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Today's News

  • NFL teams rely on franchise tags to protect rosters

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NEW YORK — It pays to play a skill position in the NFL, like New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, or receivers Wes Welker and Dwayne Bowe.

    It also pays to be a kicker, as five placekickers and one punter were given franchise tags, protecting their current teams from losing them without compensation.

    The NFL’s deadline for applying the tags was Monday afternoon, and a late flurry saw 10 players added to the list. In all, 21 players were tagged.

  • Lobos tie for MWC crown

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — In his final home game, New Mexico’s Drew Gordon scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Lobos overcome a second-half deficit and claim at least a share of the Mountain West regular-season title with a 76-61 victory over Boise State.

    Hugh Greenwood added 15 points for New Mexico (24-6, 10-4), while Derrick Marks scored 17 to lead the Broncos (13-16, 3-11).

    Boise State led 52-48 with 8:15 left after Marks banked a shot in.

  • Bounties stirring up controversy in NFL

    By Howard Fendrich
    AP Pro Football Writer

    To Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, the thousands of dollars New Orleans Saints players were paid under their bounty system from 2009-11 is not all that different from the helmet stickers handed out at lower levels of the game.

    Little rewards for big plays are as much a part of football as runs and passes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 7, 2012

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Class 3A boys’ state tournament: Robertson vs. Shiprock, 8:15 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • Class 2A boys’ state tournament: Mora vs. Santa Fe Prep, 3 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho; Pecos vs. Tularosa, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • Class B boys’ state tournament: Wagon Mound vs. Vaughn, 11:30 a.m., Bernalillo
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Clarendon (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports - March 7, 2012

    La Plaza Little League mandatory coaches’ meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Luna Community College’s Rough Rider Grill. For information, call Olivia (617-0529) or Gilbert (429-3530)

    La Plaza registration will be held March 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; March 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • In Brief - Nation and World - March 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Winner kept ticket in Bible

    CRANSTON, R.I. — An 81-year-old woman from Newport won last month’s $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, sleeping with the winning ticket in her Bible until coming forward to claim the sixth-largest U.S. prize on Tuesday, a family representative said.

    At a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Cranston, Louise White said little, calling herself “very happy” and “very proud.”

  • World powers agree Iran nuclear talks can resume

    By Ali Akbar Dareini
    The Associated Press

    TEHRAN, Iran — The EU said Tuesday that world powers have agreed to a new round of talks with Iran over its nuclear program, and Iran gave permission for inspectors to visit a site suspected of secret atomic work.

    The two developments appeared to counter somewhat the crisis atmosphere over Iran’s nuclear development program, the focus of talks in Washington between President Barack Obama and Israel’s visiting prime minister.

  • Talks bog down agreement

    By Dee Riechmann
    and Rahim Faiez
    The Associated Press

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Negotiations over a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan have bogged down over issues of detainees, night raids and quarrels within the Afghan president’s inner circle, throwing the whole deal into question.

    The arrangement would formalize a U.S. role after NATO’s planned pullout in 2014. The deadlock reflects growing hostility on the part of the Afghan leadership and increasing exasperation in Washington.

  • 2 more allege abuse at daycare

    The man arrested in December on child sex abuse charges involving a family member now stands accused of molesting two of the children who attended the child care center he used to own.

  • City election drawing to a close

    Candidates and their supporters spent the final days before Tuesday’s city election going door to door and making their case to voters.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Early voting wrapped up on Friday, with 460 voters casting their ballots.

    The mayoral post and two City Council seats are up for grabs, though only one of those races is likely to be decided Tuesday.

    Under the new city charter, if no one ends up with 50 percent plus one of the votes cast, the top two vote getters will end up in a runoff.