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Today's Sports

  • Raton racetrack appeals license...

    RATON (AP) — A group hoping to open a $50 million racetrack and casino in Raton has filed an appeal of the New Mexico Gaming Control Board's decision to revoke its gambling license.

    The board acted May 4, saying the developer for La Mesa Racetrack and Casino had missed a deadline to operate a temporary casino.

    La Mesa officials say in their appeal they addressed concerns expressed by the Gaming Control Board.

  • Update: LeBron tells Larry King...

    CLEVELAND (AP) — One month from the start of the NBA's free agency frenzy, LeBron James said he's not close to making any decision.

    However, he has handicapped his field of suitors.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the pack.

    In his first interview since the Cavs' season ended with a shocking, second-round loss to Boston, James told CNN's Larry King that Cleveland has "an edge" to re-sign him when the greatest collection of free agents in league history hits the open market on July 1.

  • NHL: Niemi, Blackhawks beat...

    CHICAGO (AP) — Antti Niemi's days of driving a Zamboni are long gone. Instead of cleaning the ice as he once did in his native Finland to make a few extra bucks, he's clearing away pucks and hoping to help the Chicago Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup.

    Niemi made 14 of his 32 saves in the third period and Chicago beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 series lead on Monday night.

  • UPDATE: Ball/Norman win Best...

    The team of Ted Ball and Curt Norman took top honors in the Memorial Day Best Ball Tournament this weekend.

    The Best Ball Tournament was held Sunday and Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course.

    Ball and Norman shot a combined 139 in the two-day event, topping the team of Bruce Takala and Cale Jones by two strokes.

    Read more about the tournament in today's Monitor.

  • Golf: Ball/Norman come back to...

    The team of Ted Ball and Curt Norman came back from two strokes down after one day of play to win the Memorial Day Best Ball this weekend.

    Ball/Norman shot a 139 in the two-day event, held Sunday and Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course. The team carded a 71 in the opening round, then followed that up with a 68 in the second round.

    The Memorial Day Best Ball is the first major tournament of the summer hosted by LAGC. In all, 28 two-person teams took part this weekend.

  • Update: Federer stunned by...

    PARIS (AP) — His French Open reign suddenly over, his record streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals done, too, Roger Federer paused briefly as he trudged off court at dusk, acknowledging the fans' applause with a polite smile and a quick wave.

    He's certainly not used to bidding adieu so soon.

  • Boys basketball: Kirk resigns...

    Some thought Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball head coach Alan Kirk might resign after the 2009-10 season so that he could more easily follow his son’s collegiate career.

    Those speculators were half right.

    Kirk put in his resignation to Los Alamos High School’s athletic office Monday, ending his 7-year stint with the program. However, Kirk said that numerous factors were involved in the decision.

    “You kind of have to re-evaluate your situation,” Kirk said. “You look ahead and see what your priorities are.”

  • Baseball: LA comes back from 4...

    ESPAÑOLA — Once more, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team pulled off a comeback in a big district game, although its comeback started a little earlier than usual.

    The Hilltoppers took on the Española Valley Sundevils Wednesday and once again fell behind early in the contest.

    However, the Hilltoppers strung together four hits and a walk to open the third inning and get right back into Wednesday’s ballgame.

  • Softball: LA stays perfect in 2-...

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is poised to make a clean sweep in District 2AAAA.

    Los Alamos topped district opponent Española Valley on the road Wednesday. Los Alamos scored three runs in the third inning to take control of its contest against Española Valley’s Sundevils and cruised to a 7-3 victory.

    Wednesday’s win was the 13th in a row for the Hilltoppers (16-7 overall, 10-0 in 2AAAA) heading into what could be an important game for seeding purposes. The Hilltoppers were scheduled to play at Moriarty today.

  • Erickson is top predictor Tuesday

    A few runners went the extra mile at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race, although they didn’t mean to.

    This week’s pace race was held Tuesday at Big Rock Loop. In all, 19 runners took part in the run.

    Because of some confusion over the race’s pavement markings, several runners took a wrong turn and ended up running approximately one extra mile.