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  • Rematch looms for Alabama,...

    The Associated Press

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson doesn’t think an offensive coordinator change a week ahead of the national championship game will bother the Crimson Tide.

  • State preview? Lady Dons take...

    One point was all that separated Moriarty and West Las Vegas on Tuesday night in a classic matchup of Class 4A girls’ basketball state tournament hopefuls.

    The host Pintos withstood their guests’ steady fourth-quarter rally to escape with a 46-45 win.

    The Pintos, whose only blemish thus far has been a loss to one of Class 5A’s better teams, St. Pius X, improved to 10-1.

    The Lady Dons are 8-3.

  • Redbirds challenge 5A champs

    Robertson’s boys provided a serious test to the reigning Class 5A state champion Española Valley Sundevils on Wednesday night, coming up short 67-59 on the Sundevils’ home floor.

    Española led 35-26 at halftime.

    It was Robertson’s second road game in as many days. The Cardinals routed Peñasco 58-21 on Tuesday, sending the Panthers to a 4-5 record.

    The Redbirds and head coach Manuel Romero are 6-6 overall.

  • Dons roar past Warriors

    A Ruidoso defender barreled into Moses Esquibel’s path, smashing into the West Las Vegas junior’s slender frame.

    No matter. Not this night.

    Esquibel absorbed the hit and dropped his jump shot cleanly into the hoop. As an official signaled for a foul and counted the basket, Esquibel hopped into the air, pumping his fists, growling and defiant.

  • Rodgers on roll as wildcard...

    The Associated Press

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers backed up his confidence-boosting “run-the-table” statement with a remarkable six-game run of quarterback play that helped get the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.

    In the locker room, or on sideline conversations in practice, Rodgers’ attitude didn’t change. He remained steady, and believed in his teammates whether they were two games under .500 or NFC North champions.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 6...

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Black Hills State, 5:30 p.m., Spearfish, S.D.
    • Robertson boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • Robertson girls at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Mora boys, girls, Pecos boys, girls at Northern Rio Grande Tournaments, TBA, Jacona
    • Mora boys JV, girls JV at Raton tourneys, TBA, Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos, 3 p.m., Taos
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Griego Gym
    Wrestling

  • Pecos: Tri-Cities champion

    Yes, the Pecos Panthers still know how to play in close games.

    The Panthers had to tap into that skill set for the first time this season Friday, rallying to edge Santa Rosa 49-48 in the finals of the Tri-Cities Tournament.

    Pecos and head coach Ira Harge got plenty of practice in nailbiters last season; eight games ended with single-digit margins of victory, with four of those decided by a single possession.

    This year, not so much. Up until Friday, each of their games had been decided by 11 points or more.

  • Dons push Jags in Stu final

    For the second time in four years, former Las Vegan Adrian Ortega coached his Atrisco Heritage Jaguars to a Stu Clark Tournament championship.

    Atrisco, the lone representative of Class 6A, defeated West Las Vegas 66-47 this past Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    For WLV head coach David Bustos, the finals appearance was his sixth; he won back-to-back titles with West in 2000-01 and took Robertson to the title in 2009.

  • Betting on red in Reno

    Jonathan Trujillo pinned five opponents and went 6-0 to earn a championship at 132 pounds, highlighting a productive weekend for the Robertson wrestling team at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno.

    Trujillo, a junior, tripled up Christian Hudson of Caldwell (Idaho) by a 6-2 tally in the championship match.

    Trujillo is a returning Class 1A-4A state champion for the Cardinals, having won at 120 pounds.

  • Lady Cards open 2017, rip Ruidoso

    Like many other basketball players, Alianza Darley began her new year by running a layup drill.

    In Darley’s case, she did hers in the opening minutes of Robertson’s makeup game with Ruidoso, scoring the game’s first eight points on repeated drives to the hoop.

    Darley finished with a game-high 21 points as the Lady Cardinals disposed of Ruidoso 55-36 Monday night at Mike Marr Gym.