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Gladiators romp past Vegas

The Duke City Gladiators raced to a 30-0 second-quarter lead en route to a 47-21 Indoor Football League win over the Vegas Knight Hawks on Saturday night in Henderson, Nevada. Gregory Dent Jr. scored three TDs for Duke City (4-5). Vegas dropped to 4-6. → Read More

Ice Wolves lose in OT

MINNEAPOLIS — Levente Keresztes’ goal in overtime gave the New Jersey Titans a 3-2 victory over the New Mexico Ice Wolves, evening the teams’ North American Hockey League semfinal series at one game apiece. The decisive Game 3 is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis. Sunday’s winner will advance to face the Anchorage Wolverines, […] → Read More

Holm drops split decision at UFC Fight Night

Judging an MMA fight is incredibly difficult — so many factors to weigh, so little time. Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, two of three official judges decided Ketlen Vieira’s stinging counter right hands outweighed Holly Holm’s dominance in the clinch — giving Brazil’s Vieira a victory by split decision over Albuquerque’s Holm in the five-round […] → Read More

Holm insists she is 'nervous in a good way' heading into Saturday's bout

The last time Albuquerque's Holly Holm fought in a UFC Octagon, the average price of gas in New Mexi ... → Read More

UNM football: Juco QB Jensen commits

Junior college quarterback Jake Jensen announced Tuesday on social media he has committed to attend the University of New Mexico. Last fall as a freshman at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California, Jensen, listed as 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, completed 155 of 268 passes (57.8 %) for 1,907 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine […] → Read More

Patience paid off in promotions for Brothers Perez

Brothers Aaron and Jordan Perez didn't come to New Mexico planning, or even expecting, to become box ... → Read More

MMA: Impressive win for Pico

In interviews this week before his fight on Friday against Adli Edwards, Albuquerque MMA featherweight Aaron Pico talked about how he’s combined the two basic elements of his sport: striking and the ground game. “I think I have the best combinations into a takedown in the world,” he said. “My combos straight into a shot […] → Read More

Meiering, Lobo golf star who led Arroyo del Oso to big success, dies

Bob Meiering, says his son Patrick, possessed a sort of inner architect. As a golfer, as a businessm ... → Read More

Boxing: Mendoza back in the ring

After suffering a loss and a career setback in his last fight, Brian Mendoza on Saturday will seek to use Benjamin Whitaker as a stepping stone to greater opportunities. Of course, fighting on Saturday’s Showtime card in Minneapolis, even in an off-TV bout, is an opportunity in itself. Mendoza (19-2, 13 KOs), a Rio Ranchoan […] → Read More

Combat sports notes: Police video released of Jon Jones' September arrest

The fallout from Jon Jones’ Sept. 24 arrest in Las Vegas, Nevada, continues. On Wednesday, Jones, an MMA star who lives in Albuquerque, tweeted that his longtime fiancée and the mother of his children had left him some two months ago. “Today she finalized that she won’t be coming back,” he wrote. “If you are […] → Read More

Byrd, national Golden Gloves champ from Clovis, dies at 72

Brooks Byrd, a 1967 Golden Gloves national amateur champion and among the finest boxers the state of ... → Read More

Holm set to end long hiatus with Fight Night match May 21

If all goes well between now and then, Albuquerque's Holly Holm will end the longest hiatus in her c ... → Read More

Wright: Standings don't reflect Lobos' improvement

First, a little Lobo history ... What, yet another back-in-my-day story from the old guy? Wait — don't stop reading, at least not until you see where I'm goi... → Read More

The ring is full circle: Holm would consider a return to boxing

Holly Holm hasn't fought in more than 14 months. Currently rehabbing a knee injury, she has nothing ... → Read More

Win or lose, New Mexico fighters never took off the gloves in '21

Simply put, there have been better years for New Mexico combat sports. A lot better. Lots of them. E ... → Read More

Rick Wright: Inspiring Lobo women's team is the top story of a difficult 2021

In a New Mexico sports year fraught with complications, the No. 1 story is simplicity itself. ... → Read More

In Memoriam 2021: A staggering, heartbreaking list of New Mexicans in sports (with photo gallery)

MARV SANDERS — He won four state titles and 787 games while coaching boys basketball at Farmington, Silver City, Hatch, Portales and Lovington. 'You w... → Read More

Jones accepts plea deal, avoids domestic violence charge

A domestic-violence charge against Albuquerque MMA fighter Jon 'Bones' Jones has been dropped as a r ... → Read More

Holm picked for International Boxing Hall of Fame

Just call her Hall-y Holm.Or, well, maybe not. But, in any case, Albuquerque's Holly H ... → Read More

Montaño alleges she was attacked in hotel

Nicco Montaño is recovering well after suffering injuries during a physical altercation at an ... → Read More