Today's Sports

  • King leads team to state title

    Las Vegas Optic

    Austen King of Las Vegas helped his Sidewinders, a traveling youth baseball team based in Rio Rancho, capture third place in the Denver Global World Series in July.

    The Sidewinders were third of an original field of 20 teams, falling to the Arizona Legends in the semifinals of the 13-and-under division.

    On their way to qualifying for the Denver Global World Series, the Sidewinders defeated the Las Cruces Skysox for the 2014 United States Specialty Sports Association state championship for New Mexico back in June.

  • In the Long Run, Part 3
  • NFL teams keeping fingers crossed

    AP Pro Football Writer
    Now that training camps are under  way, team owners and fantasy football fans alike are holding their collective breath, praying to reach the regular season with their rosters intact.
    Chances are they won’t.
    Three playmaking linebackers didn’t even make it through the offseason healthy: Dallas’ Sean Lee, Buffalo’s Kiko Alonso and Atlanta’s Sean Weatherspoon, all hurt in seemingly tame circumstances.

  • Baseball reduces time for Hall...

    The Associated Press
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made July 26.

    The Hall of Fame’s board cut a player’s eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers’ ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  • Juniors set for return

    The Team New Mexico uniforms are pressed. The gear is loaded. And the all-important caravan is ready for a quick hourlong drive down I-25.

    Las Vegas’ juniors softball team will represent all of New Mexico in addition to the Meadow City in the Southwest Regional Championship, which gets under way Saturday morning in Santa Fe.

    The squad, coached by Michael Quintana, Angela Pino and Ernesto Salazar, will play West Texas at 10:30 a.m..

  • Deadline here for YAFL, LVYSL...

    Registration for Las Vegas Young American Football League and the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is wrapping up this week.

    YAFL sign-up is available through the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, and registration packets are available there.
    Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 1, with player evaluations to be held Sunday, Aug. 3.

    Players must have their sports physicals in order to take part or to receive equipment.

    Children grades 3-6 are welcome to play in YAFL; cost starts at $65 per child. See the Rec staff for more information.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 1...

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento RiverCats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas juniors (as Team New Mexico) in Southwest Regional, 10:30 a.m., Santa Fe

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

  • Golf for a good cause

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College
    The 2014 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada. A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

    A four-person team sponsor is $1,000 or $250 per individual. Individuals are welcomed to play. A hole sponsorship is $250. The entry fee covers green fees, a cart, and a prime rib dinner. All money raised will be used to match a Title V endowment for academic scholarships.

  • Thomas back in Denver

    The Associated Press
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — Peyton Manning’s top target is back. In the building, at least.

    Demaryius Thomas returned from bereavement leave Monday, but his flight from Georgia didn’t get back in time for him to participate in a spirited practice at Dove Valley that featured three scuffles.

    Thomas missed the first five days of training camp for the AFC champs following the death last week of his grandmother.

  • In the Long Run, Part 2