Local youth soccer club hoping heart rate monitors improve performance, efficiency

While coaching the women’s soccer team at St. Mary’s College of California, head coach Kai Edwards noticed something about his star player, Caroline Kruez. She was always out ahead of everybody. She would touch the sideline first in sprints, get to the ball before any opponent in a game and she never asked for a substitution.

Polar heart rate monitor photo

Randy Johnson reflects on parents’ support in HOF induction speech

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Long before Randy Johnson was dominating hitters at the major league level, the lefthander was tossing tennis balls at his family’s wooden garage door in Livermore, California.

Baseball players holding Hall of Fame plaques

Diamondbacks fans soak in Cooperstown’s baseball atmosphere

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A smattering of Diamondbacks faithful have made the trek this weekend to this small town located at the edge of Otsego Lake, about 200 miles north of New York City, joining baseball fans from across the country in the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Glendale City Council approves new two-year Coyotes agreement

GLENDALE – Mayor Jerry Weiers said he believes Friday’s vote to accept a new lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes is a sign of a brighter future for the city of Glendale.

Gila River Arena photo

Johnson overcame early-career control issues on way to Hall of Fame

Some pitchers in baseball are described as graceful.


En route to Hall, Johnson continues to be a valuable resource for D-backs

Randy Johnson used to cram his 6-foot-10-inch frame into the luggage racks above the seats in the charter buses used by his minor league team so he could sleep on long road trips. He said 12- to 15-hour rides were common when he was coming up through the Montreal Expos’ system in the late 1980s.

Randy Johnson photo

Phoenix Underwater Hockey Club takes root in desert

TEMPE – Snorkels poke out above the water of the outdoor pool at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Fitness Complex.


New downtown Phoenix arena could bring end to Coyotes’ bumpy desert road

When the Winnipeg Jets moved to the desert and became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996, it was a bold statement, part of the NHL’s efforts in the 1990s to place hockey in markets previously believed untenable.


LeBlanc at town hall meeting with fans: ‘We feel strongly that our home is Gila River Arena’

SCOTTSDALE – The elephant in the room at the Arizona Coyotes’ town hall meeting Tuesday night was the team’s continuing legal battle with the city of Glendale over the city’s vote last month to cancel their arena lease deal.

Coyotes town hall meeting photo

Video: U.S. Women’s National Team rallies in Los Angeles after World Cup win

Mesa's Julie Johnston was part of the World Cup rally in Los Angeles celebrating the U.S. Women's Soccer Team's victory.

Julie Johnston played every minute of the FIFA Women's World Cup for the gold medal-winning United States. (Brett Holzhauer/Cronkite News)

Change sparked by 2011 ArenaBowl loss set Rattlers up for sustained success

MESA – For 21 seconds, the Arizona Rattlers’ performance in ArenaBowl XXIV held a record.

McAdoo photo.

World Cup quest began in Mesa for women’s national team’s Julie Johnston

Young girls run around the fields of Barney Park in Queen Creek with shin guards on and a soccer ball at their cleats trying to perfect “The Jules.”

Julie Johnston playing soccer