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Betting on women: Sports gambling app industry excited by growth of female users
PHOENIX – Although men typically represent the majority of sports gamblers, women joined betting apps at a higher rate than men in 2021.
Cactus League report: Brewers pitchers hope to build off dominant 2021 season
The Milwaukee Brewers are looking to follow up a dominant 2021 campaign on the mound. Many are using the abbreviated spring to their advantage to fulfill that goal, and sizable results have already presented themselves.
Despite tournament inexperience, Arizona men’s basketball brings confidence to March Madness
SAN DIEGO – The Arizona Wildcats haven’t played in an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament since losing to Buffalo in the first round of the 2018 event. The new-look team with a new coach is excited to begin its journey in San Diego.
Arizona sportsbooks expecting large crowds, revenue for first March Madness betting cycle
PHOENIX – This is Arizona's first March Madness with legal sports betting. Sportsbooks across the state are expecting large crowds and revenue during both the men’s and women’s NCAA championship tournaments.
Valley ties: Arizona connections run deep in 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
PHOENIX – Six players from Arizona are on key teams in this year’s March Madness tournament, as well as five coaches who have ties to the Valley.
‘Real chance’ Kerr Kriisa could play in Arizona’s NCAA Tournament opener
PHOENIX – After capturing the Pac-12 Tournament title over UCLA, Arizona was rewarded with a one seed in the South Region of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Wildcats will play the winner of the game between No. 16 seeds Wright State and Bryant on Friday.
A slam dunk: After impressive victory over UCLA, Arizona poised to land No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament
LAS VEGAS – After an impressive victory over UCLA, Arizona captured the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament title and is poised to land the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
No starting point guard, no problem: Wildcats advance to Pac-12 Tournament title game
LAS VEGAS – The loss of its starting point guard raised significant concerns about Arizona's chances in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. The way the Wildcats found ways to win left coach Tommy Lloyd emotional.
Arizona holds off Stanford but awaits news on injured starting point guard Kerr Kriisa
LAS VEGAS – Arizona won a tough battle against Stanford, edging out the Cardinals in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Not all the news was good, however, as starting point guard Kerr Kriisa went down with an ankle injury.
Swing and a miss: MLB delays spring training, cancels early season games after talks stall
PHOENIX – Major League Baseball announced the cancellation of the first two series of the regular season following stalled negotiations between the owners and MLB’s Players Association.
Play ball? Not yet, as battle for MLB season carries on after spring training delayed
PHOENIX — Pitchers and catchers were supposed to report this week. But due to no new CBA, spring training in Arizona will have to wait a little longer.
No masks, no distancing: WM Phoenix Open excited for return to normal
SCOTTSDALE – After the 2021 Phoenix Open was played with restrictions and a limited capacity, the 2022 version at TPC Scottsdale is back to normal. Players and fans are excited for one of golf’s best weeks.
Super Bowl LVI gambling could surpass $100 million in Arizona, experts predict
PHOENIX – Arizona will affect this year’s Super Bowl gambling landscape, sports betting analysts believe, and it could be significant next year when the big game comes to Glendale.
Four walls ‘don’t build a culture’: Coyotes react to report of move to ASU
GLENDALE – Coyotes head coach André Tourigny reacts to uncertainty of where the team will play games next season as reports of talks intensifying to use ASU’s multipurpose arena surface.
An incoming storm: Athletes, sports organizations ‘moving the needle’ in climate change action
PHOENIX – Professional athletes and teams across the globe have been proactive in the fight against climate change. Sports contribute largely to carbon emission, and athletes taking the cause into their own hands is happening more often.