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  • Tarkanian dies at 84

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — He couldn’t stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that defined him far more than the wins and losses.
    The coach who won a national title at UNLV and made the school synonymous with basketball died Wednesday after several years of health issues. He was 84. Tarkanian put the run in the Runnin’ Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990 with one of the most dominant college teams ever. His teams were as flamboyant as the city, with light shows and fireworks for pregame introductions and celebrities jockeying for position on the so-called Gucci Row courtside.
    He ended up beating the NCAA, too, collecting a $2.5 million settlement after suing the organization for trying to run him out of college basketball. But he was bitter to the end about the way the NCAA treated him while coaching.
    “They’ve been my tormentors my whole life,” Tarkanian said at his retirement news conference in 2002. “It will never stop.”

  • Spurs coach earns his 1,000th career win

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gregg Popovich’s grand plan has produced plenty of wins.
    The Spurs made it an even 1,000 for him on Monday night.
    San Antonio rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and got an 18-foot baseline jumper from Marco Belinelli with 2.1 seconds left to give Popovich a milestone 95-93 victory at Indiana.
    “I’ve been here a long time and I’ve had good players. That’s the formula,” Popovich said. “Getting the players is difficult, but I’ve been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that’s the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess.”
    Popovich celebrated in his typical low-key way. He walked to midcourt, putt an arm around Pacers coach Frank Vogel, hugged one of his former players and stoically strolled into the Spurs’ locker room though he later acknowledged he might drink some wine.
    While Popovich does have five NBA championships, few midseason wins have come with this much fanfare.
    Only two coaches, Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, reached 1,000 wins faster than Popovich. Only one other coach, Jerry Sloan, achieved the feat with one team. Sloan won 1,127 games with Utah. Popovich is 1,000-462 in 19 seasons, all with San Antonio.

  • There are many Super Bowl ads to watch for

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's almost show time.
    When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning.
    Here are 10 Super Bowl ads to watch out for:

    BUDWEISER "LOST DOG"

    Brewer Anheuser-Busch's 60-second ad shows a Labrador puppy chasing after the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales that are being moved to a new stable. The tune, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," performed by Sleeping performs in the background. The ad is the sequel to last year's "Best Buds," showing the bond between a puppy and Clydesdale, a spot many considered the best ad of the 2014 Super Bowl.
    Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAsjRRMMg_Q

    MCDONALD'S "PAY WITH LOVIN'"

    In its 60-second spot, the fast-food chain announces that it will let random customers pay for their food with acts of goodwill, such as calling their moms and telling them they love them. It's part of a Valentine's Day promotion that will start on the day after the Super Bowl.
    Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq2Sm2XGv_s

    SNICKERS "THE BRADY BUNCH"

  • Thoma taken in 2nd round of MLS draft

    Former Los Alamos standout boys soccer player will have a chance to show his stuff in the professional ranks this year.
    Andy Thoma, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was taken in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday. He was the 24th overall selection Thursday and the second pick for the Timbers in the draft.
    Major League Soccer is the top-level organization in the country. The MLS consists of 19 teams in both the United States and Canada.
    The MLS held its combine in Florida last week for incoming college players.
    Thoma, who is 21 years old, was a third-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America following the 2014 season with the University of Washington.
    During his time at Washington, Thoma was chosen for multiple Pac-12 honors, including a second-team selection last year.
    During his career at Los Alamos, Thoma not only was named the Class 4A Player of the Year, he also led the Hilltoppers to their first state title in nearly 25 years.
    Thoma came up big in the postseason for the Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers got an unfavorable No. 5 seed in for the 2010 playoffs, but pulled off three straight upsets, over Roswell, St. Piux and Belen to earn the title.

  • Ducks players test positive for drugs

    DALLAS (AP) — Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde won’t play in Monday’s national championship game after positive drug tests, coach Mark Helfrich said.
    Carrington did not travel with the team to Dallas after testing positive for marijuana. The results of Ford’s test were not immediately clear.
    Helfrich said the team has faced many issues during the season, but he insisted that the team is not distracted heading into the first College Football Playoff title game.
    “How you manage those things is what matters most. And our guys have managed all those situations very, very well,” Helfrich said.
    Not having Carrington leaves the Ducks down two key wide receivers against Ohio State. Carrington, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound redshirt freshman, had seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon’s Rose Bowl victory over Florida State.
    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said the team was disappointed. He hadn’t been able to talk to Carrington.
    “But at the same time I think a lot of guys feel guilty like they should have helped, including myself,” Mariota said. “It’s tough. But we’ll have to be ready for the next one, whoever the next guy is to step up.”

  • Kirk is back with Canton

    Once again, former Los Alamos High School basketball player Alex Kirk is playing professional hoops, and it’s under the umbrella of his old team.
    Kirk, who has been playing pro ball since the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, was scheduled to be back in uniform Saturday with the Canton Charge. The Charge are part of the NBA’s Development League and a satellite team of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    Cleveland originally signed Kirk to a free agent deal over the summer. Last week, Cleveland dealt Kirk, along with Lou Amundson, to the New York Knicks as part of a six-player, three-team trade which also involved the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    Wednesday, Kirk and Amundson, along with the third player the Knicks received, Lance Thomas of Oklahoma City, were waived by New York, effectively meaning the Knicks will get just one draft pick out of the convoluted deal. Kirk didn’t play one minute in a Knicks uniform.
    Less than a week after the trade, Kirk was back under the auspices of his old franchise and with the team he’s spent a good chunk of the season with.
    The 7-foot center was scheduled to play Saturday night with the Charge against, somewhat ironically, the D-League franchise of the team that just waived him, the Westchester Knicks.

  • Kirk back with Charge

    Former Los Alamos basketball star Alex Kirk will once again be back to action in the professional ranks.
    Kirk, who was waived earlier this week by the New York Knicks following a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, will play tonight for his old D-League team, the Canton Charge.
    The game will be broadcast free on YouTube. Game time is set for 5 p.m. local time.
    For a link to the game, go to canton.dleague.nba.com.
     

  • Kirk waived following Knicks' trade

    The first go-round in the professional basketball ranks was a short one for former Los Alamos star Alex Kirk.
    Kirk, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was waived by the New York Knicks Wednesday, less than 48 hours after he was acquired by New York in a three-team, six-player deal between it, Cleveland and Oklahoma City.
    Monday’s convoluted deal between the three teams sent Kirk and another Cleveland big man, Lou Amundson, to the Big Apple, along with Oklahoma City’s Lance Thomas.
    All three of those players were released by New York Wednesday.
    For Kirk, he could be claimed off of waivers by another interested NBA team and join up with them, but for now is out of a job.
    The season so far has been nothing short of disastrous for the Knicks, who, nearing the halfway point in their schedule, have won just 5 games. The Knicks dropped their 13th game in a row Wednesday to Washington, 101-91.
    That losing streak is a record for futility for the nearly 70-year-old franchise.
    Many basketball experts have speculated the Knicks threw in the towel on the 2014-15 season with the trade. Ironically, the Knicks were way above the NBA’s salary cap for much of the season, having spent big on players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, without getting a lot of bang for their buck.

  • Kirk waived by Knicks

    The NBA is reporting that former Los Alamos center Alex Kirk has been waived by the New York Knicks.

    Kirk, who was traded Monday as part of a convoluted deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, will now be looking for a new team.

    The move by New York to waive Kirk and Lou Amundson, who also went to the Knicks in the trade, was expected. The Knicks have shown signs that, after a disastrous 5-32 2014-15 season, they're ready to cut salary and rebuild for next year.

    Because the waiver occurred today, the Knicks don't owe any salary to Kirk, who had a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

  • MLS signs Thoma to pro soccer deal

    Former Los Alamos High School standout soccer player Andy Thoma will be turning pro very soon.
    Thoma, who led Los Alamos to its first boys soccer title in nearly 25 years in 2010, was signed to a contract Monday by Major League Soccer — the league itself — guaranteeing him a spot on a MLS team for the 2015 season.
    The announcement of his signing came in advance of the MLS’ SuperDraft.
    Thoma was one of eight players coming out of college in fall 2014 to be guaranteed a MLS spot. Last month, it was announced Thoma had been invited to the league’s upcoming combine.
    It is still expected that Thoma will be at the combine, which takes place Friday through Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    While at Los Alamos, Thoma was named the Class 4A Player of the Year following his senior year, in which the Hilltoppers pulled off three straight upsets at the state tournament to capture the 2010 title.
    After his career at Los Alamos, Thoma joined with the University of Washington and was named an All-American fullback following the 2014 season. During his career, he was named to the All-Pac 12 team on multiple occasions.
    Thoma and Washington advanced to the men’s soccer Sweet 16 last year.