Sport

Phoenix Rising at midseason: Experts weigh in on expectations, challenges

PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising has reached midseason with 41 points in their 20 games. They sit comfortably atop their division but still face road tests and a battle for top seed and home-pitch advantage in the USL playoffs.


Sandra Day O’Connor’s hands-on sports medicine program teaching athletic trainers of the future

PHOENIX – With over 700 athletes at Sandra Day O’Connor High School, the task of providing treatment to everyone can be demanding. But the school has three athletic trainers who double as teachers leading a hands-on program that provides treatment while preparing aspiring sports medicine professionals.


Have app, will gamble: Arizona online sports betting sites open registration Saturday

PHOENIX – Online Sports betting sites open Saturday, moving one step closer to the launch date for sports betting in Arizona on Sept. 9.


Temporarily knocked out, RUF Nation returns strong, features card at Celebrity Theatre

PHOENIX – This time last year, RUF had a different name, struggled to hold events due to the pandemic and had a much darker outlook for the future of Arizona MMA. This year, a lot has changed and business is booming, including a card Sunday at the Celebrity Theatre.


Taurasi’s return helps Mercury surge as WNBA playoff picture comes into focus

PHOENIX – After a lukewarm start to the season, the Phoenix Mercury have caught fire with five wins in a row. With the playoffs less than a month away, their timing is ideal.


‘It’s just something magical’: Bisbee’s historic Warren Ballpark facilitates sports in a small town

BISBEE – A decades-old ballpark in Bisbee continues to host every sporting event in town and provides a glimpse into how much sports can impact a community.


ASU vs. Ohio State? ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 alliance could change landscape of college football

PHOENIX – The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced an official alliance Tuesday – a move that could impact Arizona State, University of Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl.


From housing football games to fire evacuees, Round Valley Ensphere has rich history

PHOENIX – The Round Valley Ensphere – so named for the atypical connector design implemented by the dome’s architects – purports to be the only domed high school football stadium in the country. But to focus on that label would be to sell it short. After all, it can fit more people than the combined population of the two towns it serves.


Cancer diagnosis inspires physical therapist to attempt 1,200-mile off-road race

PHOENIX – A physical therapist who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma during the pandemic is motivated to try a 1,200-mile, women's only off-road race. And she's determined.


Sprint football? New Midwest league provides hopes for more westward growth

PHOENIX – Sprint football, which is college football with a weight limit, has been played as a varsity sport for decades but has been confined to the Northeast. A new league in the Midwest is providing hope that the sport might make it even further west.


Vision quest: New ASU baseball coach Bloomquist has high expectations for program

PHOENIX – One of ASU’s many successful baseball alumni, Willie Bloomquist, rejoins the team this year as its coach. From a high school player desperate to play in Arizona to a veteran athlete bringing real-world experience to the field, his dedication to the Sun Devils has never wavered.


Environmental remediation costs present challenge for Coyotes’ proposed Tempe arena site

PHOENIX – The Coyotes’ plan for a new stadium in Tempe will have to contend with a proposed $70 million payment for environmental remediation costs. Experts say they will encounter plenty of challenges in the cleanup process, but might be rewarded in kind by the city.