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From Jael Mary to serving youth: Former ASU receiver Jaelen Strong has big plans for Arizona’s young athletes
TEMPE – Jaelen Strong spent two seasons at Arizona State, solidifying his position as one of the great receivers in school history. Now, after a stint in the NFL, Strong has formed 602Era, an athletic and academic organization for young athletes.
TEMPE – Arizona State played its annual spring game and gave fans a sneak peak at what Sun Devil football will look like under new coach Kenny Dillingham. The game demonstrated his pledge to activate the Sun Devil fan base to bring back the winning ways of Arizona State football.
Overseas and understated: Unselfish play by Tubelis, Wildcats put Arizona in position to have NCAA Tournament success
SACRAMENTO – The Arizona Wildcats feature seven European players. Their unselfish style of play, led by Lithuanian forward Azoulas Tubelis, has the Wildcats poised to make a strong postseason run.
PHOENIX – Nevada stands in the way of Arizona State’s NCAA tournament hopes in Wednesday’s First Four game, but coach Hurley believes his team is battle tested and prepared for the bright lights of the big dance.
Let’s dance: Arizona well represented in NCAA tournament with ASU, UArizona and GCU receiving invitations
TUCSON – Although there were a few nervous moments for Arizona State, ASU, UArizona and GCU received invitations to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which meant three out of the state's four Division I schools will participate in March Madness.
LAS VEGAS – A back-and-forth battle between UCLA and Arizona ended with a victory for the Wildcats in the Pac–12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, thanks to the prolific offense of Azuolas Tubelis and a late 3-pointer from Courtney Ramey.
LAS VEGAS – The Arizona Wildcats hope what happens in Vegas doesn't stay there. Their impressive effort against Arizona State, especially late in the game, send the Wildcats into the championship game of the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament against UCLA Saturday night.
LAS VEGAS – In Arizona State’s semifinal game of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament, the Sun Devils lost to Arizona, 78-59. ASU now set its sights on Selection Sunday and remain pleased with the play of Jamiya Neal.
LAS VEGAS – In Arizona State’s second-round game of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Sun Devils defeated USC 77-72 to set up an in-state matchup against the Arizona Wildcats.
LAS VEGAS – Despite a quiet night from Kerr Kriisa, the Wildcats rallied to defeat a resilient Stanford team Thursday in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS – In Arizona State’s opening game of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Sun Devils defeated Oregon State 63-57 to set up a key game against USC.
PHOENIX – Philip Studer, 20, is in his second season as the freshman basketball head coach at North Canyon High School. As one of the youngest coaches at any high school in the country, Studer has used his youth to build relationships with his players and help turn the program around.
TEMPE – Arizona State played its final homestand of the season, splitting the two-game series with the mountain schools, Colorado and Utah. With a victory on Senior Night against Utah, the Sun Devils kept their slim hopes of receiving an NCAA Tournament bid alive.
PHOENIX – ASU has one of the more storied programs in all of college baseball, yet the Sun Devils have failed to reach the Men’s College World Series since 2010. Will that trend end this season? The Sun Devils enter Friday’s opener with optimism.
Big bucks, big names: $20 million on line after PGA Tour gives WM Phoenix Open designated event status
SCOTTSDALE — The PGA Tour named the WM Phoenix Open a designated event, meaning it is one of a select group of tour stops this season with an elevated purse of $20 million and all the top golfers competing for it.
GOODYEAR - With the 5A high school basketball playoffs underway, the Amundsen name will appear often. Father, son and daughter are all part of the Millennium program.
TEMPE – Kenny Dillingham and his staff secured 43 commitments on National Signing Day, including 15 high school prospects and 25 college transfers, in a complete overhaul of the Sun Devil football roster.
PHOENIX – During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the NFL’s premier matchup will leave its mark, from large-scale advertisements to celebrity parties.
MESA – Major League Pickleball kicked off its first event of 2023 in Mesa, Arizona this past weekend. The sport is the fastest growing sport across the U.S. and the tournament was televised on the tennis channel from Jan. 26 - Jan. 29.
GLENDALE - Michigan has now lost in back-to-back College Football Playoff semifinals after its stunning Fiesta Bowl loss to TCU Saturday, sparking new questions about the future of head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines program.
GLENDALE - A calm demeanor guided No. 3 TCU through the craziness of the highest-scoring Fiesta Bowl ever and into the College Football Playoff national championship game after a 51-45 win over No. 2 Michigan.
PHOENIX – Outside of Phoenix sporting events and concerts, local street performers set the ambience for fans. Many of them come from illustrious musical backgrounds, and they’re hoping you’ll listen, even if just for a moment.
PHOENIX – The NCAA Men’s Final Four will return to Phoenix in 2024, and the countdown clock has started with Wednesday’s logo reveal in downtown Phoenix.
PHOENIX – As Arizona soccer fans watched the U.S. beat Iran in a World Cup match Tuesday, they acknowledged the distraction of geopolitical tensions. From an Iranian journalist scolding the U.S. team captain for a mispronunciation, to the U.S. Soccer Federation briefly displaying Iran's national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic, controversy has surrounded this event.
PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals tackle Kelvin Beachum has joined Verizon and the United Food Bank in a campaign to “tackle hunger” that pits Cardinals fans and followers of the New Orleans Saints in a competition to raise funds to feed the hungry.
PHOENIX –Ethan Piechota is a lead scout for NXTPro Hoops that focuses on helping D-II and D-III high school basketball prospects
PHOENIX – Duce Robinson from Pinnacle High School is a multi-sport athlete and possibly one of the best recruits Arizona has produced. The five-star football recruit, with offers from the top football programs in the nation, also plays baseball and basketball.
PHOENIX – Arizona high school football ranks in the top 10 in states with five top 100 high school football recruits.
GLENDALE – Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury faces his former collegiate quarterback in Week 1, Cardinals running back Darrel Williams faces his former team for the first time in his career.