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Spring ahead: Six Cactus League teams feature new managers in dugout, all with same goal

GLENDALE – There are six managers with new teams participating in the Cactus League for spring training. Even though they all bring heaps of experience, they have taken different journeys to get here.

Ron Washington returns to the AL West as manager of the Los Angeles Angels, a division where he previously coached the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Joe Eigo/Cronkite News)

From Serbia to Phoenix: Freshman Iva Sepa makes waves in tennis, culture at Grand Canyon University

PHOENIX – Iva Sepa's journey from Serbia to Phoenix takes center stage as she embraces collegiate tennis at Grand Canyon University while navigating the challenges of a new country.

Serbian athlete Iva Sepa shines as a freshman tennis player at Grand Canyon University while navigating the challenges of living in a new country. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)

Nick Taylor’s playoff victory caps controversial WM Phoenix Open on high note

SCOTTSDALE – A long day at the WM Phoenix Open ends in a second playoff hole and a victory for Nick Taylor over Charley Hoffman Sunday.

Canadian golfer Nick Taylor clinches a dramatic victory to cap a chaotic yet thrilling week at the WM Phoenix Open. (Photo by Ethan Briggs/Cronkite News)

Border bill includes funds for local communities, along with Ukraine, Israel

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan immigration reform bill unveiled in the Senate late Sunday includes $1.4 billion to help border communities grappling with the migrant surge, in addition to funding for Ukraine and Israel. But it faces an uphill battle to approval in Congress.


‘It is a family’: Black Mountain BMX weaves lasting bonds in heart of track at Winter Nationals

PHOENIX – From one generation to the next, Black Mountain BMX is bringing a continued sense of family and togetherness during the USA BMX Winter Nationals.


Arizona’s Big 12 blitz: Conference unveils 2024 football schedule for Sun Devils, Wildcats

PHOENIX – In their debut season in the Big 12 Conference, Arizona State and UArizona brace for grueling travel and revived rivalries as they navigate the challenges of the 2024 football schedule.

(From left, photos by Bruce Yeung/Getty Images and Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

After 51 years of fighting, abortion in Arizona comes down to next 10 months

PHOENIX - nIn the 51 years since the Supreme Court recognized - then reversed - federal abortion protections, advocates and opponents have fought over the boundaries of that right. That fight continues today, with Arizona now at the forefront of the national battle.


Water-crazed hunger: ASU women’s water polo embraces connection to Hungary

TEMPE – A blend of Hungarian culture has made the Arizona State women’s water polo team dynamic – and one that brings a sense of unity between coaches and players.

Arizona State women’s water polo junior attacker Luca Petovary reflects on embracing a new culture and falling in love with Tempe at first sight. (Photo by Hayden Cilley/Cronkite News)

‘We are survivors:’ National, Arizona projects aim to uncover, preserve histories of Native American boarding schools

PHOENIX – The Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative launched an oral history project documenting the traumatic experiences of Indigenous children in the federal boarding school system. Local preservation efforts have already delved into Arizona’s history of boarding schools and resulting generational trauma.

Trophies, a letterman jacket and images of early Native American history in the visitor center of Phoenix Indian School at what is now Steele Indian School Park. (Photo by Ellie Willard/Cronkite News)

Being ‘my own role model’: Normalizing mental health care in the AANHPI community

PHOENIX – People in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities face various barriers to accessing mental health care, including cultural stigmas and limited cultural competency from providers. Despite barriers, people within these communities are working to normalize conversations around mental health.

Shela Yu, a Phoenix-based artist, in her studio space on Nov. 30. Yu was raised in Mesa. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

‘We’re mentally soft’: Arizona State struggles, Arizona thrives in Jerry Colangelo Classic

PHOENIX – The opportunity to showcase their teams' talents on an NBA stage – Footprint Center – failed spectacularly for the Arizona State men's basketball team but worked perfectly for Arizona Wednesday night in the Jerry Colangelo Classic.

Adam Miller exemplified Arizona State's struggles from the field against Northwestern, as he finished the game 1 of 10. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

A home away from home: ASU women’s tennis international athletes find net gains in the Valley

PHOENIX – The roster for the ASU women’s tennis team includes eight out of nine international students. Through culture changes, living away from home and missing family, they are appreciative of the opportunities they have in the United States.

The ASU women's tennis team, featuring talent from around the world, proves that diversity is its strength on and off the court. (Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics)