Today's Sports

  • NFL teams rely on franchise tags...

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NEW YORK — It pays to play a skill position in the NFL, like New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, or receivers Wes Welker and Dwayne Bowe.

    It also pays to be a kicker, as five placekickers and one punter were given franchise tags, protecting their current teams from losing them without compensation.

    The NFL’s deadline for applying the tags was Monday afternoon, and a late flurry saw 10 players added to the list. In all, 21 players were tagged.

  • Lobos tie for MWC crown

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — In his final home game, New Mexico’s Drew Gordon scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Lobos overcome a second-half deficit and claim at least a share of the Mountain West regular-season title with a 76-61 victory over Boise State.

    Hugh Greenwood added 15 points for New Mexico (24-6, 10-4), while Derrick Marks scored 17 to lead the Broncos (13-16, 3-11).

    Boise State led 52-48 with 8:15 left after Marks banked a shot in.

  • Bounties stirring up controversy...

    By Howard Fendrich
    AP Pro Football Writer

    To Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, the thousands of dollars New Orleans Saints players were paid under their bounty system from 2009-11 is not all that different from the helmet stickers handed out at lower levels of the game.

    Little rewards for big plays are as much a part of football as runs and passes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 7...

    • Class 3A boys’ state tournament: Robertson vs. Shiprock, 8:15 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • Class 2A boys’ state tournament: Mora vs. Santa Fe Prep, 3 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho; Pecos vs. Tularosa, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • Class B boys’ state tournament: Wagon Mound vs. Vaughn, 11:30 a.m., Bernalillo
    • LCC vs. Clarendon (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports - March 7, 2012

    La Plaza Little League mandatory coaches’ meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Luna Community College’s Rough Rider Grill. For information, call Olivia (617-0529) or Gilbert (429-3530)

    La Plaza registration will be held March 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; March 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Half a dozen area basketball...

    Robertson’s defense was so dialed in Saturday night, it’s a wonder Socorro coach Lawrence Baca didn’t simply ask the Cardinals what offense he should run next.

    The host Cardinals seemed to anticipate every pass and every shot attempt in soaring to a 53-40 win in the opening round of the Class 3A boys’ state basketball tournament.

    RHS was led by Justin Bustos (14), Josh Brito (12), Ryan Tafoya (10) and Antonio Arguello (8).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 5...

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian, 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Class 3A girls state tournament: Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian, 6:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque (PARKING $5)
    • Class 2A girls state tournament: Mora vs. Clayton, 3 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho


  • State hoops tourneys to begin

    March Madness gets under way beginning Friday and Saturday for teams playing in the New Mexico state high school basketball tournaments.

    On Friday in Class 3A girls’ hoops, Robertson’s seventh-seeded Lady Cardinals host No. 10 Hot Springs at Mike Marr Gym. Meanwhile No. 15 West Las Vegas plays at No. 2 Santa Fe Indian.

    Over in Class 2A girls, the Mora Rangerettes — having earned a lofty No. 2 seed — play host to No. 15 Jemez Valley at Montoya Gym.

  • SPRING 2012 Sports Schedule -...

    LCC at Western Oklahoma, TBA, Altus,Okla.
    NMHU at Regis, 3 p.m., Denver
    Girls’ first round of state, TBA

    LCC at Western Oklahoma (DH), TBA, Altus, Okla.
    NMHU at Regis (DH), noon, Denver
    Robertson vs. Pojoaque, 11 a.m., MMS field
    West Las Vegas vs. Socorro (DH), 11 a.m., WLV field
    Boys’ first round of state, TBA
    Vatos at Albuquerque, 2 p.m., Albuquerque

  • NMHU players earn RMAC honors

    Momcilo Latinovic and Alyssa Lopez earned selection to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference basketball teams for the 2011-12 campaign, which ended with Highlands’ doubleheader sweep of Western New Mexico this past Saturday.

    Latinovic, a senior forward from Belgrade, Serbia, averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, shooting 47 percent from the floor, 44 percent from three-point range and 71 percent from the foul line.

    The Cowboys finished 12-14 overall and 10-12 in the conference under coach Joe Harge.