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Today's Sports

  • Football: NFL gives its OK for...

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — On one of the busiest days of the year for the NFL, teams were plotting not only how to land the best draft picks but just how to let their most-prized employees return to work.
    Welcome back, players. For now, at least.
    The NFL cleared the way for some of its basic football operations to begin Friday, five days after a federal judge declared the lockout illegal and nearly seven weeks after it began.
    Players can talk with coaches, work out at team headquarters and look at their playbooks.
    “Everybody’s tired of sitting around, laying around,” Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays said. “We’ve had enough of that. Now, we’re trying to get back to business.”

  • Running: Williams is tops at...

    It was a small gathering for this week’s Pace Race.
    Only 10 runners and walkers braved the cold Tuesday night for the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race. The Pace Race was held on West Road starting near the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The top predictor this week was Ted Williams, who was off by eight seconds, easily topping the rest of the field. The second-best predictor was Dan Kelly, who missed by 93 seconds.
    Tuesday’s temperatures were not only cold, but the weather had mixed snow showers as well.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Inez Ross, who also had the third-best prediction Tuesday. Ross finished with a time of 16:32. Bob Westervelt was the top male finisher on the 1-mile course this week (17:38).

  • Baseball/Softball: Topper girls...

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA baseball and softball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Softball, Class 4A

        Team               Total pts.     Pvs.

    1. Piedra Vista (12)        120    1
    2. Farmington                  87    2
    3. Los Lunas                    84    4

  • Girls track and field:...

    At first sight, she doesn’t stand out. It’s not until one looks at the stat sheet on her blossoming track and field career that Laura Wendelberger catches the eye.
    Wendelberger, a sophomore, isn’t tall, something that most top high jumpers or hurdlers tend to have in common. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue for her.
    Heading into Saturday’s regular season-ending home meet for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field meet, Wendelberger has already qualified for four different events, including both lengths of hurdles, the high jump and the long jump. Only a handful of other Class 4A athletes in the state have made the cut in four events this season.

  • Football: Newton goes 1st in...

    NEW YORK (AP) — This draft was no party.

    Between the boos raining down on Commissioner Roger Goodell and the uncertainty created by a bitter labor battle, the NFL draft opened Thursday night lacking much of its usually festive atmosphere.

    What it wasn't missing was intrigue and surprises — at least after the Carolina Panthers made Cam Newton the first pick.

    The Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner as expected went to the worst team in the league — and vowed to fix that immediately. Newton led Auburn to an undefeated season and its first national championship since 1957.

  • State Roundup 04-28-11

    Lobo baseball tops Red Raiders

    LUBBOCK, Texas – The University of New Mexico Lobos got a measure of revenge from a loss earlier this year against Texas Tech Wednesday night, as they beat the Red Raiders 8-4.
    UNM used an early scoring surge to claim the victory over Texas Tech. UNM scored five runs in the first two inning then rallied after Texas Tech cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth inning.
    Lobo pitcher Bobby Mares earned the victory, throwing five innings of hitless ball and gave up just one unearned run.
    Lobos’ second baseman Kyle Stiner led off the game with a home run. Stiner’s homer was followed up by a RBI single from designated hitter Jake Nelson to give the Lobos an early 2-0 lead.

  • Football: Lockout adds more...

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL draft always is a guessing game. Never has it been accompanied by so much uncertainty.
    Not just who will go first overall — the betting favorite is Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton — but who goes where and when beyond that. Will the Patriots trade down again and again, as they always seem to do? Or will the Jets trade up, as they normally do?
    This year, the selection process has the added element of players being locked out by owners, and a judge temporarily blocking the lockout earlier this week. Should the league be forced to reopen for business before or during the draft, the result could be even more chaos.

  • Football: Lockout adds more...

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL draft always is a guessing game. Never has it been accompanied by so much uncertainty.
    Not just who will go first overall — the betting favorite is Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton — but who goes where and when beyond that. Will the Patriots trade down again and again, as they always seem to do? Or will the Jets trade up, as they normally do?
    This year, the selection process has the added element of players being locked out by owners, and a judge temporarily blocking the lockout earlier this week. Should the league be forced to reopen for business before or during the draft, the result could be even more chaos.

  • Tennis: Toppers are the...

    Usually the question for the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams heading into the district championships is not whether they will win, but how much will they win by.
    Unfortunately for the rest of the teams in District 2-4A, 2011 isn’t shaping up to be an exception to that rule.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams will go in as the heavy favorites to continue their domination of District 2-4A Friday. The district tournament starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    At the district tournament, the district’s team entries into state as well as the individual entries into the singles and doubles draws will be determined.

  • Topes Notes 04-27-11

    Isotopes top Zephyrs 13-8 to win series