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Today's Sports

  • Pair of locals win half-marathon
  • Safety is still issue for youth

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.
    “We want our kids participating in sports,” Obama said as he opened a day-long summit on concussions at the White House. “As parents though, we want to keep them safe and that means we have to have better information.”
    The summit signaled an effort by Obama to use the power of the presidency to elevate a national conversation over youth concussions. The White House brought together representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, medical professionals and others for the event.
    Obama, an avid sports fan and father of two daughters involved in athletics, highlighted millions of dollars in pledges and other support from the National Football League, the National Institutes of Health and others to conduct research that could begin to provide answers and improve safety.
    Among the financial commitments is a $30 million joint research effort by the NCAA and Defense Department and an NFL commitment of $25 million over the next three years to promote youth sports safety.
    The president said additional research needs to also be combined with a broader recognition of the need to take the matter seriously.

  • Westbrook scores 40 in win

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook is picking up where Kevin Durant left off.
    Durant hasn’t shown the same consistent excellence in the postseason that earned the Thunder star the MVP award after the NBA regular season. Westbrook has picked up the slack, making a case for being Oklahoma City’s best player in the postseason.
    Westbrook had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in Oklahoma City’s 105-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night that tied the series at two games apiece.
    The guard has been doing similar damage throughout the playoffs, averaging 26.6 points, 8.1 assists and 7.5 rebounds in 17 postseason games. In one stretch, he had three triple-doubles in five games.
    “Just his focus on every possession on the defensive end and his poise on the offensive end — I think that’s what’s fun to watch,” Durant said. “People outside of our team don’t really look at that type of stuff, but that’s something we can definitely build on as a group, is watching him wreak havoc on the defensive end and offensively, playing with such patience.”
    Tuesday’s performance matched the second-highest playoff point total of Westbrook’s career, falling short of the 43 he scored in the 2012 NBA Finals.

  • Buss runs down Isotopes, 5-4

    A former Albuquerque Isotopes star hurt his old club in a loss Tuesday night.
    The Isotopes opened a four-game road series against the Sacramento River Cats. The River Cats, who have been one of the hottest teams in the PCL of late, earned a 5-4 decision at Raley Field.
    Sacramento scored four times in the fifth inning off Isotopes starter Red Patterson. Patterson allowed five straight hits in the fifth before being pulled in favor of Josh Judy.
    The leadoff hit of that inning was a solo home run by former Albuquerque outfielder Nick Buss. Buss, who was a PCL All-Star last year, was traded to Sacramento shortly after the start of the season.
    Since departing Albuquerque, Buss has also spent some time up with Sacramento’s big club, the Oakland A’s.
    He had a pair of hits in Tuesday’s win.
    While the River Cats have now won seven straight games, the Isotopes have been reeling of late. They’ve dropped three of their last four decisions and four of their last six, including losing two of three games at home to Reno just before the start of this series.
    That loss drops the Isotopes to five games under .500.
    Patterson (2-4) took the loss. Patterson, who has been very good for much of the season but has gotten little run support, gave up 10 hits in just four-plus innings of work.

  • Tour de LA returns for 42nd year

    One of Los Alamos’ featured summer events is returning for yet another season.
    The 2014 Tour De Los Alamos will be June 8. The tour features a 27-mile loop going from the Back Gate down N.M. 4 to White Rock and back up to Los Alamos via the Truck Route.
    Registration is underway online and in-person registration can be done at Los Alamos National Bank’s lobby the evening before the race. Registration may also be done at the race’s start between 6:30-7:30 a.m. in downtown Los Alamos.
    Pre-event registration is $25, while day-of registration is $45.
    Online registration can be done at bikereg.com.
    For more information or to volunteer to help on race day, contact Dave Zerkle at dczerkle@msn.com. 

  • Mang is N.M.'s Player of...

    Another big award for the top Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball player has come rolling in.
    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang, who helped the Hilltoppers advance to the Class 4A state quarterfinal round this season, earned the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for the state of New Mexico.
    Mang is an infielder and starting pitcher for Los Alamos. He has been the Hilltoppers’ marquee player since joining the team as an eighth grader in the 2011 season.
    With that honor, he becomes the first Los Alamos ballplayer to earn that title.
    Mang was recently named the District 2-4A Player of the Year, his third such title in four years with the Hilltoppers.
    Along with helping Los Alamos to a 22-7 record in 2014, one of the best won-loss marks in school history, Mang hit .605 at the plate with a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He slugged a whopping .926 and stole 21 bases on the year.
    On the mound, he posted a record of 8-2 and had a 1.01 ERA to go along with 42 strikeouts in 55-2/3 innings pitched.

  • Mang is Player of Year for N.M.

    Los Alamos infielder and pitcher Jared Mang was named the Player of the Year by the Gatorade company today, it was announced.
    Mang, the Hilltoppers’ star player, became the first player from Los Alamos to receive the award, which has been given out annually for 29 seasons. He is now eligible for the National Player of the Year Award.
    This season, Mang hit .605 with 2 home runs and knocked in 44 runs. He had a whopping slugging percentage of .926.
    On the mound, he went 8-2 with a 1.01 ERA and struck out 42 batters.
     

  • Reno takes series finale Monday...

    Reno’s Mike Bolsinger was dealing for his Aces as they took the third game in Albuquerque Monday afternoon.
    Bolsinger gave up just four hits through seven innings as the Aces blanked the Isotopes 1-0 in the final of that series. Albuquerque will play at Sacramento tonight.
    It was a rare pitcher’s duel at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque starter Carlos Frias (2-3) was nearly as good as his Reno counterpart, throwing seven innings of five-hit ball and giving up just one earned run in the third.
    That one run would hold up for Reno, however, which took two of three contests against the Albuquerque this weekend. The other scheduled game of the series was rained out Sunday and will be made up as part of another Reno-Albuquerque series June 27.
    Monday, Reno’s Nick Ahmed singled off Frias to lead off the third inning, then, after advancing to third on another base hit, score when Frias threw a wild pitch for the only run of the ballgame.
    The loss gave the Isotopes (23-27) their second series defeat out of their last four. The Isotopes haven’t won a series since mid April.
    Albuquerque and El Paso (24-28) are both 8-1/2 games out of the PCL Pacific Southern division’s top spot, which is currently occupied by Las Vegas (32-19).

  • Sports Briefs 05-27-14

    Athletic Night is tonight at LAHS

    Los Alamos High School will host Athletic Night tonight at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Athletic Night is for incoming freshmen interested in participating in high school sports for the 2014-15 academic year or for incoming eighth graders interested in trying out for high school programs.
    The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Areas of discussion will include summer workout information for fall sports.

    Football team serving breakfast Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a waffle breakfast Saturday at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge.
    The waffle breakfast will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Waffles with fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage and beverage will be served.
    Price the breakfast is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 6 and under.
    Proceeds will go to benefit the football program.

    Track to be closed starting June 5

    The Sullivan Field track will be closed from June 5-20, Los Alamos High School announced Friday.
    The MONDO track surface will be cleaned and repaired during that time, according to a press release from LAHS.
    No field or track users will be allowed onto Sullivan Field during the closure. For more information, call the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531.

    Soccer camps will be in Los Alamos, White Rock

  • Kirk working out for Bulls this...

    With just about a month to go before the NBA draft, former Los Alamos Hilltopper center Alex Kirk is going to be making his rounds.
    Kirk, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School and one of the most recruited basketball players in school history, took off from Florida Sunday on his way to Chicago. Kirk, who has been training in Florida, will work out this week for the Chicago Bulls’ club.
    Following his visit to Chicago, Kirk also has stops planned for Indiana and Philadelphia to work out for those clubs, too.
    The NBA draft is set for June 26.
    Kirk played his college ball for the University of New Mexico. In his four seasons there, he became among the school’s all-time career leaders in rebounds and blocked shots and, in the final game of the Mountain West Conference tournament in March, became a member of UNM’s 1,000-point club.
    Following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Kirk decided to forego his last year of college eligibility and enter his name for the draft, procuring a sports agent shortly after making his decision.
    Chicago is an interesting spot for Kirk to visit. Not only did the Bulls make the NBA playoff field this season, it was also the home for several seasons for another premier UNM big man, Luc Longley, who played with the team between the 1993-1998 seasons.