Derrian Carter
Derrian Carter
Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Derrian Carter expects to graduate in December 2022 with a master’s degree in sports journalism. Carter, who has interned with Tuscaloosa News and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, was a research associate for the Knight-Cronkite News Lab, a fellow for Front Office Sports and a copy editor and reporter for the Poynter Institute.

Latest from Derrian Carter

Growth beyond borders: Inside the NFL’s reach in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The NFL returned to Mexico City on Nov. 21 when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL and its clubs started to grow their presence in Mexico last year to build their brands and gain fan growth in an interest-filled region.

The stands at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City were filled with 49ers fans when San Francisco took on the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Monday Night Fiesta: Mexico fans take over San Francisco 49ers- Arizona Cardinals game at Aztec Stadium

MEXICO CITY – The San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals faced off in the final game of the NFL International Series in Mexico City at Aztec Stadium. The Niners and the 49er faithful dominated the Super Bowl-type event’s tone and mood, helping them defeat the Cardinals.

Price is right: Arizona Cardinals deliver most affordable fan experience, study says

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals offer the most affordable experience for fans, a study says, despite struggling to have success on the field at home. The Raiders are the most costly.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt plays catch with a young fan in the stands before a recent game against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. One study said the team provides the most affordable fan experience in the NFL. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

From oiled sand to ‘Augusta’ greens, Phoenix Country Club continues to evolve ahead of Schwab Cup

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Country Club hosted multiple tournaments, including the Phoenix Open and the PGA Tour Champions finale, Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The club has undergone many changes since its inception to enhance members and golfers’ experience.

Steven Alker leads the the Charles Schwab Cup money list with $3.3 million in earnings. (Photo by Conor Bonfiglio/Cronkite News)

Game on: Hillcrest Prep poised for first season in Overtime Elite league

BUCKEYE – Hillcrest Prep was one of three teams to join Overtime Elite, a high school basketball league designed for players to get paid or receive exposure from fans and scouts. The Bruins are preparing for the league after experiencing it first-hand last season.

The Hillcrest Prep Bruins will make their Overtime Elite league debut Friday against the YNG Dreamerz. (Photo by Liam Archer/Cronkite News)

Brace yourselves: Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces Super Bowl 57 events

TEMPE – The NFL and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced a list of events that will lead to the 2023 Super Bowl. These events will take place in Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa, and each event will highlight what the cities have to offer.

Jay Parry, the CEO and president of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, said events leading up to the Super Bowl will be spread throughout the Valley. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

From homeschool to No. 1 in the state: Pinnacle’s Samantha Olson’s unconventional golf journey

PHOENIX – Pinnacle girl’s golfer Samantha Olson is unlike her teammates because she takes online classes instead of attending in-person. She uses remote learning to maximize her time on the golf course to improve and prepare for AIA tournaments and matches.

Pinnacle's Samantha Olson is the top-ranked girls golfer among Arizona junior players. (Photo by Conor Bonfiglio/Cronkite News)

What is Ostarine? A look at the performance-enhancing drug that banned Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins for six weeks

PHOENIX – The NFL suspended Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins for six games because he violated the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. The researcher that developed the drug that triggered Hopkins’ positive test said it has shown up as a contaminant in other products.

ASU men’s basketball players secure another free ride through new NIL deal

PHOENIX – Arizona State men’s basketball players Warren Washington, Desmond Cambridge and Devan Cambridge partner with State Bicycle Co. in a new NIL deal. While NIL has provided benefits, there are concerns in the new era.

ASU men's basketball players Devan Cambridge, from left, Reza Farsi, Desmond Cambridge and Warren Washington explore State Bicycle Co.'s Phoenix warehouse in September. (Photo by Marlee Zanna Thompson/Cronkite News)

Makes cents: Why the Arizona Cardinals rank low among NFL’s most valuable franchises

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals rank No. 30 in the Forbes 2022 NFL valuation list after a chaotic offseason that featured DeAndre Hopkins suspended and Kyler Murray’s contract extended despite Phoenix being one of the most populated regions and top markets.