Further information is pending an accident report from the Roswell Police Department.
The town of Lake Arthur is working its way, grant by grant and state funding allotment by state funding allotment, toward modern infrastructure.
A $673,775 federal grant that is due to be disbursed soon is helping toward that aim.
The town, a portion of which are the only colonias area of Chaves County due to its underdeveloped and financially strapped circumstances, received a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Block Development Grant in September to continue its long-term project to connect all of its residences and businesses to a sewer system. Prior to the project start in 2010, the entire town used septic tanks or cesspools.
The project should help the small community of about 433 residents grow, said Ysidro Salazar, mayor and fire chief.
“The reason why the council and I decided to do this, a lot of folks wanted to move out here, to Lake Arthur, but with the way the land was situated they could buy maybe one lot, maybe two lots, but that wasn’t enough for the Environment Department to approve a septic tank,” Salazar said. “So we figured the best way to do that to maybe get more people in town is to go ahead and complete a sewer system.“
He added that business recruitment also should benefit from the project.
“The sewer system might help to bring in some economic base,” Salazar said. “We had Dollar General looking at us at one time before they went to Hagerman, and I think maybe because we didn’t have a good infrastructure here is why we didn’t get it. But hopefully if we get something good here we could get some businesses.”
Salazar is running for re-election March 6 against challenger Fred Chavarria, who also has expressed support for infrastructure projects to help the city grow.
The sewer installation project has gone through five phases already as funding has become available. The new CDBG grant will enable about 30 more households on the west side of the town to be connected to the sewer and will involve placing connecting lines underneath State Highway 2.
At least one more phase still needs to occur, which would require another grant and would hook up the northeast section of Lake Arthur.
The city also needs improved roads and an upgraded water system. Salazar says the town intends to apply for a grant specifically set aside for colonias for the water project and might seek up to $900,000.
He said the water system needs include increasing the water tank capacity from 210,000 gallons to at least 350,000 gallons and installing six-inch lines to connect wells from a former missile range to the tank and then additional six-inch lines to distribute the water to buildings in the city, replacing older, smaller lines that contain asbestos. A booster system to increase water pressure in parts of the town is also planned.
Two other communities in the county to receive CDBG grants in September are Dexter and Hagerman, according to the Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District / Council of Governments, which works with local government entities in five counties. Dexter received funding for street and drainage improvements, while Hagerman’s grant is also for improvements to its sewer system.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
House fire leads to possible charge; Presumed felon returns to extinguished house fire, retrieves shotgun
A man presumed to be a felon was placed in police custody Wednesday after returning to a house fire scene to pick up a shotgun.
According to the Roswell Police Department’s and Roswell Fire Department’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, firefighters were first dispatched to a house fire at the corner of East Albuquerque Street and South Garden Avenue shortly after 12:30 p.m.
“The fire inside the house was controlled quickly by firefighters,” Wildermuth said. “A female who made it out of the house before RFD’s arrival was transported to a hospital with smoke inhalation.”
Wildermuth said a man inside the home had been ushered out the back door by firefighters.
“At some point during the incident, the same male went back into the house — firefighters instructed him to leave,” Wildermuth said. “He picked up a shotgun. He did not threaten the firefighters with the gun and headed toward the back door.”
Wildermuth said, in response, firefighters retreated toward the front door, and the RPD was called.
“Some officers were already on scene doing traffic control for the fire,” Wildermuth said. “Officers quickly detained the subject, who is believed to be a felon.”
Wildermuth said Wednesday afternoon an investigation for a possible charge of felony possession of a firearm was underway by the RPD.
“No firefighters or PD officers were injured,” Wildermuth said. “(The) cause of the fire is under investigation.”
A small portion of North Sycamore Avenue just south of West Country Club Road will be closed for two weeks beginning Monday while construction of a water line takes place in the area.
Sycamore will be closed between Country Club Road and 25th Street. The closure beginning Monday is expected to continue through Friday, Feb. 2. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes if possible. Northbound traffic with a destination not in the construction area should turn off of Sycamore at College Boulevard.
Traffic will be able to proceed east and west along Country Club through the Sycamore intersection and 25th Street will remain open off of Sycamore.
Access will be maintained for residents of 25th and 23rd streets and connecting streets, as well as for people going to the apartments, churches and Gateway School along Sycamore.
The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.
Police were dispatched a larceny shoplifting at the Kmart at 1705 S. Main St. at 9:34 p.m. Multiple DVDs, containers of body spray, and two pairs of socks with a total estimated value of $73.45 were stolen and later recovered. Andrez Nathan Aguilar and Brooklyn Merle Lewis were charged with shoplifting at the 1700 block of North Main Street at 9:35 p.m. 10:05 p.m.
Zachary Tims was charged with burglary at the 2000 block of North Main Street at 12:10 a.m.
Cody L. Breeden was charged with a miscellaneous arrest from another agency at the corner of North Grand Avenue and East Country Club Road at 12:54 a.m.
Filimon J. Montoya was charged with concealing identity at the corner of South Virginia Avenue and East Hendricks Street at 12:55 a.m.
Astin Joseph Bookout was charged as a fugitive from justice at the corner of West Second Street and North Montana Avenue at 1:11 a.m.
Valarie Theresa Martinez was charged with breaking and entering and a probation violation at the 3200 block of Radcliffe Drive at 10:43 a.m.
Ricardo E. Sanchez was charged with failure to comply at the 3700 block of South Atkinson Avenue at 12:30 p.m.
Daisy Barhajas was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of South Washington Avenue and West Deming Street at 1:57 p.m.
Nellie Sausedo was charged with possession of marijuana at the corner of West Deming Street and South Washington Avenue at 2:08 p.m.
Carolyn Linker was charged with failure to pay fines at the 700 block of South Washington Avenue at 3:29 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a graffiti call at the 200 block of South Union Avenue at 12:18 a.m. A laundry mat valued at $100 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to a report of assault at the 800 block of East Hendricks Street at 7 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage at the 100 block of Riverside Drive at 7:49 a.m. A light pole valued at $200 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to a residential burglary in progress at the 3200 block of Radcliff Drive at 10:29 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting to the Walmart at 4500 N. Main St. 4:09 p.m. A USB charger valued at $29 was stolen and later recovered.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting to the Rue 21 at 4301 N. Main St. 5:08 p.m. $500 worth of clothing was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting to the Walgreens at 1835 N. Main St. 6:07 p.m. Two bottles of Crown Royal valued at $49.98 were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to an attempted suicide at the 600 block of South Union Avenue at 6:21 p.m.
Police were dispatched to the 2700 block of North Main Street in reference to a vehicle burglary. Quarters, insurance and registration paperwork, a W-2 form, and a money order valued at $110 was reported stolen.
Goddard boys basketball coach Anthony Mestas stands at the far end of the bench with his arms folded as his team wins another game at Ground Zero.
Outside of the 1988 state championship in basketball, the boy’s program has not achieved the same amount of success as the football program has. That was one of the appeals that made the former two-time Blue Trophy winner at Hagerman want to take the Goddard coaching job. Mestas won it all in 2011, going 31-0 and in 2014 going 26-4. After accomplishing all that he could at Hagerman, Mestas decided he needed a bigger challenge.
The road to Goddard has not been easy for Mestas. Mestas played football and basketball at Clovis High School, while playing he knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life in the coaching profession. Mestas worked two jobs while attending Eastern New Mexico University, often he would rise at 5 a.m., and go to work at IGA to stock groceries, then go to class and work at his second job at Greyhound Arena. Mesas graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 2002 and his Masters in 2010 from ENMU.
With two state championships under his belt and a career record of 292-110 in his 14 years of coaching Mestas is in his fourth year as Rockets coach. Roswell Daily Record sports interviewed coach Mestas about his time at Hagerman, Goddard and what a young player can learn from him.
RDR: Is there any pressure to win at Goddard? Was there any pressure to win at Hagerman?
AM: The only pressure for me is the pressure that I put on myself to win and compete at a high level. If you look at the coaching history at Goddard, only one other coach has had more wins in their first 4 years. If we get 5 more wins this season then my first 4 years will surpass his. For one reason or another, winning does not come easy at Goddard. That is a lot of the reason I took this job. I didn’t want to go to a school that was already winning and to a program that was already built. I wanted a challenge. I enjoy working at Goddard. I have a terrific coaching staff and administration staff that back me on a daily basis. Mr. Luck has treated me so well during my time here at Goddard from the academic and athletic sides.
RDR: How do you keep yourself and your kids motivated and looking forward?
AM: Gotta keep working every day. Gotta get better. There is always room for improvement each day, each week, and each year. Our goal is to get to the first round each year and try to win that game. Anything can happen if you make the playoffs. Everyone sees Goddard as a football school, not basketball. I like to use that as motivation. I tell my guys you are basketball players and we need to change the stereotype and prove that we can win at Goddard.
RDR: I would like to know your thoughts on what it is like to coach at the 5A level?
AM: Basketball is basketball, you have to prepare and bring it every night. It doesn’t matter what classification you are at. I played basketball at Clovis High so when I became the head coach in Hagerman I feel I brought a big school mentality with me. We played the game at a very high level. My coaching outlook hasn’t changed much at the 5A level. I enjoy the chess match that we have when playing the other teams. You got to bring it every night in 5A because if you don’t, your team will get run off the court.
RDR: Is there any difference in athletes- like the NFL from college, bigger, stronger, faster?
AM: Again, there hasn’t been much difference. To be honest with you Hagerman produces some very athletic kids. The tallest kid I’ve coached was a 6’9” post named Bill Squire. He was recruited by about 10 different Division II schools and ended up playing basketball and doing track and field at ENMU. He still holds the record in the hammer throw and discus at ENMU. The tallest kid that I have had at GHS has been 6’5”. I have been blessed with special guards during my coaching career with Jesus Barraza, Isaac Bejerano, Edward Montoya, Alejandro Ramos, Jesse “Lil Puppy” Rodriguez along with several others at Hagerman. Now at Goddard, I have had Noah Waide, Ricky Roybal, Jonah Chavez, and Brandon Montanez
RDR: This is your fourth year have you had to make any adjustments in your coaching?
AM: Definitely. Each year you have to adjust to your team personnel because if you stick with your own personal style it will end up hurting the team. My personal favorite type of basketball is a fast tempo offense and pressure defense. However, I have had to play more zone in the last four years. We play odd man fronts, even man front, match-up zones. Sometimes you have to make adjustments just to survive and stay in games.
RDR: Do you teach a lot in your practices?
AM: Every day is a teaching day. Whether it’s going over the defense and closing the gaps, learning a new offense, or breaking down opponents film, I teach every practice.
RDR: Who are your mentors in the game of basketball and what have they taught you?
AM: I spent a season as an assistant under New Mexico Hall of Fame Coach Rafael Roybal who won multiple championships in Fort Sumner and is now at Tatum. Coach Roybal taught me a lot about how to prepare and be ready for any game situation. Johnny Casaus was another mentor of mine growing up in Clovis. He has so much love for the game and taught me it doesn’t matter how long you’ve coached or been around basketball, you can always learn something new. When I was a younger coach, I went to a lot of clinics, went to different practices, bought many videos to learn the concepts and strategies of the game.
RDR: You’ve won the Blue Trophy twice and played for it another time, what was so special about those teams?
AM: The players on those championship teams put in the time. The 2011 team is part of just 16 basketball teams to finish undefeated in the history of New Mexico basketball. We “played up” a lot that year and beat a very talented Lovington team (who handed state runner-up Goddard one of their few losses that year). We played undefeated Cliff (29-0) in the state championship and won to complete the season 31-0.
The 2014 team wasn’t as talented but those players knew their roles. We had guys who could come off the bench and maintain for us, guys who could defend like crazy for all 32 minutes of the game, and guys who would simply outwork their opponent for rebounds. Our defense won us that championship in 2014. Those kids put in a lot of time in the gym, lifting weights, breaking down film with me, shooting on their own time.
RDR: Some coaches coach a lifetime and never sniff a title shot- what are you able to convey to your players to get them to play at a high level at the right time?
AM: It has been an honor for me to coach the game of basketball. To get to a state championship game everything has to happen at the right time. Kids have got to play defense, make free-throws, have to stay healthy and the ball has to bounce your way. I always wanted to coach in the PIT and have gotten several opportunities to do that. As a coach when I first started, I wrote personal goals down and I have been honored to accomplish everything I have ever wanted to do as a coach. The ultimate goal was to have an undefeated season and win a blue trophy. I always wanted to be the head coach in a New Mexico High School Coaches Association All-Star game in Albuquerque and I have gotten the chance to do that as well. I have been honored and blessed in my 14 years of coaching at the varsity level in New Mexico.
RDR: What do you want a kid that plays for you to take away from his time with you? Any life lessons that you try to impart?
AM: I hope they come away with more life knowledge than basketball knowledge. Be on time (if you are early you are on time and if you are on time you are late), work hard, respect authority always, don’t be a problem in the classroom and honor your family name. I stress that good grades and attitudes are the most important aspects of high school. I stress being involved in your High School and don’t just play one sport. Get involved with multiple sports, join a club or organization.
ARTESIA — The rematch of the Eddy County Basketball War produced mixed results for Artesia High School Tuesday night at the Bulldog Pit.
In the opening game of the basketball doubleheader, the Carlsbad Cavegirls (16-2) defeated the Artesia Lady Dogs (9-8) 65-35.
Jeff Houghtaling, Artesia’s head coach said his team struggled during the contest with their in-county rivals, who defeated them last month in the Cave City.
“After the first quarter, the score was 11-10, Carlsbad,” Houghtaling said. “It was very competitive, the game was nip-and-tuck and back-and-forth.”
Houghtaling said the second quarter was a different story as Carlsbad outscored Artesia 26-5.
“The second quarter kind of tells the overall outcome of the game,” Houghtaling said. “They opened a gap there that we eventually couldn’t close.”
In the third quarter, the home team was able to outscore the visitors 13-9. “We kind of took momentum back in the third quarter, but again with that big gap from the second quarter, it was not enough,” Houghtaling said.
Houghtaling said the fourth quarter was almost a repeat of the second quarter as the Cavegirls outscored Artesia 19-7.
“Two good quarters for us and two good quarters for them,” Houghtaling said.
Senior Gracie Puentes was Artesia’s leading scorer with 12 points.
So what does Artesia take from the loss to Carlsbad?
“The best thing I think we can take away from it is that Carlsbad plays really good zone defense and everyone in our district plays zone,” Houghtaling said.
“It was a great opportunity for us to probably play against one of the best zone teams maybe in the state to have some success scoring against Carlsbad I think can equate for us to have some success in district,” he added.
Houghtaling had praise for Carlsbad’s Carsyn Boswell, she led her team in points on Tuesday night.
“Each team in our district has a leading scorer,” he said. “We’re trying to use that as an opportunity to prepare for the best scorers in our district. The Carlsbad game is a tough one no doubt, but it’s a good opportunity to practice and prepare.”
The second game saw the Bulldogs avenge the loss of the Lady Dogs earlier in the evening and a loss that they suffered last month on the Cavemen’s (8-10) home court. Artesia (12-5) won 57-45.
Artesia Head Coach Michael Mondragon said his team struggled in the opening half.
“Thought we turned the ball over a little too much,” he said.
He said the Bulldogs were down eight at the half. Artesia adjusted the game plan at halftime.
“I really thought our pressure really got to them at times,” Mondragon said. “We just took care of the basketball and had maybe four or five turnovers in the second half.”
Artesia’s defense kept Carlsbad’s offense in check in the third period as the Cavemen scored seven points.
Senior Joe Willingham was Artesia’s leading scorer with 16 points. Junior Cody Smith had 15 points and fellow junior Tyler Greenwood had 10 points.
“Joe’s our big post inside,” Mondragon said. “He continues to play well and finish on the rim and Cody, he’s a catalyst for us, we can bring him off the bench. He’s kind of like a spark plug and plays extremely hard. Tyler defends really well, is a great shooter and can hit some big shots for us.”
Mondragon also mentioned senior guard Chaney Hardt, “(he) takes care of the ball and does a lot of good things for us.”
The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend with stops at Alamogordo on Friday and Santa Teresa on Saturday.
Mondragon said Artesia will be looking, “to get better.”
“We just gotta go and improve,” he said. “Alamogordo is going to be very athletic, we’re gonna have to make sure we keep them off the glass and make sure we guard and defend.”
Mondragon added that Artesia will also be looking to fix things and get ready for the start of district play Jan. 26 at home against Lovington.
Many times people ask, “If aliens are here, why don’t they land on the White House lawn?” Well, you may be surprised to know, in 1952, Washington, D.C. was buzzed by UFOs.
Jets were scrambled, but, according to the jet pilots, they could not catch the mysterious objects. These UFO incursions took place on several occasions, and on one of them, U.S. Air Force UFO investigators were prepared to observe the whole affair. Sure enough, they witnessed one of these events from the control tower at Washington National Airport.
Perhaps the most thorough examination into the UFO issue was conducted by the U.S Air Force. They began their investigation in 1948. It was called Project Sign, then its name was changed to Project Grudge, and finally changed once again to Project Blue Book.
As for the findings, the Air Force states:
As a result of these investigations and studies and experience gained from investigating UFO reports since 1948, the conclusions of Project BLUE BOOK are: (1) no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security; (2) there has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge; and (3) there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” are extraterrestrial vehicles.
However, upon closer examination of the thousands of files released regarding the Blue Book investigations, it becomes apparent that the Air Force’s conclusions were not shared by everyone involved in the investigation, and that there were some truly fascinating cases that remain unsolved.
UFO sightings over Washington, D.C. in July 1952 made worldwide headlines and left the Air Force dazed and confused, according to the head of Project Blue Book at the time. The events spanned several days and included multiple radar identifications of unknown aircraft, some of which were correlated by witnesses on the ground. Many of the sightings caused the Air Force to scramble jet fighters, and in each of these cases, the UFOs outmaneuvered the jets. This all culminated into what may be the most important official Air Force UFO investigation of all time.
The investigation of the events in Washington, D.C. is best explained in a book written by the lead Air Force investigator, Captain Edward Ruppelt, the head of Project Blue Book from its inception in early 1952 until late 1953.
The summer of 1952 was a busy time for Blue Book investigators. Ruppelt referred to this period as “The Big Flap.” Some of the most credible reports were coming from the Washington, D.C. area.
On July 20, Ruppelt was flying to Washington on unrelated business. His plane landed at Washington National Airport in the morning, and he grabbed a paper to catch up on the latest news. There he found in big, bold, capitalized font, “INTERCEPTORS CHASE FLYING SAUCERS OVER WASHINGTON, D.C.”
Ruppelt immediately called his superior officer at the Pentagon and was briefed on the incident later that day at Bolling Air Force Base. At 11:40 p.m. the previous night, seven objects were caught on radar at Washington National Airport. At first, the radar operators thought the objects were a formation of planes, but nothing like that was scheduled. The objects moved slowly at about 100 to 130 miles per hour, but then would streak across the scope in sudden bursts of speed. The targets had moved all over the area, including over prohibited areas, such as the airspace above the White House and the U.S. Capitol building. One of the objects was clocked at speeds of more than 7,000 miles per hour.
One week later, it happened again. However, this time the Air Force was ready. As soon as reports began coming in, several people from the Pentagon hurried out to Washington National Airport.
At about 10:30 p.m., Washington National Airport had once again picked up the slow-moving targets. The objects were in an arc surrounding the Washington, D.C. area. The same radar operators were present from the prior event, so they were prepared and worked quickly to track the UFOs. They contacted Andrews Air Force Base who confirmed they were also tracking the objects.
At 11:30 p.m., it was decided to call in interceptors to check out the objects. Two Lockheed F-94 Starfires were in the air by midnight. At this point, reporters and photographers were asked to leave the radar room. Ruppelt says the radar room was cleared because some Air Force officers thought this might be the night they would get a good up-close look at a UFO.
The next day the press reported that fighter pilot Lieutenant William Patterson said:
I tried to make contact with the bogies below 1,000 feet, but [the radar controllers] vectored us around. I saw several bright lights. I was at my maximum speed, but even then I had no closing speed. I ceased chasing them because I saw no chance of overtaking them. I was vectored into new objects. Later, I chased a single bright light which I estimated about 10 miles away. I lost visual contact with it about 2 miles.
The papers were once again packed with headlines about the UFO chase. Ruppelt flew to Washington and when he got to his hotel, was mobbed by reporters and photographers.
According to Ruppelt, the Air Force was in a state of confusion. Unable to dodge the public’s fascination with the Washington events, on July 29, Major-General John Samford notified the press that he would have a press conference on the Washington UFO incidents. Ruppelt felt it a bit odd that none of the men in the radar room at Washington National Airport were involved in the press conference. Instead, the press conference was held by Major General Samford and another officer, neither of whom had been fully briefed.
Samford told the press that Air Force UFO investigations had turned out to be mostly misidentifications, but that the other 20 percent of the reports that came in were from “credible observers of relatively incredible things.”
He said the Air Force would continue to investigate those reports, but they suspected that the Washington, D.C. events may have been false radar readings due to temperature inversions.
According to Ruppelt, the actual investigation ruled out temperature inversions.
Alleged pictures and videos of this event can be found on the internet. However, they are all either reflections or recreations of the incidents. No pictures or video were actually captured. However, the case remains unsolved.
Ruppelt said this case convinced many in the Air Force that UFOs were interplanetary spaceships.
Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. The views expressed in this column are those of the author.
Joaquin Urias Moralez, 76, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018. A Rosary will be recited at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dexter, NM, on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:00 AM. Interment will take place at Saragosa Cemetery located in Saragosa, TX. Celebrate Joaquin’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On August 25, 1941, Joaquin was born to Jose Moralez and Simonia Urias in Boquillas de San Isidro, Chihuahua, Mexico. A man of many traits, Joaquin loved gardening, caring for his animals, fixing cars, and taking care of his ranch.
Amongst his favorite things to do was spending time with his family. He always made sure his family was taken care of above all things. Joaquin loved to make everyone laugh by being a clown. One of his favorite ways to make his family laugh was by making up songs, singing to his family and his beloved wife, Lupe. Joaquin was a very entertaining storyteller. The family enjoyed his many stories about his childhood and younger days.
For every holiday, he enjoyed making his famous asado for all of his family to eat. Joaquin was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, son, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed and be forever loved.
Those left to cherish Joaquin’s memory are his loving wife, Guadalupe S. Morales; children: Joaquin Morales Jr. and wife, Delma of Monahans, TX, Belia Morales and husband, Chris of Andrew, TX, Norma Morales of Monahans, TX, Irma Dutchover of Dexter, NM, Raul S. Morales and wife, Renee of Carlsbad, NM, Delma S. Morales of Dexter, NM, Charlie Morales and wife, Adrianea of Roswell, NM; grandchildren: Stefanie, Monique, Tracy, Johnny, Tiffany, Miranda, Mariah, Serena; great-grandchildren: Alena, Zaidee, Ayven, Kallie, Isaiah, Baby Joaquin siblings: Armando Moralez of Saragosa, TX, Tranquilino Moralez of San Antonio, TX, Ramon Moralez of Kosse, TX, Seno Nunez of Monahans, TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving pet, Shoe Shoe Morales of Dexter, NM.
Preceding Joaquin in death were his parents: Jose Moralez and Simonia Moralez; brothers: Juan Moralez, Manuel Moralez, Felix Moralez; sisters: Dulce Bejaran and Amelia Bejaran; and precious pets: Sarah, Scooby and Daisy.
Pallbearers will be: Raul Morales, Charlie Morales, Johnny Rodriguez, Chris Craft, Abel Leyba and Tomas Bejaran.
God Saw You Getting Tired
God saw you getting tired,
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
and whispered, “Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes we
watched you slowly fade away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we would not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
your hard-working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best
Joaquin’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.
Cynthia Lawner, 88, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico. She spent the last year in Roswell, making new friends, reading books from the Roswell Public Library, and especially enjoying time spent at Senior Circle playing mah jong. She moved to Roswell from the Orlando, Florida area, where she and her husband, Maurice, who predeceased her, moved for their retirement in 1984.
She was born Cynthia Ritter in the Bronx, New York, in 1929, graduated from Morris High School, and married Maurice Lawner in 1949. She lovingly raised her two daughters and worked as a bookkeeper in Queens, New York.
Cynthia is survived by her two daughters, Leslie Lawner and her husband Robert Carroll, and their two children Matthew and Casey (and her husband Chris Smith), and Debra Rich and her husband Randall, and their two sons Adam and Cory. She dearly loved her grandchildren and treasured her time with them.
The family is indebted to the members of First Presbyterian Church of Roswell for their many kindnesses to Cynthia, and to Margo Fullinwider for her loving care in Cynthia’s time in New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Humane Society of the United States or the Alzheimer’s Association.
No services will be held at this time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
Armando Gutierrez, 82, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Dexter, NM. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:00 AM, at First Presbyterian Church, 201 5th Street in Dexter, NM. Pastor Stephen Deutch will officiate the service. Celebrate Armando’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On November 5, 1935, Armando was born to Rodrigo Gutierrez and Catalina Cabrrera in El Bosque, Chihuahua, Mexico. He worked as a laborer in Dexter. Armando married his love, Tillie Salcido, on September 20, 1959. He enjoyed growing his garden, coaching baseball and watching his favorite professional football team – the Dallas Cowboys. Above all, his greatest joy was spending time with each of his grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
Those left to cherish Armando’s memory are his loving wife, Tillie Gutierrez; children: Israel Gutierrez and wife, Yvonne, Irene Gutierrez, Irma Ramirez and husband, Fidencio; siblings: Emma Sanchez and husband, Manual, Ernesto Gutierrez and wife, Adela, Ofilia Montanez; grandchildren: Steven Ramirez, Justin Ramirez, Anthony Ramirez, Michael Ripley, Shaun Juarez, and Shalee Gutierrez; great-grandchildren: Tristan Juarez, JJ Juarez, Laci Juarez, Chayse Costa, Aaron Ramirez, and Reed Ramirez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Armando in death are one child, Adam Gutierrez; father, Rodrigo Gutierrez; mother, Catilena Gutierrez; siblings: Robert Gutierrez, Lydia Avila, and Raquel Rede; nephew, Armando Gutierrez; and niece, Gloria Rede.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL.
All the yards and all the touchdowns weren’t enough, however, for the fiery offensive coordinator to keep his job.
The Steelers chose not to renew Haley’s contract on Wednesday, three days after the AFC North champions were ushered out of the playoffs in a 45-42 divisional round loss to Jacksonville.
“I have made the decision to not renew the contract for offensive coordinator Todd Haley,” coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “I would like to thank Todd for his contributions to our offense the past six years, and we wish him the best in his coaching future.”
The 50-year-old Haley, whose father Dick spent two decades as Pittsburgh’s director of player personnel in the 1970s and 80s, was hired in 2012 and tasked with developing an offense around quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Though there appeared to be some tension between the two early in Haley’s tenure, the results rewrote much of the team record book.
The Steelers finished in the top seven in total offense in each of the past four seasons, including third in 2017.
Pittsburgh won three division titles and reached the playoffs in each of those seasons thanks in part to Haley’s playcalling, the ascension of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to one of the best players in the league and the arrival and development of All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell.
Brown is the only player in NFL history with five consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions. Bell is one of the best all-around backs in the league and his 406 touches in 2017 were 60 more than any other player.
Roethlisberger tied for the NFL lead in yards passing in 2014 and just as importantly saw the number of times he was sacked decrease substantially even as he put the ball in the air more frequently.
Haley and Roethlisberger downplayed any discord between the two, though Haley swapped places with Randy Fichtner in the middle of the season, moving from the sideline to the coach’s box.
Haley was injured during an incident at a bar near Heinz Field on New Year’s Eve shortly after the Steelers wrapped up a 13-3 season with a victory over Cleveland.
Haley was not considered a direct party to the incident and he said afterward he had the team’s full support and was told it was not an issue moving forward.
Less than two weeks later, Haley finds himself looking for work. Tomlin declined to endorse Haley’s return during his season-ending news conference on Tuesday. A day later Haley’s productive if tumultuous time with the Steelers was over.
Whoever replaces him will have one of the most talented offenses in the NFL at his disposal. The entire starting offensive line is under contract for 2018. Roethlisberger has already stated publicly he will be back for a 15th season.
Brown is signed through 2021. Bell’s situation is a little more unclear. The team can place the transition tag on him as it did this season, though he told ESPN.com he could sit out or retire if he and the Steelers do not reach a long-term agreement. Bell said on Sunday his hope is to remain in Pittsburgh.
Fichtner is the leading in-house candidate to take over for Haley. Fichtner has been with the team since 2007 and has spent the past eight years as quarterbacks coach. He has a solid rapport with Roethlisberger and the transition would likely be very easy for a team built to win now.
For all of Haley’s acumen, Pittsburgh’s offense came undone this season in critical moments due to curious playcalling.
Twice the Steelers were stopped in fourth down situations against Jacksonville. A first-quarter drive ended when Bell lost yards on fourth-and-inches.
Pittsburgh had the ball and a chance to tie the game early in the fourth quarter when Roethlisberger threw incomplete to rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster on fourth down when advancing the ball a mere foot would have extended the drive.
Those sequences came a month after the Steelers lost to New England at home on Dec. 17 when a potential go-ahead touchdown pass to Jesse James in the final seconds was overturned on replay and Roethlisberger attempted a pass after a fake spike two plays later.
The pass was picked off and the Steelers lost, costing them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, a sequence that helped cost Haley his position with the team.
NOTES: Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak will remain with the team. The Hall of Fame offensive lineman and former head coach of the Tennessee Titans had interviewed for the vacant head coaching job in Arizona but removed himself from contention saying “the timing for my family was not appropriate for me to pursue this potential opportunity.” … Longtime wide receivers coach Richard Mann announced his retirement after 33 seasons as an assistant, including the past five with Pittsburgh.
When Dr. Brian Hainline learned about the apparent suicide of another college athlete, it hit hard. Again.
No, he didn’t know Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski. But he’s heard such stories far too often.
The NCAA’s first chief medical officer has coped with friends, patients and other college students who took their own lives and whenever it happens, the same emotions and questions come racing back. So Hainline has put together recommendations that may help college athletic departments understand how to help players.
“What we’re trying to do is get every single campus to operationalize this,” Hainline told The Associated Press on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s annual convention. “The same problems regular students have with mental health are the same problems student-athletes have. They think they’re unique and they’re not.”
The 21-year-old Hilinski was found in his Pullman, Washington, apartment on Tuesday after he didn’t show up for practice, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police also found a rifle and a suicide note.
Police Chief Gary Jenkins declined to reveal the contents of the note.
Police were interviewing Hilinski’s friends and people who knew him to try to learn why the Cougars’ presumptive starting quarterback apparently took his life. “The missing piece here is why,” Jenkins said.
Hilinski’s family in California issued a statement saying they were in “complete shock and disarray” over his death.
They weren’t the only ones grieving.
A makeshift memorial sprouted near the football stadium on the Pullman campus, next to a bronze statue of the team’s mascot. Social media were also filled with comments, including one from former Washington State star quarterback Ryan Leaf, who said he couldn’t stop crying.
More than 2,000 miles away in Indianapolis, Hilinski’s name repeatedly came up during a previously scheduled panel discussion on student well-being. The session on suicide prevention was full of emotion and concern.
“Last night it was 11 p.m. and I was going to work out when my best friend from UCF texted me pictures of the tweets,” Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative Enna Selmanovic said, referring to the reaction about Hilinski. “And she said, ‘When is this going to end?'”
Numbers show why mental health has become such a serious issue on college campuses.
According to National Data on Campus Suicide and Depression, one out of every 12 college students makes a suicide plan and 7.5 students per 100,000 kill themselves.
Hainline said the stats are similar for athletes, something Selmanovic found in her own research.
The former swimmer and current pre-med student at the University of Cincinnati found 35 college athletes killed themselves from 2009-15, which represents 7.3 percent of all deaths among college athletes during that time. Twenty-nine of the deaths were male athletes and 13 played football.
Selmanovic revised her prepared remarks after hearing about Hilinski. But the solutions remain the same.
“The lack of education that we believe exists right now will make it worse if it’s not solved,” she said. “Educating staff and coaches is just as important because they are the ones who are going to know when performance is slipping. And confidentiality is key.
“Getting athletes to know the resources are out there, that’s the biggest thing,” she added.
While some athletes may avoid asking for help because of worries about what coaches and peers think or whether they may lose a scholarship, the bigger problem might be the long-held stigma attached to mental illnesses.
Former Clemson football player Jay Guillermo understands.
The starting center on college football’s national runner-up in 2015 and the 2016 national champions stepped away from football during his sophomore year so he could be treated for depression. At his worst, he said he contemplated suicide but never attempted it.
“The struggle, at least I know for myself, was more admitting that I needed to talk to someone,” he said in a telephone interview, noting the university and the coaching staff provided the support he needed. “Especially a male athlete, and a football player in such a physical rough sport, you never want to be the guy that’s having to admit that something’s wrong. You get that mindset of always pushing through. Nothing’s wrong. I’m good to go. I think that’s the toughest part. At least for me. Not that there wasn’t any resources there, but reaching out to those resources.”
Hainline said college students are more vulnerable because a range of illnesses peak during the ages of 18 to 22.
The stress of performing in school and on the field only ratchets up the pressure and if a student isn’t sleeping well, as often happens in college, studies show the suicide risk can double or triple even without a mental illness.
Hainline believes schools shouldn’t just have a plan, they need to practice the plan and be prepared to help players before dealing with tragedy.
“What’s it going to take? Is it going to take having a licensed sports psychologist on campus? Maybe,” Selmanovic said. “But we have to hit the mark or sadly more (athletes) will end up like Tyler. I’m not sure about you, but I can’t take another Tyler.”
NEW YORK (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points, Patty Mills made seven 3-pointers and the San Antonio Spurs responded to the latest absence of Kawhi Leonard by beating the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Wednesday night.
Mills finished with 25 points and combined with Aldridge on the most important play of the game, a three-point play for Aldridge with 53 seconds remaining on a pass from the reserve guard after the Nets had cut a 17-point deficit to three.
The Spurs announced earlier Wednesday that Leonard would be out indefinitely so he can continue rehabilitating from the right thigh injury that forced him to miss the start of the season.
“We didn’t feel he was ready. His confidence level wasn’t there, so we decided to give it some more time,” coach Gregg Popovich said.
They were fine without him Wednesday, thanks also to Pau Gasol’s 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Allen Crabbe scored 20 points and Joe Harris had 18 for the Nets, who lost their third straight.
Mills went 5 for 5 off the bench in the first half, all 3-pointers, and finished with the most 3-pointers by a Spurs player this season.
Spurs: San Antonio was also without Manu Ginobili because of a bruised right thigh. … Ginobili and Davis Bertans had shared the Spurs’ high of six 3-pointers in a game this season.
Nets: Brooklyn has lost five straight at home. … The Nets have dropped the last six meetings.
Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy. He also was sidelined briefly because of a shoulder injury. Popovich said Leonard hadn’t sustained another injury, but also didn’t seem confident in his ability to play at the level that had him finishing third in the voting for NBA MVP last season.
“He didn’t reinjure it or anything but he was having pain, but not right after games, but maybe the next day at noon or that kind of thing and so the pain wasn’t dissipating,” Popovich said. “It wasn’t going in the right direction, it was going the other way and you’ve got to be confident in your body to go out there and play at the level that he’s expected to play.”
POPOVICH ON …
PLAYER ALTERCATIONS: “NBA fights are the silliest, namby-pambiest things I’ve ever seen in my life. Except there was that one in the stands a few years ago. That one got ugly.”
RESPONDING TO REFEREES: “It evens out, it’s just that we’re all so prejudice it’s ridiculous. We think we’re the ones getting screwed all the time. So referees cannot win. I don’t care what happens, they will never win. Everybody’s always going to (complain) about them, so it’s best to just play the game, don’t cry about it and move on.”
Spurs: Visit Toronto on Friday night.
Nets: Host Miami on Friday night.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — SMU coach Tim Jankovich said his Mustangs would have to be “near perfect” to have a chance against No. 7 Wichita State.
Shake Milton gave Jankovich that and more.
“Might have been better than perfect,” Jankovich said.
Milton scored a career-high 33 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead the Mustangs to an 83-78 victory, snapping the Shockers’ 27-game winning streak at Koch Arena on Wednesday night.
“I don’t know how you play better than that,” Jankovich said. “Shake controlled the game, not just scoring in bunches. He had control of everything.”
SMU (13-6, 3-3 American Athletic Conference) had lost three straight, not winning since Dec. 31. Wichita State (15-3, 5-1) had won 67 of 68 at Koch Arena.
“I think we need to be desperate every game right now,” said Milton, who was 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. “But knowing it would be an environment like this, that the fans would be crazy, was motivation.”
Jahmal McMurray scored 16 points for the Mustangs, who shot 63.8 percent. Ethan Chargois had 12 points, and Ben Emelogu added 10.
Landry Shamet led the Shockers with 20 points and 10 assists, and Shaquille Morris scored 17. Darral Willis scored 12 points off the bench, and Conner Frankamp added 11.
Wichita State rallied after trailing 70-57 with 4:33 remaining to make it a one-possession game twice in the final minute.
Like much of the game, the Mustangs made shots when it mattered.
“In the end, they really had tremendous playmakers that made great plays,” Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. “They kept throwing dagger, dagger, dagger. We would get it down to four or three, and they would hit another big shot.”
The Mustangs rarely use a zone defense, but Jankovich had them employ one the entire game. They also had personnel issues to overcome. Jarrey Foster, the Mustangs’ second-leading scorer, did not return after getting injured less than six minutes into the game.
By the 10-minute mark of the second half, Emelogu and Chargois each had four fouls.
SMU found a way to hang on with some stellar individual plays. Each team had 30 field goals, but the Mustangs had just 10 assists — 14 fewer than Wichita State.
“I thought our execution was excellent,” Jankovich said.
Marshall gave credit to a “better game plan.”
“They tried to score early and, if not, they held the ball and ran clock,” Marshall said. “And with the zone, they wanted to shorten the game. And it worked.”
HOME STATE VIBES
McMurray had not scored in double figures in any of the three January games before reaching that mark by halftime Wednesday. He had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first half, hitting both of his 3-pointers.
McMurray is from Topeka and also attended Sunrise Christian Academy Prep School in Wichita before playing two seasons at South Florida.
In another way to shorten the game, the Mustangs would often let the ball bounce around after Wichita State made shots. That forced a Shocker or a referee to retrieve the ball as the clock ran.
“It felt like we lost two minutes just to that,” Marshall said.
SMU: The Mustangs could turn their season on this victory, and it will go down as a signature performance for Milton.
Wichita State: The Shockers suffered their first conference loss with a rare lackluster show from their defense.
SMU: Hosts Tulane on Saturday.
Wichita State: Plays at Houston on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce was surprised by the free-agent market.
“The way the offseason kind of went and the slowness of it kind of maybe changed my outlook on it a little bit,” he said Wednesday at a Citi Field news conference.
Bruce returned to the Mets for a $39 million, three-year contract, five months after New York traded the 30-year-old outfielder to Cleveland.
“I think there’s been a sea change in the industry,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “It’s at least arithmetic in nature if not mathematical, so everybody’s information is roughly the same, which means the assessments of players are probably more uniform today than they ever have been, because they’re predicated not on subjective observation.”
Bruce agreed to the deal last week, and New York finalized the agreement Tuesday after the three-time All-Star passed a physical.
His deal was the third-highest among free agents this offseason behind first baseman Carlos Santana’s $60 million contract with Cleveland and close Wade Davis’ $52 million agreement with Colorado, both also for three-year terms. Just 38 of 166 major league free agents have completed agreements, down from 58 of 158 on the same date last year.
“The people who are working within the organizations now are a little more numbers based, a little more statistically driven, and I think they understand that it kind of behooves them to wait,” Bruce said. “There’s a month ’till spring training starts, and there’s really no rush. And I think that a lot of times they feel like they had the leverage and they’re going to utilize that as much as they can. ”
Bruce hit a career-high 36 home runs last year, including 29 for the Mets, and batted .254 with 101 RBIs. He reunites with former Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who replaced Terry Collins as Mets manager after the season. Bruce expects the Mets under Callaway to institute some of the Indians’ methods.
“They were very, very adamant about certain things when it came to preparation and recovery and just taking care of yourself in general,” he said. “And I expect Mickey to bring a lot of news ideas and things that make sense for the organization.”
Coming from Beaumont, Texas — with a population of just over 100,000 — Bruce and wife Hannah enjoyed living in midtown Manhattan with their son Carter, who turns 2 in April. She is pregnant with their second child.
“We just had a great experience the whole time, and it was never something that we shied away from,” he said. “It’s exciting to be back.”
Acquired from Cincinnati in August 2016, Bruce slumped at first with the Mets but doesn’t think the unfulfilling start was tied to acclimating.
“It’s a big stage and I think that you have to embrace it and you have to be here and understand the passion of the fans and the market,” he said.
Bruce figures to start the season in right field while Michael Conforto recovers from surgery Sept. 6 to repair a tear in the posterior capsule in his left shoulder.
“There have been no setbacks, but his schedule is such that I don’t expect him back until the first of May,” Alderson said.
Bruce also could see time at first base along with prospect Dominic Smith, Wilmer Flores and Adrian Gonzalez, who agreed to a one-year contract that has not yet been finalized.
While maintaining patience, Alderson chose not to wait for a possible further drop in Bruce’s price.
“If we were analogizing the stock market, it’s always nice to buy when it hit rock bottom, but how often do people do that?” Alderson said.
New York still seeks a second baseman but thinks it has enough bullpen help. From the time he departed last summer, Bruce was open to a return.
“They said, you know, listen, there could be a reunion and we definitely want to kind of explore those options in the offseason,” Bruce explained. “They wasted no time in getting down to business and showing that they want me back and they wanted to be here and wanted me to be a part of what I can kind of consider some unfinished business as a Met.”
Bruce gets a $3 million signing bonus split into equal payments on Jan. 31 in 2019 and 2020, and salaries of $10 million this year and $13 million in each of the following two seasons. The signing bonus is not taxable in New York, more significant than in the past because of the federal changes eliminating deductions for state and local taxes.
“That was definitely a factor,” he said. “It’s something we paid attention to.”
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.
“I was just tremendously excited,” Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston Astros acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I was out with some friends having a good time for my wife’s birthday weekend. So, it was a really good phone call. How you can ask for anything more than coming to the World Series champions.”
Wearing a No. 45 uniform, the 27-year-old right-hander was introduced at Minute Maid Park. He was obtained for right-handed reliever Michael Feliz, right-hander Joe Musgrove, infielder Colin Moran and outfield prospect Jason Martin.
Houston ace Dallas Keuchel was joined late last season by Justin Verlander, who helped the Astros win their first championship.
“I’m certainly happy with the depth of this rotation,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s hard to argue the quality we can throw out there every day if we are healthy and if we continue to push forward.”
Cole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last year, leaving him 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in 127 big league starts.
He will make $6.75 million in 2018, is arbitration eligible again next winter and can be a free agent after the 2019 season. The New York Yankees, who lost Game 7 of the AL Championship Series to the Astros, were thought to be interested in Cole.
“We had some chips to give up, so maybe they didn’t have the depth on that side,” owner Jim Crane said. “Any time we can beat the Yankees, that’s good.”
Keuchel won the 2015 AL Cy Young Award. Verlander earned the 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP honors.
“I’m sure he has a wealth of knowledge that he has accumulated winning Cy Youngs and World Series,” Cole said. “I don’t anticipate learning one or two specific things. I’m just looking forward to playing next to him. He is somebody that every right-handed power pitcher has looked up to. Just a cool opportunity to be able to work with somebody that good.”
Among Astros pitchers, Cole is familiar with Charlie Morton, his former Pirates teammate.
“Charlie has been a good friend of mine ever since I came up,” Cole said. “He’s got nothing but wonderful things to say about the organization, the city, the fans. He has really enjoyed his time here. He’s excited to play with me again, I’m excited to play with him again. Just a lot of great feelings.”
Following the trade, Cole heard from Astros catcher Brian McCann.
“We talked a little bit about his career and mine and tried to get to know each other a little bit,” Cole said. “He gave me a few insights on his philosophy. How he likes to work, how he likes to communicate with his starting pitchers. Other than that it was a hello and welcome to the club.”
LONDON (AP) — After being stunned by a late equalizer, Chelsea was left bewildered and infuriated over the experimental video referees.
And as frustration grew over the lack of winner against Norwich in the FA Cup, so did the number of dives by Chelsea players.
Chelsea finished Wednesday’s third-round replay with nine men after Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata saw red in the frenzied conclusion with the teams locked at 1-1. Chelsea did eventually prevail on penalties against the second-tier visitors, winning 5-3 to advance to the fourth round in the rain at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was relieved but also seeking answers about the role of video assistant referees and how on-field official Graham Scott was consulting them. Scott certainly didn’t go over to a monitor to assess decisions himself.
“If we want to improve,” Conte said, “we have to wait to check with the person who is watching the game and then (see) if this person is sure 100 percent that it is simulation.”
Chelsea had looked all set for the fourth round thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s strike 10 minutes into the second half that ended the west London team’s goal drought of more than 5½ hours.
But Norwich produced an equalizer with almost the last kick of regulation time. Timm Klose crossed from the left flank and Jamal Lewis evaded Davide Zappacosta to guide a header into the roof of the net.
There was confusion at the start of extra time when Chelsea midfielder Willian was booked for diving rather than being awarded a penalty after being clipped by Klose. Was the decision by referees across west London at the match control center? It’s unclear.
“The Willian penalty was a big, big mistake,” Conte said. “To avoid a big mistake you have to call the referee and to say, ‘Oh look, maybe this situation this is a doubt. It’s better if you go to watch.’
“Otherwise we cut the power to the referee on the pitch, and that is not right.”
The red cards were shown in the final four minutes.
Pedro received a second yellow card for fouling Wes Hoolahan after already receiving a caution for diving. Then Morata was booked for simulation and again for remonstrating.
“If there is diving, it’s right to take a yellow card. I don’t want an advantage,” Conte said. “I’m not happy for the second yellow card to Morata. The second yellow card was for dissent and you must pay attention, to stay calm and make the best decision.”
Conte berated the match officials as the teams prepared for the shootout, when the hosts converted all their kicks but Nelson Oliveira’s miss for Norwich proved costly. Eden Hazard took the penalty that sealed a fourth-round meeting with Newcastle.
In northern England, there was a success Wednesday for lower-league opposition as third-tier Wigan beat Premier League side Bournemouth 3-0 with goals from Sam Morsy, Dan Burn and Callum Elder.
It is five years since Wigan became the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated from the Premier League in the same season. Wigan will play West Ham in the fourth round.
Swansea eliminated second-tier leader Wolverhampton with a 2-1 victory to set up a trip to Notts County.
The opening goal from Jordan Ayew evoked memories of Ricky Villa’s acclaimed 1981 FA Cup final goal for Tottenham with the Swansea forward evading six challenges before slotting into the Wolves net. In the second half, Diogo Jota equalized but Wilfried Bony secured Swansea’s passage into the fourth round.