Today's Sports

  • Madness is here!

    As the state high school basketball tournaments shift to the quarterfinals in the metropolitan area of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Mora High head coaches James Branch and Mark Cassidy know their teams have a small-town secret weapon.
    Their fans.

    “I would like to thank the Mora fans for their support this season,” said Cassidy, whose Rangerettes were to play Clayton in Tuesday’s Class 2A girls’ quarters at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Cowgirls split with Mesa

    Beginning and ending their four-game home series against Colorado Mesa with wins, the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls moved their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record to 5-3 while getting to 10-8 overall.

    Highlands took the Saturday opener 12-10, then lost 11-1. The next day, the Cowgirls fell 11-6 before closing with a 7-4 win.

  • Cowboys sweep Rangers

    A clean sweep of Regis over the weekend in Denver has New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team off to one of its strongest starts in years at 10-1 overall and 4-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    Highlands has won six in a row and continues the RMAC schedule with a four-game series at Nebraska-Kearney this coming weekend.

    NMHU won 7-3 and 6-1 on Saturday and 14-9 and 7-5 on Sunday.

  • Riders nearly upset No. 1...

    Luna Community College’s baseball team came within a half inning of a monumental upset of Western Oklahoma State — the top-ranked team in junior college baseball — over the weekend in Altus, Okla.
    The Rough Riders led 3-2 going into the final frame of one game in its four-game series but gave up crucial base hits and the tying and go-ahead runs. As a result, Western Oklahoma State completed a sweep of the series by scores of 7-0, 12-0, 4-3 and 9-2.

  • 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).