Today's Sports

  • Form and follow-through
  • More upheaval in league...

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    Just when it looked as if there would be peace, that the conferences were done realigning, the Big Ten struck another blow that will send shock waves across the country.

    Financially strapped Maryland grabbed the Big Ten’s lifeline on Nov. 19, agreeing to become the conference’s new southern base along the East Coast.

    On Nov. 20, Rutgers gleefully jumped aboard, too, and completed the Big Ten’s new Mid-Atlantic bookends.

  • Ex-NMAA officer dies

    A man who followed up years as a teacher and coach by serving as an officer in the New Mexico Activities Association has died.

    Mario Martinez, formerly an associate director with the NMAA — the organization that oversees sports and other competitive extracurricular activities in the state’s high schools — died on Sunday after a lengthy illness.

    Martinez had been a longtime teacher and coach in the state, most recently at Fort Sumner.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 28...

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora Middle School girls vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Mora

    • Mora boys at Taos tournament, TBA
    • Memorial Middle School, WLVMS girls at Pojoaque tournament, Jacona

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Mora boys at Taos tournament, TBA

  • Lobos, Kirk beat up Portland

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Behind a double-double from post Alex Kirk, New Mexico pulled away from Portland in the second half Sunday in a 69-54 win.

    Kirk finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (6-0), and Jamal Fenton added 12 in his first start of the season.

    Kevin Bailey, who fouled out with 11 minutes remaining, and Korey Thielke each scored 11 to lead the Pilots (2-3).

  • Isotopes release ‘13 schedule

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Albuquerque Isotopes unveiled their 2013 Pacific Coast League schedule today and also announced that ticket prices will remain unchanged for the upcoming season. The announcement was made by Isotopes General Manager John Traub.

    Albuquerque, the defending PCL American Conference Southern Division Champion, will begin their 11th season at home on April 4 against the Iowa Cubs.  The schedule is highlighted by 15 fireworks shows, including the popular July 4 Independence Day celebration. 

  • Newton stars; Carolina wins

    Submitted to the Optic

    PHILADELPHIA — Cam Newton returned to his rookie form to outshine a seventh-round draft pick starting his first game since high school.

    Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NFC. He finished 18 of 28 for 306 yards.

  • Warriors sack Cardinals

    Battered and bruised and playing with a traveling squad of just over a couple dozen diehard Cardinals, the Robertson football team went down swinging on Friday night in Ruidoso, but the result was a technical knockout.

    The host Warriors ended Robertson’s season by a 50-0 count in the Class 3A state football quarterfinals. Ruidoso (10-1), the No. 3 team in the state, will meet No. 2 Silver — a 49-10 victor over Albuquerque Academy — next weekend in the semifinal round.

  • Misfires hurt Cowgirls

    Twenty-eight turnovers and an abysmal day at the foul line sank the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team in a 72-57 defeat Friday against Texas A&M-International.

    The game was part of a weekend tournament in Kingsville, Texas.

    The Cowgirls shot and rebounded evenly with their foes but made just eight of 21 free throws for 38 percent. And they gave up extra possessions via 28 team turnovers.

  • NFL replay rule under review

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The rule that negated using video replay to confirm a Houston Texans touchdown “may be too harsh” and will be re-examined immediately, NFL director of football operations Ray Anderson said Friday.

    Anderson, also co-chairman of the competition committee that suggests rules changes to the owners, said a change could come this year. The NFL traditionally resists changing rules during a season.