• Triathlon sponsor cancels NM event, offers refunds
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heightened measures following the Boston bombings have led to the cancellation of one of New Mexico's largest triathlons. The Jay Benson Triathlon had been scheduled Sunday at Kirtland Air Force Base. The sponsor has told the hundreds of expected participants that it's canceled and is offering full refunds. Duane Kinsley is the owner of Sports Systems, the title sponsor of the event. He says the retail store couldn't meet increased requirements to get participants on base. Those included submitting Social Security and driver's license numbers for athletes. Kinsley says the need for safety is understandable and that the sponsors will try to find a new venue for next year's event.
  • Redbirds top 'Topes, 8-4
    The Albuquerque Isotopes were doubled-up by the Memphis Redbirds in the finale of their series Thursday. The Redbirds jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 4-1/2 innings at Isotopes Park. They finished with 15 hits in the ballgame as they topped the Isotopes 8-4. Memphis hit up Albuquerque starter Sean White for 10 hits and 6 earned runs in 4-2/3 innings. Reliever Geison Aguasviva didn’t fare much better, allowing 2 runs and five hits in a pair of innings. Albuquerque attempted to get back into the game, putting up runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and loaded the bases in the ninth before Memphis’ Victor Marte struck out Tim Federowicz looking to end the contest. For Albuquerque, third baseman Rusty Ryal went 3-for-5 while second baseman Osvaldo Martinez was 1-for-3 with a two-run double. Those two accounted for about half of the Isotopes’ offense Thursday. The Isotopes open up a four-game set tonight against New Orleans. Post-game fireworks will be featured tonight. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Saturday, the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will be honored prior to the 7:05 p.m. game. New Lobo head coach Craig Neal will throw out the first pitch. Tickets and information can be obtained by visiting the Isotopes’ website, abqisotopes.com, or by calling 505-924-2255.
  • Kirk invited to U.S. team tryouts
    The summer just got a whole lot busier for three University of New Mexico Lobos, including former Los Alamos standout Alex Kirk. Kirk and Kendall Williams have been selected as two of 48 players to try out for the United States squad that will compete in the World University Games, to be held in Kazan, Russia, July 6-17.   Along with them, Cameron Bairstow will head back to Australia to try out for the Australian team to compete in the same event. The United States tryouts will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 24-30, with head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson College coaching the team that travels to Kazan. Should Williams or Kirk make the squad, they would head to Russia via Istanbul, Turkey, July 1, then return to the U.S. right after the World University Games. Assistant coaches on the team are Michigan head coach John Beilein and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is the chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee and finalized the list of invitees.
  • Isotopes win at home
    The Albuquerque Isotopes topped the Memphis Redbirds in a slugfest Tuesday, 13-7. Catcher Tim Federowicz went 4-for-5 with a home run and a double to lead the Isotopes’ come-from-behind victory. Federowicz knocked in four runs as the Isotopes (14-11) won their second straight over the Redbirds (13-11). The two teams will face off again at 6:35 p.m. at Isotopes Park. Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Chris Capuano is schedule to make a rehab start in tonight’s game.
  • UNM wants Alford to shell out
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A University of New Mexico official says former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take a job at UCLA. But Alford said he won’t pony up the $1 million payment that New Mexico wants. According to the Albuquerque Journal, an email written by a university lawyer says Alford is offering to comply with terms of his previous contract with New Mexico. Alford on March 18 signed a term sheet agreeing to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that included a $1 million buyout. The contract was to take effect April 1, two days after Alford announced his resignation to take over the program at UCLA. New Mexico contends it’s owed the $1 million buyout because the previous contract required a 30-day notice of termination. 
  • Davie gets contract extension
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico and head football coach Bob Davie have agreed on a two-year contract extension. The school announced Tuesday that the new seven-year agreement will run through the 2019 season. New Mexico says the financial terms from Davie's original contract remain unchanged. Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs says school officials are excited about the direction of the Lobo football program on and off the field under Davie. Davie, a former head coach at Notre Dame, signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract in late 2011 to become the Lobo's head football coach. Davie led the Lobos to a 4-9 record during his first season in 2012, producing more victories than the 2009 to 2011 seasons combined.
  • Fishing Report 04-19-13
     Northwest   Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, jigs and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. 
 Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 141 cfs. Trout fishing was good using jerk baits, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. 
 Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. 
 Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger musky was a bit sporadic this past week. Best reports came from anglers jigging on the bottom. Jerk baits and swim baits produced a lot of short strikes. Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 40s to low 50s.
 Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers. 
 Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 251 cfs and 268 cfs respectively with the flow below Abiquiu expected to be over 500 cfs by Monday. Trout fishing at both locations was fair using nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, spinners and wooly buggers. Three generations of the Montano family had a recent outing below El Vado with G-pa Sid catching a 17-inch brown while using a Rapala. 

  • Kirk earns 3 end-of-year awards
    ALBUQUERQUE — Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams shared team Most Valuable Player honors, capping off the 2012-13 New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball end-of-season banquet Thursday night. The 7-foot Kirk took home three awards, including Outstanding Defensive Player and Comeback Player of the Year, an award he shared with Chad Adams. New Lobo head coach Craig Neal presented the awards. Kirk and Williams provided the inside-outside combination that on most nights opponents found tough to stop. Williams, who was the Mountain West MVP, led the team with a 13.3 points per game scoring average.  He also led the team with 166 assists, 153 free throws converted, and he was second in steals with 38.   Williams made national news with his 46-point, 10 3-pointer afternoon in a 91-82 win at Colorado State that served as the de facto Mountain West regular season championship game and ended CSU’s 27-game home winning streak, the third-longest in the nation at the time. Williams was an AP honorable mention All-American selection.  He also was one of 20 named to the Cousy Watch List at midseason as one of the nation’s top point guards. Kirk was third for the Lobos in scoring, dropping in 12.1 points per game. Kirk led the team in both rebounding (8.1 boards per game) and blocks (63).  
  • Sports Briefs 04-18-13
    Aggies commit 6 errors in loss to Lobos Wednesday The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team picked up a season split with the New Mexico State University Aggies, taking a 13-6 win Wednesday at Isotopes Park. The Aggies (19-18), who defeated the Lobos earlier this month in Las Cruces, committed six errors, four of those coming in the first four innings, as the Lobos jumped out to a 7-2 edge. The two teams combined to use 14 pitchers in the game. UNM’s Jake McCasland, the second Lobo pitcher of the ballgame, earned the victory on the hill. Offensively, UNM lead-off batter Chase Harris went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and clean-up hitter Mitch Garver was 3-for-3 scoring a run and knocking in 2 runs. Albuquerque’s game against Storm Chasers postponed until June 19 Wednesday night’s scheduled Pacific Coast League game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Omaha Storm Chasers was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 19. The Isotopes won Tuesday’s opener of the four-game series 3-1 in extra innings. Albuquerque will be at Omaha through Friday, then return to Isotopes Park for a quick four-game series against Oklahoma City before hitting the road again.
  • Isotopes rally to win, 3-1
    Tuesday was a busy day for the Albuquerque Isotopes. Along with making two big roster moves, the Isotopes went into extra innings to defeat Omaha. Albuquerque trailed 1-0 after seven innings in Omaha, but a solo home run from right fielder Alex Castellanos tied the game. In the top of the 10th, Tim Federowicz and Rusty Ryal came through with RBI hits to give Albuquerque a 3-1 win. Matt Magill started the game for the Isotopes (8-5), going six strong innings before being replaced by Steve Smith. Smith (1-0) set down all nine batters he faced to earn the win. Earlier Tuesday, it was announced that relief pitcher Josh Wall, who led the PCL in saves last season, was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Replacing him on the pitching staff is lefty Kelvin De La Cruz, who hadn’t been scored upon this season pitching for Double-A Chattanooga.