• Isotopes open 2013 season Thursday
    ALBUQUERQUE – In previous seasons, the Albuquerque Isotopes have been all about power. The Isotopes, the Triple-A franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have long been built to slug it out with the high-scoring teams of the Pacific Coast League. This season, however, the Isotopes may have to find other ways to win. Albuquerque will open its 11th season at home Thursday night when it takes on the Iowa Cubs. Game time is 6:35 p.m. The Isotopes will host the Cubs for four games, followed by a four-game set against Omaha to start the 2013 season. It’s a new-look Isotopes this season and third-year skipper Lorenzo Bundy is hoping to improve on a playoff berth and opening-round loss to Omaha in the 2012 postseason. But gone from that team are two of its biggest performers off last season, slugger Jerry Sands and hurler John Ely, the PCL Pitcher of the Year. The star of this team is Dee Gordon, although for how long Gordon will be with the Isotopes is a matter of some conjecture. Gordon, a shortstop, appeared in 87 games with the Dodgers, hitting .228 during that time. Going into 2013, it was unknown whether Gordon would return to the Isotopes, where he’s played off-and-on since 2011.
  • Craig Neal hired as head coach at New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico didn't have to look far to find its next head coach. Craig Neal, who spent the past six seasons as the team's top assistant, was hired Tuesday to replace Steve Alford. Athletic director Paul Krebs made the announcement in a one-word tweet: "Noodles," a reference to Neal's nickname. The university confirmed that Neal would be introduced as UNM's 20th head basketball coach during a news conference Wednesday. As assistant head coach under Alford, Neal helped the Lobos win back-to-back Mountain West Conference titles and reach three NCAA tournaments. Players and fans had voiced their support for Neal as the top choice after Alford revealed last weekend that he was leaving for UCLA. Emotions were raw the last few days, but Krebs' announcement helped dissolve some of the uncertainty and disappointment that was sparked by Alford's departure. While Krebs was guarded about the future of the head coaching spot on Saturday, he said during a news conference that Neal was a candidate and would provide continuity and stability for the program.
  • Wichita State upsets OSU 70-66 for Final Four trip
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wichita State is headed to the Final Four, and these Shockers should be no surprise to anybody. Not after the way they held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final. Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over the Buckeyes on Saturday. Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers (30-8) followed up last week's win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-8), whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four. Wichita State is just the fifth team seeded ninth or higher to reach the Final Four since seeding began in 1979, but the second in three years following 11th-seeded VCU's improbable run in 2011. "Last year we were watching all this on television," said Cleanthony Early, who scored 12 points. "Now I'm looking at a hat that says 'Final Four Atlanta' with my team on it. It's crazy. I still can't believe we're here. You try to expect it, but you expect a lot of things that don't happen. This really happened."
  • Fishing Report 03-29-13
    CATCHES OF THE WEEK: Ute Lake: March 21, Bob Lechel of Los Alamos caught and released a 4.17-pound largemouth bass. He was flipping a beaver. The same day, Mark Adams of Edgewood caught and released a 4.06-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a jerk bait. Northeast
  • Ski Report 03-28-13
    Sipapu 36-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 20 trails and 3 lifts open. Ski Santa Fe 41-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 71 trails and 6 lifts open. Taos 60-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 111 trails and 14 lifts open. Closed for the season: Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest, Pajarito, Red River, Sandia Peak, Ski Apache, Valles Caldera.  
  • Lobos’ Garver named MW Player of Week
    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico senior catcher Mitch Garver was named Mountain West Player of the Week for games played from March 18-24. It is his first such recognition this season and the fifth of his career. The Albuquerque native hit .625 (10-for-16) as the Lobos went 3-2 last week, including a 2-1 series win against Nevada in MW play to remain tied atop the conference. Garver recorded at least one hit in all five games, extending his current hitting streak to a career-best 22 games, while accounting for two game-winning, walk-off hits. In the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Missouri State, Garver drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th.   
  • Report: Aggies to join Sun Belt for football
    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State is expected to announce that its football program has found a new home. Sun Belt Conference and school officials say both sides are scheduled Wednesday to announce that the Aggies will accept an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. The move comes after the Western Athletic Conference gave up trying to field a football league in 2013. New Mexico State played eight years in the WAC and its football team will play as an independent in 2013. Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson will hold a teleconference Wednesday and school officials will hold a news conference afterward in the Pan American Center. The Aggies, who went 1-11 last season, have not appeared in a bowl game since 1960.
  • Fishing Report 03-22-13
  • Ski Report 03-22-13
    Angel Fire 34-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 60 trails and 6 lifts open. Enchanted Forest 24-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 33 trails open. Pajarito Closed for the season. Red River 45-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open. Sandia Peak Closed for the season. Sipapu 38-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 38 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Apache 13-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 23 trails and 5 lifts open. Ski Santa Fe 46-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 74 trails and 7 lifts open. Taos 61-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 111 trails and 14 lifts open. Valles Caldera Closed for the season.
  • Upset of the day: Harvard ousts New Mexico--Video Extra
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some people may have heard of the school that's suddenly generating a bit of March Madness buzz. Harvard. Yep, Harvard —the school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night with a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico. Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to give 14th-seeded Harvard (20-9) its first tournament victory in only three measly trips. "It's unbelievable," guard Christian Webster said. "We're still in disbelief. This is as good as it gets for us right now." He had no doubt the scene at Harvard Square was as crazy as the one inside the Crimson locker room, where noise from Harvard's postgame celebration carried down through the concourse. The Crimson put the clamps on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting after he dominated in the Mountain West Conference tournament. They banged inside with Lobos big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk, whose 22 points provided New Mexico's only consistent offense.