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  • Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and...

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — 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.
    Playing through an era tainted by steroids and dominated by offense — compliments of bulked-up sluggers, a smaller strike zone and smaller ballparks — 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.
    All four, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January, will be inducted Sunday in Cooperstown.
    "I don't condone anybody doing anything bad as far as cheating the game," said Martinez, who joins former Giants right-hander Juan Marichal (1983) as the only natives of the Dominican Republic elected to the hall. "How did I feel pitching in the juice era? I wouldn't want it any other way. For me, there'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."

  • Kirk, Armored Athlete, fall in...

    Kirk and his team, the Armored Athlete, won’t be getting a million-dollar payday.
    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’s title and the cash.
    Ants Alumni, a team made up from players that captured the 2013-2014 NBA D-League Championship, however, ended the Armored Athlete’s run Saturday night, 76-72.
    The Ants Alumni took a two-point lead into halftime, 36-34.
    Despite Armored Athlete sinking nine-of-16 three-point attempts after the break, Ants Alumni won the second half by two points, as well.
    Kirk played 12 minutes in the loss. He grabbed four rebounds and scored eight points.
    Ants Alumni also beat the tournament’s inaugural champs, the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni. It will play Arizona’s Team 23 in the semifinals Saturday in New York City.
    That game, and Sunday’s 1 p.m. million-dollar championship, will be televised on ESPN.
     

  • Los Alamos goes 1-2 at regionals

    After beating Colorado in its first game, the competition only got tougher for Los Alamos at the southwest junior regional softball tournament.
    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.
    Los Alamos lost to Texas East, 17-0, on Saturday.
    Los Alamos was then eliminated from the tournament with a 12-2 loss to Louisiana on Sunday.
    New Mexico’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.
    New Mexico lost its first game, 6-3, against Texas West.
    New Mexico came back and beat Arkansas 13-7 in an elimination game.
    Louisiana, however, ended New Mexico’s run. Louisiana beat New Mexico 13-8 Monday.
    Texas East then beat Louisiana 19-6 to reach the championship game against its in-state rival, Texas West.
    Texas West reached the championship by winning all three of its games, which included a 13-3 win over Texas East.
    Texas East entered the championship with a 3-1 regional record.
    The winner will advance to the Little League World Series.
     

  • Sports Briefs 7-28-15

    Alex Kirk camp
    The Alex Kirk Basketball Camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Los Alamos High School.
    The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-18.
    The first session is for kids 8-12 years old and will run from 1-3 p.m.
    The second session will be for older kids, 13-18 years old, and will run from 3-5 p.m.
    All campers will recieve a T-shirt, basketball and water bottle.
    The price is $75 per camper.
    For more information, call 207-5325 or 699-9025.

    PyroClassic
    The Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol is hosting the Valles Caldera PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race on Aug. 2.
    Competitors can do a 9-mile loop, an 18-mile loop or a 30-mile loop.
    The race is part of the New Mexico Off Road Series. Bikers will need a USAC license to participate.
    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.
    Register online at https://www.usacycling.org/events.
    For more information, contact Frank Reeves at rockynm@msn.com or Bart Daly bdaly77@msn.com.

  • Story named PCL player of the...

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Trevor Story has been tabbed Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 20-26, the league office announced Monday morning. He is the first Isotopes position player to receive a weekly accolade since Alex Castellanos on July 1-7, 2013.
    Story turned in a .500 batting average (13-for-26) in six games last week with six doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and two walks. He posted a 1.192 slugging percentage and .536 on-base percentage. The 22-year-old turned in multi-hit games in five of his six outings, including a pair of three-hit performances. Story also made three highlight-reel plays defensively at shortstop on three consecutive nights in Reno.
    Since joining Albuquerque on June 30, Story is batting .301 with 14 runs scored, 12 doubles, six home runs and 16 RBI. 18 of his 25 hits are for extra bases. He is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak in which he has at least two hits in six of the seven games.


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  • Rockies, Blue Jays swap star...

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays have swapped star shortstops.
    The teams confirmed the blockbuster trade Tuesday that sends Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
    Both shortstops have remarkably similar career statistics but also a history of injuries.
    Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star and a career .299 hitter. He's hitting .300 this season. At 32, the speedy Reyes is two years older than Tulowitzki. He's a lifetime .291 hitter and is hitting .285 this season.
    Reyes, a four-time All-Star, is signed through 2017 on a $106 million, six-year contract he received from Miami.
    Before the 2011 season, Colorado made a big commitment to Tulowitzki by agreeing to a contract that guaranteed him $132 million over seven seasons from 2014-20. The deal included a $14 million team option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout.
    Combined with his previous deal, it meant the Rockies agreed to pay Tulowitzki $157.75 million over 10 years. The plan was to build around him and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who signed an $80 million, seven-year contract about the same time.

  • Los Alamos eliminated from...

    After beating Colorado in its first game, the competition only got tougher for Los Alamos at the southwest junior regional softball tournament.

    Los Alamos lost to Texas East, 17-0, on Saturday.

    Los Alamos was then eliminated from the tournament with a 12-2 loss to Louisiana on Sunday.

    As of Monday morning, four teams were still in contention to win the region and qualify for the Little League World Series. New Mexico and Louisiana were both 1-1 and were scheduled to play each other. The winner of that game will take on Texas East (2-1) in the semis.

    Texas West (3-0) has already secured its spot in the championship.

  • Open Forum will close on Monday

    Los Alamos County’s Open Forum question on the rules concerning dogs in parks will close at noon Monday.
    Those wishing to comment the issue can go to the county’s webpage and submit their opinions.
    The matter was taken up at a special meeting of the county’s Parks and Recreation board earlier this month. Rules were brought to the attention of the board by concerned residents who use parks, including Community Soccer Field, who questioned the safety and cleanliness of those areas.

  • Sacramento rallies to beat...

    A five-run eighth inning propelled the Sacramento River Cats (44-56) to a 7-2 victory against the Albuquerque Isotopes (45-55) Friday night at Isotopes Park.

    The first seven innings of Friday night’s game proved to be a pitcher’s duel, but the eighth was the deciding frame for Sacramento. Entering the eighth tied at two, Albuquerque committed a pair of errors in the inning that led to five River Cat runs, only one of which was earned.

    The Isotopes only offense came via a solo home run by Roger Bernadina in the second inning, and a Trevor Story RBI single in the fifth.

  • Competing at the national level

    Los Alamos' Susan Krohn and Inez Ross recently competed in the National Senior Olympic Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Krohn competed in three swimming events: the 50-meter freestyle, 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke.

    Ross, meanwhile, competed in the 5K road raoce and won a silver medal in 51 minutes and 51 seconds.

    The national meet is held once every two years.