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  • McIlroy takes early lead at Open

    HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods is back at the majors.
    Seems like he was never away.
    After a shaky start to the British Open, Woods ripped through Royal Liverpool on Thursday much like he did eight years ago, when he won the claret jug for the third time. A 30-foot birdie from the fringe of the 11th green got him going. Four more birdies in the next five holes carried Woods to a 3-under 69, leaving him just three shots behind Rory McIlroy.
    Not bad for a guy playing his first major of the year, who went months without being able to swing a club after back surgery.
    “I’m only going to get better,” Woods said. “I’m getting stronger, I’m getting faster, I’m getting more explosive. The ball is starting to travel again. And those are all positive things.”
    For McIlroy, it was another blistering start.
    The question now: Can he keep it going?
    McIlroy took advantage of the prime scoring conditions more than anyone, a 66 putting him in the familiar position of first-round leader. He has played the opening round in a cumulative 55-under par this year, including three 63s and a course-record 64 at last week’s Scottish Open.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Sports Briefs 07-16-14

    Golf tourney to benefit BBBS

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. 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, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 614-4231.

    Y hosts wrestling skills clinic

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting July 28.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities. Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Aug. 1.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.
    Splash and Dash set for July 23

  • Snow wins Pace Race

    Runners head down a trail at Pajarito Mountain during Tuesday’s Pace Race. This week’s Pace Race was won by Mary Snow, who missed her finish time by just eight seconds. Check the Los Alamos Monitor later this week for more details on the race.

  • Mang earns honor from 'USA...

    Los Alamos standout baseball player Jared Mang picked up his second big national recognition of the year last month.
    Mang, who pitches and plays infield for the Hilltoppers, was named to the USA Today All-USA Baseball Team for the 2014 season. Mang was the only junior from the 2014 season named to the team.
    During the 2014 prep season Mang posted a .605 batting average and drove in 44 runs on offense, while earning an 8-2 pitching record with an ERA of 1.01.
    He led Los Alamos to a berth in the Class 4A quarterfinal round. Los Alamos fell in the quarters to the Goddard Rockets.
    Earlier this year, Mang was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state. He was also named to the second team All-Class 4A.

  • Woods tries to get back to form...

    HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods was an hour into his practice round Tuesday at the British Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a foreign object in his hand.
    In golf vernacular, it’s called a driver.
    Woods smashed it into the wind on the 528-yard hole and didn’t need to watch where it landed to realize it was in the middle of the fairway. Later in the round, he hit another driver off the tee. That’s twice as many than he hit over 72 holes when he won at Royal Liverpool eight years ago.
    “This is a different golf course when what we played in ‘06,” Woods said. “It was hot, ball was flying. It was very dusty. Now we’re making ball marks on the greens, which we weren’t doing then.”
    So much has changed in so many areas.
    Royal Liverpool, green and thick this time around, is still a firm and bouncy test of links golf. But it’s nothing as it was in 2006, when the fairways were so baked and brown that Woods hit only one driver in four rounds. That was on the 16th hole of the first round, and the ball wound up in the 17th fairway.
    He still made birdie.
    But it’s not just the golf course.

  • Kirk, Cavs start tourney Thursday

    It’s been an interesting last few days for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to say the very least.
    With nothing else going on, it’s been a productive, noteworthy first few days for Cleveland at the NBA Summer League, winning three pool play games ahead of a tournament-play format coming up at the NBA’s workouts in Las Vegas, Nev.
    In most years, that would be what Cleveland fans would be gabbing about.
    But this isn’t most years.
    Friday, it was announced that LeBron James, the dominant player in the NBA, would be returning from a four-year stint in Miami to Cleveland, where he spent the first seven years of pro career.
    Come this fall, he and former Los Alamos standout Alex Kirk could find themselves teammates in Cleveland.
    Kirk, who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2010 and played for the University of New Mexico until his graduation this past May, is on Cleveland’s Summer League roster. Kirk was offered a spot on the roster after he went undrafted in the June NBA draft.
    While the NBA Summer League is rather informal, Kirk and other young players hoping to nab a roster spot would like to impress coaches and scouts during these games for a crack at playing pro ball full time.

  • Fans can pour own beer at All-...

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's BYOB at the home of the Minnesota Twins for this week's All Star Game.
    As in, Be Your Own Bartender.
    Just in time for the Home Run Derby, Target Field in Minneapolis put in two self-serve beer machines in the stands behind first and third base, letting thirsty fans pick a brew, pour and pay by the ounce. The pour-your-own stations are unique among the 100-plus stadiums and arenas in the four major professional sports in the United States — though not the first of their kind, a concessions consultant said.
    They're not about boosting sales, cutting labor costs or shortening lines, said Delaware North Companies general manager Pete Spike, who provides concessions at Target Field. And it's too early to say whether the machines are the future of beer concessions — or even whether Target Field will add more.
    For now, they're just something new.
    "It's a novelty. That's one thing that parks have lost over the years," Spike said. "You used to be able to get ice cream in a special package you couldn't get anywhere else. Now, you can get it everywhere. This is merely something fun."

  • Sports Briefs 07-15-14

    Drive For Matches set for LAGC

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. 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, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 505-614-4231.

    Wrestling clinic starts July 28

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting July 28.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities.
    Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Aug. 1.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.