Sports

Passion, hard work pay off for Valley NASCAR driver McDowell

LOS ANGELES - When Michael McDowell first visited the Phoenix Kart Racing Association track, it was not to drive but to clap and cheer for his brother’s friend. Engulfed in the competitive atmosphere and a witness to Arizona’s love for the sport, the experience captivated him.

Diversity among fans, players a priority for NHL

PHOENIX -- The Valley is a symbol for the changing face of hockey. One of the Coyotes’ top young players is of Haitian descent. The head of the team’s instructional school is female. And the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL draft, Scottsdale’s Auston Matthews, has a mother from Mexico.

UNC finds championship redemption in Glendale

GLENDALE — In a national championship game that will be remembered more for its missed shots and free throws, it was the bounce back performance of North Carolina senior forward Isaiah Hicks that helped lead the Tar Heels to their third national championship under head coach Roy Williams.

Size looms large in NCAA title game between North Carolina, Gonzaga

GLENDALE -- When Roy Williams was in his first season as a Division I head coach with Kansas in 1988, he probably wouldn’t have been surprised to see a matchup of two big men who would combine to total nearly 600 pounds in the low post.

CBS’s Fishman aiming to craft perfect shot for Final Four viewers

GLENDALE — While there have already been a lot of big shots taken inside University of Phoenix Stadium during the NCAA men's Final Four, the most important shot for CBS television viewers comes from way outside — well beyond the basketball floor.

Chasing Ghosts: Tar Heels one step away from redemption

GLENDALE -- It’s going to be hard for North Carolina to shake off the ghost of Villanova guard Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beater in last season’s national championship game. Especially with him in the building, rocking a Tar Heels shirt in support of his brother -- UNC senior guard Nate Britt.