• Neal gets big pay bump
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal has agreed to a new six-year, $5.7 million contract after leading the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, the school announced Monday. Neal, who took over after Steve Alford left for UCLA before last season, was already under contract through 2020, so the deal doesn't extend the length but is "essentially" a pay increase, New Mexico athletics spokesman Matt Ensor said. New Mexico had signed Neal to a contract extension in March. Neal led New Mexico to a 27-7 record last year and is the first coach to lead the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season. "This means a lot to me and our program," Neal said. "I've received tremendous support from our administration, university and fans in my first year as head coach. It all reaffirmed to me that the University of New Mexico is where I want to spend my career." Athletic director Paul Krebs said Craig has done an exemplary job in his short time as head coach.
  • Lobos fall short in opener vs. Miners
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Aaron Jones ran for a career-best 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead UTEP to a 31-24 victory over the University of New Mexico in Saturday’s season opener for both teams. Jones scored his final touchdown with 2:18 remaining to break a 24-all tie after Lobos’ punt returner Dameon Gamblin muffed a punt at the 6-yard line. The Miners built a 24-7 halftime lead behind two of Jones’ scores, including a 73-yarder. “It was fun,” said Jones, who was briefly recruited by New Mexico. “When you’re clicking on high cylinders, everything is fun. When you get the win, it’s fun.” And it’s especially fun to foil the Lobos, he said. “They called me and told me my senior year that they were going to do an in-home visit and they never showed up,” Jones said. “They called and told me when they were coming, my mom cooked and they never showed up. So I have to take it to them.” Although the Miners used a revamped offensive line, they were able to pile up the yardage in the first half when they compiled 227 rushing yards.
  • Friday's prep football scores
    Alamogordo 39, Valencia 0 Artesia 40, Belen 14 Aztec 20, Bloomfield 0 Bayfield, Colo. 48, Kirtland Central 6 Bernalillo 49, Taos 24 Capital 25, Socorro 13 Carrizozo 60, Ramah 6 Centennial 42, Onate 10 Cibola 44, Albuquerque High 20 Clayton 51, West Las Vegas 6 Cloudcroft 46, Springer 0 Deming 44, EP Cathedral, Texas 7 Dexter 25, Hatch Valley 20 Dulce 27, Navajo Pine 6 Eldorado 14, Rio Grande 0 EP Americas, Texas 35, Carlsbad 19 EP Del Valle, Texas 41, Gadsden 7 EP Riverside, Texas 28, Chaparral 14 Escalante 34, Tucumcari 28 Espanola Valley 54, McCurdy 6 Gateway Christian 60, Menaul 6 Hagerman 28, Capitan 6 Hondo 68, Roy/Wagon Mound 13 Hot Springs 20, Tularosa 13 La Junta, Colo. 52, Raton 0 Lordsburg 53, Willcox, Ariz. 7 Melrose 50, Mescalero Apache 0 Moriarty 37, Miyamura 27 Pojoaque 18, Los Alamos 6 Questa 30, Zuni 8 Rio Rancho 49, Valley 0 Robertson 14, Portales 7 Ruidoso 21, Roswell 20 San Juan Blanding, Utah 35, Piedra Vista 8 Santa Rosa 25, Texico 12 Santa Teresa 22, San Elizario, Texas 6 Seagraves, Texas 53, Jal 0 Thoreau 52, Tohatchi 0  
  • Aggies open their season with 28-10 win
    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie football team began the 2014 season with a solid win, defeating the Cal-Poly Mustangs, 28-10, in its home opener Thursday night in front of 13,772 fans inside Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies gained 315 total yards in the contest. Freshman Larry Rose III led the way for NMSU, finishing with 150 yards on the ground on 30 carries in his Aggie debut. Rose III scored twice, once on the ground and another on a touchdown catch in the second half to seal the victory. It was a solid start for the Aggie offense Thursday. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rogers went 18-for-27 for 118 yards, two touchdown throws and one interception.  As good as the offense was, perhaps more dominating was the young NMSU defense, especially in the second half.  The Aggies shutout the Mustangs in the third and fourth quarters and allowed only 27 yards after halftime. The Mustangs rolled up 236 yards rushing in the first half, but were limited to 23 in the second half. NMSU freshman linebacker Derek Ibekwe led the defense with a total of 14 tackles and half a sack in the game. Fellow linebacker Rodney Butler also had double-digits tackles and also had a sack. NMSU (1-0) won just two contests in all of 2013. 
  • 'Topes continue their struggles
    The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their limp to the finish of the 2014 season Monday with a loss in the second game of their series against Oklahoma City. The Isotopes were shut out against Oklahoma City’s RedHawks 3-0. A quartet of RedHawks pitchers combined to hold the Isotopes to six hits for the game. Albuquerque’s Matt Magill (7-6) and Bruce Billings, the only two pitchers to make appearances for the team Monday, also allowed just six combined hits. But Oklahoma City scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a walk to force in a run and a sacrifice fly. Magill allowed just one earned run in 5-2/3 innings. With Monday’s loss, the Isotopes (59-77) have dropped three straight contests and four of their last five. For the month of August, they are 6-18. The Isotopes will play their final two road games of the season today and Wednesday. Thursday, Albuquerque will return home for the final three games of its season. It will face the Las Vegas 51s Thursday, Friday and Sunday to close out the year. The 51s have already already clinched the Pacific Southern division’s championship and will advance to the 2014 PCL playoffs. Pederson joins exclusive club
  • Lobo soccer issues hazing apology
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — University of New Mexico women’s soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for alcohol intoxication. The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity. Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women’s soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode. Athletic director Paul Krebs said assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo also will receive letters of reprimand. School officials say last week’s hazing involved seven true freshmen and two were taken to the hospital.
  • Davie thinks Lobos will improve
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bob Davie sees an opportunity entering his third season at New Mexico. "We're in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program," Davie said. "I really believe that. We know what the first year was. We know what the second year was. This is the third year and we have a chance to gain some momentum that will continue to multiply over the years." In the three years before Davie arrived, the Lobos had won a total of three games. New Mexico has won seven games since. Davie said the past doesn't loom over the program anymore. "I am really excited with where we are," Davie said. "And that's what's fun about this. We've got some talent. We've got some talent." Five things to watch as the Lobos continue to look ahead: THE OFFENSE IS THE THING: The Lobos had few problems moving the ball last season behind their spread/option offense that put a premium on quarterback Cole Gautsche's decision-making ability. In the high-scoring Mountain West, however, teams tended to surge up and down the field nearly at will. "Teams are going to move the ball in this league," Davie said. "I think we are very progressive on offense. I think we are ahead of the curve on offense."
  • Sports Briefs 08-22-14
    Sky Sox take walk-off win The Albuquerque Isotopes led after 8-1/2 innings Thursday night at Colorado Springs, but couldn’t hold onto the lead. Tim Wheeler came through with a RBI single for Colorado Springs’ Sky Sox as they escaped with a 9-8 walk-off win in the second game of their four-game series with the Isotopes. Half an inning earlier, the Isotopes rallied for three runs to take an 8-7 advantage, but Albuquerque reliever Robert Carson (2-5, 7.28 ERA) couldn’t hold the edge in the bottom of the ninth. In the top of the ninth, Joc Pederson hit his 31st home run of the year. That was followed up two batters later by Brock Peterson’s two-run homer after a Clint Robinson single. Albuquerque and Colorado Springs play their series through Saturday. Following this series, the Isotopes will be at Oklahoma City for four games before ending their 2014 season with three games against the Las Vegas 51s starting Aug. 28. The Isotopes are now 58-74 on the season. Las Vegas (74-60) has already locked up the PCL Pacific Southern division title. Lobos picked to sweep the MW
  • Fishing Report 08-22-14
  • Boston to step down from NMSU
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — New Mexico State has announced Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year. The school said in a statement Wednesday that Boston’s contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be named. The move came after NMSU President Garrey Carruthers finished a performance review of Boston, but declined to comment on the review. Boston has been the school’s athletic director since 2004. Under his tenure, New Mexico State joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. But the football program was left without a conference last season after the Western Athletic Conference opted to no longer sponsor the sport. The Aggies played independent schedule in 2013 but will compete as football-only members of the Sun Belt Conference this season.