Former coach keeps spotlight on Russian detention of Brittney Griner

WASHINGTON - A plain shirt, a pin, a number. For the past 41 days, basketball legend Dawn Staley has posted that photo to her social media accounts, just part of the outpouring of support for Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, who has detained in a Russian jail since Feb. 17.


Man vs. machine: Even when Suns dominated, analytical models loved the Celtics

PHOENIX – The Golden State Warriors are favorites to win the NBA title now that they lead the series 3-2, but for much of the seasons, analytical models loved the Boston Celtics.


Los Angeles quick to embrace women’s soccer with addition of Angel City FC

LOS ANGELES – In its inaugural season as a member of the National Women's Soccer League, Angel City Football Club quickly becomes a big hit.


Orange County Riptide of the California Collegiate League offers competitive atmosphere for top baseball prospects

IRVINE, Calif. – The Orange County Riptide of the California Colleague League brings competition for players with big league aspirations.


Love high school hoops? Section Seven draws nation’s top players, college coaches to Glendale

PHOENIX – Section Seven at State Farm Stadium will feature many of the nation’s top high school basketball prospects and will draw over 500 college coaches.


Phoenix Suns vs. Seattle, Las Vegas? NBA expansion rumors pick up steam

PHOENIX – As NBA expansion rumors pick up steam, the possibility of the Phoenix Suns playing games in Seattle and Las Vegas becomes more likely.


18 more days: Russian court extends Brittney Griner detainment

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner will remain detained in Russia until at least July 2. The announcement came on the heels of the WNBA organization’s meeting with members of the U.S. State Department.


Mercury in retrograde? Not during WNBA team’s 3-game winning streak

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury opened 2-8 to start the season, with a rookie coach, multiple player absences and Brittney Griner on players’ minds. The team has rattled-off three straight wins thanks to newfound chemistry and good health.


Throwing light on greatness: ASU’s Jorinde van Klinken ends outdoor career with discus title

EUGENE, Ore. – A soaked but smiling Jorinde van Klinken walked out of the discus cage at Hayward Field for the final time with a pitchfork emblazoned across her chest and a national title in her possession.


Meredith Loewenstein reflects new look, vibe of skateboarding culture

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – In a male-dominated sport, Meredith Lowenstein, 16, is making her mark in the skateboarding world.


Freshmen Friday: ASU’s Ralford Mullings, Dayton Carlson steal show at NCAA track and field championship

EUGENE, Ore. – Arizona State’s Dayton Carlson finished sixth and set a new school record in the men’s 800-meter final and ASU freshman Ralford Mullings broke through for bronze in the men’s discus finals during day three of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.


Cornhole pros and weekend warriors meet in Mesa for national tournament

MESA – Bell Bank Park sports complex in Mesa recently hosted an American Cornhole League pro shootout and open tournament. Competitors came from across the country to join in the fun.