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Today's Sports

  • Big ratings again for World Cup...

    By David Bauder
    AP Television Writer
    NEW YORK — An estimated 21.6 million people watched Belgium knock out the United States soccer team in the World Cup on U.S. television — an impressive total for a weekday afternoon that almost certainly undercounts how many people actually saw it.
    The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 16.5 million people watched the game on ESPN, with 5.1 million more seeing it on the Spanish-language Univision network. In addition, nearly 1.7 million people watched an online stream of the event, Nielsen said.

  • Highlands rodeo ends final year...

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    CASPER, Wyo. — The New Mexico Highlands University rodeo team completed the 2013-2014 season at nationals June 21.
    The women’s team finished 14th in the nation with 130 points while the men’s team finished 48th with 45 points.

    The best finish of the championships came from senior Kindee Wilson, who finished seventh in goat tying with a 28 average.

  • Champions
  • U.S. soccer gets a reality check

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer
    SAO PAULO — Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn’t ready to win the World Cup.
    The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament. They’ve been ranked 13th or 14th every month since September, which means their exit was pretty much at the stage it’s expected to be.
    “Clearly it gives you the message you have a lot of work still ahead of you,” the U.S. coach said Wednesday, a day after the 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time.

  • Isotopes add power hitter...

    Albuquerque Isotopes and Optic staff reports
    Infielder and outfielder Brock Peterson joined the Albuquerque Isotopes following the first game of a doubleheader at El Paso this evening, and in a corresponding move, outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was sent to Double-A Chattanooga.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 7...

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell Invaders, 6 p.m., Roswell
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Vegas Boyz vs. Yo Momma, 5:45 p.m.; Vegas Boyz vs. Balls Deep, 7 p.m., Rodriguez Complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Lady Jags vs. Ice Cold Pitches, 5:45 p.m.; Hooters vs. Bud, 7 p.m., NMHU Cowgirl Field

    Tuesday
    Baseball

  • District 4 Tourneys
  • Fiesta run on tap for Fourth of...

    Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages are expected to take part in this week’s annual Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run, and you are invited to join them.

    Five individual events that are part of the Fiesta Run will all take place on Friday morning, the Fourth of July, in conjunction with the city’s annual fiestas.

    Late registration is available at race headquarters behind the Plaza Hotel until 15 minutes before each race begins.
    Information on each:

  • Howard’s brilliant day can’t...

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer
    SALVADOR, Brazil  — They captured the hearts of America — from coast to coast, big towns and small, all the way to the White House.
    Capturing the World Cup will have to wait.
    Just like four years ago, the United States is going home after the round of 16, beaten when Belgium scored twice in extra time Tuesday and then held on for a 2-1 win.
    “Thirty-one teams get their heart broken,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “It has to end sometime. It ended a little bit early for us.”

  • Undefeated