Fan favorite Jock Landale brings versatility, Australian toughness to Suns frontcourt rotation

PHOENIX – During the offseason, the Phoenix Suns brought in former San Antonio Spurs big man Jock Landale, a 6-foot-11, 255-pound Australian. With a crowded rotation, the center has stood out for his versatility, toughness and ability to make teammates and reporters laugh.

Was Robert Sarver ‘canceled’? Experts debate on ‘unforgiving climate’ reaction by Suns owner

PHOENIX – After pressure from outside and within, Robert Sarver reluctantly decides to sell the Suns, blaming cancel culture for a lack of forgiveness.

Brighter days ahead? Suns ready to rise above tumultuous times as 2022-23 season begins

PHOENIX – After a historic postseason loss to end last season and a wild offseason, the Phoenix Suns return to action Wednesday for their season opener. Al McCoy and Tim Kempton provide insight to what the Suns must do to continue their success in a competitive Western Conference.

ASU soccer’s Nicole Douglas is one for the record books

TEMPE — Nicole Douglas figures to remain atop ASU soccer’s all-time scoring list for a long time to come, but there are other aspects of her game that coach Graham Winkworth believes are too often overlooked.

Although Arizona State forward Nicole Douglas became the school’s all-time leader in goals earlier this season, her game is about a lot more than scoring, coach Graham Winkworth said. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Jackpot Joey: Logano secures spot at NASCAR Championship 4 in Phoenix with Las Vegas win

LAS VEGAS – Joey Logano will look to win his second NASCAR Cup Series title in Phoenix in three weeks after he secured his ticket Sunday to the Championship 4 in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano and his 22 car are nudged by Ryan Blaney during a restart of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff South Point 400 at Vegas Motor Speedway. Logano won and secured an automatic berth in the championship race Nov. 6 at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Deep ties: North Dakota hockey teammates Schmaltz, Stecher reunited in Arizona

SCOTTSDALE – Nick Schmaltz and Troy Stecher won a NCAA National Championship with the University of North Dakota hockey team in 2016. After going their separate ways after college, the pair has reunited as Arizona Coyotes teammates.

Troy Stecher signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on July 13, officially reuniting with former University of North Dakota teammate Nick Schmaltz. (Photo by Nikki Pica/Cronkite News)

ASU may not go to the Rose Bowl, but former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords will lead the Rose Parade

TUCSON – Arizona State University is unlikely to be playing in the Rose Bowl this year, but the Grand Canyon State will still be represented with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords named as grand marshal for the Rose Parade and doing the coin toss for the bowl game.

Practices ‘like war’ as Sun Devils prepare for men’s basketball season

TEMPE - Competitive intensity was the theme at the first media availability for Arizona State’s men’s basketball team pm Oct. 12. Coach Bobby Hurley and point guard Frankie Collins described early practices “like war” as the Sun Devils have already begun to bond despite a lot of new faces.

‘E’ is for everyone: Queer Women of Esports fights for a safer space for all

PHOENIX – Queer Women of Esports, a nonprofit organization, is using its mentorship program to help promote and build safer and more inclusive gaming communities.

Sasha Hostyn, the first woman to win a major StarCraft II tournament, has said she has been a victim of transphobia. (Photo courtesy of Turtle Entertainment)

Major lessons: Peoria Javelinas manager Reid Brignac imparts wisdom on young prospects in Arizona Fall League

SCOTTSDALE - Binghamton Rumble Ponies manager Reid Brignac is no stranger to the game of baseball. Now wanting to expand his wealth of knowledge to younger prospects, Brignac has brought his talents to Peoria to manage the Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

Peoria Javelinas manager Reid Brignac always had a knack for coaching during his playing days and found the perfect opportunity with the New York Mets after retiring in 2018. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Title IX event highlights changes still needed for women’s soccer

TEMPE — In a panel discussion with two-time Olympian and World Cup champion, Briana Scurry highlights how far women’s soccer has come and the changes the women’s game still needs to reach equality.

Two-time Olympian and World Cup champion Briana Scurry helped start the fight for equality in women’s soccer. Despite her accomplishments, she said, “Part of my journey was impeded by the color of my skin.” (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

Whistleblowers: Verbal abuse from fans prompts AIA officiating shortage, Thursday night football

PHOENIX – Most officials quit the profession after just three years. The most common reason has been dealing with verbal abuse from the stands. The lack of officials has led to the AIA moving more varsity football games to Thursday night.

Working as a high school official can be a lonely business. The verbal abuse by fans is one reason there is a shortage in Arizona and why the AIA has asked football teams to play at least one Thursday night game. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)