• UNM has plenty of question marks
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — There are no catchy mottos and no inspirational slogans to mark this season for the New Mexico Lobos. Bereft of three of the top players to have donned a New Mexico uniform, second-year coach Craig Neal is trying to mold a winner from what is largely a collection of newcomers and seldom-used holdovers. “When you’re going to play five new guys and you have nine new guys in your program, it’s a different deal,” Neal said. “Last year’s team, I took over a well-oiled machine that we were just trying to keep it going in the right direction.” It is quite a different deal this season as New Mexico tries to replace guard Kendall Williams, the program’s fifth-leading scorer, power forward Cameron Bairstow, who averaged 20.4 points and 7.4 rebounds and 7-foot post Alex Kirk, a redshirt junior who left school and signed with Cleveland. “We had a lot of veteran players back,” Neal said of his rookie coaching season. “We had some really, really good players. I had my whole coaching staff. This year’s team is like I went somewhere that was not very successful, like I went somewhere else. I had to get new players. I had to get a new (assistant) coach. I have a new strength coach.”
  • Friday's prep football scores
    Artesia 56, Roswell 6 Atrisco Heritage 65, Rio Grande 14 Aztec 49, Piedra Vista 14 Belen 49, Los Lunas 7 Bloomfield 55, Thoreau 0 Carlsbad 25, Hobbs 14 Chaparral 24, Santa Teresa 19 Clayton 57, Raton 0 Cleveland 38, Volcano Vista 0 Clovis 35, Alamogordo 0 Cobre 48, Socorro 6 Del Norte 41, Capital 7 Dexter 19, Texico 18 Escalante 52, Questa 14 Estancia 74, Dulce 0 Floyd 51, San Jon/Grady 0 Foothill 44, Menaul 34 Gateway Christian 22, Tatum 14 Goddard 50, Lovington 0 Grants 13, Albuquerque Academy 12 Hagerman 58, Fort Sumner 35 Hondo 68, Animas 18 Jemez Valley 39, Ramah 20 Kirtland Central 60, Wingate 0 La Cueva 28, Sandia 17 Laguna-Acoma 64, Cuba 0 Lake Arthur 74, Roy/Wagon Mound 0 Logan 60, Mescalero Apache 0 Lordsburg 39, Capitan 13 Magdalena 71, Cloudcroft 0 Mayfield 51, Deming 0 Melrose 66, Dora 14 Miyamura 38, Gallup 0 Navajo Prep 50, Tohatchi 0 Oñate 45, Gadsden 20 Pojoaque 21, West Las Vegas 19 Rio Rancho 51, Cibola 16 Ruidoso 35, Portales 0 Santa Fe Indian 28, Crownpoint 22 Shiprock def. Zuni, forfeit
  • Friday's prep scores
    Aztec 35, Farmington 28 Belen 34, Valencia 13 Bloomfield 52, Shiprock 0 Capital 54, Bernalillo 0 Centennial 41, Chaparral 6 Cleveland 49, Santa Fe 0 Del Norte 39, Española Valley 12 Eldorado 29, Sandia 21 Escalante 74, Navajo Pine 6 Eunice 44, Roswell JV 12 Foothill 47, Mountainair 26 Hot Springs 49, Santa Fe Indian 0 Kirtland Central 48, Thoreau 0 Las Cruces 48, Gadsden 6 Los Lunas 37, Santa Teresa 13 Magdalena 67, Alamo-Navajo 0 Melrose 38, Gateway Christian 12 Miyamura 21, Piedra Vista 14 Oñate 49, Deming 14 Rio Rancho 42, Volcano Vista 0 Robertson 53, Pojoaque 0 Silver 55, Socorro 0 St. Michael's 27, NMMI 7 Tularosa 21, Estancia 14 West Las Vegas 20, Taos 14  
  • Lobos need to stop Falcons' option attack
    In the option, the system is what you have to beat. You stop the dive, limit the quarterback keeper, shut down the pitch. Still, there are individuals that shine in this system. The Air Force Falcons have two of them. The University of New Mexico Lobo football team needs to contain Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson. Pearson missed most of the 2013 season and is nursing an injured shoulder this season. He is still a weapon. He orchestrates the Falcons’ option and he usually does it at a high level. When he does pull the right triggers at the right time, the Falcons usually win. Pearson has 360 yards on the ground. . “You look at their offense, it's slightly different than last year, particularly because the quarterback is back that was injured in the first game last year,” said Lobos Coach Bob Davie. “He’s a heck of a competitor. He’s fun to watch. Their offense is the same style, but the quarterback is a heck of a player.” The big back in the Falcons’ option is Jacobi Owens, who has 697 yards on the season and a 5.3-yard average per carry. Owens averages 112.7 yards per game.
  • Lobos are picked to finish 3rd
    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team may have something to prove this year according to the media covering Mountain West hoops. The Lobos finished third in the preseason media poll, which was released Tuesday. The Lobos earned 270 points in the poll of 35 media members, which placed them just behind poll runner-up Boise State. Taking the top spot in the poll was San Diego State by a very comfortable margin. San Diego State’s Aztecs, who won the 2013-14 MW regular season crown, earned 383 points and grabbed all but one of the first-place votes cast — Boise State got the other top vote. Boise State’s Broncos just nipped UNM for the second spot, picking up 275 total points, but UNM just edged out UNLV for the No. 3 spot by a single point. Last March, the Lobos, led by their big three of Alex Kirk, Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow, won their third consecutive MW tournament title. All three, of those players, however, signed professional contracts during the offseason — Bairstow and Kirk in the NBA, Williams in Europe — and only two starters are returning from that team that went 27-7 overall and 15-3 in conference play. The top returning scorer for UNM this season is sophomore Cullen Neal.
  • 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.