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  • Indy’s defense may present...

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano came to Indianapolis making the case for a robust defense.

    Now the Colts coach has the proof he needs to demonstrate it’s working.

    The stats have improved, the game tapes look better and a suddenly stout defense is one of the major reasons the Colts are playing for their third AFC title Sunday at New England.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 16

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Chadron State, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys vs. Portales at St. Michael’s Shootout, 5:30 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Texas Tech, TBA, Lubbock, Texas
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Joe Vivian Classic, TBA, Albuquerque

    Saturday
    Basketball

  • State tourney preview?

    In March 2014, the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team found itself in The Pit, one win away from the state championship game, when it ran into the No. 1 ranked Hope Huskies.

    Hope ran away from the Dons in that semifinal before taking down St. Michael’s for another state championship in what was then Class 3A.

    The Dons and head coach David Bustos are looking to get an early look at Hope this weekend when they journey to Albuquerque to play in the Huskies’ three-day tournament starting Thursday.

  • Buckeyes run over Ducks

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones.

    The Buckeyes’ third-stringer matched Oregon’s Heisman winner as Cardale Jones led Ohio State past Marcus Mariota and the Ducks 42-20 in the first College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Finding Isaiah - NM native...

    Isaiah Rogers was happy to get to spend some quality time with his family from the Las Vegas and Mora communities over the holiday break.

    But the visit was cut short, because basketball practice was calling in Bakersfield, Calif.

    Rogers is a redshirt sophomore and starting point guard for the Bakersfield College Renegades, a school affiliated with the California Community College Athletic Association.

  • Red means ‘Stop’
  • Highlands’ Hargrave pins down...

    Submitted to the Optic

    Easton Hargrave’s effort was a significant contributor to New Mexico Highlands wrestling team’s successful trek to his old stomping grounds in the Pacific Northwest this past weekend.

    Hargrave on Monday was named the Subway Eat Fresh NMHU Student-Athlete of the Week.

    The Cowboys went unbeaten in the Gut Check Duals in Olympia, Wash., winning four duals plus an exhibition to improve to 5-0 on the winter.

  • Broncos’ Fox out in Denver

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — John Elway is looking for a new coach after agreeing to part ways with John Fox following Denver’s latest playoff meltdown.

    Fox won the AFC West all four of his years in Denver, but each of those seasons ended in ugly fashion in the playoffs, culminating with Sunday’s 24-13 upset by Indianapolis.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 14

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., WLV

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. St. Mike’s at St. Michael’s Shootout, 7 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos

    Friday
    Basketball

  • Mat time at premium

    A couple of close calls separated the Robertson wrestling team from a 3-0 streak in Saturday’s Pinto Duals in Moriarty.

    With vacancies in three weight classes, the Cardinals were just six points — potentially one match — shy against a solid Los Lunas team. And the difference was a mere point in a loss to El Paso Hanks High.

    On the flip side, an undermanned Albuquerque High squad surrendered too many forfeit points in a one-sided loss to the Redbirds.