Phoenix Suns’ injury woes taking a heavy toll, halt hot start

PHOENIX – After a 6-1 start to the 2022-23 NBA season, the Suns are just 4-5 since losing Cam Johnson and Chris Paul to injuries earlier this month. Who is stepping up in their absences? How is Monty Williams managing? Let’s take a look.

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, middle, has called on his supporting cast to pick up the slack in the absences of Chris Paul, left, and Cam Johnson, right. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona pet-toy maker in the doghouse with Jack Daniel’s over parody product

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether an Arizona manufacturer of pet toys infringed on Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 trademark with its Bad Spaniels Old No. 2 squeaky toy for dogs.


Food banks get lesson in economics: More demand, less supply, higher prices

WASHINGTON – Arizona food banks head into the holiday season having to buy more food, at higher prices, for more clients, with fewer donations to help pay for it. It's a perfect storm of inflation, supply chain issues, increased demand – and a bird virus that's hit turkeys.


Arizona votes are now counted, but election drama will go on

Arizona votes are now counted, however the ordeal goes on as three races are headed for automatic recount and two counties delay certification. Democrat Katie Hobbs defeated Republican Kari Lake in the governor race, which does not qualify for an automatic recount.

An election worker gathers ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

As drama, finger-pointing unfolds in Qatar, Arizona soccer fans watch World Cup from afar

PHOENIX – From human rights controversies to corruption scandals, the host of the World Cup, Qatar, has been endlessly scrutinized. It did not keep Arizona soccer fans from watching the competition at area bars and restaurants.


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.


From foodie to gamer, Hamilton’s Beach defined by more than volleyball

PHOENIX – Volleyball is a passion, but so, too, is cooking and gaming for Hamilton High School’s Neomi Beach.

Neomi Beach, right, and coach Sharon Vanis teamed up to lead Hamilton High School to two straight state titles in volleyball. The Huskies went for a third this season but fell in the championship to Corona del Sol. (Photo courtesy of Neomi Beach)

‘We see value in you’: Arizona organization helps bridge gaps between foster kids and families

PHOENIX – An estimated 80% of the more than 400,000 children in foster care across the U.S. struggle with significant mental health issues. In Arizona, one nonprofit is working to help children persevere – by offering services for foster youth and parents alike.

Russ Funk, left, is director of community engagement for Aid to Adoption of Special Kids in Phoenix. Funk and his wife have been foster parents, and two of their four children are adopted and biracial. “They integrated into our home at a very early age, and so it was just a natural thing,” he said, adding that those experiences are what drove him to work with other foster families. (Photo courtesy of AASK)

Arizona students come to lobby as courts, Congress, fight over Oak Flat

WASHINGTON - A group of Arizona high school students and alumni was in Washington this week to lobby for a bill that would block development of a copper mine at Oak Flat, land that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache.


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)

At 17, Kylan Boswell already turning heads for the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team

TUCSON – Arizona Wildcats guard Kylan Boswell, who was a five-star recruit from AZ Compass Prep, reclassified to play for the Wildcats a year early. Now, after recovering from a foot injury, the 17-year-old has seen early playing time after one of Arizona’s guards was suspended for the first three games.

Caption: Former AZ Compass Prep guard Kylan Boswell reclassified in the summer to enter college early and play for the Arizona Wildcats this season. He's averaging 21 minutes per game through the first three games. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics)

Price is right: Arizona Cardinals deliver most affordable fan experience, study says

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals offer the most affordable experience for fans, a study says, despite struggling to have success on the field at home. The Raiders are the most costly.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt plays catch with a young fan in the stands before a recent game against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. One study said the team provides the most affordable fan experience in the NFL. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)