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  • Aggies open their season with 28-10 win
    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie football team began the 2014 season with a solid win, defeating the Cal-Poly Mustangs, 28-10, in its home opener Thursday night in front of 13,772 fans inside Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies gained 315 total yards in the contest. Freshman Larry Rose III led the way for NMSU, finishing with 150 yards on the ground on 30 carries in his Aggie debut. Rose III scored twice, once on the ground and another on a touchdown catch in the second half to seal the victory. It was a solid start for the Aggie offense Thursday. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rogers went 18-for-27 for 118 yards, two touchdown throws and one interception.  As good as the offense was, perhaps more dominating was the young NMSU defense, especially in the second half.  The Aggies shutout the Mustangs in the third and fourth quarters and allowed only 27 yards after halftime. The Mustangs rolled up 236 yards rushing in the first half, but were limited to 23 in the second half. NMSU freshman linebacker Derek Ibekwe led the defense with a total of 14 tackles and half a sack in the game. Fellow linebacker Rodney Butler also had double-digits tackles and also had a sack. NMSU (1-0) won just two contests in all of 2013. 
  • 'Topes continue their struggles
    The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their limp to the finish of the 2014 season Monday with a loss in the second game of their series against Oklahoma City. The Isotopes were shut out against Oklahoma City’s RedHawks 3-0. A quartet of RedHawks pitchers combined to hold the Isotopes to six hits for the game. Albuquerque’s Matt Magill (7-6) and Bruce Billings, the only two pitchers to make appearances for the team Monday, also allowed just six combined hits. But Oklahoma City scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a walk to force in a run and a sacrifice fly. Magill allowed just one earned run in 5-2/3 innings. With Monday’s loss, the Isotopes (59-77) have dropped three straight contests and four of their last five. For the month of August, they are 6-18. The Isotopes will play their final two road games of the season today and Wednesday. Thursday, Albuquerque will return home for the final three games of its season. It will face the Las Vegas 51s Thursday, Friday and Sunday to close out the year. The 51s have already already clinched the Pacific Southern division’s championship and will advance to the 2014 PCL playoffs. Pederson joins exclusive club
  • Lobo soccer issues hazing apology
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — University of New Mexico women’s soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for alcohol intoxication. The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity. Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women’s soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode. Athletic director Paul Krebs said assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo also will receive letters of reprimand. School officials say last week’s hazing involved seven true freshmen and two were taken to the hospital.
  • Davie thinks Lobos will improve
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bob Davie sees an opportunity entering his third season at New Mexico. "We're in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program," Davie said. "I really believe that. We know what the first year was. We know what the second year was. This is the third year and we have a chance to gain some momentum that will continue to multiply over the years." In the three years before Davie arrived, the Lobos had won a total of three games. New Mexico has won seven games since. Davie said the past doesn't loom over the program anymore. "I am really excited with where we are," Davie said. "And that's what's fun about this. We've got some talent. We've got some talent." Five things to watch as the Lobos continue to look ahead: THE OFFENSE IS THE THING: The Lobos had few problems moving the ball last season behind their spread/option offense that put a premium on quarterback Cole Gautsche's decision-making ability. In the high-scoring Mountain West, however, teams tended to surge up and down the field nearly at will. "Teams are going to move the ball in this league," Davie said. "I think we are very progressive on offense. I think we are ahead of the curve on offense."
  • Sports Briefs 08-22-14
    Sky Sox take walk-off win The Albuquerque Isotopes led after 8-1/2 innings Thursday night at Colorado Springs, but couldn’t hold onto the lead. Tim Wheeler came through with a RBI single for Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox as they escaped with a 9-8 walk-off win in the second game of their four-game series with the Isotopes. Half an inning earlier, the Isotopes rallied for three runs to take an 8-7 advantage, but Albuquerque reliever Robert Carson (2-5, 7.28 ERA) couldn’t hold the edge in the bottom of the ninth. In the top of the ninth, Joc Pederson hit his 31st home run of the year. That was followed up two batters later by Brock Peterson’s two-run homer after a Clint Robinson single. Albuquerque and Colorado Springs play their series through Saturday. Following this series, the Isotopes will be at Oklahoma City for four games before ending their 2014 season with three games against the Las Vegas 51s starting Aug. 28. The Isotopes are now 58-74 on the season. Las Vegas (74-60) has already locked up the PCL Pacific Southern division title. Lobos picked to sweep the MW
  • Fishing Report 08-22-14
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  • Boston to step down from NMSU
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — New Mexico State has announced Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year. The school said in a statement Wednesday that Boston’s contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be named. The move came after NMSU President Garrey Carruthers finished a performance review of Boston, but declined to comment on the review. Boston has been the school’s athletic director since 2004. Under his tenure, New Mexico State joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. But the football program was left without a conference last season after the Western Athletic Conference opted to no longer sponsor the sport. The Aggies played independent schedule in 2013 but will compete as football-only members of the Sun Belt Conference this season.
  • Fishing Report 08-15-14
    Northeast Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and spinners. We had no reports on perch.
 Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 6.6cfs. Trout was fair to good using tricos, hoppers, stimulators, ants, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow to fair using hoppers, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.
 Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait in the evening hours for trout. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light. 
 Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass and an occasional walleye. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using jerk baits, tubes and top water lures. We had no reports on other species.
 Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
 Eagle Rock Lake: Trout fishing was very good using worms, Power Bait and spinners.
 Eagle Nest Lake: Hot spot for perch: Fishing was excellent using worms from shore and from anchored boats for perch. Fishing was fair to good in the early morning hours using Platte River specials and Power Bait on light tackle for rainbow trout and an occasional kokanee. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, spoons and Rapalas for northern pike.

  • Late run costs the Isotopes
    Jamie Romack hit a pair of home runs for the Albuquerque Isotopes Wednesday, but that wouldn’t be enough to propel them to a win. The Isotopes (56-69) dropped their second straight contest of their current home series and fifth of their last six as they fell to the Memphis Redbirds, 6-5. As they did on Tuesday, the Redbirds (67-58) scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning. Robert Carson (2-4) was tagged with the loss in relief. Along with Romack’s two homers, which give him 23 on the year, Joc Pederson hit a solo shot in the fifth. Pederson has gone yard 28 times this season.
  • Lobos reinstate players charged with rape
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two New Mexico football players won’t be prosecuted in an alleged sexual assault case, and they’re being reinstated to the team. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Athletic Director Paul Krebs confirmed Tuesday that running back Crusoe Gongbay from Rockville, Maryland, and cornerback SaQwan Edwards from Houston had been reinstated. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office chose to drop the criminal case against the two players. The District Attorney’s Office had dismissed the charges in June, but at that time held open the possibility that they could be refiled. However, District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Wednesday her office determined there was insufficient evidence to prove guilt.