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  • Kirk, Lobo stars give fans...

    ALBUQUERQUE —The inaugural Lobo All-Star brought together many of the best UNM basketball players from the last 20 years to WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit, on Sunday.
    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk, a two-time All-Mountain West defensive team selection and three-time conference champion, was among the 20 players selected to participate in the game.
    “All of these guys are legends,” Kirk said after the game. “It was truly an honor to be here.”
    Kirk got to play with Ruben Douglas in the game; Kirk said Douglas was his hero growing up. Douglas played professionally for nine years after leaving UNM, but in his last season as a Lobo, in 2003, he was the Mountain-West Player of the Year, an All-American honorable mention and he led the nation in scoring with 27 points per game.
    Douglas sunk three 3s in the All-Star game, which didn’t surprise anyone.
    “We knew that was going to happen,” Drew Gordon said.
    “It’s like riding a bike,” Douglas said.
    For Douglas, however, playing in the game 12 years after he left UNM was an honor, like it was for Kirk.
    “To get the invite was humbling,” Douglas said.

  • Isotopes rally late, but fall...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (32-43) mounted a late rally, scoring five runs in the final four innings, but the Salt Lake Bees (30-45) held on for a 9-5 victory in the series opener Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    The Isotopes were behind early after the Bees scored four runs in the first, but it wasn’t all on 'Topes starter Jair Jurrjens. Two of Salt Lake’s four first-inning hits could have been outs but were lost in the treacherous late afternoon sun. The Bees added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth before Albuquerque could get on the board. Cristhian Adames blasted a solo home run in the sixth to score the first Isotopes run, and he added an RBI single in the seventh. Roger Bernadina pulled Albuquerque closer with a three-run bomb in the eighth, but Salt Lake responded with a run in the eighth to put a nail in the 'Topes comeback hopes.

    Adames turned in a stellar 3-for-5 performance with a double, a homer, a run scored and two RBI. It is his 20th multi-hit performance, which ties for second-most on the Isotopes.

    Bernadina also tripled in the seventh and scored on Adames’ RBI single.

  • U.S. reaches World Cup semis

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The United States defeated China 1-0 on Carli Lloyd’s goal in the 51st minute Friday.
    The win sends the second-ranked Americans to a semifinal on Tuesday in Montreal against top-ranked Germany.
    Germany beat France on penalty kicks after a 1-all tie in the quarters.

    Turf troubles

  • Sports Briefs 6-28-15

    Firecracker 5K
    The Family YMCA in Los Alamos is hosting its annual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run on July 4.
    The 5K is open to people of all ages that want to walk, run or jog in the festive event.
    Prizes will go to the top male and female finishers in youth, adult, adult 60-plus and dog jogger divisions.
    The best-costumed participant will also win bagels for a year from Ruby K’s.
    All participants will get the annual Fun Run T-shirt and are eligible to win random door prizes.
    The 5K race route starts in the YMCA parking lot, turns north on 15th to Canyon. Then it goes west on Canyon toward the aquatic center and all the way to Diamond. The route then makes a U-turn at the crosswalk and returns to the YMCA along same route, running with traffic.
    Early registration, prior to July 4, at the YMCA, 1450 Iris Street, is encouraged. Race day check-in on July 4 is from 7-7:45 a.m. The race will start at 8 a.m. The price is $30, or $20 for YMCA members, and $10 for youth under 14 years old.
    Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and takedown, registration check-in, traffic control and to help award prizes. The volunteers will be given race T-shirts.
    Register for the race or sign up to volunteer at the YMCA, or call 662-3100 for more information.

  • T2 reaches mid-point

    Halfway through its season in the United Soccer League Pro (USL), the Portland Timbers 2 (T2) are right on the bubble to get into the playoffs.
    With a 5-7-2 record, T2 is currently tied for sixth out of 12 teams in the USL Pro’s Western Conference. The top six teams in each conference will make the playoffs.
    Los Alamos native, Andy Thoma, is one of five Portland Timbers players who are on loan to T2.
    The Portland Timbers play in the Major League Soccer; the USL Pro is MLS’s minor league. The USL Pro has been around awhile, but this its first season as MLS’s minor league and also T2’s first season of existence.
    Thoma starts for T2 as a defender. This is the 22-year old’s first year as a pro. The Timbers drafted him in the second round, 24th overall, in the 2015 MLS Super Draft from the University of Washington.
    Playing 90 minutes a game for T2, however, should prepare him to eventually move up since the organization can customize his development.
    The Timbers have the sixth most points out of the 20 MLS teams with a 7-6-4 record. The Timbers also have one of the more loyal fan bases in the MLS. One particularly popular activity is after the Timbers score a goal at Providence Park a lumberjack revs up his chain saw and slices a circle off a giant tree to give to the player who scored.

  • Flande shines as Isotopes beat...

    Left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande turned in his best start since joining the Albuquerque Isotopes (32-42) and drove in a pair of runs as the Isotopes beat the El Paso Chihuahuas’ (37-36) 9-1 in the series finale Thursday night at Southwest University Park.

    Flande’s final line from the mound including six innings pitched, seven hits, one earned run, two walks and a strikeout.

    El Paso wasted no time putting a run on the board in the first inning, but Albuquerque quickly responded with a three-spot in the second. Dustin Garneau drove in Matt McBride after his leadoff double, but the big knock came from Flande, who doubled in Tim Smalling and Brock Bond to give the Isotopes a 3-1 lead. Albuquerque never looked back, adding a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. Drew Stubbs smashed a two-run homer in the seventh, and Smalling added an RBI single in the ninth for good measure as the Isotopes cruised to a 9-1 victory.

  • Big nights for the biggest...

    NEW YORK (AP) — From coast to coast, the NBA draft was a big night for the biggest markets.
    The Los Angeles Lakers tabbed their next potential superstar in D’Angelo Russell.
    The New York Knicks landed a pair of players in the first round, selecting Kristaps Porzingis and later acquiring the rights to Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant.
    Both teams are coming off their worst seasons in their histories and hoping the turnarounds started Thursday.
    Russell is ready to do his part.
    “I’m here, and I’m ready to make an impact right away,” the Ohio State point guard said.
    A little surprised to go second after Duke center Jahlil Okafor had long been considered the player at that spot, Russell received big cheers when Commissioner Adam Silver called his name.
    The boos were loud and long two picks later when the Knicks took the 19-year-old Latvian forward. But the announcement of the Grant trade had New York fans who packed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center roaring in approval of Phil Jackson’s moves.
    Porzingis had said repeatedly he hoped to be picked by the Knicks — including to Grant.
    “I kind of smiled and laughed and shook my head, not realizing that I’d be his teammate a few hours later,” Grant said.
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  • Aquatomics ready to host home...

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics will welcome 13 teams to the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center this weekend for the team’s home meet, the Nogar Memorial Open.
    “It’s like a home-court advantage,” Aquatomics coach Maribeth Englert said. “I’m sure they’ll be kids who get their state times.”
    After this meet, the swimmers will only have one more opportunity to qualify for the long-course state championships at the end of July. That makes the meet even more important to the 176 swimmers who will compete Saturday and Sunday.
    The Aquatomics have just-under 100 registered swimmers with the club, and at any given time 75-80 are actively participating.
    This weekend, 35 Aquatomics will compete, including neutrons (5-8 year olds), photons (7-10 year olds), electrons (11-12 year olds) and quarks (13-and-up).
    The younger kids, 12-and-under, will dive in at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday
    The older kids, ages 13-and-up, will start after the younger kids, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.
    The meet is open to the public and free to attend. Concessions will also be available.
    The meet is dedicated to Nick Nogar — a former Los Alamos High School, University of New Mexico and U.S. Master swimmer.

  • Kirk joining former Lobos in All...

    The University of New Mexico is welcoming back some of its best men’s basketball players to WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit, on Sunday.
    At 6 p.m., UNM will host its inaugural Lobo All-Star game. The festivities will also include a slam-dunk contest.
    The lineup for the game features over 20 former Lobos, including NBA players and other pros.
    The Chicago Bulls’ Cameron Bairstow and Tony Snell are scheduled to play, as well as the Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger.
    Other pros that have committed to the game include the 23-year-old big man from Los Alamos, Alex Kirk, plus Kendall Williams, Daniel Faris and Drew Gordon.
    J.R. Giddens, Jamal Smith, DeShawn Delaney, AJ Hardeman, Chris Perez, Kenny Thomas, Emanuel Negudu, Dairese Gary, Tony Danridge, Daren Prentice, Eric Chatfield, Phil McDonald, Ruben Douglas and Chad Adams will also play in the game.
    Tickets start at $8 and are available at the game or unmtickets.com.
    For more information, call 414-6297.
    Directly after the game, there will be an All-Star after party at Triple Sevens in Isleta Resort and Casino. The party is open to the public.
    Kirk is one of many of the former Lobos still playing basketball. After the All-Star festivities, he will play in the NBA’s Orlando summer league for the Memphis Grizzlies, July 4-10.

  • Okafor, others to get their...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jahlil Okafor’s wait is almost over.
    The NBA draft is Thursday night, and the Duke big man will be one of the top picks. He said Wednesday he wished he already knew his destination.
    “I’d be able to sleep better at night if I did. I have no idea,” he said. “It’s been a long process, a lot of fun, but I’m ready for it to be over with so I’ll know where I’m going to be playing.”
    He’s had it much easier than many fellow draft candidates. He worked out for just Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the top two selections.
    But Okafor and fellow center Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky were on TV so much that there wasn’t much left for them to show teams, anyway. Even while finishing up his pro season in Spain, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis was able to evaluate them.
    “They are good players,” he said, “very athletic, very big, so they’re very talented.”
    Philadelphia picks third for the second straight year, followed by New York and Orlando. Sacramento, Denver, Detroit, Charlotte and Miami round out the top 10.
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