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Today's Sports

  • NMHU hopes to pack the gym

    With both men’s and women’s teams hovering around the .500 mark, battling for winning records and vying for a place in the postseason, New Mexico Highlands women’s head basketball coach Tiffany Darling is calling out for fan support.

    Darling is inviting area fans to pack the Wilson Complex for this weekend’s homestand with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    Highlands hosts doubleheaders beginning at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

  • LVLL sign-up Tuesday

    Las Vegas Little League will be holding early registration for this coming season for one more day — this coming Tuesday, Jan. 31.

    Those who sign up on or before Tuesday’s 5-7 p.m. session at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be charged a reduced $45 fee per child.

    Those registering after that will pay $55.

    Three copies of proof of residency and a state-issued birth certificate are being requested by the league.

  • Solo may be a no-go

    The Associated Press

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia  — Hope Solo has an ailing leg, the result of some extra work she was putting in to get back into playing shape after “Dancing With the Stars.”

    The timing isn’t the greatest. The U.S. women’s soccer team is about to play the game that determines whether it goes to the Olympics.

    “We have to make a decision whether she is 100 percent to go or not,” coach Pia Sundhage said Wednesday. “And if she isn’t, we have a tremendous backup goalkeeper.”

  • U.S. Olympic team looking for...

    By Eddie Pells
    AP National Writer

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Michael Phelps. Missy Franklin. Jordyn Wieber. Ryan Lochte.

    Any of those athletes could be the defining face of the U.S. Olympic team in the run-up to the London Games. So far, though, none stands alone as “The One To Watch” — at least not according to people who make a living out of watching the Olympics.

  • Staying neutral
  • Oklahoma State upsets No. 2...

    The Associated Press

    STILLWATER, Okla.  — Freshman swingman Le’Bryan Nash scored a career-high 27 points, Brian Williams added a career-best 22 and Oklahoma State knocked off No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Wednesday night.

    Nash, a McDonald’s All-American, scored 13 points during a 17-4 burst that sent the Cowboys into the lead in the final 4 minutes and the Tigers (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) didn’t have a response.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 27...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Sandia Prep (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Albuquerque
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at University of New Mexico, TBA, Albuquerque
    Wrestling
    • Robertson hosts Cardinal Classic (featuring RHS, West Las Vegas, others), 11 a.m., Mike Marr Gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball

  • HU hoopsters honored for...

    Six New Mexico Highlands University basketball players have excelled in the classroom as well as the hardwood and are being recognized by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Two of them — Cowgirl guards Whitley Coca and Alyssa Lopez — were the front-of-the-class leaders, earning selection to the 2011-12 RMAC All-Academic Second Team. Notably, both Coca and Lopez have also been key players for the Cowgirls in a 9-8 start to the season.

  • Tough takedowns

    Tre Humphrey (125 lbs.) earned two wins over the weekend to highlight the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team’s trek across southern Colorado.

    Highlands lost three duals — the first a 27-10 defeat Friday at league rival Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo., then two losses at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The Air Force varsity pitched a shutout of 44-0, and the USAFA’s Silver (junior varsity) lineup prevailed in a 34-10 team score.

  • Cardinal Classic on Friday

    Sixteen high school wrestling teams from around the state are expected to take part in this weekend’s Cardinal Classic at Mike Marr Gym.

    The wrestling begins around 11 a.m. Friday, runs through the evening and resumes at 9 Saturday morning. Friday’s action will have a round-robin pool format including four pools. Top two from each pool will then wrestle in the Gold division; third and fourth place finishers in the Silver; and the others in the Bronze. Bracket play is Saturday.