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Today's Sports

  • SEC hopeful on Texas A&M

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said he remains hopeful Texas A&M will join the league by next season and that the SEC has started to look at schedules for next year involving 13 teams.

    In a statement Monday, Slive also said the SEC was not currently looking to expand beyond Texas A&M.

  • In the Rough
  • Round one: Raiders top Broncos

    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Sebastian Janikowski figures his celebration over his long field goal will be short-lived.

    After all, Matt Prater kicks at this altitude eight times a year to Janikowki’s one.

    “He’s the only guy I’ve got to worry about if he’s going to break the record,” Janikowski said after his record-tying 63-yarder helped the Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 23-20 Monday night.

  • NMHU smashes past Ags 60-14

    With quarterback Emmanuel Lewis operating behind an improved offensive line, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys ran their record to 2-0 with a 60-14 defeat of Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Lewis passed for 198 first-half yards before Harold Mobley took over and kept the offense clicking. The Cowboys generated 309 net yards rushing, most in the second half.

  • Lions roar at Cards’ expense

    Class 2A or not, Santa Rosa looked every bit the state championship team on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium, using its fabled single-wing offense to shred Robertson 46-20.

    The Lions (2-1) exploited an early turnover, grabbing an RHS fumble at the RHS 17 and turning it into a rushing touchdown by Timothy Valverde and a 6-0 edge with 7:00 left in the first.

    Dalan Abreu’s long kick return put the Cardinals back in business, and a Gerald Maestas-to-Felix Archuleta strike from 6 yards out tied the game.

  • Steers spoil Mora home debut

    Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in years, the Mora Rangers treated their fans to a quick touchdown in the first quarter Thursday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Helped by fresher legs later in the game, the visiting Magdalena Steers retaliated, winning 34-16.

    Louis Montoya punched in for a Rangers touchdown from 12 yards out, and Mora (1-2) led 8-0 four minutes in.

    Magdalena scored the next three TDs and led 20-8 with 6:16 left in the third.

  • 2A two good: Rattlers slither...

    A week after dumping Class 4A Española, the 3A West Las Vegas Dons lost 40-8 at 2A Tucumcari.

    While the Rattlers are one of the tougher teams in 2A, the Dons’ loss is a setback after a couple weeks of marked improvement for WLV (1-2).

    Turnovers hurt the Dons, and Tucumcari’s Angelo Montaño made them pay early, intercepting a pass and returning it for a 27-yard touchdown.

    Montaño then caught a TD lob early in the second quarter, and the Rattlers led 14-0.

  • Weekend Roundup: WLV runners...

    Cecilia Gutierrez and Genevieve Atencio ran a solid one-two and finished 20th and 22nd individually to pace the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team to an eighth-place team finish in Saturday’s Jemez Valley Invitational.

    Gutierrez finished the course in 24 minutes and 27 seconds, and Atencio was 20 seconds back.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    MONDAY
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at University of the Southwest, 5 p.m., Hobbs

    TUESDAY
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Española, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Pecos

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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