Today's Sports

  • Vatos double up on UNM

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    In a close game of southwestern college rugby heavyweights, the NMHU Vatos bested the well- coached UNM Lobos 20-10 in Perkins Stadium this past Saturday.

    “UNM had beaten NMSU and New Mexico Tech earlier this month suggesting, indirectly, that NMHU was the current de facto leader among state universities,” said Vatos coach Dick Greene.

  • Just passing through
  • Pac-12 opts against expansion;...

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Twelve is enough for the Pac-12, putting the Big 12 in position to survive yet again.

    The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors voted late Tuesday night not to expand again. Commissioner Larry Scott says “after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference.”

  • Go Fish - Sept. 23, 2011


    COYOTE CREEK: Flow is 0.57 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout. Better fishing reported in the beaver ponds downstream from the camp areas. The creek was stocked last week with 760 triploid rainbow trout and the pond with another 570.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept....

    • Robertson vs. Capital (homecoming), 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Pojoaque, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Mora at Capitan, 7 p.m., Capitan
    • Wagon Mound-Roy-Mosquero vs. Vaughn, 7 p.m., TBA
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Robertson at Sandia Prep tournament, Albuquerque

    Cross country

  • FYI - Sports - Sept. 23, 2011

    Three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit the Pecos/DC Civic Youth Group will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Pecos gym. Divisions from third grade to adults over 40. Youth entry fee $50 per team if paid before Sept. 23; $75 thereafter. Adult fee is $75 a team before Sept. 23; $100 thereafter. To obtain registration form and further information, call Evelyn Hurtado, 470-2980, or Rhonda Sanchez, 231-0201.

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  • Cowboys gaining attention

    Little by little, New Mexico Highlands University football is gaining recognition in the wake of a 3-0 start.

    The Cowboys are still unranked in the American Football Coaches Association weekly Top 25 poll, but they did receive a vote in this week’s rankings. Unofficially, that makes Highlands the 42nd rated team in NCAA Division II.

    This past Saturday, Highlands upset No. 20 nationally ranked Colorado School of Mines 40-34 in Golden, Colo.

  • NMHU 3-0 after upset of No. 20...

    Colorado School of Mines
    and Las Vegas Optic

    GOLDEN, Colo. — New Mexico Highlands University defeated 20th-ranked Colorado School of Mines by the score of 40-34 on Saturday afternoon in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener at Campbell Field.

    The Cowboys (3-0 overall, 1-0 RMAC) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of long touchdown runs by Jermaine Holmes. 

  • Another narrow loss for Cowgirls

    Carly Nelson’s goal in the 11th minute would stand up as the only score of the match Sunday, giving No. 11 Metro State College of Denver a 1-0 decision over visiting New Mexico Highlands in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer action.

    The Roadrunners allowed 10 shots and only two on goal — both by Julissa Rodriguez.

    It was the fourth time in five matches this season that the outcome was decided by a single goal. Highlands is 2-3 overall but 1-3 in matches decided by one goal.

  • Rivera sets saves record

    By Rick Freeman
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera stood by himself, in the center of the diamond at Yankee Stadium.

    For once, the great closer wasn’t sure what to do next.

    So he smiled, blew a kiss to the crowd, and then doffed his cap as cheers washed over him following the record 602nd save of his career.

    “Oh, my God, for the first time in my career, I’m on the mound alone,” Rivera said. “It was priceless. I didn’t know it could be like that.”