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  • World Cup final is Sunday

    The Associated Press

    SAO PAULO  — The World Cup’s second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.

    Argentina goalie Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after tough defending and a lack of creative spark from either team consigned the match to a 0-0 stalemate.

  • Robbers’ last home games upcoming

    Fans will have only a couple of chances left to catch a Las Vegas Train Robbers home game this summer.

    The team plays its final two games at Rodriguez Park on Saturday evening against Raton and Sunday vs. Trinidad. Tickets are $6 general admission.

    The Robbers will play one more “home” game at 7 p.m. Monday at Santa Rosa High School.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 11...

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s (DH), 6:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Raton Osos, 6 p.m., Raton
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult Softball League women’s all-star game, 6 p.m., TBA

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Raton Osos, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball

  • District 4 Tourneys - LVLL goes...

    Las Vegas Little League punctuated a successful District 4 tournament campaign with the final two championships late this past week at Rodriguez Park.

    Las Vegas 9-10 baseball defeated Raton 18-2, and LVLL’s 11-12 baseball team prevailed against La Plaza in a pair of championship games this past Thursday.

    The titles complement those earned earlier in the week by LVLL teams in 10-11 baseball, juniors, 11-12 and 9-10 softball. And they bring the total haul for the league to six division championships out of eight contested in town.

  • New coaches for Highlands hoops

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands Athletic Director Jeff Falkner this past week announced the hiring of Brianna Finch and Craig Snow as the new Cowgirls and Cowboys head basketball coaches.

    “I am really pleased and excited Brianna and Craig have decided to join our athletic staff as our new basketball coaches” Falkner said. “They both have the right priorities and are not only great coaches, but also great people.

    “The future of Highlands’ basketball looks bright,” Falkner added.

  • Runaway bride
  • Robbers struggle in Roswell

    Las Vegas’ Train Robbers had better luck tracking UFOs than scoring runs Monday night in Roswell, falling 16-0.

    Chris Dunn and the Invaders held Vegas (15-36) to four hits.

    Dunn, who earned the pitching win, struck out eight through six innings and allowed three hits and two walks in that span.

    Ryan Retz hit a home run and went 2 for 3 with four runs batted in for Roswell, which improved to 31-23, second in the Southern Division. Leadoff hitter Jeff Eubank and Shane Klemke also notched four RBI apiece.

  • Messi, Robben lead offenses

    By Mike Corder
    AP Sports Writer
    RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Cup’s best dribblers — Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben — face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semifinals.
    In Brazil, Robben has been quick, Messi has been quicksilver.
    On Wednesday in Sao Paulo, either one could turn the semifinal with a dazzling turn of pace or a weaving run to propel his team to the final.
    “We have to cut the supply line to Messi,” Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi told Dutch website Nu.nl.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 9...

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Lady Jags vs. Lady Hackers, 5:45 p.m.; Ice Cold Pitches vs. Compounders, 7 p.m., Rodriguez Complex

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Bulldogs vs. Balls Deep, 5:45 p.m.; Yo Momma vs. Warriors, 7 p.m., Rodriguez Complex

  • District 4 Tourneys - Vegas...

    Already the big winner overall, Las Vegas Little League hauled off two more championship banners Wednesday as the District 4 Little League tournaments rolled on at a bustling Rodriguez Park.

    In the morning, Las Vegas held off La Plaza in a 3-2 nailbiter in the decisive third game of a best-of-three series with the 10-11 baseball title on the line.