• Football: New Mexico Bowl partnering with Pac-12
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The expanded Pac-12 has agreed to send a team to the New Mexico Bowl in 2012 and 2013, pending approval by the NCAA's licensing committee, to play a Mountain West opponent. Officials made the announcement Wednesday. The bowl's executive director, Jeff Siembieda, calls it a great opportunity for football fans in New Mexico. The Pac-10 is expanding its membership next season from 10 schools to 12, picking up Colorado and Utah.
  • Meet NM’s first-ever “first gentleman”
    Chuck Franco will soon be a household name in New Mexico. As the husband of Gov.-elect Susana Martinez, he will become the state’s first-ever “first gentleman” when she takes office in January. He’s been there every step of the way, from the long car rides between rallies to the huddles with his wife’s campaign managers, to the debates and the news conferences. If Martinez is around, that stocky southern New Mexico lawman with the big black cowboy hat is likely not far behind.
  • Men's basketball: NMSU is 2nd in WAC poll
    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the preseason WAC coaches and media polls. The NMSU Aggies are the defending 2010 WAC Tournament Champions. Senior forward Wendell McKines and junior forward Troy Gillenwater were preseason first team All-WAC selections on both the coaches and media ballots. The Aggies were the only program to have two players on the first team.
  • Men's basketball: UNM picked third in MWC poll
    DENVER — The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team has been selected third in the preseason media poll released by the league earlier this week. Along with the poll, the conference released its preseason all-conference teams and honorees. Lobos Dairese Gary was named to the preseason all-conference team, along with Drew Gordon, who picked up Newcomer of the Year honors.  The Lobos garnered three first-place votes and 214 votes from a panel of 30 media members.
  • Cross country: JV teams finish with perfect scores at Saturday’s invite
    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls junior varsity teams earned perfect scores at Saturday’s Santa Fe Indian School Invitational. Los Alamos’ girls JV team swept the top 10 team running slots at the race, which was held on the campus of SFIS. Anna Wermer was the big winner, posting a time of 21:20, topping teammate Mikayla Pulliam, the race’s runner-up, who finished in a time of 21:47. Right behind Wermer and Pulliam were Miranda Barraza, Allie Parker and Shannon Doyle to complete the sweep of the top five places.
  • NMAA: Board votes for playoff changes
    The New Mexico Activities Association announced several rules changes following its Board of Directors meeting Wednesday in Albuquerque. The NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic prep sports in the state, made changes to several different sports. It did, however, table one of the biggest changes that had been proposed, allowing spring football practice.
  • Football/volleyball: LA girls climb one spot in poll
    Here are this week’s Class AAAA football and volleyball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Football, Class 4A     Team        Total pts.      Pvs. 1. Goddard (10)    162    1 2. Belen (5)        149    2 3. Aztec (1)        141    3
  • Football: Boise State's Venable out for half a game vs. NMSU
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Third-ranked Boise State will be without starting linebacker/safety Winston Venable for the first half of this weekend's game against New Mexico State. Venable was suspended Wednesday for half a game by Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson for a "flagrant foul" against Oregon State's James Rodgers in the Broncos' 37-24 win last Saturday.
  • Football: Walker delegating defensive responsibilities
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker is delegating the responsibility of calling defensive plays to linebackers coach Dale Lindsey. Walker said Tuesday the move will allow him to focus more on the team as a whole. He also says it offers the best chance to build the program because he can better manage all aspects of offense, defense, special teams and recruiting.
  • Kansas cruises past New Mexico State 42-16
    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — D.J. Beshears was a defensive back last season as a Kansas freshman, but he played multiple roles on offense Saturday night. Beshears was a running back, wide receiver and kick returner as he scored three touchdowns, including a 96-yard kickoff return, in the first half to propel Kansas to a 42-16 victory over the New Mexico State. "I guess we've going to have to give him slash, slash," said Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb.