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Today's Sports

  • Kirk wraps up summer leagues

    The NBA Las Vegas Summer League has yet to crown its champion, but Alex Kirk won’t be on a second championship team this summer.
    Kirk and the New York Knicks played their final game in Las Vegas Friday night, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 83-76 in a consolation game.
    The Golden State Warriors knocked the Knicks out of the championship tournament, 76-54, in the round of 16.
    Kirk and Knicks, however, were able to finish strong against the Bucks. In 18 minutes on the court, Kirk had his second double-digit scoring performance for New York. Kirk made five field goals to score 10 points. With the Knicks trailing 47-42, Kirk finished and 3-on-2 fast break with a slam dunk to pump up his teammates.
    He also grabbed four rebounds in the game.
    Against Golden State, however, the Knicks only led once in the game and lost by 22.
    Kirk played 15 minutes and 4 seconds in the game. He snagged five rebounds, but missed all four of his field goal attempts. He finished with one point and two turnovers.
    To set up that matchup, the No. 12 seeded Warriors beat the No. 21 seeded Sacramento Kings in the first round of the tournament, 83-67, while the Knicks earned the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye.
    After the loss, the Knicks took on the Bucks.

  • Little Leaguers, swimmers...

    On the diamond and in the pool, many local athletes will be competing for state championships this weekend and next.
    Los Alamos County won four Little League district championships this summer — two in baseball and two in softball. The majority of those teams will now compete for state championships.
    The state tournaments will begin this weekend and conclude with a championship round next weekend.
    Two teams begin their state tournaments tonight —the 10-11 year-old baseball and softball teams.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 softball All-Star team will take on Deming at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe. The winner will then play Las Vegas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    Los Alamos’ 10-11 baseball All Stars will take on Carlsbad at 5:30 p.m. in Carlsbad. The winner will play South Valley at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
    Clovis’ Zia Little League and Deming are also on the same side of the bracket as Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos County’s Majors earned a first-round bye. The 11-12 year olds will take on the winner of Roosevelt County and Altamont Little League at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, won the 9-10 district baseball title and was scheduled to start the tournament against Las Vegas.

  • Tokyo Olympic venue shaping up...

    TOKYO (AP) — When the dust settles on the marquee venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it could well be the most expensive sports stadium in the world.
    The latest cost estimate of 252 billion yen ($2 billion at current exchange rates) would push it beyond the current record-holder, the $1.6 billion MetLife stadium completed in 2010 for the New York Jets and Giants football teams.
    What is the money buying? The design of the stadium's ribbed roof on huge steel arches resembles a bicycle helmet. To support a natural grass field, the roof's southern end will be translucent to let in sunlight and underground will be soil ventilation and temperature control systems. Movable seats will bring the crowd closer for more intimate events, and this being Japan, the stadium will have earthquake-resistant features.
    While exchange rate fluctuations and inflation make comparisons tricky, it is safe to say that Japan's new National Stadium will likely to be the most expensive ever built, two sports economists told The Associated Press. The latest estimate was a 55 percent increase over an earlier one of 163 billion yen.

  • Hults, Krantz win flights

    Larry Hults won his flight on back-to-back days during recent Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association (NNMSMGA) tournaments.
    On June 30, Hults shot a 77 gross score to win the third flight at the Santa Fe Country Club. His score was better than the first and second flight winners, as well.
    The next day, Hults shot an 81 gross at the Taos Country Club to win the third flight again.
    Ron Krantz also won his flight at Taos. He shot an 84 gross to win the second flight.
    Bob Quick was the first flight’s net winner with 70.
    Three other golfers from Los Alamos golfers had second-place finishes with their gross scores at Taos.
    Spike Jones (86), Don Pompeo (82) and Don Rokup (88) were the runners up in the second, third and fourth flights, respectively.
    Bob Villa also has a second-place finish at Santa Fe with an 88 gross score in the fourth flight.
    Jones shot a 61 net score at Santa Fe to finish second in the second flight.
    Fred Thomas, meanwhile, landed closest to the pin on the eighth hole.
    Los Alamos’ NNMSMGA tournament is scheduled for Sept. 9-10.
     

  • Adames homers in All-Star game

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames promptly mashed the first pitch he saw in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game over the left field wall for a solo home run at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska.
    The International League struck first with a run in the top of the first, and it wasn’t until Adames’ sixth-inning home run that the Pacific Coast League’s offense got on the board. A two-run blast by Reno’s Peter O’Brien in the eighth inning broke the 1-1 tie, and put the PCL on top.
    A three-run ninth inning, however, propelled the IL to a 4-3 win.
    The PCL had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second, but a strikeout ended the game with Adames on deck.
    Adames lined out in his only other at-bat on the evening. He entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of sixth and homered in the home half of the inning. Adames was selected to participate in the event after teammate Matt McBride could not play due to an ankle injury.
    The 23-year-old prospect is currently batting .319 in 75 games with Albuquerque this season.

  • Candia, Medins and Williams have...

    In spite of a slight, cooling rain, 45 runners and walkers enjoyed an evening jaunt Tuesday.
    The Pace Race featured one mile or three-mile courses on Barranca Mesa and in Bayo Canyon.
    For the three-mile route, the runners ran around Barranca Mesa Elementary, down the horse trail into Bayo Canyon to the point and then turned back on Gonzales Road to Barranca Elementary.
    Most of the three-mile runners beat their predictions in spite of the steep switchback required to get out of the canyon back onto Barranca Mesa.
    Nine runners on the long course, however, had predictions that were within 30 seconds of their actual time.
    Roxana Candia was the best predictor for the long course. She was off her prediction by just one second.
    Ted Williams was the second best predictor at four seconds off while John Ullman was only 10 seconds off his prediction.
    Other runners whose predictions were 30 seconds or less off included Katie Gattiker and Jesse Woodroffe at 16 seconds off, Heidi Bjorklund at 24 seconds off, Nikol Strother at 25 seconds off, Zach Medin at 26 seconds off and Richard Thompson III at 30 seconds off.

  • Angel Fire to host Ragnar race

    Angel Fire Resort and the Village of Angel Fire recently announced that it will host the first New Mexico based Ragnar Trail relay race Aug. 28-29.
    Ragnarians will find their inner wild as they run, camp and sleep over two days and one night. Teams of eight people (four for Ultra teams) will race on single-track trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
    The high-elevation, adventure course spans 115 miles long, with each runner averaging approximately 15 miles each.
    The race takes an average of 22 hours to complete. Registration for the Ragnar Trail Angel Fire race is limited and only open until July 23.
    For more information, visit ragnartrail.com
     

  • Kirk seeing more minutes

    Alex Kirk has gotten stronger throughout the summer and has started seeing more minutes because of his play.
    After scoring just three points in his first three games for the Memphis Grizzlies, Kirk had his best offensive game in the NBA Orlando Summer League July 9 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
    In 12 minutes, 25 seconds on the court, Kirk scored nine points. He made a pair of field goals and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He also had a rebound and blocked shot in the game, which Memphis won 87-81 to reach the league’s championship game.
    Kirk then helped the Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic White in the Orlando Summer League championship game, 75-73.
    Kirk played 18:09 in the final, scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking a pair of shots.
    Despite Memphis leading by as many as 16 points, and Orlando leading by as many as 10 points, regulation ended with the teams tied. After the first overtime, the teams were still tied so they went into a double overtime, sudden death period. For the second time in Orlando, Russ Smith sunk a game-winning bucket for the Grizzlies — this one to give them the title.
    After the game, Kirk flew to Las Vegas to join the New York Knicks.

  • Tour de Los Alamos’ tradition...

    The Tour de Los Alamos took place for the 43rd year in a row on Sunday, maintaining its title as the longest continuously running road bike race in southwest.
    “We had some great racers come in from our region, Colorado and Texas,” race director Cyndi Wells said.
    There were 97 bikers who pedaled in the tour this year, doing one, two or three 27-mile loops around the Los Alamos National Laboratory on N.M. 501 and N.M. 4.
    It was a clean race with no crashes or injuries.
    Former Los Alamos resident Fortunato Ferrera regained his title in the pro men’s race, pedaling around the county three times in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds. His average speed for the 81-mile race was 23.33 miles per hour.
    Ferrera also won the race in 2013 (3:27:18) and 2009 (3:41:26). He finished second last year.
    Sarah Lough was the fastest woman on Sunday, doing two laps in 2:46:11 to win the women’s Cat 1/2/3 race.
    The one-loop citizen’s race drew 37 bikers in the men and women fields. Richard Korzekwa (1:22:12) was the fastest man while Lynn Bjorkland (1:37:43) led the women.
    “People were fast this year,” Wells said.

  • Isotopes bitten by Chihuahuas in...

    Kyle Parker drove in three runs, but the El Paso Chihuahuas (45-45) held off the Albuquerque Isotopes, 5-3, in the fina lgame before the All-Star Break on Sunday night at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas. Parker delivered a pair of two-out, RBI singles in the first and fifth innings. He also plated a third run in the seventh inning with a groundout and finished the game 3-for-5.

    The Isotopes (41-50) still won three of five games in the series and went 5-4 on their roadtrip.

    In the third inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, El Paso third baseman Cody Decker singled home two runs to extend the Chihuahuas lead to 4-1. Isotopes starter Jon Gray departed after 82 pitches and three innings. A lot of long at-bats, due to lots of foul balls, contributed mightily to his pitch count soaring in three innings. He struck out six and walked two.

    Reliever Simon Castro retired all nine batters that he faced in relief, including four strikeouts, to keep the 'Topes in the game. Scott Oberg pitched in his first game for the 'Topes since April, giving up a run in the seventh inning. In all, the 'Topes bullpen allowed one run in five innings.