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Final chapter: Washington-Oregon close the book on Pac-12 football

LAS VEGAS – After 107 years of Pac-12 football, Friday night in Las Vegas represented the final game in the conference’s storied history. The thrilling finish between Washington and Oregon served as a fitting conclusion for a conference known for being unpredictable.

In an epic conference championship at Allegiant Stadium, Pac-12 football bid farewell after 107 years of fierce rivalries, thrilling moments and a historic clash between founding members Oregon and Washington. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

Texas, held ‘em: Defense holds Cards close in Houston as strong suit, eyes redemption vs. Rams

TEMPE – Under first-year coach Jonathan Gannon, the Arizona Cardinals defense continues to make strides, with a gritty, resilient group that made C.J. Stroud’s afternoon tough. Linebacker Josh Woods took over play-calling duties, and the Cardinals defense answered the bell.

Cardinals player make tackles

Take a Wif of this: Popular childhood game takes big leagues by storm at Goodyear Ballpark

GOODYEAR – Logan Rose, 17, led Big League Wiffle Ball’s fourth annual Western Wiffle Championship at Goodyear Ballpark in October. Inspired by his father during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rose has transformed the league into a popular tournament that recently featured teams from New York, New Jersey, California and Nevada.

Wiffle ball player at bat.

His home runs will go on: Céline Dion’s song highlights Diamondbacks prospect Ivan Melendez’s journey

PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks’ No. 8 prospect Ivan Melendez has suffered numerous setbacks while being the minor league’s most powerful slugger. Melendez gained notoriety when the Texas Longhorns played Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” after big hits.

Ivan Melendez and other players leaning against the dugout.

One of sport’s fiercest rivalries comes to Mullett Arena as Team USA meets Canada in women’s hockey

TEMPE – Wednesday’s women’s hockey rivalry game at Mullett Arena brings a lot of highly talented names to the desert for the first time. Take a dive into four key players to watch in the game.

Grab bag: Arizona Coyotes offer fresh mix of good and bad in season’s strong start

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes have opened their season 4-4-1, their best start since 2020. What’s been helping them succeed and what’s holding them back? A look at some of the good and bad factors of this young team to start the season.

The Arizona Coyotes are off to a promising start to the 2023-24 season, but the first nine games have revealed a mix of strengths and challenges. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Coyotes)

Phoenix businesses, airport, Valley Metro prepare for World Series visitors

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the Texas Rangers in the World Series, and Phoenix hotels, restaurants and transportation services are preparing for the influx of visitors. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Valley Metro will use February's Super Bowl and other large events to guide them as they make plans.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the Texas Rangers in the World Series, and Phoenix hotels, restaurants and transportation services are preparing for the influx of visitors. (Photo by Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Mercury confident in decision to hire Nate Tibbetts despite widespread criticism

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury's announcement of Nate Tibbetts as their new coach has been a controversial one, with some questioning why the organization did not opt for a female coach.

New Phoenix Mercury coach Nate Tibbetts, here with his wife, Lyndsey, and twin daughters, Londyn and Jordyn, said he understand the backlash surrounding the hiring, but he also believes he can be a good fit for the organization. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Mercury)

‘I’m still the Slim Reaper’: Kevin Durant inspires new era of excellence for Phoenix Suns as leader of Big Three

PHOENIX – As the NBA season approaches, Kevin Durant finds himself in a winning position once again, alongside Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. But this isn’t his first time – and he’s prepared to manage the expectations.

Kevin Durant's relentless pursuit of excellence and his impact on the team's preparation are making a definitive difference in the Phoenix Suns' preparation for the 2023-24 NBA season. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Desert Vista’s ‘Point Goddess’ Ijiwoye headed to women’s hoops power Stanford

PHOENIX – Desert Vista senior Shay Ijiwoye has committed to Stanford after receiving over 45 offers from D1 schools. Her decision lends itself to the Cardinal basketball program, the prestigiousness of the school, the academics and being close to home.

The Ijiwoye family's unwavering support and Shay's determination drive her to excel in basketball as a recent Stanford signee. (Photo courtesy of Shay Ijiwoye)

Arizona Coyotes bring fresh faces and playoff ambitions entering promising 2023-24 season

TEMPE - The Arizona Coyotes have bolstered their roster with new additions like Jason Zucker and promising prospects. Despite arena-related challenges, they aim for a playoff spot and are determined to prove doubters wrong.

Arizona Coyotes players gathered together on the ice.

Venciendo el calor: Entrenadores y médicos deportivos toman medidas para proteger a atletas de Arizona

PHOENIX – Phoenix ha experimentado temperaturas consecutivas por encima de los 110 grados a medida que olas de calor abrasadoras e históricas barren el suroeste. A pesar de ello, la temporada de fútbol americano continúa y la salud y la seguridad de los atletas son la máxima prioridad.