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February 27, 2019

The Eastern New Mexico University basketball teams, in a doubleheader televised on ESPN3, fell to West Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

The women’s 67-60 overtime loss knocked the Greyhounds (18-9, 13-6) out of the running for second place in the Lone Star Conference tournament. They began Wednesday third in the conference standings. but could also end up fourth or fifth depending on their game Saturday at Texas Woman’s and how the teams behind them — Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Kingsville — fare in their final two games.

In the men’s game, West Texas A&M won 92-79. The loss put the Greyhounds at 10-8 in conference (13-13 overall) and locked them into fourth place. Eastern will open the LSC tournament against the fifth seed — either Tarleton State or Texas A&M-Kingsville — in a 7:30 p.m. March 7 first-round game at Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas. The Buffs clinched the top seed in the eight-team field last week.

• From the Albuquerque Journal: The state Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would ban coyote-killing contests in New Mexico — following an 80-minute debate that highlighted the political divide between urban and rural lawmakers.

The bipartisan proposal, Senate Bill 76, now heads to the state House.

"This is an abhorrent fringe activity," said Sen. Jeff Steinborn, a Las Cruces Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill.

Opponents said the legislation was an example of urban lawmakers failing to understand life in rural New Mexico — where they said killing contests should remain an option to help control the population of a predator.


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