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Confidence is key: As Pac-12 tourney looms, ASU’s Kimani Lawrence steps up

TEMPE – Senior Kimani Lawrence has taken his game to the next level the past few weeks. With some minor adjustments and confidence, Lawrence has turned into one of ASU’s best players late in the season.


Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

PHOENIX – Despite the pandemic, state parks saw record visitation over parts of 2020, and experts continue to encourage more outdoor activity for both physical – and mental – health.


ASU pitching staff enters season healthy after long, uncertain offseason

TEMPE – The cancellation of the 2020 baseball season was slow and uncertain, leading to a strange offseason. But thanks to a strong, flexible plan, Arizona State’s pitching staff enters the 2021 season at nearly full health.


As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

WASHINGTON - The number of food stamp recipients in Arizona has surged over the past year, but advocates worry that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is still only reaching a portion of those eligible for assistance.


Despite another stoppage, ASU men’s basketball looks to keep its momentum

TEMPE – The Sun Devils return to play after multiple COVID-related postponements threatened to harm the momentum gathered in back-to-back wins.


Battling adversity all season, ASU men’s basketball enters rivalry week with nothing to lose

TEMPE - Battling adversity, ASU men’s basketball enters pivotal rivalry week


As soccer season nears, ASU’s Barbieri remains stranded in Brazil

PHOENIX – COVID-19 has shut down travel from Brazil, leaving ASU women’s soccer Lara Barbieri stranded in Brazil.


Report: ‘Child care deserts’ hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

WASHINGTON - Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely to be left out, which did not come as a surprise to state child care advocates.


Even in COVID-19 climate, job security an issue for coaches, including Arizona’s Sumlin

PHOENIX – Kevin Sumlin’s time in Arizona could be running out. The third-year coach’s seat is growing hotter by the minute, riding a 10-game skid into a showdown with Colorado.


ASU basketball’s crowded backcourt gives ‘Guard U’ a preseason top 25 nod

LOS ANGELES – ASU basketball kicks off Wednesday night when the Sun Devils play Rhode Island in the 2020 Empire Classic. Coach Bobby Hurley and players talk about the upcoming season.


Mount Graham red squirrel makes comeback, but not out of the woods yet

WASHINGTON - The endangered Mount Graham red squirrel, driven to the brink of extinction by wildfire just three years ago in southern Arizona, has seen its numbers more than triple from 33 to 109 animals, following federal, state and local preservation efforts.


New field, new challenges await Sun Devils after delay of women’s soccer season

PHOENIX – Despite a disappointing 2019 season and the COVID-19 pandemic that delayed the 2020 season u, Arizona State coach Graham Winkworth believes the women’s soccer program is on the cusp of national prominence.