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Today's Sports

  • Grizzlies dominate the mat

    Only one pin was scored in Wednesday night’s dual meet between host New Mexico Highlands and national power Adams State, and it was Highlands’ Igor Gomzin who did the pinning.

    Gomzin, a junior from St. Petersburg, Russia, stuck Mario Garcia with 1:29 left in the first period. He’d been leading 4-0 when he turned a cross face into a cradle, rolling Garcia onto his back and firing up the Wilson Complex crowd.

    But the Grizzlies got the last laugh, cruising to a 30-12 team victory.

  • Big tourney in town
  • Second half gives Taos win at...

    A second-half slump cost West Las Vegas in Wednesday night’s District 2-3A boys’ basketball contest with visiting Taos. The Tigers won 73-56 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Taos led by as many as 12 in the first half, but the Dons finished the second quarter on a run and cut the gap to one on Pancho Caro’s foul shots with 22 seconds left. The Tigers led 39-35 at intermission.

    West (7-13, 2-1) rebounded poorly in the third quarter and spotted Taos a 12-0 run that left the Tigers up 51-35.

  • Something’s gotta give

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — The San Francisco 49ers never have tasted defeat in a Super Bowl, going 5-0. It’s the most impressive mark for any franchise in the big game.

    Baltimore also is undefeated, with the Ravens winning their only appearance, in 2001.
    Someone will have the Super Bowl blahs for the first time after Sunday’s title game in the Superdome.

  • Rocky ride of Ray Lewis comes to...

    By Tim Dahlberg
    AP Sports Columnist

    NEW ORLEANS — A lot of this Super Bowl was going to be about Ray Lewis anyway, even before strange tales of deer-antler spray and magic hologram chips came to light. He made sure of it by starting his retirement tour early, and bringing along the dances and inspirational speeches that TV cameras eat up.

  • Lobos win in Laramie

    The University of New Mexico’s Aussie connection paid dividends Wednesday.

    Australian post Cameron Bairstow scored 17 points and guard Hugh Greenwood had 13 to lead the Lobo men’s basketball team past Wyoming 62-59. The Lobos are 18-3 overall and 5-1 to lead the Mountain West.

    It was the third loss in a row for the Cowboys, whose resumé includes an upset over San Diego State.

    UNM hosts Nevada at 6 p.m. Saturday.
     

  • ‘Boom Boom’ to test win streak...

    Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin is on a roll.

    But the Las Vegas fighter faces a fellow New Mexico boxer who is also riding a win streak into this coming Friday’s pro card in Albuquerque.

    Brenda Gonzales, 30, of Moriarty is 2-0 as a pro, although she hasn’t fought in a sanctioned bout in a year and a half. Her victories came against Stephanie Maestas and Bridgette Ruiz, both in their in-ring debuts. The more recent bout was a four-round unanimous decision over Ruiz at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque on June 4, 2011.

  • Highlands sweeps WNMU

    Highlands’ women put a nine-game losing skid behind them. The men won their third in a row.

    Both developments came courtesy of downstate rival Western New Mexico, which visited the Wilson Complex for a Saturday matinee.

    Cowgirls 72, Mustangs 56
    One of NMHU’s best starts of the year gave the Cowgirls enough breathing room to weather a Mustang comeback.

    Highlands shot 57 percent, including an 8-for-15 clip from three-point land, in the first half.

  • Workin’ overtime - Dons edge...

    Reserve guard Martin “Tino” Castellano buried a three-pointer from the left wing with 13 seconds left in overtime, giving his West Las Vegas Dons insurance in an 88-82 win over Robertson on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    More than a thousand fans were on hand to witness the all-Meadow City contest, which took its place among the more exciting versions in the rivalry’s recent history.

  • Cowgirl tracksters compete in...

    New Mexico Highlands’ women had a solid showing at this past weekend’s New Mexico Invitational hosted by UNM in Albuquerque.

    Jillisa Grant placed sixth in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.06.

    Shot put participants Brittney Sangwin and Elizabeth Robertson landed ninth and 10th respectively in their event, throwing for 12 and 11.89 meters.

    Stephanie Gomez (19th, 5:45) led the Cowgirl contingent in the mile run. Former West Las Vegas standout Amanda Ortzow (21st, 5:55) and Brianna Cathcart (22nd, 6:06) followed.