Living the dream

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Hank Baskett shows how he caught a pass in an NFC playoff game against the Saints. The catch, which would have kept Philadelphia’s last-minute drive alive, was negated by a penalty. New Orleans escaped with a 27-24 win. (CNJ staff 0photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Hank Baskett describes his rookie season […]

Baskett wins weekly rookie honor

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Hank Baskett’s 89-yard touchdown catch Sunday against the Falcons was the longest scoring play from scrimmage this season, according to the Eagles’ Web site. (AP photo) CNJ staff NEW YORK — Clovis’ Hank Baskett was voted the NFL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced Thursday. An undrafted rookie […]

Baskett playoff-bound

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and Clovis native Hank Baskett celebrates after tight end Matt Schobel scored the first touchdown in Monday’s 23-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor IRVING, Texas — Hank Baskett had 32 text messages waiting for him when he […]

Baskett voted NFL rookie of the week

CNJ staff After two days of Web voting, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett of Clovis has been chosen the National Football League’s Rookie of the Week. Baskett, who beat out highly touted players such as New Orleans’ Reggie Bush and Arizona’s Matt Leinart for the honor, caught three passes for 112 yards and a […]

Clovis’ Baskett opens NFL career

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis native Hank Baskett began his NFL career Sunday with some playing time, but no receptions in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-10 win over the Houston Texans. Baskett was part of a four-wide-receiver formation with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter and the Eagles down 7-0. Two plays later, Eagles […]

NFL football: Baskett to get start today for Eagles

CNJ sports This is the big day for Hank Baskett. The 2001 Clovis High graduate is expected to make his NFL debut in the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting lineup for today’s NFL season opener at Houston, the Philadelphia Daily News reported in Saturday’s edition. Baskett, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver from the University of New Mexico, was […]

Baskett’s CHS peers watching with interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]

Baskett agrees to deal with Vikings

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Clovis High School alum Hank Baskett III talks to his agent on his cell phone from the floor of his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III watched and waited for 14 hours over two days as 255 players were picked in the National […]

Clovis’ Baskett still in NFL draft limbo

CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett will have to wait another day to learn his NFL fate. Baskett, an all-conference receiver at the University of New Mexico, was not selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Rounds four through seven are today. Jim Ivler, Baskett’s agent, said of course […]

Clovis grad Hank Baskett only days away from making jump to NFL

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NFL prospect Hank Baskett roots on the Lady Wildcats softball team during their doubleheader Tuesday at the Lady Cats softball park. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would […]

Former ENMU standout cherishes college days

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Former Eastern New Mexico University football standout Michael Sinclair played 12 seasons in the NFL. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Former Eastern New Mexico University football player Michael Sinclair had his No. 72 jersey retired by the school during halftime of Wednesday’s ENMU men’s basketball game. Sinclair played at […]

Clovis grad Baskett Senior Bowl bound

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New Mexico’s Hank Baskett will play for the South team in the 2006 Senior Bowl on Saturday (AP photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver […]

Baskett’s NFL stock rising

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Hank Baskett has gone from a quarterback at Clovis High School to a potential NFL draft pick as a wide receiver. By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III has put himself on the NFL draft radar with his breakout senior season at New Mexico. Baskett, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, finished the regular […]

Cowboys open with win

By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes, two to Keyshawn Johnson, and became the 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards as the Dallas Cowboys dropped San Diego 28-24. Bledsoe threw the winning 2-yard touchdown pass with 3:06 left as Johnson beat cornerback Sammy Davis on […]

Baskett looks for big year to impress NFL scouts

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One pro scouting service believes Hank Baskett will be at worst a middle-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft. (UNM media relations: David Benyak) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In his 22 years, Hank Baskett has grown into a 6-foot-4, 220-pound specimen that Mountain West Conference defenses can’t ignore. Recently, he’s also grown out of […]

Sanders hoping for shot in NFL

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Former ENMU receiver Cale Sanders is hoping to still get a shot at the National Football League after dealing with a pair of severe injuries over the past two seasons. File photo By Rick White NFL scouts starting calling about Cale Sanders after a junior season at Eastern New Mexico University in which he blossomed […]

Ex-Hound opts for family over football

By Ferron Lucero Editor’s note: This a periodic feature catching up with former area athletes. Injuries and a desire to be closer with family led former Eastern New Mexico University standout Conrad Hamilton to retire from the NFL two years ago. A two-time NCAA Division II All-American defensive back at Eastern, Hamilton played five seasons […]

Private groups must be able to set own rules

Freedom Newspapers A federal district court judge blew the call recently when she decided former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett should be eligible for this year’s NFL draft. One needn’t be a football fan to appreciate that the NFL, a private entity, ought to have the freedom to determine who is eligible. We hope […]

NFL capsules — Week 14

The Associated Press All times Mountain Sunday San Diego (2-10) at Detroit (4-8) 11 a.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Lions by 3. RECORD VS. SPREAD – Chargers 4-8. Lions 7-5. SERIES RECORD – Chargers lead 4-3. LAST MEETING – Chargers beat Lions 20-10 on Oct. 10, 1999, at Detroit. LAST WEEK – Chargers lost to […]