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Today's Sports

  • Panther power - Pecos teams both...

    As a new calendar year gets under way, things are looking up in Pecos after both high school basketball teams earned spots in the Northern Rio Grande Tournament finals, with the Lady Panthers winning their tournament and the Panthers coming in second.

    Ron Drake continues his all-time winningest (among New Mexico girls’ basketball mentors) coaching career, adding a coveted NRG trophy to his resumé.

    Pecos defeated McCurdy 48-31 in the girls’ bracket on Saturday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.

  • Suns shine
  • Lobos stun No. 24 Rams

    By Glen Rosales
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico coach Craig Neal wasn’t too surprised that freshman reserve guard Sam Logwood was able to turn in a big night against Colorado State on Saturday.

    Logwood scored 15 points on perfect shooting to help the Lobos hand the 24th-ranked Rams their first loss of the season, 66-53. Logwood was 5 for 5 from the field and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.

  • Ravens defense says ‘nevermore’...

    The Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — Joe Flacco and the NFL’s playoff road warriors are heading to New England with their swagger — and their pass rush — fully intact.

    The rarely flustered Flacco tossed two second-half touchdowns and the Baltimore Ravens dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 on Saturday night in the AFC wild-card game.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 5...

    Monday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at New Mexico State, 7 p.m., Las Cruces
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLV

    Wednesday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Ruidoso, 4 p.m., Ruidoso

  • FYI - Sports - Jan. 5

    La Plaza to meet
    La Plaza Little League will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

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  • 2014 The Year In Sports -...

    A recap of the year that was in Las Vegas sports:

    JANUARY
    In a junior season for the memory books, Robertson wrestler Rico Montoya won his weight class in the annual Joe Vivian Classic, the Albuquerque tournament that brings together the top grapplers in the state regardless of classification.

    FEBRUARY
    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team soared to sixth in the national rankings of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the highest in program history.

  • Rangers Tri-umph

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers are Tri-Cities champions.

    Casimiro Fresquez torched the host Santa Rosa Lions for a game-high 32 points Monday night, and Mora rolled to an 89-69 tally in the final.

    Mora (5-4) led 24-11 after one quarter and 43-27 at halftime.

    Ferdinand Valencia (20), Travis Romero (12) and Emmerick Martinez (10) also scored in double figures for the Rangers and coach Marco Sanchez.

    Gerard Crisostomo paced Santa Rosa (7-2) with 19 points; Jacob Sanchez added 13, and Pryce Marez and Dante Torello had 11 apiece.

  • Upcoming bowl games

    UPCOMING BOWL GAMES

    Friday, Jan. 2
    Armed Forces Bowl
    At Fort Worth, Texas
    Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Houston (7-5), 10 a.m. (ESPN)

    TaxSlayer Bowl
    At Jacksonville, Fla.
    Iowa (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6), 1:20 p.m. (ESPN)

    Alamo Bowl
    At San Antonio
    UCLA (9-3) vs. Kansas State (9-3), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN)

    Cactus Bowl
    At Tempe, Ariz.
    Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Washington (8-5), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

    Saturday, Jan. 3

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 2...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 1 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Mora, Pecos boys, girls at NRG Tournaments, TBA, Jacona
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Silver tourney, 10:30 a.m., Silver City