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Today's Sports

  • MLB takes over control of Dodgers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by the bitter divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

    Once among baseball's glamour franchises, the Dodgers have been consumed by infighting since Jamie McCourt filed for divorce after 30 years of marriage in October 2009, one week after her husband fired her as the team's chief executive. Frank McCourt accused Jamie of having an affair with her bodyguard-driver and performing poorly at work.

    Selig told Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt that he will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.

  • Topes Notes 04-20-11

    Tuesday’s game at Iowa rained out

    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ game Tuesday against the Iowa Cubs was postponed by rain.
    Instead, the two teams tried to squeeze two games in today. Results of the first game, which started at 11:05 a.m., weren’t available as of press time.
    Albuquerque, the Triple-A franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was scheduled to start its four-game series at Iowa Tuesday. That series started following Albuquerque’s successful trip to Oklahoma City, where it took 2-of-3 contests in that series.
    Albuquerque lost opening game against Oklahoma City Friday, but won Saturday’s and Monday’s games with pitchers Roman Colon and Jon Link earning the victories.

  • State roundup 04-20-11

    Aggies softball blanks Lobos

    The New Mexico State University softball team shut out New Mexico 6-0 to extend its win streak to six consecutive games at Lobo Field Tuesday.
    NMSU (33-12) opened with a pair of runs early in the second inning and then added four more in the top of the sixth to clinch its third straight win over UNM in Albuquerque.
    Junior Tiare Jennings ripped a home run for the fifth straight game as the Aggies spread nine hits over seven innings. Meanwhile, Aggie right-hander Celisha Walker earned her fifth win of the season in the circle.
    The Aggies got a measure of revenge with Tuesday’s win. The Lobos (17-18) won a 3-2 decision in Las Cruces April 4.

  • Swimming: Lake signs to join...

    Friends attending his signing ceremony joked Dylan Lake decided to move to Lakeland, Fla., just so he wouldn’t forget the name of his new town.
    But there’s no joking about Lake’s talent in the water.
    Lake, a Los Alamos High School senior, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Florida Southern College during a ceremony at the school last week. Lake will join the FSC Mocs’ men’s swim team next year.
    The Mocs — short for Moccasins — finished eighth in the NCAA Division-II National Swimming Championships last month and Lake is thrilled to be joining the program.
    Moreover, he’s happy to be through with the process of figuring out where he might spend the next four years.

  • Basketball: Billups' knee...

    BOSTON (AP) — Toney Douglas played well when he replaced an injured Chauncey Billups during the regular season.
    There’s much more at stake now.
    In only his third season, Douglas said he’s prepared if, as expected, Billups, the 13-year veteran point guard, misses tonight’s Game 2 of the New York Knicks’ first-round playoff series with the Boston Celtics with a sore left knee.
    Billups is “very questionable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday.
    If he is out, it will be up to Douglas to direct an offense led by Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
    “I’m ready,” Douglas said Monday. “The hardest part is getting my body ready for that situation.”

  • Sports update 04-19-11

    Sundevils move into second place in baseball standings

    The Española Valley Sundevils baseball team swept a crucial doubleheader against the Santa Fe Demons Saturday to keep pace with the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in the District 2-4A standings.
    The two teams wore out home plate in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Santa Fe, as the Sundevils prevailed 27-12. In the second game, the Sundevils earned a healthy 14-4 victory.
    The two wins put Española Valley at 5-2 in the 2-4A race — and 10-9 overall, the only district team with a season record above .500 — and trail Los Alamos by just 1-1/2 games in the district standings.

  • Golf: LA takes 3rd, 5th at its...

    A pair of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rivals won the Los Alamos Spring Invitational golf tournament Monday.
    Monday’s tournament, the only home appearance by Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers during the spring 2011 regular season, was held at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament consisted of nine boys teams and four girls teams.
    The Bernalillo Spartans held off a crowded field at the top of the boys competition, earning a team score of 346. In all, six teams, including Los Alamos, were within 13 shots of the team title. Bosque, which finished as the team runner-up, was just one shot behind Bernalillo while third-place finisher Santa Fe was just three shots back of the team lead.

  • Running: So much for that tough...

    BOSTON (AP) — The rest of the world can debate whether Geoffrey Mutai set a record when he blistered the Boston Marathon course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest anyone has ever run 26.2 miles.

    From Hopkinton to Copley Square, there is no doubt.

    "We had a stunning performance and an immensely fast time here today," Tom Grilk, the head of the Boston Athletic Association, said on Monday. "We in Boston are well-pleased with what has happened, and that's good unto itself. The definitions of others, I will leave to them."

    Mutai outsprinted Moses Mosop down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds, and the two Kenyans each beat Haile Gebrselassie's sanctioned world record of 2:03:59.

  • Track and field: LA boys nip...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team held its collective breath until the final event Saturday, but took top honors in the Capital City Invitational.
    Los Alamos held off the host Santa Fe Demons to win the meet. Ian Pulliam of the Hilltoppers’ 1600-meter relay team held off a late charge in the final event of the day as Los Alamos nipped Santa Fe 85-82.
    It was the second win in a row for Los Alamos, which was also a winner at the Los Alamos Classic a week earlier.
    For Los Alamos, Jacob Brown won and qualified for state in the triple jump. Brown posted a career-best 42 feet, 8-3/4 inches to earn the win.

  • Track and field: LA girls win...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team won its second meet in a row Saturday at the Capital City Invitational, topping a tough competitor.
    The Capital City Invitational, which included 12 teams, mostly from northern New Mexico, was hosted by the Santa Fe Demons.
    The Hilltopper girls went head-to-head Saturday against the St. Pius X Sartans, one of the teams they may have to hold off at the Class 4A meet.
    St. Pius kept Saturday’s contest close, but Los Alamos prevailed, winning the team title with 134 points to the Sartans’ 115.
    Los Alamos head coach Paul Anderson said that the meet, occurring on the same day as Los Alamos High School’s prom, still went as about as well as he was expecting.