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Sports Desk: Antwan January joins Lobo basketball; Harvey Park shows his LFA belt

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On the Sports Desk Thursday, four-star basketball recruit Antwan January makes a good Lobo basketball frontcourt even better. January signed a letter of intent to play for Paul Weir and the Lobos Wednesday. The forward and center originally committed to Illinois, but pulled out of that commitment.

January is not a stranger to New Mexico. His cousin is Milwaukee Bucks guard and former Lobo Tony Snell. January announced his signing on his Twitter page late Wednesday night.

What’s more, the Mountain West announced it’s national television package Thursday. The league will have 44 games on national television. Four were announced for the Lobos.

A fifth televised game for the Lobos will be their first of the season on national television when they meet Notre Dame on NBC September 14, marking the return of Lobos Head Coach Bob Davie to the program he once ran. The Lobos will have a pair of games played on national television on a Friday this season, one home and one away.

Meanwhile, New Mexico MMA fighter Harvey Park won the LFA Lightweight championship last week. Thursday he was in Albuquerque showing fans the spoils of victory: his belt. 

“It’s been a long grind and I have been looking at this belt,” said Park. “I have been looking at the UFC, you know, thinking about it, like trying to get our break, and I feel like it’s happening…You know, to have this belt on my shoulder means a lot to me.”

Park holds a career 90.9 finish percentage. The UFC has noticed. 

The Albuquerque Isotopes and Sacramento Rivercats settle on a split in their short four-game series. Sacramento got the best of the Isotopes in the finale with a 13-5 victory. The 16-12 Isotopes will now hit the road to play a dozen games before returning home.

The Isotopes parent club, the Colorado Rockies, roughed up the Milwaukee Brewers on the road 11-6. Former Isotopes pitcher Jon Gray got the win. In Minnesota, Albuquerque Academy grad Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros fell to the Minnesota Twins 8-2. Bregman’s fellow New Mexican and Twins catcher Mitch Garver did not play.

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