‘We’re here because Pat lived’: Tempe gears up for 20th annual Pat’s Run, in honor of Pat Tillman

TEMPE – Pat’s Run, in its 20th year, honors Pat Tillman’s legacy. For the 20th year, friends and family will join thousands of participants to support the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Participants young and old will join the thousands taking part in the iconic 4.2-mile Pat's Run around ASU's Tempe campus Saturday. (File photo by John Cascella/Cronkite News)

Blocking the noise: Arizona Coyotes aim to limit outside distractions, finish season strong

PHOENIX – As relocation rumors swirl, the Arizona Coyotes lean on experience to help block distractions and end the 2023-24 campaign on a high note.

After the Coyotes’ victory Wednesday, forward Logan Cooley said, “With all the news going around and crap going, we were resilient and came together as a group,” (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

Reunited: From Ashburn to Arizona to Milwaukee, pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke together again

PHOENIX – Ashburn, Virginia, isn’t known as a baseball hotbed, but two pitchers for Milwaukee, JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke, have made it to the majors and are teammates for the second time as professionals.

Pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke (not pictured), both hailing from Ashburn, Virginia, have found a familiar connection as teammates in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Cactus League announces highest attendance total since pre-pandemic

PEORIA – In its second full spring training year post-pandemic and league lockout, Arizona’s Cactus League announced an attendance of 1,630,436, its highest since 2019.

Cactus League executive director Bridget Binsbacher announces the league’s 2024 attendance totals Thursday at the Peoria Sports Complex. (Photo by Samuel Nute/Cronkite News)

From Phillies hero to championing muscular dystrophy awareness, Rhys Hoskins’ journey is one of heart, home runs

PHOENIX – What started as a high school service hour requirement has become a decade-long commitment for Rhys and Jayme Hoskins. Over seven years with the Philadelphia Phillies, they impacted countless lives through their work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and they’re bringing that dedication to Milwaukee.

Rhys (middle) and Jayme Hoskins (left), known for their philanthropic efforts, host a muscular dystrophy fundraiser event in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Phillies)

‘There ain’t no soft-baked cookies’: Arizona State taps transfer portal with running backs primed to reverse backslide

TEMPE – Arizona State football is at a low point with two consecutive 3-9 seasons, but coach Kenny Dillingham is rebuilding the program with three of the team’s top running backs coming from the transfer portal.

The Arizona State running back unit is deep after the program turned to the transfer portal for help. (Photo by Ethan Briggs/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Suns superfan Mr. ORNG arrested on child sex crime charges

PHOENIX – Mr. ORNG, the face of the Phoenix Suns’ fan base for years, has been arrested for child sex crimes. Patrick Battillo allegedly solicited videos of boys in “various sex acts and in various states of nudity.”

Patrick Battillo, a popular Suns superfan known as “Mr. ORNG’ as well as a Peoria High School basketball coach, was arrested Tuesday night on charge related to child sex crimes. (File photo by Dominic Rivera/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Mercury unveil new headquarters, practice facility renderings

PHOENIX – Mat Ishbia sets a new standard for WNBA investment with the reveal of new Phoenix Suns and Mercury team headquarters and renderings of a state-of-the-art practice facility for the Mercury.

The Phoenix Mercury unveil renderings of their new state-of-the-art practice facility, part of a $100 million investment by owner Mat Ishbia. (Renderings courtesy of Phoenix Mercury)

Despite auction date set, roadblocks lie ahead in Arizona Coyotes’ trip to new arena as Salt Lake City makes overtures

TEMPE – The Arizona Coyotes have the auction date set, the location picked out, but the roadblocks have started to pop up. Between the NHL, the Scottsdale mayor and Salt Lake City, the road ahead is beginning to grow longer.

The clock is ticking for the Arizona Coyotes to win land and keep their arena plan alive as a way to finally plant permanent roots in the Valley. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Coyotes)

HBCU All-Star Game shines spotlight on Black excellence during Final Four weekend

PHOENIX – On Sunday, the third annual HBCU basketball All-Star Event was held at Grand Canyon University ahead of this month's NBA draft to increase exposure for athletes hoping to play at the next level.

Bethune-Cookman's Dhashon Dyson, center, was named MVP after scoring 19 points at the third annual HBCU All-Star Game in Phoenix. (Screen grab courtesy of Cameron Palmer/Cronkite News)

Ra’Shaad Samples, ASU’s coveted wide receivers coach, leaves for new role with Oregon Ducks

TEMPE - ASU wide receivers coach Ra’Shaad Samples leaves Arizona State in the middle of spring practice for a new position at Oregon. How does Kenny Dillingham replace him?

Ra’Shaad Samples, a popular wide receivers coach at Arizona State, has left for the Oregon Ducks and will serve as an assistant head coach. (Photo courtesy of PHNX Sports)

Phoenix shines as host city for 2024 Men’s Final Four, passes torch to San Antonio

PHOENIX – After the Final Four concluded Monday, the Phoenix planning committee handed the keys to hosting the Final Four to San Antonio, which will host the event in 2025.

Manny Sanchez of the San Antonio planning committee receives the symbolic keys to the upcoming NCAA Men's Final Four event from Phoenix organizers JoAn Scott, right, and Jay Parry, left. (Photo by Ethan Briggs/Cronkite News)