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Today's Sports

  • Silver Gloves coming

    Many of the state’s amateur boxing hopefuls will be showcased in a tournament coming to the Meadow City next week.

    The New Mexico State Silver Gloves is scheduled to be hosted Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9, at Crespin’s Boxing Gym.

    Weigh-ins are set from 8 to 10 a.m. that Friday and Saturday. Matches will be made immediately following, and physicals will be performed at 4 p.m.

    First bout each day is 6 p.m.

    Admission is $12 general and $8 students. Children under 5 will be admitted free of charge.

  • Lobo bigs combine for 32

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE —  Cameron Bairstow isn’t usually known as instant offense when he comes off the bench. He provided just that when he entered Wednesday night’s game early for No. 25 New Mexico.

    Bairstow finished with a career-high 16 points, helping propel the Lobos (7-0) to a 76-58 win over Mercer.

    “Cam came in and really gave us a burst early in this game,” Lobos coach Steve Alford said.

  • Dons trap Bears in hoops debut

    After Black Friday, it was Basketball Saturday.

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team made a successful season debut by beating the Wingate Bears 56-40 on Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Bears ended the first quarter with a 14-12 edge. But the Dons overtook their visitors after that and grabbed a 25-23 lead going into halftime.

    West defended well throughout the second half, although Wingate got three-pointers from Kyle Jones and Kyle Begay, and Jones finished with a team-high 12 points.

  • Form and follow-through
  • More upheaval in league...

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    Just when it looked as if there would be peace, that the conferences were done realigning, the Big Ten struck another blow that will send shock waves across the country.

    Financially strapped Maryland grabbed the Big Ten’s lifeline on Nov. 19, agreeing to become the conference’s new southern base along the East Coast.

    On Nov. 20, Rutgers gleefully jumped aboard, too, and completed the Big Ten’s new Mid-Atlantic bookends.

  • Ex-NMAA officer dies

    A man who followed up years as a teacher and coach by serving as an officer in the New Mexico Activities Association has died.

    Mario Martinez, formerly an associate director with the NMAA — the organization that oversees sports and other competitive extracurricular activities in the state’s high schools — died on Sunday after a lengthy illness.

    Martinez had been a longtime teacher and coach in the state, most recently at Fort Sumner.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 28...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora Middle School girls vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Mora

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys at Taos tournament, TBA
    • Memorial Middle School, WLVMS girls at Pojoaque tournament, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Mora boys at Taos tournament, TBA

  • Lobos, Kirk beat up Portland

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Behind a double-double from post Alex Kirk, New Mexico pulled away from Portland in the second half Sunday in a 69-54 win.

    Kirk finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (6-0), and Jamal Fenton added 12 in his first start of the season.

    Kevin Bailey, who fouled out with 11 minutes remaining, and Korey Thielke each scored 11 to lead the Pilots (2-3).

  • Isotopes release ‘13 schedule

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Albuquerque Isotopes unveiled their 2013 Pacific Coast League schedule today and also announced that ticket prices will remain unchanged for the upcoming season. The announcement was made by Isotopes General Manager John Traub.

    Albuquerque, the defending PCL American Conference Southern Division Champion, will begin their 11th season at home on April 4 against the Iowa Cubs.  The schedule is highlighted by 15 fireworks shows, including the popular July 4 Independence Day celebration. 

  • Newton stars; Carolina wins

    Submitted to the Optic

    PHILADELPHIA — Cam Newton returned to his rookie form to outshine a seventh-round draft pick starting his first game since high school.

    Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NFC. He finished 18 of 28 for 306 yards.