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On eve of Brittney Griner’s guilty plea, community holds rally for Mercury star

PHOENIX - An emotional and impassioned Cherelle Griner addressed a fervent crowd of more than 300 at the “Bring BG Home” rally at the Footprint Center Wednesday evening. Shortly after, at a court in Khimki, Russia, Brittney, pleaded guilty to bringing hash oil into the country.


Casa Grande’s Barça Residency Academy producing top level soccer talent

CASA GRANDE – FC Barcelona is known for producing some of soccer’s top talents through their academy in Spain. Since 2016, they have used the same approach in Casa Grande, where every graduate so far has played in college or signed a professional contract.


Hurt by suspensions, Angels pitching staff continues to struggle

ANAHEIM, Calif . – Following a collection of brawl-related suspensions, the Los Angeles of Anaheim are continuing to struggle with pitching. And it’s costing them in the standings.


Coaching partners: Husband and wife lead Scottsdale Community College women’s basketball team

SCOTTSDALE – Tasha Washington and Joe Bonham share a partnership both on the sidelines and at home. Their strong bond empowers their Scottsdale Community College women’s basketball players.


‘Immense suffering’: After Roe, groups focus on how to help pregnant people

Activists and organizations on both sides of the abortion debate are figuring out how best to help pregnant people after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that had legalized abortion.

woman holding "abortion equals healthcare" protest sign in crowd

Sacramento Republic FC makes statement en route to U.S. Open Cup semifinals

CARSON – Sacramento Republic FC, after losing the MLS expansion bid, defeats LA Galaxy, and Phoenix Rising to advance to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.


Title IX at 50: As opportunities evolved for female athletes, so did ASU

TEMPE – As Title IX turns 50, women involved in the early years of athletics at Arizona State reflect on the era.


Firefighters get pay boost, say more needed as wildfires keep growing

WASHINGTON - Advocates welcomed the announcement that federal firefighter pay will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, a potentially "life-changing" step for the chronically underpaid crews. But they say more still needs to be done to attract and retain firefighters.


‘Springs are sentinels’: NAU team studies how spring water affects ecosystems

FLAGSTAFF – Spring water is a huge part of the Arizona ecosystem, feeding all the state’s perennial streams. NAU professor Abe Springer, who has been studying springs and groundwater for over two decades, talks about how they affect all the inhabitants of Arizona.


As Pipeline Fire burns 20,000 acres north of Flagstaff, officials share safety tips

PHOENIX – The Pipeline Fire has burned over 20,000 acres just north of Flagstaff and prompted some evacuations. Before the fire broke out, the National Fire Prevention Education Team was in Arizona to talk about what Arizonans can do to prevent wildland fires, including being intentional about where you park and how you secure trailer chains.


Middle seats, canceled flights, COVID exposure: Taurasi, WNBA players sound off on commercial travel

PHOENIX – More WNBA players, including Diana Taurasi, are pushing back about having to fly commercial for road trips, and the issues came to a head earlier this year after the league fined the New York Liberty franchise fined $500,000 for using private jets.


Caitlin Lowe finds way leading Arizona softball program in Mike Candrea’s shadow

OKLAHOMA CITY – In her first season leading Arizona, Caitlin Lowe guided the Wildcats to the Women's College World Series. She leaned on several lessons from her predecessor, the legendary Mike Candrea.