Today's Sports

  • Mexico-Brazil contest ends in...

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The headline from the World Cup, Day 6: Big favorite Brazil is vulnerable.
    Those who thought the World Cup host or world champion Spain — thumped 5-1 last week by the Netherlands — would walk away with this should think again.
    Proving the old adage that there are no easy games in football’s showcase, Brazil failed to beat Mexico for the first time at the World Cup, held Tuesday to a 0-0 draw in their second game in Group A.
    Belgium — a long-shot pick for the title — also struggled to break down Algeria, but got help off its bench to win 2-1 in Belo Horizonte.
    In steamy Cuiaba, an evenly matched and entertaining back-and-forth contest ended Russia 1, South Korea 1. Substitutes scored all but one of the five goals on Tuesday, proving the importance of having a Plan B.
    All 32 teams have now played at least once. The Netherlands and Germany, which scored four Monday against Portugal, are the standouts so far.
    The big surprise was Brazil’s failure to find the net in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.
    With Neymar rampant through the middle, Marcelo ever-willing to go forward and Oscar supplying passes and inventiveness, Brazil should be able to score almost at will. Time and again, Brazil’s yellow shirts swarmed over Mexico’s penalty box.

  • Omaha wins big, 13-6

    The Omaha Storm Chasers scored in each inning between the fourth and the eighth to thump the Albuquerque Isotopes Tuesday.
    Omaha pounded out 19 hits off four Isotopes pitchers and scored three runs each in the sixth and eighth innings to win 13-6 in the series opener.
    With the loss, Albuquerque slips to 8 games under .500 (32-40), tying its worst record of the season. Albuquerque has lost three of its last four and seven of its last nine contests. It trails Las Vegas by 9 games in the PCL Pacific Southern division.
    The Isotopes’ series at Omaha continues until Friday.
    The Storm Chasers’ Paulo Orlando and Jesus Flores combined to go 8-for-9 with three home runs and 6 RBI to aid in the rout.
    Albuquerque starting pitcher Red Patterson (4-5) was roughed up in his five innings, giving up 6 earned runs and 11 hits.

  • Football team to host 7-on-7

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a 7-on-7 competition Thursday.
    The 7-on-7 games are part of the Hilltoppers’ summer workouts. The primary purpose of the contests are to work on teams’ passing offenses.
    It is set for 6 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School. The event was originally supposed to be at Sullivan Field, but that facility is currently closed for the cleaning and maintenance of the track.

  • ABA, LA Blast win baseball...

    A pair of club baseball teams performed well at recent tournaments.
    The 17-and-under team from the Albuquerque Baseball Academy picked up a win in a tournament held at Peoria, Ariz., earlier this month.
    The team, which features local players Connor Mang and Jared Mang of Los Alamos, as well as Korwin Mueller of Santa Fe, won the 18-and-under tournament, known as the Four Corners Classic.
    Also, the LA Blast baseball team won the 12-and-under division of the New Mexico State Baseball tournament this past weekend.
    Players on that team include Jacob Benelli, Bryson Ballew, Logan Bishop, Antonio Gonzalez, Ty Swavely, Sammy Castille, Luc Chavez, Jacob Castille, Hunter Swavely, Walker Eaton and Luke Kirkland.

  • Foursome takes top honors at...

    The team of Eddie Sanchez, Steve Sanderson, Barbara Schmitt and Ev Griggs won Saturday’s Strong Kids Classic golf tournament, hosted by the local YMCA.
    The YMCA hosted its annual tournament, which was renamed to honor the memory of Ed Griggs, longtime Y volunteer and avid golfer.
    The tournament was played at Los Alamos Golf Course. In all, 17 teams took part.
    Sanchez, Sanderson, Schmitt and Griggs posted a score of 57, which was 2 strokes better than the team of Mike Chiacchia, Ellen Stallings, Drew Martinson and Tami Martinson. Finishing in third place was the team of Chris Grimmer, Darren Grimmer, Brad Haddad and Mike Ciddio, which shot a 62 in the scramble format tournament.
    The annual event netted $14,000 for Y program scholarships. The Strong Kids program aids youth around Northern New Mexico.

  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tony Gwynn could handle a bat like few other major leaguers, whether it was driving the ball through the “5.5 hole” between third base and shortstop or hitting a home run off the facade in Yankee Stadium in the World Series.
    He was a craftsman at the plate, whose sweet left-handed swing made him one of baseball’s greatest hitters.
    Gwynn loved San Diego.
    San Diego loved “Mr. Padre” right back.
    Gwynn, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest athletes in San Diego’s history, died Monday of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54.
    “Our city is a little darker today without him but immeasurably better because of him,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a statement.
    In a rarity in pro sports, Gwynn played his whole career with the Padres, choosing to stay in the city where he was a two-sport star in college, rather than leaving for bigger paychecks elsewhere.
    His terrific hand-eye coordination made him one of the game’s greatest pure hitters. He had 3,141 hits — 18th on the all-time list — a career .338 average and won eight batting titles to tie Honus Wagner’s NL record.

  • Late goal by Brooks puts U.S. on...

    NATAL, Brazil (AP) — After Clint Dempsey’s historic early goal, the United States spent more than an hour struggling to hold off wave after wave of Ghana attacks. It was no surprise when Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute.
    Once again, the Black Stars — who had eliminated the Americans at the past two World Cups — were poised to ruin the tournament for the U.S.
    With two starters out with injuries, the U.S. barely threatened in the second half until a corner kick in the 86th minute. Graham Zusi lifted the ball into the penalty area, where fellow substitute John Brooks rose above the defense and headed it in for a 2-1 victory, putting the U.S. atop the group with Germany.
    “I couldn’t believe it. ...I just ran in the box and hoped that the ball would hit my head and it did,” said Brooks, a 6-foot-4 defender who is brought forward for set pieces.
    The loss put Ghana at the bottom of Group G with Portugal — the Americans’ next opponent. The top two teams in the group advance.
    At the final whistle, coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the German hired to transform the U.S. from mere World Cup participant into a potential power, threw his arms to the sky and roared.

  • Isotopes earn split with Zephyrs

    The Albuquerque Isotopes used a big first inning to gain some offensive momentum, then cruised the rest of the way as they defeated New Orleans in their series finale Monday.
    The Isotopes put their first five hitters aboard in the bottom of the first to push across four runs against the Zephyrs. That set the tone for a big 11-1 victory Monday at Isotopes Park.
    That game was the finale of both that series and Albuquerque’s homestand.
    Joc Pederson and Alex Liddi both had RBI hits in the opening inning and Mike Baxter drove in Clint Robinson with a sacrifice fly.
    Albuquerque tacked on two more runs in the second inning and had two runs each in the fifth and sixth.
    In its previous two games of the series, both won by New Orleans, the Isotopes combined for just four runs.
    The homestand was a rough one for the Isotopes (32-39). After winning two straight road series prior to returning to Albuquerque, the Isotopes were swept by Round Rock and dropped 2 of 3 to New Orleans (38-33) before Monday’s win.
    Sunday’s 6-3 loss put Albuquerque at a season-worst eight games under .500.
    In the series finale, Robinson and Liddi both finished 3-for-4. Robinson had a 2-run home run in the sixth and Liddi drove in a pair of runs.

  • Soft Toss

     A total of eight teams took part in this weekend’s La Mesa Petanque Club tournament. Petanque, is a European game similar to bocce ball. Courts were recently built at Urban Park to host games.
    The tournament was won by the trio of Todd Haagenstad, Ken Thompson and Christopher Descarpentries, which played in the concours division. In the consulate division, the winners were Steve Ferg, Harvey Haagenstad and Wally Lopez.

  • Shaylene Stephens to Compete at...

    Shaylene Stephens wasn’t looking forward to getting up to catch an early flight to Newark, N.J. But she could hardly wait to get there and get going for her national bowling competition.
    Stephens, the top local Special Olympian, was selected to represent New Mexico at nationals this week.
    She was one of four athletes invited to take part in the bowling competition, which gets going Monday morning in New Jersey.
    She will be competing in singles, doubles and team bowling this week, along with a pair of athletes from Las Cruces and another from Albuquerque.
    Along with bowling, Stephens competes in several other sports, including basketball, soccer and swimming.
    Stephens said heading to nationals was a pretty big deal for her.
    “It’s getting to see a different part of the county, getting to see some friends that might be there that I met when I went in 2007 to the World Games,” she said. “Maybe I’ll get to see some old coaches and stuff.”
    Stephens got to go to the World Games in Beijing, China, just months before the Olympic Games were held there in 2008 and said she was amazed by the Olympic Village there — the Beijing Games are considered some of the most successful Olympics ever held.