Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 26...

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • RHS reaps All-State soccer...

    Robertson High sophomore forward Caitlin Diefendorf led a list of 10 local athletes honored on All-State soccer teams recognized by New Mexico High School Soccer Coaches Association.

    Over the past couple years, Diefendorf has emerged as a prolific scorer for the Lady Cardinals, helping lead a run to the state quarterfinals last fall under longtime mentor Ray Parks and the state semifinals this past month with coach Ian Williamson.

  • Cardinals, Warriors eye playoff...

    The last time Robertson and Ruidoso met on a football field, there wasn’t all that much separating them on the gridiron or on the scoreboard, never mind their rankings.

    In fact, the Cardinals led that game in the fourth quarter, albeit briefly, thanks to a fumble return touchdown that made it 21-18 Robertson.

    But the Warriors went on to score the next eight points and took a 26-21 verdict Oct. 19 at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 23...

    • NMHU women at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 11 a.m., Kingsville, Texas
    • Robertson boys at Bernalillo Invite, TBA, Bernalillo
    • Class 3A state quarterfinals: Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso (NOTE CHANGE)
    • NMHU women at Texas A&M-International, 11:30 a.m., Kingsville, Texas
    • Robertson boys at Bernalillo Invite, TBA, Bernalillo