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Temporarily knocked out, RUF Nation returns strong, features card at Celebrity Theatre

PHOENIX – This time last year, RUF had a different name, struggled to hold events due to the pandemic and had a much darker outlook for the future of Arizona MMA. This year, a lot has changed and business is booming, including a card Sunday at the Celebrity Theatre.


‘It’s just something magical’: Bisbee’s historic Warren Ballpark facilitates sports in a small town

BISBEE – A decades-old ballpark in Bisbee continues to host every sporting event in town and provides a glimpse into how much sports can impact a community.


Surge in COVID-19 puts state on pace to hit 1 million cases next week

WASHINGTON - Arizona is on pace to record its 1 millionth COVID-19 infection within the next week, and health experts fear that kids in schools and the looming Labor Day holiday will only make matters worse.


From housing football games to fire evacuees, Round Valley Ensphere has rich history

PHOENIX – The Round Valley Ensphere – so named for the atypical connector design implemented by the dome’s architects – purports to be the only domed high school football stadium in the country. But to focus on that label would be to sell it short. After all, it can fit more people than the combined population of the two towns it serves.


Legislation to change Native American team names lacks momentum in Arizona

PHOENIX – Colorado and Nevada recently passed laws restricting team names and mascots that reference Native American culture. One former state legislator who tried to make progress in this area thinks changing Arizona will be a challenge.


Experts skeptical Suns’ statement condemning violence will curb disorderly fan behavior

PHOENIX - The Suns’ latest statement condemning violence at Phoenix Suns Arena came in response to a brawl at a watch party. Experts in the psychology of sports fandom question the real-life impact of such a statement.


‘You’re it!’ Local parkour athlete plays, commentates competitive tag

PHOENIX - World Chase Tag is a competitive ruleset for tag that has increased rapidly in popularity in the U.S. A Phoenix-based parkour athlete, Fernando Arce, is the captain of Team Ollo and will provide color commentary at August’s tournament.


‘They can judge me’: Paul George pushes aside criticism, hopes to force Game 7

PHOENIX - Paul George has been the subject of criticism for his postseason struggles but a strong outing against the Suns has changed the perception.


From Tempe to Torrey Pines: Rahm surrounded by ASU family during historic U.S. Open win

PHOENIX – When Jon Rahm won the U.S. Open Sunday, he made ASU the first school to have alumni win back-to-back majors since 1996. He and Phil Mickelson contribute to the legacy that makes ASU golf one of the top programs in the world.


Citing physiological benefits, experts say Coyotes shouldn’t lose sleep over move to Central Division

PHOENIX – The Coyotes are moving to the Central Division next season and will face teams who are much further east. Although the move may seem unintuitive to fans, academic research indicates that the Coyotes’ divisional opponents may be at a physical disadvantage when traveling to Gila River Arena.


Cities wait, worry over state budget that poses ‘huge hit’ to revenues

WASHINGTON - With less than four weeks remaining in this fiscal year, local governments in Arizona are anxiously watching state budget negotiations that they fear could end up delivering a "huge hit" to city and town finances.


New Phoenix Rising stadium offers better experience for fans, athletes

PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC kicked off its season on April 30 and sits in first place in the USL Western Conference Pacific Division standings.