ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Quinn Likes New Aggie Soccer Class
New Mexico State’s women’s soccer program added three players from Albuquerque in its recruiting class announced earlier this week.
St. Pius’ Gabby Campbell and Hope Christian’s Devin Hart were two of the six who signed national letters of intent. La Cueva’s Maggie Sabik, already enrolled at New Mexico State, signed a financial-aid agreement.
“It’s a seven-member class, which is relatively large for a recruiting class, but it is my first full class since I’ve been at New Mexico State,” coach Blair Quinn said. “It really covers every position — goalkeeping, defenders, midfielders and forwards. It’s a really dynamic class in terms of their athleticism and the diversity of size. It covers every aspect that we need to keep making our team better.”
♦ Gabby Campbell, midfield-forward, 4-foot-10, St. Pius HS/Rio Soccer Club
♦ Melissa Canizalez, defender, 5-4, Las Vegas, Nev./Shadow Ridge HS/Heat FC
♦ Tayler Hammack, goalkeeper, 5-6, Socorro (High)/Rio Soccer Club
♦ Devin Hart, forward, 5-3, Hope Christian/AUFC 95
♦ Stephanie Petre, defender/midfielder, 5-3, Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol HS/Sereno
♦ Taylor Rice, goalkeeper, 5-7, Gilbert, Ariz./Chandler-Gilbert CC
♦ Maggie Sabik, defender, 5-6, La Cueva HS/AUFC 95
Steinbrenner Calls A-Rod a ‘Concern’
TAMPA, Fla. — Hal Steinbrenner didn’t add much to what has previously been said by the Yankees regarding recent allegations connecting Alex Rodriguez to performance-enhancing drugs.
But he did use a word sure to reverberate for a bit.
“It’s a concern,” the team’s managing general partner said early Friday afternoon, “but it’s out of our hands. We’ll cooperate with MLB in any way we can, in any way we’re asked to, but other than that, there’s not much to say. I don’t know any more than you do.”
A report in the Miami New Times a week ago Tuesday alleged the Yankees’ third baseman, who is recovering from hip surgery and is expected to miss at least half the season, purchased PEDs from a South Florida anti-aging clinic from 2009 into last season.
Major League Baseball is investigating the clinic, Biogenesis — which is now closed — and its connection to numerous baseball players, a group that includes A-Rod, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Bartolo Colon.
Rodriguez is owed $114 million for the next five years, a contract the Yankees very much would like to get out of.
Wallace Inducted Into NASCAR HOF
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rusty Wallace touched on his early days trying to make it as a professional race car driver, the lessons he learned from NASCAR’s pioneers and his relentless push to drive for Roger Penske in an energetic acceptance into the Hall of Fame.
Then Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 championship, called Friday night’s induction “the biggest day of my driving career.”
Wallace was the headliner of the fourth Hall of Fame class, which included innovative mechanic and crew chief Leonard Wood, former series champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas and former car owner Cotton Owens. Wallace and Wood are the only two living members of this year’s class.
“The thing I learned, and I said it the driver meeting in 2005 the day I retired and walked out, I said ‘This is a privilege. This is a privilege to race in NASCAR. You don’t have to do it; we’re not making you do it. It’s a privilege to race in NASCAR, and it’s a blessing for me to be in this sport and do what I’ve done,’ ” Wallace said.