The current cleanup of Cathedral Park is long overdue. It has been a disgrace, packed with aimless young people who — in their own words — want to hang with their homies, even if that includes public drinking, pot smoking and selling drugs.
Gov. Susana Martinez skips a lot of New Mexico events/needs unless it is a photo op with an elderly woman in a care center. That looks good. She manages to travel on taxpayer dollars with no problem and assures dogs can be brought into patios at restaurants — that was a big one.
Pick-up basketball can be fun. It can also be brutal when
tempers flares, elbows swing and fists fly. Now add two Division-I
athletes to the mix.
That's what happened a few weeks ago at Texas Tech when
football player Nigel Bethel II and women's basketball player
Amber Battle squared off in a rec center incident that initially
kicked Bethel off the Red Raiders football team.
That was because initial reports stated only that Bethel punched
Battle, who is an Albuquerque Cibola graduate and a senior at Texas
Tech, during a pick-up game and fractured a bone in her face.What
came out in a story on Wednesday was that Battle threw the
first punch. Bethel's attorney, Tray Payne, said a grand jury
dropped assault charge, finding no evidence to substantiate it.
Holly Holm, an Albuquerque Manzano graduate and former World
Boxing Federation champion, has signed a five-fight deal with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Holm is a perfect 7-0 in mixed martial arts bouts, with six of
those wins coming by way of knockout. Holm will compete in the
UFC's bantamweight division, but it is not yet known when her
first fight will be.
Many expect Holm is a contender to dethrone current bantamweight
champion Ronda Rousey, who is also undefeated.
It's a no-brainer that social media has changed the way
recruiting happens in college athletics, but it has had some side
effects. Twitter seems to have taken college coaches on a
roller-coaster ride when it comes to trying to land the top
recruits in the country.
Rivals.com has an interesting story about how social media can
generate false interest just through particular tweet or the sheer
volume toward one program over another.
It shows how reflexive coaches can be when they think they see a
rival school getting a step ahead of them for talent. Or,
sometimes other programs cool their interest on a recruit
because of the perception of what's happening on Twitter.
That apparently did happen. In 2007 and 2008, no less. As if
this crazy saga between Alex Rodriguez and MLB couldn't get any
weirder, add this to the crazy pot and stir.
According to an excerpt that will run in next week's
Sports Illustrated, Rodriguez was allowed a theraputic-use
exemption by the league as a means to deal with his low levels of
natural testosterone. So, he was allowed to use synthetic
testosterone in 2007 and clomid (a drug used women trying to get
pregnant and for men to boost testosterone levels) in 2008.
According to Yahoo! Sports writer Marc J. Spears, the
Chicago Bulls -- who drafted former University of New Mexico Lobo
Cameron Bairstow with the 49th pick in Thursday night's NBA
Draft -- were one of his draft winners.
But it wasn't for drafting the former Lobo and Australia
transplant. The Bulls traded away the 16th and 19th picks to Denver
for Doug McDermott, who the Nuggets took with the 11th pick.
Chicago also cleared enough salary cap space to possibly land
free agent Carmelo Anthony.
If you were one of the 1.5 million people viewing the World Cup
soccer match between the United States and Germany, you probably
were one of millions to encounter some glitches with ESPN's
streaming. According to recode.net, about 1.4 million concurrent
viewers were on ESPN's online stream in the first half, which
caused it to stop at times.
That number grew to 1.7 million concurrent viewers by the second
half of Germany's 1-0 win.
Sharahya Moreu, a 15-year-old amatuer boxer and student at
Albuquerque Highland, will be competing in the USA Boxing Junior
Olympic National Championships in Charleston, W. Va starting on
Thursday. She is one of seven New Mexico boxers competing in the
Moreu also runs cross country and plays basketball for Highland.
Although she wants to be a professional boxer, she also wants to
continue her education to have something to fall back on.
After a 90-year relationship, the Chicago Cubs have decided
it's time for a new suitor. It is expected that radio station
WGN-AM (720 on the dial) will cease to broadcast games after this
season. On Thursday, the Cubs organization and WBBM-AM (780) will
reach a seven-year deal to broadcast games on that station,
according to several reports.
That will mean the end of a radio relationship that started all
the way back in 1925, when Calvin Coolidge was president,
Prohibition was still enforced and television was just a couple of
years away from becoming a reality.
But like with all things, the future waits for no one and makes
history ... Well, history.
And so few in the sports realm have the kind of TMZ impact that
the power couple of golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis' Caroline
Wozniacki do. So, the details of the broken-off engagement will
slowly seep out. Leave it to to The Times of London to
push the narrative further.
New Mexico State University offensive line coach Chris Symington
resigned on Wednesday after being with the team for only 12 days
after Las Cruces police cited him twice in four days for huffing
Symington admitted to police that he is suffering from an
addiction and said he is going to Pueblo, Colorado, to enter
Mercy rules are always a touchy subject - well, when you ask
coaches. Whether it is the 50-point mercy rule in football, the
35-point running clock in basketball or the 10-run
softball/baseball allowance, it always seems to create some
So it's interesting to see how another state takes its
approach toward blowouts and being conscientious about a lopsided
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association approved a
new bylaw, stating that games that reach a 42-point margin in
football and 40 points in basketball will automatically go to a
Oh, you gotta love Deadspin and its ability to mine gold out of
ESPN's morning show Mike and Mike (That's Mike
Greenberg and Mike Golic) had NCAA president Mark Emmert on its
show and opened the floor for Twitter questions from its
While these questions clearly didn't get asked, it's fun
to see what the public thinks of Emmert and the NCAA. Obviously,
the comments and questions cherry-picked by the Web site make it
look like Emmert was in the middle of a mine field without any way
to get out of it.
I wasn't a huge wrestling fan growing up in the late 1980s
and early 1990s, but I watched enough to be aware of The Ultimate
Warrior. So it was disheartening to hear he died on Tuesday, just a
day after making an appearance on WWE's "Monday Night
Raw" and having been inducted into the organization's hall
of fame over the weekend.
Here's a story from the Washington Post that covers his
career and impact on the ... Ummm ... Sport? It's definitely
entertainment. That I know. I have him to thank for it.
Apparently, a stringent list of do's and do not's when
it comes to social interactions.
The Student Press Law Center performed a public records audit of 83 universities
regarding its social media policy as well as other agreements
student athletes are required to read and sign as a part of their
participation with a program.
It's a pretty detailed list and it doesn't just cover
Bo Jackson had some hard words for Seattle Seahawks quarterback
Russell Wilson: Stick to football.
Perhaps the world's most renown two-sport athlete suggested
that Wilson, who went to spring training with the Texas Rangers
this spring, stay with football because the talent level is much
different than it was 25 years ago when he played for the Los
Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Royals.
Here is the link to a story further explaining
Balanced scoring, a strong second half and a concerted effort
against Belen's top player all helped the Espanola Valley girls
basketball team claim a 54-42 victory in Friday night's opening
round of the Class AAAA State Basketball Tournament.
Playing at home as the No. 5 seed, the Lady Sundevils turned a
four-point halftime lead into a 39-30 advantage heading into the
fourth quarter when they began pressuring Belen point guard Mariah
Click here for an interesting Sports Illustrated
story on DePaul freshman Billy Garrett Jr., who averages 12.4
points and 3.2 assists per game for the Blue Demons despite being
the only college basketball player with sickle cell disease.
The one-game tiebreaker to determine the District 2AAAA regular
season champion in girls basketball will be played tonight in Los
Alamos as Class AAAA's second-ranked Santa Fe High Demonettes
face seventh-ranked Espanola Valley.
Both teams finished 7-1 in the regular season, tied for first
place. Tonight's game (tipoff at 7 p.m.) determines who will
earn the top seed in this week's 2AAAA tournament.
The latest Associated Press Top 25 poll was just released and
right at the very outer edge is the team in our backyard, The
University of New Mexico.
The Lobos re-entered the poll at No. 25 this week following a
road win at UNLV and a 14-point home win over then-No. 6 San Diego
State. UNM (21-5 overall, 12-2 in the Mountain West) will host Utah
State on Tuesday night in the Pit.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross fired offensive line coach Jim
Turner and head athletic trainer Kevin O'Neill for their role
in the bullying scandal that forced Jonathan Martin to leave the
A report by Ted Wells indicated that Turner and Ross both took
part in taunting Martin. The report also shows that the pair urged
Martin to make a statement defending Richie Incognito, who was
suspended from the team for his role in the abuse shortly after
Not only did Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis drain a 35-foot
buzzer beater to give the Orange a 58-56 win over Pittsburgh on
Wednesday night to keep them undefeated, but he also got a call from Capital Hill.
Vice President Joe Biden, who got his law degree from Syracuse,
gave Ennis a call to congratulate him after the win.
Syracuse and Wichita State are the only undefeated teams
remaining in NCAA Division I.
We've all seen and experienced the thrill of a buzzer
beater, but this one takes it to another level.
Evergreen (Wash.) High School saved its season with a
behind-the-back buzzer-beater to force overtime in its district
tournament game. Evergreen ended up winning the game 74-68 in
overtime to advance to the bi-district tournament.
The player who made the shot, Robert Franks, is a 6-foot-7
Division-I prospect, so I suspect this is good pub for a player
trying to make a name for himself.
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