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Today's Sports

  • NBA Finals: Warriors halfway to...

    By Janie McCauley
    The Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif.  — Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.

    LeBron James considers his familiar NBA Finals opponent among the best teams ever.

  • Stanley Cup Finals: Caps one win...

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup.

    With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are on the verge of capturing the first title in their 43rd season after routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 on Monday night to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 6-9

    WEDNESDAY (June 6)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 11:08 a.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League games: Bud Light vs. AVRH Scrubs, 6:30 p.m.; I'd Hit That vs. Bud Light, 7:30 p.m.; Ol’ Sons vs. Red Doggs, 8:40 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa

  • A champ on and off the field

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    Earl Smith, the New Mexico Highlands Vatos rugby club captain and president, is a champion on and off the field.

    His team is headed back to the national sevens rugby tournament this weekend, looking for a third championship win — and he is nominated for a Life of Significance Award for his volunteer service.

  • Vatos seek national title No. 3

    For New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby team, a third time would be a charm.
    But will it happen this weekend?
    The Vatos are in the Philadelphia area for this weekend’s National Small College Rugby Organization sevens championship playoffs. They’ve won two previous national titles in sevens, a small-sided, faster version of the sport. But with a number of players gone from their last national championship lineup, the Vatos aren’t necessarily the favorites in Philly.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 3-7

    SUNDAY (June 3)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Rugby
    • NMHU Vatos at NSCRO 7s national championships, TBA, Philadelphia

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park

  • Interleague softball

    Las Vegas Little League Aggies’ Ariana Sanchez puts the ball in play against La Plaza’s Jayhawks during one of four interleague softball games Tuesday night in town.

    The two local leagues have demonstrated renewed cooperation, beefing up the number of interleague contests in both baseball and softball.
     

  • Barela out as RHS girls'...

    Leroy Barela, who led the Robertson girls’ basketball team to a 25-4 record and a couple of deep runs in the state tournament, is leaving the position effective immediately.
    Barela confirmed that he resigned Tuesday, and he said the decision was his.
    In recent weeks, a petition raising concerns about Barela was reportedly circulated by some parents of players in the RHS program. Among the complaints was the coach’s reported treatment of girls on the team.

  • Go Fish: Friday, June 1

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

  • Caps get even in the desert

    By Greg Beacham
    The Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Alex Tuch collected the skittering puck with absolutely nothing between him and the tying goal with two minutes left in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
    Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct.
    Washington’s goalie stretched back and lunged to his right with his stick, thrusting the paddle into the exact 4-inch slot of air through which Tuch’s shot was headed for the net.
    “Luckily it hit me,” Holtby said with a shrug.