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With no JC football left in state, 11 players file lawsuit alleging ‘racial bias’

PHOENIX – With no junior college football left in state, a group of football players at schools in the Maricopa County Community College District are alleging in a suit that the move unlawfully eliminates opportunities for minority students.


ASU’s visit to Navajo Nation was about more than just basketball

FORT DEFIANCE – The Arizona State women’s basketball team went to the Navajo Reservation to play basketball. It came back with a greater understanding of the Navajo culture.


Special K: Despite skepticism, Cardinals believe they have winner in Kliff Kingsbury

TEMPE – In one of the more divisive hirings of the NFL offseason, the Arizona Cardinals introduced Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach Wednesday.


Phoenix couple’s nonprofit helps more Haitian children get adopted

PHOENIX – Craig and Kathi Juntunen adopted three children from Haiti, and that experience inspired the couple in 2006 to launch Chances for Children, a foundation for Haitian orphans.


In Fiesta Bowl, LSU kicker Tracy breaks ASU Gonzalez’s record, thanks Desert Vista’s Culp

LSU kicker ColeTracy breaks Zane Gonzalez’s record, thanks Desert Vista’s Connor Culp after Fiesta Bowl performance.


Bridging baseball’s language gap: Journey of D-Backs’ Takahashi shows value of being multilingual

SCOTTSDALE – Baseball has become increasingly bilingual in the last half century, with more than a quarter of major league players coming from Latin American countries. No person is more emblematic of the uniqueness of this setting and this sport than the D-Backs’ Takahashi.


From 0-12 to undefeated: UCF one of most ‘intriguing stories in college football’

SCOTTSDALE – Thanks to a senior class that persevered through a winless season, UCF is on the doorstep of back-to-back New Year’s Six bowl wins.


With changing sports climate, Pac-12’s black coaches feel responsibility to guide athletes

PHOENIX – Pac-12’s black coaches use their own history to help navigate the waters of social debate for their young players -- the majority of whom are black -- while reconciling issues of personal growth, future marketing concerns and public backlash.


ASU groundskeeper leaves his stamp on Cheez-It Bowl

TEMPE – Meet Brian Johnson, Arizona State’s athletic grounds facilities manager. He spends the bulk of his time during football season caring for the fields at Sun Devil Stadium, but he recently helped with the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field.


Same record, different culture: On heels of bowl loss, ASU players optimistic

LAS VEGAS – Even after ASU’s loss in Las Vegas Bowl, players are confident football culture is better in Tempe.


Played among livestock, medicinal plants, ‘rez golf’ builds community among Navajo

LOW MOUNTAIN – “Rez golf,” played with secondhand clubs on rugged courses amid rocks, livestock and medicinal plants, is gaining popularity among Navajos.


A bookie, a bet, a basketball player: 25 years ago, point-shaving scandal rocked Arizona State

PHOENIX – Twenty-five years ago, a point-shaving scandal rocked the Arizona State basketball program but how could this scandal affect the sports betting future.