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  • Lobos reinstate players charged with rape
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two New Mexico football players won’t be prosecuted in an alleged sexual assault case, and they’re being reinstated to the team. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Athletic Director Paul Krebs confirmed Tuesday that running back Crusoe Gongbay from Rockville, Maryland, and cornerback SaQwan Edwards from Houston had been reinstated. The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office chose to drop the criminal case against the two players. The District Attorney’s Office had dismissed the charges in June, but at that time held open the possibility that they could be refiled. However, District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Wednesday her office determined there was insufficient evidence to prove guilt.
  • Lobo defense tops Lobo offense at camp
    There were explosions on both sides of the football Sunday afternoon in New Mexico’s full-contact — minus quarterbacks — scrimmage held at Ruidoso Middle School.There also was a well-deserved eruption from the Lobos’ silver jerseys (defense) at the end of the scrimmage thanks to a scoreboard that read 54-44 in the defense’s favor. A couple of Lobo defenders raced over and threw their arms around Kevin Cosgrove, UNM’s defensive coordinator, prior to the defense and the offense gathering for some final words from head coach Bob Davie. “It (the win) feels pretty good especially coming off last year,” said sophomore linebacker Donnie White, who helped put points on the defensive side of the scoreboard with a fumble recovery. “We were just trying to make a statement. I think I’m 100 times better (this season), just knowing the defense.  This year I can just hit it running. I’m more comfortable now.” The Lobo defense definitely did a good job knocking the football to the ground and also added points to the scoreboard with some big stops. But the Lobo offense had some big moments, too. David Anaya, a 5-foot-9 running back out of Roswell Goddard, got open deep to put some points on the board for the offense.
  • Run commemorates Pueblo Revolt
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 130 people signed up to run and walk through parts of Albuquerque’s North Valley Saturday to commemorate the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center organized the Resilience Run in part to raise money to purchase a marble statue of Po’pay, the pueblo religious leader who organized the revolt against the Spanish following years of oppression. Historians say the revolt is significant because it helped ensure the survival of pueblo cultural traditions.  as well as their land holdings, language and religion.Cultural center officials say more than half of the funds have been raised for the statue, with $25,000 remaining to achieve the goal of $70,000. The statue by renowned Jemez Pueblo sculptor Cliff Fragua currently sits in the center’s south entryway.
  • Lobo men's soccer among top teams in nation
    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s soccer team was tagged as the No. 5 team in the country heading into the 2014 season. The Lobos, who advanced to the Final Four of the College Cup in 2013, picked up the No. 5 ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It was the highest preseason ranking for the Lobos since their No. 3 ranking in 2006. Additionally, the Lobos were picked as the No. 1 team in Conference USA for the upcoming season in the conference’s coaches’ poll. UNM picked up seven of the nine votes to top that poll. Last season, UNM went 14-6-2 overall and 7-1-1 in C-USA, its first season in that conference. Charlotte, the winner of the 2013 conference tournament, and Alabama-Birmingham picked up the other two first-place votes in the coaches’ poll. Charlotte finished second in the poll and UAB was third. On the preseason All-Conference team were a pair of Lobos, fullback Matthew Gibbons and midfielder Ben McKendry. UNM opens its season Aug. 29 at home against Akron.  
  • Isotopes open series Saturday
    The Albuquerque Isotopes will wrap up their road trip tonight in Sacramento ahead of its quick, four-game set at home this weekend. The Isotopes will take on the Tacoma Rainiers starting Saturday. The home series is scheduled to continue through Monday in Albuquerque. Albuquerque’s current road swing hasn’t gone as well as the team had hoped. Albuquerque was held to just two runs Wednesday night, then was shut out Thursday by Sacramento. With that 5-0 loss, the Isotopes slipped to 9-1/2 games back of the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern standings, the same deficit they faced in the division at the All-Star break. Prior to Wednesdsay’s and Thursday’s losses, the Isotopes had gone 11-4 in their previous 15 games. Only about a month remains in the regular season for PCL teams.
  • Fishing Report 08-01-14
    Northwest   Abiquiu Lake: Night fishing was fair to good using liver and hot dogs for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using top water lures, jerk baits, swim baits and tubes for smallmouth bass. A few walleye were caught by anglers using jig and craw and jig and curly tail combinations over 20 to 30 feet of water. We had no reports on other species.
 Animas River: Water flow near Aztec Monday morning was 306cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
 Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
 Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using top water lures, crank baits and suspending jerk baits for tiger musky. Ken and Kathy Roberts of Tucson had a great time here mid-month. It was the highlight of a three-week trip, which included stops at Quemado, Cochiti and the Taos area lakes, and streams where they had a great time fishing, enjoying the scenery and meeting nice people. Ken caught and released 16 tiger musky with the biggest being 36 inches. He was using swim baits and spinner baits and fishing the east side of the lake. 
We had no reports of catfish or trout. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use baitfish at this lake. 
 Brazos River: Trout fishing was slow.

  • Isotopes strand 8 runners in loss
    The Albuquerque Isotopes got some runners on base Wednesday night against the Sacramento River Cats. They just couldn’t knock them in. The Isotopes (53-59) finished with 8 hits and drew a pair of walks against the River Cats (63-49), but managed just single tallies in the third and seventh innings. But with a rough start for pitcher Drew Carpenter that had the Isotopes in a hole early, even finding some of those hits might not have mattered. Sacramento won game two of the four-game series 7-2. Albuquerque and Sacramento will play today and Friday before the Isotopes return home for a quick, four-game series against Tacoma starting Saturday. Carpenter lasted just four innings, giving up four earned runs and six hits during that time, including surrendering three runs in the bottom of the first. Despite posting an ERA of 7.76 runs, that was Carpenter’s first loss of the season. But the Isotope batters didn’t do the pitching staff any favors. The Isotopes left 8 runners on base in the game and went just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Sacramento starting pitcher Arnold Leon (10-5) bent but didn’t break, giving up seven hits but just the two runs. Despite Wednesday’s loss, Albuquerque has been playing well of late, going 11-5 in its last 16 games.
  • Davie opens camp of third season at UNM
    ALBUQUERQUE — The evolution of the Bob Davie era of the University of New Mexico Lobo football team raises the curtain of scrutiny Thursday afternoon on season three, and Davie expects a season of “many twists and turns.” There is still some rebuilding going on and this is still a baby-faced football team with only 15 seniors on the roster. But there also is Lobo talent and Lobo numbers that have Davie with guarded but real optimism. “There is one more year of transition in building that foundation in the roster,” said Davie, whose Lobos open practice Thursday. “But we have some legitimate guys in this program. We have some talent. I’m excited about where we are. There are a lot more positives than negatives. We have done a lot. We are in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program that will continue to multiply over the years.” The Lobos feel they are bigger, faster and stronger going into 2014. But there is still a gap that UNM needs to shorten and ultimately proof of that shows up on the scoreboard. A huge key for that scoreboard is seeing smaller numbers on the opponents’ side.
  • Isotopes split series against Reno
    The vast majority of the excitement in Monday night’s ballgame in Reno occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Reno Aces got six of their 10 total hits in that inning, including three doubles, as they topped the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-0. With its win, Reno (58-52) forced a split of its four-game series with Albuquerque (52-58), which had won 10 of its previous 13 contests. Albuquerque won the first and third games of the series and was looking for its third straight series win since the All-Star break — the Isotopes also won a short series over Las Vegas, the team it trails in the division standings, just prior to the break. Isotopes starting pitcher Barry Enright (0-1) was chased in that fifth inning after giving up nine hits and the six runs, all of them earned. Enright, who has appeared in 31 Major League games during his career, had just joined the Isotopes earlier Monday to fill the spot of Roger Bernadina, who was placed on the disabled list. His counterpart, Charles Brewer, had an excellent outing for the Aces. Brewer went eight innings and allowed just three hits. Albuquerque is trying to work itself back into contention in the PCL’s Pacific Southern division but trails Las Vegas by 9-1/2 games.
  • Outdoor Expo returns Aug. 16-17
    The New Mexico Outdoor Expo is scheduled for Aug. 16-17. The expo, which features several outdoor activity stations for the whole family, will start at 9 a.m. on day one and 10 a.m. on the second day. It will be held at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park, which is located on Atrisco Vista Road, which is off I-40 at the top of Nine Mile Hill. Children and adults can learn about firearm and archery target shooting, as well as casting, fly tying and fishing for catfish. Scheduled for the event are several free exhibits, kayak instructions, a climbing wall and more. Firearms experts will be on-hand to teach expo-goers how to safely fire a muzzleloader, shotgun, rifle or pistol. All shooting ranges will be overseen by certified hunter education instructors using New Mexico Department of Game and Fish firearms and bows. Safety measures will be in place at the expo for anyone attempting shooting activities.  There will also be a large aquarium loaded with fish for novice anglers to practice their skills. The expo is free to the public. For more information, please call the Department of Game and Fish at 888-248-6866.