Changing of the guard: ASU men’s basketball transfer Frankie Collins emerges as team’s leader

TEMPE – Sophomore point guard Frankie Collins, who transferred from Michigan over the summer, has been impressive for ASU MBB, improving in every statistical category. Despite low averages against Michigan, Hurley and his teammates raved about what Collins would bring to the team even during the offseason. On Thursday night, ASU defeated his former team in the Legends Classic championship.

Arizona State Sun Devils guard Frankie Collins, who transferred from Michigan in the offseason, filled up the stat sheet in Wednesday's 63-59 win against VCU at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. The Sun Devils upset the Wolverines Thursday to earn the tournament's trophy. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Getty Images)

30 years and counting: Veterans, 9/11 responders reconnect at ASU football game

TEMPE – Thirty years ago, Jimmy Powers formed a group of childhood friends to attend a college football game together. Over the years, the group grew to include veterans and 9/11 responders. Two weeks ago, they attended an ASU game together.

For 30 years, a group of friends that includes veterans and 9/11 responders have come together to attend a football game at stadiums around the country. They recently bonded at an Arizona State football game. (Photo courtesy of Sean Lynch/Sun Devil Athletics)

Australian sisters strengthen family bond while running at NAU

PHOENIX – Sisters Nikita and Keira Moore reunited at Northern Arizona this year after a year spent apart. The Australians have adjusted to living in the U.S. while running cross country and track for the Lumberjacks.

Northern Arizona cross country and track runners Nikita and Keira Moore run alongside their teammates in a practice in Flagstaff. (Photo courtesy of Northern Arizona Athletics)

Brotherly love: Reunited in Arizona, McLain trio leave their baseball mark

PHOENIX – Growing up in California. brothers Nick, Matt and Sean McLain played baseball in their backyard with their parents. Now, two are in major league farm systems and another at ASU. While their paths may have intertwined, these brothers are forging their own outside of each other's shadows.

Cincinnati Reds prospect infielder Matt McLain earned 2020 Second Team All-American honors at UCLA and is the only player at UCLA besides Gerrit Cole to be drafter in a higher spot then their initial draft selection. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Better pregame, in-game experiences? As football team struggles, ASU works to enhance game day

TEMPE – Throughout the years, ASU fans have complained about the game day experience at Sun Devil Stadium. The athletic department has focused on shorter ticket lines and better tailgate opportunities.

Fans enjoy the the Sun Devil Walk, which features players walking outside Desert Financial Arena en route to Sun Devil Stadium. (Photo by Aayush Gupta/Cronkite News)

Welcome mat: ASU wrestling set for Mullett Arena debut in home opener

TEMPE – The ASU Sun Devils wrestling team will face off against No. 3 ranked Missouri Tigers at the newly built Mullett Arena in the program’s next step toward building a national powerhouse.

ASU wrestling coach Zeke Jones believes his team's two home matches scheduled this season at Mullett Arena will help elevate the program to the next level. (Courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics Media Relations)

Inside the making of the Phoenix Suns’ City Edition jerseys honoring Arizona’s Native American tribes

PHOENIX — Nike’s City Edition uniforms allow NBA teams to create a new jersey that honors the culture and community through basketball. The Suns used this opportunity to unveil their ORGINATIV program, which highlights Arizona’s Native American tribes and educates fans about the culture through symbolism on the jersey and live performances.

In Wednesday's win over the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns debuted a new jersey design that pays tribute to Arizona's 22 Native American tribes. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Glendale in dispute with White Sox over cost of female locker rooms at Camelback Ranch

PHOENIX – Camelback Ranch, the Glendale spring training facility, will be adding a locker room for female employees. The City of Glendale is in a dispute with the Dodgers and White Sox over should pay for it.


Give me a C! Brain injury survivor Marlee Smith advocates for concussion victims after cheerleading accident

PHOENIX – After sustaining a traumatic brain injury when she was 16 from cheerleading, Marlee Smith’s life forever changed. She had to relearn basic life skills and is now using her experience to help others deal with concussions.

Marlee Smith struggled for years after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Now she advocates for others. (Photo courtesy of Marlee Smith)

Making a splash: Xavier swimmer Genevieve George is back in the pool after rare diagnosis

TEMPE – Xavier Prep swimmer Genevieve George is returning to form after missing virtually all of her freshman season because of a rare condition. She was diagnosed with MALS, which required her to practice and compete with a feeding tube inserted into her stomach.


Play ball! A day in the life of the Arizona Fall League

MESA – While the Arizona Fall League takes place from October-November, it is considered baseball’s league of the offseason. From the communications department to the players, each person has different experiences.

Peoria Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, hosts more than 100 top prospects every year as one of the home fields of the Arizona Fall League. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Cardinals lineman Kelvin Beachum, teammates ‘tackle hunger’ in Gridiron Giving Challenge

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals tackle Kelvin Beachum has joined Verizon and the United Food Bank in a campaign to “tackle hunger” that pits Cardinals fans and followers of the New Orleans Saints in a competition to raise funds to feed the hungry.

Arizona Cardinals players pose with a student at the Eisenhower Center for Innovation, where Verizon's Gridiron Giving Challenge was held Nov. 1. (Photo by Nikash Nath/Cronkite News)