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Today's Sports

  • UNM sweeps its rivalry series

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team pulled off a sweep of its in-state rival, New Mexico State University, with a 2-point win Saturday.
    The Lobos led by 10 points at the break and held on despite a second half comeback attempt to win 69-67 at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.
    The Lobos won the first contest handily between the two, that coming Dec. 3 in Albuquerque.
    Deshawn Delaney again led the Lobos with 17 points and Obij Aget put in 12 for the Lobos, who won their fifth straight contest, a streak that started with the win over NMSU earlier this month.
    NMSU, which is without three starters, including star point guard Daniel Mullings, slipped to 4-8 with the loss. It did bounce back for a win Monday, but that came against Northern New Mexico, which plays in the NAIA.
    The Lobos (8-3) will play Grand Canyon tonight in Phoenix.

  • LA outscored by 10 at home Friday

    Things are starting to improve for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team, but there is still plenty that needs to be corrected.
    Los Alamos had some chances on the offensive end Friday night, hosting the Class 6A Rio Grande Ravens, but the team couldn’t get many makeable shots to drop.
    Except for a few defensive breakdowns, most of them occurring near the basket, Los Alamos contained Rio Grande’s offense and gave itself some chances on the other end. But Los Alamos missed out on converting too many of those chances and the Ravens held on for a 52-42 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers, who appeared to get a shot of momentum off their first win of the year the previous weekend over East Mountain, got the ball inside near the hoop, taking advantage of its speed at the top of the key.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers misfired too often from 8 feet and in, many of those shots missing off the front of the iron.
    “We couldn’t finish,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “We missed a lot of pretty easy shots. We had some problems executing our offense and we had some problems with turnovers.”
    Los Alamos lost the ball 25 times in the game, 14 of those coming in the first half.

  • Friday's basketball scores

    Boys basketball

    Alamogordo 60, Deming 55
    Albuquerque High 55, Eldorado 39
    Artesia 79, Ruidoso 42
    Atrisco Heritage 69, La Cueva 64
    Carlsbad 54, Las Cruces 50
    Cleveland 74, Valley 47
    Clovis 71, Portales 63
    Del Norte 63, Valencia 59
    Española Valley 74, Robertson 57
    Gallup 75, Piedra Vista 50
    Goddard 70, Chaparral 37
    Hobbs 77, Lovington 63
    Santa Fe 60, St. Michael’s 58
    West Mesa 53, Manzano 36
    Wingate 73, Crownpoint 55
    Farmington 90, Navajo Pine 31

    Ben Lujan Invite

    Santa Fe Indian 59, Monte del Sol 55
    Socorro 65, Tularosa 61
    Laguna-Acoma 56, Silver 51
    Pojoaque 51, Mora 45

    Girls basketball

  • FIFA will stick with Cup bids

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won’t be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.
    The decision by the FIFA executive committee to publish ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report, with witnesses’ names taken out, is aimed at lifting the cloud of suspicion that has dogged the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar and the December 2010 vote that sent the World Cup to those countries for the first time.
    Blatter said only if major new evidence of bidding irregularity comes to light could those votes be reconsidered.
    “There is no reason to say that our decisions were wrong. So we will go on sticking to our decisions,” Blatter said, speaking through a translator. “There must be huge upheaval, new elements must come to the fore, in order to change this.”
    The 78-year-old Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term as president, said the decisions by FIFA’s executive committee will allow the governing body to move on from the controversy.

  • New Mexico Bowl outlook

    Utah State (9-4, 6-2 Mountain West) vs. UTEP (7-5, 5-3 C-USA), 2:20 p.m. ET, (ESPN)

    Line: Utah State by 10

    Series Record: Utah State, 2-0

    WHAT'S AT STAKE

    Utah State is a win away from notching its third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history. The Aggies are 3-5 in bowl games and have made the postseason for four straight years. The Miners are seeking their first bowl game victory since 1967 and are coming off their first winning season since 2005.

    KEY MATCHUP

    UTEP's rushing offense versus Utah State's rushing defense. The Miners have 2,552 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns on the ground this season and have rushed for an average of 212.7 yards per game. Utah State ranks 26th in the nation in rushing defense. The Aggies also have forced 29 turnovers in their last 12 games.

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Utah State: Brothers Zach and Nick Vigil, both linebackers, have combined for 181 tackles. Senior Zach Vigil is tied at 12th nationally in tackles for loss with 11.2 per game. Sophomore Nick Vigil is tied for fifth nationally in forced fumbles with .42 per game.

  • Fishing Report 12-19-14

    Northwest

  • Keeping Control

    Hilltopper Chris Romero works from off the top of his bout last week at Capital. Los Alamos’ wrestling team will be back in action Saturday when it heads to a tournament hosted by Piedra Vista. Piedra Vista is a top program in Class 5A.

  • 'Topper girls finish fourth...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team finished fourth in the first rankings of Class 5A teams for the 2014-15 season Thursday.
    Los Alamos, which is 7-1 heading into a game Saturday with the Artesia Bulldogs, is grouped with some quality company in the first rankings. Those top four teams have a combined three losses between them.
    The Hilltoppers lost their first game of the year Dec. 11 when they fell to the Los Lunas Tigers, which, heading into today actually haven’t played enough games on the year to qualify for a ranking, according to the website.
    Los Alamos actually picked up two wins on the heels of that loss in the second and third rounds of the Joe Armijo Invitational last weekend.
    The Gallup Bengals, who are a perfect 8-0, had the No. 1 ranking in the first poll of the season. Their bets win of the year, however, may have come in the first game of the season when they downed Shiprock 80-66 Nov. 22.
    Nevertheless, Gallup is the only girls team in the state that is currently undefeated.
    Following Gallup is Española Valley, ranked No. 2. The Sundevils are 7-1 so far and defeated the third-ranked Valencia Jaguars earlier this week, handing the Jaguars their only loss of the season.

  • Thoma invited to combine

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout soccer player Andy Thoma has been invited to participate in the 2015 Major League Soccer combine.
    The MLS, the top professional soccer league in the country, will hold its combine Jan. 9-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The country’s top collegiate soccer talent will have the opportunity to make an impression in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs ahead of the 2015 SuperDraft, which is held for top college talent in the country.
    Thoma was the Class 4A Player of the Year in 2010 following the Hilltoppers’ state championship, their first since the mid-1980s.
    Following his career at Los Alamos, he played at the collegiate level, eventually transferring to the University of Washington, where he earned several honors from the Pac-12 conference, playing both at the wing and in the defensive third.
    He was named a second team All-Pac 12 performer and third-team All-American following the 2014 season.
    The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.
    The MLS played its first season in 1996. The league will start its regular season in March.

  • YMCA hosts junior wrestling

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its junior wrestling program starting Jan. 5.
    The program is for boys and girls in grades 1-6, although those in grade 7 and 8 with no previous wrestling experience are also welcomed.
    Price for participation is $60 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers. For information, call 662-3100.