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V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014

Feature

On the Card

Which local fighters should you root for in the UFC?
V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014

Book Review

Coming Out in the NCAA

The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians

A former Division I NCAA athlete recounts her difficult journey through college sports and fundamentalism as a gay woman.
V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014

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University of Connecticut Women's Team Destroys Notre Dame in NCAA Final

But does basketball matter if few people watch?

Are you tired of UConn yet? Too bad, because they keep kicking ass.
V.23 No.14 |
SportsNation Poll

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2014 NCAA Final Four Set

When UNM was tossed from the NCAA Tournament, the Big Dance didn't stop. Last weekend, the tourney was whittled down to the Final Four. The University of Florida Gators, the Wisconsin Badgers, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Connecticut Huskies are the the last four teams left in Division I college basketball. Of these last four teams, there is only one number one seed left: the top team overall, Billy Donovan's crew.

Kentucky has proved the pre-season hype to be justified, defying the odds of an 8 seed. Coach Calipari has coaxed the most out of his powerful, notably Aaron Harrison. Harrison knocked in a 3 ball with 2.3 second left to upset 2-seed Michigan on Sunday night. The Wildcats entered the season with hefty expectations but failed to live up on them for the majority of the slog. With 10 losses, the season could have been seen as a letdown; until March Madness began. After knocking out previously unbeaten Wichita State and intrastate rival Louisville, the team seems to be playing their best ball at the perfect time.

The Connecticut Huskies, on the other hand, may have also been ranked for much of the beginning of the season, but never had the expectations of Big Blue foisted upon them. UConn, content to fly under the radar for much of the season, dominated trendy pre-Tourney pick, Michigan State on Sunday. While the final margin was only six points, UConn seemed to be in control of their destiny for the majority of the game. This has been the case since they needed overtime o take out St. Joe's in the first round of the Tournament. Shabazz Napier, the senior guard from Storrs, has put the team on his back, and his free throws seemed to clinch the game.

The aforementioned, overall number one seed Florida cruised past the previous upset-minded Dayton Flyers. This is nothing new for the Gators, who won it all in 2007 and have been to the Elite Eight for the last three years in a row. Florida's coach, Billy Donovan, has been here before and seems poised – at least mathematically – for a run to the championship.

However, the team that the majority of the nation has rallied around by far is Wisconsin. The Badgers have shown tremendous tenacity and the play of Frank Kaminsky is a big part of their overtime victory against the West Region 1 seed Arizona Wildcats. Although Wisconsin entered the post-season as a 2 seed, most pundits overlooked the team in their predictions of who would be left standing at this time of the year.

The semifinal matches will be played on Saturday night, with both games televised on TBS. The final matchup, for the national championship, will take place on Monday, April 7. If your bracket is busted, take comfort in the knowledge that so is everyone else's and enjoy some quality basketball.

V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014

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Lobos Win 2014 Mountain West Conference Tournament

Back-to-back-to-back victory earns 7 seed in NCAA tournament

Lobos win the Mountain West Conference and earn a 7 seed in the NCAA tournament—wait, what?
V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
The post-game semi-scuffle between UNM and SDSU begins.
Image still from krqe.com

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Lobos Keep Winning, Winding Down Regular Season

Win streak now stands at five

The University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team has had a great month. February, aside from one minor aberration, was a good time for Coach Neal and his squad.
V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014

Book Review

(Almost) Never Buy Beforehand

Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan

“Frugal Fan” Motez Bishara shares his tips for enjoying the best NBA seats at the best deal possible.
V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
Game-winning touchdown thrown by Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton
NBC via ESPN

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2014 NFL Playoffs Begin with a Bang

A weekend full of winning visitors, almost all of the games coming down to the wire and some spectacular performances.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

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Lobos Face George Mason in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament on Sunday

UNM plays in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in a home game on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 5pm. Go Lobos!
V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013

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Team USA Qualifies for 2014 World Cup

On Tuesday night, Team America beat Mexico in Columbus, Ohio 2-0 and, later in the evening, when Honduras refused to hold on and beat Panama, tying 2-2 on a goal in stoppage time, ensuring that Team USA secured a qualifying spot in the World Cup.

The Americans had lost their last game, against Costa Rica, on Friday night. They were whooped, 1-3, and they lost the mental edge of having the longest win streak in the world, at 12. Moreover, they lost Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler for the Mexico match due to those players picking up their second yellow cards of the qualification process. Michael Bradley also sat out against Mexico, having suffered a freak injury during warmups when he sprained his left ankle.

Due to those absences—particularly Altidore, whose performance for the team has been impressive, to say the least—and the long-standing disadvantage America has maintained while facing Mexico, there were some who doubted the team's chances despite the home field advantage. However, the Mexican team seems to be in complete disarray, suffering from the endless tailspin that inevitably follows a sudden departure from previously winning ways.

However, when it came time to get things done, the team stepped up as a whole with their depth tested, and the team answered the call. The previous stars were particularly adept, with Eddie Johnson scoring in the 49th minute, once again off a header. He was spelled by Mikkel Diskerud in the 76th minute. Reviled when his plan didn't seem to be taking right away, coach Jurgen Klinsmann now looks like a genius, particularly when it comes to substitutions. Diskerud played a smart ball of a throw in with a deft first touch, putting the ball right in front of the Mexico goal. Clint Dempsey had a brilliant look at the clincher but whiffed his attempt. Luckily, Landon Donovan was there, as he's been for Team USA ever since making his comeback. Donovan put his goal in at the 78th minute.

When Honduras tied Panama nearly an hour after the USA/Mexico game finished, the work of the night was complete. Team USA is now officially qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It's worth noting that, of the 207 nations in the world who compete in the qualification process, only 32 make it. Eight nations have won the World Cup; the United States is not amongst that number. With this qualification, though, the United States becomes only the 13th nation to qualify for the ultimate tournament 10 times.

V.22 No.4 | 1/24/2013
Donald Cerrone “Cowboy”
Will Fox

Sports News

Bruise Brothers

Last Thursday, members of the local media were invited to the Jackson/Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts academy in honor of three team members who will be compete for the UFC on Jan. 26 in Chicago. Jesus-haired Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will make his Featherweight (145 lb) debut against Japanese star Hatsu Hioki. Then, in a lightweight (155 lb) bout with important title implications, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will face Anthony Pettis. Headlining the card will be Albuquerque native John “The Magician” Dodson, who battles Demetrius Johnson for the UFC’s Flyweight (125 lb) title.

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V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012

Council Watch

Election Eve

Zoo fees and Westland parks at a quiet Council meeting
V.21 No.44 |

news

The Daily Word in hazmat, more Gangnam Style and Penn State prez

The Daily Word

People in Santa Teresa, N.M., were told to stay inside and seal windows and vents. Turns out, 200 people got sick, and an unknown hazardous material caused it. The industrial park reopened yesterday.

Gary Johnson's campaign splices him into the presidential debates.

Guy rode his bike through Hurricane Sandy.

Back East, people are lined up for miles to get gas.

Former Penn State president charged with perjury in Sandusky scandal.

Gene Hackman knew the dude he slapped in Santa Fe.

Dr. Kevorkian's paintings.

City councilors lodge an ethics complaint against a pro-minimum wage hike group.

Campaign finance reports filed today. So, how much did those legislative campaigns blow?

Noam Chomsky Gangnam Style

10 election oddities explained. By the British.

Is America ready for a female president?

V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012

news

The Daily Word in Bill Clinton, Genesis and Zozobra

The Daily Word

I-25 / Paseo overhaul will be on the ballot in November.

Are you going to Zozobra tonight?

Doug Vaughan sentenced to 12 years for Ponzi scheme.

UNM considers making Lobo Village booze-free.

Ex-President Clinton at the DNC, a recap.

Wheelchair rugby players are rock stars.

Does email cause stress?

Freddie Mercury’s private cultural identity.

Prog awards honor Genesis.

Hungarian artist makes a subway stop magical.

Voyager’s getting close to the edge of the solar system.

Sun burp.

NASA’s Sunita Williams fixes the International Space Station with a toothbrush.

Jennifer Aniston’s going to be in a movie shooting in New Mexico soon.

V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012
Gold-medal wrestler Jordan Burroughs
Photo by Yuri Cortez

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Hangover Sports Roundup

Fresh and unsung U.S. Olympic medalists

As always, the Olympic Games provided memorable sporting moments that will be talked about for years to come. Highlights of 2012 include Usain Bolt making history by winning three medals in back-to-back Olympics, and Michael Phelps becoming the most-decorated (and arguably greatest) Olympian in history. But with a limited amount of sports featured on the NBC primetime telecast, many athletic feats won't get the attention and respect they deserve. To be specific, let’s examine two athletes who not only won gold but are also primed to make history in future Olympic Games.

Outside of the wrestling and combat-sports community, Jordan Burroughs was a relative unknown despite his two NCAA titles and All-American status at the University of Nebraska. Burroughs’ success in college has caught the attention of the Mixed Martial Arts world to make the crossover. However, he had other plans by beginning his quest to become the greatest American wrestler ever. The 2011 World Championships saw Burroughs win the 74kg championship and made him a favorite to win gold in London. Burroughs embraced his role as the new star of American wrestling by changing his Twitter handle to @alliseeisgold. His confidence and swagger proved to be a valuable asset in defeating a difficult field of Iranian and Russian wrestlers. In the final, Burroughs achieved his destiny by overcoming his 2011 World Championship foe, Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi to claim gold. Along with extending his 38-straight international freestyle match winning streak, the 24-year old got a nice $250,000 bonus from the Living the Dream Medal Fund. When asked what his future held, Burroughs sees more championships and medals on the horizon. If he continues to win gold, he might be in line to replace Phelps as the face of the USA Olympic team.

The United States has always had a strong history in the sport of boxing in the Olympic games. But lately it has been struggling, with the men's team failing to medal for the first time in history. With talk of creating different plans to revitalize America's dominance in boxing, there was pressure on the women to deliver. For the first time, women were allowed compete in boxing. Most of the attention before the games went to Marlen Esparza who appeared in various commercials leading into London. Esparza captured the bronze in the flyweight division, but the youngest member of the team, Claressa Shields, earned the gold. Shields has a classic underdog boxing story growing up in a tough neighborhood in Flint, Michigan. Despite her personal struggles, Shields became the first woman to win a gold medal in women's boxing and was the only gold medalist for USA boxing. She's only 17-years old but experts are already stating she's the new face of boxing in America. With Holly Holm being unknown outside of New Mexico, Shields could fill the void that Laila Ali once had. And with Shields being fairly young, she’d surely excel in future Olympics, although she may capitalize on her newfound fameand turn pro. But if Shields turns her sights to the 2016 Rio Games, USA boxing future may lie with the women instead of the men.

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