• Holly Holm making UFC debut in December
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The world’s former No. 1-rated female boxer is set to make her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut. The UFC announced Thursday that Holly Holm will fight Colorado native Raquel Pennington on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 32-year-old Albuquerque boxer turned mixed martial arts fighter signed with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion in July after months of negotiations. Fans hope Holm’s signing means an eventual fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Last year, Holm announced her retirement from boxing to focus on an MMA career. She has a 33-2-3 record as a boxer and is 7-0 as an MMA fighter. The unbeaten women’s bantamweight fighter says although she wants to eventually fight Rousey, she knows she has more MMA training to do. “When I first started doing MMA, people asked me what my goal was in this, and my goal is to be the first female that has titles in both MMA and boxing because nobody’s done that,” Holm said. shortly after signing with UFC. “And it’s totally doable, and that’s my plan.” Pennington has a 4-4 MMA record. She lost a close split decision to Jessica Andrade in March. Holm currently is ranked No. 15 among women’s bantamweight fighters, UFC.com says.
  • Friday’s prep scores
    Alamogordo 27, Deming 20 Artesia 41, Las Cruces 33 Eldorado 57, Cleveland 56 Escalante 52, Jal 0 Estancia 43, Socorro 0 Farmington 48, Grants 12 Fort Sumner 21, Texico 20, OT Gadsden 48, Chaparral 24 Goddard 63, Fabens, Texas 13 Hatch Valley 42, Tularosa 0 Hot Springs 39, Mesilla Valley Christian 0 Lake Arthur 54, Clovis Christian 18 Logan 56, Mountainair 0 Lordsburg 40, Cobre 14 Lovington 29, Capital 0 Lubbock Coronado, Texas 38, Hobbs 20 Magdalena 61, Foothill 8 Melrose 60, Tse Yi Gai 0 Miyamura 27, St. Pius 24 Newcomb 34, Whitehorse, Utah 15 NMMI 35, Capitan 7 Oñate 48, Rio Grande 0 Piedra Vista 31, Roswell 23 Portales 51, Pojoaque Valley 13 Rio Rancho 57, Atrisco Heritage 14 Robertson 27, Ruidoso 24 Sandia 34, Carlsbad 14 Santa Teresa 20, El Paso Cathedral, Texas 19 Silver 27, Clint, Texas 7 Taos 49, Española Valley 20 Thoreau 16, Zuni 0 Valley 40, Aztec 25 Volcano Vista 53, West Mesa 16 West Las Vegas 33, Raton 16 Wolfforth Frenship, Texas 27, Clovis 21
  • Del Norte thumped by La Cueva in football
    After a 1-4 finish last week for the five football teams in District 2-5A, this week didn’t start off any better. The Del Norte Knights (1-5) were blasted by the La Cueva Bears Thursday. The Bears, a Class 6A squad in Albuquerque, rolled to 42-0 victory. Del Norte, the top-rated team in 2-5A, according to MaxPreps dot com, has now been outscored 262-95 on the year. Among the other teams in 2-5A, the Española Valley Sundevils face the Taos Tigers tonight in Taos, Capital hosts Lovington tonight and Bernalillo will face Hope Christian Saturday evening along with Los Alamos’ game against Santa Fe which is set for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. 
  • N.M. high school football results
    Artesia 53, Deming 15 Atrisco Heritage 45, Highland 16 Aztec 29, Del Norte 6 Belen 28, Goddard 21, OT Bloomfield 33, Taos 15 Capital 46, West Las Vegas 6 Cleveland 35, Clovis 13 Clint Mountain View, Texas 48, Chaparral 22 Durango, Colo. 29, Farmington 22 Eldorado 35, Volcano Vista 6 Escalante 34, Raton 13 Española Valley 40, Questa 6 Estancia 41, Capitan 13 Gadsden 32, Santa Teresa 24 Jemez Valley 52, Alamo-Navajo 14 Laguna-Acoma 40, Socorro 8 Lovington 42, Albuquerque Academy 22 Manzano 55, West Mesa 14 Mayfield 51, Alamogordo 20 Miyamura 50, Grants 0 Oñate 25, Hobbs 21 Piedra Vista 46, Moriarty 6 Rio Rancho 30, Las Cruces 22 Robertson 20, St. Michael’s 0 Roswell 45, Silver 12 Ruidoso 41, Pojoaque 2 Santa Fe 28, Gallup 17 Santa Rosa 26, Hope Christian 22 St. Pius 55, Bernalillo 0 Valencia 38, Albuquerque High 21
  • Aggies know what's at stake on Saturday
    ALBUQUERQUE — The carrot, the tease, the motivation New Mexico State University head coach Doug Martin dangles in front of his Aggies have a silver lining of postseason implications. “If we don’t lose two games in a row for the rest of the season, we are 7-5 and we are in a bowl game. That’s how important that is for your football program,” Martin said of avoiding losing streaks. What Martin is challenging his Aggies to do is beat the University of New Mexico Lobos Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium and set a season’s precedence of avoiding a losing streak, which would make NMSU bowl-eligible. That’s one way to get Aggies up for Saturday’s game.  Another way is to say, “The Lobos are coming.”  That usually does it for this Rio Grande Rivalry game that provides football bragging rights for a season. Martin also could remind his Aggies of their 66-17 loss to UNM last year on Branch Field. The Aggies are an improved football team from 2013.  They are 2-1, but they’re coming off a 42-24 loss to the UTEP Miners, who beat the Lobos 31-24 in late August. NMSU, like UNM before it, was not happy with its offensive production against the Miners.
  • Isotopes ink deal with the Rockies
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bye-bye Los Angeles Dodgers. Hello Colorado Rockies. Officials with the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Rockies signed a four-year player development agreement during a news conference Wednesday, marking the official move of the major league team’s Triple-A affiliation from Colorado Springs to Albuquerque. The Isotopes had been affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008 until the team cut its ties last month. “This is the start of a new era,” said John Traub, the Isotopes general manager. Officials with the Rockies and the Isotopes said their new relationship makes sense for geographical reasons and because Albuquerque feels like an extension of home for the major league team. “It’s a six-hour drive from here into Denver. It’s a one-hour flight,” said Jeff Bridich, the Rockies senior director of player development. “Did that play into it? Absolutely. And the fact that this is a large city and growing city and hopefully it’s growing full of Rockies fans.” Similar altitudes, a state-of-the-art ball field and the fan bases for both the Rockies and the Isotopes were also considerations for coming to Albuquerque, the officials said.
  • Friday's prep football scores
    Alamogordo 46, Highland 8 Artesia 48, Valencia 31 Aztec 56, Kirtland Central 6 Belen 35, Farmington 20 Bloomfield 45, Socorro 6 Centennial 55, Del Norte 14 Chaparral 20, San Elizario, Texas 14 Clayton 35, Sunray, Texas 13 Cobre 20, EP Ysleta, Texas 12 EP El Dorado, Texas 50, Gadsden 12 EP Hanks, Texas 35, Santa Teresa 6 Escalante 57, Navajo Prep 34 Foothill 65, Carrizozo 54 Fort Sumner 51, Questa 8 Goddard 55, Los Lunas 0 Hagerman 12, Dexter 8 Hobbs 48, Roswell 0 Hondo 62, Floyd 12 Kayenta Monument Valley, Ariz. 42, Shiprock 0 Laguna-Acoma 30, West Las Vegas 13 Las Cruces 28, Volcano Vista 22 Logan 77, Dora 37 Mayfield 45, Carlsbad 8 Miyamura 24, Bayfield, Colo. 21 Mountainair 78, Alamo-Navajo 8 NMMI 39, Mesilla Valley Christian 0 Piedra Vista 14, Durango, Colo. 8 Pojoaque Valley 30, Española Valley 28 Rio Rancho 41, La Cueva 20 Ruidoso 35, Lovington 14 San Jon/Grady 50, NMSD 6 Santa Fe 43, Capital 6 Springer 28, Shiprock Northwest 8 Tatum 54, Menaul 0 Texico 49, Portales 32
  • Lobo baseball team unveils new schedule
    ALBUQUERQUE — According to University of New Mexico manager Ray Birmingham, the Lobos’ 2015 schedule leaves his team with “nowhere to breathe.” The 2015 baseball schedule was officially released Tuesday by UNM. The Lobos will face seven teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, including the No. 1 overall seed Oregon State Beavers, super regional participant Houston, and Texas Tech, which advanced all the way to the College World Series. Also on the docket are Arizona State, Kansas and Mountain West foes San Diego State and UNLV. “This is another hard schedule,” said Birmingham, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. “It’s really hard, especially for a team that is still very young in regards to position players.” UNM opens the season in the Surprise Tournament in Arizona. The Lobos will face Michigan State in their season-opener Feb. 13 before taking on Northwestern the next day. They close the tournament with games the next two days against the Beavers. The following weekend marks the opening of Mountain West play as the defending conference co-champion Lobos visit Air Force in what’s likely to be a chilly three games in Colorado Springs Feb. 20-22.
  • Neal gets big pay bump
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal has agreed to a new six-year, $5.7 million contract after leading the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, the school announced Monday. Neal, who took over after Steve Alford left for UCLA before last season, was already under contract through 2020, so the deal doesn't extend the length but is "essentially" a pay increase, New Mexico athletics spokesman Matt Ensor said. New Mexico had signed Neal to a contract extension in March. Neal led New Mexico to a 27-7 record last year and is the first coach to lead the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season. "This means a lot to me and our program," Neal said. "I've received tremendous support from our administration, university and fans in my first year as head coach. It all reaffirmed to me that the University of New Mexico is where I want to spend my career." Athletic director Paul Krebs said Craig has done an exemplary job in his short time as head coach.
  • Lobos fall short in opener vs. Miners
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Aaron Jones ran for a career-best 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead UTEP to a 31-24 victory over the University of New Mexico in Saturday’s season opener for both teams. Jones scored his final touchdown with 2:18 remaining to break a 24-all tie after Lobos’ punt returner Dameon Gamblin muffed a punt at the 6-yard line. The Miners built a 24-7 halftime lead behind two of Jones’ scores, including a 73-yarder. “It was fun,” said Jones, who was briefly recruited by New Mexico. “When you’re clicking on high cylinders, everything is fun. When you get the win, it’s fun.” And it’s especially fun to foil the Lobos, he said. “They called me and told me my senior year that they were going to do an in-home visit and they never showed up,” Jones said. “They called and told me when they were coming, my mom cooked and they never showed up. So I have to take it to them.” Although the Miners used a revamped offensive line, they were able to pile up the yardage in the first half when they compiled 227 rushing yards.