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Today's Sports

  • Payton gets new contract

    METAIRIE, La. — Sean Payton has a new contract that gives him a chance to make his first NFL head coaching job a decade-long gig.

    The Saints announced that Payton, who coached New Orleans to its first Super Bowl championship two seasons ago, has agreed to an extension through 2015.

  • Epic comeback for Cowboys

    Highlands football fans have grown accustomed to four-touchdown deficits.

    Seeing their Cowboys climb all the way out of those kinds of holes is a novelty.

    NMHU trailed Eastern New Mexico 28-0 at halftime Saturday but outscored the Greyhounds 43-8 after that to pull out a dramatic overtime victory.

    It was the NMHU head coaching debut for Eric Young and marked the first time in 11 years that the Cowboys have beaten their intrastate rivals on the gridiron.

  • Dons pick up first win, rout...

    Offense, defense and special teams all looked healthy for West Las Vegas in Friday night’s 40-14 romp against shorthanded Española Valley out of Class 4A.

    Nicholas Maestas and Julian Martinez were among the Dons who shined on defense, holding the Sundevils scoreless until early in the fourth quarter.

    George Martinez and Jordan Lopez, who hooked up for West’s only score in week one vs. Socorro, opened the evening with a 37-yard touchdown strike.

  • Cat scratch fever

    Robertson boys’ basketball coach David Bustos could only watch from the sidelines and pray for the best as his son (and Cardinal hoops standout)

    Justin picked up a botched snap and ran with the football on Friday night.

    Justin, the team’s new punter, glided like a gazelle amid a group of hungry predators and picked up a first down for the Cardinals with a 15-yard gain. The Cardinal Stadium crowd cheered its approval.

    More importantly, as far as his dad was concerned, Justin didn’t get mauled by Lovington’s hulking defense.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Sept. 5,...

    MONDAY
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Sioux Falls, noon, Perkins Stadium

    TUESDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Monte del Sol, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls vs. Monte del Sol, 5 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    WEDNESDAY
    Cross country
    • Pecos middle school invitational, 4 p.m., Pecos

    THURSDAY

  • In Brief - Sports - Lobos fall...

    Albuquerque — Colorado State defensive lineman Nordly Capi set an FBS record with four forced fumbles, including one in the closing seconds, to help the Rams hold off New Mexico 14-10.

    With New Mexico at the Rams 15 with 23 seconds left, Capi stripped quarterback Tarean Austin, then fell on the ball to thwart the Lobos’ last chance.

  • Weekend Roundup: Mora wins NRG...

    The Mora Rangerettes are Northern Rio Grande Volleyball Tournament champions.

    Mora defeated Dulce in four games Saturday to capture the annual gathering of much of the region’s better squads.

    Playing in their second tournament in as many weeks, the Rangerettes lost the opening game in the title match but won each of the next three to clinch the trophy. Game scores were 11-25, 25-13, 27-25, 31-29.

  • State champ Cats in town

    Lovington and Robertson have played each other so semi-regularly over the last decade that they are almost friends on the football field.

    Almost.

    The defending Class 3A state champion Wildcats return to the Meadow City for a Friday night game at Cardinal Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m. for Robertson’s first home football game of the fall.

    Not surprisingly, Lovington entered the season as the No. 1 team in the polls, and that didn’t change going into week two of the schedule.

  • Scrubs on top
  • Cowboys visiting Hounds

    Ah, so we meet again.

    For the first time since Sept. 13, 2003, intrastate rivals New Mexico Highlands and Eastern New Mexico will play each other in football. The rivalry is renewed on Saturday night, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium, also known as Blackwater Draw, just north of Portales.