Today's Sports

  • Isotopes fall behind early in...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (31-41) surrendered seven runs in the first two innings and couldn’t climb out the whole Tuesday night at Southwest University Park as the El Paso Chihuahuas (36-35) took an 8-5 victory in the opening game of a three-game series.

    It took the Chihuahuas just two batters to score their first run of the game and only eight batters to score their first four runs in the opening frame. Abraham Almonte scored on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff triple, and Cody Decker added a two-RBI double. El Paso’s fourth run of the first inning came off a Rocky Gale RBI single.

    After the Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the second, the Chihuahuas expanded their lead back to 7-2 in the home half of the inning. Albuquerque managed to chip away with a single run in the third and two more in the sixth but could never erase the early deficit.

  • A few spots left in Bairstow camp

    The Cameron Bairstow basketball camp is filling up fast, but some openings are available. As of Tuesday morning, there were 49 spots left.
    This camp is for both girls and boys in first through 12th grade.
    Each camper will get to be around some NBA players during the three-day camp.
    Bairstow said he expects all of the former Lobo greats who will be playing in the Lobo All-Star game to stop by the camp, like the Chicago Bull’s Tony Snell and Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger, plus professional players like, Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk, Daniel Faris, Drew Gordon and many others.
    Each camper will get a Nike camp T-shirt and a ticket to the all-star game, which will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit.
    Campers will also get an autographed photo of themself with Bairstow.
    The camp will take place June 26-28 at The Pit and the Rudy Davalos Center.
    The price is $150 per camper.
    For more information, email cbairstowcamps@gmail.com or call 505-414-6279.

  • Isotopes lose series against...

    The Tacoma Rainiers (35-36) scored a combined four runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (31-40) 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion Sunday night at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque starter Jon Gray was solid in his six innings of work, recording his seventh-straight quality start. He tossed six innings of seven-hit, three-run ball. Only two of his runs were earned.
    Gray also struck out a season-high nine batters against only two walks.
    Albuquerque’s offense, meanwhile, scored in each of the first three innings on Sunday to jump out to a 5-2 lead.
    A Kyle Parker sacrifice fly led to a run in the first, while Dustin Garneau blasted a solo shot to lead off the second. Garneau again stepped to the plate in the third with two runners own and ripped a double into the right center field gap. He would later score on Angelys Nina’s single.
    Tacoma then settled in to keep Albuquerque at bay the rest of the game.
    After a Rainiers solo homer in the sixth, left fielder Franklin Gutierrez blasted a game-tying, two-run home run over the left field wall.
    Another Rainiers solo home run in the eighth would give Tacoma the 6-5 lead and eventual win.

  • Archers get animals in their...

    An archer lifts his binoculars to his eyes and stares down a deer standing in the forest. After a few seconds he lowers the glasses and pulls an arrow out of his quiver, threads it on his bow string, pulls the string back and takes aim.
    He knows he’ll only get one shot at the animal, so he takes his time.
    The animal, a hard-foam 3-D rendering of a real deer, has a scoring ring in its vital area. A kill shot is worth the most points. A shot to the butt or leg isn’t worth anything.
    The archer releases his arrow, then pulls out his binoculars again to see how many points he scored.
    After every one in the group shoots, they walk up to the animal, pull their arrows and write everybody’s score down.
    Then they move on to the next of 25 animals and try for another kill shot through the thick forest.
    The 3-D target archery shoot drew over 137 archers — men and women, adults and kids — to Pajarito last weekend, Friday through Sunday.
    Archers came from all over New Mexico, Colorado and Texas for the first shoot at the mountain. About 30 locals also participated in the event while lots of other locals ran the event.

  • Isotopes rally comes up short

    Even after a five-run seventh inning and three-run ninth, the Albuquerque Isotopes (30-39) late rally came up just short at Isotopes Park Friday night as the Tacoma Rainiers (34-35) took a 15-10 victory in game two.

    Six Isotopes turned in two-hit performances.

    Albuquerque struck first with a two-run homer from Matt McBride in the first, but Tacoma responded by scoring a combined 10 runs in the third through sixth innings. It wasn’t until a five-run seventh that the Isotopes mounted their comeback attempt. Back-to-back singles from Jose Rivera and Tim Wheeler got the inning rolling, and Drew Stubbs provided the big hit of the inning, a clutch two-RBI single. After the Rainiers scored a run in the eighth and four in the ninth, the 'Topes again struck for three in the home half of the ninth, but it was too little, too late as Tacoma shut the door for the victory.

  • Wiggins makes short list

    Carlos Wiggins suffered through injuries in 2014, but he was still one of UNM's most dynamic parts of its offense, capable of scoring any time he touchded the football. NFL.com thinks so as well as Wiggins was named to its "15 for '15" list for the best "Shortest Players" in the NCAA.

    Wiggins was listed 11th on the photo essay list, and at 5-8, he was actually one of the tallest players on the list. He was one of four from the Mountain West, joining Utah State's JoJo Natson and Boise State's Donta Deayon and Shane Williams-Rhodes.

    The list, compiled by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, says this of Wiggins, "Wiggins has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, and his next will break a Mountain West Conference record. He averaged 29.3 yards last season, but didn't have enough returns (13) to qualify in national rankings after missing several games due to injury. A year prior to that, he was the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year. Wiggins also runs track for the Lobos, and according to coach Bob Davie, he might add punt returns to his duties this fall."

  • Firecracker 5K registration open

    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.

  • LA Senior Olympians honored

    A celebration luncheon for Los Alamos’ Senior Olympic athletes was held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Friday.
    In March and April, 30 local athletes 50-and-older qualified for the State Senior Olympic Games held in Roswell June 3-6.
    Twenty athletes competed in 14 sports at the state games. Results are pending certification by the New Mexico State Olympics Board.
    The athletes competed in events ranging from basketball, bowling and dance to horseshoes, huachas, pickleball, disc golf, track and field, race walk, road race, shuffleboard, swimming and table tennis.
    Local athletes are welcome to join the group; its motto “is if you are 50 plus, come play with us.”
    For information contact Ann ReVelle at laseniorolympics@gmail.com or 662-3526.

  • Splash n Dash Wednesday

    The first of four Splash n Dashes will take place Wednesday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    There will also be a Splash n Dash events on July 8, July 22 and Aug. 8.
    This year, the event will have a long course featuring a 4,000-meter swim and 5K run, and a short course featuring a 2,000-meter swim and 3K run.
    Teams and floatation devices are permitted in both.
    Registration for each event opens at 6:20 p.m. at the back of the aquatic center. Instructions will start at 6:50 p.m. and the first swimmer will push off at 7 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Triatomics Multi-Sports Club and Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation sponsor the event so it is free and open to all. Registration, however, is limited to 75 people.
    The event is not a race. It’s a training event.
    The club will provide people’s swim, run and overall time, but the start is staggered. There are no awards for time or place. Lots of folks participate with their kids in a variety of creative ways
    People who aren’t strong swimmers should still be able to complete the swim portion. Any stroke is permitted and, unlike the Los Alamos Triathlon, any sort of floating device is allowed.
    There will be three swim groups: A, B and C. Participants can choose their own group and will be assigned a number.

  • Manziel says 'Johnny...

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Football became more than Johnny Manziel could handle.
    "It just overtook who I was as a person," the Browns quarterback said Wednesday.
    Speaking to the media for the first time since spending 10 weeks in a rehab facility, the polarizing Manziel said he's hoping to move past a regrettable chapter in his life. While he didn't divulge the reasons for his stay in a Pennsylvania substance-abuse facility, Manziel acknowledged he got caught up trying to live up to a persona he helped create.
    "I think at times Johnny Football probably took over me a little bit and I bought into that," Manziel said following the team's second mandatory mini-camp practice. "I didn't do my best to hush things down, push down the hype. At times I welcomed it with immaturity and just accepted that a little bit — and that's my fault."
    One of the changes the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M intends to make is scrapping his trademark money sign, when he rubs his fingers together after a big play.
    "The money sign will not be back," he said. "I will not be making it out there."