Sport

From 0-12 to undefeated: UCF one of most ‘intriguing stories in college football’

SCOTTSDALE – Thanks to a senior class that persevered through a winless season, UCF is on the doorstep of back-to-back New Year’s Six bowl wins.


With changing sports climate, Pac-12’s black coaches feel responsibility to guide athletes

PHOENIX – Pac-12’s black coaches use their own history to help navigate the waters of social debate for their young players -- the majority of whom are black -- while reconciling issues of personal growth, future marketing concerns and public backlash.


ASU groundskeeper leaves his stamp on Cheez-It Bowl

TEMPE – Meet Brian Johnson, Arizona State’s athletic grounds facilities manager. He spends the bulk of his time during football season caring for the fields at Sun Devil Stadium, but he recently helped with the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field.


Same record, different culture: On heels of bowl loss, ASU players optimistic

LAS VEGAS – Even after ASU’s loss in Las Vegas Bowl, players are confident football culture is better in Tempe.


Played among livestock, medicinal plants, ‘rez golf’ builds community among Navajo

LOW MOUNTAIN – “Rez golf,” played with secondhand clubs on rugged courses amid rocks, livestock and medicinal plants, is gaining popularity among Navajos.


A bookie, a bet, a basketball player: 25 years ago, point-shaving scandal rocked Arizona State

PHOENIX – Twenty-five years ago, a point-shaving scandal rocked the Arizona State basketball program but how could this scandal affect the sports betting future.


Pulling no punches: 14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

CHINLE, Ariz. – Mariah Bahe dreams of becoming the first Navajo boxer to win Olympic medal.


‘Goldy’ gone: Arizona sports scene suffers another blow as Diamondbacks trade Goldschmidt

PHOENIX – The Arizona sports scene suffers another blow after the Diamondbacks decide to trade the most popular player on the team, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.


Arizona Western eliminates football, leaving only one JC in state with sport

PHOENIX -- After junior colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District eliminated football, Yuma's Western Arizona did the same Wednesday, leaving only one program left in the state.