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Today's Sports

  • Cards down Trojans

    Neither Robertson nor Wagon Mound may have been especially happy about the final score of their boys’ basketball game Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    For the visiting Trojans, the 70-56 loss was one of the few they’ve tasted all season. For the Cardinals, it may have been a bit closer than they’d have liked.

    Still, Wednesday could be considered win-win for both.

  • NMHU women leap to No. 11

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team are breathing rarified air these days, having jumped four spots to No. 11 in the NCAA Division II national rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    It’s the highest in-season ranking in the program’s history.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Pats’ running...

    By Cliff Brunt
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Undersized and undrafted, Danny Woodhead had two things against him when he set out on his pro career. In less than four years, the diminutive star from Division II Chadron State has made it to the pinnacle of the NFL.

    The 5-foot-8, 195-pound running back — a onetime nemesis of New Mexico Highlands who racked up big numbers at Perkins Stadium — has been a steady contributor to New England’s Super Bowl season.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Our pickers...

    Since the NFL season kicked off in early September, dozens of our readers have participated faithfully in Optic Power Picks, predicting weekly winners of pro and select college football games.

    In an upcoming issue, we will present final standings for 2011-12, our fourth full season since we opened the picks to the public.

    For now, we present a sampling of the Optic Power Picks participants who favor New England in Sunday’s Super Bowl. (And on Page B3, we show those who say it’s going the other way.)

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Brady wary of...

    The Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS  — It’s no secret how to stay out of trouble against the New York Giants.

    Doing it, however, is another matter.

    The Giants have perhaps the best pass rushers in the NFL, a group Brady knows all too well. He absorbed five sacks and was hit nine times when the New England Patriots lost to the Giants 17-14 in the Super Bowl four years ago. Brady was only sacked twice when the teams met Nov. 6, but one of those miscues resulted in a Giants touchdown one play later.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Unsung heroes...

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — For every Drew Brees and Ray Lewis, there is a David Tyree or Larry Brown. Not only do superstars win Super Bowls, super nobodies are heroes, too.

    And there are plenty of candidates for Sunday’s title game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Our pickers are...

    A sampling of the Optic Power Picks participants who favor New York in Sunday’s Super Bowl:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 3...

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Luna Community College at New Mexico Junior College (DH), noon, Hobbs
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Robertson girls vs. West Las Vegas (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at UNM, TBA, Albuquerque
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Taos, TBA, Taos

    SATURDAY
    Baseball

  • Cowgirl track 15th in nation

    Making the biggest move upward of any team previously in the national top 25, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team jumped to No. 15 in the nation among NCAA Division II schools in the newest rankings released this past week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, had been ranked No. 22 in the first USTFCCCA poll of the season.

  • Several locals shine in Classic

    A number of Las Vegans enjoyed good performances over the weekend in the Cardinal Wrestling Classic, not the least of which was the tournament’s crew of volunteers and organizers.

    Tourney director Leasa Martinez, the wife of Robertson wrestling coach Richard Martinez, estimated that the event featured “about 1,000 matches” over two days at Mike Marr Gym.

    Two dozen schools competed, with Class 3A state champion St. Michael’s taking the team title. RHS and West Las Vegas both made the top 10.

    Individual notables, by weight class: