Friday 07/18/2014
Five-foot, 100-pound woman shines on 'American Ninja Warrior'

Kacy Catanzaro, a former Towson (Md.) University gymnast, became the first woman to qualify for the American Ninja Warrior finals with this memorable run on Monday.

At only 5-feet tall and 100 pounds, Catanzaro was seen as a long shot to make it this far into the competition.

Posted in Sports on Friday, July 18, 2014 3:36 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/16/2014
The Punch Heard 'Round Lubbock

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.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:06 pm. Updated: 11:23 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 07/11/2014
Holly Holm inks UFC contract

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.

Posted in Sports on Friday, July 11, 2014 2:04 pm. Updated: 4:53 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/09/2014
How social media has changed the college recruiting game ...

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.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 5:50 pm. Updated: 5:59 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/02/2014
When baseball ALLOWED R-Rod to use PEDs ...

Yes, folks.

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.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5:07 pm. Comments (0)

University of Utah changest "sexist" fight song

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The University of Utah is tweaking its official fight song amid concerns the former version was sexist.

University President David Pershing announced the changes Wednesday.

The new song replaces "our coeds are the fairest" with "our students are the finest."

Posted in Blogs, Sports, Sports on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:42 pm. Updated: 11:39 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 06/27/2014
Chicago Bulls declared Draft winners

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.

Posted in Sports on Friday, June 27, 2014 3:49 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/26/2014
The day the world brought ESPN.com to its knees ... For an hour or so

World 1, ESPN 0.

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.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:05 pm. Updated: 2:12 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/18/2014
Need more of a World Cup fix?

Well, here you go.

It's called Screamer, which is a companion site to more famous Deadspin site, but it gives you a little bit of everything a soccer aficionado would want for supreme World Cup viewing.

Among the thing you can check out:

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:59 pm. Updated: 4:07 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/12/2014
15-year-old ABQ boxer fights for national championship

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 event.

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.

For more on Moreu, click here.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:45 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/04/2014
The future chips away at another piece of history

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. 

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:50 pm. Updated: 2:05 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 05/28/2014
The anatomy of a power sports couple breakup (Or how Rory broke up with Caroline)

Breakups are always hard.

So very hard.

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.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:31 pm. Updated: 3:39 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 05/22/2014
NMSU assistant football coach resigns after 12 days on the job

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 compressed air.

Symington admitted to police that he is suffering from an addiction and said he is going to Pueblo, Colorado, to enter rehab.

For more, click here.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:56 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 05/20/2014
Baseball coach is minor league motivator or Major League ...

I hear it all the time from today's coaches. Kids are soft compared to when they played. Of course, most coaches' dads would say the same thing about their children's generation.

Sometimes, though, you run across a story that reminds why those "old-school" hard-nosed role models outlived their usefullness.

Meet Kim Brooks.

Posted in Sports on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:09 pm. Updated: 8:22 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 05/01/2014
55 colleges being investigated for handling of sexual assault cases

In light of two University of New Mexico football players -- Crusoe Gongbay and SaQuan Edwards -- being charged with sexual assault, it looks like the university is not alone.

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating 55 public and private universities and colleges for possible federal violations in their handling of sexual abuse complaints.

No New Mexico colleges are on the list.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:46 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 04/30/2014
Mercy, mercy me ...

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 grumblings.

So it's interesting to see how another state takes its approach toward blowouts and being conscientious about a lopsided game.

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 running clock.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:01 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 04/18/2014
When a bad idea gets worse

Oh, you gotta love Deadspin and its ability to mine gold out of the internet.

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 audience.

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.

Posted in Sports on Friday, April 18, 2014 12:07 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 04/17/2014
Chad Johnson finds a home in Canada

Chad Johnson -- the NFL wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson -- has signed a two-year deal to play with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes.

Johnson has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game since he was a member of the New England Patriots. In 2012, he was cut by the Miami Dolphins during the preseason.

Johnson will also be playing alongside former Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State standout Troy Smith.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:22 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 04/09/2014
The Ultimate Warrior passes away ...

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.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:21 am. Updated: 11:24 am. Comments (0)

Friday 04/04/2014
Creighton's McDermott wins Wooden Award

Creighton's breakout star Doug McDermott was the favorite to pick up this year's Wooden Award, the prize that is awarded to NCAA men's college basketball's best player.

On Friday, McDermott was officially given the award after averaging 26.7 points per game and shooting 52.6 percent from the field for the Bluejays.

The 6-foot-8 senior also received the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Associated Press player of the year awards.

Posted in Sports on Friday, April 4, 2014 3:36 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 03/27/2014
Ray Rice indicted on aggravated assault charges

Football players just can't keep themselves out of trouble in the offseason.

This time it's Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who is being charged with aggravated assault after knocking his fiancee unconscious in a New Jersey hotel elevator in February.

The charge of third-degree aggravated assault is a felony and can have a penalty of three to five years in prison.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, March 27, 2014 6:23 pm. Updated: 6:38 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 03/25/2014
So what does the "privilege" of being a student-athlete get you?

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 revenue-generating programs.

Posted in Sports on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:48 pm. Updated: 11:03 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/19/2014
Bo Knows "Don't"

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 his rationale.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:21 am. Updated: 11:29 am. Comments (0)

Friday 03/14/2014
Phil Jackson is back at it

Former NBA coach Phil Jackson, who won 11 championships with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, is back in the NBA.

No, it's not a coaching gig, but the Zen Master is finalizing a contract with the New York Knicks -- where he won two championship as a player -- to be the team's President.

Although it's not final, a source said Jackson can look forward to $12 million a year.

Posted in Sports on Friday, March 14, 2014 5:37 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 03/07/2014
GIRLS HOOPS: State tournament scores and schedule


Final scores from Friday's opening round and the schedule for the remainder of each classification's schedule. Shows each team's seed in parentheses:


Posted in Blogs, Sports, Sports, High school, Sports blogs on Friday, March 7, 2014 11:25 pm. Comments (0)

Girls Hoops: Espanola, Mora advance; Prep and SFIS bounced early

The New Mexican

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 Forde.

Posted in Sports, High school, Sports blogs, Blogs, Sports on Friday, March 7, 2014 11:22 pm. Updated: 11:24 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 03/06/2014
DePaul star freshman Billy Garrett Jr. fights sickle cell disease

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.

Don't worry, it's free.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:05 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 02/28/2014
NMSU guard suspended for triggering brawl

New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies suspended guard K.C. Ross-Miller indefinitely after triggering a brawl involving fans after a 66-61 overtime loss to Utah Valley on Thursday night.

Ross-Miller hurled the basketball at Utah State's Holton Hunsaker as the final buzzer sounded. That escalated into a brawl involving NMSU players and Utah Valley fans, who began to rush the court.

Menzies issued a public statement about the brawl and Ross-Miller's suspension.

Posted in Sports on Friday, February 28, 2014 3:16 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/25/2014
Prep basketball bracketology

Well, we are in the final "official" week of the regular season for boys and girls basketball, and that means a chance to breakdown the seeding and selection for this year's postseason tournament.

Today, we'll break down the boys from Class AA-AAAA. Tomorrow, we'll do the girls - hopefully.

Class AAAA

Posted in Sports on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:23 pm. Updated: 10:51 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 02/24/2014
2AAAA tiebreaker tonight in Los Alamos

Round IV.

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.

Posted in Blogs, Sports, Sports, High school, Hoops, Sports blogs on Monday, February 24, 2014 9:45 am. Comments (0)

Lobos climb back into AP Top 25

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.

Here's a look at this week's AP Top 25 ...

Posted in Sports, Sports, Lobos on Monday, February 24, 2014 9:34 am. Updated: 10:01 am. Comments (2)

Thursday 02/20/2014
Miami Dolphins fire O-line coach and head trainer

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 team.

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 Martin left.

For more on the story, click here.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:57 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/18/2014
All in the spirit of a fierce rivalry ... Ummm ... On second thought ...

While images and grainy video of the Klu Klux Klan might seem a bit cartoonish as time passes by, its symbolisms still send chills down spines.

So you can understand the Phillipsburg School District's reaction to a wrestling team's photo meant to insult its heated rival, Paulsboro. Here's the story on the incident from nj.com.

Posted in Blogs, Sports on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:06 pm. Updated: 11:34 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 02/13/2014
'Cuse's Tyler Ennis recieves call from VP Joe Biden

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.

Posted in Sports on Thursday, February 13, 2014 5:45 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 02/12/2014
A buzzer beater to save a season ...

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.

Posted in Sports on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:44 pm. Comments (0)


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