The Lady Coyotes will hold their annual Soccer Kiddie Camp for girls ages 5-13 on July16-18 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the RHS girls soccer fields. Campers will receive a free T-shirt, lunch, dribbling skills, shooting skills contest and small sided games and a certificate. Campers are asked to bring a water bottle. For any questions email:email@example.com. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)
Recently, Bill Corder had a hole in one at Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. Corder was playing with his son Todd and his grandson Wyatt. Corder made his second hole in one on the thirteenth hole using an 8 iron for the ace from 125 yards. Bill now has 6 aces, all here at Nancy Lopez. Bill has aced all 5 of our par threes, and now has two on hole 11. (Submitted Photo)
Some New Mexico leaders are making plans to push for legislation in 2019 to collect sales tax from online retailers following the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday that permits requiring merchants without physical locations in the states in which they are doing business to collect taxes.
The New Mexico Municipal League has supported such legislative efforts in the past and will seek to have similar legislation introduced when the New Mexico Legislature reconvenes in January, said Executive Director William Fulginiti.
He said the ruling was “probably three decades overdue.”
“It created such an imbalance with our own businesses and our own Main Street. We were placed at such a severe disadvantage by the previous decision,” Fulginiti said. “This decision will give us an opportunity to fix that.”
He said that New Mexico is one of five states that needs to enact “corrective” legislation, which he expects will occur in January.
The online retailer Amazon started collecting and remitting sales taxes from its New Mexico customers in 2017, and some laws already exist requiring businesses to pay taxes on their online purchases. But the new legislation could require many online merchants to pay taxes on all consumer purchases.
“The problem with having the imbalance is that it creates an incentive to shop outside of your city or out of state,” Fulginiti said. “And, as you have seen in the past, bookstores and any number of businesses have closed — so it is a loss of jobs at the local level. So if we can maintain our jobs, those families will have income and can buy houses and groceries. So it is best to keep our jobs here.”
Fulginiti estimated that New Mexico loses about $200 million a year from untaxed transactions conducted online.
He also stressed that any legislation passed would not be creating a new tax but only applying the existing gross receipts taxes to internet businesses selling to New Mexico consumers.
The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court concerned a 2016 lawsuit by the state of South Dakota against three large online merchants, Wayfair, Overstock.com and Newegg.
The ruling overturns a 1992 opinion by the court in Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota, which said that states have no authority to require businesses without a physical presence in their boundaries to collect or remit taxes.
In making their ruling, the five justices in the majority — Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch — wrote that business has changed so dramatically due to the internet that prior rulings no longer made sense. They said that existing laws gave an unfair advantage to some businesses and deprived states of their ability to seek prosperity.
Dissenting justices — John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — stated that it should be left up to Congress to change laws regarding interstate commerce.
Truth or Consequences business owner Celeste Rich said that she hopes whatever legislation is enacted will distinguish between large enterprises and small businesses.
“I think more and more the small retailer, whether brick-and-mortar or online, are being squeezed out by the major retailers,” she said.
Rich has operated new-mexico-online.com since 2010, which sells New Mexico-made items by individual artisans and crafts makers, many of whom have no other online sites or access to computers. She said she had to close a physical store in 2012 after a “big box” retailer came to town.
She noted that she already collects sales taxes on purchases by New Mexico residents since she is located here, but says it will mean more expense for small retailers to buy the software or contract with the vendors who can manage the sales tax collection effort if several states begin to institute new laws.
“I kind of agree with the ruling as it applies to the giant merchants … because most other merchants have to collect sales tax even if you buy online from Sears, for example, because they have stores, they have to collect sales tax,” she said. “But for small businesses it could be onerous. We don’t have a large staff or a lot of revenue, so we are going to have to farm out and buy software in order to comply.”
Pat Block, a consultant and legislative lobbyist for the New Mexico Retail Association, said most likely any legislation introduced will follow the court’s guidelines, which talked about a $100,000 transaction threshold before sales tax compliance would be enforced.
“The world is a vastly different place than the 1990s,” he said, “so we are happy with the decision.”
The association represents both large chains such as CVS and small mom-and-pop shops.
He noted that New Mexico was one of 40 states to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case in favor of South Dakota.
New Mexico Tax Research Institute Executive Director Richard Anklham said the Supreme Court ruling and tax laws are complicated. He said that there will still be limitations on how states can tax online merchants and that it will take several changes in laws and New Mexico Department of Tax and Revenue regulations before any additional revenues will be seen, especially at local levels.
“The way New Mexico does it, local and city governments won’t get any of it,” he said. “It means there is more work to be done to make the playing field level.”
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officials with New Mexico offices of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are considering whether and how to proceed with the sale of oil and gas leases in the region after receiving some initial comments, including at least one from a group expressing concerns.
The online sale is planned to involve 197 parcels under the jurisdiction of the Roswell and Carlsbad field offices and located in Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties. The sale has been scheduled for Sept. 6.
At this time, the leases up for consideration, nominated in conjunction with oil and gas industry members, include 18 parcels totaling about 8,812 acres in Chaves County.
BLM spokesperson Allison Sandoval said that the agency can make a decision at any time about whether to proceed with or cancel the sale, which would be the first to involve Chaves County parcels since September 2017.
That sale resulted in $130.89 million in revenues for the federal agency, including $405,119 received for the Chaves County parcels.
A public comment period that ended April 20 resulted in two letters in opposition from the Wild Earth Guardians environmental advocacy group, said BLM spokesperson Lisa Morrison, as well as “form letters.”
A standard public protest period is also scheduled for July 23-Aug. 1.
Wild Earth, a nonprofit active in several states with a stated mission of protecting wildlife, water, public lands and public health, has protested lease sales in the area before, in 2016 and 2017.
In the 2017 letter, the group said that BLM had not fully analyzed the environmental and social costs of allowing oil and gas exploration in the region, including the costs associated with the release of greenhouse gases and with global warming.
Morrison said that the current letter from the Wild Earth group also expressed concerns about the impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and possible affects on the Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Calls to Wild Earth were not returned by press time.
An industry association representative said his group supports the lease sale as part of the BLM obligation to manage public resources and as a means to provide needed revenues to the state.
“The upcoming quarterly lease sale indicates that business is back to normal in Southeast New Mexico,” said Jim Winchester, executive director of the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.
A torrent of water could be seen jetting skyward for much of midday Friday on North Main Street in Roswell, between Wilshire Boulevard and Country Club Road. City of Roswell officials said the spectacle, which slowed traffic for a time and caused water to gather in nearby parking lots, was the result of a semi-truck striking a fire hydrant. The overturned hydrant can be seen in the photo above. Roswell water maintenance crews were dispatched to repair the damage and stop the flow, which took several hours. While repairs were underway some businesses near the scene were without water, but neighborhoods were not expected to be impacted. Northbound Main Street traffic near the accident was reduced to one lane for a time. According to city officials, the driver of the truck that struck the hydrant left the scene but was later located, and charges are pending. (Daily Record Photo)
Pioneer Bank has honored four employees, including two from Roswell, for their community volunteerism.
Juliana Halvorson, vice president of marketing, earned a Gold Award for volunteering more than 500 hours, while Assistant Vice President and Retirement Specialist Nancy Montgomery earned a Bronze Award for giving more than 100 hours of her time to local organizations.
The other two employees recognized were from Las Cruces.
The 2017 Points of Light President’s Volunteer Service Awards are a result of a Team Pioneer program implemented in that year enabling nonprofits to contact the bank for financial contributions or volunteers.
Volunteer hours are measured over a 12-month period, and gold, silver and bronze awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, goes to those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in a lifetime.
Montgomery was recognized for her volunteer efforts with local retirement homes.
Halvorson received recognition for her service as a board member with MainStreet Roswell and the Walker Aviation Museum Foundation, her participation on the Roswell Tourism Council and her involvement with many other Roswell organizations.
The Las Cruces employees recognized were Kiel Hoffman, market president of Las Cruces, who volunteered over 337 hours to numerous Las Cruces and southern New Mexico organizations to earn the Silver Award; and Karissa Doan, a retail banking supervisor in Las Cruces, who contributed more than 200 hours helping the Las Cruces business community grow. She was given a Bronze Award.
“As a community-focused bank, we are committed to make a positive difference by engaging in meaningful and effective programs that work to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Christopher G. Palmer, Pioneer Bank president. “We are very proud of our Team Pioneer program and the positive impact it makes in our communities.”
Along with the recognition, recipients received a personalized certificate, an official pin, a medallion and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.
The 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base has confirmed a manned aircraft crashed at approximately 11:45 a.m. at Red Rio Bombing Range, 65 miles north of Holloman Air Force Base.
The Red Rio Bombing Range is an active Air Force facility that encompasses approximately 196,000 acres on White Sands Missile Range.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident. The condition of the pilots is unknown at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Have you ever known anyone who never met a stranger and made you feel right at home when you met her? A lady that raised 5 boys and still had hair when she passed away! That person might have been Hazel Iola Miller Savage. She was born on May 15, 1933, in Plains, Texas, to Jesse James Miller and Willa Mae “Chumley” Miller who have preceded her in death. She married Kenneth R Savage Sr., November 1, 1951, in Roswell, NM. He preceded her in death in 2010. She is joining her sisters: Lavern Peters, Jessie Mae Hastings; brother, Leon Miller; son, James A. Savage; and granddaughter, Kelle Savage with our Lord Jesus Christ.
She is survived by her loving sons: Kenneth R Savage Jr. and wife, Afafe (“off-off”) from Benton, AR, Steven Savage and Mary Miller of Roswell, NM, Dennis Savage and wife, Jan of Artesia, NM, David Savage and wife, Pam of Durant, OK and Megan Savage, wife of the late James A. Savage of Roswell, NM.
She is survived by her brothers: William (Sam) Miller of Alamogordo, NM, James Miller and wife, Ellonia of Arlington, TX, Robert Miller and wife, Kathleen of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Darlene Wyche of Roswell, NM; along with numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Hazel was full of stories of their travels around the world and our great country. She had lived in New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Casa Blanca, Morocco, North Africa, to mention a few. She was on many bowling leagues and traveled to tournaments across the country. She was a 7- time President of the Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does, she belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a past member of the Berrendo Cowbelles. She always wanted to help and worked hard in whatever she did. She helped serve a million enchiladas for the Doe’s and went to many Grand Lodge Conventions. She definitely had a servant’s heart.
Hazel also had a love for animals; her latest and best friend was Lady Bug who preceded her in death as well. She had goats, monkeys, chickens and various other animals in her lifetime but no snakes. She and Darlene were cat ranchers as they were trying to end cat hunger in their neighborhood. She and Darlene loved to watch RFD (Rural Farm TV) channel on Saturday nights, especially Larry’s Country Diner. Her last road trip was to Branson, MO, to see a live show last fall.
She lived a full life and left her imprint and legacy on those she touched. She will be greatly missed but we will see her on the other side.
A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 1:00 PM. Celebrate Hazel’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
Hazel’s tribute was beautifully written in her honor by her family.
Eva Mae Bible Waggoner passed away June 12, 2018 in Austin Texas.
Eva Mae Bible was born on March 31, 1926 in Hagerman, NM to Elmer and Mary Bible. She was the oldest of 3 children. When she was in second grade, the family moved to the nearby town of Dexter. Eva Mae graduated from Dexter High School with the Class of 1944. She was a member of the Little Gray Presbyterian Church. She lived in Dexter with her family until her marriage in 1946 to John H. Waggoner.
In 1950, they bought their house on Justin Lane in Austin Texas, which was way out in the country at that time. Mae was a full-time homemaker. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She was very active in Hyde Park Christian Church. She taught Sunday School and Bible school. She served on the Board, as well as on many committees. She was a counselor for summer youth camp. She was active in the Christian Women’s Fellowship. For many years, she organized the church garage sale and bereavement meals for grieving families. She was active in Church Women United. She was a tireless advocate for Heifer International.
Mae and John worked with international students at the University of Texas for many years. They were a host family—inviting international students to be part of family gatherings and celebrations. They also worked with visiting English teachers. Through these connections, Mae developed friends around the world.
Mae spent many years working with the Christmas Bureau to ensure that everyone in Travis county had something to celebrate at Christmas. She started as a volunteer and eventually became the head of the Christmas Bureau. For her extensive volunteer work, she was named “Outstanding Volunteer, 1978” by the Austin Community Services Association.
A memorial service will be held in Austin, Texas at Hyde Park Christian Church on Saturday, June 23, 10:30am. Mae was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother E.J. Bible. She is survived by children, Zaidee and Robert, grandsons Nathan and John, sister Betty Nell Miles, sister-in-law June Bible, as well as nieces and nephews. With her brother and sister living in the Dexter-Hagerman area, Eva Mae remained in touch with Dexter friends. Her sense of humor and servant’s heart will be remembered with fondness. (Pictured above right to left siblings Betty Nell Bible Miles, E.J. Bible and Eva Mae Bible Waggoner, early 1980’s)
NEW YORK (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sinking New York Mets 5-2 on Friday night behind Alex Wood’s effective pitching.
Yasiel Puig added a solo home run in the ninth, and the defending NL champions won their 10th straight against the Mets dating to May 2016. Los Angeles has outscored New York 75-20 in those games, winning each of the past eight by at least three runs — a first in Dodgers history against any opponent, according to STATS.
Wood (3-5) outdueled Zack Wheeler, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings to win his second consecutive start. The left-hander with the funky delivery struck out seven and walked one.
Jose Bautista hit his first homer for the Mets, a two-run shot off Wood in the sixth. An error by second baseman Max Muncy gave New York a chance in the eighth, but with runners at the corners Scott Alexander got Bautista to ground into an inning-ending double play on the next pitch.
Muncy made the turn after a nice play by shortstop Enrique Hernandez.
Alexander tossed two shutout innings, and Kenley Jansen fanned two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save.
New York wasted a dazzling catch by center fielder Michael Conforto that saved a run in the third. After starting the season 11-1, the Mets (31-42) lost for the 21st time in 27 games to fall a season-worst 11 games under .500.
Wheeler (2-6) walked his first two batters in the sixth — though his full-count pitch to leadoff man Joc Pederson certainly appeared to be in the strike zone. One out later, Matt Kemp blooped a single to right field to load the bases.
Bellinger connected on an 0-2 delivery, launching a 96 mph fastball into the second deck in right for his second career slam. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year began the night hitting .179 with runners in scoring position.
In the opener of a three-game series, Wheeler went seven innings. He threw 114 pitches, his most since returning to the mound last year after missing two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Dodgers: SS Chris Taylor was out of the lineup because of a tight left hamstring. Hernandez started in place of Taylor, who exited Wednesday’s game in Chicago against the Cubs. He was available off the bench — probably just to hit, according to manager Dave Roberts. “We’ll give him today and we’ll see about tomorrow,” Roberts said. … Reserve infielder Chase Utley was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after missing 19 games with a sprained left thumb. … Rookie RHP Walker Buehler is scheduled to throw 20 to 30 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, the next step in his comeback from a right rib microfracture. He could return to the rotation without a minor league rehab assignment, Roberts said. Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine big league starts.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained ligament in right index finger) was scheduled to play catch. … OFs Yoenis Cespedes (tightness in upper right quad) and Jay Bruce (strained right hip) will not resume baseball activities until they are free of symptoms. … 3B David Wright (shoulder, back surgery) planned to hit in the indoor batting cage and go through other baseball activities on the field.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.76 ERA) is set to make a surprise return from the disabled list Saturday night, starting against Jacob deGrom (5-2, major league-low 1.51 ERA) in a marquee matchup — weather permitting. Kershaw has been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain. He originally was scheduled for a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but heavy rain in the forecast caused the team to change plans. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP, who also missed nearly all of May with left biceps tendinitis, will be limited against the Mets, with 21-year-old rookie LHP Caleb Ferguson (0-1, 7.59 ERA) ready in reserve.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — After more than 90 minutes of aggravation and exasperation, Neymar and Brazil finally broke through Costa Rica’s smothering defense.
Philippe Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time, and Neymar followed six minutes later to give Brazil a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup.
Unlike Argentina and Lionel Messi, Brazil is still in a good position to advance to the round of 16. Costa Rica has been eliminated.
“The responsibility is huge when you are playing for the national team,” Coutinho said. “You have to be mentally strong from the beginning until the end. We fought until the end and we were rewarded.”
Neymar dropped to his knees after the final whistle, sobbing in his hands as his teammates surrounded him and then lifted him off the ground.
“We know he had a difficult injury, he went through a very bad patch,” Coutinho said through a translator, referring to Neymar breaking a bone in his right foot four months ago. “But his joy at being on the pitch is contagious.”
A few minutes before the end, Neymar flopped backward to initially earn a penalty, but the contact was so exaggerated that the referee reversed the call after using video review. Neymar then angrily punched the ball a short time later as Costa Rica’s players tried to waste time. It earned Brazil’s biggest star a yellow card.
“The joy, the satisfaction and the pride of representing the national team is a lot,” Brazil coach Tite said, defending Neymar. “He has the responsibility, the pressure. Everyone shows it in their own way.”
Neymar seemed panicked for most of the second half as his shots sailed over the bar or simply missed the mark, and he complained over nearly every call. In danger of ending in a draw, Brazil seemed nervous but composed itself through the seven minutes of injury time.
Coutinho was first to get the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Rising superbly to meet a header from Marcelo’s cross, Roberto Firmino nodded the ball down to striker Gabriel Jesus, who then flicked it to a sprinting Coutinho in the penalty area.
In the seventh minute of injury time, Douglas Costa whipped in a cross from the right and Neymar deftly tapped it into the net.
Both Firmino and Costa had come on as substitutes in the second half.
“I think Brazil’s changes made an impact,” Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said. “It became very difficult for us.”
Brazil has four points in Group E and plays Serbia in its final match in Moscow on Wednesday. Costa Rica has zero points and cannot advance.
After a drab and scrappy first half at St. Petersburg Stadium, Brazil came out energized and the chances piled up. Jesus put a header onto the crossbar, and Neymar’s hurried shot curled wide.
In Brazil’s opening 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Neymar had been fouled 10 times, sometimes harshly. But he was also in theatrical mode against Costa Rica, tumbling over dramatically when touched.
“We never tried to hurt him,” Ramirez said. “We tried to play fairly but stop him fairly as well.”
Referee Bjorn Kuipers twice waved away Neymar’s claims for fouls in the first half. He also ignored a Brazilian claim for a penalty after midfielder Paulinho bounced off defender Oscar Duarte contesting a high ball.
Several players, including Neymar and Marcelo, complained to Kuipers at the end of the first half. Once again, he just waved them away.
“We don’t need referees decisions to win a game,” Tite said. “Brazil doesn’t need any help.”
The match between Brazil and Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday could yet determine which teams finish in first and second place in Group E.
Costa Rica will play Switzerland on Wednesday in Nizhny Novgorod in its final group match.
KEY TO SUCCESS
With Neymar still short of his best following the foot injury, Brazil once again turned to Coutinho for inspiration.
He was at the heart of Brazil’s best moves and kept the tempo going with his crisp passing and darting runs.
Although left back Marcelo had an average game in defense, his constant runs down the flanks ultimately helped when his dangerous cross led to the opening goal.
With his 56th international goal, Neymar is now one ahead of Romario — which could be a useful omen for Brazil. Romario was the team’s top striker when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
Neymar is third on Brazil’s all-time scorers’ list, behind Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62).
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania’s national flag was at the center of Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.
Both players put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make what looks like the double-headed eagle displayed on Albania’s flag. The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers.
“I think about this, I don’t want to speak,” said Shaqiri, who also took off his shirt after scoring. “In football, you have always emotions. You can see what I did, and it’s just emotion, and I’m just happy to have scored the goal. I did it, and we don’t have to speak about this.”
The gesture is likely to inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians.
Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn’t recognize Kosovo’s independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Xhaka’s parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage. His brother plays for Albania’s national team.
Years of war in Balkans sent many families to western European countries, including Switzerland. The Swiss have dozens of ethnic Albanians in their national soccer program.
Serbia’s players did not react to the eagle gestures at Kaliningrad Stadium.
“I don’t have any comments,” Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said. “I don’t deal with these things. I am a man of sports, and this is what I’m going to stay being.”
In the tournament’s first come-from-behind victory, Xhaka made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute with a powerful shot through a crowded penalty area. Shaqiri added the other in injury time after running past the Serbian defense.
Their celebrations were emotional and could overshadow Switzerland’s victory.
“You should never mix politics and football. You should always show respect,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said. “It’s a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that’s what football should be about.”
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Serbia with a header in the fifth minute.
The win puts Switzerland into second place in Group E with four points, the same as Brazil. The Swiss will advance to the round of 16 if they beat Costa Rica on Wednesday in Nizhny Novgorod. Serbia will face Brazil in Moscow at the same time.
Serbia had chances to score more before halftime. Mitrovic came close in the 19th minute when he controlled a cross from Branislav Ivanovic on his chest and sent a bicycle kick over the bar.
Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia could all still claim first place in the group with a win on Wednesday. Costa Rica has been eliminated.
KEY TO SUCCESS
Shaqiri’s runs down the wings were a constant threat to Serbia’s defense, while the Swiss midfield recovered after a shaky start to dominate in the same way it did against Brazil in their first match.
Mitrovic was a handful for Switzerland with his strong physical presence close to the goal. The Swiss decision to put two defenders on him paid off in the second half, though Serbia had a strong appeal for a penalty when two defenders appeared to wrestle Mitrovic to the ground as he tried to head a cross.
CHICAGO (AP) — Franklin Barreto insisted he didn’t make any big adjustments at the plate to spark this power surge. It’s just happening, and he sure is enjoying it.
Barreto hit a pair of three-run homers and the Oakland Athletics won their season-high fifth in a row, pounding the Chicago White Sox 11-2 Friday in the first game of a doubleheader.
The White Sox have lost eight in a row, their worst skid since a nine-game rut last July.
Barreto is on a tear the past two games, with three three-run homers. He went deep in Wednesday’s romp at San Diego and went off against the White Sox.
It was quite a display for a player who had just two home runs prior to this run. Both came against the White Sox in 2017, including a drive against Shields (2-9) at Guaranteed Rate Field in his first major league game.
“I have some good memories here,” he said through a translator.
Though Barreto came in with a .158 average, manager Bob Melvin said he is capable of delivering in a big way at the plate.
“We all know he’s got that in him,” Melvin said. “It’s just about getting him some consistent at-bats. When he’s swinging the bat well, he’s definitely capable of doing that.”
Sean Manaea (7-6) went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out seven without a walk in winning his second straight start.
Shields has dropped back-to-back outings after beating Cleveland for his first victory since opening day. The right-hander gave up eight runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The White Sox have been outscored 54-18 during their losing streak.
“We can definitely get better,” Shields said. “We have to get better. We haven’t been playing very good baseball as of late and we have to pick our game up. That’s the name of the game. It’s the highest level of baseball right now and we’ve got to play that way.”
BREAKING IT OPEN
Barreto’s drive to left in the second came after a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lucroy. Matt Olson got that burst started with one out when his hard grounder scooted under second baseman Yoan Moncada’s glove for an error.
The Athletics took advantage of two more errors and a wild pitch while chasing Shields in a four-run fifth.
Athletics: The Athletics activated OF Matt Joyce (strained lower back) from the 10-day disabled list and optioned OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville. Joyce wasn’t in the lineup for the first game. … 3B Matt Chapman (bruised right thumb) received a cortisone injection Tuesday. Melvin said the earliest he will be activated is Monday, when the Athletics open a four-game series at Detroit. … Melvin also expects LHP Ryan Buchter (strained left shoulder) to be activated during the Detroit series. … LHP Brett Anderson (strained left shoulder) is scheduled to throw about four innings and 60 pitches in a rehab outing for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
White Sox: RF Avisail Garcia was back in the lineup after missing two months because of a strained right hamstring. … LF Leury Garcia (sprained left knee) was also activated from the DL.
Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.45) makes his third start for Oakland this year and second since being recalled from Triple-A on June 14. He is 0-8 in 14 starts since he beat Baltimore on Aug. 4, 2015.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19) is tied with Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez for third in the majors with 45 walks.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift.
Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia.
Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.
Musa, Nigeria’s all-time leading World Cup scorer with four goals, has played well against Argentina before. His two previous goals came at the 2014 tournament in Brazil in a group match against the two-time champions.
“It’s possible I’m going to score another two goals,” the 25-year-old Musa said.
On Friday, Musa gave Nigeria the lead in the 49th minute after Victor Moses sprinted deep into the Iceland half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley.
Nigeria nearly doubled its lead on several occasions, but Musa made it happen in the 75th minute. He picked up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.
“I think the control made it more perfect for me,” said Musa, who hinted he wants to leave Premier League club Leicester and play for CSKA Moscow.
Iceland, the smallest nation ever to compete in the World Cup, was not as effective as it had been against Argentina when it earned a surprise 1-1 draw.
Still, the European champion quarterfinalists had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.
KEY TO SUCCESS
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made some tactical changes for the match, and they worked.
As well as starting with Musa, he opted to play captain John Obi Mikel in a more defensive role in midfield. His presence helped to shore up the defense against Iceland’s two-man forward line.
Rohr had come under pressure on the eve of the match to play Obi Mikel as a shield in front of the defense, the position he has played for much of his career, including at Chelsea. Rohr also played midfielder Victor Moses more defensively, too.
“If you change something you have to explain why,” Rohr said, “and they have to do it with conviction and motivation.”
Croatia can be joined by any of the other three teams in Group D in the round of 16.
Iceland can qualify if it beats Croatia in Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday in a match that takes place at the same time as the game between Nigeria and Argentina.
“We have to focus on the last game because that’s more important than today’s win,” Musa said.
ICELAND STILL HOPEFUL
Iceland has met Croatia several times in recent years, including in World Cup qualifying.
“We often say we are like a married a couple trying to get a divorce, but we always meet up again,” Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. “We know Croatia. We know what kind of game it is going to be.”
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The campaign for New Mexico governor is playing out on Capitol Hill and at holding facilities for immigrant children on the Mexico border, as two competing candidates engaged in the national immigration debate as members of Congress.
Gubernatorial candidate and Republican Rep. Steve Pearce voted Thursday for a failed bill that would have curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security.
His rival in the governor race, Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, unsuccessfully sought to amend the bill with a new pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers” who arrived in the country illegally as children.
Immigration policy has been pushed to the forefront of political discourse in the border state of New Mexico, as Pearce and Lujan Grisham compete to replace two-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez — a hard-liner on immigration enforcement who recently sent National Guard troops to the border to bolster security.
New Mexico’s Democratic mayors, state legislators and U.S. senators descended on the border in Texas this week to raise humanitarian concerns about the treatment of immigrant families, as President Trump reversed course on separating immigrant children from parents caught illegally entering the United States.
Crisscrossing the country, Lujan Grisham expressed her dismay over Trump’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossers during her visit this week to the California border with Mexico. She plans to join a rally on Sunday at a holding facility for immigrant children outside El Paso, Texas, where 250 teenage boys mostly from Central America are being held.
“We’re doing everything we can to stop the president and Homeland Security from continuing to enact pain using the terminology for zero tolerance for anybody breaking the law,” Lujan Grisham said in California.
The congresswoman from Albuquerque also has attempted to force a vote on a bill to grant legal status to Dreamers using an obscure House rule.
Seeking the upper hand in the gubernatorial campaign, Pearce accused Lujan Grisham of obstruction on immigration reform and cast himself as a proponent of compromise.
He acknowledged that immigration negotiations in Congress are focused on disagreements between Republicans.
“The back and forth has been between the differing viewpoints in the Republican Party,” he said. “It should be across-the-board.”
Trump on Friday told his fellow Republicans in Congress to “stop wasting their time” on immigration legislation until after the November elections. That could further delay a vote on compromise legislation from Republicans.
Victor Reyes, a campaign spokesman for Lujan Grisham, said Pearce’s vote on Thursday placed him firmly in the camp of hard-liners on border security and sought new limitations on citizenship eligibility for immigrants who arrived illegally as children.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than $1 million in heroin at an immigration checkpoint in New Mexico.
The agency says authorities conducting an inspection at the checkpoint on New Mexico Highway 70 found the drugs Thursday in a black Honda that was being transported across the border on a tractor-trailer with other cars.
They say the Honda stood out because it was not in good condition, unlike the other vehicles. A canine also alerted agents to the vehicle.
In a statement, the Border Patrol said the heroin was wrapped in a bundle, along with a couple kilograms of cocaine.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Fidel Baca said the driver would not be facing criminal prosecution in the case.
Additional details were not immediately available.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has been indicted on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl three years ago at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque.
Court records show 62-year-old Francisco Espinoza was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on multiple charges including criminal sexual penetration of a minor, distributing a controlled substance to a minor, and child abuse.
James Hallinan, a spokesman for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, says Espinoza allegedly drugged and raped the teenager in October 2015 after offering her a ride and taking her to a trailer at the fairgrounds.
The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office cited a conflict in the case. As a result, the attorney general’s office is now prosecuting it.
An attorney for Espinoza could not immediately be reached late Friday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A prison transport officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate in New Mexico.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico said Thursday a grand jury indicted 51-year-old James Baldinger, of Minnesota, on charges he also used a firearm to carry out the assault.
Baldinger appeared in federal court from Duluth, Minnesota.
He is facing two counts of committing civil rights offenses that resulted in bodily injury, including aggravated sexual abuse and the use of a deadly weapon. He also is charged with knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of crimes of violence.
A defense attorney listed for him did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday.
Baldinger could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of all charges.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a hospice nurse has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently obtaining and selling oxycodone.
Desiree Ulibarri, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Thursday on conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, an opioid, and conspiracy to acquire and obtain it by fraud and deceit.
The 32-year-old is accused of recommending oxycodone prescriptions for patients who did not need them. She also is accused of selling the pills after arranging to have them picked up at a courier site rather than delivered to patients.
Authorities say DEA agents seized 80 pills from her in 2016, while their review of records for missing packages found a total of 3,870 pills were diverted in the scheme.
Another nurse charged on similar counts has entered a guilty plea in the case. She has not yet been sentenced.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump’s backing the most — on their big immigration overhaul — he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting their time on it.
It’s hardly the first time the president has abandoned his allies in a moment of need. Over and over, Trump has proven himself a saboteur, willing to walk away from promises and blow up a deal, undermining the GOP agenda in Congress.
“You just fear that tweet in the morning,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. The retiring Republican said members of Congress can’t help but think, “Oh no, how many policies will you undo by the day’s end? Because the day’s not over. Heck, it’s not even noon yet. How many times could he change his mind?”
On Capitol Hill on Friday, the mood was gloomy, particularly among the more centrist Republicans who have been pushing the party’s immigration compromise. That bill would provide $25 billion for Trump’s border wall and set new limits on family visas in favor of merit-based entry — but also create a path to citizenship for young “Dreamers.” It seemed to be losing — rather than gaining — support ahead of rescheduled voting next week. Trump had publicly backed the bill earlier in the week.
“It’s a horrifically chilling signal,” said another retiring Republican, Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who recently lost his primary election after frequently criticizing Trump.
“What the president just signaled is, ‘I’m not going to be there.’ And therefore I think people will take the cue,” Sanford said. “I think it makes immigration reform that much more unlikely.”
Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said lawmakers who are counting on Trump to provide a presidential nudge should reconsider. “He changes so frequently that anybody who depends on that, I think, is in trouble,” he said.
Others, particularly conservative Republicans who don’t support the immigration deal, said Trump’s actions should come as no surprise. He ran on disrupting Washington, aides said, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.
In fact, he does it all the time. Last year, not long after House Republicans stood in the Rose Garden with Trump celebrating passage of their replacement for former President Barack Obama’s health care law, he mocked their legislation as a “mean” bill. After Congress approved a budget deal to end a government shutdown in February, Trump turned on lawmakers and threatened to veto it.
At a White House meeting this week with some two dozen wayward Republicans who needed nudging on the immigration bill, one lawmaker directly asked the president if he would reverse course on it the way he did when he threatened to veto the budget deal, according to two Republicans familiar with the private exchange.
The president reassured them that would not happen, they said.
“Everybody is sensitive to what the president is saying,” said Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., who’s undecided on the immigration measure. “I think it makes it very, very difficult. … What he says influences a lot of members.”
The assessment of Trump’s changes isn’t much different at the White House, where officials were caught off guard by his sudden shifts this week on immigration — including his reversal in signing an executive order to halt the separation of immigrant families at the border.
Officials portray a president who increasingly relies on his own counsel, ignoring their advice. They say they follow along with the rest of the country on Twitter to learn what their boss is doing.
“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” Trump tweeted early Friday. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”
Officials said the president’s haphazard actions seem to have less to do with campaign politics — or even his own standing with voters — than ego. He’s frustrated with Congress and the media, particularly after the flop of the GOP’s health care overhaul last year, which made him wary of fully embracing legislation before it passes.
What is unclear, though, is whether the president realizes the moderate Republicans he is alienating by shunning their immigration overhaul are among those most endangered in the midterm elections.
“No one has more to lose in November than the president does when it comes to the majority in the House, because if this majority flips over to being a Democrat, there will be a big push for impeachment,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., who opposes the immigration bill.
House GOP leaders have made it clear they do not expect the immigration bill to pass, but have little choice but to press forward and keep a promise made to moderate Republicans.
One leading architect of the bill, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, holds out hope that the bill can be revised to gain support.
“What we need from the president is for him to sign a good immigration bill, and he and his team have indicated that he will. That’s all we need,” Curbelo said.
Besides, said Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., a supporter of the bill, maybe Trump will change his mind again: “Just wait a few hours, the tweet will be different.”