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Venus looking for 1st French Open title in 20th appearance

KRQE NM Sports Feed - 10 hours 8 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Making a record 20th appearance at Roland Garros, Venus Williams is looking to finally get her hands on the French Open trophy.

Williams has played in the French Open more than any other woman but has only gotten past the quarterfinals once — when she lost the 2002 final to younger sister Serena.

“Is it 20 already? I thought I missed a few, but apparently not,” Williams said with a smile. “Here we are. You know, what an experience. What can I say?

“It’s always an opportunity, for sure. You know, I want to play the kind of tennis that’s consistent and aggressive, inspired. That’s my goal, really, every match.”

Williams turns 37 next month but is showing no signs of slowing down. The American reached her 15th Grand Slam final in January — nearly eight years after her 14th. She lost the Australian Open to Serena.

Williams attributes her longevity partly to the breaks she has taken during her 23-year career.

“Definitely, I think spacing out how long, how many tournaments I have played, I believe that’s helped me,” Williams said. “It’s not easy emotionally or mentally or physically to do this job, so I think that helps. I haven’t had any other experience.

“So would I recommend it? For sure, but I think if you’re happy playing a lot of tournaments and you can handle that, then it’s not a problem. But if you’re not, then you have to space it out.”

Williams will play Kurumi Nara of Japan in the second round at Roland Garros after surviving a scare to beat Qiang Wang in straight sets on Sunday.

The 10th-seeded Williams quickly took the first set in 41 minutes but then had to draw on all her experience to recover from two set points down and go on to take the set — and the match — on a tiebreaker.

Williams eventually triumphed 6-4, 7-6 (3) after Wang hit a backhand into the net.

“The first round is always tricky,” Williams said. “You know, she played well. I just tried to stay aggressive until the end. You know, you have to still be aggressive even though the courts are slower here on the clay.

“When I was trailing, I know she had done things to earn it, to be at 4-2, so it was a credit to her. But also, I realized I had to put some balls in the court, so that would be my main focus at that point.”

Williams added: “I think today the experience helped, for sure. Having the opportunity to play 20 of these tournaments helped me a lot.”

Clay is Williams’ least favorite surface, but with several of the top stars out or struggling, this could be her year.

Serena is not playing because she is pregnant, while Maria Sharapova’s ranking wasn’t high enough to gain direct entry into the tournament after a 15-month doping suspension. Tournament organizers did not grant her a wild card.

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost her first-round match 6-2, 6-2 against 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova, while third-seeded Simona Halep is struggling with a right ankle injury.

“All I can speak of are the players that I play against, and they play amazing every time. That’s the competition I face,” Williams said. “What other players are doing, I have got to be honest, I don’t watch so closely. I just try to understand what can I accomplish. And then after that, I go home.”


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Former University of New Mexico and current Pakistani Davis Cup team player heads to Paper Cup finals - Pueblo Chieftain


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Former University of New Mexico and current Pakistani Davis Cup team player heads to Paper Cup finals
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Amador defeated former Mitchell High School standout and Iftikhar's former coach at UNM, Bart Scott 7-5, 6-4 in the other semifinal. Scott pushed Amador to the brink, countering ground stroke for ground stroke, keeping him off balance with a strong ...

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San Diego State Wins MW Tournament Title on Sunday

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 28, 2017 - 10:26pm

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- The Lobos exited this year’s Mountain West Tournament earlier than they wanted, but champions were still crowned on Sunday at Santa Ana Star Field. San Diego State claimed their 3th Tournament Title in 5 years beating Fresno State 5-3.

The Aztecs were trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th, but after rallying SDSU would score 3 runs and take the 2017 Mountain West Tournament Title.


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Holly Holm feels confident heading into her June 17th bout

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 28, 2017 - 10:25pm

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Holly Holm is back and ready to headline the June 17th UFC Fight Night 111 card in Singapore. Holm is riding a 3 fight losing streak, but is ready to break the losing trend and get back into title talks.

This is a pivotal fight in her career and a win is a must. She feels confident heading into the cage with Bethe Correia, but she is not overlooking her at all. “She is just one of those that has a lot of grit and she is ready to bang and ready to throw. So, that makes her a tough opponent. She is definitely very tough and I am not taking it lightly at all, so I am ready for it”, said UFC Fighter Holly Holm.

Holm will also be returning to the Bantamweight division for this bout. “Yeah you know I am open to either one, 135 or 145 is fine with me. The goal is to always be working for the belt, so whether it be at 35 or 45, this is the next opportunity they gave me and I took it”, said Holm.

To see Holly’s full interview with Van Tate click this LINK. http://krqe.com/2017/05/26/former-ufc-bantamweight-champ-holly-holm-is-in-van-tates-sports-office/


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Dreamstyle Remodeling seeking public help in choosing new concept for The Pit

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 28, 2017 - 9:08pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The new name holder of The Pit and University Stadium want your help in what you could call “phase two,” or public input.

After signing a $10 million deal for 10 years with UNM, Dreamstyle Remodeling is now offering up some concepts for the public to choose from.

In addition, Dreamstyle said it plans to build a 15 foot high monument that honors the name “The Pit.”

There’s six concept packages to choose from. Submit your choice by visiting Dreamstyle Remodeling‘s website.


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4 Centennial players named to all-state baseball teams - Las Cruces Sun-News


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4 Centennial players named to all-state baseball teams
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LAS CRUCES - Four Centennial baseball players were selected to the New Mexico High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 6A all-state teams, which were released on Friday. Hawk senior Cedric Reynaud (catcher) and sophomore Brent Rigtrup ...

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Duke City Gladiators win again on Saturday

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 27, 2017 - 10:31pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- The Duke City Gladiators season is coming to an end, and with just two games left in the regular season, the Gladiators needed the win on Saturday and the upcoming Saturday to hopefully punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Gladiators are now halfway there as they defeated the Amarillo Venom 69-46 Saturday night.

This action-packed Gladiator team will finish out their regular season at home next Saturday. They will host the Dodge City Law at 6:05 p.m.


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Lobo Baseball hopes at a MW Tournament Title ended on Saturday

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 27, 2017 - 10:25pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)– UNM Baseball needed to win on Saturday against Fresno State to extend their hopes at a Mountain West Tournament Title. After only getting seven hits compared to 18 from Fresno State, the Bulldogs took out the Lobos 11-5.

It was a rough exit from the tournament, but also a rough end to the season. The injury-riddled Lobos could not finish things out in tournament play. They did finish out 2017 as regular season champions of the Mountain West.

UNM finished the season with an overall record of 30-27-1 and a Mountain West Record of 19-9-1.


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UNM Track and Field sends 4 athletes to the NCAA Championships

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 27, 2017 - 10:15pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- For the 11th straight year, UNM Track and Field is sending four of its athletes to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The 2017 NCAA West Preliminary round wrapped up on Saturday, and on that day two athletes would punch their tickets to the Championships.

In the 1,500 Meter, Josh Kerr took first in his heat with a time of 4:00.07. Also on Saturday UNM Triple Jumper Sam Trigg placed 4th overall with a leap of 16.38 meters.

Two other Lobos punched their tickets on Friday including Alice Wright in the 10,000 meter, and Graham Thomas in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase.

The 2017 NCAA Championships start up June 7 in Eugene, Oregon.


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Lobos battle SDSU in round two of Mountain West Tournament

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 26, 2017 - 11:22pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Lobos will have to win a pair of games Saturday, if they wish to repeat as Mountain West Tournament Champions. The San Diego State Aztecs defeated the Lobos 9-8 Friday night to move to the Mountain West Championship game. The Lobos went scoreless the first two innings as Mountain West Pitcher of the Year Brett Seeburger kept UNM bats silent.

That all changed in the third inning after a powerful grand slam from Lobos third baseman Carl Stajduhar. Matt Villalobos was the next batter up and sent a solo shot out of the park to give the Lobos a one run lead. That would not last as the game would shift to a 9-6 Aztecs advantage by the 8th innings.

The Lobos made it interesting by adding two runs, only to fall by one. The Lobos dropped to the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament and will now face Fresno State at 1pm Saturday at Santa Ana Star Field. The winner of that game moves on to the championship to face the Aztecs.

 


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Former UFC Bantamweight Champ Holly Holm is in Van Tate’s Sports Office

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 26, 2017 - 10:06pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Holly Holm is training hard for her upcoming fight at UFC 111 in Singapore June 17. Holm will face Bethe Corrieia in a bantamweight showdown.

Holm talks about going back to the bantamweight division, where she won her first belt, in the Sports Office.

She also talks about her opponent and the women of Jackson & Wink Academy.


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An early look at 2017 LCPS football schedules - Las Cruces Sun-News


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An early look at 2017 LCPS football schedules
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High school football teams begin summer workouts in June throughout New Mexico, but the schedules are out for the 2017 season. The 2017 season is the second in a two-year schedule block so the teams are the same with the location reversed from last ...

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A Football Coach's Struggle With CTE — - New York Times


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A Football Coach's Struggle With CTE —
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His body was betraying him, and now, possibly, so was the sport he loved. A few years earlier, the coach ... He had played for Wittenberg University, a Division III power in Ohio, but was drawn to coaching and had spent 15 years traversing the country ...

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Sporting reflections: Top efforts for fall, winter, spring seasons honored - Albuquerque Journal


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Sporting reflections: Top efforts for fall, winter, spring seasons honored
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With those lazy, hazy days of summer nearly upon us, it's time to take a quick look back at the high school sports seasons and acknowledge the outstanding performers in each sport. Here, then, are our picks for the top individual efforts (with a couple ...

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Sports: Week in Review - Albuquerque Journal


Sports: Week in Review
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... AND CAMP: Former West Las Vegas star basketball player Vera Jo Bustos, who now is working as director of operations for the University of New Mexico women's program, will be holding a one-day basketball camp June 11 at Robertson High School.

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Lobos start defense of MW Tournament baseball title against Nevada

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 25, 2017 - 11:17pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The same two teams decided the Mountain West Tournament Champion in 2016. Regular season conference champ New Mexico and Nevada met in the first round of this year’s double elimination tournament of four teams. The Lobos started slow but, defeated Nevada 7-2.

The Wolfpack took a 2-0 lead into the 4th inning only to see the Lobos score three runs and take a 3-2 advantage. The Lobos added another run in the 5th inning and 3 more in the 7th to take the win. Three Lobos were responsible for the six runs. Carl Stajduhar, Danny Collier and Hayden Schilling each drove in two runs. Lobo pitcher Tyler Stevens tossed a complete game, allowing only two runs on seven hits while striking out eight.

The Lobos will play San Diego State Friday at 7 p.m. in their second game of the tournament. The Aztecs defeated Fresno State 18-10 Thursday. Fresno State will meet Nevada at 3 p.m. Friday at Santa Ana Star Field.

 


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Almost the perfect ending - Tribal Tribune (subscription)


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Almost the perfect ending
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ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – Six weeks ago, Colville tribal member Jericho Cleveland was doing his usual training workout when all of a sudden something didn't feel right. Cleveland, who runs on the track team for Volcano Vista High School in ...

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ROCKFORD - Lutheran High School has a new athletic director. He's Belvidere native Josh Sternquist. - MyStateline.com


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ROCKFORD - Lutheran High School has a new athletic director. He's Belvidere native Josh Sternquist.
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Sternquist most recently was part of Lovie Smith's staff with the Illini football program. He was their player personnel director. Before that Sternquist worked at New Mexico, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He's done it all including overseeing athlete ...

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Birmingham MW Baseball Coach of the Year/Zoellner Co-Player of the Year

KRQE NM Sports Feed - May 25, 2017 - 8:30pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Ray Birmingham is the Mountain West Baseball Coach of the Year. It’s the third time for the Lobo skipper.

Birmingham led the Lobos to their fourth regular season title this year. The Lobos have also won three of the last six Mountain West Tournament titles under Birmingham.

Lobo senior first baseman Jack Zoellner is the Tony Gywnn Co-Player of the Year. Zoellner shares the award with San Diego State shortstop Danny Sheehan.

Zoellner had his season cut short down the stretch after suffering a broken hand. Zoellner finished second in the league in batting with an average of .447.

Zoellner’s Lobo teammate and last year’s Player of the Year, Carl Stajduhar, was named to the All Mountain West 1st.

Joining the Lobo junior third baseman on the first team is teammates Zoellner and sophomore outfielder Jared Mang. Lobo pitchers Tyler Stephens and Johnathan Tripp were named to the All Mountain West 2nd team.


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Looking Back: AHS graduations celebrated in 1977, 1997 | Artesia ... - Artesia Daily Press


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Looking Back: AHS graduations celebrated in 1977, 1997 | Artesia ...
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Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from May 21-27. 40 years ago May 21-27,…

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