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Super Bowl 2023 week kicks off with Opening Night at Footprint Center

PHOENIX – For the first time since 2015, Arizona will play host to the Super Bowl. The privilege comes with plenty of must-see live entertainment; tailgates; festivals; and, of course, football in the lead-up to the big game at State Farm Stadium. Follow along for live updates, featuring news, event highlights and more from the Cronkite News team, before the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs kick off on Super Bowl Sunday.

Footprint Center welcomed the Super Bowl contenders and fans Monday for a night of interviews, entertainment and the flat-out bizarre. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

Police in Colorado town use outreach, TikTok to gain immigrants’ trust

AVON, Colorado – Avon Police Chief Greg Daly says many people in his small Rocky Mountain town are afraid to call police. To improve trust among the large immigrant population, the department conducts an annual Latino Police Academy, has hired more Spanish-speaking officers and even posts fun TikToks in Spanish.

Detective Alan Hernandez of the Avon Police Department uses his experience to connect with the small Colorado city’s large immigrant community. Photo taken in July 2022. (Photo by Gabriela Tumani/News21)

Young Diamondbacks determined to end postseason drought

PHOENIX – The young Diamondbacks core looks to spark positive change in the next few years and earn a playoff berth for Arizona.

After making their major league debuts late during the 2022 seasons, Jake McCarthy (30) and Stone Garrett (45) hope to help the Diamondbacks win the organization's second World Series. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Last-second miss: GCU men fall to North Texas in Jerry Colangelo Classic

PHOENIX – GCU came up just short against North Texas in the Jerry Colangelo Classic, named after the former owner of several Arizona teams and the namesake of GCU’s business school.

North Texas forward Aaron Scott, left, and Grand Canyon guard Ray Harrison fight for possession during the Jerry Colangelo Classic Saturday at Footprint Center. GCU lost on a last-second shot. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Close to return, Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown expected to drive ‘hard bargain’ for new deal with Arizona Cardinals

PHOENIX – The Cardinals are poised to hand wide receiver Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown a handsome contract extension. Brown’s initial production and his aggressive agent working with leverage Arizona forfeited to acquire the 25-year-old figures to bolster the payday.


Coyotes break the ice on growing youth hockey with 1st Stride event

SCOTTSDALE – The Coyotes set up the 1st Stride event for kids aged from 5-9 to get their first experience with hockey and learn to roller skate and eventually ice skate.

The DEK hockey rink, located at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, recently hosted a month-long instructional camp in efforts to introduce youth to the sport in the Valley. (Photo by Joseph Furtado/Cronkite News)

How Solar Sox manager Bobby Crosby rediscovered passion for baseball after playing career derailed

PHOENIX – Bobby Crosby won the American League Rookie of the Year award with the Oakland Athletics in 2004, but he never had a better season in the major leagues. While his playing career didn’t go according to plan, Crosby has rediscovered his passion for the game as a coach and manager in the A’s organization.

Mesa Solar Sox manager Bobby Crosby never played a full season after winning the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2004 with the Oakland Athletics. (Photo by Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

Hamilton football star Terrell Suggs stayed home; it led to ASU Hall of Fame

TEMPE – Terrell Suggs, who still holds the NCAA Division single-season record for quarterback sacks, recently was inducted into Arizona State’s Athletics Hall of Fame and Distinction along with eight others. Suggs, who played at Hamilton High in Chandler, believes keeping the best local prospects at home is the key to future success in the ASU football program. He said interim coach Shaun Aguano is taking steps to make that happen.


What is Ostarine? A look at the performance-enhancing drug that banned Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins for six weeks

PHOENIX – The NFL suspended Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins for six games because he violated the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. The researcher that developed the drug that triggered Hopkins’ positive test said it has shown up as a contaminant in other products.


‘Aquí para todos’: la policía en una ciudad de Colorado usa el alcance comunitario y TikTok para ganarse la confianza de los inmigrantes

AVON, Colorado – El jefe de policía de Avon, Greg Daly, dice que muchas personas en su pequeño pueblo de las Montañas Rocosas tienen miedo de llamar a la policía. Para mejorar la confianza entre la numerosa población de inmigrantes, el departamento lleva a cabo cada año una Academia de Policía para Latinos, ha contratado a más oficiales de habla hispana e incluso publica TikToks divertidos en español.

Detective Alan Hernandez of the Avon Police Department uses his experience to connect with the small Colorado city’s large immigrant community. Photo taken in July 2022. (Photo by Gabriela Tumani/News21)

With an exciting young core and brand new arena, the Arizona Coyotes embark on a season like no other

TEMPE – The Arizona Coyotes kick off their season tonight in Pittsburgh as a new era for the franchise seems to be underway in the Valley.

The Arizona Coyotes open the 2022-23 regular season with optimism and excitement tonight in Pittsburgh. The team's first home game at Mullett Arena is scheduled for Oct. 28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

‘We can figure this out’: Police, public and policymakers work to improve responses to mental health crises

SALT LAKE CITY – Police have become the de facto mental health responders across the country, often with tragic results. Most strategies to deal with mental health calls focus on shifting funds to social services, creating diversion programs and better training for officers. Experts say the solution relies on a combination of efforts.

Rae Duckworth holds a “Justice for Bobby” sticker on July 2, 2022, near murals in Salt Lake City remembering the victims of police shootings. After her cousin, Bobby Duckworth, was killed during a mental health call in 2019, Duckworth began passing out these stickers to keep his memory alive. (Photo by Laura Bargfeld/News21)