http://www.lamonitor.com/sports/rss.xml en Woodroffe just misses her prediction http://www.lamonitor.com/content/woodroffe-just-misses-her-prediction <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pacerace_11.jpg" alt="Runners drop down into the trail system behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center at the beginning of Tuesday’s Pace Race. " title="Runners drop down into the trail system behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center at the beginning of Tuesday’s Pace Race. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Laura Woodroffe had the best prediction in Tuesday&rsquo;s Pace Race.<br /> Woodroffe only missed her predicted time by 3 seconds.<br /> Tuesday&rsquo;s Pace Race &mdash; the Lawrence E. Wangen Memorial Race &mdash; was held on the trails behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.<br /> The race included one-mile and 5K routes on dirt trails and a one-mile paved course.<br /> The second best prediction belonged to Zach Medin, who was 8 seconds off.<br /> Joan Williams recorded a 12-second difference. Bob Weeks was 15 seconds off his prediction.<br /> In the one-mile races, 11-year-old Jason Pieck finished first in 9 minutes, 41 seconds. Savanna Strother was the top female. The 7-year-old finished with a time of 11:31.<br /> Ted Romero was the fastest finisher in the 5K, recording a 23:58. Roxana Candia was the fastest female. She finished in 26:28.<br /> Next Tuesday&rsquo;s Pace Race will start at 6 p.m. The races will begin at the San Ildefonso play lot, which is located on Barranca Mesa at the junction of San Ildefonso and Barranca Road.<br /> One-and three-mile paved courses will be available.<br /> For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club&rsquo;s website, atomicrunners.com<br /> &nbsp;</p> Local golfers win in Pagosa http://www.lamonitor.com/content/local-golfers-win-pagosa <p> Three Northern New Mexico Senior Men&rsquo;s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) tournaments took place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, on July 14-16.<br /> Los Alamos golfers continued to do well on the tour.<br /> The first day featured a two-man best ball tournament.<br /> Los Alamos&rsquo; Ron Krantz and Santa Fe&rsquo;s Don Holifield teamed up to win the second flight. They shot a 72 gross score.<br /> Los Alamos&rsquo; Ken Koch and Alamosa, Colorado&rsquo;s Dean Boice shot a 73 gross score to finish second in the first flight.<br /> Krantz also landed closest to the pin on the sixth hole while Don Pompeo landed closest to the pin on the 11th hole.<br /> On July 15 the players competed individually.<br /> Krantz finished second in the second flight with a gross score of 85.<br /> Jim Steedle won the fourth flight with a 93 gross score.<br /> Pompeo was the third flight&rsquo;s net winner with a 65. Pompeo also landed closest to the pin again, this time on the fourth hole.<br /> Bob Quick, meanwhile, landed closest to the pin on both the sixth and the 12th holes.<br /> On the final day in Pagosa Springs, no local golfers were among the top finishers in their respective flights. Koch, however, landed closest to the pin on the 11th hole.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Isotopes score four in ninth to beat Salt Lake http://www.lamonitor.com/content/isotopes-score-four-ninth-beat-salt-lake <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/isotopes1_40.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> After giving up the lead in the top of the ninth, the resilient Albuquerque Isotopes (47-57) scored four runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-6 walk-off victory against the Salt Lake Bees (41-63) Tuesday night at Isotopes Park.<br /> After four consecutive singles to begin the inning, Tim Smalling scored the winning run on a passed ball.<br /> The first eight innings of the game were tightly contested.<br /> After Albuquerque jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Tommy Murphy two-out RBI single in the first, Salt Lake took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the fifth inning.<br /> The Isotopes and Bees traded runs in the sixth before the &rsquo;Topes were able to tie it at three in the seventh inning on a Brock Bond double.<br /> The ninth inning, however, provided all the fireworks for the night. Salt Lake plated a trio of runs in the final frame, highlighted by a two-run homer.<br /> Kyle Parker, Tommy Murphy, Roger Bernadina and Smalling recorded four straight singles to begin the ninth and cut the Isotopes deficit to 6-5.<br /> Bond then stepped in and picked up his third hit of the night, an RBI single to tie the game at six.<br /> With runners on first and third, the second pitch to Rafael Ynoa escaped the catcher, giving Albuquerque a 7-6 victory.<br /> Brady vows to fight on; Kraft says he regrets not doing so http://www.lamonitor.com/content/brady-vows-fight-kraft-says-he-regrets-not-doing-so <p> FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) &mdash; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed on Wednesday to fight his four-game &quot;Deflategate&quot; suspension, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to &quot;believe and unequivocally support&quot; the three-time Super Bowl MVP.<br /> &quot;It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect,&quot; Kraft said. &quot;I was wrong to put my faith in the league.&quot;<br /> Taking the podium a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady&#39;s suspension, Kraft said he didn&#39;t fight the team&#39;s penalty &mdash; a $1 million fine and the loss of two draft picks &mdash; because he thought the league would go easy on the star quarterback.<br /> Now, he said, he regrets his decision.<br /> &quot;I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just,&quot; Kraft said, apologizing to fans and to Brady. &quot;I truly believe that what I did in May ... would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. Unfortunately, I was wrong.&quot;<br /> The NFL Players Association said later Wednesday that it will file a lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota challenging the punishment.<br /> Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Biggio ready to enter Hall http://www.lamonitor.com/content/johnson-martinez-smoltz-and-biggio-ready-enter-hall <p> COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) &mdash; Three dominated on the mound, the other excelled at three positions up the middle. Together, pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and multi-talented Craig Biggio left a remarkable imprint on baseball.<br /> Playing through an era tainted by steroids and dominated by offense &mdash; compliments of bulked-up sluggers, a smaller strike zone and smaller ballparks &mdash; the trio of pitchers combined for 735 wins, 11,113 strikeouts and nine Cy Young Awards. And the indefatigable Biggio became the only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs while being asked to play four positions in his 20-year career.<br /> All four, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January, will be inducted Sunday in Cooperstown.<br /> &quot;I don&#39;t condone anybody doing anything bad as far as cheating the game,&quot; said Martinez, who joins former Giants right-hander Juan Marichal (1983) as the only natives of the Dominican Republic elected to the hall. &quot;How did I feel pitching in the juice era? I wouldn&#39;t want it any other way. For me, there&#39;s no crying. I mean, as far as the way I did compete, I know I did it right. I did it the right way.&quot;<br /> Kirk, Armored Athlete, fall in round of eight http://www.lamonitor.com/content/kirk-armored-athlete-fall-round-eight <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kirkhead_1.jpg" alt="Alex Kirk" title="Alex Kirk" align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> Kirk and his team, the Armored Athlete, won&rsquo;t be getting a million-dollar payday.<br /> After winning its first three games of The Basketball Tournament, Armored Athlete was one of the final eight teams in the running to win the tournament&rsquo;s title and the cash.<br /> Ants Alumni, a team made up from players that captured the 2013-2014 NBA D-League Championship, however, ended the Armored Athlete&rsquo;s run Saturday night, 76-72.<br /> The Ants Alumni took a two-point lead into halftime, 36-34.<br /> Despite Armored Athlete sinking nine-of-16 three-point attempts after the break, Ants Alumni won the second half by two points, as well.<br /> Kirk played 12 minutes in the loss. He grabbed four rebounds and scored eight points.<br /> Ants Alumni also beat the tournament&rsquo;s inaugural champs, the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni. It will play Arizona&rsquo;s Team 23 in the semifinals Saturday in New York City.<br /> That game, and Sunday&rsquo;s 1 p.m. million-dollar championship, will be televised on ESPN.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Los Alamos goes 1-2 at regionals http://www.lamonitor.com/content/los-alamos-goes-1-2-regionals <p> After beating Colorado in its first game, the competition only got tougher for Los Alamos at the southwest junior regional softball tournament.<br /> Lauren Harris hit two home runs and drove in six runs to help Los Alamos beat Colorado 19-7 Friday. After the big win, Los Alamos was limited to two runs in its next two games and finished 1-2 at the regional championship.<br /> Los Alamos lost to Texas East, 17-0, on Saturday.<br /> Los Alamos was then eliminated from the tournament with a 12-2 loss to Louisiana on Sunday.<br /> New Mexico&rsquo;s state champs, La Plaza Little League of Las Vegas, also went 1-2 at the regional tournament in Santa Fe. Louisiana knocked them out of the tournament, as well.<br /> New Mexico lost its first game, 6-3, against Texas West.<br /> New Mexico came back and beat Arkansas 13-7 in an elimination game.<br /> Louisiana, however, ended New Mexico&rsquo;s run. Louisiana beat New Mexico 13-8 Monday.<br /> Texas East then beat Louisiana 19-6 to reach the championship game against its in-state rival, Texas West.<br /> Texas West reached the championship by winning all three of its games, which included a 13-3 win over Texas East.<br /> Texas East entered the championship with a 3-1 regional record.<br /> The winner will advance to the Little League World Series.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sports Briefs 7-28-15 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/sports-briefs-7-28-15 <p> <strong>Alex Kirk camp</strong><br /> The Alex Kirk Basketball Camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Los Alamos High School.<br /> The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-18.<br /> The first session is for kids 8-12 years old and will run from 1-3 p.m.<br /> The second session will be for older kids, 13-18 years old, and will run from 3-5 p.m.<br /> All campers will recieve a T-shirt, basketball and water bottle.<br /> The price is $75 per camper.<br /> For more information, call 207-5325 or 699-9025.</p> <p> <strong>PyroClassic </strong><br /> The Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol is hosting the Valles Caldera PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race on Aug. 2.<br /> Competitors can do a 9-mile loop, an 18-mile loop or a 30-mile loop.<br /> The race is part of the New Mexico Off Road Series. Bikers will need a USAC license to participate.<br /> There are cash prizes for pro, singlespeed and overall Cat 1 winners, and medals/product prizes for all other categories, as well as free T-shirts for first 100 registrants.<br /> Register online at https://www.usacycling.org/events.<br /> For more information, contact Frank Reeves at rockynm@msn.com or Bart Daly bdaly77@msn.com.</p>