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Thursday, April 28, 2011 Phone: 575-622-7710, ext. 28

LOCAL SCHEDULE THURSDAY APRIL 28 H.S. BASEBALL 4 p.m. • NMMI at Dexter (DH) 3 p.m. • Capitan at Lake Arthur, at Artesia (DH) H.S. GOLF 9 a.m. • NMMI, Goddard and Roswell at Last Chance Open H.S. SOFTBALL 4 p.m. • Dexter at Lake Arthur H.S. TENNIS District 4-4A Championship 4 p.m. • Artesia at Goddard


The First Tee of The Pecos Valley will hold a silent auction on April 30 and May 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NMMI Golf Course. The First Tee is currently seeking donations for the auction. To donate or for more information, call 623-4444.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL is falling behind in its court fight with the players over the future of the $9 billion business. The federal judge who lifted the NFL lockout two days ago dealt another blow to the league late Wednesday, denying its request to put her ruling on hold pending appeals and guaranteeing more limbo for the 32 teams, thousands of players and millions of fans. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote that the NFL “has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise.” She dismissed the NFL’s argument that she didn’t have jurisdiction and that it is facing irreparable harm because of her decision to end the 45-day lockout. “In short, the world of ‘chaos’ the NFL claims it has been thrust into — essentially the ‘free-market’ system this nation otherwise willfully operates under — is not compelled by this court’s order,” Nelson wrote. The judge acknowledged that her decision will be appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis and the NFL has promised that step. The ruling means the league has no rules in place, shelved since the collective bargaining agreement ended on March 11 and the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987 was imposed shortly afterward. But Nelson said that needn’t be the case. “The league may choose to act in accordance with its expressed belief that the players remain a union and that they have reached a state of impasse, or the League may choose to chart a different course, implementing a version of the 2010 player system, or something different altogether,” she wrote. “Like any defendant in any lawsuit, defendants themselves must make a decision about how to proceed and accept the consequences of their decision.” Whether that includes free agency or other rules drawn up even as the draft gets under way Thursday was anyone’s guess. There was no immediate word from the league after Nelson’s decision. The NFL had argued that Nelson had no jurisdiction and that she shouldn’t make a decision while a complaint of bad-faith negotiation against the players was still pending with the National Labor Relations Board. The league also argued that it shouldn’t be subject to some of the antitrust claims leveled by the players with the collective bargaining deal barely expired. The judge shot all of those down.



NMMI names Montoya HS football coach Roswell Daily Record




Home is where the heart is and while Randy Montoya had made a nice “home” as the football coach at Hager man the past four years, his heart was with his family in Roswell. So when NMMI had an opening for a high school football coach, Montoya threw his hat into the ring and on Wednesday, he was introduced as the new coach for the Colts. Montoya, who resides in Roswell with his wife and two children, said that the move was the best thing for his family. “You know, it is just one of those things that came down to what is best for my family and being close to my family was the most important thing in this move,” he said. “It is an honor to be accepted as the head coach here at such a fine institution. Just to be able to be associated with this kind of institution is an honor in itself. Like I said, the most important thing was it brought me closer to my family. That was one of the major things for me.” Montoya, who attended Goddard High School, said that as soon as the position

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NMMI announced on Wednesday the hiring of Randy Montoya, second from right, as the high school football coach. With Coach Montoya is from left, daughter Aniston, wife Sonya, Associate Athletic Director Jose Barron and son Isaiah. opened, he applied for it. “Well, as soon as it came open, I applied for it,” he said. “Being a local boy, as soon as it came open word flew around pretty quick. I knew it was something that I was definitely interested in. When they called me for an interview, obviously it became more surreal. “The fact that they select-

ed me was just an honor and I hope to bring that kind of success I had over (at Hagerman) with me to this institution.” That success included a state title in 2009 and a state runner-up finish last year. Being coach at NMMI offers different challenges for a coach. They never

know for sure who will be on the team and because many players are not from the area, offseason workouts and drills are almost impossible to put together. Montoya said that he just has to take it year by year and that each year will be like a puzzle. “You know, you just have to take it year by year,” he

said. “It is really the same as any other public school as well: You have a pretty good idea of who is coming back, but you could lose people to moving or grades or stuf f like that. Being here and being in this type of situation is just going to

at Radio City Music Hall. Here’s how the first round might go. ——— 1. CAROLINA (2-14) Can’t go wrong with the first pick of 2011 because so much went wrong in 2010 for the Panthers. This is a team in need of help almost everywhere, and with no free agency during the lockout, it needs to get things right in the only open avenue for improvement.

So where will the Panthers look for immediate aid? Perhaps quarterback. Or defensive line. Or anywhere else on the defense. Or on offense, for that matter. This is a team with virtually no strengths heading into the 2011 schedule — if there is a season. On the theory that quarterback really is the most important position, give the Panthers a Heisman Trophy winner. Pick: CAM NEWTON, QB, Auburn.


another game-breaking receiver in Julio Jones, but instead pulls the trigger on a protector for returning quarterback Tony Romo. Pick: TYRON SMITH, OT, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

No slam-dunk top pick this year in NFL draft

NEW YORK (AP) — The draft is the only game in town. In every NFL town. In the midst of the lockout, the one piece of business that has not ground to a halt is the draft. None of the 32 teams are allowed to be in contact with their players, but they’ve been free to handle all the scouting and testing and interviewing that goes into making their draft picks. Those picks begin tonight

2. DENVER (4-12) No questions, here: Broncos must address an awful defensive front, even with Elvis Dumervil returning from injury. Another SEC standout: Pick: MARCELL DAREUS, DT, Alabama.

3. BUFFALO (4-12) Bills might be tempted to go for a quarterback, but their needs in their defensive front seven are huge after making only 27 sacks in 2010. They will think about Auburn’s Nick Fairley before grabbing the best linebacker in this crop. Pick: VON MILLER, LB, Texas A&M.

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In this Dec. 4 file photo, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton reacts near the end of the Tigers’ game against South Carolina. Newton is a top prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft.

4. CINCINNATI (4-12) Team dysfunctional either admits Carson Palmer really won’t come back, or calls his bluf f. Owner Mike Brown’s stubborn streak gets the best of him, he ignores QB needs and takes the most ready player in the entire draft.

5. ARIZONA (5-11) Cardinals have to blink twice when they see the quarterback they wanted fall to them. Drop the talk of trading for Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb when the lockout ends. Pick: BLAINE GABBER T, QB, MISSOURI.

6. CLEVELAND (5-11) Browns wait to address their defensive holes in the second round and beyond. They use as much time as it takes him to run a 40 to announce ... Pick: A.J. GREEN, WR, GEORGIA.

7. SAN FRANCISCO (6-10) Undaunted by his missing last year because of an NCAA suspension, 49ers get the bookend for Patrick Willis and a linebacker who can stop the run as well as Willis can. Pick: ROBERT QUINN, LB, NORTH CAROLINA. 8. TENNESSEE (6-10) Like Buffalo and Cincinnati, Tennessee opts to find its QB of the future in a later round and finds the pass rusher it needs. But Titans need to be patient because he’s coming off a slow recovery from knee surgery. Pick: DA’QUAN BOWERS, DE, CLEMSON. 9. DALLAS (6-10) Jerry Jones thinks long and hard about adding

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10. WASHINGTON (6-10) Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen don’t hesitate to go for that versatile wideout the division-rival Cowboys passed on. Pick: JULIO JONES, WR, ALABAMA.

11. HOUSTON (6-10) A good place for the Texans, who have plenty of defensive players to choose from to help Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans. Debating between linebacker and secondary, they grab a cornerback for the second straight year, this a royal one. Pick: PRINCE AMUKAMARA, CB, NEBRASKA.

12. MINNESOTA (6-10) Had Amukamara been available, the Vikings would have taken him. Now, they ponder — hey, you get 10 minutes, guys — before gambling a bit for their quarterback. Pick: JAKE LOCKER, QB, WASHINGTON.

13. DETROIT (6-10) Another team that wanted Amukamara now must look elsewhere. The search lands at the offensive line and ...

Miami eliminates Philadelphia with 97-91 win

MIAMI (AP) — Not easy. But over. For the first time since 2006, the Miami Heat have won a playoff series — and, finally, can start thinking in earnest about another showdown with the Boston Celtics. Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals by topping Philadelphia 97-91 on Wednesday night and ousting the 76ers in five games. Mario Chalmers scored 20 points off the bench and LeBron James finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Miami. Joel Anthony made a pair of free

throws with 16.8 seconds left for the Heat, who will face Boston starting Sunday afternoon in Miami. It’s the first series win for the Heat since the 2006 NBA finals. Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand each scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which got 13 from Thaddeus Young, 12 from Jodie Meeks and 10 from Jrue Holiday. See HEAT, Page B2

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RIGHT: The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, left, goes up for a shot against the Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes during Game 5, Wednesday.

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