Today's Sports

  • Mills out at NMHU

    Time has officially run out for Jeff Mills’ construction project at the New Mexico Highlands University football program.

    Now, with a new interim coach in place, the school is looking to rebuild not only the team but its run-down field in the coming months.

    Mills was relieved of his duties as the Cowboys’ head coach in late December, according to sources close to the program.

    NMHU spokesman Sean Weaver on Monday confirmed Mills’ departure, though he did not elaborate on the circumstances because it is a personnel issue.

  • Pecos nails hat trick

    Make room for another trophy at Sanchez Gym.

    The Pecos Panthers earned a hat trick of northern New Mexico boys’ hoops tournaments this past Saturday by gashing Dulce 66-48 to win the Northern Rio Grande title.

    Carlos Cordova (18 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists) led a strong finish for Pecos (12-1). Xavier Padilla (17 points, five boards, three steals) and Mario Archuleta (15 points, five boards) also had a big game in the final at Pojoaque Valley’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

  • Tigers roll Tide in epic sequel

    By Ralph D. Russo
    The Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. — College football’s first national championship rematch was even better than the original, with an incredible twist at the end.

    Deshaun Watson and Clemson dethroned the champs and became the first team to beat Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty in a national title game, taking down the top-ranked Crimson Tide 35-31 Monday night in the College Football Playoff.

  • Padilla nets 23; Lady Dons...

    Jenika Padilla outscored the Hot Springs girls’ basketball team by herself on Saturday, 23 points to 12.

    And the West Las Vegas Lady Dons’ 56-12 road win pumped their record up to 9-3.

    West was to host Mora, winner of this past weekend’s Northern Rio Grande girls’ bracket, on Tuesday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 11...

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Mora, TBA, Mike Marr Gym

    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournaments, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. Monte del Sol, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Eagle Ridge, 4 p.m., TBA

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Youngsters play on big stage

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    Several Las Vegas-area youth football players recently returned from national-level competition.

    Two-time All-Americans C.J. Perea and Tony Rubin were joined by first-time All-Americans Logan Vigil and David Olivarez this past weekend in the Youth All-American Bowl in Atlanta.

    Perea and Rubin played for Team Blitz AA6 and AA10. Vigil and Olivarez played on Team Beast AA5. Games were played at The Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the Campus of Kennesaw State University.

  • Ninjas, Rebels play winter...

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    For weeks, members of Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club trained in freezing temperatures in preparation to close their 2016 season at a 3v3 LIVE! soccer tournament in Las Cruces.  

    That preparation paid off Dec. 10 when the Ninjas U10 3v3 boys swept their competition for gold and the Rebels U12 girls, in their first 3v3 tourney, split 2-2 for a bronze.

    The Ninjas, led by head coach Ian Williamson, played five games in as many hours and outscored their competition 33-13.

  • Rematch looms for Alabama,...

    The Associated Press

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson doesn’t think an offensive coordinator change a week ahead of the national championship game will bother the Crimson Tide.

  • State preview? Lady Dons take...

    One point was all that separated Moriarty and West Las Vegas on Tuesday night in a classic matchup of Class 4A girls’ basketball state tournament hopefuls.

    The host Pintos withstood their guests’ steady fourth-quarter rally to escape with a 46-45 win.

    The Pintos, whose only blemish thus far has been a loss to one of Class 5A’s better teams, St. Pius X, improved to 10-1.

    The Lady Dons are 8-3.

  • Redbirds challenge 5A champs

    Robertson’s boys provided a serious test to the reigning Class 5A state champion Española Valley Sundevils on Wednesday night, coming up short 67-59 on the Sundevils’ home floor.

    Española led 35-26 at halftime.

    It was Robertson’s second road game in as many days. The Cardinals routed Peñasco 58-21 on Tuesday, sending the Panthers to a 4-5 record.

    The Redbirds and head coach Manuel Romero are 6-6 overall.