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‘This is what I live for’: Richard Figueroa defies odds, wins ASU’s first NCAA individual wrestling championship since 2019

PHOENIX – ASU wrestler Richard Figueroa came out on top in the 125-pound weight class at the 2024 Men’s NCAA Wrestling Championship, beating No. 1 ranked Braeden Davis of Penn State and No. 3 ranked Drake Ayala of Iowa on the way to the national title.

Arizona State’s Richard Figueroa won his school’s first individual national championship in five years when he defeated No. 3 Drake Ayala recently. (Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics)

Amid abundance of highly touted young players, Milwaukee Brewers will also take a look at ‘older’ prospects

PHOENIX – Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy loves the young prospects in the club’s farm system, but he said some players take longer to blossom. He’s excited about some “older” prospects who could make their big league mark this season.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy has reason to smile ahead of this upcoming regular season with a roster featuring youth and experience from players like Oliver Dunn and Janson Junk. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Arizona Pro Day draws in scouts, coaches from 31 NFL teams for final in-person evaluation of promising prospects

TUCSON – In front of scouts from 31 NFL teams (and two CFL teams), the University of Arizona’s draft prospects gave scouts one last look at their skills and abilities before the draft in April.

Maricopa native Jacob Cowing showcases his speed and skills during receiver drills Thursday at Arizona's Pro Day. (Photo by John Busker/Cronkite News)

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)

Still a shaman, but not the ‘Q’ shaman: Chansley rebrands for Congress bid

WASHINGTON - Jacob Angeli-Chansley rocketed to fame as the face-painted, horned-hat face of the Jan. 6 insurrection, but now he wants to be known as the congressman from Arizona's 8th District, after indicating he wants to run for the seat as a Libertarian candidate.

Baseball royalty: Hairston lineage on the diamond remains strong, generation after generation

PHOENIX – The Hairston family tree is three generations deep with Major League Baseball players. Their children look to carry on that legacy.

Brothers Dallas Hairston, left, and London Hairston pursue their own paths at Casteel High School in hopes of continuing the family legacy in the major leagues. (Photo by Daniel Stipanovich/Cronkite News)

ASU baseball gears up for 2024 season with fresh outlook, NCAA tournament snub in rearview

TEMPE – In preparation for the 2024 season, Sun Devils add 32 new faces to the roster with hope the team doesn’t struggle down the stretch. Coach Willie Bloomquist and his young but talented team are eager to showcase their potential as they welcome 18 freshmen and 14 transfers this season.

Arizona State player ready for pitch

‘The violence needs to stop’: Arizona Jewish community beefs up security amid Israel-Hamas war

PHOENIX – Due to the latest war between Israel and Hamas, Jewish communities in Arizona have bolstered security. Supporters of Israel and Palestinian causes have organized rallies.

The Torah at Temple Kol Ami is pictured last month during the Jewish High Holy Days. “Today was one of the gravest and most devastating days in Israel’s history,” Temple Kol Ami Rabbi Jeremy Schneider wrote in a message to synagogue members. (File photo by Jacob Snelgrove/Cronkite News)

Arizona Wildcats ride defensive unit into Pac-12 play against Stanford

PHOENIX – Last Saturday’s convincing win over UTEP sets up Arizona for a Pac-12 showdown at Stanford. Jayden de Laura and Tetairoa McMillan look to lead the Wildcats’ emerging offense to another victory, while the defense has impressed through the season’s first three games.

Caption 1: Arizona Wildcats safety Dalton Johnson is emerging as a key player in the Arizona Wildcats' revitalized defense through the first three games of the season. (Photo by Kevin Langley/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Youth golf charity First Tee-Phoenix celebrates 20 years of giving back

SCOTTSDALE – First Tee-Phoenix is an organization dedicated to educating and empowering the youth generation through the game of golf. The organization held a 20th anniversary dinner at Ocean 44 to raise funds, drawing celebrities and pro golfers to the red carpet.

First Tee not only teaches golf but also offers youth entrepreneur courses and leadership training to shape the next generation on and off the course. (Photo by Cronkite News)

Michael Carbajal, Phoenix boxing icon, leaves timeless mark on Valley’s fighting scene and beyond

PHOENIX – Born and raised in Phoenix, Michael Carbajal stands as Arizona's greatest boxer, celebrated for his Olympic success in 1988 and numerous title triumphs. Legendary figures from the boxing world reflect on his illustrious career and immense contributions to the sport.

Michael Carbajal celebrates after knocking Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez to the canvas in the 1993 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. Carbajal would win the fight, unifying two junior flyweight titles and earning Ring Magazine’s 1993 Fighter of the Year. (Photo courtesy of Michael Carbajal)

GCU shortstop Jacob Wilson makes history, highlights talent in draft from Arizona

PHOENIX – Jacob Wilson makes GCU history in baseball’s amateur draft, while Arizona’s Chase Davis and ASU’s Luke Keaschall land in the first two rounds. The Diamondbacks also add to their talent.

Grand Canyon infielder Jacob Wilson made history as the first Lopes player to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)