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Today's Sports

  • Prep Roundup - Cardinal...

    Richard “Rico” Montoya captured third place to lead Robertson’s effort in the Old Chicago wrestling tournament Dec. 21-22 in Greeley, Colo.

    Montoya’s record sustained the first blemish of the season in a 10-8 sudden-victory setback vs. A.J. Rees of Discovery Canyon (Colo.) during the 120-pound semifinals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 28...

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • Stu Clark Tournament (boys): consolation games 1 and 3 p.m., semifinals 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament: consolation games 1 and 3 p.m., semifinals 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Montoya Gym, Mora
    • Robertson freshman boys at Maxwell, TBA, Maxwell
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Silver Duals, TBA
    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Lubbock Christian, 3 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Denver stays on top of NFL poll

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Peyton Manning and his Broncos are closing in on the playoffs as the top team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.
    Denver strengthened its grip on the top spot Wednesday following its 10th win in a row, receiving nine first-place votes and 381 points in balloting by The Associated Press panel of 12 media members who regularly cover the league.

  • West girls win in nailbiter vs....

    A gritty victory over one of Class 3A’s perennial state contenders was an early Christmas present for the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    Make no mistake — they earned it.

    West’s Michelle Tapia took a crisp pass across the lane from Jayme Quintana and laid the ball in for the game-winning bucket in a 45-43 verdict over Portales on Saturday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The basket came with just 16 seconds left in a game that saw six ties and a dozen lead changes — six of them in the final quarter alone.

  • Holiday tourneys on tap in Vegas...

    Merry Christmas, basketball fans of northern New Mexico.

    A souped-up Stu Clark Tournament bracket and a Tri-Cities tourney loaded with the area’s favorite small schools await.

    Both boys’ tournaments run from Thursday through Saturday.

    The Stu, in its 59th year, will be hosted at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. The Tri, also a longtime holiday tradition, is being held at Mora’s Montoya Gym.

  • Unbeaten no longer, Lobos get ‘...

    AP and Optic reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Lobos’ 12-game undefeated streak to start the season hit an unexpected speed bump Saturday at The Pit.

    You could say it got “jacked” by the Jackrabbits.

    Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to a 70-65 upset of No. 16 New Mexico. UNM plays a highly anticipated game at No. 11 Cincinnati (12-0) on Wednesday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 26...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament: Santa Rosa vs. McCurdy, 1 p.m., Pecos vs. Escalante, 3 p.m., Wagon Mound vs. Monte del Sol, 5:30 p.m., Mora vs. Peñasco, 7:30 p.m., Montoya Gym, Mora

  • Diamondbacks sign Carlsbad’s Ross

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Carlsbad native Cody Ross and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a three-year contract Saturday with a club option for 2016.

    Ross, who turns 32 on Sunday and lives in nearby Scottsdale, adds to the abundance of outfielders on the Arizona roster, leading to speculation a trade might be coming. Ross batted .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs last season for the Boston Red Sox. He’s a career .267 hitter in nine big league seasons with six teams.

  • Shorthanded Lady Cards can’t...

    When you’re trying to match the muscle and physicality of a team like Portales’ Lady Rams, you need all hands on deck if possible.

    That wasn’t the case Friday night for Robertson, which lost its home opener 45-36 while missing the services of three key players, all sidelined by injuries.

    Portales improved to 7-2 while Robertson slipped to 4-2.

    Both squads entered the weekend ranked in the middle of the Class 3A Top 10 — RHS at No. 5, Portales No. 6.

  • Lady Dons take down Bernalillo

    A string of 20 uninterrupted points changed the game Thursday night as host West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team routed Bernalillo 62-36 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Beginning with a hoop by Lady Don guard Louanna Valencia with a couple of minutes left in the first quarter, West embarked on a run resulting in a 24-5 advantage by the 5:55 mark of the second period, when Michelle Tapia knocked down the second of two free throws.