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‘Hold tight’: Highly touted Diamondbacks prospect Alek Thomas excited for future

PHOENIX – Playing in his second Futures Game in 2021, Alek Thomas is just one example of the talent in the Diamondbacks’ farm system. His family, many of whom live in Tucson, are thrilled he’s coming up in their home base.


A Dreamer’s dream: DACA status almost tripped NAU runner’s Olympic hopes

PHOENIX – Luis Grijalva, a Northern Arizona University track and field athlete and DACA recipient from Guatemala, has spent several weeks petitioning the United States government to allow him on a plane to Tokyo to compete in the Olympics. Grijalva finally learned the good news Monday.


Legislation to change Native American team names lacks momentum in Arizona

PHOENIX – Colorado and Nevada recently passed laws restricting team names and mascots that reference Native American culture. One former state legislator who tried to make progress in this area thinks changing Arizona will be a challenge.


Welcome to the Sho: Slugger, pitcher Shohei Ohtani dazzling Angels fans

LOS ANGELES – Drawing comparisons to Babe Ruth, Shohei Ohtani continues to set records in his fourth year and make history in the MLB.


Suns’ naming rights deal with Footprint provides chance to increase fans’ environmental awareness

PHOENIX - The Suns’ naming rights agreement with Footprint is the most recent of several deals between sports franchises and sustainability-focused companies. It provides a unique opportunity to encourage environmentally friendly behavior among fans.


Arizonans in Tokyo: Athletes with local ties to watch in the Tokyo Olympics

PHOENIX - Team USA has over 600 athletes competing at Tokyo 2020. Nineteen of those athletes hail from the state of Arizona. Here’s a list of the Arizona athletes you’ll see at the games.


Once the ‘smaller guy,’ ASU Josh’s Doan embraces invitation to World Juniors showcase

TEMPE - Josh Doan, the son of Arizona Coyotes standout Shane Doan, is among the young stars invited to the World Junior Summer Showcase. The path wasn’t always easy.


Skateboarding, Arizona’s Jagger Eaton make Olympic debut

PHOENIX - When Jagger Eaton was 4, his dad built a skatepark in Mesa called Kids that Rip. Now, Eaton is competing for Olympic gold at the 2020 Tokyo games.


Promise, the world: ASU’s Amukamara takes international stage with Nigeria in Olympics

PHOENIX – Promise Amukamara becomes the first ASU women’s basketball player to go to the Olympics. The player, who excelled at Apollo High School in Glendale, will represent Nigeria in Tokyo.


Now what? Uncertainty of Paul, others leave big questions about Suns’ future

PHOENIX - Questions remain about what the Phoenix Suns will look like next season. Odds released for next season suggest a lack of confidence.


En route to fifth Olympics, Tucson’s Abdi Abdirahman, 44, outraces Father Time

PHOENIX - Abdi Abdirahman, 44, has not let age nor injuries deter him from competing in his fifth Olympics. He is the oldest U.S. runner ever to qualify for the Games.


As Suns’ Deandre Ayton thrives in postseason, Bahamian community celebrates

Back in the Bahamas, the community is celebrating the success of Suns big man Deandre Ayton