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Today's Sports

  • Djokovic outlasts Nadal

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic was on the wrong side of the court, and the celebration, a year ago after the last ball was struck in the U.S. Open final.

    Somewhere in the back of his mind, though, as he watched Rafael Nadal fall to the blue concrete and bask in the lights of the world’s biggest tennis stadium, Djokovic had a sense that someday, that could be him.

    On Monday night, it was.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 14, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Portales, 3 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Texas Tech Open, 8 a.m., Lubbock, Texas
    Football
    • West Las Vegas at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • Mora vs. Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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  • SEC hopeful on Texas A&M

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said he remains hopeful Texas A&M will join the league by next season and that the SEC has started to look at schedules for next year involving 13 teams.

    In a statement Monday, Slive also said the SEC was not currently looking to expand beyond Texas A&M.

  • In the Rough
  • Round one: Raiders top Broncos

    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Sebastian Janikowski figures his celebration over his long field goal will be short-lived.

    After all, Matt Prater kicks at this altitude eight times a year to Janikowki’s one.

    “He’s the only guy I’ve got to worry about if he’s going to break the record,” Janikowski said after his record-tying 63-yarder helped the Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 23-20 Monday night.

  • NMHU smashes past Ags 60-14

    With quarterback Emmanuel Lewis operating behind an improved offensive line, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys ran their record to 2-0 with a 60-14 defeat of Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Lewis passed for 198 first-half yards before Harold Mobley took over and kept the offense clicking. The Cowboys generated 309 net yards rushing, most in the second half.

  • Lions roar at Cards’ expense

    Class 2A or not, Santa Rosa looked every bit the state championship team on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium, using its fabled single-wing offense to shred Robertson 46-20.

    The Lions (2-1) exploited an early turnover, grabbing an RHS fumble at the RHS 17 and turning it into a rushing touchdown by Timothy Valverde and a 6-0 edge with 7:00 left in the first.

    Dalan Abreu’s long kick return put the Cardinals back in business, and a Gerald Maestas-to-Felix Archuleta strike from 6 yards out tied the game.

  • Steers spoil Mora home debut

    Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in years, the Mora Rangers treated their fans to a quick touchdown in the first quarter Thursday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Helped by fresher legs later in the game, the visiting Magdalena Steers retaliated, winning 34-16.

    Louis Montoya punched in for a Rangers touchdown from 12 yards out, and Mora (1-2) led 8-0 four minutes in.

    Magdalena scored the next three TDs and led 20-8 with 6:16 left in the third.

  • 2A two good: Rattlers slither...

    A week after dumping Class 4A Española, the 3A West Las Vegas Dons lost 40-8 at 2A Tucumcari.

    While the Rattlers are one of the tougher teams in 2A, the Dons’ loss is a setback after a couple weeks of marked improvement for WLV (1-2).

    Turnovers hurt the Dons, and Tucumcari’s Angelo Montaño made them pay early, intercepting a pass and returning it for a 27-yard touchdown.

    Montaño then caught a TD lob early in the second quarter, and the Rattlers led 14-0.