Today's Sports

  • Woods tries to get back to form...

    HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods was an hour into his practice round Tuesday at the British Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a foreign object in his hand.
    In golf vernacular, it’s called a driver.
    Woods smashed it into the wind on the 528-yard hole and didn’t need to watch where it landed to realize it was in the middle of the fairway. Later in the round, he hit another driver off the tee. That’s twice as many than he hit over 72 holes when he won at Royal Liverpool eight years ago.
    “This is a different golf course when what we played in ‘06,” Woods said. “It was hot, ball was flying. It was very dusty. Now we’re making ball marks on the greens, which we weren’t doing then.”
    So much has changed in so many areas.
    Royal Liverpool, green and thick this time around, is still a firm and bouncy test of links golf. But it’s nothing as it was in 2006, when the fairways were so baked and brown that Woods hit only one driver in four rounds. That was on the 16th hole of the first round, and the ball wound up in the 17th fairway.
    He still made birdie.
    But it’s not just the golf course.

  • Kirk, Cavs start tourney Thursday

    It’s been an interesting last few days for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to say the very least.
    With nothing else going on, it’s been a productive, noteworthy first few days for Cleveland at the NBA Summer League, winning three pool play games ahead of a tournament-play format coming up at the NBA’s workouts in Las Vegas, Nev.
    In most years, that would be what Cleveland fans would be gabbing about.
    But this isn’t most years.
    Friday, it was announced that LeBron James, the dominant player in the NBA, would be returning from a four-year stint in Miami to Cleveland, where he spent the first seven years of pro career.
    Come this fall, he and former Los Alamos standout Alex Kirk could find themselves teammates in Cleveland.
    Kirk, who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2010 and played for the University of New Mexico until his graduation this past May, is on Cleveland’s Summer League roster. Kirk was offered a spot on the roster after he went undrafted in the June NBA draft.
    While the NBA Summer League is rather informal, Kirk and other young players hoping to nab a roster spot would like to impress coaches and scouts during these games for a crack at playing pro ball full time.

  • Fans can pour own beer at All-...

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's BYOB at the home of the Minnesota Twins for this week's All Star Game.
    As in, Be Your Own Bartender.
    Just in time for the Home Run Derby, Target Field in Minneapolis put in two self-serve beer machines in the stands behind first and third base, letting thirsty fans pick a brew, pour and pay by the ounce. The pour-your-own stations are unique among the 100-plus stadiums and arenas in the four major professional sports in the United States — though not the first of their kind, a concessions consultant said.
    They're not about boosting sales, cutting labor costs or shortening lines, said Delaware North Companies general manager Pete Spike, who provides concessions at Target Field. And it's too early to say whether the machines are the future of beer concessions — or even whether Target Field will add more.
    For now, they're just something new.
    "It's a novelty. That's one thing that parks have lost over the years," Spike said. "You used to be able to get ice cream in a special package you couldn't get anywhere else. Now, you can get it everywhere. This is merely something fun."

  • Sports Briefs 07-15-14

    Drive For Matches set for LAGC

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 505-614-4231.

    Wrestling clinic starts July 28

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting July 28.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities.
    Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Aug. 1.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

  • LA softball teams fall at state...

    The Los Alamos County majors All-Star softball team was eliminated from the state tournament Monday after dropping a loser’s bracket game to Westgate Little League.
    Westgate took the elimination contest 10-2 over Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos, which won the District 1 tournament last month to qualify for the state tournament, couldn’t get past its first two games of the double-elimination playoffs.
    The tournament continues this week in Las Vegas.
    Los Alamos had a solid first three innings of defense Monday to limit Westgate to just one run, but Westgate got its offense rolling in the top of the fourth to put some distance between it and Los Alamos.
    Savana Luster went the distance for Los Alamos, giving up just one walk in six innings pitched.
    Following Westgate’s fourth inning rally, the team brought in its strongest pitcher to close out the contest. Los Alamos managed only one run in the final two innings.
    Los Alamos opened state play Saturday, but lost a tight 11-10 contest to Mile High Little League, dropping it into the elimination bracket.

    9-10 softball team dropped by Coronado

  • Results from Splash and Dash No...

    The team of Martin Pieck and Jason Pieck finished at the top of the long course standings in last week’s Splash and Dash event.
    Pieck/Pieck finished nearly six minutes ahead of the team of Alana Goodwin/Nikol Strother for the top spot at the Splash and Dash July 9.
    The Splash and Dash is a training program primarily for those interested in competing in the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 16.
    Only two Splash and Dash events are remaining before the triathlon. Those are scheduled for July 23 and Aug. 6.
    Training evens consist of two courses for adults, the longer one which is a 400-yard swim followed by a 5-kilometer run, or the shorter course which features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-kilometer run. There is also a youth course.
    The top individual finisher on the long course was Myles Fitzgerald, who finished in 28 minutes, 30 seconds, which was 18 seconds better than Chris Ussery.
    On the short course, Sara Shiina was the top finisher, coming in at 17:37. Amy Littleton finished in 22:24.
    Here are the results from the July 9 Splash and Dash (swim time, run time, total time):

    Long course

  • Little League Roundup: Majors...

    The Los Alamos County All-Star majors baseball team sailed through the District 1 tournament last week, culminating in a crushing victory in the tournament championship.
    Los Alamos’ majors — a division composed of 11- and 12-year-olds — blasted Española’s All-Stars in the final Saturday morning. Los Alamos jumped out to a huge lead after one at-bat and cruised the rest of the way to win 20-0 in Santa Fe.
    With their win, the All-Stars will now advance to the state majors Little League tournament, which starts this weekend in Carlsbad.
    There wasn’t anything magical to Los Alamos County’s tournament win, said manager Alex Garcia.
    “Our offense hit the ball very well,” Garcia said. “We put ourselves in a position where our pitchers could work ahead…the coaches and I are very pleased with our pitching staff and our sticks were on fire. I’m very pleased with the way the kids performed.”
    Los Alamos jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one inning and tacked on six more runs in the third inning. Los Alamos’ first two batters hit home runs to give the team a 2-0 lead just four pitches into Saturday’s final.

  • Pajarito, Sipapu to offer Power...

    Los Alamos Ski Area and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort announced they will offer skiers and snowboarders unlimited access to both mountains this upcoming winter plus free lift tickets at more than 20 other resorts in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country.
    The ski areas announced they are currently selling their New Mexico Power Pass, which encompasses access to all those locations, according to a press release announcing the sale of the passes.
    The New Mexico Power Pass is available for adults for $299 now through Aug. 3. Students ages 13-20, college and graduate students and seniors ages 60-69 may purchase the New Mexico Power Pass for $199 and children passes are available for $179. Additional season pass products are also available.
    Passes are available for purchase online at thepowerpass.com or at Pajarito’s and Sipapu’s websites, as well as the lift ticket booths for both ski areas.
    Offering the New Mexico Power Pass comes on the heels of an earlier announcement this summer that Los Alamos County and the management group that operates Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort are working out details in an agreement to operate the Los Alamos-based ski area for the 2014-2015 winter season.  

  • Sports Briefs 07-13-14

    Mountain bike race is Aug. 3

    Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the first PyroClassic cross-country mountain bike race Aug. 3.
    All races will start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch Headquarters. Divisions for the race include Pro/Cat 1, Intermediate/Cat 2, and Beginners/Cat 3.
    Top division racers will travel a total of 30 miles, intermediate racers 18 miles and beginning and Cat 3 racers 10 miles.
    The course will go through the valley meadows and head up Rendondo Peak.
    Climbing on the expert/intermediate course is substantial, with a total ascent of over 2,400 feet for the experts.
    The race is being run under a USA Cycling race permit and is part of the New Mexico Off-Road Race Series.

    BBBS will have golf tourney at LAGC

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will host its third annual Drive For Matches golf tournament July 26. The tournament will be at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The tournament, which is a best ball scramble, will start at 11 a.m.
    Price for participation is $100 per individual, $400 for teams. The entry fee includes golf cart and post-tournament dinner, as well as a chance to win one of several available prizes.
    For more information, contact Dawn Brown at dawn.brown@bbbs-nnm.org or 505-614-4231.

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