Today's Sports

  • Messi, Wambach honored

    The Associated Press

    ZURICH — Lionel Messi became the first four-time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year award after shattering the world record with 91 goals last year for Barcelona and Argentina.

    The 25-year-old won for the fourth straight time, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta in voting announced Monday. His 91 goals topped Gerd Mueller’s mark of 85 for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.

  • Crimson Tide rolls toward BCS...

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.  — The coach no longer wears houndstooth. The result is the same. Another Alabama dynasty.
    Quieting the Irish by the first play of the second quarter, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game.

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

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

    • 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

    • 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...

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

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


  • 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.