James Franks
James Franks
Sports Visual Journalist, Phoenix

James Franks expects to graduate in December 2021 with a master’s degree in sports journalism. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports communication from Bradley University.

Latest from James Franks

Curling in Arizona: Tempe club’s accomplishments include Olympic Trials series

TEMPE - Three member of the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe decide to chase their Winter Games dreams and wound up in an Olympic Trials series competition.


Losing streak, venue change don’t rattle Mercury as they enter single-elimination playoff game

PHOENIX - Heading into tonight’s single-elimination playoff game on a three-game losing streak can sometimes be a red flag. But for the Phoenix Mercury, this streak is nothing short of a red herring.


With new players, proposed new Tempe arena, ‘hungry’ Coyotes ready to compete

GLENDALE – The Arizona Coyotes enter the 2021-22 season with a lot of noise outside the locker room. However, the team is excited and optimistic they can surprise those doubting the team around the league.


3 Arizona men built popular ‘Fantasy Footballers’ podcast from lunchroom to sellouts

PHOENIX – Arizona residents Mike Wright, Andy Holloway and Jason Moore created “The Fantasy Footballers,” a podcast that has been streamed more than 36 million times and has over 263,000 YouTube channel subscribers.


Chandler vs. Cherry Creek: High school football teams leaving state to find opponents

PHOENIX - In keeping with tradition, Chandler High played an out-of-state football power and the five-time defending state champions prevailed, beating Colorado’s Cherry Creek High 17-7 in a game both high school titans used as a measuring stick.


From Lil Wayne to Lauryn Hill, playlist helps Mercury find their vibe

PHOENIX - Music is the driving force behind Mercury's motivation. A peek behind the scenes shows how music has helped shape the identity of the WNBA team.


‘I take full responsibility, man’: Rattlers’ Drew Powell remorseful after United Bowl loss

PHOENIX - After winning league MVP, Drew Powell’s season ended on a sour note with a loss in the United Bowl. Powell acknowledged that despite a great year, he wasn’t able to get the job done when it mattered most.


Following tragedies, Central High School finds comfort in its football community

PHOENIX - Coping with the losses of a player’s younger brother and the team’s former captain in the past four months, the Central High football team now uses the field as its sanctuary.


Pick’em: Sport gambling in Arizona underway and options are plentiful

PHOENIX - With sports gambling officially legal in Arizona, professional teams celebrate partnerships with Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel and Barstool Sportsbook.


Snakes alive: Passionate fan base has Rattlers close to another championship

PHOENIX – Since 1992, the Arizona Rattlers have maintained a strong and loyal fan base through league changes and a pandemic. The “Snake Pit” gives the Rattlers a unique edge and excellent home-field advantage through playoffs.


Have app, will gamble: Arizona online sports betting sites open registration Saturday

PHOENIX – Online Sports betting sites open Saturday, moving one step closer to the launch date for sports betting in Arizona on Sept. 9.