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  • Ready for a dogfight?

    By Eddie Pells
    AP National Writer

    HOUSTON  — When the options boil down to winning or heading home, nobody’s better than Kemba and Connecticut.

    Kemba Walker scored 18 points Saturday night to lift UConn to its 10th straight victory since finishing off a .500 Big East regular season, a 56-55 win over cold-shooting Kentucky that moved the Huskies a victory away from their third, and most improbable, NCAA title.

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  • Cards sweep Cats

    Girard Maestas hit a three-run homer to spark the Robertson offense in the first of a doubleheader baseball sweep of Lovington on Friday at Whorton Field.

    RHS won 8-5 and 10-9.

    Maestas’ shot came in the bottom of the second inning in game one and turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 advantage.

    Robertson lost the lead momentarily after allowing the next two runs on a solo home run and an RBI double, but the Cardinals surged ahead again with five runs in the fourth inning.

  • Sports Roundup

    “Battle at the Bosque” held disappointment for a pair of boxers with local ties.

    Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin lost her co-main event fight to Carla Torres via split decision, 58-56, 56-58, 59-56. Crespin slips to 4-4-1 as a pro; Torres is 2-1.

    Michael Coca Gallegos remains winless as a pro in nine fights after losing a decision to the debuting Donald Sanchez, 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at University of the Southwest (DH), noon, Hobbs
    Golf
    • Robertson at Española Invite, 9 a.m., Black Mesa course
    Softball
    • LCC at Western Oklahoma State, TBA, Altus, Okla.

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari (DH), 4 p.m., Tucumcari
    • WLV Gents vs. Taos (DH), 3 p.m., WLV Field

  • FYI - Sports

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department is announcing the first
    organizational meeting for the 2011 Meadow City adult men’s and women’s softball league. League coaches and managers are asked to meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All interested coaches and managers are urged to attend; there will be important information at this meeting. For more information, contact Misty Williams, recreation coordinator, at 426-1739 or 426-3191.

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  • Dons rally twice, win once

    Down 10-6 going into the sixth inning the West Las Vegas baseball team scored the necessary five runs to pull victory from defeat in Saturday’s game one with Lovington.

    Stevie Montaño’s two-RBI double was a walkoff winner for West, which overcame a spiel of early fielding errors to take an 11-10 thriller.

  • RHS girls upset No. 5 Pojo

    Janice Yara and the Robertson Lady Cardinals have flown under the radar much of this softball season.

    It’s going to get harder to do that now that they’ve won three in a row, including a sweep of fifth-ranked Pojoaque this past Thursday.

    Yara’s accuracy from the pitching mound — not to mention her durability — proved key in the 14-3 and 6-5 sweep. She went the distance in both games.

    Marka Garcia, Alicia Jaramillo and Katie Houdek each singled in the first inning on Robertson’s way to a 3-0 lead.

  • Archrivals Cowboys, Mavs square...

    Eric Maupin’s double to left field and Luis Saenz’s single up the middle scored two runs apiece for New Mexico Highlands (14-12, 9-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in a 4-3 victory at league nemesis Mesa State (15-10, 13-6) on Saturday.

    The win over the Mavericks was the first in a scheduled four-game weekend series in Grand Junction, Colo. Mesa won Friday’s nine-inning opener 7-1 and Saturday’s nightcap 8-5.

    The teams were to play another nine-inning contest on Sunday.

  • Butler back in NCAA final

    By Nancy Armour
    AP National Writer

    HOUSTON — “We’re not done yet! Unfinished business, baby!”

    That was the rallying cry from the Butler Bulldogs, who are headed back to the title game, not as lovable underdogs but a team intent on making up for last year’s heartbreak.

    Maybe this time that final, riveting shot will go in.

    Maybe this time Butler won’t need it.