Today's Sports

  • Lakers great Cooper to headline...

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    In the 1980s, Michael Cooper was wearing No. 21 and playing an integral role in helping the Los Angeles Lakers win world championships, playing alongside legends like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.

    Today, the former UNM Lobo and Laker wing is coaching at the University of Southern Colorado and even making time for youth basketball camps — including one scheduled for July 28-29 at Robertson’s Mike Marr Gymnasium.
    Geared toward players age 5-17, the camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

  • RHS girls hosting youth soccer...

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Robertson High School girls’ varsity soccer team will be having a youth soccer camp Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, to raise money for the upcoming season.

    The camp will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the RHS soccer field at 3rd and Mills.

    “Kids age 5-12 are encouraged to join us,” wrote Caitlin Diefendorf, one of the Lady Cardinals’ standouts. “The camp is a great way for local kids to have fun and learn new soccer skills from the high school girls’ soccer team.

  • ‘Two out of three ain’t bad’

    The Nasty North owned Friday night — and came pretty close to making it a clean sweep of the Dirty South on Saturday.

    In this past weekend’s Class 2A-3A North-South All-Star games, the action followed the traditional script, with the North teams holding court in basketball and the South taking care of business on the gridiron.

  • Two more champs crowned

    Highlights from the District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments this past week in Raton:

    • Down five runs in a must-win situation, the Las Vegas Little League 11-12 sluggers never gave up.

    Now, they’re reaping the rewards of a District 4 championship — the fifth collected by a Meadow City team and the fourth for LVLL.

  • Beijing heroes Phelps, Bolt...

    By Howard Fendrich and Paul Newberry
    AP Sports Writers

    Michael Phelps, in the pool, raising a fist. Usain Bolt, on the track, slapping his chest.

    They are the two indelible images of the 2008 Beijing Olympics — celebration after celebration of gold medals and world records by the American swimmer and the Jamaican sprinter. Because of what they did four years ago, all eyes will be on them when they return to their sports’ biggest stages during the London Games, which open July 27.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July...

    • Men’s city league tournament: Yo Momma vs. Old Folks, 6 p.m., Alta Vista Balls Deep vs. V Town Sluggers, 7 p.m., Vegas Hitmen vs. 24-7, 8 p.m., city complex

    • Men’s city league tournament: Tecolote vs. Big Joe’s Cartel, 6 p.m., Hackers vs. Yo Momma-Old Folks winner, 7 p.m., losers’ bracket game teams TBA, 8 p.m., city complex

    • Men’s city league tournament games TBA, 6 p.m., city complex

  • FYI - Sports - July 16, 2012

    Las Vegas Youth Soccer League registration for 2012 fall soccer is now open! Spread the word. To register online go to www.lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or go to Desertgate Internet on Bridge Street during business hours. Registration deadline is July 31. Don't miss it!

  • Champs!

    Highlights from the District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments under way in Raton:

    • Las Vegas stopped La Plaza 27-0 in an all-Meadow City championship game early Wednesday evening in the 10-11 division.

    Brandon Lucero had a grand slam, Antonio Cordova, Lonny Montoya went yard and Austen King homered while turning in a lights-out pitching effort.

  • It’s North vs. South

    Local fans are invited to check out some of the finest athletes from the high school class of 2012 this weekend for the annual Class 2A-3A North-South games.

    The all-star girls’ basketball game tips off 6 p.m. Friday at the Wilson Complex, to be followed by the boys’ game.

    Then at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, it’s North-South football at Perkins Stadium.

  • Big turnout for camp

    The inaugural Miranda Serna Memorial Basketball Camp for kids 5-16 will take place Monday through Wednesday in Mora, and the camp has reached its 60-player limit, according to organizers.

    Proceeds from the camp benefit a scholarship fund in Serna’s name.