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  • Brees breaks Marino mark for...

    By Brett Martel
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — Quite a night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints — a record and a rout.

    Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held for nearly three decades, and New Orleans clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Falcons.

    Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, the last a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles that set the record with 2:51 to go.

  • NFL 2011: Good, bad and ugly

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    With one week to go in the post-lockout season, it’s not too early to look at the success stories and utter failures of the NFL.

    Celebrations are warranted in Houston, Detroit and San Francisco. In Denver and Cincinnati, too — even if their teams don’t make the playoffs.

  • MMS girls wrap successful fall

    Submited to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School seventh grade girls’ basketball team completed its season with a couple of road wins at Raton and Mora.

    Defense and balanced scoring have been the Lady Cardinals’ trademark all season and this last weekend was no exception. The seventh graders defeated the Lady Tigers 47 to 4.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 28, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Northern New Mexico, 9 p.m., TBA
    • Stu Clark Tournament: Moriarty vs. Silver, 1 p.m., Capital vs. St. Pius X, 3 p.m., Bernalillo vs. West Las Vegas, 6 p.m., Portales vs. Robertson, 8 p.m.; Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Stu Clark Tournament: consolation bracket play, teams TBA, 1 and 3 p.m.; semifinals, teams TBA, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Baylor QB snares another honor

    By Stephen Hawkins
    AP Sports Writer
    WACO, Texas — Robert Griffin III played football for years simply because he was good at it.
    Then Baylor’s exciting dual-threat quarterback tore the ACL in his right knee and missed the last nine games of the 2009 season. While stuck on the sideline watching, he realized just how much he loved the game.

  • Stu Clark tourney begins...

    When they take the hardwood floor of the Wilson Complex on Wednesday, the Robertson Cardinals begin their quest for a third consecutive trip to the Stu Clark Tournament championship game. And head coach David Bustos and his club will be seeking their second Stu Clark trophy in that three-year span.

  • Sports In Brief:

    Taos’ Lady Tigers defeated West Las Vegas 51-24 in the fifth-place game of the Ben Lujan Tournament Thursday in Jacona. Marissa Cordova had nine points for the Lady Dons. Española won the girls’ tourney, beating host Pojoaque 67-38.

  • Sports: Looking ahead Dec. 25,...

    MONDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Northern New Mexico, 9 p.m., TBA
    • Stu Clark Tournament: Moriarty vs. Silver, 1 p.m., Capital vs. St. Pius X, 3 p.m., Bernalillo vs. West Las Vegas, 6 p.m., Portales vs. Robertson, 8 p.m.; Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

    THURSDAY
    Basketball

  • New concussion protocol for NFL

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The NFL is changing how it handles concussion examinations after Browns quarterback Colt McCoy went back into a Dec. 8 game without being tested for one.

  • Rodgers: AP’s Male Athlete of...

    By Chris Jenkins
    AP Sports Writer

    GREEN BAY, Wis.  — When Aaron Rodgers needs to rekindle the feelings that drove his rise from a junior college quarterback to Super Bowl MVP, he doesn’t have to look too far.

    Rodgers held on to the many rejection letters he received from marquee college programs as he was coming out of high school. Even today, he leaves a few of them sitting out at his house.