Today's Sports

  • Vegas’ Mathew Baca in Top Gun...

    For Mathew Baca of Las Vegas, summer is not time for rest and relaxation.

    The Robertson junior-to-be was one of the premier running backs recognized in the recent regional Football University camp in Denver. Based on his performance there, he was invited to take part in the Football University Top Gun Showcase July 16-18 in Dublin, Ohio.

    “This is the best collection of high school football talent in one place at one time,” said Erik Richards, national recruiting coordinator for All American Games, which stages Football University and the showcase.

  • Robbers, Topes both rained out

    Monday night saw scheduled games for both the Las Vegas Train Robbers and Albuquerque Isotopes scratched due to weather.

    The Robbers were slated to host one of their last several home games — a tilt against the Pecos League North’s leader, Trinidad — at Rodriguez Park. But steady rains throughout Monday in the Meadow City left the field unplayable.

    Las Vegas was scheduled to play the Triggers in a “home away from home” game on Tuesday night in Santa Rosa, then return to the road.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 8...

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad Triggers, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas  
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Kit Carson Park, Taos
    • Las Vegas adult league games, evenings, city softball  complex
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Kit Carson Park, Taos


  • Sister act, the sequel: Serena...

    By Howard Fendrich
    AP Tennis Writer

    LONDON — Just like old times.

    Used to be that a match involving Miss Williams vs. Miss Williams, as they like to say at the All England Club, was a regular occurrence at the latter stages of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.

  • Vegas’ win streak ends

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers saw their season-high six-game winning streak come to an end with back-to-back losses at Garden City (Kans.).

    Robbers were held to five hits in a 3-1 pitchers’ duel Thursday night, just a day after their team-record 32-9 rout of the Wind. Zack Russell-Myers went the distance on the mound for the home team, striking out seven and allowing one unearned run on five hits and one walk.

  • Mora-La Plaza: Instant classic

    Mora Little League’s Juniors baseball team recently made history by capturing its first-ever District 4 championship in front of its hometown fans.

    And the guys in green did it in such a way that Hollywood couldn’t script any better.

    La Plaza Little League’s Juniors All-Stars had a strong start to the championship game, grabbing a 7-2 lead going into the final set of at-bats. La Plaza was three outs away from the title on enemy turf at Mora High School’s field.

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  • July 18 run to benefit Pecos XC

    Las Vegas Optic

    Area runners and walkers are invited to take part in a benefit run and walk Saturday, July 18, in Glorieta.

    The event will benefit the Pecos High School and Middle School cross country programs.  

    A 5-kilometer run and walk for those 10 and older will begin at 8 a.m. at the Glorieta Camps. Then a 1-kilometer fun run for children younger than 10 will take place at 9:30 a.m.

  • Mud volleyball, horseshoes in...

    Looking for some good, clean (dirty) fun this summer?

    How about some mud volleyball and horseshoes?

    The Pecos boys’ basketball program will host a benefit mud volleyball and horseshoes tournament this coming Saturday, July 11, at the San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, 104 South Main Street in Pecos.

    The day will feature vendors, arts and crafts, face painting and more. It is a non-alcoholic event.

  • U.S. men vanquish Guatemala

    The Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Clint Dempsey wants to look ahead to helping the U.S. defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title and not back to his confrontation with a referee that caused American coach Jurgen Klinsmann to replace the fiery forward as captain for the tournament.

    Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night despite some sloppy play in an exhibition ahead of the Gold Cup.