Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith

Sports 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.

Latest from Derrick Smith

Missing you: High school football programs face safety and money woes in COVID-19 era

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.


Cactus Bowl awaits news on progress of 2020 season, sponsorship deal

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.


The basketball is in overseas court for former ASU player Eric Jacobsen

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.


Enlisting excellence: ASU men’s hockey, tennis programs draw top 10 recruits

PHOENIX – ASU men’s tennis and hockey each have landed top 10 recruiting classes, an achievement for relatively young programs.


Ready, set, go: Louis Tewanima Footrace runs virtually Sept. 6

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.


Coronavirus sports roundup: Mercury honor Breonna Taylor; fake fans to highlight games at Chase Field

PHOENIX – Mercury, Suns players begin making decisions about social justice messages on jerseys. Fox announces virtual fans for MLB games.


Coronavirus sports roundup: NFLPA ranks Arizona as No. 2 hotspot; Spencer Rattler-led Sooners healthy

PHOENIX – Arizona second-worst hotspot NFLPA says, 72 NFL players test positive for COVID-19 and Spencer Rattler-led Sooners healthy.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Gila River hotels, casinos close for two weeks after worker death

PHOENIX – Mask requirements are in development by city and county leaders, and other headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Temperature checks, no high fives: AIA announces guidelines for high school athletes to return to sports

PHOENIX – The Arizona Interscholastic Association issued coronavirus guidelines Thursday for the possible return of high school athletics during the fall.