Today's Sports

  • Early thrills in Stu Clark...

    Matinee games beat the prime-time contests in terms of pure basketball drama on Wednesday as the 58th Stu Clark Tournament got under way at the Wilson Complex.

    The tournament concludes Friday with a full day of action. (See schedule for times; next week’s Optic will carry full coverage of the remainder of the tourney.)

    First, tourney newcomer Moriarty overcame a 10-point deficit to sneak past Silver 49-48. The Colts, who got double-digit scoring efforts from Alex Lopez (18), Derek Salas (12) and Brandon Reese (10 plus six boards), led 28-23 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 20...

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado School of Mines, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Stu Clark Tournament: seventh-place game 9 a.m., fifth-place game (consolation final) 11 a.m., third-place game 1 p.m., championship 9 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson at Silver Duals, Silver City

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Stu Clark opens today

    Unlike some recent editions, this year’s 58th annual Stu Clark Tournament figures to have ideal weather for a strong turnout at the Wilson Complex.

    No major snow is in the forecast this week, meaning roads should be clear, making for easy travel to and from the event. And the nippy temperatures simply make the warm Highlands gym all the more inviting.

    Still, one of the Stu Clark Tournament’s most distinguished and loyal fans won’t be in attendance.

  • Brees breaks Marino mark for...

    By Brett Martel
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — Quite a night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints — a record and a rout.

    Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held for nearly three decades, and New Orleans clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Falcons.

    Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, the last a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles that set the record with 2:51 to go.

  • NFL 2011: Good, bad and ugly

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    With one week to go in the post-lockout season, it’s not too early to look at the success stories and utter failures of the NFL.

    Celebrations are warranted in Houston, Detroit and San Francisco. In Denver and Cincinnati, too — even if their teams don’t make the playoffs.

  • MMS girls wrap successful fall

    Submited to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School seventh grade girls’ basketball team completed its season with a couple of road wins at Raton and Mora.

    Defense and balanced scoring have been the Lady Cardinals’ trademark all season and this last weekend was no exception. The seventh graders defeated the Lady Tigers 47 to 4.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 28, 2011

    • NMHU men vs. Northern New Mexico, 9 p.m., TBA
    • Stu Clark Tournament: Moriarty vs. Silver, 1 p.m., Capital vs. St. Pius X, 3 p.m., Bernalillo vs. West Las Vegas, 6 p.m., Portales vs. Robertson, 8 p.m.; Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

    • Stu Clark Tournament: consolation bracket play, teams TBA, 1 and 3 p.m.; semifinals, teams TBA, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Baylor QB snares another honor

    By Stephen Hawkins
    AP Sports Writer
    WACO, Texas — Robert Griffin III played football for years simply because he was good at it.
    Then Baylor’s exciting dual-threat quarterback tore the ACL in his right knee and missed the last nine games of the 2009 season. While stuck on the sideline watching, he realized just how much he loved the game.

  • Stu Clark tourney begins...

    When they take the hardwood floor of the Wilson Complex on Wednesday, the Robertson Cardinals begin their quest for a third consecutive trip to the Stu Clark Tournament championship game. And head coach David Bustos and his club will be seeking their second Stu Clark trophy in that three-year span.

  • Sports In Brief:

    Taos’ Lady Tigers defeated West Las Vegas 51-24 in the fifth-place game of the Ben Lujan Tournament Thursday in Jacona. Marissa Cordova had nine points for the Lady Dons. Española won the girls’ tourney, beating host Pojoaque 67-38.