Today's Sports

  • Super Bowl surprises

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

    The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times.

    Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle’s win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game.

  • Cardinal Classic this weekend

    Las Vegas Optic

    Wrestlers representing two dozen schools in addition to local grapplers from Robertson and West Las Vegas will be in town this weekend for the annual Cardinal Classic.

    The two-day tournament gets under way at 11 a.m. — an hour earlier than the noon start previously reported — Friday at Mike Marr Gym. Wrestling continues throughout the day and resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Mora girls stop Robertson

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangerettes added a signature win to their resumé Tuesday night with a 54-44 win over visiting Robertson.

    Mora’s defensive effort in the second and third quarters made an impact. After a 17-17 stalemate through one period, the Rangerettes outscored RHS 13-3 and 11-6.

    Brianna Pacheco led Mora (10-6). Robertson is now 6-12.

  • Advertisers show restraint

    NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.

    GoDaddy decided not to run an ad that showed a dog being sold online so as not to offend dog lovers. The Victoria’s Secret angels are fully clothed in its teaser spot, at least, although they reveal more in their actual Super Bowl ad. And an anti-domestic abuse commercial will have a high profile-spot during the game after a year of domestic violence scandals in the NFL.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 30...

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Los Alamos tournament, TBA, Los Alamos
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at NCAA Division II Challenge, TBA, Golden, Colo.
    • NMHU at Air Force, 5 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.
    • Robertson hosts Cardinal Classic (includes RHS, WLV, others), noon, Mike Marr Gym


  • Arrrgh! Pirates sink WLV

    Held to two points over a crucial three-minute span in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, West Las Vegas saw its prolific offense cool off at the wrong time in a clash with Grants on Saturday evening at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Grants, the No. 5 ranked team in Class 5A, lived up to the billing with an effective inside-outside combination and pulled out an 84-79 win.

    Pirate Keegan Stewart provided the outside touch early, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the first half.

  • Cowboys rout Stangs, win 3rd...

    Catching fire in the second half, New Mexico Highlands shot a blazing 67.7 percent from the floor — and nailed eight 3-point baskets — in the final 20 minutes of a 92-69 romp over visiting Western New Mexico on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Coach Craig Snow’s Cowboys have won three consecutive games to improve to 4-13 overall and 4-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Kendrick Nichols went 11 for 19 overall and made four of NMHU’s 11 3-pointers in finishing with a game-high 32 points.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 26...

    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS

    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Mora, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) at Peñasco, 5:30 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española

    No local varsity events scheduled


  • Student vs. teacher

    Outgunning Robertson 46-26 in the second half, the Mora Rangers claimed a significant 81-60 non-district victory Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The game carried a playoff-like intensity and drew a crowd to match, as fans of both schools crowded into the facility to cheer on a pair of teams that have climbed in the state rankings in recent weeks.

  • Slack earns RMAC honor

    NMHU Sports Information

    In a vote of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference sports information directors, New Mexico Highlands senior Salcia Slack was named RMAC Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

    This past weekend at the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas, Slack moved into the top five in the nation in three different events while moving into the top 10 in a fourth as she qualified for the NCAAs in all four events.