ASU’s Kenny Dillingham praises success of Shedeur Sanders entering Colorado week: ‘Doesn’t surprise me’

TEMPE – ASU football coach Kenny Dillingham refused to discuss Deion Sanders during Monday’s weekly press conference but did not hold back in discussing the Colorado coach’s standout son.

ASU Football Head Coach Kenny Dillingham Interview

Despite promise in second half, Arizona Cardinals grounded vs. San Francisco 49ers

TEMPE – The Cardinals had fast starts in their first three games, but fell behind big early to the 49ers and couldn’t overcome the deficit despite strong play from Josh Dobbs.

Jonathan Gannon at press conference

Hold your horses: Turf Paradise to resume racing, extend off-track betting

PHOENIX – Turf Paradise is alive after all and will resume racing. Additionally, the Arizona Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has extended the contract for the track to simulcast races for wagering until Nov. 12. The extension avoids the shutdown of 37 off-track betting sites.

Live racing at Turf Paradise is expected to resume in January, according to a release Wednesday from the track, keeping horse racing alive in Phoenix. (Photo by Jacob Luthi/Cronkite News)

‘We’re going to battle’: Grand Canyon men’s basketball embraces new size, toughness as season approaches

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon men’s basketball brought in nine new players during the offseason, with a focus on length and size. In head coach Bryce Drew’s fourth season, his expectations for the program are at an all-time high.

GCU men's basketball embraces a new identity as the team sets its sights on a challenging 2023-24 season with one goal: reaching the 2024 Men's Final Four in Phoenix. (Photo by Griffin Greenberg/Cronkite News)

From Notre Dame to Highland, a decades-long Berry-Denson friendship blooms in the Valley

GILBERT — Bertrand Berry recruited Autry Denson to play at Notre Dame. Nearly 30 years later, when Denson was hired by the Arizona Cardinals, Berry Sr. recruited Denson’s son to play at Highland. =

Bertrand Berry Sr. and Autry Denson's friendship now extends to their sons, Bertrand Berry II and Elijah Denson, who share a close bond while playing football for Highland High School. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images and Andy Lyons/ALLSPORT)

A new look: ASU men’s basketball offers hope, including (gasp!) a possible trip to Final Four

TEMPE – Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State men’s basketball team is looking to keep working on chemistry as a new group after returning from Europe. After seeing both sides of the transfer portal, Hurley believes his team is ready to compete.

ASU basketball team huddled together.

Is Sequoia Pathway Academy’s canceled season about more than low participation?

PHOENIX – After starting the season 0-4, Sequoia Pathway cancels its football season citing low participation and student health as the primary reasons. However, the issue runs much deeper than low participation numbers.

Sequoia Pathway Academy football field

‘Without refs, it’s only recess’: Former ref says recruiting women could be answer to high school officiating shortage

PHOENIX – Amid abuse from parents, coaches and athletes, many high school officials are leaving the profession. Anne Montgomery, who spent 29 years officiating football and other sports in Arizona, believes that recruiting more women could be the answer to the shortage.

Referee grabbing flag off the field.

Katie Ledecky sets sights on Paris 2024 after historic run at World Championships

PHOENIX – Katie Ledecky became the first swimmer to win the same event six times consecutively. As she sets her sights on the 2024 Olympics in Paris, take a look at how she stays motivated and handles the pressure.

Katie Ledecky in pool.

Big 12 move highlights BYU, Arizona communities entwined through LDS faith, football

PHOENIX – Entwined by faith and football, Brigham Young and Arizona State renew their old Western Athletic Conference rivalry when the two schools join the Big 12 next season.

BYU stadium full of fans at a game.

Two for one: Shohei Ohtani’s rise inspires changes across baseball, including ASU

TEMPE – In MLB, Shohei Ohtani is one of the best, both as a hitter and pitcher. His success is altering decades-long perceptions of two-way players, who are now being allowed to play on both sides deeper into their careers. ASU baseball is on board with the concept.

Compton huskies baseball player

Don’t mess with Texas? Cardinals do, send Cowboys home with surprising loss

TEMPE – In Week 3, the Dallas Cowboys' visit to the Arizona Cardinals seemed like a potentially one-sided matchup, but the Cardinals stunned both the Cowboys and the football community. with a 28-16 win.