Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team.
The media have spoken, and The University of New Mexico football team would be wise not to listen.
Former University of New Mexico men’s basketball player Cameron Bairstow has signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls.
Last fall, my brother Daniel and I gathered around the TV in our parents’ kitchen — a place where we still spend a lot of time — to watch former University of New Mexico basketball player Tony Snell play his NBA regular-season game with the Chicago Bulls.
Kirk averaged 13.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for UNM last season.
The Chicago Bulls selected UNM forward Cameron Bairstow in the second round of the draft on Thursday night.
Alex Kirk never doubted himself. Not even when his head boys basketball coach at Los Alamos High School parked him on the varsity bench as a sophomore.
Vera Jo Bustos, a 2007 graduate of West Las Vegas, was officially hired as video coordinator for The University of New Mexico women’s basketball program.
Alexa Chavez, a 2012 St. Michael’s graduate, earned a full scholarship for the 2014-15 season with The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team.
Golfing does local softball good
A couple from Las Vegas, N.M., just made The University of New Mexico athletics department very happy.
With The University of New Mexico men’s basketball roster shrinking by the second, it’s not a stretch to envision head coach Craig Neal tacking a “Help Wanted” sign outside The Pit’s doors.
As another Lobo walks out that door, never to return, it might seem like there is upheaval with the University of New Mexico men’s basketball program.
The University of New Mexico baseball cracked the national rankings Monday morning. Later that day, they proved they were worthy of their new status.
Before all you Lobos fans start burning Alex Kirk’s jersey in effigy for leaving UNM a year early to enter the NBA Draft, take a minute to cut the guy a break and wish him well.
So, what now, Alex Kirk? It’s the question that will dominate the thoughts and hearts of every University of New Mexico men’s basketball fan for, oh, about the next 11 days.
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has given men’s basketball coach Craig Neal a two-year contract extension after he led the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.
Adios, Kendall. See ya, Cam. As we gather to eulogize another Lobo basketball flameout on the sport’s biggest stage, let’s go over a few things the team needs to divorce itself from moving forward.
I would like to think that March Madness is over after covering the state basketball tournaments in Albuquerque last week, but it is just getting started.
LAS VEGAS — Cameron Bairstow had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 20 New Mexico to a 70-67 victory over Boise State in the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals Friday night.
The two-headed monster was at it again for The University of New Mexico on Thursday night.
And to the best team goes the spoils for having the best player.
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong during San Diego State’s last meeting with the University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball team.
SAN DIEGO — It’s come down to this for No. 10 San Diego State — win at UNLV on Wednesday night and the Aztecs will be playing for the outright Mountain West Conference championship at home Saturday night against No. 21 New Mexico.
Gauging the present against the backdrop of history is never a fair way to do things.
ALBUQUERQUE — Four years ago, it was difficult for the New Mexico coaching staff to really envision how Cameron Bairstow would evolve as a player.
For the first time since late November, The Associated Press men’s college basketball has The University of New Mexico in it.
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.
Way back when architect Joe Boehning was hired by The University of New Mexico to design a basketball arena befitting a rapidly growing — and equally demanding — fan base, Saturday’s game in The Pit is exactly the kind of energizing event the school administrators would have loved to have seen.
It’s not the end of the world, but to a lot of Lobo basketball fans, it sure did feel like it.
Expectations may be high in Lobo land, but they’re fairly lofty in other places, too. Take Boise, Idaho, for instance.
ALBUQUERQUE — The heavy hand of the Mountain West will have a ripple effect on Wednesday night’s men’s college basketball game in The Pit.
Road trips used to be an airplane ride out of town the day before a game, a restless night’s sleep in a hotel, then a bus ride straight to the arena for the game before taking a red-eye home.
Minus 7-foot center Alex Kirk the last two games, The University of New Mexico basketball team may have stumbled onto a four-guard lineup that actually makes sense. For those enamoured with the twin tower rotation in the low post, that sure does come as a shock.
The Lobos remained red hot away from The Pit by beating Utah State 78-65 on Tuesday night in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah.
No matter what the occasion, playing against Colorado State’s men’s basketball team always seems to bring out the best in The University of New Mexico.
On Tuesday night in The Pit, Hugh Greenwood scored a career-high 20 points in UNM’s 84-75 win over visiting Boise State before a near-capacity crowd.
Lobos men's head coach Craig Neal insinuated that his team needed to grow some proverbial chest hair if it was to regain its championship form.
New Mexico, 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the league after a surprising 76-73 loss at home to UNLV earlier this week, embark on a West Coast trip to face Fresno State (8-10, 1-4). Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.
Time for the reality check, Lobos fans. In the aftermath of a disappointing 76-73 loss to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Wednesday, it’s pretty clear this team lacks … something. Actually, a lot of things.
UNLV opened an early 16-point lead in the first half and stayed in front for the game’s final 35-plus minutes en route to a surprising 76-73 win over the Lobos before a boisterous, sellout crowd.
It’s hard to call games this early in the conference race “must win,” but that’s exactly what UNLV is facing when it visits The Pit on Wednesday night.
ALBUQUERQUE — With the Mountain West Conference men’s basketball season barely two weeks old, the league’s standings are already a mess.
The Lobos men’s basketball team, now 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference, visits San Jose State on Saturday night in what some might call a trap game.
Alexa Chavez, a walk-on sophomore with the Lobos, stepped onto Bob King Court as a starter for a Division-I program for the first time — and did a lot to help her team beat Wyoming.
Cleveland Thomas hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the extra period and sank four free throws in the closing moments, allowing New Mexico to escape with a 72-69 win on Wednesday.
Every season in every sport yields a new superstar. The player that rises from the depths of obscurity to the headlines of sports pages around the country. The emergence of Jeremy Lin, the meteoric rise of Yasiel Puig, and the skinny kid from Michigan named Tom Brady that was taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft but has certainly reserved a bust in the Hall of Fame well before his career is over.
There’s a lot for Craig Neal to worry about these days, now that his team is facing its first road test in conference play, a place where the winter ground stays frozen regardless of whether a polar vortex is involved.
They’ve won 10 of their first 13 games and are off to a solid start in conference play, yet one thing is gnawing hard at The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.