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‘They can judge me’: Paul George pushes aside criticism, hopes to force Game 7

PHOENIX - Paul George has been the subject of criticism for his postseason struggles but a strong outing against the Suns has changed the perception.


Former Arizona champion jumper using pandemic as motivation in senior season at UCLA

LOS ANGELES – Nine-time Arizona High School state champion long-jumper and hurdler Jai Gruenwald hopes to reach new heights in her senior season at UCLA.


Could sports gambling be boon for women’s sports? Bet on it, some say

PHOENIX – As sports betting becomes legal across the United States, some see potential for an increase in attention on women’s sports because bettors might feel invested. Others aren’t so sure. Either way, both industries are taking off and they’re doing it together.


9,000 and counting: Mercury’s Diana Taurasi reaches another scoring milestone

PHOENIX - Diana Taurasi becomes first WNBA player to hit 9000 career points in a win against Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday


‘Shazam!’ Behind-the-scenes look at Suns radio broadcasting playoff games during pandemic

PHOENIX – NBA players and coaches often say competition during the postseason is on a different level. The same goes for the radio broadcasters who bring the excitement of the game through the airwaves.


Money for tweets, autographs? Ahead of new law, Arizona’s NAIA athletes not capitalizing on compensation rules

Phoenix - The NCAA will have to deal with the consequences of a new Arizona law that allows athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness rights. However, the NAIA has allowed NIL deals for months, but Arizona athletes have not capitalized.


‘It’s about time’: Remembering Ford Smith, the lone Arizonan to play in the Negro Leagues

PHOENIX - Ford Smith, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs after returning from World War II, is the lone Arizona to play in the Negro Leagues.


From Tempe to Torrey Pines: Rahm surrounded by ASU family during historic U.S. Open win

PHOENIX – When Jon Rahm won the U.S. Open Sunday, he made ASU the first school to have alumni win back-to-back majors since 1996. He and Phil Mickelson contribute to the legacy that makes ASU golf one of the top programs in the world.


Want to pay less for a Suns playoff ticket? Go to Los Angeles

PHOENIX - Tickets to see the Suns and Clippers are cheaper in Los Angeles, leading some Suns to consider a road trip.


‘Everything I dreamed it would be’: Arizona optimistic despite early exit from College World Series

OMAHA - Arizona was eliminated from the College World Series after losing to Pac-12 rival Stanford in its second game. Although the Wildcats’ trip to Omaha was short, their season was a memorable one


Baseball’s Arizona rookie league to return after yearlong absence – without rookies

PHOENIX – The Arizona League, where teams are usually composed of rookies, is coming back after Minor League Baseball was canceled in 2020. But because it begins before the draft, there will be no rookies to start.


Academic benefits a go: NCAA loses Supreme Court case on compensation

PHOENIX - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that restrictions the NCAA attempted to put on the academic benefits, like laptops and study abroad funding, are unconstitutional. Schools can now provide any academic benefits they want.