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Today's Sports

  • Community: Sports getting back...

    Rarely is a wildfire good for grass, but in the case of the Los Alamos Golf Course, the Las Conchas Fire could’ve hardly been more beneficial.
    The fire, which prompted an evacuation of the town two weeks ago when it threatened to get into the townsite, was just what the doctor ordered for the LAGC vegetation, which was struggling to get into its normal summer condition.
    “We were being faced with the worst drought, with the worst wind and with the worst winter. You talk about three strikes,” said LAGC head professional Donnie Torres.
    However, because the course’s normal foot traffic was absent, course crews were able to water just about as much as they wanted to and the holes, particularly the greens, healed up quite well.

  • Community: Sports getting back...

    Rarely is a wildfire good for grass, but in the case of the Los Alamos Golf Course, the Las Conchas Fire could’ve hardly been more beneficial.
    The fire, which prompted an evacuation of the town two weeks ago when it threatened to get into the townsite, was just what the doctor ordered for the LAGC vegetation, which was struggling to get into its normal summer condition.
    “We were being faced with the worst drought, with the worst wind and with the worst winter. You talk about three strikes,” said LAGC head professional Donnie Torres.
    However, because the course’s normal foot traffic was absent, course crews were able to water just about as much as they wanted to and the holes, particularly the greens, healed up quite well.

  • Wambach lifts US to final in 3-1...

    MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Somehow, the Americans seem to find a way to win.

    And more often than not, Abby Wambach has something to do with it.

    With time running out and France giving the United States all it could handle and then some, Wambach's winner in the 79th minute put her teammates at ease and set off celebrations on two continents. The 3-1 victory Wednesday night has the Americans in the World Cup final for the first time since 1999, which also just happens to be the last time the United States won soccer's biggest prize.

  • Topes Notes 07-13-11

    5-millionth fan goes through Isotopes gates

  • LAHS athletics: Construction...

    It’s been a busy summer for Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms.
    Not only has Nelms been away from Los Alamos dealing with personal matters, she found out recently that boys basketball coach Matt King had resigned to take a job in Clovis.
    Now, she may have to navigate potential scheduling change for the upcoming fall 2011 season due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire, specifically early season home games.
    Currently, both Sullivan Field, which hosts football and boys and girls soccer games, and Griffith Gymnasium, which houses volleyball, are under renovation. Sullivan Field is having a new artificial surface installed, while Griffith Gym is undergoing mostly cosmetic changes to its façade.

  • Golf: Lefty develops a...

    SANDWICH, England (AP) — Let's all welcome a newcomer to the British Open ... Mr. Phil Mickelson of the United States.

    Uhh, come again?

    Lefty is hardly an Open rookie. When he tees off Thursday, it will be his 18th appearance in golf's oldest major, which makes him one of the more experienced players in the field.

    But Mickelson has developed a convenient case of amnesia this week, preferring to ignore a record that includes only one top-10 finish and more time scuffling than actually contending for the claret jug.

  • Football: UNM's Marman won...

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors will not file charges against a University of New Mexico football player who was arrested after wearing saggy pants on a plane at San Francisco airport.

    San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced Wednesday his office had reviewed the June 15 arrest of Deshon Marman and determined criminal charges were not warranted.

    Marman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after police say he refused to leave the US Airways flight on the captain's orders.

  • Soccer: U.S. all the rage after...

    DUSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The U.S. women’s soccer team shared the Yankee Stadium scoreboard with Derek Jeter, made an appearance on “Good Morning America” and can now count Tom Hanks, Lil Wayne and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers among their list of star-studded admirers.
    Like Mia, Brandi and Foudy more than a decade before them, Hope, Abby and the rest of the Americans have become quite the sensation thanks to their performance at the World Cup.
    Now the trick is to keep it going.
    The Americans play France in the semifinals Wednesday. Win, and they’ll face either Japan or Sweden in Sunday’s final with a chance to become the first team to win three Women’s World Cup titles.

  • Baseball: Hitting, scoring are...

    PHOENIX (AP) — Scoring in the first half of the season dropped to its lowest level in 19 years and the major league batting average shrunk to its smallest midseason figure since 1985, confirmation that the Steroids Era has ended and that a new Age of the Pitcher is taking hold.
    There were 8.4 runs per game prior to the All-Star break, according to STATS LLC, down 6 percent from last year’s 8.9 at the midpoint and 20 percent from the peak of 10.5 in 2000.
    “The pitchers in the National League — it’s crazy,” San Francisco’s Pedro Sandoval said Monday, a day before the All-Star game. “We’ve got Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.”

  • Running: Pace Racing resumes

    Members of the Atomic City Roadrunners head down the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock earlier this season. Tonight, the club’s weekly Pace Race resumes. The race starts at 6 p.m. at Piñon Park in White Rock.

    The Pace Race is the first the Roadrunners have held  since June 21. For more information, call 672-1639.