Get on your soap box: Bisbee Coaster Races return with rich history

BISBEE – For the first time since 2019, Bisbee will hold its Fourth of July Coaster Races. Started in 1914, racers spend thousands of dollars to build soap box derby style cars that race down Tombstone Canyon into downtown Bisbee.

Coasters reach between 40-42 mph, and safety for all is always a priority, with required safety inspections, weigh-ins and brake checks. (Photo courtesy of City of Bisbee)

Are the Diamondbacks poised for postseason success after strong first half?

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks’ surprising start to the season has them in an ideal position to make their first playoff appearance in six years.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, talking with pitcher Zac Gallen, has helped put the team in a position to make the postseason for the first time since 2017. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Out of retirement: Charli Turner Thorne joins Mercury staff as assistant coach

PHOENIX – One year and a few months after retiring from ASU women’s basketball, coach Charli Turner Thorne is already back in the women’s basketball world, signing on as an assistant for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

The Mercury have added a familiar face as an assistant: former Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charlie Turner Throne. She joins her former assistant, interim Mercury coach Nikki Blue. (Cronkite News file photo)

Yarnell Hill Fire 10 years later: Lessons learned, lives remembered, community rebuilt

YARNELL – Ten years later, the story of Yarnell is one of loss but also survival. A Navajo heirloom emerging intact from the rubble. A burned, wounded cat seeking comfort from a stranger. And a firefighter, the lone survivor of the hotshots crew, trying to rebuild a life and answer a question that haunts him: “Why didn’t I die that day?”

A photo of all 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots posing in a human pyramid was turned into a statue at the Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial. (Photo by Sean Lynch/Cronkite News)

Blood clot sidelines Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly again

PHOENIX – Merrill Kelly, an Arizona native and Diamondbacks pitcher, learns “discomfort” in calf is actually a blood clot.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly was was placed on the 15-day IL retroactive to Sunday after discomfort in his leg revealed a blood clot. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

A new Big 3 era: Bradley Beal excited to contend for championships with the Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX – Bradley Beal addressed the Phoenix media Thursday for the first time since being traded to the Suns. He spoke on playing in meaningful games, playing with teammates Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton, and how healthy he feels.

After playing with the same team for 11 years, Bradley Beal said he is looking forward to playing for the Phoenix Suns. “I feel refreshed, I feel rejuvenated. This is an exciting moment for me. This is an awesome team.” (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Suns)

From Russia, with question marks: Coyotes surprise many with top selections in NHL Draft

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes caused a stir when they drafted Dmitri Simashev and Daniil But sixth and 12th, respectively, in the NHL Draft Wednesday. The teammates and friends from Russia were excited about the selection but many experts from around the country questioned why the pair went so high.

Daniil But, left, and Dmitri Simashev are not only friends and teammates, but were also the Arizona Coyotes’ top two selections in the NHL Draft. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Coyotes)

Valley of dreams: Phoenix Suns rookie Toumani Camara in awe of NBA arrival

PHOENIX – With the 52nd pick in the draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Toumani Camara. A defensive-style player with a drive to win, Camara will fit seamlessly into Frank Vogel’s style of play.

Phoenix Suns forward Toumani Camara was introduced Tuesday at the Verizon 5G Performance Center. Camara was drafted by the Suns as the 52nd overall pick last Thursday in the 2023 NBA Draft. (Photo by Joey Plishka/Cronkite News)

Arizona Coyotes set for NHL Draft with two first-round picks and plenty of options

PHOENIX – What will the Coyotes and general manager Bill Armstrong decide to do with two picks in the first round of Wednesday’s NHL Draft? One expert predicts the organization to take a defenseman.

Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong is taking a simple approach to the 2023 NHL Draft. “We take the best player and we figure it out from there,” he said Tuesday. (Photo by Rudy Aguado/Cronkite News)

‘Playing with fire’: Brittney Griner discusses WNBA travel, All-Star bid

PHOENIX – Despite missing the entire season, Brittney Griner was named an honorary starter at the 2022 WNBA All-Star game. This year, after being named a starter, she will have the opportunity to be there in person.

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was named a starter in the 2023 WNBA All-Star Game to extend her streak to nine consecutive selections – one shy of the league record. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

From Scottsdale to Vancouver, Jaden Lipinski’s next stop is 2023 NHL Draft

PHOENIX – Scottsdale native Jaden Lipinski is projected to be drafted in Wednesday’s NHL Draft. He continues the legacy of players helping to grow the sport in the Valley as he looks to become Arizona’s next hockey star.

Jaden Lipinski, who developed his passion for hockey as a member of the Jr. Coyotes, plans to return to the Vancouver Giants next season. The Scottsdale native is projected to be selected in the third or fourth round of Wednesday's 2023 NHL Draft. (Photo courtesy of Jaden Lipinski)

Tommy Lloyd, Bobby Hurley provide offseason updates in new age of recruiting

PHOENIX – At the Section 7 high school tournament, Arizona men’s basketball coach Tommy Lloyd and ASU men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley reflected on the state of college basketball and how their teams are shaping up for next season.

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley is taking his team on an offseason trip to Europe. He hopes the journey will be a bonding experience for his returning players and new recruits in this challenging era of college basketball coaching. (Photo by Joey Plishka/Cronkite News)