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Today's Sports

  • Cycling: Calvert, Park are top...

    It was again a tight finish in the top Tour de Los Alamos men’s category.
    The Tour de Los Alamos, celebrating its 39th year, was held Sunday on a 27-mile loop course winding from downtown Los Alamos, past the Back Gate, through White Rock and back up the Truck Route.
    Damian Calvert, one of the top cyclists in the state, who was nipped by just one second in the 2010 Tour, came out on top in a photo finish against Ryan Blickem. Calvert and Blickem tied to the hundredth of a second in the men’s pro/1/2/3 divison.
    Calvert, who just a week earlier won the Pajarito Punishment, won his first Tour de Los Alamos since 2007. Calvert’s winning time was 3 hours, 40 minutes, 8 seconds on the three-lap, 81-mile course.

  • McIlroy wins US Open by 8 shots...

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Every time Rory McIlroy lined up a shot Sunday, there was some sort of record on the line, some kind of history to be made.

    That was this year's U.S. Open version of suspense. There was never any doubt that the kid from Northern Ireland was going to win it.

    In complete control of his emotions and his game, McIlroy never slipped. He won his first major championship by shooting a 2-under 69 at ultra-soft Congressional and closed his four-day onslaught at 16-under 268, eight shots ahead of Jason Day and four shots better than the U.S. Open scoring record formerly held by four players, including men named Woods and Nicklaus.

  • Fishing report 06-19-11

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    Send your stories/photos to lasports@lamonitor.com.

    Northwest
    Animas River: The flow is 4,230 cfs. Fishing is slow and the river is muddy and flowing fast with runoff. The river as stocked with 175 triploid rainbow trout.
    Chama River: Upper section flow is 584 cfs. The river below El Vado, flows at 591 cfs. The upper Chama including the stretch flowing into El Vado has dropped in flow and fishing is improving. Woolly buggers and various bead headed nymphs were reported to be the hot flies. Also worms and Panther Martins are taking fish.

  • Football: Owners, players will...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching a labor deal soon is hardly a done deal in the NFL.
    Team owners will be updated on recent negotiations with the players when they meet in Chicago on Tuesday. They’ve been told to prepare to stay an extra day because of the complexity of the proposals both sides have discussed in sessions over the last three weeks.
    Getting the required 24 of 32 owners to agree on anything can be difficult, let alone something as complex as a new collective bargaining agreement. And there has been enough pushback from owners that progress made recently might not lead to an agreement in the next few weeks.

  • Sports Update 06-19-11

    Tour de Los Alamos registration starts at 6:30 a.m.

    The Roadrunners Cycling Club will host the Tour de Los Alamos today.
    The Tour de Los Alamos is a road cycling race for men, women and juniors. The race consists of several distance categories for cyclists of different abilities.
    Price for participation is $45 on race day. All cyclists must have a USA Cycling license and an approved helmet.
    Registrations will be accepted today between 6:30-7:30 a.m. near Ruby K’s.
    For more information about the race, visit www.tourdelosalamos.org.

    Butterfly Run is today

  • Outdoors: Fire potential very...

    Serious fire danger in and around New Mexico continues to put a damper on outdoor activities this Father’s Day.
    Santa Fe National Forest, which surrounds Los Alamos County, is still under Stage II fire restrictions. Stage II restrictions, which went into effect June 10, puts prohibitions on using campfires or stove fires, fireworks and smoking in the forest, as well as prohibiting the use of all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and other types of vehicles. In May, the forest went to Stage I restrictions.
    Valles Caldera National Preserve is also under Stage II restrictions. Bandelier National Monument hasn’t announced any specific fire restrictions.

  • Topes Notes 06-17-11

    Isotopes win to close out series
    The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their five-game road trip with a victory Thursday night, just in time to head home for tonight’s contest against Iowa.
    The Isotopes scored four runs in the top of the eighth Thursday to put away a tight contest, topping the Oklahoma City RedHawks 8-2 at Oklahoma City.
    The Isotopes will face the Iowa Cubs tonight in Albuquerque to open an eight-game homestand. Tonight’s game is set for 7:05 p.m.
    Albuquerque, which had been swinging hot bats until its last three games at Oklahoma City, all losses, got its offense going again, pounding out 15 hits off four different pitchers.

  • Outdoors: Morphy Lake closed to...

    New Mexico State Parks announced Thursday that Morphy Lake State Park has been closed to overnight camping this Father’s Day weekend.
    The closure takes effect at 6 p.m.
    Morphy Lake State Park, located in Mora County, will be closed due to extreme fire conditions in the area. Santa Fe National Forest, which borders the park, is currently under State IV fire restrictions.
    NMSP reported that the area has been under drought conditions for the past several months and recent winds in the area have made camping dangerous.
    “The safety of visitors and park staff is our top priority,” NMSP division director Tommy Mutz said in a press release.

  • Running: Jablin wins weekly Pace...

    Jamie Jablin had the best prediction at this week’s Pace Race and tied for the fastest time on the 3-mile course with his twin brother Michael.
    The Pace Race was run Tuesday at American Springs Road in the Jemez Mountains.
    Jablin had just a five-second differential between his predicted and actual finish time Tuesday. Meanwhile, he and Michael Jablin came in step-for-step, both finishing with a time of 20:05.
    The top female finisher on the 3-mile course Tuesday was Katie Gattiker with her time of 33:41.
    On the 1-mile course, Jackie Marr had a 13:42 and Bob Westervelt finished with a 15:16.
    Other top predictors this week included Nathan Romero (13 seconds), Duane Marr (24 seconds) and Daniel Romero and Bob Reedy (34 seconds).

  • Tripp turned things around at...

    In his seven-plus years there, I have only spoken to New Mexico Activities Association executive director Gary Tripp just once. Very briefly.
    I met him at the 2008 state wrestling tournament. He asked me how everything was going. I told him just fine and mentioned to him how smoothly that and other state events had been running. We shook hands and went about our business.
    Tripp took over as head of the NMAA, which oversees most interscholastic sports in the state, in 2004. Within a few days of his taking over the NMAA, I left the Los Alamos Monitor to pursue other interests.