Sport

From ‘Average Joe’ to ‘Ninja Warrior’: Popularity of TV show spurs growth in ninja-training gyms

SCOTTSDALE - Tucked into an alcove of the AZ on the Rocks climbing facility, Lee Kates works on a ring-climb obstacle. The 36-year-old uses two small red rings and the momentum of his body to climb up and down the pegs of a wooden plank.


Cardinals take chance on German football player’s dream to play in the NFL

The Arizona Cardinals signed German Football League player Moubarak Djeri as a free agent despite his limited football experience. He came from Germany to tryout for the team, and impressed coaches and scouts.


‘Deeply problematic’: Cardinals criticized for promoting Bidwill’s support of SCOTUS nominee

Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill triggered controversy when a story about his backing of President Donald Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court was posted to the team-affiliated website and Twitter.


‘I meant it’: After loss, Marvin Bagley acknowledges grudge against Suns still alive

Marvin Bagley acknowledges grudge against Suns still alive after his Sacramento Kings fall in NBA Summer League play.


ASU’s Bobby Hurley visits Vegas to support Shannon Evans’ ‘new journey’

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley came to Las Vegas to watch his former players. He was able to see one in the NBA summer league.


Vegas lights shine bright on Deandre Ayton in Suns debut

All eyes were on the Suns' No. 1 draft pick, Deandre Ayton, as he made his debut in the Las Vegas Summer League.


‘Stay positive’: Liberty High football’s Hunzinger finds inspiration in cancer diagnosis

Even thought Liberty High School football standout Zach Hunzinger was diagnosed recently with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, he is determined to continue playing football and hopes to inspire others.


From border town to Belmont: Bob Baffert points to family, Nogales ranch as roots to horse racing success

From border town to Belmont: Bob Baffert points to family, Nogales ranch as roots to horse racing success.


‘Just a normal kid’: Spencer Rattler tries to stay grounded as attention picks up steam

Spencer Rattler is a 17-year-old high school senior, but the Pinnacle quarterback has been on a national stage for years.


The inside track: UA offers only program focused solely on horse racing industry

Zach Taylor grew up around horses. His mother owned trail horses when Taylor was a boy in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


‘A lot like Garnett’: Suns pick Deandre Ayton compared to former NBA MVP

Following his pre-draft workout with the Phoenix Suns, the one and only team he worked out for this offseason, the NBA draft’s presumptive No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, was asked which player’s game his most resembles.


Short and sweet: The month Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley spent together at Hillcrest

Within minutes of each other Thursday, Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley walked across the NBA Draft stage in Brooklyn and into the lives they have long imagined, the ones they have prepared for, the ones that have been expected by those around them.