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Golf It Forward aims to grow women’s golf, empower future generations through Marilynn Smith’s legacy

SCOTTSDALE – Marilynn Smith served as an LPGA icon on and off the course and Golf It Forward has served as a beacon for keeping her spirit and traditions alive behind the vision of Smith's dear friend Debbie Waitkus.

Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA, helped grow the women's game through her 21 tournament victories and tireless promotion of the sport. (Photo by Gregory Lee/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

A walk toward growth: Success of Nelly Korda, improved marketing could help increase LPGA audience

GILBERT – Now firmly settled into the LPGA 2024 season with Arizona hosting the inaugural Ford Classic in March, golfers reflect on the recent growth that the sport has seen plus improvements that still can be made.

Golfer Robyn Choi walks toward the third green of Seville Golf and Country Club, which serves as one of the 25 LPGA tournaments to be played in the U.S. in 2024 out of the 37 announced at the beginning of the season. (Photo by Maxwell Williams/Cronkite News)

Herbie Behm takes coaching reins from Bob Bowman, aims to keep ASU swimming on top

TEMPE – Days after ASU won its first swim and dive national championship, Herbie Behm received the greatest honor of his life and will have to learn on the job. He was promoted to replace legendary coach Bob Bowman, a program Behm has been in since 2010.

Herbie Behm, newly appointed head coach of Arizona State men's swimming, embraces the challenge of leading the program following Bob Bowman's departure. (Photo courtesy of ASU Athletics)

Reunited: From Ashburn to Arizona to Milwaukee, pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke together again

PHOENIX – Ashburn, Virginia, isn’t known as a baseball hotbed, but two pitchers for Milwaukee, JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke, have made it to the majors and are teammates for the second time as professionals.

Pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke (not pictured), both hailing from Ashburn, Virginia, have found a familiar connection as teammates in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Phoenix Film Festival works to boost Arizona’s film scene

PHOENIX – Phoenix Film Festival helps shape Arizona into a favorite spot for filmmakers and movie fans. The festival's rise over the past two decades mirrors Arizona's growing prominence in the film industry.

Nicole Simone and Karen Genis get their photo taken in front of the “Opening Night” banner at the Phoenix Film Festival’s kickoff event at the party pavilion next to the Harkins Theatres: Scottsdale 101 on April 4, 2024. Simone and Genis were at the film festival for the first time. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

Arizona Supreme Court restores near-total ban on abortions in the state

PHOENIX - A divided Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a 19th-century, near-total ban on abortion, saying it overrides a 2022 law that allowed abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy.


Math to Madness: Nate Oats’ underdog journey leads Alabama to Men’s Final Four

GLENDALE – Just 11 years ago, Alabama men’s basketball coach Nate Oats was a math teacher and high school basketball coach in Michigan. His underdog approach has fueled the Crimson Tide to the Men’s Final Four.


Art of stealing bases: ASU softball creating chaos on basepaths

PHOENIX – Arizona State softball is stealing bases at an increased rate this season. The success on the base paths is leading to more runs and helping create a new team identity.

ASU softball's success at stealing bases is giving them a chance to lead the Pac-12 in steals for the first time since 2006. (Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics)

Advocates hit milestone in push to get abortion-rights question on ballot

PHOENIX - Activists said this week that they have collected more than 500,000 signatures to put an abortion-rights initiative on this fall's ballot, giving organizers a 100,000-signature cushion already with another three months before petitions are due.


Final chapter: Teams set, storylines aplenty at NCAA Men’s Final Four

PHOENIX – Final Four week has arrived in the Valley, as UConn, Purdue, NC State, and Alabama fans descend upon Phoenix to watch their teams on college basketball’s biggest stage.

Mark Sears, named the West Region MVP, lifts the trophy high after leading Alabama to its first-ever Final Four appearance. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Sears is open … again: Alabama guard’s 7 3-pointers lead to MVP award, trip to men’s Final Four

LOS ANGELES – Mark Sears scores 23 points and leads Alabama to its first men’s Final Four appearance in school history. The guard hopes for similar success at State Farm Stadium.


Phoenix-area Black businesses face challenges with start-up capital

PHOENIX – Black businesses are facing funding problems to start up. The State of Black Business report has recommendations to help fix the problem.