Sport

Lesser of two evils? Suns secure No. 2 seed in Western Conference, will play Lakers or Warriors

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns locked up the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season. However, their first-round opponent will present difficult challenges.


Service time manipulation: Debate rages as MLB teams hold off on bringing up top prospects

PHOENIX – It’s hardly a secret that MLB teams often delay calling up some of their top prospects. While many are critical of the process, immediate change is unlikely.


‘Tighten the screws’: As Suns near first playoffs since 2010, keys to success emerge

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns are about to make their first appearance in the NBA playoffs since the 2009-10 season. Although they already feel as if they are in that environment, several keys have emerged that could help them find success.


No 9-irons needed: Disc golf participation soars during coronavirus pandemic

PHOENIX – When the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to most recreational sporting events and activities, people began looking elsewhere for exercise and competition. Many found disc golf as the answer.


After Tocchet’s departure, Armstrong, Coyotes look ahead to busy summer

PHOENIX – The first domino fell Sunday when Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong announced the team has mutually parted ways with coach Rick Tocchet. Now, Armstrong’s vision for the future has officially begun.


Diamond in the rough: Japanese Americans imprisoned at Arizona camps during WWII found solace in baseball

PHOENIX – Baseball served as a distraction for some Japanese Americans who were imprisoned at Arizona camps during WWII


Faith, fitness, furtherance: Arizonans find resources for positive change amid COVID-19 pandemic

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic paused the lives of many Arizonans for an extended period of time. Some found resources that helped turn their challenges into a positive situation.


New frontier: Athletes, teams dipping their toes into cryptocurrency, NFT pool

PHOENIX – Athletes, teams and leagues across sports are dipping their toes into the NFT cryptocurrency pool. Athletes including Taijuan Walker and Rob Gronkowski have already jumped in.


Making waves: Drag boat racing finds home at Buckeye’s Hidden Lake

BUCKEYE – Tucked south of Buckeye, Hidden Lake is home to Arizona Drag Boat Association races, where competitors from across Arizona and elsewhere the country come to compete at speeds up to 120 mph.


A pain, a diagnosis, a tumor, a fight: Northwest Christian’s Floyd uses faith, determination to persevere

PHOENIX – The diagnosis was shocking: cancer. But that hasn’t slowed Northwest Christian soccer player Wilson Floyd from waging a fight, or her team from winning a title.


One move ahead: Growth of chess soars during pandemic, especially online

PHOENIX – From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth of chess has escalated to new heights in a virtual setting, thanks to the emergence of the sport’s popularity from “ Twitch and surging online platforms.


Pushing past limits, Joe Delagrave embraces different role: accomplished Paralympian

PHOENIX – Joe Delagrave’s life was just beginning to take shape as he neared his sophomore football season at Winona State University. Although a boating accident left him in a wheelchair, he found a new calling.