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As NMMI Focuses on National Title Game, Players Hope Recruiters Notice




It will be hard to top what New Mexico Military Institute running back Anthony Grant did on Sunday, but the Broncos star won’t back down from that challenge after he helped NMMI football make history.

The No. 2-ranked Broncos (11-1) will play in their first national championship game next Friday against top-ranked Iowa Western (10-0) at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

Grant broke through with a season-high 398 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries in a 49-30 win over Northwest Mississippi that put the Broncos in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I title game.

In 1958, NMMI finished undefeated as the No. 1 team in the country in the final poll, despite not playing in the title game.

“This is really big; this is the first time we made it to the national (championship),” Grant said after the Broncos’ win. “It’s just an honor being in this situation. We’re going to take advantage of it. We’re just going to keep balling, keep executing, keep sticking to the plan.”

Grant leads NJCAA Division I with 1,538 yards and 17 touchdowns on 207 carries. Not long after the game, he landed an offer from New Mexico State – as did NMMI quarterback Diego Pavia, a Volcano Vista grad and one of 20 New Mexico natives on the Broncos’ roster.

The two visited NMSU, which recently named Jerry Kill as its new head football coach, on Wednesday.

Pavia threw for 178 yards and one touchdown on 8-of-11 passing with no interceptions against Northwest Mississippi. He has thrown for 1,607 yards and 19 touchdowns, completing 108 of his 195 passes. He has also rushed for 603 yards and six touchdowns.

“All of us are under-recruited right now,” Pavia said. “I think going to the next step now on national TV, we can do something. We just want a chance on the next level. All of us, we’re just ready to go out and do it.”

Joe Ta’ase, a 6-3, 300-pound freshman offensive lineman, was offered by Louisiana, he said on Twitter on Thursday.

In October, 6-foot-5, 295-pound left tackle Tyrone Webber committed to Oklahoma State. Webber and Ta’ase have been instrumental in the NMMI offense that ranks No. 1 in NJCAA Division I in rushing yards per game (291.2) and in scoring (495 points). Webber will officially sign with the Cowboys when the early signing period begins on Wednesday. That’s the same day the Broncos will travel to Arkansas.

“He brings a lot to the table,” NMMI coach Kurt Taufa’asau said. “He has helped out our offense and our O-line tremendously with his play. He is also helping by mentoring the young guys behind him.”

Taufa’asau, 31, began the season as the Broncos’ interim coach. He took over for former head coach Joe Forchtner, who stepped down in June to fill a new academic position at NMMI, as well as in the athletic department in an administrative role.

Taufa’asau had the interim tag removed at the end of this regular season after a 58-28 win over Trinity Valley on Nov. 8.

“We’ll be ready for Iowa Western at War Memorial Stadium,” Taufa’asau said. “They’re the No. 1 seed for a reason. They have players all over the place on both sides of the ball. We have to be on our best game.”

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Blake Horstmann Talks Nick Viall Feud: Making Amends Is ‘Impossible’




No end in sight. Bachelor Nation’s Blake Horstmann doesn’t see an end to his feud with Nick Viall, he exclusively told Us Weekly at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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“No, honestly, at this point, I’m past trying to work it out,” Horstmann, 33, said while on the VMAs red carpet at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday, August 28. “I’ve tried multiple times, but it’s impossible with him.”

He claimed that he isn’t sure why Viall, 41, has issues with him — and has no plans to make amends. “The dude just does not like me … for whatever reason,” the Bachelorette season 14 alum added. “It’s been years. I’ve just given up at this point. So yeah,​​ it is what it is.”

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Viall and Horstmann’s feud started in August 2019 after Caelynn Miller-Keyes accused Horstmann of being a womanizer on the season 6 Bachelor in Paradise premiere. She revealed that they slept together before the show started filming — only to discover that he did the same with Kristina Schulman the night prior.

After being called out for sleeping with both women ahead of BiP, Horstmann released text messages he exchanged with Miller-Keyes, now 27, before they had sex during the Stagecoach Festival.

After backlash started being directed at the former pageant queen, Horstmann deleted the texts hours after posting them. However, Viall didn’t think Horstmann was actually remorseful for the hate Miller-Keyes received.

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“I know by talking to a lot of people over the weekend that Blake admitted, ‘I know that she is going to look bad,’” the Wisconsin native claimed on an August 2019 episode of his podcast, “The Viall Files.”

He continued, “I know that he threatened people about releasing these text messages for months in anticipations coming up, which makes it all that more premeditated. Then he ended up deleting it when it got really nasty, but it’s not like he didn’t realize.”

The Dancing With the Stars alum alleged that Horstmann was being manipulative to remain likable. “It was more important for him to try to change people’s opinions back to like, ‘Oh, Blake is just a sweet boy who this was just one weekend where he got a little drunk and had a little bit of sex.’ No, he’s been, like, f–king like crazy for an entire year,” he said.

Horstmann — who has been dating Giannina Gibelli since last last year — didn’t appreciate Viall’s judgment. When asked in April 2020 if he would ever be a guest on the podcast that once slandered him, he replied, “I’d rather s–t in my hand and clap.”

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Viall has multiple feuds with other Bachelor alums. Former Bachelorette Katie Thurston revealed earlier this month that she blocked the season 21 Bachelor — which didn’t surprise Horstmann.

“I have him blocked too,” the DJ, who publicly sided with Thurston last month, told Us exclusively ahead of the VMAs on Sunday. “So there are multiple people.”

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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Diamondbacks Down Scuffling White Sox 3-2 to Finish Sweep




CHICAGO (AP) — Jake McCarthy hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Chicago White Sox with a 3-2 victory Sunday.

Diamondbacks rookie Stone Garrett launched his first major league home run and Sergio Alcántara also went deep for Arizona, which earned its first interleague sweep since 2019. Noé Ramirez (5-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and Ian Kennedy got three outs for his ninth save.

“It’ll be a happy flight,” McCarthy said after the Diamondbacks wrapped up a 4-1 trip. “It’s nice to go on the road and gain some momentum.”

Kendall Graveman (3-3) took the loss in relief of Dylan Cease, who allowed Arizona’s two solo homers while striking out eight in a career-high eight innings.

“Given (Cease’s) track record, you know what he’s going to give you,” White Sox third baseman Josh Harrison said. “And unfortunately we couldn’t come up with the win.”

Zach Davies, who has gone 10 starts without a victory, pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks and gave up two runs. Gavin Sheets had a sacrifice fly and AJ Pollock followed with an infield single that brought home Andrew Vaughn to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

“That was unfortunate,” said Davies, who was hoping for a longer outing. “But we battled back and won, and that’s all that matters.”

Alcántara hit his fourth homer of the season in the eighth to tie it.

Garrett opened the scoring in the second with a drive to center field. The 26-year-old spent more than seven seasons in the minors before making his debut Aug. 17.

“I haven’t checked my phone yet,” said Garrett, who sent Cease’s best pitch, his slider, out of the park. “I’m sure my friends are pretty hyped.”

The White Sox, who allowed 17 runs in the first two games of the series, have lost nine of 11 and dropped two games under .500. They heard a smattering of boos as they left the field.

Chicago manager Tony La Russa most certainly heard fans expressing their displeasure, but said he and his team aren’t discouraged.

“I just get angry,” he said. “I don’t like frustration, discouragement. That’s loser crap. Just seeps energy out of your body.

“I just get angry and want to do something about it.”


Harrison made a quick dive to his left to stop Christian Walker’s grounder in the seventh, then popped up and threw him out. It was the only time the White Sox needed an athletic defensive play in support of Cease, who induced plenty of easy flyouts.


White Sox OF Eloy Jiménez got a day off to rest his sore legs but pinch hit in the ninth. La Russa hopes to have Jiménez back in the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against visiting Kansas City.


Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-13, 4.53 ERA) faces LHP Ranger Suárez (8-5, 3.38) on Monday night to start a series against visiting Philadelphia.

Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (10-7, 5.14) opposes Royals RHP Brady Singer (7-4, 3.15) on Tuesday.


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