Erica Block

Erica Block

Sports Reporter, Phoenix
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Phoenix Open officials disappointed Phil Mickelson won’t play, optimistic show will go on

PHOENIX – Phoenix Open officials are disappointed that Phil Mickelson won't play in Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2020 but they are optimistic show will go on.


Ottawa University football: From nonexistent to playoff contender in just two years

SURPRISE – Strong leadership, talent and team chemistry have propelled the football team at Ottawa University of Arizona (OUAZ) to the NAIA playoffs. Two years ago, they didn’t exist.


Bluegreen Vacations 500 reflects popularity of NASCAR in Arizona, host of 2020 championship

AVONDALE – Although thousands of people in the Valley flocked to ISM Raceway over the weekend to cheer on their favorite drivers, the Bluegreen Vacations 500 drew just as many people from outside Arizona.


There’s no denying in baseball: Remembering the women who played the game

SCOTTSDALE – The International Women’s Baseball Center (IWBC) is making steady progress toward building a museum and education center in Rockford, Illinois, to honor women in baseball.


An inside look at the College Football Playoff selection

GRAPEVINE – Every year, the College Football Playoff invites students to Grapevine, Texas, to participate in mock selection exercises and see what the team ranking process is all about.


‘He got a bad rap’: Friends, NFL executives remember Bill Bidwill’s humble, caring side

TEMPE – Bill Bidwill may have been an enigma to Cardinals fans and others who knew him only through his public persona. But in their tributes to him in the wake of his death at 88, Bidwill’s close friends and associates describe a humble, joke-telling man with a deeply caring nature.


Diamondbacks teammates believe Eduardo Escobar ideal candidate for Clemente award

PHOENIX - From the work he does in the local community to the leadership he brings to the Diamondbacks clubhouse, teammates believe Eduardo Escobar is a worthy candidate for the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award.


Axing the stereotype, NAU’s coed lumberjack sports model inclusivity, gender equality

FLAGSTAFF – Men and women at Northern Arizona University compete on equal footing in collegiate logging sports, where technique, accuracy and finesse matter more than size and strength.