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An Olympian, a burrito, a failed drug test: Former ASU runner Shelby Houlihan looks to rebound after doping ban
PORTLAND, Ore. – Inside the journey of U.S. Olympic distance runner Shelby Houlihan, who received a four-year doping ban but believes the positive drug test was triggered by a meal from a food truck.
‘We showed them what we’re about’: NAU’s Grijalva, Nur compete in track world championships
EUGENE, Ore. – Former Northern Arizona teammates and roommates, Abdihamid Nur and Guatemala’s Luis Grijalva, competed against each other in the men’s 5,000-meter final Sunday at the World Athletics Championships.
Former NAU teammates Abdihamid Nur, Luis Grijalva storm to men’s 5,000m final at World Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – Former Northern Arizona teammates, Flagstaff roommates and best friends, the United States’ Abdihamid Nur and Guatemala’s Luis Grijalva will turn competitors Sunday in the men’s 5,000-meter final after top-five heat finishes in Thursday’s qualifiers at the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field.
ASU’s Jorinde van Klinken finishes fourth at Worlds, announces transfer to Tennessee
EUGENE, Ore. – Jorinde van Klinken battled more than just her competitors Wednesday evening during the women’s discus final at the 2022 World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field.
Brooke Andersen joins elite company in women’s hammer throw at World Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – After Canada’s Camryn Rogers’ sixth throw came up short, Brooke Andersen stepped into the ring before her final throw Sunday having already clinched the women’s hammer throw world championship.
Worlds of hurt: Devon Allen’s controversial false start ends title hopes in 110m hurdles
EUGENE, Ore. – Devon Allen’s disqualification for a false start in the 110-meter hurdles has inspired much debate because of a rule that also defines a false start as leaving the blocks too fast, which in Allen’s case was 0.099 seconds.
ASU, NAU and Arizona represented well after Day One of World Athletics Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – It was a big day for alumni from the state's public universities. Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen (shot put), Northern Arizona’s Brooke Andersen (hammer throw) and Arizona’s Edgar Rivera (high jump) highlight competition at the World Athletics Championships
Former Mercury coach Brondello receives warm welcome upon return to Footprint Center
PHOENIX – Sandy Brondello, who called Phoenix home for eight years and still lives in the Valley, was grateful for the warm welcome she received upon her return to Footprint Center with the New York Liberty.
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.
As Brittney Griner awaits trial, discontentment grows closer to home for Phoenix Mercury
PHOENIX - Phoenix Mercury All-Star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith turned to Twitter Thursday night and tweeted a clown emoji that some believe was directed at Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard.
‘We believe in body autonomy’: Mercury’s Brianna Turner, Vanessa Nygaard react to Roe v. Wade decision
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury head coach Vanessa Nygaard and forward Brianna Turner spoke out against the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
Throwing light on greatness: ASU’s Jorinde van Klinken ends outdoor career with discus title
EUGENE, Ore. – A soaked but smiling Jorinde van Klinken walked out of the discus cage at Hayward Field for the final time with a pitchfork emblazoned across her chest and a national title in her possession.
Freshmen Friday: ASU’s Ralford Mullings, Dayton Carlson steal show at NCAA track and field championship
EUGENE, Ore. – Arizona State’s Dayton Carlson finished sixth and set a new school record in the men’s 800-meter final and ASU freshman Ralford Mullings broke through for bronze in the men’s discus finals during day three of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Throwers launch ASU women to first place after Day 2 of NCAA track and field championship
EUGENE, Ore. – The Arizona State women are sitting in first place after day 2 of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Jorinde van Klinken got second in shot put. Beatrice Llano got third, and Shelby Moran fifth in hammer throw.
ASU’s Turner Washington second in shot put; Dayton Carlson advances to 800-meter final at NCAA track and field championship
EUGENE – Arizona State’s Turner Washington took second in the shot put finals, and Dayton Carlson continued his dominance on the track during day one of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
ASU’s Dayton Carlson is confident heading onto one of track’s biggest stages: The NCAA championships
TEMPE – Dayton Carlson surprised everyone at the Pac-12 Championships last month. Everyone except himself. The ASU freshman now finds himself on one of track and field’s biggest stages – the NCAA outdoor championships this week in Eugene, Oregon.
Sun Devils send 11 to NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
TEMPE – Arizona State University is sending 11 athletes to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which run Wednesday through Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Brittney Griner: a look back at the 100 days since Mercury star’s detainment in Russia
PHOENIX- Brittney Griner was detained 100 days ago in Russia. Frustration grows for family, friends and fans.
Sun Devils send 30 to Arkansas for NCAA West Region Track and Field prelims
PHOENIX – Arizona State arrives in Arkansas with 30 Sun Devils who qualified for the NCAA West Regional Preliminary taking place Wednesday through Saturday in Fayetteville.
Mercury: Skylar Diggins-Smith absence not related to disagreement with Diana Taurasi
PHOENIX – Despite a bench disagreement with teammate Diana Taurasi during a loss in Las Vegas, Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith missed Thursday night’s home loss against Dallas due to a non-COVID illness and not because of a fight, the team said.
Jorinde van Klinken’s two titles lead way for ASU in Pac-12 Track and Field Championships
EUGENE, Oregon – Although she wasn’t satisfied with her performance, Jorinde van Klinken led the way for ASU’s women in the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships.