Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Vatos rugby turns 20

    In the late winter of 1992, as the snow and ice began to melt in northern New Mexico, a fresh new idea was beginning to bud on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Well, it was fresh and new to the community, anyway.

  • Dallas rookie shines vs. Denver

    By Jamie Aron
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ARLINGTON, Texas  — Dwayne Harris’ head was spinning.

    Giddy just to be playing his first game for the Dallas Cowboys, the rookie receiver was learning on the fly, too. Coach Jason Garrett had just pointed out a mistake Harris made running with the ball after his last reception, and now quarterback Stephen McGee was telling him to be ready to recognize a blitz and change his route if it came.

    So, what did the kid do?

  • Looking Ahead - Sports August 15...

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Vegas Boys vs. Louisville Chuggers, 6:30 p.m., Balls Deep vs. Dream Team, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Lady Warriors vs. Vida Encantada, 6 p.m., Alta Vista vs. Bases Loaded, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Dream Team vs. Tecolote, 6:30 p.m., Dream Team vs. Louisville Chuggers, 7:30 p.m., 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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  • ‘Day by day’ approach for Young

    New Mexico Highlands University head football coach Eric Young steered clear of specifics at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Football Media Day press conference Aug. 2 at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

  • Adult Softball

    As another summer of the Las Vegas Adult Softball League nears its conclusion, two defending champs are in a familiar position in the standings.
    Benavidez Construction’s Hackers, who held off a finals challenge to add the 2010 tournament championship to the regular-season trophy they’d already secured, are in the No. 1 spot again in the men’s league.