Today's Sports

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 19...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City
    • City league games, including men’s division title game, 7 p.m., Rodriguez complex

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque


  • Kicking off

    Daniela Fonseca, Anyssa Dagnino and Emily Ortiz lit up the scoreboard at Perkins Stadium for the first time by any sport this fall, topping Trinidad State 4-1 in an exhibition win for the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team on Sunday.

    The Cowgirls controlled most of the contest but found themselves trailing 1-0 when Laetica Rambeau drew goalkeeper Katherine Scott off her line and squirted a shot past her just a few minutes in.

    But Scott and the rest of the NMHU defense steadied quickly, denying the Trojans for the remainder of the afternoon.

  • Fiesta de Golf deadline today

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas will hold its annual Fiesta de Las Vegas Golf Tournament Wednesday, Aug. 31, and entries must be received by today, Wednesday Aug. 17.

    The tournament has an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. shotgun start at the Gene Torres Golf Course. It is a four-person ABCD scrambles format, and players can form their own teams or the pro and tournament chairman will make teams.

    Entrants must have a handicap or an average score for 18 holes.  

  • A late dive keys upset

    The Associated Press

    RIO DE JANEIRO — For beating Allyson Felix, Shaunae Miller gets a gold medal. Maybe they should give her a cape, too.

    It took a head-first dive, Superwoman-style, for Miller to spring an Olympic upset Monday over America’s top female sprinter in the 400 meters and deny her a record fifth gold medal.

    Miller, a 22-year-old from the Bahamas, took an early lead, then held off Felix’s charge along the straightaway.

  • Isotopes end 8-game tear

    Riding an eight-game win streak that included series wins over Las Vegas and Colorado Springs, the Albuquerque Isotopes have climbed out of the division cellar.

    Colorado Springs ended the win streak with an 8-2 verdict Monday night in the finale of a four-game series at Security Service Field. But the Isotopes headed to Oklahoma City with a record of 56-65, amid a three-way dogfight for second place behind El Paso’s Chihuahuas (65-58).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 17...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City
    • City league tournament games TBA, Cowgirl Field and Rodriguez softball complex

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City Softball
    • City league games, including women’s division title game, 8 p.m., Cowgirl Field


  • And so it begins
  • Phelps does it again

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Sports Writer

    RIO DE JANEIRO  — Michael Phelps and Simone Biles powered their way to more gold medals with rousing routs at the Rio Games on Thursday.

    Sauntering to the sounds of Latin music befitting the beaches and boulevards of Rio de Janeiro, Biles soared to the women’s all-around gymnastics title.

  • Topes sweep four from 51s

    Simon says “No.”

    Simon Castro, the Albuquerque Isotopes relief pitcher, came up with three huge outs to retire the side in order in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night, preserving the Topes’ 8-7 win over Las Vegas.

    Since the All-Star break, Castro has allowed just one earned run for an earned-run average of 0.82, according to the Isotopes media relations crew.

    The win completed a four-game sweep of the visiting 51s and elevated Albuquerque’s record to 53-64.

  • Fulgenzis take tennis skills on...

    Fulgenzi family members of three distinct age groups all competed in a national tennis tournament this past weekend in El Paso.

    And it’s just the start of a busy stretch that will see them travel to tourneys in Philadelphia and then to Europe in the weeks ahead.

    Warren Fulgenzi Sr., the head coach at Robertson and a former professional player, took sons Warren Jr. and Nico to El Paso. Warren Jr. recently graduated from RHS after adding another state singles title to his mantle. Nico is just 12 but already has ample experience in competitive tennis.