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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 9...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora girls (A,B) vs. Taos, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Taos, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Mora Middle School boys at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Durango, Colo.

  • Alabama, Notre Dame square off

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The BCS championship is going old school.
    In this era of wide-open, pass-happy offenses, college football’s ultimate prize will be decided Monday night by two throwback teams, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama.

    The Fighting Irish (12-0) have run for nearly has many yards as they’ve managed through the air. The Crimson Tide (12-1) is coming off a dominant performance on the ground in the Southeastern Conference championship.

  • Lady Cards hang tough

    Friday’s Robertson girls’ basketball win over Ruidoso felt a lot like a save situation in baseball.

    Instead of one closer, however, the Lady Cardinals brought five.

    A team effort downed the visiting Lady Warriors in a 73-65 final tally at Mike Marr Gym.

    The game was generally closer than that score would indicate. Ruidoso had cut the margin to 59-57  halfway through the fourth quarter, and the Lady Cardinals were in a dry spell, held without a field goal through the first 4:34 of the period.

  • West bounces back vs. Ruidoso

    Four West Las Vegas players scored in double figures Friday evening to lead the Dons to an 80-65 victory over visiting Ruidoso.

    It was a bounce-back win for West (3-7), which recently endured a difficult three-day run in the Stu Clark Tournament.

    The Dons owned the opening period for a 22-8 lead and took a 45-27 spread at the break.

    “I think our kids did some of the stuff we’ve been trying to work on,” said WLV assistant coach Clyde Sanchez.

  • Mora, Pecos reach NRG final

    Pecos and Mora made it a rematch in their second consecutive tournament championship, this time in the final of the boys’ Northern Rio Grande Invitational.

    The Rangers handled McCurdy 74-48 on Friday behind 22 points from Cody Najar and 17 from Lorenzo Chavez.

    Pecos, which blew out Coronado in the opening round, did the same to Escalante on Friday night, via an 85-40 count.

    Paul C de Baca’s 20-point night led Pecos (10-1).

  • NMHU can’t stop No. 2 Metro

    For more than a half, the Highlands Cowboys remained in striking distance of an upset over the No. 2 team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

    Then it got away from the Cowboys in a 92-71 loss Friday night at Metro State.

    The host Roadrunners, playing on their home floor the Auraria Event Center, stayed unbeaten at 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. NMHU fell to 4-7, 2-5 going into Saturday’s game at Regis, also in Denver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 7...

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Pecos Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLV
    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Thursday
    Basketball

  • Key matchups figure into BCS...

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  — No. 1 Notre Dame allows 10.3 points per game, best in the nation. No. 2 Alabama allows 10.7. So the BCS championship should be a defensive struggle, right? First to 12 wins.

    Well, maybe. Those offenses are pretty good, too.

    A look at some of the key matchups in Monday night’s BCS championship game in Miami.

    • Alabama center Barrett Jones vs. Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III.

  • Kanneh headed to NFL showcase

    New Mexico Highlands University defensive back Abdul Kanneh has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the NFL Players Association announced this week in a news release.

    Kanneh will be one of the draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

    Kanneh earned 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division-II Football All-America First-Team and BSN All-America First-Team honors.

  • Sweet 17 - MMS girls roll to 17-...

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School Lady Cardinals eighth grade basketball team completed its 2012 season with a 17-1 record that included first-place finishes at the Los Alamos and Pojoaque Middle School Tournaments.

    After an early-season loss, the Lady Cardinals ran off 16 straight victories — including three convincing December defeats of Raton, West Las Vegas and Mora — to complete their season.