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  • 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.

  • LALL All-Star rosters announced

    Los Alamos Little League announced its roster for the softball postseason Friday, as the All-Stars will start District 1 play this coming weekend in White Rock.
    LALL’s Majors (11-12) All-Stars are pitcher- and catcher-heavy this year, a bonus for All-Star play.
    Also announced on Friday were the LALL 9-10 All-Stars.
    Play starts Saturday in White Rock. The winner of the District 1 tournament will advance to play in the state tournament, which is scheduled for the week of July 11 in Las Vegas.
    Here are the rosters for the LALL All-Star teams:

    Majors All-Stars

    Claire Bluhm (3B, 1B)
    Megan Chiles (RF, 1B)
    Makenna Ellsworth (P, 2B)
    Ona Gartz (1B, LF)
    Alicia Gonzales (SS, C, 3B)
    Terri Jaramillo (P, C, SS, 2B)
    Marie Lee (3B, CF)
    Savana Luster (P, C, SS, 3B)
    Paige Patterson (LF, 2B)
    Aliya Richins (LF, RF)
    Sophia Salazar (P, C, SS, 3B)
    Kyla Sandoval (C, 2B)
    Katie Wimer (P, C, SS, 1B)

    Manager: Hope Jaramillo
    Coaches: Donny Ellsworth, Taylor Jaramillo

    9-10 All-Stars

  • Aggies coach Menzies drops in at...

    POJOAQUE — When Marvin Menzies took over the men’s basketball program at New Mexico State University, his first and foremost goal was to make the Aggies a national contender year-in and year-out.
    And while the Aggies took a huge step in that department this past season, there’s still plenty more work to be done.
    Menzies, who admits he rarely gets up to the northern part of the state from Las Cruces, was the guest of honor at the NMSU Alumni Association’s banquet Wednesday night at the Towa Golf Club. About 75 Aggie alum and well-wishers attended the event.
    During the 2013-14 season, Menzies led NMSU to its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference tournament title and corresponding appearance in the NCAA championships.
    Although the Aggies were a first-round casualty, they did garner some of that national attention they’d been seeking.
    One of the biggest reasons, quite literally, the Aggies garnered that attention was because of their giant, Sim Bhullar. The 7-foot, 5-inch Bhullar dwarfed virtually all of Division I with his height and his 360-pound frame.
    Unfortunately for the Aggies, Bhullar, who still had two years of collegiate eligibility left, elected to throw his hat into the ring for the professional ranks and won’t return, regardless of whether he makes a pro roster.

  • No 1936 references at Wimbledon...

    LONDON (AP) — Imagine what the reception will be like for Andy Murray on Monday when he first strides onto the green grass of Centre Court at Wimbledon.

    A year ago, Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the singles title at a tournament the locals refer to simply as "The Championships," ending a nation's long wait and sparking talk of a knighthood.

    This year, Murray gets the defending champion's honor of playing the fortnight's first match on the most famous tennis court in the world. Seems safe to say that 15,000 or so of his closest friends will greet him with a full-throated roar.

    "As the time gets nearer, and, you know, I get ready to play the first match on Monday, I'll definitely ... be excited about it," Murray said. "I will be nervous. It (is) an experience; something I have never experienced before. Players have talked about it in the past, that it's a great experience. But it can also be a nerve-racking one."

    Murray had a slow start this season, coming off back surgery, and he hasn't reached a final since Wimbledon 50 weeks ago.

    But he showed he's on the way back to peak form by reaching the semifinals at the French Open.

  • 7-on-7 action

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team took on Santa Fe in a 7-on-7 passing league contest Thursday evening at the LAHS practice field. Los Alamos opens its season Aug. 29 at home. 

  • Lee, Isotopes blank Omaha, 5-0

    Zach Lee pitched seven innings of shutout ball Thursday night in Omaha to help the Albuquerque Isotopes to its second straight road win.
    Lee gave up just three hits Thursday and the Isotopes garnered enough offense to pick up a 5-0 victory.
    Game three of that four-game series against the Storm Chasers is scheduled for tonight. The Isotopes, who went just 2-6 in their recent homestand, have a chance to win their third straight road series if they can earn a victory.
    The only hits the Storm Chasers (41-33) managed off Lee, or the other two pitchers that threw, were singles.
    On offense, Albuquerque (34-40) got three doubles from Walter Ibarra, while Tim Federowicz went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs.

  • Strother squeaks out victory at...

    It was a close finish at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    This week’s race was Tuesday starting along Pipeline Road, just south of White Rock.
    Nikol Strother earned the win by just .16 seconds. Her predicted finish time was off by just 2.69 seconds, topping a runner, identified only as “Nick Pv,” who was off by 2.85 seconds.
    All the best predictions Tuesday were made by runners on the 3-mile course. Ted Romero was off by just six seconds on the longer course, while the best prediction on the 1-mile course was made by Joan Williams, who was 75 seconds off.
    Strother, who won the Pace Race two weeks ago, not only had the best prediction but was also the fastest 3-mile finisher with her time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds.
    On the short course, the fastest finisher was Patricia Burnside at 9:39.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Quemazon Montesori’s play lot on Brisa del Bosque.
    Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com, or call 672-1639.