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  • NFL teams make cuts as opener nears

    The Associated Press

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Brandon Meriweather, Tommie Harris and Larry Johnson are former Pro Bowl players now looking for jobs.

    The three were among hundreds of players cut Saturday as NFL teams got down to the mandatory 53-man roster maximum just five days before New Orleans and Green Bay kick off the regular season.

  • Starting with a ‘W’
  • Looking Ahead - Sports Sept. 7, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Cross country
    • Pecos middle school invitational, 4 p.m., Pecos

    THURSDAY
    Football
    • Mora vs. Magdalena, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 7 p.m., Tucumcari

  • Payton gets new contract

    METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton has a new contract that gives him a chance to make his first NFL head coaching job a decade-long gig.

    The Saints announced that Payton, who coached New Orleans to its first Super Bowl championship two seasons ago, has agreed to an extension through 2015.

  • $5.25M settles football case

    The federal lawsuit filed by seven victims in the 2008 Robertson High School football team assaults has been settled for $5.25 million, their attorney confirmed to the Optic on Friday.

    The settlement was reached Tuesday after about 10 hours of negotiations. Las Vegas City Schools officials could not be reached for comment Sunday morning.

  • Bustos makes good on pro hoops dream

    Vera Jo Bustos’ remarkable basketball journey is far from over.

    The West Las Vegas alumnus on Saturday made official her signing with a professional league in Greece.

    Bustos will play for Apollon Kalamarias, a women’s pro team in Thessaloniki, Greece. The club plays as part of an A-1 league there, ranking as the highest caliber of pro basketball in Europe.

  • Dems, gov at odds as session looms

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez  and Democrats in the Legislature find themselves on a collision course as they head into a special session to deal with the politically tricky assignment of redistricting.

    The Legislature convenes Tuesday, but Martinez has Democrats grumbling because she wants lawmakers to consider a wide range of proposals in addition to the once-a-decade job of redistricting.

  • Man accused of eluding police caught

    A 28-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested recently on a warrant issued in July charging him with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and numerous misdemeanors.

    Ruben Estrada, who lives on Flagstone Road, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Aug. 26. Not guilty pleas were entered on Estrada’s behalf last Monday.

    Magistrate Philip Romero set Estrada’s bond at $13,000 cash. The jails most recent list of inmates indicates he has bonded out.

  • Officer who had sex on car fired

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico state police officer has been fired after security cameras caught him having sex with a woman on the hood of a car.

    Officer Bert Lopez’s dismissal from the New Mexico state police was confirmed by The Santa Fe New Mexican on Saturday. The newspaper said Lopez has 30 days to appeal the firing.

    The surveillance photos were taken from a motion-triggered security camera positioned at the front gate of the county-owned La Bajada Ranch south of Santa Fe. The encounter was at the remote Canyon Ranch.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 5, 2011

    In 1911