As the New Mexico Bowl this year will actually be played in … New Mexico, there are a few reasons to pay attention – even without a local team in the game.
• It’ll be interesting to see how the Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3) perform after losing coach Kalen DeBoer and offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb to Washington. Fresno State hired Jeff Tedford, who coached the Bulldogs from 2017 to 2019, to replace DeBoer, but Tedford will not coach in the bowl game.
• The UTEP Miners (7-5), meanwhile, are playing in a bowl game for the first time in seven years but didn’t beat anyone with a winning record this season. The Miners are trying to make a little history. UTEP has not played in the postseason since 2014 and it has not won a bowl since 1967, when it beat Ole Miss at its home Sun Bowl.
• And we can see if Albuquerque can put on a show for both the teams and Saturday’s ESPN-televised game – after the event relocated to Texas last year because of COVID-19 prohibitions on gatherings within the state of New Mexico.
Fresno State was scheduled to arrive into Albuquerque Tuesday night, and UTEP will be in by Wednesday. The teams have dinners scheduled Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, there is a luncheon for both teams at 11:30 a.m. at Isleta Resort, and a 4 p.m. pep rally in Old Town Plaza.
Kickoff is Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
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Blake Horstmann Talks Nick Viall Feud: Making Amends Is ‘Impossible’
“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.
“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.”
“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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