Today's Sports

  • State volleyball
  • Redbirds rally past Rams

    Overcoming a two-touchdown deficit in the state football playoffs is just part of the story for Robertson in its 40-26 triumph over visiting Portales on a cool Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    The Cardinals (7-4) also found a way to overcome its penchant for incurring expensive penalties on both sides of the ball. And they overcame less-than-optimal health across the roster, finding a way to win against an improved Rams outfit with its own injury issues.

  • Irish 11-0 first time since ‘89

    By Tom Coyne
    The Associated Press

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.  — Notre Dame got one first-place vote in the coaches’ poll last Sunday — head coach Brian Kelly’s.
    Against Wake Forest, the Fighting Irish reinforced his faith in his team.

    Everett Golson threw three touchdown passes and Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run as No. 3 Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and keep its national championship hopes alive.

  • Wolf Pack hold on, hand Lobos...

    By The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Nevada’s Cody Fajardo threw three touchdown passes and ran for a career-high 186 yards Saturday to help the Wolf Pack beat New Mexico 31-24 and end a three-game losing streak.

    Fajardo hit Brandon Wimberly from 2 yards out for what proved to be the winning score with 4 minutes left in the third quarter for Nevada (7-4, 4-3 Mountain West).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 19...

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    No varsity sporting events scheduled in town

    • NMHU women at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 11 a.m., Kingsville, Texas
    • Robertson boys at Bernalillo Invite, TBA, Bernalillo

  • Highlands’ Samano in national...

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Ismael Samano’s teammates may be taking some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling summer and fall of distance running.

    Samano himself has one race left before he can put his cleats away for the season.

    The New Mexico Highlands University standout qualified for this weekend’s NCAA Division II national cross country championships by finishing 18th in the South Central Regional meet on Nov. 3 in Denver.

    The national meet is scheduled for Saturday morning in Joplin, Mo.

  • Ten Cowboys earn All-RMAC honors

    NMHU and Optic reports

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After completing one of the best seasons in over a decade, the 2012 New Mexico Highlands football team has placed 10 student-athletes on the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams.

    The Cowboys finished the 2012 season with an 8-3 record, third in the final RMAC standings. In Eric Young’s second season as head coach, the team climbed as high as 27th — unofficially, since the poll recognizes the Top 25 — in the American Football Coaches Association rankings.

  • RHS athletes all-district in...

    Jalen Martinez’s frenetic energy on the pitch was a key ingredient as Robertson boys’ soccer team won District 1 a season ago and came close again this year.

    It also made him a Player of the Year in the district as he helped lead the Cardinals through a tough senior season categorized as a building year.

    “Great leadership,” commented longtime RHS head coach Clarence Montoya, who noted that Martinez had 23 goals and seven assists while serving as a co-captain of the squad.

  • Roethlisberger out indefinitely

    The Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — Right arm tucked into a black sling, weary eyes betraying a decided lack of sleep, Ben Roethlisberger tried to stay positive after the worst — and by far the most harrowing — injury of his career.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback believes he can return this season despite spraining his right shoulder and suffering what he called a dislocated rib in Monday night’s overtime win against Kansas City.

  • DreamKillers 2nd in tourney

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas-based New Mexico DreamKillers started the new soccer tournament season with another medal finish, placing second at this past weekend’s Gaylord Shepard Soccer Tournament in the U7 Boys Division.

    The New Mexico Rush All-Star team Inferno made up of U7 players from all of Rush’s club teams beat the DreamKillers 4-2 on a frigid, windy day at the New Mexico Soccer Complex.