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Today's Sports

  • WLV grapplers open with road win

    Brandon Chavez started the 2011-12 wrestling season like he ended the 2010-11 campaign — with a pinfall victory.

    The West Las Vegas heavyweight was one of eight Dons varsity grapplers to have their hands raised in victory on Tuesday night as WLV won a season-opening dual meet in Bernalillo.

    Chavez, who surprised Robertson’s Sam Marquez in the Class 1A-3A state final this past February in Rio Rancho, pinned his opponent in the third period Tuesday.

    Chavez is one of just a few veterans on this year’s squad.

  • Dons take venom out of Rattlers

    Jordan Lopez scored 11 of his 33 points in a 19-4 West Las Vegas run in the first half of Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game with Tucumcari, and the Dons stayed in front for good.

    West’s 72-57 victory over the Rattlers — the third-ranked team in Class 2A — pushed their record to 2-1 under new head coach Ernie Rodriguez.

    Tucumcari’s Shawn Martinez banked a three-pointer from the left corner to make it a 13-12 score with a minute and a half left in the first period.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 2, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Regis, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson boys at Taos Invitational, TBA, Taos
    • Robertson girls at Socorro (A,B), 1 p.m., Socorro
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling

  • FYI - Sports - Dec. 2, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

  • Cowboys chosen sixth; Harge has...

    Joe Harge has done nothing but win since taking the helm of New Mexico Highlands University men’s basketball in 2008, and he’s looking to keep that going in 2011-12.

    His Cowboys went 19-8 overall and 15-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season, just missing a third consecutive 20-win mark. Harge inherited a program that had gone 1-25 in 2007-08, overhauled the roster and led Highlands to 20-8, 20-11 and 19-8 records over the last three seasons.

  • Cowgirls hoping for more upward...

    If recent history is any indicator, Fort Lewis and Metro State figure to again battle it out for supremacy in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball ranks, leaving everyone else to fight over third place.

    While it’s unclear whether her New Mexico Highlands team is ready to crash the party, coach Tiffany Darling may be feeling her squad is better than the 12th place prediction it received in a preseason poll.

  • Pinning predicament
  • Sighs of relief in NBA land

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI — Surprise, relief, joy and even some caution.

    Such was the reaction of many NBA players and fans Saturday, amid news that the labor dispute which led to the cancellation of hundreds of games and threatened the entire season was nearing an end.

    No schedules are out, the collective bargaining agreement has not been drafted and formal votes on the deal remain unscheduled. Still, for the first time in months, optimism seemed to take the lead over pessimism on the NBA’s emotional scoreboard.

  • Suh’s reputation under fire

    The Associated Press

    DETROIT — Mean Joe Greene knows what it’s like to be regarded as a nasty player in the NFL.

    The Hall of Famer hopes Ndamukong Suh’s name doesn’t get stuck in the mud for the rest of his career.

    Suh snapped on Thanksgiving Day and stomped on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith, adding fuel to the discussion of where the Detroit Lions defensive tackle ranks among the league's dirtiest players.

    San Francisco 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin said Suh is at the top of the list.

  • Third accuser targets Fine

    The Associated Press

    SYRACUSE, N.Y.  — Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim ran a closed practice Monday as sex abuse victims’ advocates questioned whether he should still coach following the firing of longtime assistant Bernie Fine, who has been accused of molestation by three men.

    As criticism swirled about Boeheim’s initial support of Fine and his verbal attacks on the accusers, the coach kept a low profile, seeking refuge in his office on the second floor of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.