Derrick SmithSports Reporter, Phoenix
Derrick Smith is an Arizona native who is majoring in journalism and mass communication with a minor in digital audiences. Smith is a digital sports reporter for Cronkite News.
PHOENIX – High school coaches are eager to get the season started in person, but the pandemic has caused uncertainty and will affect fans, players and funding for high school sporting programs across metro Phoenix.
PHOENIX – The Cactus Bowl has had its fair share of sponsors over the more than 30 years it’s been played in Arizona, with national companies putting their name to the annual Arizona-based college football bowl game. Cheez-It is the latest sponsor to leave.
PHOENIX – Former ASU basketball player Eric Jacobsen continues to make a living overseas, re-signing in June as a forward with the Sendai 89ers in Japan.
PHOENIX – ASU men’s tennis and hockey each have landed top 10 recruiting classes, an achievement for relatively young programs.
The COVID-19 pandemic means the 47th annual Louis Tewanima Footrace will be conducted virtually, from a location of each runner’s choosing. Organizers said the 2020 race, which honors a member of the Hopi nation who won a silver medal in the 1912 Olympics, will still foster community.
PHOENIX – Mercury, Suns players begin making decisions about social justice messages on jerseys. Fox announces virtual fans for MLB games.
PHOENIX – Arizona second-worst hotspot NFLPA says, 72 NFL players test positive for COVID-19 and Spencer Rattler-led Sooners healthy.
PHOENIX – Mask requirements are in development by city and county leaders, and other headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Interscholastic Association issued coronavirus guidelines Thursday for the possible return of high school athletics during the fall.