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Today's Sports

  • Transition Period

    Myles Fitzgerald puts on his running shoes during the July 9 Splash and Dash while cheered on by his 2-1/2 old son Ryland and wife Katy. The third installment of the 2014 Splash and Dash series is scheduled for Wednesday night. The event features a swim and a run, lengths vary depending on what course participants choose. Registration for the Splash and Dash is free, but participation is limited. Registrants are accepted on a first-come, first served basis starting at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Sports Briefs 07-20-14

    Moutain bike race scheduled for Aug. 3 at Valles Caldera

    Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the first PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race Aug. 3.
    All races will start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch Headquarters. Divisions for the race include Pro/Cat 1, Intermediate/Cat 2, and Beginners/Cat 3.
    Top division racers will travel a total of 30 miles, intermediate racers 18 miles and beginning and Cat 3 racers 10 miles.
    The course will go through the valley meadows and head up Rendondo Peak.
    The race is being run under a USA Cycling race permit and is part of the New Mexico Off-Road Race Series.

    Golf tournament will benefit local chapter of BBBS

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament Saturday. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner.
    For more information, visit bbbsnorthernnm.org.

    Tryouts for club baseball team will be in Albuquerque

  • Will Bills be living on a prayer?

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday.
    It is unclear if the group would eventually want to move the NFL team to Toronto. The club is on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
    The three people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the process is private and the Toronto group has not revealed its intentions.
    The group includes Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family. Tanenbaum is chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors. The Rogers family includes Edward Rogers, who is deputy chairman of Rogers, the Toronto communications giant.
    The group is on a list of prospective buyers who have submitted a nondisclosure agreement form to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the Bills sale. The Toronto group has retained the Goldman Sachs banking firm to assist in the bid.
    Bon Jovi previously expressed interest in owning an NFL franchise but never specifically mentioned the Bills. This is the first real indication linking him to Tanenbaum and Rogers.

  • Snow is winner on Tuesday

    Mary Snow was the big winner in this week’s Pace Race.
    Snow had the top prediction in Tuesday’s race, which was hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. She finished with a  prediction error of just 8 seconds, which was 5 seconds better than runner-up Ted Romero.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race started at the ski lodge at Pajarito Mountain. There were several courses participants could choose from.
    On the 1-mile trail course, Bob Weeks finished in a time of 14 minutes, 20 seconds, while Artemia Rojas finished in 12:36 on the 1-mile road course.
    Inez Ross was the top finisher on the 2-mile road course with her time of 37:13. On the 2-mile trail course, Melina Burnside was the fastest finisher (21:09).
    Romero (23:33) and Roxana Candia (27:21) had the best finishes on the 3-mile course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at the picnic grounds on North Mesa. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Baseball gears up for 2nd half...

    Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory.
    Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real fun begins Friday night.
    Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers are in prime playoff position. The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.
    The A’s bearded collection of shaggy misfits and stars is looking for the franchise’s first World Series title in 25 years. Sensing an opportunity, general manager Billy Beane got an early jump on the deadline when he acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 4.
    The blockbuster trade created an awkward scene at the All-Star game, where Samardzija was introduced with the NL reserves and then joined his new teammates in the AL dugout.

  • Fishing Report 07-18-14

    Northwest

  • Licenses still available for elk...

    SANTA FE — The 2014-2015 hunting season is fast approaching, and hunters still have the opportunity to buy a hunting license in New Mexico.
    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish still has more than 1,000 deer hunting licenses and nearly 500 javelina licenses for sale that were leftover from the annual hunt drawing.
    More than 1,000 youth encouragement hunting licenses for antlerless elk are also still available. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of the leftover deer and javelina licenses are for muzzleloader or archery hunts, but there are a few youth only rifle hunts.
    The sale is open to everyone, regardless of residency. The youth encouragement elk license sale is open only to eligible New Mexico youths who successfully applied but did not draw a deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx or bighorn sheep license this year.
    Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the sale will open to all eligible youths, regardless of residency and whether they applied for the draw or not.
    Hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible.
    To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account.
    For more information about available licenses, hunting in New Mexico or for help logging in, call at 888-248-6866.

  • All-Star majors open state...

    The Los Alamos County Majors All-Star baseball team is heading to the state tournament this weekend with hopes of advancing to the regional playoffs.
    The Los Alamos Majors — comprised of 11- and 12-year-old players — will start state play Saturday when it faces a tough opponent in Clovis. Win or lose, Los Alamos will play Sunday night.
    The state tournament is being played in Carlsbad.
    To qualify for the state tournament, the Los Alamos All-Stars won the District 1 tournament last week in Santa Fe, and did so in impressive fashion.
    Los Alamos outscored its semifinal and final round opponents, Santa Fe Metro and Española, by a combined 54-2. In Saturday’s championship game, Los Alamos earned a 20-0 shutout victory over Española to clinch a berth in state.
    All-Star manager Alex Garcia said the nucleus of this team is the same as a team he helped guide to state in 2013.
    In preparation for the state tournament, Garcia said his team would mostly be working on fundamentals in order to stay sharp.
    From top-to-bottom of the batting order, Los Alamos swung the bat very well in district, while the team’s pitching has also been very solid throughout the postseason.

  • Diving right in

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim club hosted the Nick Nogar Invitational at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center earlier this month. The Aquatomics and the Pajarito Aquatic Club, the two locally based swim teams, along with the Charger Aquatic Club, which is based in Albuquerque but includes several Los Alamos area swimmers, took part.

  • Joc Pederson homers for PCL

    Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Joc Pederson had the biggest hit of the night for the Pacific Coast League at Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game.
    The PCL All-Stars took on the International League All-Stars in the annual game, played in Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
    Pederson took a 3-1 pitch deep into the right field seats to put the PCL on the board in the All-Star Game.
    But the PCL wouldn’t be able to muster nearly enough offense to keep pace with the International League. The International League prevailed 7-3 Wednesday.
    Only Pederson and bench coach Glenn Dishman were on-hand to represent the Isotopes, who are sitting in third place in the four-team PCL Pacific Southern Division heading into the second half of the season.
    Pederson has been one of the biggest bright spots for Albuquerque so far in 2014. He’s hitting .324 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 17 home runs and has knocked in 43 runs.
    His home run total is sixth-best in the league, as is his 20 stolen bases. He’s also fifth in slugging percentage. (.572).
    For the game, Pederson went 1-for-3 and scored two of the PCL’s three runs.

    Isotopes start homestand tonight