OMAHA, Neb. – Twelve innings, four hours, 51 minutes. It was the fourth-longest game in College World Series history but also a heart-breaking one for Arizona in its opening round meeting with Vanderbilt. The nearly five-hour competition Saturday was not enough time for Arizona to find a way to take down Vanderbilt’s collection of skilled.
OMAHA – Jay Johnson knows advancing to the College World Series is an opportunity that few players experience. The University of Arizona baseball coach credits his team’s disciplined mentality for getting there. “It’s a day-to-day, game-to-game, pitch-to-pitch, inning-to-inning type thing,” Johnson said. “We need to really utilize our experience and our discipline. That in itself.
PHOENIX – Nearly 200 high school basketball teams from across the West this weekend will squeeze onto 12 courts for the return of the Section 7 tournament. The event played out in 2019 at high schools across the Valley and was postponed in 2020. It runs Friday through Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale..
PHOENIX – Slow starts and second-point chances have been crippling this season for the Phoenix Mercury. They have won every game this season in which they led at halftime, and lost every game they trailed. On Wednesday, they fell behind by 10 at the half and ended up losing by five to the Los Angeles.
CHANDLER – Niall Dunn’s path to playing professional soccer came with a lifestyle change not typical for most teenagers. Phoenix Rising FC coach Rick Schantz spotted Dunn practicing with his academy and invited him to train with the professional team. After three months of preseason training, Dunn signed a USL academy contract in April. He.
Not again. That sums up the reaction of Phoenix Suns fans after learning Wednesday that star point guard Chris Paul is out indefinitely after entering the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Some believe the team is cursed because of the bad luck that has come its way. Other fans have learned not to feel.
PHOENIX – On McDowell Road, just past 25th Avenue, sits the Hall of Dames. From the outside, it looks like an old warehouse, with no distinct markings and a small sign painted on the door. The inside tells a different story. It’s the only banked roller derby track in Arizona. This is the home of.
PHOENIX – The New York Guardians of the XFL, a professional spring football league, began March 2020 with great optimism. The Guardians routed the Dallas Renegades 30-12 on March 7 behind their stifling second-half defense to move to 3-2 on the season. The next week would bring a showdown with the undefeated Houston Roughnecks –.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s first UFC promotion since 2019 is also the biggest in the state’s history. A crowd of over 18,000 is expected at Gila River Arena for UFC 263 Saturday night to watch two championship bouts. The event marks the return of Nate Diaz, one of UFC’s most prominent fighters over the last decade,.
PHOENIX – During the Suns’ successful quest to eliminate the Lakers in the Western Conference quarterfinals, Phoenix center Deandre Ayton averaged 15.8 points and earned a shooting percentage of 77.6. He is not the only member of the 2018 NBA draft class putting up eye-popping numbers in the postseason this year. Ayton, teammate Mikal Bridges,.
PHOENIX – When the Arizona Rattlers return to Phoenix Suns Arena for their 2021 home opener Saturday night, it will be their first game there in just less than two years. Philip Rakoci, a Rattlers fan and self-described “wildlife comedian” from Casa Grande, knows exactly how long has passed. “I did the math,” he wrote.
PHOENIX – Mike Magpayo found out he made history while watching ESPN’s “SportsCenter” on the couch with his wife, Caroline, and his newborn son, Luka. On Dec. 1, Magpayo, 41, coached the University of California, Riverside men’s basketball team to a win over the Washington Huskies in Las Vegas. The Highlanders boisterously celebrated in the.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes will slide over to the Central Division for the NHL’s 2021-22 season after more than two decades in the Pacific Division. With the recent additions of the Vegas Golden Knights and the Seattle Kraken, the Coyotes’ move signifies a westward shift in the NHL’s center of gravity. The team will.
From high-profile fans to high-priced tickets, the Phoenix Suns are enjoying the fruits of playing under a national spotlight. Celebrities ranging from professional athletes to TikTok stars are occupying courtside seats. Some tickets for tonight’s Western Conference semifinal Game 2 against the Denver Nuggets are pulling in $2,000-plus. Meanwhile, the national media is chronicling every.
PHOENIX – With the release of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents coinciding with the start of many youth sporting events, parents and tournament organizers are faced with decisions related to protocol and expectations. Will some events require participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19? And will parents feel comfortable with their children receiving the two-dose shot?.
PHOENIX – Michele McCann says she has “loud mom syndrome.” At all of her three daughters’ games, she can be heard cheering for not only her children, but everyone on the team. “I’m the loud mom in the crowd,” she said. “I’ve always been very determined to make sure that they know that they’re appreciated.
PHOENIX – Arizona State baseball will immediately start the search for a new head coach after mutually agreeing to part ways with Tracy Smith, the school announced Monday. “Decisions like this are never easy to make, but I want to thank Tracy for his efforts over the last seven years,” Ray Anderson, ASU Vice President.
PHOENIX — Most youth who have played basketball at the park or in their driveway have likely done this: pretended to hit a high-stakes shot as the buzzer sounds. That could happen more often during Arizona high school basketball games if the state moves forward with a 35-second shot clock. The National Federation of State.
PHOENIX – When Arizona State kicks off the Texas Regional round of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, it will field the youngest roster in the tournament. The Sun Devils will take on Fairfield today at 4 p.m. Arizona time as the first game in a double-elimination regional tournament that also includes overall No. 2.
PHOENIX – Arizona Stadium will host its full capacity of fans during the 2021 college football season, the University of Arizona athletic department announced Wednesday. The school is among the first in the Pac-12 to decide its plans for fall attendance. Pac-12 South foe Utah said on May 27 that it intends to fill Rice-Eccles.
LOS ANGELES – Heading into a must-win Game 6 at home on Thursday night, the NBA champion Lakers are hoping star Anthony Davis will be on the court after sitting out Game 5 with a groin injury. The Lakers were completely outclassed by the Phoenix Suns for 48 minutes Tuesday night, losing 115-85 on the.
One thing was clear to the Phoenix Suns as they headed into the postseason: If they were to succeed in their opening series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Deandre Ayton would need to come up big. He hasn’t disappointed. Ayton is a significant reason the Suns have an opportunity to clinch their Western Conference first-round.
PHOENIX – A comment by Diamondbacks announcer Bob Brenly that made light of a player’s durag drew cries of racist undertones and cultural insensitivity. Brenly made light of the hair covering worn by New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman Tuesday during a Bally Sport Arizona broadcast, saying, “Pretty sure that’s the same durag that Tom.
MESA – It looked like any other competition at the Kino Aquatic Center, save the assistive devices, including wheelchairs, crutches and prostheses. And for athletes unable to take steps down into the pool, a built-in power lift was available. From the minute the horn blew to the moment the last person finished, athletes, volunteers and.
PHOENIX – On the final day of mental health awareness month, the tennis world watched one of its most popular athletes withdraw from a prestigious competition because of issues related to anxiety and depression, triggering widespread debate about athlete responsibility and media coverage. Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 ranked tennis player in the world, will.
PHOENIX – Scott Yates is a Denver-based entrepreneur and writer. He’s also one of a select few people around the country who can be described as a “Daylight Saving Time activist.” Yates has been invited before countless state legislatures, which he’s exhorted to end the biannual switch between Standard Time and Daylight Time, or as.
SCOTTSDALE – May couldn’t have turned out better for Grayhawk Golf Club. Citing the temperate weather, Phil Mickleson’s PGA Championship win and hosting the 2021 NCAA Golf Championships, Grayhawk’s director of golf, Joe Shershenovich, said he’s thrilled with how the month is shaking out. The men’s championship kicks off today with the first round of.
PHOENIX – The Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley seats about 5,100 spectators for sporting events. For seven months during the pandemic, though, it sat empty – except for the ghosts of dearly departed minor league teams. Most recently, the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League left the Prescott Valley region for the.
LOS ANGELES – The reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers are not only facing the number two seed Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but they’re also facing their own lack of on-court experience. After their 99-90 Game 1 loss in Phoenix on Sunday, the problem was obvious. The chemistry within their.
The extent to which Chris Paul can contribute tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers remains a mystery because recovery from the injury he suffered varies based on severity, a Valley doctor said. The Phoenix Suns guard suffered a right shoulder injury – commonly known as a stinger – during the second quarter of Game One.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC kicked off its season on April 30 and sits in first place in the USL Western Conference Pacific Division standings. Despite struggling to train in the offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic, the team boasts a 3-1 record and perhaps some of its motivation comes from the team’s new stadium.
PHOENIX – Calls of “Mighty Mercury” echoed throughout the building at the WNBA team’s home opener. After each big moment Friday, stadium speakers played the prerecorded chant. For the first time in the regular season since 2019, fans at newly renovated Phoenix Suns Arena answered back. The last home game of the Mercury’s 2019 season.
The palpable excitement surrounding Game 2 of tonight’s Western Conference playoff series confirms what this community has long believed. This is a Phoenix Suns town. Despite the Arizona Diamondbacks winning a World Series in 2001 and the Arizona Cardinals advancing to the Super Bowl in 2009, it is the Suns who have the deepest connection.
PHOENIX – As Missy Farr-Kaye watched her friend Phil Mickelson master the PGA Championship, the Arizona State women’s golf coach said what everyone was thinking: “He is a fountain of youth right now.” The legendary lefty and Arizona State alumnus became the oldest golfer to win a major at 50, capturing the PGA Championship Sunday..
CHANDLER – Phoenix Rising FC’s 5-1 victory over Las Vegas on Mental Health Awareness night brought fans to their feet and was a welcome environment for many who felt isolated during the past year. Season-ticket holder Linda Robinson, 73, attended the Saturday night match with her husband, P.J., and said she felt connected yelling and.
SCOTTSDALE – Arizona State has the most NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship appearances (36) and wins (eight) of any school. Yet decades have passed since the Sun Devils last hosted the championship tournament. When sophomore Amanda Linner teed off at 12:36 p.m. Friday at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, the Sun Devils opened championship.
PHOENIX – On Sunday, it will be one year since Emily White found herself standing next to an overturned vehicle near Flagstaff, trying to help a friend who was pinned underneath. She was oblivious to her own injuries and that her life was about to experience a dramatic shift. “We weren’t doing anything crazy,” said.
PHOENIX – Although Arizona is the site of two NCAA softball regionals this week, that might not be the case next year if the state passes a law requiring athletes to compete in interscholastic sports based on their sex at birth. The “Save Women’s Sports Act” was introduced on Feb. 3 as House Bill 2706,.
PHOENIX – Warriors? Or Lakers? The Phoenix Suns will know soon. With their 123-121 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon, they finished the 2020-21 regular season with a 51-21 record and will be the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Suns will begin their first postseason run since the.
PHOENIX – The words were light, yet poignant. “If we would’ve had an injury problem or a COVID outbreak, you might’ve seen my big tummy out there in left field.” That’s what former Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather said during a video call with a local rotary club on Feb. 5, adding that there was.
PHOENIX – Suns coach Monty Williams has used several phrases that stuck with his players throughout their 2020-21 season. Asked about one that stood out, veteran forward Jae Crowder recalled a tangible example that epitomizes his team’s mentality as it approaches its first playoff appearance since 2009-10. “One day, he gave everyone screws, like wrenches,.
PHOENIX – Carla Walker was tired of sitting inside during the coronavirus pandemic. She missed going to the gym, shopping and spending time with friends and family. Her retail job in Central Phoenix had laid her off and she had time on her hands. She wasn’t sure how to fill it. One day while returning.
PHOENIX – When the puck drops in October, a new era will dawn for the Arizona Coyotes. Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the 2020-21 regular season, Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong made his first move of the off-season, a move that initiated a major shift in the landscape of the franchise. Armstrong.
PHOENIX – Thirty miles southeast of Phoenix, on sacred land belonging to the Gila River Indian Community, lie the remnants of an internment camp that once housed more than 13,000 people, mostly Japanese Americans, during World War II. Concrete foundations and cisterns remain, but gone are the fences, barracks and gun tower that revealed the.
PHOENIX – Gigi Soltero felt the world crashing down on her, and there was nothing she could do about it. When former President Donald Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency on March 13, 2020, Soltero was soon thrust toward the frontlines as a licensed practical nurse. She already was battling her own issues with heavy.
PHOENIX – Sports is a billion dollar industry, with revenue streams ranging from television rights to ticket sales. Add cryptocurrency and NFTs to the mix, and this latest gold rush has leagues, teams and players taking advantage of opportunities in an unlikely territory. Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taijaun Walker, now with the New York Mets,.
BUCKEYE – Just south of Buckeye’s city center and north of the Gila River sits Hidden Lake, a quiet and secluded 120-acre recreation area. When the drag boats arrive, however, it is a place bustling with activity and entertainment and has become a popular destination for the sport’s competition in the desert. Hidden Lake is.
PHOENIX – The pain arrived in a blink. It started as a dull throbbing in Wilson Floyd’s left knee. She didn’t think much of it initially, chalking it up to some leftover soreness from a soccer game with her club, SC del Sol, a few days earlier. But as she went about her school day.
PHOENIX – Jericho Hall was 6 when she first saw a chessboard. Hall’s grandfather showed her the pieces, puzzled by the distinct figures, numbers and letters around the wooden board in her home in Texas. “I was intrigued by it because it was nothing I had seen before,” Hall said. “I found the instruction booklet.
PHOENIX – It was July 10, 2004. Joe Delagrave was on the Mississippi River, enjoying a boating trip with friends. When the driver made a sudden turn, the boat struck ground and Delagrave flew from his seat and collided with the front interior of the boat. His life changed forever. An accident. Paralysis. Surgery. Wheelchair..
PHOENIX – As the beat of the ASU marching band met the claps and chants of the 942 Crew, members of the spirit squad shook their pom poms and the color guard complemented the scene with props and dancing. They brought an energy and electricity to Sun Devil Stadium that has been missing for over.
PHOENIX – The ability to attend a sporting event, place a bet on a team and possibly return home a winner will soon be a reality in Arizona. So, too, could an uptick in gambling addiction, some worry. Excitement surrounded Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to sign a bill on April 15 that allows a significant.
PHOENIX – Although it is not sanctioned by the Arizona Interscholastic Association, high school hockey has a foothold in the desert. “Obviously we are not a hockey state,” said David Hines, the executive director of the AIA, the governing body of high school sports in Arizona. Maybe not now, but it’s changing. In the 2016.
PEORIA – To many people, professional sports are simply entertainment. They provide an arena for athletes to play the games we played as kids. For others, they are so much more. They are inspiring. They are an escape from difficult times. The are a forum for athletes who have the capability to impact lives with.
PHOENIX – Through the rough patches this season, the Arizona Coyotes have called upon their leaders to make sense of the team’s troubles. Veteran defenseman Alex Goligoski is often summoned after tough defeats, answering the media’s questions in a meaningful manner to reinforce his team’s confidence. However, following a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles.
PHOENIX – In the midst of a pandemic, that Phoenix Suns have given Arizona sports fan just what they need: A winning team. Their two losses in a row – their first double defeat since January – does not reflect how the team has played this season. They rank in the Top 10 in scoring.
PHOENIX – When center fielder Tim Locastro was forced to leave a game against the Washington Nationals after dislocating his pinky trying to steal second base, the Diamondbacks were in a bind. After losing star center fielder/second baseman Ketel Marte in the sixth game of the season, Locastro was the lone center fielder left on.
SCOTTSDALE – Many high school students spend as much time on football fields, baseball diamonds or volleyball courts as they do in the classroom. Coronado High School Athletic Director Anthony Miller and Dons baseball coach Don Spaniak wanted to give their baseball and softball athletes facilities the best and safest environments possible. But improvements aren’t.
PHOENIX – The 2021 season hasn’t gone nearly the way Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed would have wanted. In the middle of spring training, Ahmed suffered from stiffness and inflammation in his right knee, which eventually landed him on the injured list to start the season. Ahmed missed his team’s first eight games of the.
PHOENIX – Two of the most highly regarded high school baseball prospects in the Valley continue to showcase why they might be top picks in this year’s MLB Draft. Desert Mountain infielder Wes Kath and Hamilton pitcher Brock Selvidge are both ranked one and two, respectively, in Prep Baseball Report Arizona’s Class of 2021 Player.
TEMPE – Arizona State men’s basketball will have a different look come November. It has been a whirlwind few weeks since the Sun Devils’ season ended in March. With all the talent that had or is set to leave in the coming months, coach Bobby Hurley admits he felt at times as if he was.
PHOENIX – Save a horse, ride a bicycle. When most people think of playing polo, they imagine competitors on horseback riding across a field, not on bicycles wearing helmets and hitting a ball into a net. Conventional polo matches generally happen in wealthy enclaves of the Hamptons or Argentina, not in city parks filled with.
PHOENIX – The failure of the Rooney Rule to bring more Black head coaches to the NFL has prompted some experts to suggest it might be time to turn to the courts in order to push the league into hiring more minority candidates. Introduced in 2003 to ensure that minority coaches are given the opportunity.
TEMPE – Rachaad White needed help. The running back had just transferred to Arizona State, arriving several months later than most of his teammates after spending two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. White was still trying to grasp the ASU playbook, and it didn’t help that his fellow running backs already.
PHOENIX – After news broke Tuesday that a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd, reaction rippled throughout the sports world at both the local and national levels. Leagues, teams and players shared statements and reactions in the hours following the momentous verdict. “As Americans, as.
PHOENIX – The unofficial marijuana holiday, April 20, has become a popular day around the world. This year, it comes at a time when the marijuana landscape is drastically changing in terms of its acceptance from a recreational standpoint and in the medical field. It’s also a substance that has been the root of much.
PHOENIX – The 2020 season was a forgettable one for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who finished a shortened, 60-game schedule 10 games below .500 and in the cellar of the National League West. The calendar has turned to 2021 and Major League Baseball is scheduled to play a full, 162-game season, meaning there is less reason.
PHOENIX – When Jocelyn Erickson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damaged meniscus cartilage in her knee while playing basketball in January, there was reason to wonder about the athletic future of the Oklahoma softball commit. However, the two-sport star at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix has used the setback as an.
PHOENIX – Hamza Abdullah played seven seasons as an NFL safety, including three with the Arizona Cardinals, making his mark in the league primarily on special teams during a career that lasted twice as long as the average NFL player’s. But Abdullah’s quest for a starting job – well, it was almost Sisyphean. Just as.
PHOENIX – Three years ago, Conor Garland earned his call-up from the Tucson Roadrunners. Within the first two months of his rookie season on the Arizona Coyotes, Garland made an immediate impact, scoring goals left and right, including one off his face – a testament to his hard-nosed character. Even before that, Garland knew he.
Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing project to highlight Black athletes who have broken barriers and made lasting contributions to Arizona sports. PHOENIX – Jackie Robinson made his major league debut on this day in 1947, shattering the color barrier of Major League Baseball. Every 15th of April, Robinson is remembered and.
PHOENIX – After years of resistance from tribes around the state, Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2772 on Thursday, legalizing daily sports fantasy and sports betting in Arizona. The development comes on the heels of ratification of a revised Tribal-State Gaming Compact. “Today’s signing is the culmination of years of discussion and engagement among.
PHOENIX – Although Division I sports have found a route to safely hold seasons and tournaments, club sports are a different story, especially in Arizona. The state’s four major universities have handled club sports in different ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grand Canyon and the University of Arizona have implemented systems and procedures that allow.
PHOENIX – Legal sports gambling is just a signature away from becoming a reality in Arizona. The daily fantasy game company DraftKings and the PGA Tour wasted no time in taking the first step in Arizona even before that signature, announcing Wednesday that they will partner on a one-of-a-kind retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale –.
PHOENIX – No college athletics program is immune to the tumultuous nature of the transfer portal – the NCAA’s database of players interested in a new school. But few programs have been impacted by it this offseason more than Arizona State men’s basketball team. Since the 2020-21 season concluded, six ASU players have entered the.
PHOENIX — Jake Weinhold watches every Phoenix Suns game. Often, it’s with his girlfriend. Occasionally, he’ll tune in at work. And with Phoenix on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season, Suns games haven’t been this meaningful to Weinhold since he was in grade school. He has just.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Senate passed legislation Monday night that paves the way for legalized sports betting in the state, possibly as soon as summer. Senate Bill 1797 and House Bill 2772 were passed with bipartisan support on the new gaming compact, which includes the legalization of daily fantasy sports, and now head to Gov..
PHOENIX – Mobile ordering. Immobile fans. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chase Field opened their gates for the first time in over a year this past weekend for their home opening series against the Cincinnati Reds. While fans were excited to finally attend a live sporting event, ordering food and drinks and waiting in lines was.
PHOENIX – For Arizona sports fans, Doan is a legendary name. Shane Doan, former Arizona Coyotes captain, was selected seventh overall in the 1995 NHL entry draft by the Winnipeg Jets organization. When the team relocated to Phoenix in 1996, Doan became the face of hockey in the desert. He played just over two decades.
PHOENIX — It’s 11:08 p.m., and the fans at Phoenix Suns Arena have cleared out with the team about 30 minutes removed from a one-point home win over the Milwaukee Bucks in an early February matchup. With two days before the team’s next game against the Philadelphia 76ers, most of the Suns are likely looking.
PHOENIX – A documentary recently aired in France titled, “I’m not a slut, I’m a journalist.” The title might be shocking, but the experiences shared by female sports journalists featured in the documentary don’t come as a surprise to women in sports media. The documentary featured women speaking candidly about the derogatory comments, lascivious advances.
PHOENIX – On the court, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament lived up to all of the expectations that come with a championship event. In the Final Four alone, fans got to witness two games that came down to the final buzzer, including Stanford’s heart-stopping 54-53 victory over the Arizona Wildcats in the championship game. Viewership.
PHOENIX – Call it the Kessel Run. No, Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel isn’t flying the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars saga in 12 parsecs. Kessel is soaring through the rankings of the most consecutive games played in National Hockey League history. And he doesn’t need a spaceship to do it. Kessel will play.
PHOENIX — After starting the season with a rough 2-5 road trip against division rivals San Diego and Colorado, the Arizona Diamondbacks come home tonight to host the Cincinnati Reds in their 6:40 home opener. The game, which will feature roughly 20,000 fans and an open roof, signifies a return to normalcy not only for.
PHOENIX – Two years off the pitch nearly was enough time to snatch away Cori Sullivan’s dreams of playing college and professional soccer. The Arizona State junior faced two devastating blows that left her feeling hopeless – but just for a moment – and the experience continues to be a daily reminder that helps her.
PHOENIX — Professional golfer Rory McIlroy is a lot of things. He is a U.S. Open winner, a two-time winner of the PGA Championship and a winner of the British Open. McIlroy, along with all-time great golfers Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, is one of just three players in the sport’s history to win four.
PHOENIX – Fresh off its first dance in the NCAA Tournament, Grand Canyon University is a finalist for the services of Jaelen House, the Arizona State transfer and local product out of Shadow Mountain High School, who made the announcement on Twitter. House, a 19-year-old guard entering his junior season, made a name for himself.
PHOENIX – As the University of Arizona searches for a new men’s basketball coach, it will seek one that can sustain the success that has defined the program since the mid-1980s. And that includes financial success. The university fired Sean Miller Wednesday on the heels of an NCAA investigation that charged the school with five.
PHOENIX – Andrew Wiggins doesn’t want it. Monty Williams isn’t sure. And Herm Edwards already has it but thinks the decision should be left to the individual. These diverging opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine hint at how life has changed since March of 2020, when the virus put the world on lockdown and threw sports.
PHOENIX – In a way, it seems all too familiar. For the second straight year, the Arizona Diamondbacks are 1-3 after opening the season against the San Diego Padres. The 2020 season’s rough beginning was an unfortunate precursor for what was to come. Arizona hovered around the bottom tier of MLB the rest of the.
PHOENIX – Just as athletes and fans have had to navigate a new sporting normal, so have announcers and play-by-play personnel. And when a live microphone exists, so, too, does a window for exposure of unprofessional and unethical behavior. The advent of COVID-19 increased the popularity of live-streaming sporting events, especially at the high school.
PHOENIX – When the COVID-19 pandemic rolled from spring to fall in 2020, it put college football seasons at every level in doubt. Fortunately for Arizona Christian University, a small Glendale-based school that competes at the NAIA level, there were options to get the most out of what might have been a lost season. The.
It would be fair to say that going into this season, or even the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, not many people would have expected Arizona, a No. 3 seed, to have an opportunity to win a national title with one shot Sunday. Despite shooting 28.8% from the field as a team, receiving a quieter-than-usual day.
PHOENIX – Carlee Turner was one push of a button away from ending her hockey career. On Feb. 1, the Boston Pride forward, 23, thought she had played in her last professional competition, a 7-1 win over the Buffalo Beauts in a National Women’s Hockey League game. Less than 48 hours later, the NWHL announced.
PHOENIX – For some sports fans, the interaction with an athlete during an autograph session is the best feeling in the world. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has taken some of the excitement out of autograph seeking. Before the pandemic, fans hoping to get an autograph from a favorite player could show up before games, especially during spring.
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men’s basketball team doesn’t fit the usual glitz and glam associated with Los Angeles and the star-studded history of the program. The No. 11-seeded Bruins have made their way from the First Four to the Final Four by being the exact opposite – grinding out their opponents and winning at.
TEMPE – Under coach Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona State women’s basketball has been synonymous with playing well into the month of March. This season was no different, as the Sun Devils made an appearance in the 2021 WNIT in Fort Worth, Texas. It was ASU’s sixth appearance in the WNIT and 20th trip to the.
PHOENIX – Just like any sports franchise, the NCAA is a business, but does a correlation exist between how much money a collegiate athletic department spends on a team and how far it goes in the postseason? In the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament, the answer this season is “yes.” According to data collected.
TUCSON — Sometimes when cruising on a long road trip, the drive goes faster than expected. Despite the distance traveled, time is made up along the way. That sums up Adia Barnes’ journey to the Final Four. Some might say her road has been a long one. A great college career at the University of.
TEMPE – In a strange way, baseball bookended the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in Arizona. While the NBA was the first league to act and suspend its season on March 11, 2020, the virus’s ripples were not truly felt in the desert until the remainder of the Cactus League schedule was called off the next.
PHOENIX – The college experience is often defined as the best four years of a person’s life. Deciding where those four years will be spent can be challenging enough. For high school athletes hoping to play their sport at the next level, the decision can be even more difficult. And as Arcadia High School senior.
TEMPE – Arizona State wrapped up spring football Sunday after getting in a full complement of 15 practices, something the program was unable to do in 2020 due to COVID-19. Not only did the Sun Devils get through the entire spring, they did so without any interruptions, COVID-19 or otherwise. So what did ASU’s coaches.
PHOENIX – Arizona is more than just desert. The state boasts six national forests, tied for the ninth-most for any state in the country. About 15% of the state’s land is designated as forest, including the largest ponderosa pine forest in North America. Mountainous grassland and chaparral in the state’s “transition zone” separates the true.
In a year that’s had no guarantees, with COVID protocols and plenty of new challenges, college basketball hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park. Positive tests plagued many teams, while others failed to live up to lofty expectations while taking on a new lifestyle. In the midst of it all, though, a team has.
PHOENIX – With less than two weeks before the Diamondbacks play their April 9 home opener against the Reds, Chase Field is preparing to host fans for the first time in over a year. Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, alongside Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez, recently unveiled the new procedures, amenities and food items to.
PHOENIX – Gavin Kohner’s parents noticed some peculiar signs when he was just a baby learning to crawl across their floor. “They noticed I wasn’t using my right arm and leg as much as my left side,” Kohner said. His parents immediately took action to identify the problem. Doctors soon had the answer. “We took.
GLENDALE – It might have been the optics, but whenever professional bull riders Keyshawn Whitehorse and Cody Jesus entered the ring, the crowd seemed louder, more engaged. In fact, Gila River Arena appeared to shake at the sound of their names as they competed in the Professional Bull Riding competition. Whitehorse and Jesus are both.
WADDELL – Nicholas Watson, 17, has spent the past eight years fine-tuning his esports skills and playing his favorite sports-focused games, including Madden. Now, thanks to Special Olympics Arizona and the Arizona Interscholastic Association, Watson plays Rocket League on Phoenix Canyon View High School’s unified esports team, which started its spring season earlier in March..
PHOENIX – It started out as a chance encounter. It ended as a special moment for a young boy. Those who knew Oscar Frayer, the Grand Canyon men’s basketball player who died in a car crash Tuesday morning, aren’t surprised. Friends remember him for his energy, smile and generosity, like the time he ran into.
TEMPE – When senior Remy Martin reluctantly exited Arizona State’s blowout loss to the top-seeded Oregon Ducks in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament, it was expected to be the last time he’ll leave a court wearing a Sun Devils uniform. Now, Martin and his senior teammates Alonzo Verge and Kimani Lawrence are expected.
On March 15, 1998, senior Adia Barnes scored 30 points in an NCAA Tournament game against Virginia to advance Arizona to its first Sweet 16 in school history. Twenty-three years and only five NCAA Tournament appearances later, now-Coach Barnes and her Arizona women’s basketball team is headed back to the Sweet 16 for the second.
PHOENIX – Still sporting a sleeveless warmup shirt with the hoodie covering his head, Phoenix Suns guard Jevon Carter grinned when a reporter asked if he planned to spend the NBA All-Star break working on his game following a 120-98 Phoenix win over the Golden State Warriors earlier this month. Carter had just gotten his.
PHOENIX – It has been so long since the Arizona’s women’s basketball team reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 that Wildcats coach Adia Barnes was playing for the school at the time. But with a victory over Brigham Young today at the University of Texas-San Antonio’s Convocation Center, the Wildcats can move past the second.
TEMPE – Arizona State wide receivers coach Prentice Gill and defensive backs coach Chris Hawkins have a relationship with each other dating back to when they worked together at USC. Gill was a graduate assistant while Hawkins starred in the Trojans’ secondary. Now they’ve brought their Southern California synergy to ASU, and the results are.
PHOENIX – For much of the 20th century, water polo was dismissed as a sport too taxing for women. Although men competed in the Paris Games in 1900, the 2000 Sydney Games, where the United States took home silver, was the first that featured women’s competition. Too taxing? Anyone who has watched the Arizona State.
Even Arizona women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes didn’t see this much success coming for the Wildcats this quickly. “I expected to be in this situation in like Year Seven,” Barnes said with a smile Thursday. “Maybe Year Eight if I last that long.” Behind Barnes, the Wildcats find themselves back in the NCAA Women’s Basketball.
PHOENIX – Derick Brassard did something the Arizona Coyotes had struggled to accomplish during their seven-game road trip. Scoring goals, and he made it look easy. The 33-year-old forward scored his first career regular-season hat trick in a Coyotes’ 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center Saturday night, and it couldn’t have come.
TEMPE – With the hope of creating “a more diverse and inclusive ball club” – a goal shared by Major League Baseball overall – the Texas Rangers announced the creation of the Charley Pride Fellowship Program, a paid 10-week internship program they believe can address that need. The fellowship is named for the late Charley.
Even though the Grand Canyon men’s basketball team lost in its first NCAA Tournament appearance, the trip to Indiana wasn’t without its benefits. The No. 15 seed Lopes found themselves in the national spotlight. During their 86-74 loss to No. 2 Iowa Saturday at Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, TBS cameras zoomed in on the rowdy.
PHOENIX — After looking over the details of his team’s 123-119 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams raised his voice like an editor in a newsroom, saying the following should be printed as a headline for their defeat to the NBA’s worst team. “They kicked our butt tonight,” Williams said after.
GLENDALE – Rodeo is a longstanding tradition in western culture, running deep roots in families across the United States. Many have argued it’s not just a sport but a way of life. That’s the case for Colorado native Colten Fritzlan, the youngest rider on the elite-level Unleash the Beast tour for Professional Bull Riding in.
PHOENIX – Bryce Drew is returning home. And bringing with him the knowledge that he played a pivotal role in elevating Grand Canyon men’s basketball. By winning the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, GCU earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance in school history. GCU is the only Arizona.
PHOENIX – The sports community across the U.S., and in Arizona, are condemning the violence toward Asian Americans, after 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long shot and killed eight people in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian American women, on Tuesday. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray posted a picture to Twitter with his family, ending his.
PHOENIX — The Western Athletic Conference will tighten its borders along America’s Sun Belt. In January, the WAC announced that over the next two years, five schools will join the conference, upping the total of full members to 13. Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin State join the WAC from the.
PHOENIX – A beautiful sunrise on an early Saturday morning greeted the trail runners as they meandered through Mesquite Canyon. The scenic view from the White Tank Mountain Recreational Park in Waddell was just one of the perks for the athletes who competed in the race. Whether they were casual runners participating in the 8K.
PHOENIX – After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, March Madness has returned and sports fans across the country have put pen to paper hoping to fill out a perfect bracket, the odds of which are nearly impossible (about 1 in 9.2 quintillion). In Arizona, sports betting is still illegal. However, state law.
PHOENIX – With COVID-19 numbers sliding, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a plan Tuesday that reopened many parks amenities beginning Wednesday and just in time for Easter weekend, April 3-4, when local parks are often packed. The plan, proposed by Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar and made in consultation with health experts,.
PHOENIX – Arizona is in a drought. That’s not exactly breaking news, but all the water in the world won’t quench the thirst of pro sports fans around the Valley. With no disrespect toward the Mercury or Rattlers, who have been like water bottles found in a sea of sand that is the Arizona sports.
TEMPE – The last time Notre Dame Prep won an Arizona High School Hockey Association state championship skinny jeans were still in style, TiK ToK was just a song by Kesha and the year was 2011. Notre Dame’s victory against Pinnacle High School during Friday’s state championship game at Oceanside Ice Arena ended that dry.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes arrived at the first half of the shortened 2020-21 season in the middle of the pack in the West Division. After dropping two straight road games to the second place Minnesota Wild, the Coyotes sit five points out of the fourth playoff spot with a 12-12-4 record. Coyotes coach Rick.
TEMPE – Rachaad White and Chip Trayanum led a dynamic Arizona State backfield in 2020. The smooth-accelerating junior college transfer and formidable freshman were big reasons the Sun Devils averaged more yards per game than any offense in the Pac-12. So what’s the next step for these two talented backs in 2021? Learning to be.
PHOENIX – When Bryce Drew was hired to replace Dan Majerle as coach at Grand Canyon last March, the Lopes were not in a great spot. The 2019-20 season saw GCU suffer its worst season since becoming a Division I basketball school in 2013, a 13-17 overall record and 8-8 mark in the Western Athletic.
AVONDALE – Martin Truex Jr. has had an illustrious NASCAR Cup Series career, with 27 victories and the 2017 Cup championship. However, despite his success at NASCAR’s highest level, Truex had never broken through at Phoenix Raceway. And for most of Sunday’s Instacart 500 at the storied 1-mile tri-oval track, it appeared he would come.
PHOENIX – Many young children grow up with dreams of flying around speedways in the pristinely painted stock cars of NASCAR’s highest level, the Cup Series. It is rare to end up in the Cup Series but many drivers try anyway by cutting their teeth in lower-level racing circuits. At Phoenix Raceway today, a group.
GLENDALE – They named her Luna, which is Spanish for moon. The name fits nicely with the Arizona Coyotes’ crescent moon logo from 1996, which is at center ice this season at Gila River Arena. Luna is fond of taking naps in Jakob Chychrun’s locker. She wobble-skates on the ice. She has left a mark.
PHOENIX – Arizona Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak has returned to school. No, not in a classroom with a paper and pencil in hand. Rather, on the ice with a set of mitts and a freshly taped stick. Dvorak has evolved into the Coyotes’ top center in his fifth season with the team, thanks in part.
PHOENIX – Grand Canyon made program history Saturday by winning a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, the school’s first conference hoops crown at the Division I level. Now, the Lopes have more history within reach. With their 74-64 victory over WAC co-champion Utah Valley Saturday night at GCU Arena, the Lopes.
PHOENIX – They’ve endured postponements, positive COVID-19 tests, program shutdowns and four-game weeks. But after an abbreviated season rife with challenges, the Valley’s 6A boys high school basketball teams are ready to get under way Thursday in the state championship bracket. Central region powers Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe took meandering roads to reach their.
PHOENIX – On the same day the Texas Rangers announced they would allow 100% capacity for their home opener, the Arizona Diamondbacks reaffirmed their plans to host fans at a limited capacity at Chase Field to start the season. The team will allow fans at 25% capacity which means roughly 12,000 will be allowed. Chase.
PHOENIX – With two wrestlers awarded at-large bids Tuesday, Arizona State has qualified eight for the NCAA Championships. The Sun Devils dominated the Pac-12 Wrestling Championships at Oregon State’s Gill Coliseum recently, crowning five individual champions: Brandon Courtney (125 pounds), Jacori Teemer (157), Anthony Valencia (165), Kordell Norfleet (197), and Cohlton Shultz (285). Additionally, Trey.
TEMPE – For many fans of Arizona State men’s basketball, the state of the Sun Devils in March probably seemed incomprehensible four months ago. ASU entered the 2020-21 season with a couple of highly touted recruits in Josh Christopher and Marcus Bagley. Senior guard Remy Martin was returning after ranking second in scoring in the.
PHOENIX — For eight years, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has brought some of the nation’s premier high school basketball programs to the Valley for a full day of basketball against Arizona’s top teams. This year, the hall organized an all-Arizona affair because of the pandemic. Lexi McNabb, a junior at Seton Catholic.
TUCSON – At 21, Marcus Smith is already in unique company. When he was named head men’s and women’s golf coach at Pima Community College as a 20-year-old, Smith joined an elite group to be named a head coach just out of their teens. Dennis Mahan Michie is believed to be the first, when he.
TEMPE – As Arizona State prepared to take on the Washington Huskies, the command from coach Bobby Hurley to Kimani Lawrence was simple: “Hey, I need 20 rebounds from you tonight.” Whether serious or farcical, the message was received by the senior forward, who delivered two nights later by posting 21 points and a career-high.
PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns finished the first half of their 2020-21 season with the NBA’s second-best record, entering the All-Star break with a top-seven rating in offensive and defensive efficiency and overwhelming optimism toward securing their first playoff berth since 2009-10. It’s been a long-awaited result for the organization and its fans. But you.
TEMPE – Gloves are popping. Bats are cracking. And gates are opening. Spring training baseball is back. But should it be? And, more important, should fans be able to attend the games just when the end to a global pandemic seems within reach? These aren’t just health questions. They’re ethical ones. “If it’s safe for.
PHOENIX – In past years, Arizona State coach Herm Edwards has preached a desire for bigger, stronger and longer players up and down the Sun Devils’ football roster. But this spring, Edwards has changed his tune. “We look good coming out of a tunnel,” Edwards said. “That doesn’t win games for you, though. But we.
GLENDALE – One could easily have written the Arizona Coyotes off multiple times this season. After a 5-1 blowout loss Friday and a 2-0 deficit through 20 minutes Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild at Gila River Arena, the Coyotes were in danger of chalking up another disappointing defeat on their home ice. Turns out.
GLENDALE — When the sixth goal rustled the net, it felt like the Coyotes had hit rock bottom. Arizona, 9-8-3 at the time, was on the verge of losing its second game in a row to the Colorado Avalanche. Although they had fallen to the Avalanche by just a goal the previous night, Coyotes coach.
PHOENIX – Using their backgrounds as a recruiting tool, Arizona State’s volleyball coaches are bringing international talent to the desert and helping them succeed on the court. Despite the team’s 1-9 record, the Sun Devils can be heard in more ways than one, with international players relaying supportive chants in their native languages and coaches.
PHOENIX – Mike Hazen’s words came firmly. No hesitation, no reflection before answering the question. Nothing. “We are extremely fortunate to have a superstar player that does what Ketel does,” the Arizona Diamondbacks general manager said. The description of Ketel Marte might trigger some second-guessing. Superstar? The 27-year-old utility player was fine during the shortened.
PHOENIX – Niklas Hjalmarsson has never been afraid to take one for the team. Well, make that two or three. He’s made a living blocking shots on a nightly basis over the course of his 14-year career in the National Hockey League. “It just comes naturally for me,” Hjalmarsson said. On Wednesday night, Hjalmarsson played.
PHOENIX – Picture a baseball game at Chase Field. Or a basketball game at Suns Arena. As more fans begin returning to sporting events after the COVID-19 pandemic, they are welcomed by the benefits of live competition, from ballpark hot dogs to the energy of a packed stadium. In the near future, the Arizona sports.
PHOENIX – When Phoenix Suns forward Frank Kaminsky walked into a postgame interview following his team’s recent 106-97 win over the Chicago Bulls, there was something different about his appearance. The 7-footer, who claimed he is “not really into jewelry,” was wearing teammate Deandre Ayton’s custom-made chain around his neck, something he requested for reasons.
PHOENIX – High school athletes will not be required to wear masks during spring sports competition and neither will winter sports athletes during playoffs, the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board voted Tuesday The decision comes after the Sports Medicine Advisory committee recommended removing the mask mandate for outdoor spring sports. The only exception is for.
PHOENIX – Drake Caggiula was in limbo. The 26-year-old forward entered unrestricted free agency with the hope of continuing his NHL career amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While supporting his 6-week old son, Caggiula waited two months for a call. Silence. “You’re just kind of wondering ‘What’s the next plan for me?’” Caggiula said. He reached.
GLENDALE – A buzz filled the air about 30 minutes before puck drop, with the Westgate Entertainment District surprisingly busy. Maskless customers congregated around restaurant tables, laughing and chatting away. Fans lingered outside the arena – roughly half of them protecting their faces, others not – huddled around their friends and family in anticipation of.
PHOENIX – March Madness is reserved for college basketball. Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim is trying to make March Gladness the official brand of Arizona Cardinals fans. Or March Sadness for Houston Texans faithful. In 2020, Keim’s one shining moment was acquiring wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans in a trade that not only.
PHOENIX – Winter high school sports, which are beginning to wrap up around Arizona, took on a much different look than in past years on and off the courts and playing fields. Athletes had to jump through more hoops than they shot at. But at least the games have gone on. Now with spring sports.
PHOENIX – When the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament was canceled after the first round last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference had one word to describe the preparation for this year’s event in Las Vegas to happen. Nimble. “There’s many crises that can happen and we have to be nimble enough and ready.
PHOENIX – Dave Rasley had attended every single Arizona State baseball home opener since 1984 – until this year. Rasley, an ASU alum of 1978 and former Tempe High School teacher, saw his annual tradition of attending Opening Day of Sun Devil baseball come to an end on Feb. 19 after 37 years. “It was.
GLENDALE – The Coyotes needed a kick in the backside. Arizona trailed 3-0 to the last place Anaheim Ducks early in the second period. Outhustled and outplayed, especially in the opening 20 minutes, the Coyotes had hit a new low. “In the first period we were god awful,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said about the.
TEMPE – The Arizona State gymnastics team continues to enhance its resume for the postseason. The No. 17 Sun Devils scored a season-high 197.450 against Arizona in a midday Territorial Cup matchup at Desert Financial Arena. Wednesday’s score topped the previous season-high of 197.150 against No. 3 Utah and tied the ninth-highest score in program.
SURPRISE – Baseball fans enjoyed a glimpse into the near future last weekend when they attended the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic at Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a ballpark that usually has a capacity of 10,500 was topped off at 2,200 for.
PHOENIX – Krystle Mann, a stay-at-home mother to three sons, makes and sells cornbread and jam to pay for new baseball gear and help cover club fees – approximately $1,500 per year. Her older son, Sam, 12, plays for the AZ Diamond Dawgs in Queen Creek, while her middle son, Tommy, 11, plays for both.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns are set to play 17 games against teams that currently have a .500 record or better in the second half of their 2020-21 schedule, the NBA announced on Wednesday afternoon. The Suns are 11-4 this season against teams with a .500 record or better and 9-6 against squads with a.
PHOENIX – Less than 24 hours after Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker put up an All-Star-worthy performance against Portland Monday night, the 24-year-old was once again snubbed out of the NBA’s marquee midseason game. Following the 132-100 blowout victory for the Suns that saw Booker score 34 points, coach Monty Williams was confident his guard.
LOS ANGELES – Golfer Tiger Woods is in serious but stable condition after suffering injuries to both legs in a traffic accident on Tuesday morning, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. “Thankfully the interior was more-or-less intact, which gave him the cushion to survive what would have been a fatal crash,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
Arizona State heavyweight wrestler Cohlton Schultz was just named Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week after going 10-0 this season. Schultz earned this award after a weekend of defeating two top-10 wrestlers. As Schultz and the rest of the Sun Devils look forward to competing in the Pac-12 Championships in Oregon on Sunday, ASU can thank.
PHOENIX – Going, going, almost gone! Tickets are selling out fast at the Valley’s Cactus League stadiums, where 15 major league teams are based during spring training. With attendance limited this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seats are scarce. At least four Cactus League teams already are sold out for the spring, including.
PHOENIX – “Skate hard, have fun.” Those words from Leighton Accardo served as a guiding light for Lyndsey Fry as she embarked on an inspirational journey. Fry, the director of external engagement and female hockey for the Arizona Coyotes and the president of the Arizona Kachinas Hockey Association, rollerbladed 96 miles Sunday to raise money.
PHOENIX — A nine-year NBA veteran, Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder promised to hold himself and teammates accountable when he signed with the franchise in November. He certainly kept his word on Tuesday night, calling the Suns’ 128-124 loss to the Brooklyn Nets – in which they blew a 24-point first-half lead – “disgusting.” “It’s.
PHOENIX – It began with a simple black backdrop. A white chalk grid followed. Next came pops of color, including blue, orange, red and brown. In just three days, portraits of Brianna Turner, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Chris Paul, Monty Williams and Jevon Carter appeared on the west side of Phoenix Suns Arena. Behind them stand a.
TEMPE – At every level of baseball, pitcher health is a significant concern. Attention to the issue picked up steam in the late 1990s, when statistics like Pitcher Abuse Points were introduced in an attempt to quantify the health risk associated with pushing players past their limits. Today, arm management has its own science with.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks opened spring training on Wednesday morning when pitchers and catchers reported to Salt River Fields amid news that two players tested positive for COVID-19. Catcher Stephen Vogt and pitcher Luis Frías both tested positive for the coronavirus and were absent from workouts. Vogt’s positive test came during the team’s intake.
PHOENIX – Arizona State’s 2020 baseball season ended amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. And the start of the 2021 season was no sure thing, either. On Jan. 29, ASU coach Tracy Smith and the Pac-12 Conference announced the team’s 2021 schedule, a routine event at any other time. But there is nothing routine.
PHOENIX – Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet is clever with his catchphrases. Ahead of the team’s first extended road trip of the season, Tocchet tinkered with his line combinations and, in the process, came up with a new nickname for the team’s top forward line of Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland. “It’s a.
PHOENIX – Desert Vista was pumped and prepared on Jan. 29, ready to travel to rival Mountain Pointe High School for a highly anticipated rematch of last season’s 6A state final. But as it often has in the last year, COVID-19 had other plans. In just another example of the havoc a pandemic has wreaked.
PHOENIX — Dave Thaker was 11 when the Phoenix Suns last made the NBA playoffs, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in the 2009-10 season before falling to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers. Since then, Thaker and Suns fans have endured a drought that has felt drier than the Mojave Desert. Phoenix posted a.
PHOENIX – A little luck and a lot of perseverance allowed Glendale native Michael McDowell to come away with an unlikely Daytona 500 victory early Monday morning, his first win in 358 NASCAR Cup Series races. McDowell, 36, started racing in the Cup Series in 2008 and has bounced around from team to team over.
TEMPE – Sophomore David Puig wasn’t expected to be Arizona State’s hottest golfer this season. That honor was supposed to go to Chun An Yu, the fifth-ranked amateur in the world. But it is Puig who has a chance to place his name alongside Phil Mickelson’s in the ASU record book by capturing the individual.
PHOENIX – Dale Earnhardt, or “The Intimidator” as most fans knew him, was probably the most-feared driver in NASCAR history. His black No. 3 Chevrolet was almost always running at the front or near the front of the pack on Sundays. Even the asphalt he drove on seemed to be afraid of him. This is.
CHANDLER – The 2020 high school baseball season was going to be one for many of Arizona’s top players to showcase their talents and attract attention at the next level. The rise of COVID-19 cases changed that. Headaches and heartbreak followed as seasons were canceled after just seven games. It wasn’t easy for Hamilton Huskies.
TEMPE – Nobody said playing sports during a global pandemic would be easy. For Charli Turner Thorne and the Arizona State women’s basketball team, navigating a season in the COVID-19 world has been a grind. “Challenging is not a strong enough word for what we’re all experiencing and trying to meet the standards we’re used.
TEMPE – A smile spread across Ty Murchison’s face as he walked through the doors of Oceanside Ice Arena for the first time. He got a taste of what will soon be home. “I can get used to being in the sun again,” Murchison said. Murchison, a Corona, California native, is the second full-time player.
PHOENIX – Batter up. Mask up. Despite an offseason that suggested a delay to the start of spring training, Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Tuesday, with games kicking off on Feb. 27. Arizona is home to 10 stadiums where 15 Cactus League teams prepare for the regular season each year..
TEMPE – For Bobby Hurley’s team, finding a rhythm in a season that has been full of irregularities has been one of the toughest challenges. It didn’t get any easier for ASU last week. Coming off of back-to-back wins over California and Stanford, their first weekend sweep in conference play, the Sun Devils were faced.
PHOENIX – With eight new players on his roster, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has had to continuously solve puzzles with his team’s rotation and chemistry. But more often than not, he has not had each piece at his disposal. Of the Suns’ 24 games played, they have rarely had their full rotation available. At.
PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams said the national anthem holds “a special place in my heart” when asked about the Dallas Mavericks’ decision under owner Mark Cuban to not play it in any of their first 13 preseason and regular-season home games, including their first contest with limited fans present against the Minnesota.
GLENDALE – The St. Louis Blues are no pushover of a team. They’ve made the playoffs in all but one season since 2012, and won the Stanley Cup just two years ago. Beating the Blues on their home ice once is difficult enough. Beating them in three games out of four at the Enterprise Center.
PHOENIX – Tyler Shough. Johnny Johnson III. They are familiar names to college sports fans in Arizona and Oregon. Johnson, a wide receiver, graduated from Chandler High and made several highlight plays for the Ducks in their 2019 loss to Arizona State. Shough, a product of Hamilton High, also in Chandler, started at quarterback for.
PHOENIX – Despite driving for a smaller NASCAR team, Glendale’s Michael McDowell understands his significance to the Arizona racing community. “I used to not think about it very much when I was young,” McDowell said. “Like it doesn’t matter where you’re from because it’s where you are now and all that. But as I’ve gotten.
TEMPE – The last time Arizona State’s softball team was prepared to take the field, the Sun Devils were on a bus traveling to Los Angeles to face UCLA at the Bruins’ Easton Stadium in a Pac-12 Conference opener. They never got there. En route, the 22-7 Sun Devils, who were ranked 15th nationally in.
PHOENIX – Almost a year has passed since Nico Mannion last started and played a full basketball game. March 11, 2020, to be exact – his final game of his one-year college career at Arizona before COVID-19 shut down the rest of the college basketball season. After being drafted in the second round by the.
PHOENIX – Super Bowl Sunday was in full swing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers routing the Kansas City Chiefs when the gut punch landed. It wasn’t another Tom Brady scoring pass that floored many sports followers, especially baseball lovers. It was the stunning news that ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez, 58, had died unexpectedly at his.
PHOENIX – The end of the NFL season is near as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs meet in Super Bowl LV today. This time of the year inspires a look back at the history rooted in the big event and curiosity about what the 2021 game will add to its legacy. Will.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns will start some of their taller options at power forward, like Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric, moving forward, coach Monty Williams said after their 109-92 win over the Detroit Pistons Friday night. After starting Cameron Johnson at the position during a nine-game span from Jan. 18 to Feb. 3, Williams.
TEMPE – When the 2019-20 NCAA hockey season was shut down by COVID-19, Arizona State’s men’s team ranked 13th in the nation by both the USCHO and USA Today polls. The Sun Devils peaked in Week 19 of that season, when both polls placed them at a program-best ninth overall. But even with that success,.
PHOENIX – Bruce Arians is proud, proud of a young man he took a chance on nearly eight years ago. Arians, then the coach of the Arizona Cardinals, rolled the dice when the Cardinals selected former LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu with the No.69 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu had just spent a.
TEMPE – Bobby Hurley has never been afraid to wear his emotions on his sleeve. When a call didn’t go Arizona State’s way Saturday night in the second half against Stanford, the Sun Devils men’s basketball coach leaped onto the court in frustration, but slipped and tumbled back toward his bench, laughing as he sat.
PHOENIX – Apprehensive Arizona parents of high school athletes can rest easier now. Citing improving COVID-19 metrics, the Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board has amended its current attendance policy so that up to two parents or legal guardians of student-athletes can attend away games, the governing body announced via a release on Thursday afternoon. Prior.
PHOENIX – The 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is not just any par-3. The 16th hole is three stories high. The 16th hole is a coliseum, built to hold tens of thousands of crazy, screaming fans. The 16th hole is where the hordes would line up at the break of dawn and.
PHOENIX – Even before Devin Booker set his feet and swished the go-ahead 3-pointer that beat the Dallas Mavericks Monday night, Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul had “all the confidence in the world” the shot was going in. Separated in age by 11 years and teammates for just 16 games, Paul has quickly gained trust.
SCOTTSDALE – The Phoenix Thunderbirds, sponsors of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, like to call their event “The People’s Open.” However, it won’t be open to many people this year, and the people’s champion will be missing. For the second straight year, three-time WM Phoenix Open champion Phil Mickelson decided to play in the Saudi.
PHOENIX – With Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers expected to report in two weeks, Cactus League teams are scrambling to determine what spring training will look like for fans in 2021. The league announced on Monday night that it is preparing for an on-time start to spring training and Opening Day as originally scheduled.
PHOENIX – Kelly Oubre Jr. made his return to Phoenix recently for the first time since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who then moved him to the Golden State Warriors, but his homecoming was greeted by the quiet of an empty arena thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was quite the twist,.
PHOENIX – Time seemed to slow to an agonizing crawl. On a high school soccer field in Queen Creek, a sophomore goalkeeper remained motionless on the pitch. Miles away, his two parents were glued to their iPad, watching helplessly, frozen with fear. Because of Arizona Interscholastic Association’s rules limiting attendance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Jason.
PHOENIX – As Diana Taurasi officially signed a contract that will keep her with the Phoenix Mercury for another two years, it was easy to jump ahead a few months and imagine what might be, while also cherishing what has always been. A team that had been playoff contenders the last few years while not.
PHOENIX – Long before Dustin Pedroia turned spectacular double plays for the Boston Red Sox, he was turning heads in the desert. On the heels of the former Arizona State baseball star and long-time Red Sox second baseman announcing his retirement on Monday after 14 seasons with the franchise, his former college coach marveled at.
PHOENIX – Since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the landscape of sports competition, teams around the country have adjusted to playing in empty or near-empty arenas, making home-field advantage less of a factor. For Grand Canyon University, however, their fan base, the Havocs, continues to provide noise and energy that has impressed opposing coaches but also.
GLENDALE – Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the face of the Arizona Coyotes. Excluding last season’s shortened campaign, Ekman Larsson has played in at least 75 games every season since 2013-14, all with Arizona. He’s been an All-Star five times and the Coyotes captain since 2018. Since Shane Doan’s retirement, Ekman-Larsson’s name has been synonymous with the.
PHOENIX — Kaimarr Price recalls the night, as a student and basketball player at Mountain Pointe High School, that police pulled over a car he was in after a high school party. Now the varsity basketball coach at Mountain Pointe, Price was with friends and his brother, all of whom are Black. His brother’s girlfriend,.
PHOENIX — His voice raised and hands in the air, Suns coach Monty Williams shook his head after his team’s 102-97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night, its third straight and sixth in its last eight games. For the third consecutive contest, Phoenix squandered a late fourth-quarter lead, allowing Oklahoma City to go.
PHOENIX – Anthony Gilich remembers March 16, 2020, the day when the National Junior College Athletic Association announced it was canceling the remainder of the spring sports seasons because of COVID-19. The Central Arizona College baseball coach, now in his seventh year, had to tell his players something he never thought he would have to.
PHOENIX – The stats are almost undeniable. Curt Schilling posted a 3.46 ERA over 20 years pitching in MLB. He recorded 3,116 strikeouts. His ERA+ was a well-above average 127. And yet, Schilling, a product of Shadow Mountain High School, failed to make the Baseball Hall of Fame for the ninth consecutive year Tuesday by.
PHOENIX – Mandatory masks. A fog of disinfectant sprayed throughout the gym before and after the game. Socially distant seating in the stands. Temperature checks at the door. This is high school basketball in a pandemic. It wasn’t normal. But it was still the same sport. And when Mountain Pointe and Corona del Sol tipped.
PHOENIX – The 2020-21 NHL season already has been an unusual one. A condensed, series-based schedule. Realigned divisional play. And games with limited fan attendance are a few of the twists and turns the league has maneuvered amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, another wrinkle has been added to the mix. Just six days into the.
PHOENIX – The Cactus League has asked Major League Baseball (MLB) to delay the start of spring training in Arizona due to high COVID-19 infection rates in Maricopa County. The request came in a letter addressed to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. “In view of the current state of the pandemic in Maricopa County – with.
PHOENIX – His voice cracking, eyes cast toward the floor, Suns forward Cameron Johnson gave out a deep sigh and shook his head as he tried to explain his team’s 120-112 double-overtime loss Saturday to the Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns Arena, the team’s second straight loss in extra time against the surging Nuggets. “It’s.
PHOENIX – When Cielo Meza heard that her team would be taking a bus to its first conference series at UCLA, she knew something was wrong. “We fly everywhere, especially during Pac play, so getting on a bus – it was weird,” said Meza, who was a fifth-year senior pitcher on the Arizona State softball.
PHOENIX – In the midst of a week in which three of his team’s games were postponed in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton overheard a statistic from coach Monty Williams that particularly unsettled him. “Coach made a valid point that I think we were last in points.
TEMPE – This was supposed to be Arizona State’s year. But so far, it sure hasn’t gone that way. After years of early-season runs leading to late-season disappointments and early March Madness exits, the 2020-21 basketball season was supposed to be different. A backcourt of top recruit Josh Christopher and returning senior Remy Martin was.
PHOENIX – News that New York Mets general manager and former Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jared Porter sent sexually explicit texts to a female reporter drew widespread criticism, including some from one of sports journalism’s female trailblazers. “I’m saddened that we’re still having these conversations,” said Valley resident Anne Montgomery, who was one of ESPN’s first.
GLENDALE – Linda Riggins was first in line at Gate 3 before the Arizona Coyotes’ season opener at Gila River Arena. Riggins, a season ticket holder, and her son, Keith Traub, arrived three-and-a-half hours early. They were ready for hockey. “I was just so happy to be there,” Riggins said. “My son was in seventh.
PHOENIX – One day he is studying accounting at Arizona State. The next he is hitting his “business” partner with a briefcase. Welcome to the world of former ASU wrestler Levi Cooper, better known these days as “Tucker,” a WWE performer on Monday Night Raw. “I love ASU and always will,” Cooper said. “Tempe has.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes had just 10 days to prepare for the shortened 2020-2021 season, which begins tonight when they host the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena. It wasn’t a typical training camp around the NHL, but coach Rick Tocchet and the Coyotes made the most of their truncated time. “It’s a.
PHOENIX – As the start of the Pac-12 women’s soccer season closes in, Arizona State is without veteran midfielder Lara Barbieri. The ASU senior is from Monte Mor, São Paulo, Brazil, where she has been stranded, unable to return to the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Barbieri has been in Brazil since March,.
PHOENIX — As confetti sprinkled down on the court inside the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, most of the Los Angeles Lakers’ players and coaches celebrated their championship together, marking the end to an anomalous season. Assistant coach Lionel Hollins watched his team win on television from his home in Memphis. The Arizona State basketball.
LOS ANGELES – Angel City Football Club is looking to make an impact on women’s sports and soccer with new community initiatives as the team prepares to join the National Women’s Soccer League in 2022. With a star-studded ownership group that includes actress Natalie Portman, former U.S. national team player Abby Wambach and tennis legend.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC hopes 2021 is about more than just improved play on the field. The organization said it is committed to a better fan experience, too. A club that advanced to the USL Championship in 2020 – before it was canceled because multiple Tampa Bay players tested positive for COVID-19 – also.
GLENDALE – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of college football, including postseason bowl games. Although few fans were allowed to attend the Fiesta Bowl, it didn’t spoil the experience for a certain Florida State quarterback in the stands. Seminoles freshman Preston “Chubba” Purdy was at State Farm Stadium on Saturday to watch his.
PHOENIX – Arizona State swim coach Bob Bowman has faced many challenges throughout a nearly 35-year-long coaching career, a portion of it guiding Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian. However, Bowman never had to navigate the postponement of the Olympic Games and all of the potential ramifications of the delay. Welcome to sports in the.
GLENDALE – Iowa State’s 34-17 victory over Oregon in the 50th annual Fiesta Bowl was its biggest bowl win in team history. And while it was an important moment for the Cyclones program as a whole, it was extra special for quarterback Brock Purdy. Purdy, who starred at Gilbert Perry High School, was named Offensive.
PHOENIX – If anyone has a unique perspective on two of the key players in Saturday’s Playstation Fiesta Bowl, it’s Dan Manucci. Call him the quarterback whisperer. “I have been training these guys since seventh grade so I pinched myself to make sure it was true,” the former Kansas State quarterback said. “Two better men.
PHOENIX – Johnny Walker is quite particular with his hockey stick. The Arizona State forward wasn’t happy with his shot at a morning practice last season and marched into the office of equipment manager Jon Laughner with a puzzled look on his face. “I don’t know what to do,” Walker said. “Grab somebody else’s stick,”.
PHOENIX – Pomp, circumstance and long-standing traditions are aspects of college football bowl games that players, coaches and fans have learned to cherish over the years. Yet in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports as we know them have looked different. That will include the second day of 2021 as well, when No. 10.
PHOENIX – Most of 2020 has been marred by uncertainty. The fickleness of daily routines. The indecision of divided leadership. The precariousness of an American lifeline, sports, as society once knew them. What lies beyond the scope of doubt, however, is that formerly marginalized voices are headed to the podium to ignite tangible, national growth..
PHOENIX – The sight can be jarring: As a runner’s graceful stride brings her closer, her face comes into focus. A rich, red handprint covers her mouth. We will not be silenced. The painted hand has become a powerful symbol for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Movement, known as MMIW, a cause boosted by.
PHOENIX – When reality sets in … a deep pain and sadness comes over you. It’s a feeling that lingers no matter what unfolds the rest of the day. It occupies your mind, even though I (along with many others) continue to put on a brave face. Those are the words Dominic Garcia penned June.
LOS ANGELES – Being locked up was supposed to be a punishment for Terry “Tank” Johnson. It also turned out to be an awakening. In the early 2000s, the product of Tempe McClintock High and the University of Washington was basking in the spotlight of football success – playing seven NFL seasons with Chicago, Dallas.
PHOENIX – After a disrupted 2019-20 season that ended in a bubble at Walt Disney World, the Phoenix Suns have undergone an offseason makeover that they hope will build on their surprising 8-0 run in Orlando that followed the COVID-19 interruption. The Suns pulled off a blockbuster trade to acquire perennial All-Star point guard Chris.
PHOENIX – His story is full of chapters. Some are complete, defined by adversity and accomplishments, and others remain unwritten, blank pages waiting to be filled with more life experiences. Former NBA standout Eddie Johnson is beginning his 20th year as the color analyst for the Phoenix Suns, who open their season tonight against the.
PHOENIX – Arizona State’s offense has come a long way since 2019. Though the 2019 season was a normal one by 2020 standards and featured a full set of spring and fall practices, the Sun Devils offense was stuck in neutral for much of the year. ASU’s passing game was inconsistent as then-freshman quarterback Jayden.
PHOENIX – From “Rookie of the Year” to “Little Giants,” sports movies captivated kids growing up in the 1990s. One of those was a young girl from Chandler, who fell in love with an unlikely sport. Hockey. For a native of the Valley, hockey seemed as out of place as a cactus in Buffalo. As.
PHOENIX – Running up the score was not Arizona State’s intent during its 70-7 win over Arizona in the Territorial Cup. Rather, the Sun Devils worked to ensure the statement win that had eluded them against USC and UCLA would not slip from their grasp Friday as they built an ever-increasing first-half lead that eventually.
PHOENIX – Arizona State was bound to struggle adjusting to the speed of the game after a COVID-19 outbreak sidelined the football program for nearly a month. Its opponent, UCLA, had just come off a win against Arizona to improve to 2-2. But what disappointed the Sun Devils most after falling to the Bruins Saturday.
PHOENIX – College football coaches were supposed to be immune from the wrath of COVID-19. Right? Not immune, of course, in terms of infection or exposure to the virus. But immune in the sense that no matter what game days delivered in 2020, losing records would receive a pass. Struggles realistically could be chalked up.
PHOENIX – A decision by the Phoenix City Council to cancel all sports tournaments through February divided a youth sports community and left organizers scrambling for solutions. The council voted 7-2 on Wednesday to cancel all sports tournaments in the city through February, due to concerns about COVID-19. Some tournament organizers have canceled events. Others.
PHOENIX – Loyalty matters to Ty Thompson. No one is more grateful than the Mesquite High School Wildcats, who find themselves two victories away from the 4A state title. The 6-foot-4 quarterback is a big reason. He is the top player at his position in Arizona’s 2021 class, known for his ability to throw and.
LOS ANGELES – After the Lakers won their first NBA championship in 10 years, LA fans defied pandemic warnings to rampage through the streets in celebration, leading to vandalism and dozens of arrests. But when the NBA season tips off Dec. 22, Lakers fans won’t be able to watch the defending world champions play at.
PHOENIX – Suns fans are certainly excited for the arrival of Chris Paul, but center Deandre Ayton might be the most excited of all. “We got CP3 in Arizona, y’all trippin’,” Ayton said Thursday in a press conference via Zoom. “We got Chris Paul in Phoenix!” Arizona sports fans have endured a lot of heartbreak.
PHOENIX – When Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman said at a recent press conference that “two high school coaches have lost their lives to COVID-19,” it rattled a local sports community that largely felt immune to the disease. Tolleson assistant baseball coach Ash Friederich passed away from complications of the disease Oct. 31, and Chandler.
With training camp underway, the acquisition of star point guard Chris Paul is changing the culture of a Phoenix Suns team that is looking to take the next step in becoming a competitive presence in the Western Conference. Paul is a 10-time All-Star and averages 18.5 points per game in his career, but his contributions.
PHOENIX – The City Council is expected to decide as early as Wednesday whether to cancel sports tournaments scheduled for December through February because of the continuing spread of COVID-19. The council’s decision could affect roughly 30 soccer and softball tournaments scheduled to take place at the city’s five sports complexes: Desert West, Encanto, Papago,.
PHOENIX – As high schools transition from fall to winter sports, Brophy Prep is left to reflect on a season that ended abruptly. After 32 years of dominating Arizona high school swimming, the boys team finally ran into an opponent the Broncos couldn’t outswim. COVID-19. “I think our first initial reaction was sort of like.
PHOENIX – After a disrupted 2019-20 season that ended in a bubble at Walt Disney World, the Phoenix Suns have undergone an offseason makeover that they hope will build on their surprising 8-0 run in Orlando that followed the COVID-19 interruption. The Suns pulled off a blockbuster trade to acquire perennial All-Star point guard Chris.
CHANDLER – He never wanted to be just some average kid from Los Angeles. Mark Tucker might be best known today as the offensive line coach for Hamilton High School. But his list of accomplishments is much longer than that. He is a mentor, role model and protector for many, and embodies the spirit of.
TUCSON – With the number of COVID-19 cases surging in Arizona, the football season for Tucson schools came to an abrupt end on Tuesday. Gabriel Trujillo, superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District, made the decision to suspend the remainder of fall sports, mainly affecting football for the Tucson schools, which were set to compete.
PHOENIX – For the third straight week, Arizona State canceled its football game despite optimism for a return to the field. That left coach Herm Edwards reflecting on how much he missed spending time with his players, something he couldn’t do while isolating with COVID-19. “You have these reflection moments when you’re sitting there, laying.
PHOENIX – Nico Mannion was considered one of the top college prospects in the country when he signed with the Arizona Wildcats after a standout career at Pinnacle High School. He even played for Italy’s national team as a teenager. So during the recent 2020 NBA Draft, Mannion expected to hear his name called much.
FLAGSTAFF – One of the attractions of running is that it is a sport that can be done anywhere, at any time and by almost any person. So, if all of that is true, why are collegiate runners from all around the country traveling to this northern Arizona city to train? It turns out Flagstaff,.
Updated: ASU will face Rhode Island instead of Baylor, according to Empire Classic officials, following the Baylor coach’s disclosure of a COVID-19 diagnosis. LOS ANGELES – Eight months ago, Remy Martin threw his name into the hat that is the NBA Draft, leaving Arizona State basketball without its starting point guard. Two weeks after losing.
SCOTTSDALE – After shuffling their schedule a whopping four times, the 2019 Open Division State runner up Saguaro Sabercats can truly say they have had to hustle to reach the five-game minimum to be eligible for the 2020 AIA playoffs. Sabercats athletic director Matthew Harris described the difficulties of replacing the four opponents that were.
PHOENIX – A new heat wave is headed to the Valley. Chris Paul, better known by his nickname CP3, brings with him a fiery attitude along with an impressive playoff resume. After the Phoenix Suns acquired the point guard from Oklahoma City in a blockbuster trade earlier this week, one of his former coaches said.
PHOENIX – Amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, David Hines met with state health officials recently to gain insight for the high school winter sports season. The executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association recommended delaying the start of basketball, soccer and wrestling until January 2021. He got his wish. The AIA announced.
Snow in the Valley? Unlikely, but Arizonans can make their way about two hours north from Phoenix to Flagstaff to get a taste of winter. Snowbowl Ski Resort, the Alpine slopes on Northern Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks, opens for the winter season on Friday, with some slight changes due to COVID-19 restrictions. “Obviously we want.
PHOENIX – Growing up, Alex Guy was called “Shock Collar” because his hits on the football field felt like an electronic dog collar. Throughout junior high school, his football pads acted as a Superman cape because he transformed into a different person on the field. When time came for Guy to undergo his fourth surgery.
PHOENIX – The New Mexico State men’s basketball team has temporarily relocated to Phoenix due to stricter COVID-19 regulations in its state. The Aggies will stay at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa for five weeks, but could potentially stay longer depending on state updates regarding the pandemic. The resort has accommodated the team’s needs,.
PHOENIX – With the first-ever virtual NBA Draft taking place Wednesday evening, not much else has changed: 60 prospects will still be selected, NBA dreams will turn into reality and players will still be evaluated and discussed over countless mock drafts up until Commissioner Adam Silver says the magic words: “With the first pick in.
PHOENIX – Would you play a round of golf with Roy Williams at Pinehurst? How about a foursome involving Ken Griffey Jr. at a Michael Jordan-owned course in Florida? Does hitting chip shots with Bobby Hurley or Sean Miller appeal to you? That’s the hope of Eric Sedransk, who was moved to find a way.
PHOENIX – During Kellen Mills’ journey from college football to the construction industry, he made a pit stop that changed his life. Following an impressive football career at Mesa Mountain View High School, where he was an all-state fullback, and Arizona State, where he played a pivotal role as a walk-on defensive end, he transitioned.
PHOENIX – Where were you when Kyler Murray scrambled to his left, dropped Buffalo’s Mario Addison with his trademarked hesitation step and flicked the football, off-kilter, 50 yards downfield, smack dab into the center of the humongous, Jump Man gloves of Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins as they rose above a cluster of three defenders? Three.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Interscholastic Association recommended postponing the start of winter high school sports such as basketball, wrestling and soccer to its executive board Monday, possibly pushing the start of those sports into January. AIA Executive Director David Hines will meet with state health and education officials before the executive board votes on the.
TEMPE – During a sports year when news of a game cancellation can arrive at the last minute – especially in the scrambled Division I college football season – the Pac-12 Conference took the unusual step Sunday of canceling a football game nearly a week in advance. In a statement on Twitter, the conference said.
ANAHEIM, California – Nicholas Mikhail has been a dual-threat in soccer and football throughout his high school career in Southern California. Entering his senior year in 2020, he was prepared to improve his chances of being recruited by college teams. The pandemic, however, had other plans. After the California Interscholastic Federation postponed all seasons in.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC announced on Friday it had re-signed eight players from its 2020 Western Conference Championship-winning team, but questions about the 2021 roster remain unanswered. The re-signed players – all starters – include goalkeeper Zac Lubin, defender Darnell King, midfielders Jon Bakero, Kevon Lambert, Santi Moar and Sam Stanton, and forwards Solomon.
GILBERT – With several schools experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19 during the high school football season, social media has served as a platform for those pointing fingers at programs who appear to have stands packed with fans, many without face coverings. But David Hines, executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, which oversees high school sports.
PHOENIX – Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards has described the coronavirus as the “opponent you can not see” that teams have to prepare for many times this season. Unfortunately, that invisible opponent has made its way to him and his team. Arizona State’s football game scheduled for Saturday versus California was canceled Friday because.
TEMPE – We’ll never know what might have been for the 2020 Arizona State men’s hockey team. Ranked No. 13 on March 4, the Sun Devils, with a 22-11-3 record and seven wins in their last nine games, looked poised to make their second straight NCAA Tournament. That changed a week later, when the NCAA.
PHOENIX – Just two days before Arizona State is scheduled to host California in a Pac-12 football game, the status of the contest is still in question. The game could take place Saturday or Sunday, or not at all. Cal, who had one player test positive earlier this month, has been fighting local COVID-19 protocols.
PHOENIX – After a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Native American Basketball Invitational will return in July, showcasing indigenous basketball players from across the U.S., Canada and New Zealand at venues around the Valley. The championship games will take place at the newly renovated downtown arena of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury..
PHOENIX – It’s official. AZ Preps 365 has released its first football rankings after a one-week delay. As usual, they are full of surprises, like they are most every year. But this year, the rankings endured a different process because so many teams had to cancel games and shuffle their schedules to accommodate either their.
AVONDALE — Before this year, NASCAR crowned Cup champions in Miami, home of sunny skies and crowded beaches. This year the crown jewel of the series finished in the desert, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Phoenix Raceway played host to its first championship weekend by implementing safety protocols that included a limited number of fans, masks.
PHOENIX – New field. New season. New outlook. With a newly renovated soccer facility and a dynamic mix of new and returning players, the Arizona State women’s soccer team appears ready to make a rapid improvement in 2021 and beyond. When the Sun Devils restart play next year, they will do so in new physical.
AVONDALE – It was a significant day in the racing world, as fan-favorite Chase Elliott became a NASCAR Cup Series Champion for the first time at Phoenix Raceway. In just his fifth full-time season, the 24-year-old became the youngest driver to achieve the prestigious honor since the legend he took over for, Jeff Gordon, in.
AVONDALE – Phoenix Raceway received its highly anticipated time in the spotlight with NASCAR’s Championship Weekend. This was the first time the sanctioning body held the prestigious honors outside of Homestead-Miami Speedway in 19 years and the on-track product did not disappoint. Before a new NASCAR Cup Series Champion was crowned in Sunday’s season finale,.
PHOENIX – If fans look a little, well, stiff at Saturday’s Arizona State game, don’t be alarmed. They’re not real. The Pacific-12 Conference’s decision to allow only family members to attend football games this season prompted the university to follow the lead of professional teams by allowing fans to buy cardboard cutouts of themselves and.
PHOENIX – The name of the game in college football is recruiting. When players can choose where to play instead of teams selecting them in a draft, talent accumulation is the most important component to having a team that can hang with the best in the country. Arizona State is not there yet. It’s getting.
Arizona’s season-opening football game against Utah has been canceled, the Pac-12 announced Friday. The decision to cancel Saturday’s game came after positive COVID-19 tests on Utah’s roster forced them below the required number of available scholarship players, according to a Pac-12 statement. It is the second Pac-12 game to be canceled in as many days..
A racing season marked by tragedy with a deadly wreck at the Daytona 500 and the challenges of COVID-19 has since gone on to become an overwhelming success. There was a historical stretch of dominance between two of the sport’s best, some of the most competitive racing in years and the revelation that NASCAR could.
More than 2,000 miles separate the desertous areas of Phoenix and Tucson and the humid South Carolina coast. However, for Arizona natives Derick Bush and CJ Schrimpf, the long trip has been well worth it. After starring for local high schools and junior colleges, the two moved to Conway, South Carolina, to play football at.
PHOENIX – Watching sports has always been one of America’s favorite pastimes. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced games and leagues to temporarily shutter, the country seemed to collectively ache. So when live sports finally returned in a rush, fans should have been ecstatic. But the plummeting television ratings tell a different story. “After three months.
PHOENIX – In MMA, the word “prospect” is combat jargon for someone to keep an eye on. Bryce Logan and Tyrell Fortune will require both eyes on Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Fortune (8-1, 1 N.C.) is a former member of the U.S. national wrestling team and current Bellator heavyweight..
TEMPE – Exactly 312 days. That’s how much time will have passed since Arizona State’s last game when it takes the field Saturday against No. 20 USC. No one in this program has ever experienced a season like this, so how can players and coaches prepare for it? “Safety is paramount,” ASU football coach Herm.
PHOENIX – A COVID-19 outbreak among the Tampa Bay Rowdies wasn’t the only factor that led to cancellation of the USL Championship match between Phoenix Rising FC and the Rowdies. Expiring contracts and commitments to international teams made rescheduling the game impractical, which also played a role in cutting short the Rising’s season. The USL.
PHOENIX – Amid an otherwise relaxing Halloween weekend, Kliff Kingsbury’s biggest scare proved to be breaking news on the virus front, not spooky costumes. And this time, it hit home hard. Two Arizona players tested positive for COVID-19 during the team’s bye week – starting outside linebacker Devon Kennard, who revealed on Twitter that he.
PHOENIX – Athletes are speaking up more than ever about social issues, often crossing a boundary between the field of play into the arena of politics that many tried to tip-toe in the past. And as the 2020 election approached, college athletes across Arizona used their platform to encourage fellow students, members of their wider.
GLENDALE – Trick-or-Treat? It was more like “Chych”-or-Treat near Gila River Arena Saturday morning. Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun joined in on the Coyotes “Howl-O-Ween” celebration of Halloween, handing out goodies during a drive-thru event designed to let fans have some fun while remaining safe during a pandemic. Turned out the day was a thriller.
PHOENIX – After a roller coaster season, Phoenix Rising FC will battle the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday in the hope of winning its first USL title. Reaching the championship game in St. Petersburg, Florida, was not an easy path for the Rising, who advanced by defeating El Paso 4-2 in penalty kicks on Saturday..
PHOENIX – Tempe and Surprise will have scary talent on display during UFC Fight Night on Halloween night. Chris Gruetzemacher (14-3)and Kevin Natividad (9-1) may train in two different cities but they will be coming together at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas to face some tough competition. Gruetzemacher is a five-year UFC veteran who.
Despite concerns that COVID-19 would cancel college football’s postseason, Bowl Season released its schedule for this year’s games Friday, confirming that Arizona will host three games this winter. The 37-game postseason will begin with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl on Dec. 19 and culminate with the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11..
PHOENIX – Former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip may be known for his success behind the wheel, but the two-time Daytona 500 winner is taking his chances in the world of brewing. After the idea sparked in 2018, the Michael Waltrip Brewing Company has launched in Arizona with three different styles of beers and is working.
PHOENIX — The Red Sea no longer parted at State Farm Stadium, it just socially distanced. When the Cardinals beat the previously undefeated Seattle Seahawks in a 37-34 overtime thriller on Sunday night, they were able to do so in front of 1,200 fans. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced new norms, including fanless sporting events..
PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes’ decision to part ways with a draft pick accused of bullying a classmate with developmental disabilities has put the organization at the center of a national debate about forgiveness and cancel culture. The Coyotes on Thursday renounced the rights to their 2020 fourth-round draft pick Mitchell Miller, 18, after more.
PHOENIX – On Friday nights at Cesar Chavez Skate Park, Atlético Arizona United Latinos SC is one of the many groups seen playing soccer and enjoying the field’s recent reopening. “It’s very important for us to be out here. I think sports in a child’s youth is very important for them both physically and mentally,”.
PHOENIX – Nearly eight months ago, 17,125 hockey fans filled the seats of Gila River Arena to watch the Arizona Coyotes in their final home game of the season before a league-wide shutdown due to COVID-19 concerns. On Wednesday, the Coyotes and the community returned to Gila River Arena not to watch a hockey game,.
TUCSON – The Brophy Prep boys golf team enters this week’s state tournament with an extra dose of confidence after winning the Duke Open at Rancho El Dorado in Maricopa recently and defeating rival Hamilton by five strokes. It was the Broncos’ first victory over the defending state champions this season after losing to Hamilton.
TUCSON – The dynasty continues. The Xavier Prep Gators took home the girls golf state title at Omni Tucson National Tuesday, one year after being handed only their fourth championship loss since 1979 by the Pinnacle Pioneers. “This is our 37th state (title), and this was very satisfying. It came down to the end,” Gators.
PHOENIX – Two Valley natives are representing teams on opposite sides of the World Series this year. Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who was born in Scottsdale and attended Hamilton High School, is no stranger to the big stage, batting his way to a third Series appearance at the ripe age of 25..
PHOENIX – Kyler Murray reportedly spent $95,000 on a gemstone-encrusted pendant in the likeness of martial artist Bruce Lee in March. While the Arizona Cardinals quarterback wasn’t wearing the pricey trinket during Sunday night’s sparkling 37-34 overtime victory against the previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks, he produced a performance just as dazzling as his jewelry and.
PHOENIX – Saturdays on the West Coast look and feel a lot different this fall. In a time when college communities from Tucson to Seattle, and everywhere in between, are accustomed to college football Saturdays, the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out nearly half of the typical season. And for a time, it appeared as if.
PHOENIX – Led by senior Katie Stinchcomb, Pinnacle High School beat some of Arizona’s best girls golf teams at the State Preview tournament in Laveen recently and served notice the Pioneers were ready to defend their Division I state championship Monday and Tuesday in Tucson. They will try to do it at an event that.
PHOENIX – The Hollywood Casino 400 marked the beginning of the semifinal Round of 8 for the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. And with only two weeks remaining before a new champion is crowned, the once blurry Cup Series playoff picture began to come into focus thanks to an unlikely winner at Kansas Speedway on October.
SCOTTSDALE – Josue Aaron Gomez looked confident in his run-up. The El Paso forward needed to convert his team’s fourth penalty try Saturday night to keep Phoenix Rising FC from advancing to the USL Championship Final. Instead, he inexplicably slipped and fell as he struck the ball and watched helplessly as his left-footed shot scuttled.
SCOTTSDALE – After its first three games were canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak, the Chaparral High football team will finally take the field Friday in a home game against the 0-3 Brophy Prep Broncos. Shut down for a 14-day quarantine after several players tested positive for COVID-19 two days before what was to be.
PHOENIX – High school athletes rarely get to look over their shoulder and have cameras with the ESPN logo pointed in their direction. For the unbeaten Hamilton and Saguaro football programs, they are among the lucky few who get to showcase their talent on the national stage by the biggest network in sports. Week 8.
Justin Gaethje will have to change his profession to “combat enigmatologist” Saturday night on Fight Island when he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov — MMA’s hardest puzzle to solve. The saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, Gaethje broke two times in a row; first at the hands of Eddie Alvarez in December 2017.
PHOENIX – Just two wins away from their first-ever league title, the Phoenix Rising FC will host the El Paso Locomotive FC in the USL Championship Western Conference Final on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Casino Arizona Field in Scottsdale. A victory Saturday will put Phoenix in the league final on Nov. 1 against either.