh and eighth innings propelled the host Isotopes past the Las Vegas 51s 6-4 on Saturday night.

    Albuquerque improved to 66-49 and held a two-game lead atop the Pacific Coast League’s American Southern Division going into Sunday’s series opener with visiting Tucson, the San Diego Padres’ Triple A affiliate.

    On Saturday, the 51s led 2-0 midway through the second before Albuquerque tied it with two scores in the bottom of the inning.

  • A need for speed
  • Aragon makes physique debut

    By Richard Tripp
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas native Ryan Aragon recently competed in the 2012 Max Muscle Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Natural Southwest Classic Bodybuilding and Figure Championships.

    Aragon placed fourth in the Teen category and fifth in the Junior category in his first foray into competitive bodybuilding. The contest was held July 28 in Albuquerque.

    Aragon is a member of the Class of 2010 at West Las Vegas High School. He is the son of Emory and Denice Aragon.

  • Going out with a splash

    By Beth Harris
    AP Sports Writer

    LONDON — Michael Phelps got up to leave his last news conference at the Olympic pool when his relay mates were asked if they thought he would really stay retired.

    Before they could answer, Phelps smiled and said emphatically: “Yes, yes.”

    The most decorated Olympian called it a career on Saturday night with a fitting ending — a gold medal in the 4x100-meter medley relay at the London Games.

  • FYI - Sports - August 6, 2012

    Las Vegas’  Young American Football League will hold a coaches’ meeting for all new and returning YAFL coaches at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

    All seventh and eighth grade girls from West Las Vegas Middle School who are interested in playing volleyball are asked to attend an organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at West Las Vegas’ Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. If you have any questions, please call Mary Bustos, 429-0597.

  • Tiger turns Rider
  • James helps U.S. survive a scare

    By Brian Mahoney
    AP Basketball Writer

    LONDON  — It’s a collection of superstars with MVP trophies, scoring titles and all sorts of impressive statistics. And it wasn’t until the U.S. men’s basketball team was finally challenged that it found its leader.

    Lithuania was on the verge of an Olympic-sized upset when LeBron James made four big baskets in the final four minutes Saturday, finishing with 20 points in a 99-94 victory that kept the Americans unbeaten but cracked their aura of invincibility.

  • Duo All-American in javelin

    Before the recent Junior Olympics national track and field competition in Baltimore, Nicholas Gurule had never boarded an airplane.

    By the time he returned to the Meadow City from the big meet, Gurule was flying high in more ways than one.

    The 14-year-old West Las Vegas student earned a national runner-up finish in the javelin, youth division (13-14), defeating 45 other throwers and securing All-American honors.

    Oh, and he also got to ride in a plane for the first time.

  • Cougar town - In photo finish,...

    Tuesday’s city league championship game came down to the final at-bats for the Vida Encantada Cougars, who had to claw and scratch back from a rare deficit against a battle-hardened Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl club for a 9-8 win.

    With young Jacklyn Alarcon pitching some of her best softball of the summer, the Bud team held their offense-minded counterparts well below their previous tournament average of 22.5.