Today's Sports

  • Vatos: National champs!

    As founding faculty adviser and longtime spokesman Dick Greene would say, speed never has a bad day.

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby club used that attribute well and achieved the pinnacle of success in the small college ranks this past weekend, beating New England College 22-19 to win the national championship in sevens rugby.

    In doing so, the Vatos avenged last season’s defeat to New England in the national sevens final. That had been the club’s deepest postseason run in its 23-year history.

  • Rainy days & Mondays

    Sometimes, victories aren’t reflected by the scoreboard.

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers (2-8) stumbled to a 6-2 loss against Trinidad Monday night, ending the team’s modest two-game win streak.

    But there were things for the Robbers to be thankful for.

    • No. 1, they finally got to play a real home game, 10 games and nearly two weeks into the season, at Rodriguez Park.

    • No. 2, they drew a respectable crowd to said game, peaking near 70 before chilling rains chased many of them away.

  • Little League - June 3

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by Las Vegas Little League. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    WEDNESDAY: Cardinals vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m.; Orioles vs. Angels, 7:30 p.m.
    FRIDAY: Angels vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Orioles vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY: Rattlers vs. Sandgnats, 6:15 p.m.; Express vs. Paw Sox, 7:45 p.m.
    THURSDAY: Bats vs. Owlz, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Threshers, 7:45 p.m.

  • In Brief - Sports - June 3, 2015

    From The Associated Press
    NBA concussion protocols draw new questions

    OAKLAND, Calif. — When NBA union chief Michele Roberts watched Stephen Curry return to a game after his head slammed against the floor and he walked woozily to the locker room, she immediately took a closer look the league’s concussion protocols.
    Two nights later, when Curry’s Golden State teammate Klay Thompson was cleared to return after being kneed in the head only to later be diagnosed with a concussion, her reaction was much stronger.

  • Golf tourney Saturday to help...

    Submitted to the Optic

    In support of New Mexico Highlands Cowboys and Cowgirls athletics, the Highlands athletic department announces its inaugural golf outing on Saturday, June 6, at Pendaries Mountain Community and Golf Resort in Rociada.

    The 18-hole scramble will start at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch and dinner will be included in the registration fee and lodging is available in Las Vegas on a first-come basis.

  • Lightning, Hawks square off for...

    The Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla.  —  The high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning host the dynasty-seeking Chicago Blackhawks beginning 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1.

    CONFERENCE FINALS: Lightning beat New York Rangers in 7. Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks in 7.

    SEASON SERIES: Tampa Bay won 1-0-1.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - June 3...

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad Triggers, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Iowa Cubs, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park

  • Slack national field athlete of...

    NMHU Sports Information

    Less than a week after finishing as the female high-point scorer at the NCAA Division II Championships, senior Salcia Slack captured her second straight U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Female Outdoor Field Performer of the Year award.

    The honor was announced May 27 by the USTFCCCA.

  • British invasion
  • Parker nears cycle in Isotope...

    Kyle Parker finished just a single shy of the cycle Saturday, driving in four runs to help Albuquerque take a 9-5 win over visiting Omaha at Isotopes Park.

    Parker, who plays first base and hit third in the order, finished 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and a solo home run — his sixth of the season.

    Albuquerque improved to 21-29 going into Sunday.