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Sports Briefs 07-13-14

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Mountain bike race is Aug. 3

Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the first PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race Aug. 3.
All races will start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch Headquarters. Divisions for the race include Pro/Cat 1, Intermediate/Cat 2, and Beginners/Cat 3.
Top division racers will travel a total of 30 miles, intermediate racers 18 miles and beginning and Cat 3 racers 10 miles.
The course will go through the valley meadows and head up Rendondo Peak.
Climbing on the expert/intermediate course is substantial, with a total ascent of over 2,400 feet for the experts.
The race is being run under a USA Cycling race permit and is part of the New Mexico Off-Road Race Series.

BBBS will have golf tourney at LAGC

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 505-614-4231.

Bratton on top lineman watch list

ALBUQUERQUE – University of New Mexico Lobo center LaMar Bratton has been named to the 2014 Rimington Award Fall Watch List for the upcoming football season.
Bratton was one of 66 players nationally to receive the honor. The announcement was made by the Rimington Trophy Committee.
Bratton a 6-foot, 281-pound senior from Riverside, Calif., takes over the position for the graduated Dillon Farrell, who is in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers.
He is a two-time All-Mountain West honorable mention performer and led the team in knockdown blocks in 2013 with 148 in 855 snaps.
He has started all 37 games of his Lobo career, the last two seasons at left guard. Bratton started 12 games at center his freshman season in 2011, and he made a spot start at center in 2013 against Pittsburgh.
Going up against first-round draft pick Aaron Donald, Bratton led the team with 13 knockdown blocks.
Bratton is one of six Mountain West centers on the list, joining Nevada’s Matt Galas, Air Force’s Michael Husar, San Jose State’s David Peterson, San Diego State’s Jordan Smith and UNLV’s Robert Waterman.
The Lobos’ 2013 season begins Aug. 30 against UTEP on Branch Field at University Stadium. For season- and single-game ticket information, call 595-925-LOBO.