Today's Sports

  • End zone
  • Sides mum as NHL talks continue

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players’ association ended after nearly six hours Wednesday. Just as they did a night earlier, the sides agreed to get right back to the bargaining table.
    Representatives for the owners and players were to resume talks Thursday, marking the third straight day they will meet face-to-face. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr also met alone Saturday when in-person talks restarted for the first time since Oct. 18.

  • Highlands wrestlers place in...

    The New Mexico Highlands University wrestling team had its best showing to date in the Oklahoma City Open this past weekend.

    It was the season debut for Highlands and head coach Doug Moses, and with six Cowboy grapplers placing in the tournament, it marked the school’s most successful entry in that particular event.

    The tourney, which featured some top NCAA Division I talent, was hosted by Oklahoma City University this past Sunday.

  • Marquee matchup

    Thursday’s Robertson-Socorro match in the Class 1A-3A girls’ state soccer quarterfinals featured a number of the state’s statistical leaders.

    Robertson (18-2) and Socorro (18-3) entered as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, respectively, and a spot in Friday morning’s semifinal round was on the line. (See Monday’s Optic for results.)

    Friday’s winners play in the championship match at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Field 2 of the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

  • Colts players go bald to honor...

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer
    INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has joined the shaved squad, too.
    Nearly three dozen players on the Indianapolis Colts have shaved their heads in a show of support for head coach Chuck Pagano, who is undergoing treatment for a form of leukemia.
    Luck became a new member of the no-hair club Wednesday morning.

  • Rockies name Weiss new manager

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 9...

    • NMHU men at Lubbock Christian, 7 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • NMHU women at St. Edward’s, 5:30 p.m., Austin, Texas
    • Vegas Bowl: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 3 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Class 1A-3A state tournament: Semifinals TBA, 10 a.m., APS Soccer Complex, Albuquerque
    • NMHU vs. Fort Lewis, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • District 2-3A tournament: West Las Vegas-Robertson winner at Raton, 7 p.m., Raton

  • Lobos handle Highlands in Pit

    Despite three Cowboys in double-digit scoring, New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team was no match for host University of New Mexico on Monday night in The Pit.

    The Lobos never trailed and led by as many as 28 points in taking the exhibition game 92-70 over their Division II cousins from up I-25.

    Foul trouble was a significant disparity Monday. The Cowboys were whistled for 33 compared to the Lobos’ 16. UNM made 35 of 48 free throws, while Highlands attempted just nine, making four.

  • Lady Cards stuff Taos

    After dropping the opening set in disappointing fashion — namely, watching an eight-point cushion vanish against Taos — the Robertson volleyball team found the resolve necessary to win the next three in Monday night’s District 2-3A tournament opener.

    As a result, the Lady Cardinals will get a fourth shot at crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Wednesday evening, this time with postseason aspirations on the line.

    The first game starts at 7 p.m. at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • No home cooking for Big 12...

    The Associated Press

    NORMAN, Okla. — There’s proving to be no home-field advantage in the Big 12 this season.

    Road teams are on track to have a winning record for the first time in the conference’s history, taking 16 of 27 games so far this year for a .593 winning percentage. That’s almost an exact reversal of the historical trend, with home teams winning at a .594 clip over the league’s first 16 years.