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Today's Sports

  • And There's The Pitch

    Los Alamos pitcher Jordan Hammock delivers a strike in Wednesday’s softball game against Española Valley. Los Alamos has a big doubleheader Saturday at Bernalillo for the early District 2-5A lead. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Tsarnaev guilty on all charges...

    BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.
    The former college student stood with his hands folded, fidgeted and looked down at the defense table in federal court as he listened to the word "guilty" recited on all 30 counts against him, including conspiracy and deadly use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of those counts are punishable by death.
    The verdict, reached after a day and a half of deliberations, was practically a foregone conclusion, given his lawyer's startling admission at the trial's outset that Tsarnaev carried out the terror attack with his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.
    The defense strategy is to try to save Tsarnaev's life in the upcoming penalty phase by arguing he fell under Tamerlan's evil influence.
    The two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line on April 15, 2013, killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 other people, turning the traditionally celebratory home stretch of the world-famous race into a scene of carnage and putting the city on edge for days.

  • Steelers safety Troy Polamalu...

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — His flowing locks bouncing off the top of his No. 43 jersey, Troy Polamalu spent more than a decade flying across football fields as the heady but humble backbone of a defense that fueled the Pittsburgh Steelers' return to the NFL's elite.

    Now, his singular career is a part of franchise lore. Move over Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and Mel Blount. You've got company.

    Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowler and 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is retiring after 12 seasons, telling the only team he's ever played for that it's time for the next phase of his life. Polamalu's retirement was first reported by the Uniontown (Pa.) Herald-Standard.

    "Troy is a shining example of a football man in the way he loved the game, the way he respected the game and the way he played the game," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. "It's a shining example of the window into who he is. He is a legendary Steeler and a legendary man."

  • Senior ringers
  • Local golfers place high at...

    Numerous Los Alamos golfers shot good enough scores to break into the top three in their respective flights at a trio of Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association last week.
    At the tournament held at New Mexico State University’s golf course April 1, Ron Krantz and Kerry Coffelt both won their flights.
    Krantz shot a 79 gross score to win the Second Flight. He was also closest to the pin on the 17th hole.
    Coffelt shot an 80 gross to win the Fourth Flight.
    The day before the New Mexico State University tournament, Coffelt also competed at the Red Hawk golf course. He finished second in the Fourth Flight with a 97 gross score.
    On April 2, the association hosted its third tournament in three days at the Sonoma Ranch golf course. In that tournament, Los Alamos’ Ken Koch won the First Flight with a 79 gross score.

  • Isotopes drop opener to Aces

    Opening Night festivities provided plenty of excitement for fans, but the Albuquerque Isotopes (0-1) dropped an 8-2 decision to the Reno Aces (1-0) to open the 2015 season.
    After a first inning leadoff double from Brandon Barnes, the Isotopes jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. The Aces tied it up in the second before a Kyle Parker homer put the ’Topes on top in the third.
    A four-run fifth inning from Reno, highlighted by a Garrett Weber double, put the Isotopes away for good. Reno tacked on two more runs in the sixth before cruising the rest of the way.
    Parker, an outfielder, christened the new season with a mammoth home run in the bottom of the third inning. He blasted the 2-2 pitch over the scoreboard in left field, giving the Isotopes a 2-1 lead at the time.
    Parker hit 15 home runs last season with Colorado Springs, one year after matching a career best with 23 dingers.
    Making a Major League rehab appearance for the Isotopes, lefty Jorge De La Rosa tossed four innings of four-hit, one-run ball. He surrendered his only run via a second inning leadoff home run. De La Rosa’s final line included 4.0 IP, 4 hits, one run (earned), three walks and two strikeouts.

  • Sipapu offering free tickets for...

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will end winter operations this Sunday, and resort officials say they’ll be running the lifts at no charge on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Sipapu’s strongest winter ever.
    “This season has been the best in our history,” Sipapu mountain manager John Paul Bradley said. “More guests visited us than ever before, so we decided to give away lift tickets as a small token of our appreciation.”
    The mountain’s lifts will be open from 9:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
    The area’s ski school, full-service rental shop, mountain dining and slopeside lodging will all be available.
    Sipapu is currently reporting at 23-inch base, but it’s unclear what trails will be open for the area’s final weekend.
    The 2014-2015 winter season was a busy one for northern New Mexico’s oldest ski area: Sipapu’s lifts started turning on Nov. 15, which marked the earliest opening in recent Sipapu history and clenched the 12th consecutive time the resort opened before any other ski area in the state.
    Sipapu then extended its daily operations schedule to offer guests the longest ski and snowboard season in New Mexico.

  • ’Toppers leave nine runners on...

    ESPAÑOLA — The Los Alamos Hilltoppers got a base runner in scoring position in each of the first six innings Wednesday against Española Valley, but they couldn’t bring anyone home.
    Nine ’Toppers were left on base in the contest as Los Alamos failed to get a timely hit again and again.
    “That was the difference in the game,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The ’Toppers eventually lost the District 2-5A baseball game, 4-0, to the Sundevils.
    “They got (timely hits) and we didn’t,” Gill said. “Española was more aggressive than we were at the plate.”
    Jesus Chavez hit a solo home run over the center-field fence to give the Sundevils a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
    In the third, Elias Gonzales began the inning with a single and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Chavez hit a RBI single to put his team up, 2-0.
    The Sundevils then went up 4-0 in the fifth. Los Alamos made a throwing error to start the inning that went through a hole in the fence to give Española Valley second base. A pitch in the dirt let the runner take third. Then Lucas Arellano executed a suicide squeeze, laying a bunt down the third-base line to bring Elias Archuleta home. Arellano later scored on a wild pitch.

  • Los Alamos holds on for key...

    ESPAÑOLA — What was nearly a mercy rule-shortened game turned into a game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team had to sweat out.
    Los Alamos led by 11 runs heading into the bottom of the sixth inning in a key early season District 2-5A contest against the Española Valley Sundevils, but the Sundevils mounted a rally to get back into the ballgame in that sixth inning, putting 10 straight runners on base before the Hilltoppers were able to get out of it Wednesday afternoon.
    But relief pitcher Madeline Lockhart was able to get the final six outs of the contest and preserve a 15-10 victory over the Sundevils. Lockhart got out of the sixth inning thanks to a couple of baserunning errors by Española Valley, and then getting leadoff hitter Raylynn Quintana to fly out to center.
    “I told the girls, ‘I’ll take the win,’” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “I think we played well for five innings but after that we kept the ball up (in the strike zone) for them. Española is a very good hitting team.”
    Hilltopper starting pitcher Jordan Hammock gave up 4 runs — 3 earned — through the fifth, actually setting the Sundevils down in order in the fifth, but Anaya said he thinks she started to run out of gas in the sixth.

  • Starting off the Season

    Participants in Tuesday’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race take off from the start. The first race of the year was at the Canyon Rim Trail. Races are scheduled for every Tuesday evening through early fall. See atomicrunners.com for more information. For Tuesday’s race results, see Sports on Page 8.