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  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 14, 2011
  • Work of Art: Can you keep a secret?

    If you say it softly, it’s not so bad. Now what’s that supposed to mean?
    Well, it’s a conclusion I’ve reached after years and years of observation as to how people choose to express themselves. Shouting out a word — if you overlook the possibility of rousing someone from slumber — is worse than whispering it.

    Let me explain:

  • So far, so good for Cowboys

    Competition for the as-yet-unbeaten New Mexico Highlands University football team is about to get a whole lot tougher.

    The Cowboys (2-0) will open their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday afternoon at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. The Orediggers are the 20th ranked team in NCAA Division II football, according to the American Football Coaches Association rankings released Monday, and they are among the favorites to contend for an RMAC title, along with Nebraska-Kearney and Colorado State-Pueblo.

  • Lady Buffs escape with 1-0 win

    For the second time in three matches this season, the Highlands Cowgirls watched a potential signature-type victory vanish, coming out on the short end by a single goal.

    On Sunday, the team lost 1-0 to visiting West Texas A&M in front of roughly a hundred fans at Perkins Stadium.

    The contest was a showcase of stingy defense and appeared headed to overtime before the Lady Buffs drew a penalty with 80 minutes and 57 seconds expired.

  • NMHU spikers win fifth

    Darian Mullen and Dominique Benton connected on 14 and 12 kills, respectively, to power New Mexico Highlands to a sweep of University of the Southwest on Monday night in Hobbs.

    It was Highlands’ fifth match in three days, all on the road. The Cowgirls won one of four contests in West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Invitational over the weekend in Canyon, Texas.

  • Djokovic outlasts Nadal

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic was on the wrong side of the court, and the celebration, a year ago after the last ball was struck in the U.S. Open final.

    Somewhere in the back of his mind, though, as he watched Rafael Nadal fall to the blue concrete and bask in the lights of the world’s biggest tennis stadium, Djokovic had a sense that someday, that could be him.

    On Monday night, it was.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 14, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Portales, 3 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Texas Tech Open, 8 a.m., Lubbock, Texas
    Football
    • West Las Vegas at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • Mora vs. Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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  • SEC hopeful on Texas A&M

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said he remains hopeful Texas A&M will join the league by next season and that the SEC has started to look at schedules for next year involving 13 teams.

    In a statement Monday, Slive also said the SEC was not currently looking to expand beyond Texas A&M.

  • In the Rough