Today's Sports

  • TCU picked to repeat in Mountain...

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — TCU is still on top in the Mountain West Conference.

    The Horned Frogs received all 31 first-place votes in the league's preseason media poll, released Tuesday.

    "Probably what that means is that we have good talent. Now we have to live up to it," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "I think that's the whole thing. It doesn't matter what people say about them in August. Preseason goes off of what happened last year."

  • Volleyball: Ealey wraps up prep...

    ALBUQUERQUE — Taylor Ealey has never been much for playing second fiddle to anyone and rarely has she had to.

    So when, following her first of two All-Star appearances this summer, she had a conversation with New Mexico Highlands basketball coach Heather Sankey, Ealey decided that the school in Las Vegas, N.M., might be a better fit for her than trying to squeeze onto the program at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.

    “They wanted me more,” Ealey said of the coaching staff at Highlands.

  • Baseball: Garza tosses first no-...

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Garza insists the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay history and the fifth in the major leagues this season isn't the most satisfying moment of his career.

    That, Garza said Monday night after facing the minimum 27 batters to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0, came during an MVP performance as the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 2008 AL championship series.

  • Swimming: LA Aquatomics send 28...

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics qualified 28 athletes for the New Mexico Long Course State Championship meet.

    The long course title meet will be held Friday and Saturday in Farmington.

    Qualifying Aquatomics swimmers include the following:

    Girls 10 and under

    Jillian Bennett

    Alana Goodwin

    Radhika Iyer

    Sara Shiina

    Boys 10 and under

    Alex Ionkov

    Ian Jaegers

    Dylan Ma

    Nate Stephens

    Hao Wei

    Girls 11-12

    Kaitlin Bennett

    Celeste Levy

  • Kirk, Ealey set to take part in...

    A pair of top-shelf Los Alamos High School athletes will be making their final appearances of their prep careers this week.

    Former Los Alamos athletes Alex Kirk and Taylor Ealey will be taking part in North-South All-Star contests.

    The North-South All-Star contests are sponsored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The NMHSCA hosts the North-South series annually, which pit the top graduating players in the state in various prep sports.

  • Rugby: Dinkel goes to national...

    It took awhile for Liz Dinkel to figure out what sport she wanted to take part in, but once she did, she became pretty darn good at it.

    So much so, Dinkel was recently invited to a prestigious camp.

    Dinkel, a Los Alamos resident, took part in the USA Women’s 7s rugby trial session last weekend. Dinkel, a standout rugby player for the Los Alamos Rugby Club for several years, was invited by USA Women’s Eagles head coach Ric Suggitt to take part in the three-day camp held at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

  • Baseball: WR to take on Carlsbad...

    The White Rock 9-10 All-Star baseball team will open up play at the state tournament Saturday morning.

    The state 9-10 Little League All-Star tournament will be held at Ragsdale Field in Raton.

    White Rock, which won the District 1 tournament, held at Overlook Park last weekend, will take on Carlsbad in the first round of the double-elimination state tournament. That game, the first game on the schedule, will be played at 9 a.m.

    In all, eight teams are expected to vie for the state 9-10 title.

  • Running: Williams has best...

    Joan Williams was the top predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race this week.

    The pace race was held Tuesday at American Spring Road.

    Williams finished with an error of just 12 seconds on the 1-mile course. Rainy, wet conditions made predictions tough Tuesday with only one other runner, Roy Cope, finishing with a prediction error of less than 72 seconds.

    Cope, meanwhile, was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 12:20, while Inez Ross was the top female finisher, crossing in 16:54.

  • Swimming: Results from...

    Here are the results from the Los Alamos Aquatomics’ Firecracker Invitational club swimming meet.

    Girls 8 and under

    25 freestyle

    1. Lydia Kenamond, LAA, 22.41; 2. Kalen Melton, LAA, 23.20; 3. Ariana Gonzales, Duke, 24.97.

    50 freestyle

    1. Samantha Lindholm, Duke, 45.34; 2. Olivia Tepley, 45.38.

    25 backstroke

    1. Kalen Melton, LAA, 24.71; 2. Lydia Kenamond, LAA, 27.92; 3. Ariana Gonzales, Duke, 35.28.

    50 backstroke

  • Baseball: Cubs manager Piniella...

    CHICAGO (AP) — After all those dirt-kicking, base-tossing tantrums, Lou Piniella is going out with more of a whimper.

    This isn't the way he envisioned his final days as the Chicago Cubs' manager.

    The team had bigger plans, too.

    Piniella announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, completing a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager.