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Today's Sports

  • Uruguay advances with win

    Underscoring a power shift away from Europe, Uruguay fought — and apparently even bit — its way to a 1-0 victory over Italy Tuesday to move to the World Cup's next round with Costa Rica, which sent England home without a single victory after a goalless draw.
    South America's strength was further highlighted when Colombia capped its perfect record in Group C with a 4-1 win over Japan. Europe did get one team through when Greece converted an injury time penalty for a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast which eliminated the African team.
    The evening excitement though could hardly match yet another controversy to haunt Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. Around 80 minutes in, Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini tangled, with replays showing Suarez seemingly biting the shoulder of the Italian defender. It would make Suarez, amazingly, a triple carnivorous offender on the pitch in four years.
    "It was absolutely clear. There's even a mark," Chiellini said.
    The referee didn't see a bite, and no foul was called. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez only had eyes on the result. "For me, and for all the people in Uruguay, we had more important things," he said.

  • Jim Thorpe run is Saturday

    The seventh annual Jim Thorpe Native American National Championships and open community run is scheduled for Saturday in Albuquerque.

    The national championship race is open to Native American tribe members from the United States and Canada. The community race is open to anyone interested in participating.
    Racing starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, 9169 Coors Road NW in Albuquerque.
    Other community events include a 12-and-under competitive race and a 1-mile fun run/walk.
    Price for participation is $20 through Thursday, $25 through race day. Interested participants can register on active.com.
    For more information, call 505-710-3323 or email sportswarriorsTC@aol.com.

  • Splash and Dash is starting...

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will again hold it Splash and Dash Series this summer, starting tonight.

    The Splash and Dash Series is a group of training events geared primarily for those wanting to prepare for the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    Participants can choose one of two course, consisting of a 400-yard swim followed by a 5K run or a 200-yard swim followed by a 3K run, both of which occur in and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The event is free but registration is limited to the first 75 entrants. Registration is done at the Walkup Center starting at 6:20 p.m. on the day of the event.
    Other Splash and Dash events are set for July 9, July 23 and Aug. 6.
    For more information, visit the Triatomics’ website, triatomics.org.

  • Isotopes drop 3 straight to I-...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes spotted the Iowa Cubs three runs early and never made up that deficit as they dropped their series finale at Iowa Wednesday.
    The Isotopes (35-43), who went into the series at Iowa on a high note and won the series opener, dropped three straight there, including a 6-2 defeat in the finale.
    Albuquerque, after winning four of its previous five contests heading in, couldn’t build on that momentum, a recurring theme for the 2014 season. It again ties a season-worst 8 games under the .500 mark.
    Starting pitcher Zach Lee, coming off a victory in his last outing, gave up all six of Iowa’s runs, all of them earned, as he was tagged for 7 hits, including a 3-run homer by Kris Bryant in the third inning.
    The Isotopes did have some chances Wednesday, coming up with 8 hits, but stranded 7 runners on base and went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Clint Robinson went 3-for-4 in the game but never made it around to score.
    Albuquerque came up with one run in the top of the first, but wouldn’t score again until the seventh.
    For Iowa (40-36), starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada threw six strong innings and struck out 10 batters. Wada improved to 8-4 on the year and dropped his ERA to an impressive 2.73.

  • Saenz is top predictor at Pace...

    Mariela Saenz was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    Saenz finished with a prediction error of just 13 seconds to win Tuesday’s night’s competition.
    The Pace Race was run in the Quemazon and Pipeline Road areas on steep 1, 3 and 3.2-mile courses. All times were adjusted to the longest course.
    Saenz topped Meera Nadige for the best prediction – Nadige was 22 seconds of — and Linda Vance, who was 23 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Patricia Burnside, who finished in 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Rao Garimella (10:39) was the fastest finishing male on the short course.
    On the 3-mile course Zach Medin (37:27) had the best time and Ted Romero (28:08) and Roxana Candia (34:50) had the top finishes.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Bandelier National Monument’s Ponderosa campground. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.
     

  • Big day looms for LA big man

    What a long, although not-so-strange trip, it’s been.
    For Alex Kirk, one of the most recognizable sports figures ever to come out of Los Alamos, it’s been a busy month and change, but now has a few days’ down time and he’s going to take advantage of it just before what will be perhaps the biggest day of his life.
    Kirk is entered into this year’s NBA draft. The draft takes place Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y. The 2010 Los Alamos High School graduate will have a chance to be the first born, bred and groomed New Mexico player ever to be taken in the draft and suit up for a NBA team.
    For now, though, he’s enjoying being in the Land of Enchantment.
    “It’s good to be back on what I would call my home turf,” said Kirk, who flew into Albuquerque on Monday and will be in and around that city and Los Alamos before Thursday’s draft. “I’m getting to hang out, just chill a little bit, take a step back and look at all that’s going on.”
    Since announcing he was foregoing his final year of eligibility at the University of New Mexico in April and graduating from the school in May, the 7-footer has been on the road almost the entire time.

  • U.S.-Portugal draws 24.7 million...

    NEW YORK (AP) — The United States’ 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal is almost certainly the most-watched soccer game ever in the U.S., an emphatic confirmation of the sport’s rising popularity in a country slower to embrace it than the rest of the world.
    The Nielsen company said that Sunday’s gripping game was seen by an average of 24.7 million viewers on ESPN and Univision. That matches it with the 24.7 million U.S. viewers who watched the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.
    ESPN said an additional 490,000 people streamed coverage of the game on their mobile devices through the company’s app. Streaming numbers for 2010 weren’t immediately available, but it’s very unlikely they were that high because streaming apps were not as sophisticated then.
    Many factors were in place to make it so popular: It was an exciting game, interest in the U.S. team was high because of the first-game victory against Ghana and World Cup viewing in general has been high. The Sunday evening time slot also meant many Americans were available to watch.
    “It indicates that a large group in our audience is really following the story of the World Cup, which is really terrific,” said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN senior vice president of programming.

  • Brazil, Mexico win and advance...

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil relied on its star Neymar for two early goals to beat Cameroon 4-1 Monday and reach the World Cup’s knockout stage for a South American showdown against Chile, a 2-0 loser to the Netherlands.
    Winning Group B with its third straight victory made sure that the Dutch avoided the host so early in the tournament. Instead, the Netherlands will face Mexico, which beat Croatia 3-1 to advance alongside Brazil from Group A.
    Spain beat Australia 3-0 in an inconsequential game between already eliminated teams, a victory providing a little balm on the disappointing defense of its title.
    With free-flowing games and buckets full of goals the rule in this outstanding tournament, it took until the final minutes of the Group A games for Brazil to make sure it advanced as group leader on goal difference over Mexico.
    “We are progressing match after match and that’s important,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.
    Both finished with seven points, with Croatia eliminated with three points, while Cameroon finished with three losses. Brazil finished first because it had a better goal differential than Mexico, plus 5 to plus 3.

  • Hipwoods Named Top Girls XC...

    There aren’t many programs out there that have been a lot more successful than the girls cross country program at Los Alamos High School.
    A big part of that has been the coaching of Rob and Kathy Hipwood.
    And now, the two coaches have the hardware to prove it.
    The husband-and-wife duo were named the 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coaches of the Year in girls cross country. The Hipwoods were honored in a ceremony last week in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
    In 20 years of leading Los Alamos’ girls and boys programs, they have garnered 15 state girls titles. Since 2000, Los Alamos has won 11 titles, including five consecutive titles not once but twice.
    While winning titles is certainly the icing on the cake, that’s hardly why the Hipwoods do what they do.
    “It feels really good, getting an award for what we’ve dedicated our lives to for the past 20 years,” Kathy Hipwood said.
    The Hipwoods were among eight coaches nominated nationally.
    Coaches from New Mexico did very well this year, grabbing 11 total nominations. In boys cross country, Allan Lockridge of Pojoaque Valley earned a nomination, as did his boss, athletic director Matt Martinez, who was up for AD of the Year.

  • Hipwoods earn national award

    Los Alamos co-head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood have been named the National Coaches of the Year for girls cross country.

    The announcement was made this weekend at the National High School Coaches Association banquet in Jackson, Wyo., this weekend.

    The Hipwoods have earned more state championships than any coaches in Los Alamos High School history, including leading the Hilltopper girls to their fifth straight team title in 2013

    More information on the award will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.