PHOENIX – For most baseball fans, seeing Adam Jones in anything besides orange and black was an adjustment. Jones spent 11 years with the Baltimore Orioles before arriving in the desert on a one year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks. Entering Monday, Jones has played in 90 of the Diamondbacks’ 100 games this season.
TEMPE – Phoenix Rising’s not-so-secret weapon – Dollar Beer Night – struck again as the team tied the USL Championship win streak record with a 6-0 thumping of Austin Bold on Friday. It was a tale of two halves for Rising, as they also extended their perfect record on home Dollar Beer Nights to 12.
TEMPE – Sometimes, a win can be worth more than just a win. “It’s very important to be remembered,” Phoenix Rising captain Solomon Asante said. “To make history is very important. So we are making everything possible like you saw today at training. We are doing everything possible for tomorrow’s win so that our name.
PHOENIX – As five former Arizona State golfers compete on an international stage at the British Open, their alma mater is preparing for its own big event. ASU will host both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I golf championships at Grayhawk Golf Club for the next three years, a competition that has helped shape.
PHOENIX – Despite orchestrating an offseason that has garnered widespread criticism, the Phoenix Suns continue to exude confidence when describing their long-term trajectory. As the franchise looks to secure its first winning record in six seasons, Phoenix’s front office assured onlookers that the moves they’ve made this summer will provide both immediate and long-term success..
TEMPE – Liverpool product Corey Whelan may be a new player for Phoenix Rising, but he’s expected to solve a problem that’s been there for a while for coach Rick Schantz. “From the beginning, we’ve always wanted to have four center backs, mostly for training and competition,” Schantz said. “It took a little while, but.
LAS VEGAS – In a league populated by can’t-miss prospects, Brandon Clarke was someone talent evaluators seemingly skipped over time after time. Despite putting up impressive numbers throughout his college career, Clarke’s lack of eye-popping intangibles limited his opportunities. Yet now, as he wraps up an impressive NBA Summer League that included both a championship.
FLAGSTAFF – When Nick Hilton crammed everything he owned into his 1999 Volkswagen GTI back in 2012, he had only seen pictures of Flagstaff, the city that would soon be his home. Hilton, a four-time Division II All-American runner for Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, had just graduated and had never been to Arizona, or.
SCOTTSDALE – Arizonans work hard to keep cool during the sizzling summers. The tactics aren’t as easy when trying to keep an 85-by-200-foot sheet of ice frozen. For ice rinks in Arizona, the summer months create issues. The heat itself is problematic for the homes of ice skaters and hockey players in the desert, but.
TEMPE – The high spirits of an eight game win streak met Kevon Lambert and Junior Flemmings as they returned to Phoenix Rising FC. “It’s great, especially for me and Kev to come back,” Flemmings said. “When you’re in a happy environment, it’s good for the team, good for the club and everything. I think.
PHOENIX – Every morning Luke Bell is reminded of what his last name carries. Beside his bed in his Chandler home hangs a framed Cincinnati Reds jersey. The sleeveless pinstriped number 28 belonged to his dad, Mike. Although Mike Bell only played 19 games in Major League Baseball, he still has a significant role for.
LAS VEGAS – It is not hard to find someone around the NBA Summer League who has crossed paths with Zylan Cheatham. And been impressed. The former Arizona State standout is showcasing his skills for the New Orleans Pelicans, who signed him after the NBA Draft. He is averaging 24 minutes, six points and nine.
LAS VEGAS – For many young players, their first introduction to the NBA is harsh and severe. The pace is quicker, the opponent stronger, the stakes higher. For some, the difference is simply too much to handle, with even the safest of bets succumbing to pressure. Yet a select few possess the unflappable confidence required.
LAS VEGAS – Things didn’t go Luguentz Dort’s way on NBA draft day, but he’s still living the dream of playing professionally. Announced before the team’s first game of Summer League competition on Saturday, the Arizona State product signed a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then he played 17 minutes, finishing with four.
GILBERT – School is done for the summer, but high school football players are sweating it out to prepare for fall games. And that can put their lives at risk in Arizona’s sweltering heat. On a recent afternoon in June at Gilbert’s Campo Verde High School, more than 100 students from around Phoenix are taking.
GLENDALE – Before the match, Mexican coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino said he was expecting a lot of support in Arizona. “We feel like we’re at home,” he said via a translator. “We’re locals.” His side wasn’t let down as they faced Haiti in a Gold Cup semifinal clash at State Farm Stadium Tuesday night. Over.
PHOENIX – As Monday night slipped into Tuesday morning, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s tweets began to appear. For an account often dedicated to sharing the governor’s gratitude for firefighters, troops returning from battle and other public servants, a 2 a.m. thread seemed out of the ordinary. By 2:06 am, the dust had settled on Ducey’s.
PHOENIX – The itinerary to a Major League Baseball clubhouse is different for every player. The nametag at the top represents an individual, but the story is inside the locker itself. The MLB patches on Merrill Kelly’s Diamondbacks jersey illustrate one stop of his baseball expedition. The 30-year-old rookie pitcher has racked up frequent flyer.
TEMPE – Many things have changed in recent years for soccer in the Valley. “I came out in the last half of the year (and) we were Arizona United,” said Peter Ramage, a former defender. “We trained up by the TPC in Scottsdale on a park. We got showered and changed out of a converted.
GLENDALE – As the Coyotes continue to evolve with new ownership and new personnel, the team’s president suggested another new opportunity could be in store: An NHL outdoor game landing in Arizona, possibly at Sun Devil Stadium. During the Coyotes’ town hall meeting Friday night, team president and CEO Ahron Cohen said he liked the.
MESA – Of all the major professional teams in Arizona, few have it as tough as the Arizona Rattlers when it comes to practicing in the heat. The Suns, Mercury and Coyotes do their work indoors. The Diamondbacks venture outside, but usually just during spring training. Only the Cardinals can relate. “At first it was.
TEMPE – As temperatures continue to rise, so does the intensity within ASU basketball. The Sun Devils face a number of unanswered questions as they begin summer workouts and look to build off the program’s most successful season in recent memory. Despite the departures of key contributors Luguentz Dort and Zylan Cheatham, ASU appears well.
MESA – The whirl of wheels, interspersed with sharp commands and bursts of laughter, punctuate Sunday practice. Before they step out to perform, the 12 members of the Phoenix Roller Sports Club sit down to lace their skates under a disco ball suspended from the ceiling and the glow of hot-pink lights that speckle the.
LOS ANGELES – Phoenix Rising’s Junior Flemmings started for the Jamaican national team as it sealed a Gold Cup quarterfinal spot with a 1-1 draw against Curaçao Tuesday. Rising teammate Kevon Lambert was also brought on in the 73rd minute for his first appearance in this year’s Gold Cup. The pair will remain on international.
SCOTTSDALE – When Mit Rohit immigrated to the United States from India, it was more of an adjustment than expected. He was 13 and struggling to learn the language. He had left everything he knew for a foreign place with a different culture, a place that didn’t share a passion for his favorite sport. Cricket..
LOS ANGELES – With two Jamaican starters possibly injured, the selection chances of Phoenix Rising players Junior Flemmings and Kevon Lambert have been boosted ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Group C clash against Curaçao. Jamaica needs at least a draw to guarantee its progression in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, yet could be forced to rest stars.
GLENDALE – As the NHL Draft unfolded, John Chayka was determined to select Swedish defenseman Victor Soderstrom. There was a problem: The Coyotes’ president of hockey operations and general manager had Soderstrom as one of his three best players. The team, however, had the 14th overall pick. When the 18-year-old’s name wasn’t called during the.
PHOENIX – Amid a night of excitement and optimism, many fans left the Suns draft party Thursday confused by the events they had just witnessed. When the day began, Phoenix was in possession of the sixth overall pick and had appeared to zero in on University of North Carolina point guard Coby White. Yet after.
PHOENIX – Baseball has a storied history of superstitions. Players put on their socks the same way every day. Pitchers rely on a ritual before every start. Eduardo Escobar has a routine, too. It’s engaging with the community as much as possible. He’s so committed, the Diamondbacks say, he constantly badgers them about attending more.
PHOENIX – Tick, tick, tick. The Phoenix Suns are on the clock. All eyes are on an organization that has gone nine seasons without a postseason appearance, the second-most in the NBA. The team has the sixth overall pick in today’s NBA Draft that will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Coverage.
PHOENIX – With a tremble in his voice and tears welling in his eyes, Richard Smith shared a story of pain and resentment. A tale familiar to much of the LGBTQ community, Smith detailed the disownment by his father and the loneliness that came to consume his life. As he yearned for support, he found.
TEMPE – For Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, this year’s goals are simple. “Just to play,” he said. “To play and get better.” Starting the season with FC Tucson, he worked his way up to Phoenix Rising in May. As June began, he showed his value, picking up League One Team of the Week honors and his first.
PHOENIX – A book inspired a father’s promise to his daughters to see the world. In “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know,” Meg Meeker writes about the importance of fathers setting examples for their daughters over the course of their lives. ASU men’s golf coach Matt Thurmond made a promise to.
PHOENIX – Chun An Yu knows the benefits of attending a school with a rich history of golf success. The Arizona State amateur is playing in his second straight U.S. Open. Last year at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, he played a practice round with ASU product Jon Rahm. This year, he played and.
SCOTTSDALE – To Phoenix Rising, beer means wins. The team is a perfect 11-0-0 on Dollar Beer Nights, something that has drawn considerable attention. The lesser heard story is that those Friday nights are just as much of a success off the field as they are on it. Since 2018, Rising averages almost 600 fans.
PHOENIX – Although more than 5,000 miles separate Phoenix and Reims, France, a few flights make the path reasonably simple for most. For Jessica McDonald, her journey to the pitch of Stade Auguste Delaune was anything but simple. McDonald, 31, is one of 23 athletes on the United States Women’s National Team that will represent.
CHANDLER – With her head freshly shaved, and her friends providing a protective cocoon, 7-year-old Leighton Accardo looked down at her wrist and read the words on her bracelet. “You are strong. You are brave. You got this.” That moment on May 28 told the story of a young player battling her toughest opponent yet,.
TEMPE – When “pride” is mentioned in a sporting context, it often refers to support for a team. Yet Phoenix Rising FC will be thinking about that word in a different context in June, which is Pride Month, with fans and players raising money for LGBTQ charities. A campaign by the team’s two fan groups.
TEMPE – Phoenix Rising is preparing to lose two of its top players until July. Kevon Lambert, 22, is currently with the Jamaican national team. He was part of the squad for the Reggae Boyz’s CONCACAF Gold Cup warmup fixture against the U.S. men’s national team Wednesday, setting up a goal in the process. “We’re.
PHOENIX – Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo summed it up perfectly. “He’s raised in a bat bag.” Kevin Cron’s life has revolved around a ball that measures nine inches in circumference and is laced with 108 stitches. His dad, Chris Cron, a former major leaguer and current manager of the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces,.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Peter Jok wasn’t like other kids his age the first time he saw snow. He had no memories of Christmases past, of presents opened, of snow days. Instead, Jok was just cold. Cold and confused. The white powder falling from the sky in Des Moines, Iowa, was as unfamiliar as the community,.
PHOENIX – The legacy of Muhammad Ali is a layered and complicated one, wrought with moments of controversy and bravery in the face of extreme pressures. Yet three years after his death, one of Ali’s most lasting contributions may be his founding of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center and his work with the Barrow Neurological.
PEORIA – With the game tied 9-9 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Mathew Swedler smashed a line drive to center field, scoring Kyler Thruston for the go-ahead run. Swedler, 13, advanced to second with a five-pitch walk to teammate Jackson Forbes and made his way to third after an error by the opposing.
PHOENIX – With a capacity of 10,326, Alex Box Stadium is widely regarded as one of the top atmospheres in college baseball. Many visitors despise the trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For players on the Arizona State baseball team, they couldn’t be more thrilled to step onto LSU’s Skip Bertman Field for the postseason. “I.
TEMPE – Herm Edwards and Arizona State football continue to build upon the pro model. Since he took the head coaching job in December 2017, Edwards has built his staff with a certain profile, one with experience in the NFL. He dreamed of adding another coach who, years before, stood across from him on the.
TUCSON – Jitters permeated much of the packed crowd at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Decked in cardinal red and navy blue, Arizona Wildcats fans stood in unison as the end neared. When second baseman Hanah Bowen’s throw hit Rylee Pierce’s mitt at first base, gloves flew in the air, hugs were exchanged.
TEMPE – Growing up in Spain, Alejandro “Alex” Del Rey had a dream of coming to the United States and playing golf collegiately. When the time came to look for schools, his attention always returned to one: Arizona State. “In Spain, when kids are in high school, you really don’t know about all the schools.
PHOENIX — Hockey dreams often start on frozen ponds. It’s braving the cold and racing the sun as it dips below the horizon. It’s dashing toward the goal, outskating the defense and squeezing the shot past the goalie’s glove to win the Stanley Cup. For young athletes in traditional hockey locales like Minnesota, Michigan and.
SCOTTSDALE — “We Shall Overcome” reads the headstone at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. “Thomas E. Offenburger, 1934-1986.” The marker is a reminder for San Francisco Giants reliever Tony Watson and his family of the small role his great uncle played in the civil rights movement. “It’s a piece of family history that everyone’s.
PHOENIX – Henry Cejudo appeared destined for gold after his mother coined the nickname “Niño de Oro.” Golden Child. “When he was little, he used to have like platinum hair and he was always in the sun,” said Henry’s older brother, Alonzo. “He always looked like he had a shade of gold on him.” “Niño.
PHOENIX – Amid hundreds of stables and thousands of stalls that comprise the backside of Turf Paradise racetrack, Dr. Verlin Jones approaches Scott for Her with a smile and a “good morning.” The 4-year-old mare’s trainer, Adriana Vallejo, guides the brown thoroughbred with a splash of white running the length of her nose out of.
PHOENIX – Fearing it could lose its automatic NCAA qualifier status in wrestling, the Pac-12, which features powerhouse Arizona State, was on the hunt for an affiliate school to join the conference. On Friday it announced it found one: University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The league is challenged by the absence of a strong.
GANADO – At precisely 6:55 each school day morning, Freddie Yazzie puts his bus in gear and cautiously pulls out of the bus yard beside the Ganado Unified School District main campus. For 26 years, Yazzie has driven school buses for this quiet Navajo community, and in that time, he shaped his role beyond that.
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PHOENIX – In baseball’s version of Oz, where rally monkeys have replaced flying ones, meet a member of the lollipop guild. Meet John Kazanas, scout for the Chicago White Sox. If there is a college or high school baseball game somewhere in the West Coast with a potential major league prospect playing in it, chances.
TEMPE – Abby and Mason Andersen have a lot in common. They are siblings. They are star athletes at Arizona State. And, said their dad, they are best friends. “They are super close,” Richard Andersen said. “They’ve got somebody to talk to whenever they want. They will eat breakfast once or twice a week together.
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PHOENIX – Maybe someday Kody Huff’s No. 25 will join his father Tim Huff’s No. 14 among the retired numbers at Horizon High School. The senior catcher and shortstop has left his mark at the baseball powerhouse during a four-year varsity career. But his dreams aren’t done. He is set to play at Stanford next.
TEMPE – Although she eventually found stability at Arizona State, growing up in Moreno Valley, California, wasn’t always easy for Charnea Johnson-Chapman. She moved around often as her mother relocated to find work and she never spent more than a year at any school until high school. It was an experience that shaped the ASU.
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TEMPE – A black and white photo of Josh Rosen graced a wall in the Arizona Cardinals’ press room, where just a few yards away general manager Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury spoke with the media about the possibility of replacing the rookie quarterback. “I never said I was,” Keim said Tuesday about his.
SCOTTSDALE – At the intersection of Camelback Road and 75th Street sits a sports museum disguised as a steakhouse and ribs restaurant. Opened in 1981, Don & Charlie’s emerged as a place known for its food and all that covers the walls and ceiling. Around every corner is a piece of memorabilia. A walk through.
PHOENIX – At 8 a.m. on a cool Georgia Saturday morning, on one of the most iconic 18-hole courses in the world, two golfers drove their first tee shots in front of a large assembled gallery toward the wide fairway of Tea Olive, Augusta National’s opening hole. It may sound like a typical early April.
PHOENIX – At the end of a season that began with so much hope for improvement, the Phoenix Suns find themselves in virtually the same place they were a year earlier. In stagnation. And they face many of the same organizational questions entering this offseason that they faced when they wound up last season. “Personally,.
PHOENIX – Arizona State goaltender Joey Daccord hoped to realize a dream in Buffalo, New York, by reaching the Frozen Four there in the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. That dream fell through when ASU lost its tournament opener, 2-1, to Quinnipiac in Allentown, Pennsylvania. But five days later, another dream came through for Daccord..
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GLENDALE – It’s been 48 hours since the Arizona Coyotes’ season ended after falling just short of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boasting the league’s second-longest playoff drought, the team was eliminated from playoff contention Thursday night during their penultimate game of the regular season. The Colorado Avalanche grabbed the final playoff spot in the Western.
LAVEEN – It is a Friday morning at Laveen Elementary, where students have a choice about how they can start their day. Recess. Or Yoga. When the doors open, children of all ages walk in, some with yoga mats in hand. Soon, their eyes close as they inhale and exhale, ready to be led in.
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GLENDALE – Not long after Ryan Burr got the call, so did Tim Esmay. Or at least Esmay got the text. When Burr, a right-handed relief pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization, was called up to the major league club last season, one of the first people he shared the news with was the.
PHOENIX – Suspending operations just two weeks before the end of its inaugural 10-week season, attempts to continue the upstart Alliance of American Football will be difficult, Don Gibson, a professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, said. The AAF is the latest of several expansion football leagues to run into.
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PORTLAND – Few things are harder to accept in sports then the finality of a season ending. The NCAA Tournament can be one of the most thrilling months on the sports calendar but also the most emotional with its single elimination format. Hundreds of collegiate careers are over in a flash. For the Arizona State.
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PHOENIX — NFL owners, executives and coaches gathered in Phoenix recently for the Annual League Meeting to discuss league business and potential rule changes on and off the field. One of the discussions pertained to diversity in football operations and front office jobs by improving and enforcing current NFL policies. More specifically, is the league.
PORTLAND – Charli Turner Thorne’s résumé at Arizona State is head-turning. Twenty-two seasons, 14 straight NCAA Tournaments and 444 victories, the most in ASU women’s basketball history. Only one thing has eluded her: A Final Four appearance. Her players want to get her there. “I’ve been to a Final Four multiple times, so I just.
ALBUQUERQUE – Opening Day. Fifteen games with the promise of a new season after spending just shy of two months in spring training. While many teams returned home to their stadiums, some clubs wrapped up spring training in a different fashion with three – the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals and the Colorado Rockies –.
PHOENIX – The 2019 Major League Baseball season kicked off Thursday and both the league and the Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost their opener to the Los Angeles Dodgers, have undergone changes on the field and in the stands. Field The Diamondbacks will start the season with turf instead of grass for the first time in.
PHOENIX – News of a budget proposal that calls for eliminating funding for the Special Olympics concerns some in Arizona who could be impacted by the cut. “That’s asinine,” said Patrick Becker, the exceptional-student services director for Agua Fria Union High School District. “You’re saying we should only survive off of donations. But that’s not.
AVONDALE – Arizona has added another championship to its sports resume. NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton, alongside Governor Doug Ducey and ISM Raceway President Julie Giese, announced Tuesday that the sport’s Championship Weekend for the 2020 season will be held at ISM Raceway. The announcement comes less than a year after the $178 million renovation.
PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury is still adapting to life as an NFL coach. One of his many responsibilities is speaking to the media. About 45 minutes into his availability Tuesday at the NFL’s annual owners meeting, he was surprised to still be receiving questions at what he called his longest press conference.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Arizona State was in a familiar spot entering the fourth quarter Sunday night. The Sun Devils have played eight games against Top 10 teams this season going 2-6 with the only pair of victories coming against Oregon State. Five of those six defeats were decided by single digits for a combined.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Arizona State women’s basketball program is in a familiar spot as it prepares for the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. For the sixth straight year, the Sun Devils have reached the second round, but for the last three seasons, the Sun Devils’ season has ended at this.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In today’s basketball, the game is defined by flashy offenses. On Friday, however, Arizona State and Central Florida played a throwback, rough-and-tumble game with the players, and even Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne, taking some battle wounds. “They were talking about, ‘I got hit here, I got hit here,’ ”.
TULSA, Okla. – With just more than two minutes remaining in the game, Arizona State forward Zylan Cheatham fouled out and walked off the court to a standing ovation from the few Sun Devil fans in attendance. Although Cheatham’s time in ASU has ended, his impact on the program remains. “The legacy of a guy.
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GLENDALE — As a boy, Yolmer Sanchez played baseball in the streets of his hometown and dreamed of one day making it to the major leagues. The Chicago White Sox second baseman realized that dream, and now he looks back at the people of his home country and imagines a brighter future for them, too..
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Four teams were sent to the Coral Gables regional of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Three reside in Florida. The lone non-Florida team is also the second-best seed in the tournament. Some people are crying “foul” for Arizona State, which plays No. 12 Central Florida at 4 p.m. MST today. “We’re.
TULSA, Okla. – For the second straight time this tournament, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley is matched up against a familiar face on the opposite bench. First, it was St. John’s coach and fellow East Coast basketball icon Chris Mullin in the First Four on Wednesday. Now, Hurley finds himself coaching for his team’s NCAA.
TEMPE – Kianna Ibis feels the sense of urgency. “It’s a one-and-done,” the Arizona State senior forward said. “It’s one and my college career is over.” The ASU women’s basketball team is heading east for the NCAA Tournament to face the Central Florida Knights Friday in Coral Gables, Florida. The Sun Devils are coming off.
DAYTON, Ohio – Won and definitely not done. Behind freshman sensation Luguentz Dort, Arizona State won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2009 and lived to dance another day. The Sun Devils defeated St. John’s 74-65 Wednesday to advance past the First Four and into the Round of 64 where they are slated to play.
DAYTON, Ohio – When Arizona State and St. John’s take the floor Wednesday night to determine their NCAA Tournament fate, it won’t be the first time coaches Bobby Hurley and Chris Mullin have squared off. Although the two coach on opposite sides of the country, they are far from strangers. Hurley and Mullin were hired.
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TEMPE — Since the NCAA Tournament selection committee seems to enjoy finding storylines when arranging early matchups, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley had an inkling that the Sun Devils were about to be included in the March Madness plot. ASU was the next to last team selected to the 68-team field and will open tournament.
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PHOENIX – With less than two weeks remaining in spring training, managers are whittling down rosters and seeing a much clearer picture of what lies ahead in the regular season. What isn’t as clear is how a batch of rule changes Major League Baseball unveiled Thursday will impact the game. Some of the rules will.
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PHOENIX – College and professional sporting events aren’t the only games fans can enjoy from the comfort of their own home. Websites now livestream multiple high school games a week. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection. This gives Arizonans the option of watching on a laptop or tablet instead of from the grandstands. Live.
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TEMPE – After consecutive 23-32 seasons, the worst two-year stretch in program history, Arizona State baseball entered 2019 with the intent of only looking forward. “We try to eliminate ‘last year’ from our vocabulary,” coach Tracy Smith said. The club’s focus is fully on this season, one that is off to an 8-0 start. The.
SCOTTSDALE – As the bell rings to signal the end of a school day, a handful of high school students at Rancho Solano Preparatory School gather with classmates in a corner room that still resembles the teacher lounge it once was. After requests from parents, the school transformed it into a state-of-the-art gaming lab for.
PHOENIX – In front of a packed Senate hearing room, the Appropriations Committee voted 6-3 Tuesday in favor of moving SB 1163, the newly named sports betting bill, along in the legislative process of the Senate. Senator Sonny Borrelli (R-Havasu City) enacted a strike everything amendment to a prostitution classification bill, SB 1163, that allowed.
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PHOENIX – Scheduling decisions surrounding basketball tournament games in Prescott Valley, which was hit by a severe winter storm, have left some coaches and fans critical of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The governing body of high school sports in the state announced Wednesday it would continue with plans to hold semifinal and championship games in.
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PHOENIX – February means the start of baseball season in Arizona. Out-of-town fans hop on flights to escape the cold and watch with optimism their respective teams. On Thursday, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. A major winter storm hit the Phoenix metropolitan area, dropping heavy rain and temperatures into the 40s. Hail was spotted at Surprise.
PHOENIX – Some of the names that dot the outfield wall are familiar to Arizona State baseball followers. Hubie Brooks. Marty Barrett. Ken Phelps. Mike Devereaux. All went on to play in the major leagues after passing through ASU. But the placards aren’t on the ASU campus. They’re all hung on the fence that surrounds.
PHOENIX – Ten months after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared a path for states to allow gambling on sporting events, a movement is underway to allow Arizonans to wager on their favorite teams. SB 1158, introduced Jan. 23 by Sen. Sonny Borrelli R-Lake Havasu City, would allow sports gambling in the state by giving Native.
PHOENIX – Pinnacle High School has produced its share of talent through the years, including guard Sydney Wiese of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and quarterback Brian Lewerke of Michigan State. But perhaps no Pioneers athlete has created a buzz quite like Nico Mannion, Pinnacle’s dynamic 6-foot-3 and much-coveted point guard. Yet he remains committed.
PHOENIX – After nearly 10 months of restorations, the Milwaukee Brewers unveiled changes to their spring training facility, including a new name. Formerly Maryvale Baseball Park, American Family Fields of Phoenix features an all-new scoreboard, workout facility and clubhouse. The team invested more than $60 million into the project that heavily emphasized making the stadium.
PHOENIX – It was 22 years ago when Navy veteran Diego Suazo was the victim of a shooting that changed his life. Suazo was at a New Year’s party with his family when he tried to break up an argument between his cousin and another person. “We were there for about five to 10 minutes,.
PRESCOTT – Danni Schulz of Cottonwood’s Mingus High School started wrestling when she was young because boys would constantly pick on her. On Friday at the Findlay Toyota Center, Schulz had the last laugh. The senior captured the 220-pound weight class title in an historic event. She was one of about 150 female high school.
PHOENIX – Eddie House left Arizona State in 2000 with his name atop almost every scoring list in the school’s record book. Now 19 years later, he remains ASU’s career, single-season and single-game scoring leader. And his name is next to three of the school’s top four single-game performances, including a school-record 61 points in.
PHOENIX – When Brett Fischer and John Wells crossed paths at last year’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, they had no idea what their relationship would entail less than 12 months later. But they clicked instantly, thanks to similar business interests and a deep-rooted connection to metro Phoenix. It was a perfect match. Now, the.
PHOENIX – Arm injuries among high school baseball players have been on the rise in recent years due to overuse while playing the game. This has caused not only pitchers to take care of their bodies better, but also a change in how pitch counts are managed in game. Approximately 30 percent of 203 youth.
PHOENIX – Sports betting might be coming to Arizona, but the wait will be a little longer than expected. The discussion of SB 1158, a sports betting bill first introduced on Jan. 23, was postponed Thursday at the Arizona Senate to a date to be determined later. The bill brought by Republican Sen. Sonny Borrelli.
TEMPE – Although it appeared the storm surrounding the Arizona men’s basketball program had dissipated, new developments have put the program back in the national spotlight. Amid reports that the NCAA is investigating the UA program, more news broke that prompted the Arizona Board of Regents to add “legal advice and discussion regarding Arizona men’s.
TEMPE – National Signing Day usually is one of the biggest days on the college football calendar. Fans of college football are glued to Twitter and television to see whether the country’s biggest recruits are going to their favorite university. For the second straight year, however, Early Signing Day has stolen most of the luster.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Life in the G League can feel as if it is the farthest thing from professional basketball. Teams play in small gyms in front of sparse crowds in cities without international airports. The NBA’s official minor league has a Middle America, small-town feel far away from the NBA and its mega stadiums..
SCOTTSDALE – The first thing amateur golfer Matthew Wolff did after learning he had a spot in the Waste Management Phoenix Open was call his mom. “Chance (Cozby) called me and offered me a spot,” Wolff said, referring to the tournament chairman. “I was pretty fortunate for that to happen.” Wolff, an Oklahoma State sophomore,.
PHOENIX – If California’s experience is any indication, skeptics will quickly warm up to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s recent decision to add an Open Division to the football postseason. On Jan. 22, the AIA Executive Board unanimously passed a motion to create an eight-team playoff for the 2019 football season that will pull the top.
PHOENIX – Arizona teachers, parents and legislators teamed up last year for the sake of children’s health, pushing for legislation that would require more recess or unstructured playtime for elementary school children. The early results of that effort are promising, educators say. In April, Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1083 requiring schools to provide two.
PHOENIX – With the eyes of the NBA focused on what Houston Rockets guard James Harden will do next, and how long he can extend his streak of scoring at least 30 points, the one person that seems the least concerned about the scrutiny? James Harden. “It’s always a different feeling to come back here,” Harden.
SCOTTSDALE – The Waste Management Phoenix Open hasn’t always been kind to Rickie Fowler. For a short time on Sunday, it looked like that might be the case again. But Fowler overcame a triple bogey on 11 at the TPC Scottsdale to finish at 17-under 267 and beat Branden Grace by two shots for his.
SCOTTSDALE — Despite heavy rain late Saturday night and early Sunday, the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s final round is underway. The final pairing of Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas teed off on time at 10:45 a.m. Spirited fans already filled the seats at the 16th hole. Saturday’s competition was highlighted by the performance.
TUCSON – Head coach Adia Barnes knows what it takes to win at Arizona having played there from 1995-98. But before Barnes even stepped on to the court, there were skeptics wondering whether she was good enough to play at Arizona. “She had really big numbers in high school, but she wasn’t heavily recruited because.
On Day 4 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, plenty of golfers were on a roll, on and off the course. After posting just one birdie in his first eight holes, Justin Thomas made six in his next seven holes and finished with his best round ever at the Phoenix Open with a 7-under 64..
SCOTTSDALE – Upgrades around TPC Scottsdale to help improve the fan experience at the Waste Management Phoenix Open already are paying dividends on the first day of the tournament. “With how many fans we have here, we try to better the fan experience every single year,” said tournament chairman Chance Cozby of the host Thunderbirds..
SCOTTSDALE – Local and national celebrities were out in full force at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am on Wednesday. Although the tournament didn’t start until Thursday, the star-studded Pro-Am annually kicks off the party that is the WMPO. Although the weekend attracts the largest crowds, the Wednesday pro-am pulls in a good turnout,.
SCOTTSDALE – For all the entertainment celebrities provided during Day 3 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an undercurrent of concern was present, too, about rain that could reveal itself this weekend. Among the pro athletes that participated in Wednesday’s Annexus Pro-Am was Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley with his caddie, like-bearded father, Charles, by his.
SCOTTSDALE – Staging an event of any size that aims to reduce waste is a challenge. Organizing one of sport’s biggest spectator events while producing zero waste takes a whole different level of creativity. The Waste Management Phoenix Open launched its Zero-Waste Challenge in 2012, and since 2013 the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale’s.
SCOTTSDALE – Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards was one of many big names at the TPC Scottsdale putting range Tuesday morning for the San Tan Ford Special Olympics Open. “Just put it in the hole. Just put it in the hole,” Edwards said right before he ran to knock in the ball of his.
SCOTTSDALE – Day 2 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was highlighted by a Special Olympics event, where celebrities, sports stars and business leaders from the Valley joined forces with Olympians in a friendly competition. The Dream Day event featured a trick-shot golf show and junior golf instruction. Among those involved was Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley, who.
PHOENIX – For many baseball fans, there is no sweeter sound to prepare for spring training than that of timber sending tightly stitched leather orbs into the arid desert atmosphere. Combine the universal love of the long ball with a notable cause, and you have the inaugural Dingers in the Desert home run derby charity.
GILBERT – As he sifts through a Ziploc bag of memories, Ryan Davies can’t keep from smiling. One at a time, he pulls medals from the gallon-size bag, carefully unwinding the polyester ribbons to reveal his metal mementos. There are dozens to unpack. Since he began running three decades ago, Davies has kept almost all.
SCOTTSDALE – The Waste Management Phoenix Open kicked off Monday with the Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am and practice rounds for PGA Tour pros. The tournament, which began 87 years ago, bills itself as “The Greatest Show on the Grass” and boasts an attendance of nearly half a million over the four-day event. This year’s field is scheduled.
GLENDALE – On a cool winter afternoon, 208 skateboarders of all ages competed in the Cowtown Skateboards’ Union Hills Classic, eager for the chance to win bragging rights and an Arizona-shaped trophy. Others were stoked to win raffle prizes from such skate brands as OJ Wheels and Santa Cruz Skateboards. The competition, which included divisions.
PHOENIX – Many think “Nico Mannion” when the discussion turns to Pinnacle High School basketball. Now they are thinking “Trent Brown,” too. Pinnacle won the 6A state championship last year, and with Mannion and Brown leading the way, the top-ranked Pioneers appear ready to defend their title when the state playoffs begin in February. Although.
PHOENIX – Residents, protesters and basketball fans packed City Council chambers Wednesday in anticipation of a vote dictating the future of the Phoenix Suns. After more than two hours of impassioned public comments for and against, the City Council voted 6-2 in favor of a $230 million plan to renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena downtown..
PHOENIX – With Barry Bonds’ eligibility running out, baseball minds are split on whether one of most talented players in history should be in the Hall of Fame. Despite continuing to trend upward in recent years, Bonds still hasn’t gotten the 75 percent of the vote needed to be enshrined in Cooperstown. On Tuesday, voting.
TEMPE – With the tribute “Megan’s Dad” written across his racing bib number, Neal Oseland was struck by a wave of emotion as he crossed the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon in Tempe. The moment was a culmination of nearly a year of uncertainty for the Oseland family after Neal’s daughter.
PHOENIX – With significant decisions on the horizon for the future of the Diamondbacks and Suns in downtown Phoenix, some are concerned about what the future might hold if the teams leave. “It would be terrible. It gives people a reason to come downtown. It gives people a reason to come out, hang out, have.
PHOENIX – Thousands of runners from around the country will make their way to the starting line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in downtown Phoenix early Sunday morning to run the full 26.2 miles. Among the swarm of people stretching and preparing for the hours of running ahead, a few dark blue signs at.
MESA — Saying the elimination of football has denied African-American players “their civil rights,” an attorney representing 11 of them met with media Thursday to express concerns about the motivation of the Maricopa County Community College District. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix in December, said the players have suffered “the indignity.
PHOENIX – At 11:05 p.m. on Nov. 10, the lights turned off at John D. Riggs Stadium on the campus of Mesa Community College, as they usually do after the Thunderbirds play. But it might have been the final time the stadium goes dark after a junior college football game. Citing financial reasons, the Maricopa.
FORT DEFIANCE – The trip was about more than a 300-mile journey to play a nationally televised game against a ranked opponent. The Arizona State women’s basketball team also viewed its November excursion to the Navajo Reservation as a time to embrace Navajo culture. “Just hearing the stories that we’ve heard today and weeks before.
TEMPE – After making one of the more divisive hirings of the NFL offseason, the Arizona Cardinals introduced Kliff Kingsbury as their new coach Wednesday. He succeeds Steve Wilks, who was fired in December after only a year in charge. Under Wilks, the Cardinals finished 3-13 with the NFL’s worst-ranked offense and 20th-ranked defense. “We.
PHOENIX – Craig and Kathi Juntunen retired in 1998, leaving their successful consulting firm to live a life spent mostly on the golf course and ski slopes. “We were living a … very privileged life that we were lucky enough to stumble onto,” Craig Juntunen said. While golfing one day, he had a conversation with.
GLENDALE – LSU placekicker Cole Tracy was an unknown when he stepped on campus in Baton Rouge in the offseason. He had transferred from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he converted 68 field goals, ranking second all-time in Division II. Yet there he was Tuesday at State Farm Stadium poised to make the record.
SCOTTSDALE – It’s a cool November evening in this desert city. Bo Takahashi, a 21-year-old pitcher from Presidente Prudente, Brazil, warms up in the bullpen before taking the mound for the Salt River Rafters. He is preparing to play in what is, at that moment, the only Major League-affiliated baseball game in the world. Takahashi,.
SCOTTSDALE – The Central Florida Knights have won 25 straight games and will play in a New Year’s Six bowl for a second consecutive year. It’s a remarkable turnaround for a team that was 0-12 just three seasons ago. “I remember our games my freshman year. There were nobody there,” senior defensive lineman Titus Davis.
PHOENIX – Sports have long been a vehicle for social protest, from U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising black-gloved fists at the Mexico City Games to quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Although some argue that athletes should stick to sports — or as a.
TEMPE – As college football players, coaches and fans tune in to bowl games across the country, one select group is staying busy preparing for the big games: the groundskeepers. 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.
LAS VEGAS — The more things change, the more they remain the same. Arizona State captured the attention of the college football world when it hired ex-NFL head coach Herm Edwards last December. The school’s head football coach changed. Its defensive coordinator changed. And Athletic Director Ray Anderson spoke of more movement to come. Yet.
LOW MOUNTAIN – On a late-September morning deep within the Navajo Nation, Larron Badoni practiced his golf swing. Sun blanketed the plateaus and mesas surrounding the Lowerville Stingers Golf Club – nine holes scattered over a rocky, hilly, shrubby landscape dotted with blue shade structures, weathered carpets and pins flying red and white flags. It.
PHOENIX – Through renovation and coaching changes, the ground floor of the Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center at Arizona State has withstood the test of time. The museum is designed to chronicle proud moments in ASU athletics history, highlighting such alumni as Houston Rockets guard James Harden and former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry.
CHINLE – Even with modern technology, it’s nearly impossible to find the homemade boxing gym identified by a tattered wooden sign that reads, “Damon-Bahe Boxing Gym.” In and around this small town on the Navajo Reservation, house numbers rarely exist. And Google Maps can’t quite explain that, off Indian Route 7, less than a quarter.
PHOENIX – During a time when two of Arizona’s top franchises have played to a combined 7-29 record, the sports community took another hit with news that the Diamondbacks had traded their best-known player. Paul Goldschmidt was sent to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in exchange for three young players and a draft pick..
PHOENIX — Arizona Western College announced on Wednesday the elimination of its football program, effective immediately. In a statement, the college said in the past year it has tried to “navigate a series of seismic changes at the league and two-year collegiate level but was unsuccessful in carving a sustainable path forward for the program.”.
PHOENIX – The vibrations of a drum and the cheers of students resounded through the packed gymnasium at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. Many in the crowd use such vibrations to feel what others can hear. Arizona Cardinals fullback Derrick Coleman, the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player, took a microphone to address the.
PHOENIX – The FBI hires special agents from a wide range of backgrounds: microbiologists, law enforcement officials, military veterans, computer scientists, teachers and wedding planners. “We are looking for everyone who wants to join our organization,” said special agent Erin Gibbs, applicant coordinator of the FBI’s Phoenix field office. But news reporters? Maybe. – Video.
TEMPE – After a standout three-year career at Arizona State, junior wide receiver N’Keal Harry announced Monday he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound receiver is projected as a potential first-round pick. “First of all, I would like to say thank you to everybody in Sun Devil.
WASHINGTON – Jennifer Wethe knows the importance of getting treatment for a concussion as soon as possible. She also knows how often concussions can be overlooked in those critical first few moments. “What we find instead is a lot of times people making excuses: ‘Oh well they’re just dehydrated,’ or ‘They got the wind knocked.
GLENDALE – For the Arizona Coyotes, Thanksgiving marks a time where they can step away from the ice and focus on spending time with their families. For Canadians Lawson Crouse and Dylan Strome, the holiday experience is a bit different. Canada celebrated their Thanksgiving on Oct. 8, but for the players competing in Arizona, it.
TEMPE – With the Pac-12 South title race now dead and gone for the Arizona State Sun Devils, the team has turned its focus to the University of Arizona and the battle for the Territorial Cup. The Territorial Cup dates to 1899, and this season it features coaches who are experiencing it for the first.
FORT DEFIANCE – For many on the Navajo Reservation, basketball means everything. The houses in this small northeast Arizona community on the New Mexico line feature a variety of basketball hoops. White. Black. Gray. Some have rims with no net, others have rims with only part of a net hanging from them. Many are attached.
SCOTTSDALE – Griffin Jax wears two uniforms. One for the Minnesota Twins organization and another for the U.S. Air Force. “I am still a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, but my job is to train for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” Jax said. “While I am doing that, I am promoting the.
ALMADEN VALLEY, Calif. – About 20 miles south of San Francisco Bay, a gentle wind disturbs an otherwise peaceful afternoon in Almaden Valley. The breeze funnels between the rolling hills that encircle the community, detected only by the shuddering blades of turf on the football field at Leland High School. With each gust, a U.S..
FORT DEFIANCE – Inspired to do more for the Native American community, the Arizona State women’s basketball team will play a game on the Navajo Reservation against the Baylor Lady Bears on Sunday. The game dubbed “Showdown on the Rez” was announced last summer. “The initial idea was to take the game to them,” ASU.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The confetti shot into the air as the newly crowned 2018 United Soccer League Champions lifted the cup. After a playoff run that included hefty wins at home, the team held the league’s top trophy surrounded by fans and media. One of its team leaders had scored the game winner. Phoenix Rising.
SCOTTSDALE – Phoenix Rising is on the verge of winning the United Soccer League Cup and giving Didier Drogba a fairytale farewell as a professional. After an intense and hard-fought, 2-1, win over Orange County Soccer Club, the only team between the Rising and the USL Cup championship in only the club’s second year of.
TEMPE – Two weeks can change everything for a college football team. Just ask the Arizona State Sun Devils, who came off a second consecutive 7-point loss October 18 against Stanford. The hope of ASU even attaining six victories to become eligible for a postseason bowl game was in question. After the loss to the.
IRVINE, Calif. — Phoenix Rising FC invaded Orange County and painted the O.C. red, advancing to the United Soccer League title game in the process. A Chris Cortez first-half goal and one by Didier Drogba in the second half gave the Rising the USL Western Conference championship as they eliminated Orange County Soccer Club 2-1.
PHOENIX – Pledging to “aggressively pursue the facts,” the Arizona Board of Regents met Thursday to share information about allegations surrounding the University of Arizona men’s basketball program, its chairman said. Ron Shoopman spoke after a closed-door meeting on Arizona State’s downtown campus. The Wildcats are among several teams named in an FBI investigation into.
TEMPE – Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen found himself in familiar territory Sunday as he and the Arizona Cardinals trailed San Francisco, 15-10, with 2:16 remaining in the game. It was nearly a mirror image of his first NFL action when Rosen entered a game against the Chicago Bears in the third week of the season.
SCOTTSDALE – Some of Arizona’s top sports figures came to watch the hottest team in the state Friday night. They weren’t disappointed. Phoenix Rising FC defeated the Swope Park Rangers 4-2 in the United Soccer League Western Conference semifinals in front of 7,707 fans at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. The crowd included the Cardinals’ Larry.
TUCSON – A different atmosphere surrounds the Arizona men’s basketball program this season. Following a disappointing first-round NCAA Tournament defeat to Buffalo that ended their 2017-18 run, the Wildcats enter a new season with a fresh look. All five starters from last season have departed, including Deandre Ayton, who the Phoenix Suns took with the.
SCOTTSDALE – The game clock ticked: 105:58, 105:59, 106:00. The Phoenix Rising, up 1-0 against the host Swope Park Rangers, were 15 minutes away from advancing to the 2017 United Soccer League Western Conference semifinals. It would be quite the feat considering it was the team’s inaugural season. A Didier Drogba header had put the.
PHOENIX — Josh Rosen returned to school Tuesday. This summer, he is going to do it again. As a student. While visiting South Mountain High School for an EverFi STEM event, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback said he will resume taking classes at UCLA. “I’m really excited to go back and start learning again without the.
TEMPE – The Arizona State football program finds itself on the downward slope of a roller coaster ride in its first season under coach Herm Edwards. The nation saw a roaring start to the Edwards era with ASU’s win over the 15th-ranked Michigan State Spartans in Week Two that propelled the team to a No..
TEMPE – The turnovers kept coming for the Cardinals on the field Thursday night. After an embarrassing 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, the team decided to execute one more, and this one was related to their coaching staff. The team announced Friday it had fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. “It’s my job as a.
SCOTTSDALE – The implications of Phoenix Rising FC’s first playoff game are far-reaching. Not only is advancement in the postseason at stake, but the club hopes to make a strong case for becoming one of Major League Soccer’s expansion franchises. The Rising face Portland Timbers 2 at 7:30 tonight at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex.
PHOENIX — The expectations that come with being an NBA Draft lottery pick are something Devin Booker knows all too well. Selected 13th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, the fourth-year wing has developed into a cornerstone of the Phoenix Suns franchise. However, it was at times a painful process. In his three years, Booker.
PHOENIX – When Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic see each other this week in the first game of their NBA careers, basketball may not be the first order of business. According to Ayton, Doncic has a debt to repay first. “He owes me a thousand dollars, too,” Ayton said..
TEMPE – A win against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago seemed to give the Arizona Cardinals a ray of hope. It was rookie quarterback Josh Rosen’s first win as a starter and gave coach Steve Wilks his first win as an NFL head coach. But a 27-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on.
PHOENIX – Still in the preseason and on the cusp of what is hoped to be a vastly improved season, the Phoenix Suns are faced with their first taste of adversity. On Monday, the Suns fired General Manager Ryan McDonough, leaving a void in their front office with the start of the 2018-19 NBA season.
PHOENIX – With more than 700 freshmen enrolled at South Mountain High School, the Phoenix Union High School District recently placed a cap on incoming students for the first time in school history. The increased numbers may benefit the school’s athletic programs. A newly incorporated Academies program at South Mountain has drawn new students to.
TEMPE – Arizona State prides itself on being an attractive university for international students, a mindset that is trickling down to its athletic programs. Englishman Graham Winkworth, in his second season at the helm of the ASU’s women’s soccer team, placed an early emphasis on recruiting international players because of a unique dilemma. Upon his.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona State University swimmer Jancy Thompson said the sexual abuse she suffered for five years at the hands of her coach for USA Swimming “lives in my bones” to this day. That pain brought Thompson to Washington, where she joined 12 other former athletes who survived sexual abuse. They shared their stories.
PEORIA – Jared Woosley’s life went from head-banging to puck-slinging. The lead singer of the now-inactive indie rock band Fivespeed, Woosley transitioned from having an album published on Virgin Records in 2006 to helping those in the disabled community. It is a transition he has never regretted. “I wake up excited to go to work.
TEMPE – Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen joined his 2018 NFL Draft quarterback class in the loss column on Sunday. Rosen didn’t toss the most yards out of the group. He didn’t throw the most touchdowns. In fact, he didn’t even complete the most passes. But he led the pack in completion percentage and the.
PHOENIX – Forty-six years have passed since Title IX of the Education Amendments Act was enacted by the federal government, requiring equal opportunity for women in educational institutions. Although it opened doors for female athletes, women who coach women’s sports have not experienced the same growth. Just the opposite. When Title IX was passed in.
TEMPE – The name of Arizona’s newest professional football team has received support from fans, but it also has raised concerns about whether it exploits the memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The Alliance of American Football, which will begin its inaugural season in February, said it chose the name Hotshots as a tribute to.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns introduced their overhauled, young roster Monday, kicking-off what the team hopes is a much improved 2018-19 season. “Our goal is to be the most improved team in the league,” general manager Ryan McDonough said Monday during the team’s annual media day. “Coming off of a 21-win season, we have a.
TEMPE — Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks thought he had finally caught a glimpse of the offense he envisioned the Cardinals having in the 2018 season. Quarterback Sam Bradford had thrown for two touchdowns in the first half on Sunday, solidifying a commanding 14-point lead over the Chicago Bears going into halftime. That vision quickly.
PHOENIX – Heavy street traffic in Phoenix is common. With more than 4.7 million people now calling the metropolitan area home, it is no surprise people seek solace on the hiking, biking and horseback trails across the city. Crowds, however, have become an issue on some of the more than 200 miles of trails that.
SCOTTSDALE – Joe Casella opened the doors to his deli in 1976, just a few blocks from Saguaro High School. Forty-two years later, the two remain equally important to one other, with Casella’s Deli a mainstay in the lives of Saguaro High families for decades. That was evident after Casella learned in August that he.
TEMPE – A 34-0 loss against the Los Angeles Rams has Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks scrambling for answers for the second consecutive week. It appears, however, that he has an answer for the fans that are clamoring for Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen to replace nine-year veteran Sam Bradford. “If I thought it was.
TEMPE – One run. One run was all it took to grab the attention of Arizona State football fans. With that 19-yard touchdown run against Colorado in November, true freshman Eno Benjamin showed ASU fans what life after Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage could look like. The Wylie, Texas, native was a U.S. Army All-American.
PEORIA — The mission: to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. The story of the former Arizona State and Cardinals football player, who died in a friendly-fire incident while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, had an impact on the nation but most profoundly on two states: California and Arizona. Tonight at Liberty High School in.
PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University is the definition of a mid-major school. The Lopes, with an on-campus population of about 20,000 students, do not have a football program and the rest of their Division I sports compete in the Western Athletic Conference. So how does a school with a still-growing athletic profile post some of.
TEMPE – Arizona State’s road trip to San Diego State this weekend carries more meaning than most regular-season matchups for coach Herm Edwards and members of his staff. For Edwards, he won’t just be facing an opponent but revisiting his past. The coach played for the Aztecs his senior year after bouncing around from school.
PHOENIX – For the second year in a row, gamers can hit the virtual hardwood with such WNBA superstars as Diana Taurasi and Breanna Stewart. But NBA Live 19 – released today on Xbox One and Playstation 4 – allows them for the first time to “create a female” player of the same height and.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — No matter where Grant Hill looked, he saw a familiar face. “The thing that’s unique is that I feel like I have a connection, a relationship or was a fan of all of them in some capacity,” Hill said Thursday. “Them” are the four others with Phoenix Suns connections that are representing.
GLENDALE – Like a good neighbor, State Farm will be there – for the next 18 years. In front of a small crowd Tuesday, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill announced that the insurance giant will be the new sponsor of the stadium the NFL team calls home. State Farm, the 36th-largest company in the United.
PHOENIX – He just did it. Colin Kaepernick may never suit up for another NFL game, but that hasn’t stopped the quarterback from being the center of debate. This time, it is as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary celebration of its “Just Do It” marketing campaign. The ad includes a close-up of Kaepernick’s face.
PHOENIX – The term “clutch” has no single definition. Fitting, given one of the most broad characteristics in sports has numerous interpretations. But throughout the WNBA and across basketball as a whole, Diana Taurasi continues to redefine “clutch” and at 36 years old, she shows no signs of slowing down. “What amazes me about Diana.
TEMPE — The start of the Herm Edwards era injected excitement into Arizona State football, but on Saturday it also inspired a huge sigh of relief for the Sun Devil faithful. ASU routed the University of Texas at San Antonio Saturday night 49-7. Many fans reacted by praising Edwards and the team for delivering a.
TEMPE – It’s 7 a.m. and Sun Devil Stadium is blanketed by shade, its stands deserted. Brian Johnson, who arrived two hours earlier, paces around the football field, marinating in sweat and camouflaged in maroon and gold paint. They are the same colors that have been tattooed on Johnson for 33 years, since he joined.
SCOTTSDALE – An unlikely friendship developed between Larry Fitzgerald and Sen. John McCain over the past 15 years. Decades separated the two in age, but the Cardinals receiver and Republican senator found common ground and mutual respect. Both shared an interest in sports, and both called Arizona home, but their relationship extended beyond the scope.
TEMPE — Herm Edwards sat alone at the podium early Monday afternoon, hunched over, arms tucked tightly in, and armed with nothing but a single sheet of paper in front of him. It was Edwards’ first regular season press conference in 10 years, since he last served as head coach of the NFL’s Kansas City.
PHOENIX – Jerry Colangelo had many interactions with John McCain over the years as the senator helped to build the Arizona sports landscape. During the Phoenix Suns’ heyday, McCain was a regular at home games. “When I think of my seats at America West Arena, my memory is looking at his seats, which were courtside,.
PHOENIX – Friday night, under the lights. Basha and Cesar Chavez high schools were battling it out in the third game of the 2014 football season. As the clock ticked down toward the end of the first quarter, Cesar Chavez threatened to score. On fourth and goal, the only thing stopping Cesar Chavez was one.
PHOENIX – J Carrillo’s house is covered in sneakers. Some pairs are scattered across the floor, permissible to be kicked out of the way by his girlfriend. Others have been worn once or twice and are stored in the man cave room of the house in individual, transparent display drawers. In this special room, Carrillo,.
PHOENIX – As Samantha Quigley tears down another rebound, she sees more than a basketball. In her hands is something beyond an object that she can dribble around defenders and put through a hoop with ease. It’s a ticket to a better life. “Basketball is, like, the only key to go a long way if.
PHOENIX — Back when he played for Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Danny Coulombe dominated on the diamond. A talented left-hander with a devastating curveball, Coulombe averaged more than two strikeouts per inning during his junior and senior seasons. But as his baseball career continued to unfold, setbacks abounded. The southpaw — who is now.
SCOTTSDALE – Eleven-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, decked in a white chef’s jacket, proudly held a piece of beef he prepared at Dominick’s Steakhouse. Asked what was harder – hitting the links, hitting the gridiron or cooking a steak – the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver replied, “Definitely cooking a steak. … I burnt my fingers.
TACOMA, Wash. – With a thunderous crack of the bat, Andrew Aplin jolted the baseball high into the clear cool Tacoma night sky. But the ball’s flight peaked in right field and plummeted back to earth, caught well short of the warning track for the final out of the night, sealing an extra-inning loss for.
SCOTTSDALE – Tucked into an alcove of the AZ on the Rocks climbing facility, Lee Cates works on a ring-climb obstacle. He uses two small red rings and the momentum of his body to climb up and down the pegs of a wooden plank. Cates, 36, began training at the gym in November 2017 with.
TEMPE – Moubarak Djeri did not take the conventional route to the NFL. In fact, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end had never played a down of high school or college football when the Arizona Cardinals signed him as a free agent. Now he is one of just three NFL players born or reared in Germany.
PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill organized a letter of support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, stirring controversy when a story about his backing of President Donald Trump’s nomination was posted on the team-affiliated website and Twitter account. The letter, which was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and vouches for Kavanaugh’s character,.
LAS VEGAS – At his pre-draft workout with the Phoenix Suns, Marvin Bagley III reminisced about watching his hometown team and seeing the players he emulates today – such as Amar’e Stoudemire and Jason Richardson – go against the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs. That day he was wearing purple and orange, sitting behind.
LAS VEGAS – The scene at Cox Pavilion Friday mimicked the boarding of an airplane: slow, confusing and frustrating. The coach watched the cross traffic flow behind the scorer’s table, looking ahead to see what the hold up was. As people started to scoot by him and head to better seats, the whispers to their.
LAS VEGAS – The Phoenix Suns have been the NBA’s catfish for years: bottom-feeders that rarely draw a crowd. Friday in Las Vegas felt different. Fans packed UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Arena for a chance to see the new-look Suns, led by this year’s No. 1 and No. 10 picks, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges,.
PEORIA — Every year, football players around the country succumb to injuries that put their seasons in peril. For Zach Hunzinger, a pain revealed a far more serious issue. The Liberty High School football standout was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in his knee and started chemotherapy soon after. The diagnosis came after Hunzinger.
NOGALES, Arizona — The top of the Santa Cruz County Administration building on North Congress Drive delivers a birds-eye view of this border town. Cars with Arizona and Mexico license plates drive down I-19, which becomes Grand Avenue in the city center and features dozens of multicultural shops lining the streets. On the northern tip.
PHOENIX – Sitting with Dana Zupke in the Pinnacle High football meeting room, surrounded by whiteboards, helmets and pictures of past teams, it’s easy to see the joy in the head coach’s eyes as he reflects on the moment he first noticed his quarterback in elementary school. “I remember Spencer playing Boys and Girls Club.
TUCSON – Zach Taylor grew up around horses. His mother owned trail horses when Taylor was a boy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. But his love for racing took off while working in the electrical supply industry. He would take his customers to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs for a weekend at the races. “The first time.
PHOENIX — Following his pre-draft workout with the Phoenix Suns, the one and only team he worked out for this offseason, the NBA draft’s No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, was asked which player’s game his most resembled. “Kevin Garnett,” Ayton said. Although most basketball pundits heralded Ayton as the top prospect in this year’s.
PHOENIX – Within minutes of each other Thursday, Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley walked across the NBA Draft stage in Brooklyn, New York, and into the lives they have long imagined, the lives they’ve prepared for, the lives those around them expected. Matt Allen and Nick Weaver surely watched closely as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
PHOENIX – Deliberations over the Phoenix Suns’ desire for a $450 million renovation of Talking Stick Resort Arena began Tuesday morning at Maricopa County Superior Court with a dispute about documents not made public. Real-estate developer Bramley Paulin, with the help of the Goldwater Institute, a conservative watchdog group, has sued Phoenix for not sharing.
PHOENIX — Deandre Ayton’s presence in Talking Stick Resort Arena illustrated more than just the opportunity to draft a basketball player. It revealed an opportunity to change the fortunes of a franchise. The Phoenix Suns held a private workout Wednesday with the former University of Arizona center, one of a small handful of players in.
SCOTTSDALE – As Robert “Bob” Lane wrapped his hand, boxing trainer Marty Barrett landed a verbal jab: “Let’s go, fat boy!” Lane, 71, looked over his shoulder to see Barrett smirking. “I guess that’s me. I say all these nice things about you,” Lane replied, prompting laughter. Barrett, who towers over Lane’s 5-foot frame, playfully.
PHOENIX – In parts of northern Arizona, golf courses over the past decade have stopped using drinking water to keep their greens vibrant. Instead, they use effluent or recycled water. However, in Phoenix, less than a quarter of the water used on golf courses is reclaimed wastewater. According to a 2014 University of Arizona study,.
PHOENIX – It took mere seconds for the 130-foot-tall race-control tower to come down at the ISM Raceway, where a nearly two-year renovation of the facility is in full swing. “When this tower comes down,” said Bryan Sperber, president of ISM Raceway, “it really is the last vestige of the old Phoenix International Raceway,” which.
FOUNTAIN HILLS – As the sun started to set beyond the red, rocky backdrop of McDowell Mountain Regional Park, hundreds of runners lined up to battle the 50-kilometer trail run that lies ahead. The Adrenaline Night Run is part of Aravaipa Running’s Insomniac Night Series, consisting of nine nighttime trail races orchestrated throughout Arizona’s hot.
DAYTON, Ohio — Once the top story in college basketball and nearly the top-ranked team, Arizona State made the NCAA Tournament by the skin of its teeth. All the naysayers and critics didn’t matter, just the fact that the Sun Devils had at least one more game to prove themselves. But although you can wipe.
TEMPE – On New Year’s Eve 20 years ago, Pat Tillman walked off a field in El Paso, Texas, representing Arizona State football for the last time. No one knew how the next 6½ years would unfold, that he would become a symbol of perseverance, of selflessness, of bravery, and, ultimately, of sacrifice. “I wasn’t.
PARADISE VALLEY — Anthony Robles was born with just one leg. But he never let that hold him back. “When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen,” Robles said Wednesday, during his speech at the 47th Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Robles wrote a remarkable story of.
TUCSON — With the offseason dominated by talk of an FBI investigation, the Arizona men’s basketball team is happy to shift the topic of conversation. “I think our guys are itching (like a lot of college teams) just to play a game and play against someone else,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said Tuesday. “Get back.
PHOENIX — He is a “Game of Thrones” fan, likes action and comedy movies and is the No. 1 ranked football recruit in Arizona for the class of 2019. He is pro-steak and anti-sushi. He likes Tupac and Michael Jackson and already has committed to playing at Oklahoma. “He” is Spencer Rattler, the No. 1.
PHOENIX — Though the Phoenix College football staff resists the name “Last Chance U,” it feels that way at times for Robin Pflugrad. Five-plus years ago, he was one of the hottest coaching names in the country, a candidate for the Eddie Robinson Award as the nation’s top FCS coach after leading Montana into the.
TEMPE — The Arizona State women’s triathlon team took no time to see success at the NCAA level, and the Sun Devils already are tasked with repeating as national champions in just their second season. Following the team’s inception in 2016, ASU became the first triathlon team in the Pac-12 but had just seven athletes on.
PHOENIX — Exercising in the Arizona heat can be a dangerous — and mind-altering — decision. “(I) was doing 16 miles on the mountain and was coming down and started hallucinating,” former Arizona State runner Victoria Jackson said. “So I started thinking that I saw water bottles stashed out in the desert and was looking.
PHOENIX — With a floppy hat on her head and sunblock in hand, Viv Hynes prepares to play a round at the TPC Scottsdale golf club. It is above 100 degrees outside. “It’s mostly the prices,” the Scottsdale resident said. She’s not alone. With consistently nice weather and more than 300 courses — including ones that.
PHOENIX — In the 2017 version of the Black Canyon Ultras 100-kilometer race, which began in Mayer and finished in New River, 74 participants — nearly a quarter of the competitors — did not finish the race. Some dropped out before even starting and some attempted to complete the race but could not. “I was running and.
CANTON, Ohio — When he first picked up a football in the front yard of his childhood home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, dreams of an NFL career fueled the mind of Kurt Warner. Although those dreams were plentiful, Warner never envisioned the mark he would leave on the game he’s held onto so dearly. On.
CANTON, Ohio –Pat Tillman is well known for trading in his football uniform and enlisting in the United States Army. That enlistment eventually cost him his life. But the legacy of the former Arizona State and Cardinals player has lived on even a decade after. A legacy that has raised the question of whether Tillman’s.
On the collegiate front, eSports are on the rise. From tournament broadcasts on ESPN and college teams being assembled to PAC 12’s newly announced support of the sport, eSports has claimed its place in the world of collegiate sporting. Should eSporting be considered a collegiate sport? Would you watch your school in a gaming tournament?.
Have you gone to the pool this summer? Maybe you have ventured to your local ice rink to play hockey or skate? With the peak of the summer upon us, people in Arizona are looking for ways to get out of the house and stay cool at the same time. But, the urge to cool.
The heat in Arizona, specifically the Phoenix area, finds a way to affect everyone. According to Arizona Department of Health Services, approximately 2,000 people are sent to the hospital every year because they are suffering an illness caused by heat. While Arizona is known for its excessive heat in the summer, being active and exercising.
According to Stop Sports Injuries, 40 percent of sports injuries treated in hospitals are attributed to children ages 5 to 14. Cronkite News is writing a story about people 14 and under who became injured playing a sport in school and continued to play. Did you play sports in school and become injured? Are you.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, during the 2014-15 school year, 20 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 surveyed reported being bullied at school in some way. But what about during extracurricular activities? Does this bullying leak over into youth sports? If you or someone you know has experience.
Plenty of notable professional athletes have publicly acknowledged they have or are currently dealing with anxiety or depression, including Pittsburgh Steelers legendary quarterback Terry Bradshaw and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke. The two disorders can also affect high school and college athletes. Cronkite News is working on a story about this topic. If you are.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has strict regulations against recruiting and giving any athletic scholarships. We would like to know if any athletes or parents thought they or their children were being recruited or think that another school is recruiting athletes. We would also like to hear from coaches and athletic directors who have experience.
U.S. women are becoming increasingly interested in learning self defense techniques to get them out of sticky situations, should they arise. We are looking for women who have had experience with these types of classes and benefited from what they have learned. Have you benefited from a self defense class? If so, in what ways?.
PHOENIX — In international play, the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the one on the back. The opportunity to represent one’s country is hard to pass up. The Coyotes recently had five players compete internationally: Christian Dvorak, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Clayton Keller, Connor Murphy and Tobias Rieder. For a few.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Christian pitcher Steven Cochran powered his Cougars to a Class 2A state championship on May 13 with a complete game performance, allowing six hits in a 9-2 win over Wilcox High School. But Cochran came close to not being allowed to throw a single pitch on the biggest stage. The night before,.
PHOENIX — Gisele Bündchen, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, recently told a national audience on “CBS This Morning” that her husband had a concussion last year, but “we don’t talk about it.” Soon others players around the NFL acknowledged that they played with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines.
PHOENIX — In a quest for better salaries, nearly half of WNBA players compete overseas in the off-season. The mindset for international players, however, is different. They come to the United States for the competition. The WNBA has 11 international players on its 12 teams this season. Brazil and Australia each have three representatives, with.
PHOENIX – One of the most high-profile diving accidents of all time still resonates with many. “There was this ‘wham’ and this big gasp from the crowd,” Arizona State diving coach Mark Bradshaw said. “The best diver in the world (just) hit the board.” That diver was Greg Louganis and the nationally televised collision during.
SCOTTSDALE — In the United States, a popular formula for building a successful soccer franchise hinges on a team’s ability to sign and develop young local talent. Phoenix Rising FC continues to show that it isn’t like most soccer clubs. Since Turkish majority owner Berke Bakay rebranded the team that used to be Arizona United.
PHOENIX — Carlos Rojas served in the Navy — he enlisted before the terrorist attacks on 9/11 — and is now based in the Valley as an instructor of jiu-jitsu. He has seen how the sport can impact one’s life. “There’s a saying we have in Brazilian jiu-jitsu that a lot of guys that have.
TEMPE — Imagine a hot August night at Sun Devil Stadium. The Arizona State football team is squaring off with New Mexico State in its 2017 season opener. Punter Michael Sleep-Dalton, in his first career start, stands 15 yards behind long snapper Mitchell Fraboni. The ball is snapped and Sleep-Dalton senses trouble as it slips.
PHOENIX — It was a shotgun accident in a small Indiana town. The guns weren’t locked up. A neighborhood boy found a 12-gauge and wanted to play with 4-year-old Nick Pryor. The pair went outside. Pryor’s life was forever changed. “I spent three weeks afterwards, numerous surgeries, when they decided that they were going to.
It has been more than two decades, but the Arizona Coyotes’ Shane Doan remembers skating alongside past Coyotes as a teenager. Keith Tkachuk, Teppo Numminen, Kris King, Dave Manson and the Shannon brothers, Darrin and Darryl, helped him transition to the NHL when the franchise was still in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Doan remembers his first coach,.
TEMPE — The transition into college as a freshman is overwhelming enough, especially for a student-athlete coming from overseas. Imagine coming in ranked as one of the top female amateur golfers in the world. That would be the life of Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey, a freshman from Belfast, North Ireland. She joined the Sun Devils.
TEMPE — Whether it is football, basketball, soccer or gymnastics, student-athletes have the added pressure to perform not only on the field but in the classroom. Practices, workouts, film sessions and travel days take up chunks of their weeks and demand creativity to build schedules with full-time academic loads. Enter online classes. At Arizona State,.
PHOENIX — Mohamed Raafat was hanging out at school and perched on a children’s car when a friend abruptly moved it. Just like that, his life changed. Raafat, then 14, suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Now, 11 years later, he has traveled 7,500 miles to visit Ability 360.
PHOENIX — The challenge of serving four years in Afghanistan as part of an Air Force special operations unit was not enough for Jason Sweet. He wanted to fill an athletic void that he felt he lost when he enlisted. Then he discovered the Arizona Football League. Founded 23 years ago by Kevin Pakos, the.
PHOENIX — Ask anyone involved in sports, and they will probably know that high school athletics often mirror concepts from professionals. This especially rings true with the increased use of major league-style analytics in high school baseball. “We do a lot of advanced scouting,” said Basha baseball coach Jim Schilling. “As far as analytics go,.
PHOENIX — Nick Lowery played football at the highest level for 18 years, but more than two decades after his 1996 retirement he continues to impact the game by improving the safety of the sport. Head injuries are the game’s biggest problem, and the three-time Pro Bowl kicker is trying find a solution by teaming.
TEMPE — There are 13 NCAA Football Bowl Series programs that have made naming-rights deals for their stadiums. Only two are members of the Pac-12 Conference, and Arizona State isn’t one of them. That could soon change. Sun Devil Stadium is in the midst of the second phase in a three-stage, $268-million renovation project. When.
PHOENIX — His name is not “John Elway’s son.” It’s “Jack Elway.” Since the first grade, Jack Elway played football. He was surrounded by it his whole life. His father, John, is a Hall of Fame quarterback who won two Super Bowls. His grandfather, the late John Albert “Jack” Elway Sr., was an accomplished college.
PHOENIX – It’s one of the most important decisions parents have to make: Where will their child go to school? The open-enrollment policy in Arizona high schools can make the decision even more complicated, especially for athletically talented students. According to the Education Commission for the States, every state (and the District of Columbia and.
PHOENIX — Major League Baseball is walking a fine line. The sport is trying to build its fan base by speeding up the game and eliminating unnecessary dead time between plays. On the other hand, baseball purists wonder why the game needs to be changed at all. The languid pace of baseball is one of.
TUCSON — Granted, it is the offseason, but a quick glance around the Gate 2 underpass at Arizona Stadium shows the need for upgrades. It’s used as a tunnel to get to and from campus. If it weren’t for the concession stands, gate numbers and a sign warning occupants of bats, pedestrians might forget they’re.
The Chicago Cubs won the World Series last fall for the first time in 108 years. This spring, fans in the Cactus League turned out in record numbers to watch the new champions — home and away. At their home field, Sloan Park in Mesa, the Cubs drew 251,899 fans for their 17 exhibition games..
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. It did not take long for the racing bug.
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. “There’s a slogan: ‘If.
LOS ANGELES — Later this month, Zach Banner’s name will be called at the NFL Draft, whereupon he’ll leave the college comforts of Southern California and begin a life of professional size and skill. Banner is a 6-foot-9, 340-pound offensive tackle on the USC football team, is a mountain of a man that will make.
PHOENIX — Even before 76,000 people in University of Phoenix Stadium were looking up at game-ending confetti on Monday night at the NCAA men’s basketball championship game, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was already looking ahead. Championship sports today, presidential politics tomorrow? “There is no doubt in my mind that our community will be the host.
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. Hicks, who was in a rut the.
GLENDALE – The same sequence played itself out three separate times over the course of Monday night for Gonzaga – poor execution, a change of possession and an easy Tar Heels bucket. Those six points hung on the scoreboard at University of Phoenix Stadium almost as heavily as the 110 years as a program it.
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. Now, in the days of four-guard offenses and fast-paced.
SCOTTSDALE — Phoenix Mercury Vice President Ann Meyers Drysdale was presented Sunday with this year’s Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women’s Basketball award at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale at the 49th annual Naismith Awards brunch. Meyers Drysdale, 62, was showered with a standing ovation after accepting the award. The brunch also featured the announcements of.
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. Throughout the Final Four, Bob Fishman, lead director for CBS’s NCAA basketball coverage.
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. Then there’s the matter of the.
GLENDALE — While the team itself may have only advanced to the Elite Eight, Kansas has had a pretty good Final Four week. Senior guard Frank Mason III took home both the Associated Press and Oscar Robertson national player of the year honors, and on Saturday coach Bill Self was named to the 2017 N