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Month by Month, a Look at Sports in New Mexico in 2021

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JANUARY: Lobos get off to 0-4 start in Mountain West men’s basketball for the first time … former Valley Viking star and Lobo offensive lineman Teton Saltes wins the Wuerffel Award, given to the college player “who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field” … the UNM swimming & diving team will not compete in 2021 due to COVID … college teams are allowed to practice, but not yet play games, within the state … Lobo men beat San Jose State, 67-51, for their first MWC win of the season. Who knew there would be only one more (Air Force, Feb. 22)?

FEBRUARY: A big month for COVID. UNM postpones its two-game series with San Diego State because the Lobos don’t have the required seven available scholarship players … “other sports” petition Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for permission to start practicing … the 2020-21 Lobos are not the worst UNM men’s team ever, or so says me. That “honor” goes to the 1957-58 outfit … UNM athletics is facing a budgetary shortfall of $13.8 million, the Journal reports … the Lobo women’s two-game series at CSU is called off after a UNM player tests positive … Lobo men’s assistant Scott Padgett tests positive, is out for two weeks … the UNM women’s games at Wyoming are called off after a UNM player tests positive … Senior Makuach Maluach scores 30 points in his “home” finale, a 79-67 loss to Wyoming at the Air Force Academy … UNM men’s coach Paul Weir will step down at season’s end: “This is a perfect time for a transition in Lobo basketball,” he says … Weir’s buyout: $490,000.

MARCH: Giddy-up. Live horse racing to resume in New Mexico in April … Weir, UNM sign non-disparagement clause … APS athletics is considering the possibility of a partial fall schedule … The Albuquerque Isotopes’ opener is delayed until May 6 … The Lobo women play the first game of the season at the Pit, beating Colorado State with no fans in attendance. They sweep the Rams to win the MWC regular-season title … spring prep football (really?) gets under way … the Lobo men lose to Fresno State at the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada: “At last,” a Journal headline reads, “a nightmare of a season is over” … After spending 65 days on the road, the NMSU men lose to Grand Canyon in the WAC tournament final … the UNM women’s cross-country team finishes sixth at 2020 NCAA nationals, delayed by COVID … Richard Pitino is the choice to take the reins of UNM men’s basketball. His deal: six years, $4.975 million.

APRIL (FOOL): Jaedyn De La Cerda and Antonia Anderson are done playing for the Lobos. Gotcha! No, they’re not … New Mexico becomes the seventh state to pass an NIL bill … Pitino brings D-I transfers Jaelen House and Jamal Mashburn Jr. into the fold … the UNM women’s soccer team beats SDSU in a MWC “playoff” game to make the 2020 NCAA Tournament. They beat Navy on PKs before bowing out against TCU … Ray Birmingham announces his impending retirement as UNM baseball coach after 14 years, four MWC regular-season titles, three conference tournament titles and five NCAA Tournament appearances … a mystery donor gives NMSU athletics a gift of $500,000 … the Lobo and Aggie women win their respective conference golf titles … Academy swim coach Dave Barney, 89, announces his retirement after 47 years and 41 state titles … Albuquerque native Curtis Beach announces his retirement from track and field after a sterling decathlon/heptathlon career.

MAY: Playing catch-up. New Mexico United kicks off the season by beating Austin Bold FC 3-1 for its first win at Isotopes Park in 574 days … UNM men’s golf wins its eighth MWC title … The Isotopes take the field against Sugar Land in their first game in 616 days … Natalie Chavez’s half-court buzzer beater gives Volcano Vista a state title, makes No. 2 on ESPN’s May 9 Top Ten list … former Lobo offensive lineman Jared St. Aubyn and wife Megghan gift UNM athletics with $350,000 … Academy’s Barney leaves the scene with his 42nd blue trophy — 21 boys’, 21 girls’. … The Charlotte Hornets pick up Academy grad James Borrego’s option for another year as head coach … UNM athletics gets more than $10 million from federal COVID assistance funds.

 

JUNE: Normalcy reigns (almost). Rio Rancho baseball coach Ron Murphy wins his 582nd game, becoming the state’s all-time leader … former Lobo Josh Kerr (more about him later) runs the fastest 1,500 meters ever on U.S. soil (3:31.55) … Olympic and pro boxing champion Claressa Shields, training for MMA in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink, wins her debut in the cage. She would lose her second MMA fight 4½ months later … Tod Brown from North Dakota State to succeed Ray Birmingham as UNM baseball coach … Cloudcroft’s Ajia Hughes wins five events at NM track championships … Phoenix’s Hannah Robbins, daughter of former UNM hoops star Rob, announces she’ll become a second-generation Lobo … Former UNM softball player Rachel Balkovec, a hitting coach in the Yankees’ organization, picked to coach at the All-Star Futures game in Denver.

JULY: The quiet month. Volcano Vista basketball star Jaelyn Bates commits to UNM. Her teammate Natalie Chavez later does the same … Carlsbad left-hander and Miami Marlins rookie Trevor Rogers is named to the NL All-Star team. He later finishes second in NL Rookie of the Year voting … Paul Weir is named athletic director at Eastern New Mexico … New Mexico’s entry in The Basketball Tournament blows a big lead and bows out in the first round, loses its shot at a $1 million payday … Cleveland outfielder Daniel Johnson becomes the first former NMSU Aggie to hit a Major League home run.

AUGUST: NM on the big stage. Former Lobos Courtney Frerichs (silver, 3,000 steeplechase) and Josh Kerr (bronze, 1,500 meters) medal in Tokyo, leading a contingent of 19 New Mexico-connected Olympians … Public comments suggest the initiative for a soccer-specific stadium to house NMU likely is doomed … UNM AD Eddie Nuñez receives the rarely given MWC Commissioner’s Award for his efforts in keeping Lobo athletics alive and afloat during the pandemic … As the delta variant rears its ugly head, Gov. Lujan Grisham’s indoor mask mandate will include athletic events … former Lobo Chris Wehan returns for a second stint with NMU.

SEPTEMBER: Football is back. UNM opens with a 27-17 victory over Houston Baptist in coach Danny Gonzales’ long-delayed home debut … the following week, UNM beats NMSU 34-25. Thereafter, it gets tougher … NMU gets its first win in 54 days, beating Colorado Springs Switchbacks 3-2. … Isotopes reliever Nelson Gonzalez makes his record 133rd appearance in an Albuquerque uniform … Albuquerque MMA star Carlos Condit retires … MMA star Jon Jones arrested on domestic-violence charge in Las Vegas, Nevada … The Isotopes beat Reno in their final home game of 2021. “I would say there has not been a more important season in our history,” said club vice president and GM John Traub.

OCTOBER: Autumn leaves. Roswell product DonTrell Moore, UNM’s all-time rushing leader, to be inducted into the school’s football Ring of Honor … Lobo senior transfer quarterback Terry Wilson suffers what proves to be a season-ending elbow injury in a 31-7 loss to San Diego State, crippling an already struggling offense. … the Duke City Marathon is back after a year’s absence; Santa Fe’s Paul LeFrancois and Albuquerque newcomer Erin Wagner are the winners … Kenny Barreras to step down after 17 years as APS athletic director … New Mexico United’s Devon Sandoval will miss the rest of the season because of blood clots … NMU finishes the season with a win but misses the playoffs … Lobos get their third (and final) football victory of the season, 14-3 at Wyoming.

NOVEMBER: Not so fast, NMU. Voters voice a definitive thumbs down on a soccer stadium … Troy Lesesne stops down as NMU head coach … the Lobos rout New Mexico Highlands in Pitino’s first game as head coach … the U.S. national women’s hockey team comes to town and scrimmages the New Mexico Ice Wolves … NMU assistant coach Zach Prince elevated to the top job … St. Pius X and NMSU grad Tommy Sheppard now president, as well as GM, of the NBA’s Washington Wizards … the UNM women run third at NCAA X-C nationals, have now finished in the top 10 12 years in a row … Jerry Kill named NMSU football coach after Doug Martin’s contract is not renewed … the Lobo basketball men outlast the Aggies and a 50-minute power outage to win, 101-94, at the Pan Am.

DECEMBER: Omicron, oh, my. The UNM women came back from a 13-point deficit with 8 minutes left to complete a sweep of NMSU … the NMSU men beat the Lobos in OT at the Pit to gain a split … As rumors fly that Eddie Nuñez is a candidate for the Miami AD job, he agrees to an extension at UNM …. Albuquerque’s Holly Holm to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame … Atrisco Heritage boys basketball coach Adrian Ortega is the new APS AD … Jon Jones agrees to a plea deal in Vegas, domestic violence charge is dropped … the NMMI Broncos rout Iowa Western 31-13 in the NJCAA football title game … Fresno State beats UTEP 31-24 In the PUBC New Mexico Bowl, back where it belongs after the 2020 game was played out of state … UNM announces a vaccination requirement for fans entering the Pit … UNM’s scheduled MWC men’s opener vs. Colorado State postponed by COVID in the CSU program … Triple-A West, in which the Isotopes play, will experiment with robot ball-strike technology in 2022.

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Walmart Cyber Monday Sale: This Keurig Brewer Is the Perfect Treat for Holiday Visitors — and It’s Just $49

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Save $40 on the Keurig K-Compact coffee brewer, plus explore more Walmart Deals for Days Cyber Monday deals.

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

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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