Today's Sports

  • 28 Russians have Olympic doping...

    Twenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee’s policy on the country into turmoil.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling was set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men’s skeleton and men’s 50-kilometer cross-country skiing.

    “This does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent, but in their case, due to insufficient evidence, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi are reinstated,” CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb said in Pyeongchang.

    The IOC said it had taken note of the CAS decision “with satisfaction on the one hand and disappointment on the other,” adding the decision “may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping.”

    The 28 who had their bans lifted could now seek late entry into the Pyeongchang Olympics, but the IOC said “not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation.”

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the ruling “can’t fail to please us, and it confirms our position that the overwhelming majority of our athletes are clean athletes.”

  • Taos Ski Valley has terrain for...

    With a La Nina weather pattern, the Southern Rockies have experienced more sunshine than snow. As a result, the Taos Ski Valley snowmaking crew and groomers have been completely focused in delivering pristine corduroy resulting in the ideal terrain for learning to ski and snowboard.

    With two designated beginner areas, Pioneer and the newly redesigned Strawberry Hill, Taos Ski Valley’s world renown Ernie Blake Snowsports School is focused drawing new participants to the sport. To encourage new skiers and snowboarders, Taos Ski Valley is excited to launch “The Perfect Progression Package” which provides full-day instruction, beginner lift ticket and ski or snowboard rental equipment at a savings of 20 percent off.

    “Skiing and riding is all about the go and flow,” says Burt Skall, Snowsports Director at Taos Ski Valley. “Learning from the best instructors in the country will get you up, sliding and enjoying the amazing sports of skiing and riding quickly and safely.”

  • Hilltoppers nearly pull off...

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team played its most complete District 2-5A game yet, and it just wasn’t enough.

    In Wednesday night’s battle at Griffith Gymnasium between the Hilltoppers and Capital High School, the Jaguars jumped out to a lead and hung on, despite an impressive comeback attempt by LAHS.

    “The effort was there,” LAHS head coach Mike Kluk said. “We kept digging out of that hole, but unfortunately we kept digging the hole. It’s the story of the season. We miss shots that other teams have no problem making. We miss free throws. We turn the ball over. You just can’t do that, especially against good teams like Capital.

    The Jaguars entered the game ranked No. 3 in District 2-5A, with the team’s only district loss coming last week on the road against No. 1 Española Valley.

    In Wednesday’s game, both teams started out shooting well, and matching each other shot-for shot.

    Aaron Garcia was the catalyst for Capital in the first quarter, scoring 11 points and knocking down five shots.

    The scoring came all over from the Hilltoppers, as Michael Naranjo scored 6 points and David Owen had 5 points in the opening quarter, which ended in a 17-17 score.

  • Defense, balanced scoring leads...

    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team used a balanced effort along with strong defense to snap its three-game losing streak and defeat Utah State, 80-47, Wednesday night at Dreamstyle Arena.

    The Lobos (17-6, 5-5) had four players finish in double figures led by Jaisa Nunn’s 12th double-double of the season as she finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds (her fifth game of having 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds). Combine that with UNM holding the Aggies (5-17, 3-8) to 18 first-half points – the lowest point total the Lobos have held a team to in the first half this season – and it was a strong all-around effort by the Lobos.

    “I thought tonight, defensively, was one of our better games,” UNM coach Mike Bradbury said. “We’ve been working on that for the last 10 days. We were pretty good. We weren’t perfect, but we were better than we have been.”
    UNM jumped out to a 22-14 lead after the first quarter (ending the period on a 17-6 run due in large part by draining 4 of 8 3-point attempts) before pulling away in the second.

  • Offense struggles late as LAHS...

    Finishing up the first round of district contests, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team headed to district-leader Capital High School Tuesday evening, falling 52-36 in a game that was often closer than the score indicated.

    On paper, the game appeared to be a mismatch. Capital entered the contest 3-0 in District 2-5A games, while the Hilltoppers came in 0-3 in district play and winless since late December.

    Much like LAHS’ last game, against Española Valley, the team fell behind early.

    Throughout the first quarter, Capital couldn’t miss, while the Hilltoppers had trouble hanging onto the ball.

    The Jaguars connected on seven shots in the quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers that allowed Capital to jump out to a quick 18-4 lead.

    The Hilltoppers’ only points in the quarter came from a pair of layups from Natalie Gallegos and Anna Lemke.

    Despite trailing by such a large margin, LAHS came out in the second quarter with a noticeable increase in energy.

    One of the big reasons for that was junior guard Alex Calderon, who saw his first action in district play. She immediately sparked the offense from the point guard position, and set the team up for success with her passing and playmaking ability.

  • Jones, Thome, Guerrero, Hoffman...

    Over 600 home runs. More than 600 saves. A .300 career average.

    In the age of baseball analytics, there’s still room in the Hall of Fame for big, round numbers you can count on.
    Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were rewarded Wednesday, easily elected in the newest class headed for Cooperstown.

    “I don’t know how you tabulate or calculate WAR,” Jones said, referring to a sabermetric stat that didn’t exist for much of his career.

    “Yes, you can dig deeper,” he said. But he added: “What I want to see is batting average, on-base percentage, runs produced.”

    Designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to promote him. Boosted by advanced metrics, he’ll get his last chance on the ballot next year.

    Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both tainted by the steroids scandal, edged up but again fell far short.

    A switch-hitter who batted .303 with 468 home runs, Jones was an eight-time All-Star third baseman for the Atlanta Braves.

  • Defense struggles for LAHS in...

    After being stuck in the middle of the league standings throughout most of the season, the Los Alamos High School ice hockey team returned to the Los Alamos County Ice Rink for four pivotal games against Telluride and Durango.

    These were especially important games, because matchups against Telluride provided the Hilltoppers an opportunity to take down one of the top teams in the league, while games against Durango offered LAHS a chance to distance itself from other teams in the middle of the league.

    However, the team was unable to capitalize on the opportunity, dropping both games against Telluride, losing one game to Durango and earning a tie in the other game.

    The struggles against Telluride have been consistent throughout the season, as LAHS drops to 0-4 against the Lizard Heads. Last weekend the team lost 7-4 Friday night and 9-4 Saturday morning.

    This year’s series against Durango has been more competitive, as the Hilltoppers won the first meeting in mid-December before losing two of the past three matchups. This weekend, the Hilltoppers tied the Devils 5-5 Saturday night and lost 8-3 Sunday morning, likely the result of fatigue after playing four games in three days.

  • Schwartz turned Eagles’ defense...

    Jim Schwartz inherited one of the NFL’s worst defenses and turned them into one of the best in less than two years.

    When coach Doug Pederson hired Schwartz to be the defensive coordinator in 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles were coming off three straight seasons ranked in the bottom four in yards allowed.

    Schwartz changed the scheme back to a 4-3 base and rebuilt the defense using many of the same players left from the old regime.

    He also brought a swagger that’s reflected in his players.

    Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, two-time Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive linemen Brandon Graham and Beau Allen, and linebacker Mychal Kendricks were part of the unit that struggled under former coach Chip Kelly and former defensive coordinator Billy Davis.

    But they’ve thrived under Schwartz because his system fits their skills.

    “He always puts us in great position to make plays,” Jenkins said.
    Schwartz made an immediate impact last season, helping the defense go from 30th in yards allowed and 28th in points to 13th and 12th, respectively.

    This season, they ranked fourth in both categories and had the league’s No. 1 run defense.

  • Hilltoppers prepare for toughest...

    Of all the games the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team will play this season, there will likely be none tougher than the test the Hilltoppers face tonight in Española.

    The Española Valley High School Sundevils are the top-ranked team in Class 5A, and are viewed by many as the top team in the state of New Mexico, regardless of classification.

    This week, that stance has only grown stronger. Tuesday night in Española, the Sundevils faced District 2-5A rival, and No. 3 ranked 5A team, Capital High School in what has become one of the best rivalries in the state.

    And facing its toughest opponent so far this season, the Sundevils cruised to an 83-65 win. It was so decisive that the stands that were filled to capacity at tipoff were half empty by the middle of the fourth quarter.

    Capital, which came into the game giving up fewer than 55 points per game on average, gave up nearly that many in the second half alone.

    Española Valley is one of the most well balanced teams in the state, with the ability to defend every player on the floor, and score in a variety of ways.

  • Shorthanded Hilltoppers come up...

    The recent rough stretch for the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team continued over the weekend, as the Hilltoppers lost to Goddard High School and Albuquerque Academy inside Griffith Gymnasium.

    With senior forward Troy Hammock in street clothes on the bench in both games, the Hilltoppers played with just eight players in uniform. According to LAHS head coach Mike Kluk, it is not yet known whether Hammock will be able to return to action this season.

    The impact of Hammock’s absence was immediately noticeable, as the Hilltoppers were forced to change the starting lineup, and often had a smaller group on the floor during Friday’s game against Goddard.

    Though the offense got off to a good start in the game, repeatedly getting close to the basket for easy baskets, Goddard’s offense was even more impressive. The Rockets knocked down four 3-pointers in the first quarter, and appeared comfortable setting up beyond the arc and waiting for an open shot.

    With the help of those deep shots, Goddard led 18-14 after the first quarter.

    In the second quarter, Ramon Roybal got on a roll for the Hilltoppers, and knocked down three 3-pointers. His strong quarter helped propel LAHS to a halftime lead, 36-32.