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Today's Sports

  • Football: Steelers hold on for...

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The ball headed straight for Jordan Shipley. So did James Harrison.

    Care to guess which one won?

    The often-fined Harrison lowered his shoulder and helped knock the ball loose from Shipley near the 5-yard line on Cincinnati's final play, preserving a 27-21 victory over the Bengals on Monday night that left the AFC North with an old, familiar look.

  • 1-win Dallas Cowboys fire coach

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Jerry Jones never wanted to change coaches this season. As the blowout losses mounted, and Wade Phillips' defense was mostly to blame, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys had no choice.

    Jones fired Phillips on Monday and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to take his place on an interim basis. Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni was promoted to replace Phillips' other role as defensive coordinator.

  • Meet NM’s first-ever “first...

    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.

  • Girls soccer: LA advances to 4A...

    ALBUQUERQUE — An improbable run through the state Class AAAA playoffs came to an end for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team, exactly the way it had for each of the previous two seasons.
    Los Alamos, the No. 6 seed in the AAAA postseason, upended a pair of tough opponents in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the playoffs, but couldn’t overcome the final, biggest hurdle, falling to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Saturday morning.

  • Boys cross country: Toppers...

    RIO RANCHO — To take down the giant, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team did just about everything it needed to do.
    Unfortunately for Los Alamos, however, the giant didn’t cooperate.
    Los Alamos put together a strong effort at the Class AAAA state championship race Saturday morning, taking three of the top 13 individual slots. But the Albuquerque Academy Chargers did what they do best, dominate the front part of the race and hold on until the end.

  • Cross country: LA girls team...

    RIO RANCHO — There’s a new undisputed champion of girls cross country.
    With a big victory Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team earned its 15th state title in school history, surpassing Gallup High School to earn its spot in New Mexico history.
    Los Alamos took home its record 15th blue trophy with solid victory over its arch-rival, Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos finished with 42 team points, less than half the total of Academy’s Chargers, the only other team in AAAA to finish with less than a triple-digit score.

  • Soccer: Topper boys upend Eagles...

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s been a long time coming. Twenty-four years to be exact.
    But Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex, the 2010 version of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team pulled off what so many other teams before it had tried to do and not succeeded.
    The Hilltoppers hoisted the championship trophy.

  • 'TOPPER TEAMS WIN 2 STATE...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper sports program got a huge boost Saturday as the girls cross country team came away with their 15th AAAA state championship. To read the story, click here.

    Meanwhile, the boys soccer team won their first AAAA state championship trophy since 1986. Click here for the story, or pick up a copy of the Sunday Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Jockeys Borel, Castellano fight...

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jockey fights in horse racing are as much a part of the sport as whips, saddles and the $2 bet.

    Most times, the dustups take place behind closed doors, not in the winner's circle.

    And certainly not on national television following a Breeders' Cup race.

  • LA boys once again upset-minded...

    Whatever pressure there may be heading into the Class AAAA boys cross country meet appears not to be on the Los Alamos Hilltoppers. At least not any external pressure.
    Heading into the Class AAAA championship race, which is scheduled for Saturday at Rio Rancho High School, Los Alamos knows that it’s not expected to win but has enough confidence to pull off what could be another monumental upset.