• Football: Locksely, UNM strike new deal
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley has signed a new contract that would save the university thousands of dollars if the Lobo athletic department decide to sever their ties early with the coach. Locksley has been head coach at New Mexico since 2008. His teams have won two games and lost 22 in his first two years. New Mexico recently renegotiated his contract. The new agreement would pay Locksley $450,000 if he’s fired after the 2011 season. Under the previous contract, the university would have owed Locksley more than $1 million, or $365,000 for each year remaining on the contract if he was fired prior to 2014.
  • Men's basketball: Aggies knocked out in WAC semifinals
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — La’Shard Anderson and Ryan Watkins scored 16 points each, and Boise State dominated the second half to rout New Mexico State 81-63 Friday night and reach the Western Athletic Conference championship game. Second-seeded Boise State (20-11) used its defense to create scoring opportunities in the first half, then hit a slew of 3-pointers in succession in the second to run away from the defending tournament champions.
  • Men's basketball: BYU’s Fredette toasts Lobos’ defense
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmer Fredette didn’t need to pile on points from the foul line to score a career-high 52 in the Mountain West Conference semifinals Friday night. He took just one free throw while firing up 37 shots from all over the floor in leading No. 8 BYU to an 87-76 win over nemesis New Mexico. “That’s the way they called it,” Fredette said. “I was just fortunate enough to be making shots.”
  • Basketball: Sundevils come back to win title game
    It was a long time coming, but now the valley now has its biggest reason to cheer. The Española Valley Sundevils topped the Goddard Rockets Saturday to win their first ever boys basketball title. Rodney Coles scored eight points in the final 2:43 of the fourth quarter to lift the Sundevils over the Rockets 55-52 to claim the Class 4A title.
  • Basketball: State tournament scores
    Girls basketball Class B Grady 51, Mosquero-Roy 47 Class 2A Texico 53, Dulce 38 Class 3A Santa Fe Indian School 36, Hope Christian 20 Shiprock 35, Portales 33 Class 4A Gallup 50, Roswell 44 Class 5A Cibola 44, La Cueva 34 Boys basketball Class B San Jon 56, Reserve 54  
  • Basketball: Sundevils remain alive after nipping Jags in quarterfinal
    The Española Valley Sundevils squeaked past the Capital Jaguars in a battle of District 2AAAA teams to advance to the boys basketball state semifinals Wednesday. The Sundevils, who won the district regular season title but were upset by the Jaguars in the 2AAAA tournament championship game, earned a 49-47 victory over the Jaguars in The Pit. Española Valley will advance to play St. Pius X at 6:30 p.m. for the right to advance to its second-straight Class 4A title game.
  • Boys basketball: Updated state scores
    Boys basketball   Quarterfinals   Class 5A Clovis 79, Valley 46   Class 4A Piedra Vista 63, Roswell 52   Class 3A Sandia Prep 52, Portales 41   Class 2A Mesilla Valley Christian 66, Bosque School 65, 2OT   Class B Reserve 64, Valley Christian 45 Wagon Mound 75, Elida 57
  • Men's basketball: Fredette is MWC Player of Year
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — BYU’s Jimmer Fredette is the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, while teammate Jackson Emery has been named the league’s top defensive player. San Diego State’s Steve Fisher and BYU’s Dave Rose share Coach of the Year honors. The conference announced the awards Monday. New Mexico’s Drew Gordon is the Newcomer of the Year, New Mexico’s Kendall Williams is the Freshman of the Year and Colorado State’s Pierce Hornung received the Sixth Man of the Year honor.
  • Men's basketball: Utah St. might be the team to beat in upcoming WAC tourney
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Utah State steamrolled the rest of the Western Athletic Conference with one of the best seasons in school history, winning the regular-season title by five games. Now that it’s conference tournament time, another Aggies romp is coming up, right? Possibly. It’s just that Utah State isn’t looking at it that way. With an NCAA berth not quite a sure thing and so many close games during the season, the 23rd-ranked Aggies aren’t going to take any gambles on their trip to The Strip.
  • Basketball: State quarterfinal results
    Tuesday Girls basketball   Class 5A Cibola 54, Eldorado 48 Hobbs 61, Clovis 55 La Cueva 50, Cleveland 37 Mayfield 52, Carlsbad 47   Class 4A Gallup 47, Piedra Vista 38 Grants 38, Espanola Valley 37 Kirtland Central 47, Valencia 29 Roswell 63, Artesia 30   Class 3A Hope Christian 53, Lovington 51 Portales 45, Ruidoso 23 Santa Fe Indian 71, West Las Vegas 45