Nod to the past: The ties between baseball and bobbleheads

PHOENIX – Bobbleheads are some of the most popular giveaways around MLB, which makes them a hot commodity for baseball fanatics. Here’s why teams give so many away, why fans collect them and the significance they have for players and their families.

From college stardom to WNBA uncertainty: Rookies fight steep odds to realize dream with help of former coaches

PHOENIX – Making a WNBA roster is one of the hardest achievements in professional sports. Due to the quick turnaround time and the lack of available roster spots, few rookies make the cut.

Charisma Osborne's dream of playing in the WNBA took a step forward by getting drafted, but now the real test begins as she vies for one of Phoenix's final roster spots. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

‘Doing great’: Mat Ishbia encouraged about Phoenix Suns’ future despite sweep

PHOENIX – After a first-round sweep by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia and general manager James Jones were grilled about the future of the Suns.

Although he was disappointed in how the Phoenix Suns’ finished the season, owner Matt Ishbia said he remains confident about the future. (Photo by Huston Dunston/Cronkite News)

Unhittable: Pitching powers propel GCU softball to record season, WAC crown

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon softball is dominating during the program's WAC Championship defense, led by stellar pitching and timely hitting from players like Hailey Hudson and Kayla Rodgers.

GCU's pitching staff has been lights-out, posting a 2.48 ERA to end the regular season and power the Lopes' upcoming WAC tournament run. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)

Bobby Winkles enshrined in bronze at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, cementing ASU baseball legacy

PHOENIX – Former Arizona State baseball coach Bobby Winkles is immortalized after a successful 13-year career. He earned three national championships during his career and made a lasting impact on Sun Devil sports.

Bobby Winkles' statue stands immortalized along the third baseline at, Phoenix Municipal, honoring ASU baseball's first varsity head coach. (Photo by Tyler Bednar/Cronkite News)

The Lopes’ leap: GCU’s esports powerhouse fuels Arizona’s collegiate gaming boom

PHOENIX – With its massive on-campus esports lounge and early commitment to gaming, Grand Canyon University has cultivated a thriving 2,000-member esports community that is driving the rise of collegiate esports in Arizona.

Members of GCU's top-ranked esports teams practice and compete in the state-of-the-art facilities, which have helped establish the Lopes as pioneers of collegiate esports in Arizona. (Photo by Sammy Nute/Cronkite News)

Triathlon trailblazer: How ASU coach Cliff English became architect of ASU powerhouse, catalyst for collegiate growth

TEMPE – Cliff English has coached professional triathletes to hundreds of wins and has led the ASU women’s triathlon team to seven NCAA championships in seven years of their existence. But his commitment to growing the sport has resulted in greater contributions.

Cliff English instructs his ASU triathlon team during a practice session at Tempe Town Lake, where the Sun Devils have won six straight NCAA championship events. (Photo by Peter Vander Stoep/Photography AZ)

Blocked and loaded: GCU men’s volleyball on a roll as it prepares for Ohio State in NCAA Tournament

PHOENIX – The Grand Canyon men’s volleyball team books an NCAA Tournament appearance against Ohio State following its big upset of No. 1 UCLA.

Grand Canyon’s Camden Gianni came up big for his team in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament and led the Lopes in kills all three games. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)

Keeping the faith: GCU, others believe religion and sports can coexist

PHOENIX – GCU is an interdenominational Christian university whose messaging of faith exists in a world where religion and sports can sometimes be uncomfortable bedfellows.

Members of the GCU men’s basketball team believe in not only playing together but praying together as a means to strengthen their team. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)

Star athletes and best friends: Basha’s Gabriella and J.J. Garcia share unique bond through sports

CHANDLER – Gabriella and J.J. Garcia share a unique sisterhood through playing sports at Basha High School. With a mom who was a star at Arizona State University, the two sisters learned the competitive spirit, discipline and love for one another.

Sisters J.J., left, and Gabriella Garcia share a special bond at Basha High School as they prepare for their respective state championship runs. (Photo courtesy of Gabriella Garcia)

Golf It Forward aims to grow women’s golf, empower future generations through Marilynn Smith’s legacy

SCOTTSDALE – Marilynn Smith served as an LPGA icon on and off the course and Golf It Forward has served as a beacon for keeping her spirit and traditions alive behind the vision of Smith's dear friend Debbie Waitkus.

Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA, helped grow the women's game through her 21 tournament victories and tireless promotion of the sport. (Photo by Gregory Lee/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Hockey hotbed: Arizona might have lost its NHL team, but push for the sport’s growth continues

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes are relocating to Utah next season, but the team’s effect on the growth of hockey in the Grand Canyon State is evident.

Hockey in Arizona remains strong behind the explosion in popularity from the high school level to the NHL. (File photo by Savannah M Nugent/Cronkite News)