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HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. • NMMI at Capitan 7 p.m. • Dexter at Lovington • Portales at Goddard GIRLS BASKETBALL 5 p.m. • Hagerman at NMMI 7 p.m. • Goddard at Alamogordo

SCORE CENTER GIRLS BASKETBALL NMMI at Lake Arthur, n/a MEN’S BASKETBALL Top 25 Georgetown 89, Longwood 53 NBA Golden State 104, Charlotte 96 Philadelphia 104, Detroit 97 Miami 101, Atlanta 92 San Antonio 134, Houston 126, OT Dallas 119, Sacramento 96 Toronto at Portland, late NFL New England 42, Houston 14


If you were at the “Roswell Versus” boxing card Saturday night and went to get a drink, looked down at your phone, or even blinked too long, there’s a good chance you missed John Herrera’s stunning victory against Cristoval Larazolo. The Roswell fighter landed a crisp right hook to Larazolo’s jaw, sending the Amarillo fighter sprawling to the canvas just 47 seconds into the first round. Herrera picked up his fourth victory, bringing his record to 4-4-1 in his professional career. Saturday’s match was his second knockout and Herrera admitted that even he was surprised. “I was actually gonna try and box and if the knockout came, then it came. I wasn’t expecting a knockout,” he said. “… I heard my corner yell ‘he’s open for a right,’ so I threw it and it dropped him. I heard my cor ner, they told me what to do, I did it and it worked.” Coach and owner of Team Roswell, Lupe Perez, was one of the individuals who yelled for Herrera to take the shot and he said he predicted the outcome early on. “I knew it would come,” he said.

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John Herrera, left, raises his fist just before the official announcement of his victory over Cristoval Larazolo, right, in the main event of the Roswell Versus boxing card, Saturday. Herrera knocked out Larazolo in 47 seconds. “I had a feeling it was going to come, I just didn’t expect it that quick.” Herrera’s electrifying victory salvaged a less that spectacular showing from Roswell fighters. Minutes

Victor Silva of Socorro. Steven Serrano was also knocked out in his match against Gerardo Quintana of Hobbs.

A GR-eat season


NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, and if a deal with the players’ association isn’t reached soon the whole season could be lost. The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations. Already, 422 regular-season games had been called off through Dec. 14 because of the lockout, and the latest cuts on Day 86 of the NHL shutdown claimed 104 more. The New Year’s Day Winter Classic and the All-Star game were canceled earlier. In all, the 526 lost games account for nearly 43 percent of the regular season that was scheduled to begin Oct. 11. The cancellation of just two more weeks of the season, however, could perhaps signal hope of a deal to begin play in early January. Negotiations between the league and the players’ association broke off last week, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday the sides are trying to restart talks this week.

before the main event, Mike Herrera, John’s brother, lost a decision to Oscar De La Parra of El Paso in four rounds. Bobby Pemberton fell to 0-2 in his career after being knocked out in the third round by

See FIGHTS, Page B2






NATIONAL ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — All the medical terms associated with Robert Griffin III’s knee injury can be boiled down to one simple message: It’s not too bad. Beyond that, there are still some very important unknowns. The NFL’s top-rated quarterback might or might not play Sunday when the Washington Redskins visit the Cleveland Browns. Coach Mike Shanahan, knowing full well that it makes the other team work extra to prepare for two quarterbacks, will no doubt wait as long as possible to publicly commit one way or the other to Griffin or fellow rookie Kirk Cousins. “Both of them will have a game plan,” Shanahan said Monday. The interior of Griffin’s right knee was the subject of intense scrutiny during Shanahan’s weekly news conference, when it was shown that an injury to a franchise player like RG3 can flummox even a seasoned coach. Shanahan initially said Griffin had a “strain of the ACL” before later correcting the diagnosis to a sprained LCL, with the coach stepping away from the podium to demonstrate the location of the ligament involved. The upshot: Griffin has a mild, or Grade 1, sprain of the lateral collateral ligament located on the outside of the knee, caused when he was hit by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at the end of a 13-yard scramble late in regulation of the 3128 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.


KO highlights pro fights Roswell Daily Record


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Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, left, runs past Cincinnati defender Chris Crocker during the Cowboys’ win over the Bengals, Sunday. Dallas won the game 20-19.

’Boys come back Overcome emotions to beat Bengals CINCINNATI (AP) — Dan Bailey’s 40-yard kick went straight through the uprights. The Dallas Cowboys had won an important game on a last-second field goal. They weren’t sure how to react. Numb. Grieving. Distracted. The Cowboys were all those things on Sunday, dealing with the death of one teammate and the tribulations of another. Winners, too, though they hardly felt like it. Bailey’s kick gave Dallas a 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that ended a tough afternoon with the Cowboys’ playoff chances enhanced and their heads full of so many thoughts. “You think about everything,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “Like I said, it’s a roller coaster of emo-

tions. I don’t know what’s right; I don’t know what’s wrong. I don’t know what you’re supposed to feel. “It’s a hard, hard situation we’re in. There’s no playbook for this sort of thing in life.” With a late comeback on Sunday, they got a momentary reprieve from their grieving. The Cowboys overcame a nine-point deficit in the closing minutes behind Romo, who held his hand over his heart during a moment of silence to honor teammate Jerry Brown before the kickoff. The linebacker died in an auto accident early Saturday. Defensive lineman Josh Brent, who was driving, was released from jail on Sunday in Texas about an hour after the game ended.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Look out. That familiar sight is the New England Patriots romping through December, looking like a Super Bowl team. The Patriots rolled over Houston 42-14 on Monday night, stamping themselves once again as the team to fear in the AFC — and making the Texans look like pretenders. Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns and 296 yards as New England manhandled the team with the league’s best record. The Patriots (10-3), who already own the AFC East title, won their seventh straight and moved one game behind the Texans (11-2) for the confer-

ence’s top seed. A matchup of the top two scoring teams in the league was a mismatch from the outset. It took New England only one possession to start its scoring barrage as the Patriots surpassed their average of 35.8 points per game. Wes Welker’s 31-yard punt return and 25-yard reception — the 107th straight game he’s had a catch — led to Aaron Hernandez’s 7-yard score. That gave Brady 45 consecutive games with a TD pass, third longest in NFL history. It also set the tone.

Pats romp over Texans


See ROMP, Page B2

Steve Notz Photos

ABOVE: Members of the Goddard Rockets hoist the NMAA Class 4A State Championship trophy after beating Los Lunas 17-14 in the state title game, Saturday.

BELOW RIGHT: David Sweet (87) tries to bring down Tiger quarterback Chris Wisneski during the championship game.

BELOW LEFT: Cody French, rear, looks for room to run as Dean McDaniel, front right, throws a block against Los Lunas’ Sasha Gallegos. KEVIN J. KELLER RECORD SPORTS EDITOR

That’s it. It’s all over. The 2012 high school football season is complete. And the Goddard Rockets didn’t let it end in heartache like it had the previous two seasons. They finally did it. They finally completed a perfect season. Goddard put the finishing touches on the greatest season in school history on Friday when Kelsey Cunningham booted a 21-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Rockets to a 17-14 win over Los Lunas in the NMAA Class 4A State Championship.

And what a season it was. It began with a systematic dismantling of the defending state champions, followed by a road win over a team that would eventually earn the No. 1 seed in the 5A playoffs. There were some blowouts (Hobbs and Roswell), there were some games that were tight for a while before tur ning into romps (Moriarty and Artesia) and there were some clutch comebacks (Clovis and Carlsbad). This season of Goddard football had everything a fan could want and more. And it all ended in

See GR-EAT, Page B2

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