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Today's Sports

  • Germany looks for rare repeat

    By Ronald Blum, The Associated Press
    MOSCOW — After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century.

  • North America to host Cup in 2026

    The Associated Press

    MOSCOW — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

    The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments was to start on Thursday.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 15-19

    FRIDAY (June 15)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Nashville Sounds, 6:35 p.m.,
    Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    SUNDAY
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Nashville Sounds, 6:05 p.m.,
    Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    MONDAY

  • Wowing 'em with walk-offs

    Five local youth baseball and softball teams celebrated divisional championship victories over the weekend at Keyes Park (Las Vegas Little League) and Rodriguez Park (La Plaza Little League).

    While LVLL Minors baseball and tee-ball on both sides of town will still be played for a few more games, much of the Little Leaguers’ attention now shifts to the upcoming District 4 tournaments, to be hosted by La Plaza at Rodriguez Park starting on June 23.

    The following is a roundup of this past weekend’s league tournament finals.

  • Ortiz key in two comebacks for...

    Arjay Ortiz left a lasting impression to the end of his prep career over the weekend at the 2018 North-South All-Star Games, playing a key role in game-winning drives on both the football field and the hardwood.

    Ortiz hauled in one touchdown catch and rushed for another to help the Class 3A-4A North football team slip past the South 20-19 on Friday at Nusenda Community Stadium.

  • Isotoeps: Storm Chasers prevail...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes slipped to .500 (32-32) after coming up short in a 2-0 shutout Monday at Omaha.

    Both starting pitchers shined, but Omaha’s Jonathan Dziedzic (3-5) had the edge with five hits, two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings.

    His counterpart David Holmberg (2-5) struck out six and held Omaha to five hits — but the last two hurt.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 13-16

    WEDNESDAY (June 13)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League games: Tea Time vs. AVRH Scrubs, 6:30 p.m.; Tea Time vs. Bud Light, 7:30 p.m.; Ol’ Sons vs. Zia Boys, 8:40 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

  • Seventh inning keys Topes'...

    Despite getting only five hits against Iowa’s pitching Thursday evening, the Albuquerque Isotopes proved efficient in a 3-1 win at Principal Park in Des Moines.

    The Isotopes (31-29) capitalized on three walks and one hit in the seventh inning to put three runs on the board. That broke a scoreless stalemate and was enough for the visitors to take their second win in three days against the Cubs (23-35).

  • Majic move: Longtime WLV coach...

    In filling its newly vacant girls’ basketball coaching position, Robertson High School didn’t have to look too far.

    Jose “Majic” Medina, the longtime head coach across the river at West Las Vegas, has reportedly accepted the Lady Cardinals’ head coaching position.

    Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, director fo co-curricular activities for the Las Vegas City Schools, confirmed that Medina had been selected for the vacancy. Interviews of several candidates took place throughout the day Wednesday.

  • Quintana out at RHS softball

    Robertson is looking for a new head softball coach.

    The school will be looking to replace head coach Michael Quintana, ending Quintana’s three-year run leading the program.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper told the Optic earlier this week that the coach would not be returning but declined to discuss publicly the reasons for that decision.

    Quintana himself said he chose to resign as of late last week. “Despite the rumors going around, I was not fired, nor was I under investigation.”