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Swinging into spring: Previewing every Cactus League team as countdown to 2024 Opening Day begins

PHOENIX - The Cactus League has started and that leaves many fans eager to learn what’s in store for their team in 2024. As teams prepare to play spring training games, learn what’s new and what to expect from all 15 Cactus League teams.

With anticipation in the air and dreams of World Series glory, the Cactus League sets the stage for the 2024 MLB season. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

‘Looseness to this group’: Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen enters 2024 Spring Training with sense of relief

SCOTTSDALE – After being a major factor in the team’s 2023 postseason run, the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen is prepared to take the next step forward and build off the team’s National League pennant.

Ryan Thompson says he's open to stepping into any bullpen role for the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2024 season. (Photo by Joe Eigo/Cronkite News)

An underdog story: In tournament lacking big names, some longshots were making theirs at WM Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE - While Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and others were players to watch during the WM Phoenix Open, numerous underdogs emerged over the rain-filled weekend as the tournament ran its course.

Charley Hoffman walks defeated after missing his birdie putt during the second playoff hole at the WM Phoenix Open.(Photo by Ethan Briggs/Cronkite News)

Emotional Ryan Blaney caps ‘unbelievable year,’ rallies with first NASCAR Cup Championship at Phoenix Raceway

AVONDALE – Phoenix Raceway hosted the NASCAR Championship Weekend for the third straight season. Four championship races in three days brought tons of action to Avondale. Ryan Blaney won the Cup Championship with Ford Motors, who won all three NASCAR championships this weekend.

Ryan Blaney clinches his first NASCAR Cup Championship from a fourth-place start among the 'Championship Four' contenders at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

Mundo del dolor: Heridas, golpes y magulladuras de las artes marciales mixtas

PHOENIX – El mundo de las artes marciales mixtas tiene una mezcla única de pasión y dolor mientras los luchadores discuten el costo físico y emocional de las lesiones y la resiliencia que los impulsa en este deporte implacable.

El excampeón de la UFC, Henry Cejudo, reconoce que las lesiones y el dolor están entrelazados con la victoria y la derrota en el deporte. (Foto de Reece Andrews/Cronkite Noticias)

World of hurt: Inside the cuts, bumps and bruises of mixed martial arts

PHOENIX – The world of MMA has a unique blend of passion and pain as fighters discuss the physical and emotional toll of injuries and the resilience that drives them in the unforgiving sport.

Cejudo hits a guy on the ground

Virtual tour of Anne Frank’s house offers new way to teach about the Holocaust

PHOENIX – The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is opening a new interactive activity as part of its exhibit, “Stories of Survival: An Immersive Journey Through the Holocaust.” It utilizes virtual reality to guide visitors through the home of Anne Frank, the young girl whose life is memorialized in the diary she kept from age 13 until she was killed by the Nazis at age 16.

Holocaust survivor Andrew Schot, right, speaks at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society on Feb. 24, 2023, with Anthony Fusco Jr., who is the society’s education coordinator. (Photo by Shira Tanzer/Cronkite News)

Diamondbacks’ relationship with Bally Sports Arizona in limbo after parent company misses payment

PHOENIX – Diamond Sports Group, the ownership group of Bally Sports Networks, failed to make a $140 million interest payment Wednesday and is over $8 billion in debt. With TV rights in question, MLB is prepared to take back ownership of 14 teams rights, including the Diamondbacks.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that the league is “prepared” to take back the television rights to 14 MLB teams if Diamond Sports Group fails to pay per their contractual obligations. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

Jimmie Johnson test drives NASCAR’s Next Gen car in Phoenix Raceway return

AVONDALE – It was a big week in the world of NASCAR at Phoenix Raceway. Not only was NASCAR testing new modifications to the Next Gen 7 car, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson got behind the wheel of the new race car for the first time before his return to the sport.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson test drove the Next Gen-7 car at Phoenix Raceway and shared his thoughts after the first day of testing. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

‘We were always sovereign’: Hia-Ced O’odham seek federal recognition as a tribe

PHOENIX – In Arizona, 22 federally recognized tribes inhabit nearly every region of the state, but the Hia-Ced O’odham community isn’t one of them. Some members are working to change that, and others believe it may be too difficult to achieve.

Lourdes “Lulu” Pereira is a student worker at the Labriola Center and the official archivist for the Hia-Ced Hemajkam LLC, which was established in 2015 to work toward federal recognition and reclamation of ancestral lands. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2022, at Hayden Library in Tempe. (Photo by Campbell Wilmot/Cronkite News)

Peoria boys basketball coach has an alter ego: Phoenix Suns superfan Mr. ORNG

PEORIA – Some days he’s “coach,” other days he’s Mr. ORNG. But he’s always embracing his unique basketball experiences.


The Oregon Trail: Many of Arizona’s top football prospects migrating to Pacific Northwest

PHOENIX – The state's best high school football talent is going to Oregon thanks to a combination of attractive facilities, coaching continuity and good old-fashioned hard work.