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  • Topes Notes 05-20-11

    Hoffmann’s blast lifts Isotopes to win

    Jamie Hoffmann belted a solo homer leading off the bottom of the ninth to deliver the Albuquerque Isotopes (22-17) a 3-2 walk-off win over the Reno Aces (25-16) on a chilly Thursday night at Isotopes Park.
    Thursday’s game was the opening of a four-game set for the Isotopes in Albuquerque. The Isotopes will take on the Aces and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
    The Isotopes will be looking to win their third straight game tonight when they face the Aces. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
    Hoffmann’s blast to seal the win came on a night where Albuquerque starting pitcher Dana Eveland fired eight strong innings in which he gave up just two runs.

  • Running: Rees is top predictor in Pace Race Tuesday

    John Rees was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race, held at Barranca Mesa.
    Rees finished the long course of Tuesday’s Pace Race with a prediction error of just three seconds.
    Tuesday’s 3-mile course ventured into Bayo Canyon.
    Rees topped Daren Jones, who had the top prediction on the 1-mile course. Jones missed his predicted finish time by six seconds. Eric Burnside was off by seven seconds on the 3-mile course.
    Ben Rees was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 7:26. Charlie Hills was the fastest female, finishing in 8:47.

  • Rugby: LA team clinches state title Sunday

    The Los Alamos girls rugby team earned the New Mexico High School State Championship last weekend.
    The championship tournament was played Saturday and Sunday at the Municipal Recreation Complex in Santa Fe.
    In the final, Los Alamos topped Albuquerque’s Hermanitas 34-0. Carlin Morris, Jodi Cull-Host and Orli Shlachter scored tries during the championship match for Los Alamos.
    “We have had a long season, but hard work, determination and devotion to the sport has paid off,” Los Alamos coach John Morris said to his team following the win. “I watched so many of you place your fears behind you and embrace the game that it was hard for me to restrain my enthusiasm as the weekend played out.”

  • Cycling: Racer says Armstrong was dirty

    Tyler Hamilton joined Floyd Landis on the list of cyclists who once worked for Lance Armstrong but now say the seven-time Tour de France winner used performance-enhancing drugs.
    In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Hamilton admitted that he doped and said Armstrong did, as well — using the blood booster EPO in the 1999 Tour and before the race in 2000 and 2001. Armstrong’s string of seven straight wins lasted from 1999-2005.
    “I saw (EPO) in his refrigerator. ... I saw him inject it more than one time, like we all did. Like I did, many, many times,” Hamilton said in the “60 Minutes” interview that was aired Thursday on the “CBS Evening News.”

  • State Notes 05-20-11

    Lobo XC to open 2011 with their home college, high school invite

  • Of gasoline and golf balls

    At the gas station, the customer tried to squeeze a few more drops into his tank and in doing so, some gas spurted out onto the pavement. And a little onto his pants.
    He screwed the gas cap back on, patted down his pants, and then demonstrated why there should be a test given to people before letting them vote.  He lit up a cigarette.
    I readied my cell phone for video mode. You know, just in case the police asked about the ball of fire running down the road. Either that, or to make a few bucks by selling the video to CNN.
    Yeah, you guessed it. I’m talking once more about the epidemic of stupid in this country.

  • Poll: Prices at gas pump painful for 4 in 10 Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With gasoline prices hovering at $4 a gallon nationally, many Americans are making tough choices: scaling back summer vacations, driving less or ditching the car altogether. And high prices are hitting seniors harder than a month ago.

    An Associated Press-GfK poll shows the share of Americans who say increases in the price of gasoline will cause serious financial hardship for them or their family in the next six months now tops 4 in 10.

    Overall in the poll, 71 percent said rising prices will cause some hardship for them and their family, including 41 percent who called it a "serious" hardship. Just 29 percent said rising prices are not causing a negative impact on their finances.

  • Pawlenty to declare presidential run Monday

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press.

    The adviser, who disclosed the plans on the condition of anonymity in advance of next week's announcement, said Pawlenty will formally enter the race during a town hall-style event in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Top 10 Movies 05-19-11

    1.  “Thor,” weekend gross, $34.7 million
    2.  “Bridesmaids,”  weekend gross,
    $26.2 million
    3.  “Fast Five,” weekend gross,
    $20.4 million
    4.  “Priest,” $14.9 million
    5. “Rio,” weekend gross, $8.2 million
    6.  “Jumping the Broom,” weekend gross, $7  million
    7.   “Something Borrowed,” weekend gross, $6.8 million

    8.  “Water for Elephants,” weekend gross,
    $4.2 million

    9.  “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” weekend gross, $2.2 million

    10.  “Soul Surfer,” weekend gross,

  • Out and about 05-19-11

    Art openings

    Colette Campbell-Jones will display, “Stories From Underground,” visual reconstructions of oral histories from the coal miners in South Wales. The exhibit will run through July 30 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St., Santa Fe. An opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. June 3.

    Jennifer J.L. Jones will exhibit, “Serenata,” new paintings at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, 200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe. An opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. May 27. The exhibit continues through June 12.

    Art shows