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Vision quest: New ASU baseball coach Bloomquist has high expectations for program
PHOENIX – One of ASU’s many successful baseball alumni, Willie Bloomquist, rejoins the team this year as its coach. From a high school player desperate to play in Arizona to a veteran athlete bringing real-world experience to the field, his dedication to the Sun Devils has never wavered.
‘Hold tight’: Highly touted Diamondbacks prospect Alek Thomas excited for future
PHOENIX – Playing in his second Futures Game in 2021, Alek Thomas is just one example of the talent in the Diamondbacks’ farm system. His family, many of whom live in Tucson, are thrilled he’s coming up in their home base.
Suns’ naming rights deal with Footprint provides chance to increase fans’ environmental awareness
PHOENIX - The Suns’ naming rights agreement with Footprint is the most recent of several deals between sports franchises and sustainability-focused companies. It provides a unique opportunity to encourage environmentally friendly behavior among fans.
Skateboarding, Arizona’s Jagger Eaton make Olympic debut
PHOENIX - When Jagger Eaton was 4, his dad built a skatepark in Mesa called Kids that Rip. Now, Eaton is competing for Olympic gold at the 2020 Tokyo games.
An accident, a loss, an alley-oop: Suns playoff run helps fan persevere after painful year
PHOENIX – When David Boothe is down, the Suns are always there to lift him up. Motivated by Monty Williams’ personal mantra, Boothe hasn’t given up hope despite difficulties with his business and a life-altering motorcycle crash.
‘Nuestro equipo’: Diamondbacks’ City Connect jerseys showcase community of Hispanic fans
PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks debuted their City Connect jerseys with “Las Serpientes” across the front. The jerseys are one example of the Diamondbacks’ commitment to Arizona’s Hispanic community.
Two Arizona runners go the distance, from altitude training in Flagstaff to representing U.S. in Tokyo
PHOENIX - Emily Sisson and Rachel Schneider will run the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively, at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. The two live and train in Arizona and attribute the altitude in Flagstaff, and the heat in Phoenix, as part of their success.
They’re not counting their chickens but … Suns fans torn between sweep, Game 5 at home
PHOENIX - The Suns’ dominant win against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night had fans flying high, suggesting a sweep is possible. But some admit they would rather see a Game 5 at home.
At this senior living facility, Tour de Zest participants pedal against ageism
PHOENIX – Residents at La Siena, a Phoenix senior living facility, are participating in a Tour de France-themed competition: the Tour de Zest. They want to show ageing doesn’t mean you stop living.
Could sports gambling be boon for women’s sports? Bet on it, some say
PHOENIX – As sports betting becomes legal across the United States, some see potential for an increase in attention on women’s sports because bettors might feel invested. Others aren’t so sure. Either way, both industries are taking off and they’re doing it together.
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.
Academic benefits a go: NCAA loses Supreme Court case on compensation
PHOENIX - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that restrictions the NCAA attempted to put on the academic benefits, like laptops and study abroad funding, are unconstitutional. Schools can now provide any academic benefits they want.
Best in history? That’s what Suns’ Ayton thinks about 2018 NBA draft class
PHOENIX – During the Suns’ successful quest to eliminate the Lakers in the Western Conference quarterfinals, Suns center Deandre Ayton averaged 15.8 points and earned a shooting percentage of 77.6.
Mike Magpayo, Jackson He helping to combat Asian American stereotypes in college athletics
PHOENIX – Mike Magpayo found out he made history while watching “SportsCenter” on the couch with his wife Caroline and his 6-day-old son Luka.
Daughter in sports? Role models, parental support can help keep girls participating
PHOENIX – A Women’s Sports Foundation study found parental support plays a significant role in girls in sports. That’s because girls face more stereotypes and have less societal support than boys.
Baseball coach Tracy Smith, ASU part ways after underwhelming postseason performances
PHOENIX – Arizona State baseball will immediately start the search for a new head coach after mutually agreeing to part ways with Tracy Smith, the school announced Monday.
The kids are all right: ASU fields youngest roster in NCAA Baseball Championship
PHOENIX – When Arizona State kicks off the Texas Regional round of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, it will field the youngest roster in the tournament.
Convergence of Mickelson’s success, NCAA championship have Grayhawk at top of game
SCOTTSDALE – Grayhawk Golf Club is at top of game with NCAA championships, Phil Mickelson success.
Mercury fans’ excitement about in-person return dampened by news of Diana Taurasi injury
PHOENIX – Fans returned to a Phoenix Mercury game for the first time in over a year. The excitement was damped by news Tuesday that Diana Taurasi is out for four weeks.