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Flipping the script: ASU gymnastics team eyes bid to NCAA Championship
TEMPE – Even though COVID-19 postponed Wednesday's season opener, the ASU gymnastics team is optimistic about the season and hopes to make a team run at the NCAA Championships. Junior Hannah Scharf is ready to lead the Sun Devils.
Crowns and cowgirls: Horsemanship, pageantry part of Miss Rodeo Arizona event
QUEEN CREEK – From horsemanship tests to traditional pageant activities, the recent Miss Rodeo Arizona pageant in Queen Creek highlighted a long-standing tradition in the American West.
ClipDart barber business snips away inequities of Black hair styling
Kyle Parker created the ClipDart network after having trouble finding barbers who could cut and style Black hair. The business platform allows people to find barbers or have barbers come to them.
On deck: When ASU’s Hackbarth twins play softball, family is never far behind
PHOENIX – The parents of Maddi and Kindra Hackbarth have missed only one series in the Arizona State twins’ softball career. A challenge time in the first days of the girls’ lives are at the root of the deep bond.
Lower income, Hispanic neighborhoods lag on vaccinations
PHOENIX – Although vaccinations are now open to most Arizonans, some neighborhoods are lagging behind – notably those that are lower income and predominantly Hispanic.
Professional bull riders Whitehorse, Jesus find strong support from Native American community
GLENDALE – PBR riders Keyshawn Whitehorse and Cody Jesus are from the Navajo Nation. When the PBR comes to Arizona, many Native American fans show up to support them.
Ducey orders Arizona businesses to reopen, calls for end of local mask mandates
Gov. Doug Ducey’s latest executive order prohibits local mask mandates and allows for gatherings of more than 50 people. Bars also will be allowed to operate normally, without serving food.
Bull session: Young Colten Fritzlan highlights PBR rodeo event in Glendale
GLENDALE – Rodeo is a longstanding tradition in western culture, running deep roots in families across the United States. At 21, Colten Fritzlan is one of the most promising bull riders in the country.
Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket in Arizona? You could be breaking the law
PHOENIX - The sports betting landscape has seen significant changes since the last time the NCAA Tournament was played. While sports betting is still illegal in Arizona, there are still options for Arizonans wanting to get in on the action.
After historic regular season, GCU turns attention to WAC Tournament
PHOENIX - After winning their first Division I conference title in a unique season, GCU is now trying to win its first conference tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
28 paintings highlight famous – and less familiar – figures in Black history
PHOENIX – Twenty-eight murals and other paintings in central Phoenix honor Black History Month. The art showcases icons and less familiar faces.
Arizona State gymnastics team vaults into spotlight with convincing victory over Arizona
TEMPE – Look out: The Arizona State gymnastics team scored a season-high 197.450 against Arizona and is ranked 17th in the country.
Mural featuring Phoenix Suns, Mercury highlight teams’ commitment to social justice
PHOENIX - Five Phoenix Suns and Mercury figures are featured in one of the Black History Matters murals. Twenty-eight can be found around the city.
After abrupt end to 2020 season, ASU softball ready to run it back in ‘21
TEMPE - After an abrupt end to the 2020 season, Arizona State softball is focused with an offense ranked in the top three and three players with preseason honors: Kindra Hackbarth, Alynah Torres and Jazmine Hill.
In COVID era, players adjusting to ‘weird’ Phoenix Open with limited fans
PHOENIX - The Waste Management Phoenix Open, while greatly reduced in spectators, is one of only a few stops on the PGA Tour to allow fans.
‘The People’s Open’ will be short on people, people’s champion Mickelson this year
SCOTTSDALE – With limited fans due to COVID-19, one of the Waste Management Phoenix Opens’s biggest draws – three-time champion Phil Mickelson – is skipping it again this year.
‘She’s got a part of us with her’: Donor family confident son’s heart is in the right place
PHOENIX - ASU freshman Olivia Eisenhauer waited two years for a heart transplant after suffering two cardiac arrest episodes. With a new lease on life thanks to the heart of a 22-year old accident victim, Eisenhauer has no plans to stop from pursuing her dream as a sports broadcaster
A year after first case in Arizona, COVID-19 is now a leading killer
WASHINGTON - COVID-19 is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death in Arizona, surpassing cancer and closing in on heart disease, according to the latest data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.