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Today's Sports

  • Playoffs all set in NFL

    The Associated Press

    The Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs, while the Seattle Seahawks will be playing at home in them.

    Baltimore made the postseason in the first five years with John Harbaugh as coach and Joe Flacco at quarterback, winning the 2012 championship. They failed to get in last season, but a 20-10 victory Sunday, combined with San Diego’s 19-7 loss at Kansas City, did the trick.

  • Upcoming bowl games

    UPCOMING BOWL GAMES

    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Peach Bowl
    At Atlanta
    Mississippi (9-3) vs. TCU (11-1), 10:30 a.m. (ESPN)

    Fiesta Bowl
    At Glendale, Ariz.
    Boise State (11-2) vs. Arizona (10-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

    Orange Bowl
    At Miami
    Mississippi State (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (10-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

    Thursday, Jan. 1
    Outback Bowl
    At Tampa, Fla.
    Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), 10 a.m. (ESPN2)

    Cotton Bowl Classic

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 31...

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora, Pecos boys, girls at NRG Tournaments, TBA, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 1 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Mora, Pecos boys, girls at NRG Tournaments, TBA, Jacona

    Saturday

  • Dons, Sartans make final

    With both teams hoping for deep tournament runs come March, West Las Vegas and St. Pius X certainly got a warm-up in December.

    The hometown Dons and Albuquerque-based Sartans earned positions in the 61st annual Stu Clark Tournament championship game Sunday night at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. (For complete coverage of Sunday’s action, please see Wednesday’s Optic.)

  • Rangers to face Lions for title

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers outlasted Escalante 66-57 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Tri-City Tournament held in Santa Rosa over the weekend.

    Mora will play the host Lions in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

    The Rangers opened by outscoring the Lobos 15-9 in the first quarter and took a 34-21 lead to the locker room at half.

    Escalante trailed 54-36 going into the fourth and rallied enough to cut the deficit in half before running out of time.

  • Lady Dons rout McCurdy

    Las Vegas Optic

    Part two of the Valley tour was another smash success for West Las Vegas.

    The Lady Dons varsity crushed visiting McCurdy 62-20 on Saturday afternoon. The game was played at the Valley Middle School gym as part of West’s outreach effort that also included a boys’ basketball doubleheader earlier this month (the varsity beat Wagon Mound and JV beat Roy).

    West did not allow a field goal in the first quarter Saturday in dashing to a 22-1 lead. It was 34-5 at halftime and 50-12 at the end of the third quarter.

  • Upcoming bowl games

    UPCOMING BOWL GAMES

    Monday, Dec. 29
    Liberty Bowl
    At Memphis, Tenn.
    West Virginia (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

    Russell Athletic Bowl
    At Orlando, Fla.
    Clemson (9-3) vs. Oklahoma (8-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Texas Bowl
    At Houston
    Texas (6-6) vs. Arkansas (6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Music City Bowl
    At Nashville, Tenn.
    Notre Dame (7-5) vs. LSU (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

    Belk Bowl

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 29...

    Monday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Wednesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled
    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 1 p.m., Los Alamos

    Saturday

  • Upcoming bowl games

    Friday, Dec. 26
    Heart of Dallas Bowl
    Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Quick Lane Bowl
    At Detroit
    Rutgers (7-5) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl
    UCF (9-3) vs. N.C. State (7-5), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

    Saturday, Dec. 27
    Military Bowl
    At Annapolis, Md.
    Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

    Sun Bowl
    At El Paso, Texas
    Duke (9-3) vs. Arizona State (9-3), 12 p.m. (CBS)

  • HU’s Carney invited to NFLPA bowl

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that punter Patrick Carney of New Mexico Highlands has committed to play in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

    Patrick Carney earned four All-America nods for his senior campaign: Daktronics First-Team All-American, USA College Football First-Team All-America, All-America by Beyond Sports Network and Academic All-America by Capital One Academic All-America as selected by CoSIDA. The Chico, Calif., native is majoring in business administration and maintains a 3.75 grade point average.