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Diamondbacks’ Ronnie Gajownik ready for historic role as first female manager at High-A

PHOENIX – Ronnie Gajownik was named the manager of the Hillsboro Hops, the High-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. She will be the first female manager at the High-A level.

Before the Arizona Diamondbacks named her the manager of the Hillsboro Hops, a High-A affiliate, Ronnie Gajownik first the base coach with the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Superb Bowl Sundays: Arizona has knack for delivering the goods in big game

PHOENIX – Those who have taken part in three previous Super Bowls played in Arizona remember their historical importance, the big plays and the wild finishes. Will Super Bowl LVI at State Farm Stadium in Glendale deliver again?

Arizona is set to host its fourth Super Bowl on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium. The Valley will move into sole possession of fifth place on the list of U.S. metropolitan areas that have hosted the NFL's crown jewel. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Jury convicts Arizona Oath Keeper of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON - An Arizona man charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 insurrection thought he was supporting peaceful protesters, his attorney argued Wednesday, but prosecutors said Edward Vallejo was played an essential role in the Oath Keepers' attack on the Capitol.


Tip of the ice: Arizona hockey on the rise through Arizona Coyotes, colleges and community

PHOENIX – The rise of professional, collegiate and youth programs has allowed hockey to thrive in Arizona. While hockey was nearly nonexistent in the Valley decades ago, it has slowly become one of the premier sports in the state. Here’s how it happened.

During the 2015-16 NHL season, 7,510 kids from Arizona were registered with USA Hockey. By the 2017-18 season, that number increased to 8,617, and the drafting of the Valley's Auston Matthews by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016 is believed to have contributed to that. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Coyotes)

Fighting hate: Approaches range from expanding hate crime definitions to gathering data

LOS ANGELES – The system for reporting hate in America is broken. The FBI’s database has limited scope, and people often don’t – or sometimes can’t – report hate crimes to authorities. But federal, state and local entities are tackling hate in a variety of ways – from expanding definitions and launching hotlines to capturing data.

A chalkboard filled with drawings of staff and a large rainbow hangs near the front desk at the TransLatin@ Coalition office in Los Angeles on July 5, 2022. Jimena Sandoval, the group’s communications and marketing coordinator, says it was drawn for Pride Month. (Photo by Jessica Alvarado Gamez/News21)

Phoenix nursery provides model solution for newborns exposed to opioids

PHOENIX – Hushabye Nursery uses a model called Eat, Sleep, Console to treat newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the result of withdrawing from drugs they were exposed to before birth. The nursery gives parents and babies private rooms to allow for family-centered care, with the goal of breaking the cycle of addiction across generations.

A staff member at Hushabye Nursery in Phoenix feeds one of the babies on Nov. 8, 2022. Infants brought to the nursery are withdrawing from drugs they were exposed to before birth – opioids, in particular. Across the country, cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome increased 82% from 2010 to 2017. That means that in the U.S., a baby is diagnosed with NAS every 19 minutes. (Photo by Laura Bargfeld/Cronkite News)

Six in a row? ASU football hopes to continue domination of Territorial Cup series against Arizona

TEMPE – After winning just three games this season, Arizona State football is not bowl eligible. A victory over Arizona in the Territorial Cup would end the season on a high note.


30 years and counting: Veterans, 9/11 responders reconnect at ASU football game

TEMPE – Thirty years ago, Jimmy Powers formed a group of childhood friends to attend a college football game together. Over the years, the group grew to include veterans and 9/11 responders. Two weeks ago, they attended an ASU game together.

For 30 years, a group of friends that includes veterans and 9/11 responders have come together to attend a football game at stadiums around the country. They recently bonded at an Arizona State football game. (Photo courtesy of Sean Lynch/Sun Devil Athletics)

Brotherly love: Reunited in Arizona, McLain trio leave their baseball mark

PHOENIX – Growing up in California. brothers Nick, Matt and Sean McLain played baseball in their backyard with their parents. Now, two are in major league farm systems and another at ASU. While their paths may have intertwined, these brothers are forging their own outside of each other's shadows.

Cincinnati Reds prospect infielder Matt McLain earned 2020 Second Team All-American honors at UCLA and is the only player at UCLA besides Gerrit Cole to be drafter in a higher spot then their initial draft selection. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Inside the making of the Phoenix Suns’ City Edition jerseys honoring Arizona’s Native American tribes

PHOENIX — Nike’s City Edition uniforms allow NBA teams to create a new jersey that honors the culture and community through basketball. The Suns used this opportunity to unveil their ORGINATIV program, which highlights Arizona’s Native American tribes and educates fans about the culture through symbolism on the jersey and live performances.

In Wednesday's win over the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns debuted a new jersey design that pays tribute to Arizona's 22 Native American tribes. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Justices grapple with legality of Indian Child Welfare Act in marathon hearing

WASHINGTON - Over the course of three hours Wednesday, the Supreme Court grappled with whether a law meant to keep Indigenous children with Native American families should be overturned as racist and unconstitutional, as critics charge.


Game on: Hillcrest Prep poised for first season in Overtime Elite league

BUCKEYE – Hillcrest Prep was one of three teams to join Overtime Elite, a high school basketball league designed for players to get paid or receive exposure from fans and scouts. The Bruins are preparing for the league after experiencing it first-hand last season.

The Hillcrest Prep Bruins will make their Overtime Elite league debut Friday against the YNG Dreamerz. (Photo by Liam Archer/Cronkite News)