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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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