Today's Sports

  • Monday Night meltdown?

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NEW YORK — The furor over the work of replacement officials reached a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, especially Monday night when Seattle beat Green Bay on a desperation pass that many thought was an interception.

    Seahawks receiver Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown on the final play after a scrum on the ground in the end zone. Packers safety M.D. Jennings appeared to catch the ball against his body, with Tate getting his arm around the ball.

  • Vatos’ Greene speaks out on...

    As fundraising efforts continue to help the victims of the Sept. 15 rollover accident that claimed the life of a member of the Vatos rugby club, the club’s founding coach and faculty adviser issued a public statement on the crash and its fallout.

    Alani Tuineau, 51, died in the crash, which occurred  on I-25 near Santa Fe as they and other teammates were returning to Las Vegas from a day of rugby.

    Dick Greene, a longtime New Mexico Highlands engineering professor who founded the Vatos in 1992, provided the Optic with his remarks:

  • RMAC honors Lewis, Holmes

    After leading each side of the ball for the Cowboys against the nationally No. 18 ranked Orediggers of the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, both Emmanuel Lewis and DiAmaal Holmes have been named the RMAC/Rawlings Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

    Lewis earned this honor after an impressive day at the helm of the Cowboys’ offensive unit. Lewis completed 25 of 45 passes for 434 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Lewis is currently ranked second in the RMAC in passing with a 363.7 yards per game average.

  • NFL youth football contest on...

    Las Vegas Flag Football League is hosting an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition for area youngsters this Sunday at Hanna Park.

    The contest, which is free and open to boys and girls from age 6 to 15, will begin at 9 a.m. at the park, which is located off Legion Drive.

    Age groups will be 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.

    Players will compete in each of various skills categories, with winners advancing to the sectional round.

    Sectionals are scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.

  • Another record falls - Mora’s...

    Alonzo Chavez shattered a course record for the second week in a row, this time dipping below the 16-minute mark for an individual victory in the boys’ varsity race of the Ron Valdez Sr. Memorial Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Pecos.

    The Mora standout finished in 15:51 — a minute and 14 seconds faster than runner-up P.J. C de Baca of the hometown Panthers (17:05).

  • West boys 7th amid crowded...

    Moises Coca ran 15th to lead the West Las Vegas boys’ cross country team to a respectable seventh in a solid field of runners at Albuquerque Manzano this past Saturday.

    The West varsity lineups for both boys’ and girls’ races had a different look this week than last, when the teams competed in Jemez Valley.

    Cecilia Gutierrez again set the pace for the Lady Dons, running 22nd with a time of 23:34. Her closest teammate was Genevieve Atencio (29th, 24:23). Atencio returned after missing the Jemez meet.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    • Robertson boys vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., RHS field

    • Memorial Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., TBA
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Santa Rosa

  • Weekend Roundup - Cowboys outgun...

    Emmanuel Lewis threw for four touchdowns — two of them in a 21-point second quarter surge for the Cowboys — and New Mexico Highlands surprised No. 18 nationally ranked Colorado School of Mines on a sunny Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands never trailed in the football game but had to weather a late charge by the Orediggers, who put up 13 points in the final 10 minutes to whittle an 18-point deficit to five.

  • K-State upsets Sooners

    By Jeff Latzke
    AP College Football Writer

    NORMAN, Okla. — For John Hubert and No. 15 Kansas State, there is no sweeter payback than avenging a dream-crushing loss at the hands of No. 6 Oklahoma.

    Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble and returned it for a score and the Wildcats beat the Sooners 24-19 on Saturday night to avenge a wrenching loss from last season.

  • Lobos top Aggies, end slide

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES  — The University of New Mexico football team used what coach Bob Davie called its biggest game of the year to get the biggest monkey off its back.

    Kasey Carrier rushed for 129 yards and the Lobos snapped a 24-game road losing streak with a 27-14 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night.

    New Mexico’s previous road win also came in Las Cruces when they defeated New Mexico State 35-24 on Sept. 27, 2008. The four-year road skid had been the longest current FBS streak in the nation.