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V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
Officially the WisePies Arena … but you can call it whatever you want.
Officially the WisePies Arena … but you can call it whatever you want.

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Rio Grande Rivalry Resumes

Lobos win and the Pit gets a new name

By Michael Sanchez [ Fri Dec 5 2014 3:56 PM ]
Challenges on the heels of a win for Lobo men’s basketball, plus the Pit’s renaming brouhaha.
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V.23 No.45 | 11/6/2014

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The Daily Word in officer retention, UNM athletics and decriminalizing marijuana

By August March [ Thu Nov 6 2014 1:43 PM ]
The Daily Word

In an effort to keep “seasoned officers” on the job protecting this city and its denizens, the Albuquerque City Council passed legislation intended to offer extra income to police officers willing to postpone retirement.

It was damn warm last month in Burque; in fact, it was the third-warmest October in a century in these here parts.

Autumn means our city will soon host wild avian visitors from up north; just don’t feed them.

Albuquerque Little Theater is bringing an Irving Berlin work to life in time for the winter holidays.

Marijuana decriminalization efforts made progress nationally and locally this week.

A Mexican child with a massive tumor on his neck and shoulder is having the ailment treated here in Albuquerque.

UNM Lobo starting quarterback Cole Gautsche has been injured, and Coach Davies said he may be out for the rest of the season.

In more UNM sports news, the captain of the UNM women’s basketball squad was charged with throwing a knife at her significant other.

Here’s this week’s New Mexico fishing report, courtesy of the Portales News-Tribune.

Over at Duke City Fix, New Mexico history writer Ben Moffett reviews Robert Turner Wood’s new book about Burque’s postwar transformation.

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V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Lobos in a pre-season game against the Air Force Academy
Lobos in a pre-season game against the Air Force Academy

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Lobo Men's Soccer Back to the College Cup?

Looking to improve on last year's impressive season

By Michael Sanchez [ Fri Aug 29 2014 1:59 PM ]
It’s a new year, Lobos men’s soccer. Time to shine!
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V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
L to R: Sol FC GM Larry Espinoza, Carlos Bracamontes, Carlos Valderrama and Sol FC president Ron Patel
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L to R: Sol FC GM Larry Espinoza, Carlos Bracamontes, Carlos Valderrama and Sol FC president Ron Patel

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International Legends Cup Is Coming to Albuquerque

… If they can find somewhere to play

By Michael Sanchez [ Tue Aug 5 2014 1:56 PM ]
Sol FC’s all set to bring World Cup players to Albuquerque in the International Legends Cup—just as soon as they nail down a venue.
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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

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Summer Alternatives

Sports to enjoy right now

By Michael Sanchez [ Sat Jul 26 2014 8:00 AM ]
With slim pickings in the sports department, late summer is a good time to check out the games that get crowded out at other times of year.
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V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014

Book Review

Friendship, Death and Sports

Review by Michael Sanchez

Papers in the Wind

This humorous novel of soccer, love and loss follows a group of buddies who try to remain tight in the wake of their close friend’s death.
V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014
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The Pacifist’s Guide to MMA

Or, a hipster’s introduction to Albuquerque’s other favorite sport

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux takes us inside the octagon.
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On the Card

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

Book Review

Coming Out in the NCAA

Review by Michael Sanchez

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.
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V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma
UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma

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

But does basketball matter if few people watch?

By Michael Sanchez [ Thu Apr 17 2014 4:44 PM ]
Are you tired of UConn yet? Too bad, because they keep kicking ass.
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V.23 No.14 |
SportsNation Poll

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2014 NCAA Final Four Set

By Michael Sanchez [ Sat Apr 5 2014 12:16 PM ]

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.

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V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Kendall Williams hits a deep (unadvised) three that pretty much seals the game.
Kendall Williams hits a deep (unadvised) three that pretty much seals the game.

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Lobos Win 2014 Mountain West Conference Tournament

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

By Michael Sanchez [ Tue Mar 18 2014 1:40 PM ]
Lobos win the Mountain West Conference and earn a 7 seed in the NCAA tournament—wait, what?
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V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
The post-game semi-scuffle between UNM and SDSU begins.
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The post-game semi-scuffle between UNM and SDSU begins.

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Lobos Keep Winning, Winding Down Regular Season

Win streak now stands at five

By Michael Sanchez [ Tue Mar 4 2014 3:24 PM ]
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.
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V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014

Book Review

(Almost) Never Buy Beforehand

Review by Michael Sanchez

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.
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V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
Game-winning touchdown thrown by Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton
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Game-winning touchdown thrown by Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton

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2014 NFL Playoffs Begin with a Bang

By Michael Sanchez [ Wed Jan 8 2014 2:34 PM ]
A weekend full of winning visitors, almost all of the games coming down to the wire and some spectacular performances.
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