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Today's News

  • 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
  • Round one: Raiders top Broncos

    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Sebastian Janikowski figures his celebration over his long field goal will be short-lived.

    After all, Matt Prater kicks at this altitude eight times a year to Janikowki’s one.

    “He’s the only guy I’ve got to worry about if he’s going to break the record,” Janikowski said after his record-tying 63-yarder helped the Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 23-20 Monday night.

  • Baca found not guilty

    SANTA ROSA — Twenty-two months after Richard Baca shot and killed the man who was punching him during a road rage incident, a jury found him not guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

    Baca stood quietly with his defense team as the verdict was read inside a courtroom here at 2:46 p.m. Friday. He could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison if he had been convicted.

    Audible gasps of relief spilled out from the handful of Baca family members in the courtroom as Judge Eugenio Mathis read the verdict.

  • Remembering 9/11

    By Larry Neumeister and Samantha Gross
    The Associated Press

    The names of the Sept. 11 dead, some called out by children barely old enough to remember their fallen mothers and fathers, echoed across ground zero Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack. “Hope can grow from tragedy,” Vice President Joe Biden said at the Pentagon.

  • Air Force cuts flights in new plan

    The Associated Press

    CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force says it determined that its controversial proposal for low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado would have no significant impact on the environment, but still made adjustments to proposed fly-zones.

    A map released with an updated proposal last week cut out planned flights over northern New Mexico’s population corridor from Albuquerque north through Santa Fe and Taos. It also removed proposed flights over Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Trinidad in Colorado.