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Turnovers cost Stars vs. Venom

AMARILLO — The Amarillo Venom, defending champs in the Lone Star Football League, opened its season by beat visiting New Mexico 62-34 on Saturday night, taking advantage of five turnovers and knocking Stars QB KJ Black out in the process.

New Mexico dropped to 1-1.

Black, who was last week’s LSFL’s Offensive Player of the Week in a 60-42 victory at San Angelo, was hurt late in the first half after throwing an interception. He was able to walk off the field but was seen afterward with ice on a knee. The Stars did not return a call to the Journal on Sunday to give an update on his status.

Black was replaced by Josh Floyd, who normally is a wide receiver. He was 6-for-13 passing with two interceptions and one TD throw.

Amarillo QB Nate Davis, a fifth-round draft choice by the NFL 49ers in 2009, led the Venom with five TDs throws. The Venom led 36-9 at halftime.

New Mexico’s offensive stalwart was receiver Dexter Manley, who had eight receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown.

The Stars are idle this week before playing their home opener April 6 in the Santa Ana Star Center against Laredo. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

Atrisco’s Mendoza among GG winners

In a showdown between big punchers, Atrisco Boxing’s Brian Mendoza left no doubt as to who punched harder.

Mendoza’s first-round stoppage of Albuquerque PAL’s Ronald Jones at 152 pounds was the highlight of Saturday’s open-division finals in the New Mexico Golden Gloves Championships at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center.

Mendoza and eight other state champions will represent the state April 20 in a box-off against Colorado champions, with berths in Golden Gloves nationals (May 13-18 in Salt Lake City) at stake.

UNM rugby club topples UCLA

The UNM women’s club rugby team defeated UCLA 32-31 on the last play of Sunay’s game to advance to the Sweet Sixteen at Stanford.

The Lobos scored on a 50-meter on a weakside reverse to Jennifer Foster-Valencia.

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LOBO GOLF: In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,UNM sophomore Gavin Green walked away from $29,246. The Lobo tied for 22nd in the Maybank Malaysian Open with a 6-under 210. Green would have earned the money if he were a professional. He finished seven strokes behind winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.

LOBO SOFTBALL: New Mexico swept Siena 13-5 and 5-2 on Sunday to improve to 16-20. Freshman left-hander Lauren Soles (7-8) threw 14 strikeouts in the second game.

TENNIS: In Key Biscayne, Fla., Maria Sharapova advanced to the fourth round at the Sony Open by beating Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2.

GOLF: In Las Cruces, Cyrus Whitney from Oro Valley, Ariz., and Shania Berger, 16, from Socorro survived 60-mile per hour gusts on a firm and fast Picacho Hills Country Club and were the first champions of the 2013 Sun Country Amateur Golf Association season.

SOCCER: Costa Rica is asking soccer’s governing body to order a replay of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the United States, won 1-0 by the Americans during a snowstorm in Commerce City, Colo.

F1: In Sepang, Malaysia, Sebastian Vettel had to apologize for his 27th victory in Formula One. He ignored orders and overtook fellow Red Bull driver Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix, having been told to stand down.
— This article appeared on page B3 of the Albuquerque Journal

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