Sport

73 years after Robinson broke color barrier, baseball struggles to lure Black players

PHOENIX – According to SABR, there has been a decline of African American players in MLB nearly every year since 1981, and by 2016 that number plummeted to 6.7%, the lowest percentage since 1957.


Phoenix Rising believes new stadium will bring improved fan, player experience

PHOENIX – The year 2021 means a new stadium for Phoenix Rising FC, which believes an improved fan experience will occur, too.


Watching brother win Fiesta Bowl a special moment for Florida State’s Chubba Purdy

GLENDALE – Watching his brother win the Fiesta Bowl was a special experience for Florida State’s Chubba Purdy.


Balancing act: Olympic athletes try to ramp up training, avoid injury after COVID-19 delay

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic put the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on hold for a year. Now, athletes must balance the intensity of training needed to return to peak performance in the summer of 2021 against the risk of injury that comes after shutting down during the outbreak.


‘It’s everything’: Fiesta Bowl turns into memorable day for Brock Purdy, Iowa State

GLENDALE – In a Fiesta Bowl billed as a meeting between two local standout high school quarterbacks, it was Brock Purdy who won the day over Tyler Shough.


Longtime friends, Valley quarterbacks Purdy, Shough square off in Fiesta Bowl

PHOENIX – The Playstation Fiesta Bowl features two major college programs with a common theme: They both sport former Arizona high school quarterbacks. Brock Purdy and Tyler Shough meet again.


Sticks and zones: The right hockey equipment can elevate a player’s game

PHOENIX – From peewee to pro, every hockey player’s stick comes down to personal preference in construction and superstition.


Toned down Fiesta Bowl still has meaning for Oregon, Iowa State

PHOENIX – This Fiesta Bowl will be like no other, especially for the two teams – Iowa State and Oregon – who have had to prepare for the high profile college football game during a pandemic.


Digitized health records, safety apps could be game-changer for athletes at every level

PHOENIX – PRIVIT, a leader in the protected health-information field, feeds off a year of uncertainty and aims to impact the way organizations prioritize health care history.


Lending a hand(print): Athletes raise awareness for missing, murdered Indigenous women

PHOENIX –Although it is a national cause, athletes around Arizona have taken part in the movement to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).


As protests for racial justice divided the country, ASU hockey star found his voice

PHOENIX – In an open letter, ASU hockey player Dominic Garcia revealed that he had faced racism in the past.


‘Pushing a rock up the hill’: Former Valley star Tank Johnson leads fight against private prisons

LOS ANGELES – Former NFL player and McClintock High’s Tank Johnson now looks to end prison privatization