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Today's Sports

  • Hitting The Trail
  • Timberwolves win NBA lottery

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick.
    After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose between big men Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of national champion Duke to put next to Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins.
    “We’re in this for big stakes,” said Flip Saunders, the Wolves’ president and coach. “The big thing about this is getting good talent that can blend together. This is another big step.”
    The Los Angeles Lakers moved from the fourth spot to second, keeping a pick they would have sent to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top five. The 76ers are third followed by the New York Knicks, who had the second-best odds of winning but instead fell to fourth 30 years after winning the first draft lottery and drafting Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.
    Not since Orlando won the right to pick Dwight Howard in 2004 had the NBA’s ultimate game of chance came out in favor of the team with the best odds. The Timberwolves had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick after finishing 16-66.

  • Isotopes split with River Cats

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (16-24) used a six-run sixth inning to beat the Sacramento River Cats (21-19) 10-7 Tuesday afternoon at Isotopes Park and earn a split in the four-game series.
    Center fielder Roger Bernadina mashed a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh to lead the Isotopes’ charge.
    Albuquerque jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after a three spot in the second inning, but Sacramento immediately began chipping away. The Isotopes added a run in the third, but the River Cats put two on the board in both the third and fourth innings to tie the game. Three straight singles led to three runs for Sacramento in the fifth and gave the Cats a 7-4 lead.
    Albuquerque was not done though, as the first four batters reached in the sixth inning to tie the game before Bernadina’s three-run smash put the ’Topes on top for good.
    The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Tuesday. He turned in a 2-for-4 afternoon with a pair of singles and two runs scored. He now has seven straight multi-hit games. Since Wednesday, McBride is batting .571 (16-for-28) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 11 of his last 12 games.

  • NFL moves back extra points

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers.
    The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.
    “There was strong sentiment coming out of our meetings in March that something had to be done with our extra point,” said Texans general manager Rick Smith, a member of the competition committee that proposed this specific rule change. “From a kicking perspective the try was over 99 percent (successful), so we tried to add skill to the play.
    “It was also a ceremonial play.”
    The accepted proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule. The defense can also score two points by returning a botched kick.
    The change was approved only for 2015, then will be reviewed. But Smith predicts it will become permanent.
    “This isn’t an experiment,” Smith added. “This is a rule change. We expect this to be a part of the game.”
    The vote was 30-2. Washington and Oakland voted no.

  • Gattiker has top prediction in...

    Katie Gattiker had the top prediction is this week’s pace race, which was held at East Park. Gattiker was only 3 seconds off of her predicted time.
    Sam Crooks and David Kratzer tied for next best prediction with a 5-second differential.
    Aurea Rojas was 10 seconds off her estimated time.
    On the 1-mile course, Mariela Saenz finished first in 10 minutes, 25 seconds.
    The top male participant, Brian Newnam, finished the mile in 10:48.
    Ted Romero finished the 3-mile course with a first-place time of 20:13.
    Nikol Strother was the first female to finish the 3-mile course, recording a 20:28.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The races will start just to the west of Chamisa Elementary at 205 Meadow Lane. For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.

     

  • Lockhart win triple jump to lead...

    ALBUQUERQUE — After breaking Los Alamos’ school record in the triple jump time and time again this year, Elizabeth Lockhart can now add state champion to her list of accomplishments.
    “It felt really good,” Lockhart said about her state championship performance. “I’m really happy.”
    On her first jump at the state meet Saturday, Lockhart jumped 37 feet, 1/2 inch to break her previous record and take the early lead in the competition.
    Lockhart consistently jumped further than everybody else after that. She had three of the four longest jumps in the prelims and three of the four longest jumps in the finals. Her first jump, however, was her farthest leap and proved to be her gold medal performance.
    The Hilltopper girls stepped on the podium 11 times at the state meet while the Hilltopper boys had seven podium finishes.
    Lockhart, however, was the lone Hilltopper that got to stand on top of the podium.
    The Hilltopper girls finished fifth as a team with 32.5 points. Aztec (78) won the girls state title, followed by Los Lunas (48), Piedra Vista (47) and St. Pius X (45).

  • Hilltoppers go down swinging in...

    RIO RANCHO — Friday was a cold, windy and rainy day. After a two-weather delay, however, Los Alamos’ baseball team stepped on the field to take on Goddard in the Class 5A state semifinals.
    Both teams committed four errors in the contest. Goddard, however, turned Los Alamos’ errors into big innings while the Hilltoppers left the bases loaded three times and stranded five other runners on base in the game.
    Goddard eventually won the game 9-4.
    “Missed opportunities” stuck out to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill after the game. “We had plenty of them,” he said.
    Two errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball helped Goddard take a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
    After stranding a runner at third in the first and then leaving the bases loaded in the second, Los Alamos got back in the game in the third inning.
    Jarrett Genero walked and the Connor Mang singled to start the inning. A Goddard balk moved both runners into scoring and then Colin Maddox hit a bloop single down the right-field line to bring them both home.
    “As bad as it got, they never stopped fighting,” Gill said.
    Goddard responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to go up 5-2.
    Two Goddard errors on one play helped Jared Mang score and cut the lead back to two.

  • Seven Hilltoppers place on first...

    ALBUQUERQUE —After day one of the Class 5A state track meet, a handful of Los Alamos athletes had already earned all-state honors.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ highest finish on the rain and lightning-shortened first day. Ahlers cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump to take second in the event. Ahlers came close to clearing 6-4 in all three of his attempts, but couldn’t quite get over the bar.
    Jonathan Schueler started the day with a third-place finish in the discus. His heave of 127-10 earned him a spot on the podium.
    Chelsea Challacombe also had a third-place finish. In the long jump, Challacombe leaped 18-1 1/4 to take third and score four team points.
    Two Hilltopper boys placed in the pole vault. Liam Johnson cleared 13-0 to take third and Sean Reynolds cleared 12-6 to tie for sixth.
    In the girls high jump, Fiona Rogers tied for fifth by clearing 4-8.
    Ashley Land also made it onto the podium. Land threw the discus 104-4 to take fifth in the event.
    The Hilltopper girls scored in all three of Friday’s event finals and were in third place as a team with 7.5 points. Aztec (19) was in first, Roswell (9) was second and Piedra Vista, St. Pius X and Los Lunas were all tied for fourth (7).

  • Hilltoppers advance to semifinals

    RIO RANCHO — The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are headed to Class 5A's state baseball semifinals.

    "It feels good," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "This is our third straight year in the quarters and we finally got past that hump."

    Los Alamos played district rival Española Valley in the quarterfinals.
    "All four games were good ball games," Gill said. "We know each other pretty well. Obviously there was more meaning to it. The emotions were higher than in districts."

    Los Alamos led 7-2 at one point and held on to win the game 7-6.
    "It's always been a dog fight between us," Colin Maddox said. "Throughout the game we never let our guard down."

    Maddox was the latest 'Topper to step up at the plate and get some big hits when the team needed one. He went 3-for-3 in the game with 5 RBI.

    "I was seeing it really nice," Maddox said. "My team helped me pull through my struggles."
    Maddox hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie the game, 2-2.

    In the third, Jared Mang tripled and Jerrett Genero brought him home with a single that turned into an error-assisted triple. Connor Mang then got hit by a pitch and Maddox hit another 2-RBI single.

  • Sports Briefs 5-14-15

    Soccer champs
    The under-14 boys Atomic City Football Club (ACFC) won its bracket in the Durango Shootout soccer tournament, which was held May 9-10.
    In round robin play, ACFC lost its first game, which was played in the snow, to Moab, Utah, 2-1.
    In the second game they beat the Durango Fusion 4-0 with goals from Jared Carnes, Jaryn Newman and two from Cade Cummins. Goalkeeper Malcolm Carr recorded the shutout.
    In the team’s third game, ACFC fell behind early to Grand Junction, Colo., 1-0, but came back and won the game 3-1. Carnes, Dima Tretiak and Jesse Prime scored in the win.
    The gold-medal game ended up being a re-match with Moab, but this time ACFC prevailed 3-1.
    Christopher Koh scored twice and Cummins scored the team’s other goal in the win.
    After the tournament, the team voted Carnes as its offensive MVP and Wyatt Watson as its defensive MVP.