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Today's Sports

  • Football: Steelers all business...

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — No one needs to explain this math to the Pittsburgh Steelers: It's easier to get to the Super Bowl by winning two games rather than three.

    On a short week with no real practice following a tough loss, the Steelers were determined not to get distracted and lose to the poor-record Carolina Panthers. Do that, and they might be adding an extra work week to their playoff schedule.

  • Boys basketball: LA drops Taos...

    JACONA – It’s official. The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team is on a winning streak.
    The Hilltoppers dropped the Taos Tigers in the fifth-place game of the Ben Lujan Invitational Wednesday, earning their second win in a row. The Hilltoppers again struggled in the third quarter Wednesday, but came back in the final quarter, again making good on their free throws late to win.
    Los Alamos converted 12 of 15 chances from the stripe in the fourth quarter to pick up a 48-39 victory and the win in the tournament’s consolation bracket.

  • Football: Uh oh! Boise State...

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boise State will have to live forever with the big one that got away. Finishing the season looking like one of the best teams in the nation will at least help ease some of the short-term pain of what might have been.

    Flat at first in a game they didn't seem to want to be in, the 10th-ranked Broncos were dominant the rest of the way Wednesday night in dismantling No. 20 Utah 26-3.

  • Boys basketball: LA picks up...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team picked up a victory Wednesday afternoon over the Taos Tigers to take fifth place at the Ben Lujan Invitational.

    Los Alamos, which led most of the way Wednesday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, found itself trailing 28-27 after three quarters, but outscored Taos 21-11 in the final period to pick up a 48-39 victory.

    Following an opening-round loss to the host Pojoaque Elks, the Hilltoppers (3-8) bounced back to pick up wins Tuesday over Penasco and Wednesday against Taos, a former district rival.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers hold on...

    JACONA — While Tuesday’s game may have gotten a little more interesting in the second half than the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team might have liked, it held on for a badly-needed victory.
    Los Alamos, playing in the consolation round of the Ben Lujan Invitational Tuesday, looked like it had its contest against Peñasco well in-hand after about 2-1/2 quarters, but the Panthers, led by scrappy shooting guard Gerrick Romero, clawed their way back into the contest.

  • Hockey: LA, OutKast play to...

    Following a scoreless tie between it and the Albuquerque OutKast Friday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team slipped into second place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.
    Los Alamos (9-1-1) holds the edge in points over the Taos Ice Tigers (9-1), but is one-half game back after the Tigers topped the Santa Fe Blue Jackets and routed the Rio Rancho Rams this weekend.
    The NMIIHL goes on its winter break. Regular play resumes Jan. 14 for some teams.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers fall in...

    JACONA – What started out appearing to be its best quarter of the night turned into a struggle for the upset-minded Los Alamos Hilltoppers Monday night.
    In the first round of the Ben Lujan Invitational, the Hilltoppers erased a 3-point deficit at the half against the Pojoaque Elks and went on to grab a 25-23 lead. But the Hilltoppers were held scoreless in the final 4:07 of the third quarter as the Elks took full control of the ballgame.

  • Football: Favre knocked out,...

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Only Brett Favre could get hurt in a game he was supposedly too beat up to play in.

    After Minnesota's battered quarterback walked off the snow-coated field with what he later called a concussion, Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears took back the division title Favre is so used to winning.

    Cutler's three touchdown passes and record-setting Devin Hester's dashing kick returns helped the Bears fly past the Vikings 40-14 on a frosty, hard-hitting Monday night to clinch the NFC North.

  • Swimming: Results from Rio...

    Here are the results from Saturday’s Rio Grande Winter Break Mini Invitational. Competitors are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

     

    Girls

     

    Team scores

    1. La Cueva, 178; 2. Los Alamos, 117; 3. Rio Rancho, 76; 4. Las Cruces, 69; 5. Albuquerque, 67; 6. Manzano, 27; 7. Rio Grande, 18.

     

    200 medley relay

  • Kirk learning the ins and outs...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Even compared to the typically busy life of a college student, Alex Kirk stays hopping.
    Kirk, the former Los Alamos High School boys basketball standout, made a big impression on the coaching staff of the University of New Mexico and found himself in the starting five for the Lobos to start the season as a true freshman.