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Today's Sports

  • Surprise in Open final

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Instead of Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer for the U.S. Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises Saturday.

    First, Japan’s Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a major singles championship match by staying fresher than Djokovic in stifling heat and winning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 8...

    Monday
    No varsity sporting
    events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Belen, 4 p.m., Belen
    • Robertson girls vs. Belen, 3 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • Robertson (A,B) at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. Valencia, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Wednesday
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., RHS field

    Thursday
    Soccer

  • Sports Roundup - Spikers look...

    They didn’t leave the bus running, but the engine was probably still warm when they got back on board.

    West Las Vegas’ varsity volleyball team made quick work of host Raton on Tuesday night, sweeping to a 25-13, 25-6, 25-12 victory.

    The Lady Dons are 2-1, not counting pool play from last weekend’s Belen tournament, under first-year head coach Karli Salazar.

    Salazar reported a mostly smooth match for West — and one that saw the Lady Dons’ performance from the service line surface as a real weapon.

  • Cowboys open season vs. Hounds...

    Linebacker Jared Koster made 63 tackles — 24 solo — and 14 tackles for loss along with three and a half sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to go with seven deflections and five quarterback hurries.

    Punter Patrick Carney averaged 45.2 yards a punt with a long of 73 plus nine touchbacks, 12 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, and 22 longer than 50 yards.

  • Youth Soccer - Sept. 5

    The following are Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches scheduled for this coming weekend.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 5...

    Friday
    Football
    • West Las Vegas at Española  Valley, 7 p.m., Española
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 6 p.m., Odessa, Texas
    • Robertson girls at Navajo Prep, TBA, Rehoboth tournament
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Canyon, Texas

    Saturday
    Cross country
    • NMHU at George Kyte Invite, 9 a.m., Flagstaff, Ariz.
    • Robertson at Del Norte, 8 a.m., Albuquerque
    Football

  • Weekend Roundup - It’s a start

    Joseph Paul Griego and Dominic Lucero rushed for two touchdowns apiece, and Amos Rivera ran a fumble 84 yards to paydirt to help Robertson defeat Portales 33-20 on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Those big plays helped the defending state champion Cardinals overcome five turnovers as both teams made their season debut in Class 4A football.

    The teams combined for one first down and four punts to start the game.

  • High hopes for Beasties

    Great expectations are the norm for Robertson High’s girls’ soccer program.

    This fall, with the return of two of New Mexico’s premier scoring threats to the lineup, there’s no telling how far the self-ascribed “Beastie Girls” can go.

    “We return eight seniors, many of whom were first and second-team all-district players,” noted third-year head coach Ian Williamson.

  • WLV soccer a construction project

    Comeback story indeed.

    At least it will be if it sticks.

    West Las Vegas is making another run at building a soccer program this fall, and the guy hired to do so insists he’s going to see it through.

    Paul Bonchi, whose most recent coaching experience was three years leading a U13 squad in the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League, is hoping to develop many of the same positives within the fledgling Lady Dons team.

  • Dons run 2nd in Española

    Just enough West Las Vegas boys’ cross country runners for a qualifying team score made it to this past Saturday’s Española meet.

    That’s all the Dons needed.

    West ran second only to a strong Taos squad in the varsity boys’ race.

    “They ran a good race,” longtime West Las Vegas coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo said of his Dons. “Taos is pretty solid.”