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‘A bunch of guys who came together’: Sunnyslope basketball’s memorable 3-year run often overlooked

PHOENIX – Sunnyslope basketball’s class of 2018 featured a memorable run with three state title appearances and back-to-back championships. Yet the program is rarely mentioned among recent high school powerhouses.


Fields of dreams: How farming and football helped Eloy harvest NFL talent

ELOY – Located midway between Phoenix and Tucson along Interstate 10 is the small city of Eloy. It’s home to just under 16,000 residents and is mostly known for world-class skydiving and copious amounts of dust. But a rich history can be found deeper in the city off Exit 208, one that involves football and sending players to the NFL.


Black migrants see nothing in Tapachula but racism and a dead end

TAPACHULA, Mexico – Black migrants fleeing violence and economic or political instability in their home countries are finding overt racism in Tapachula, where they await documents from Mexico that will allow them to continue their journeys north. But the glacial pace of the process has made the situation untenable.


‘He stole my soul’: Don Frye reflects on a storied career, and one of MMA’s most memorable fights

CATALINA, Ariz. – An MMA fight took place 20 years ago that was deemed so great, so fierce that the referee had tears in his eyes. From his home in southern Arizona, Don Frye reflects on a storied, and often challenging, journey.


Los Angeles Sparks hope to build off success in July with successful homestand

LOS ANGELES – After starting the season 7-11, July has been kinder to the Los Angeles Sparks. They hope to keep that momentum going tonight against the Chicago Sky.


Arizona nominee for federal judgeship grilled by GOP senators in hearing

WASHINGTON - Republican senators on Wednesday grilled Arizona attorney Roopali Desai, a nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, over her history of working for progressive causes and her work fighting claims of 2020 election fraud.


‘Ready for this moment’: Former Arizona stars Mathurin, Terry, Koloko impress in NBA Summer League debuts

LAS VEGAS – The 2021-22 Arizona Wildcats basketball team was well-represented as NBA Summer League tipped off as Bennedict Mathurin, Dalen Terry and Christian Koloko all won their first games in Las Vegas.


Despite Supreme Court OK to end it, ‘remain in Mexico’ remains for now

WASHINGTON – Advocates waiting for the Biden administration to end the "remain in Mexico" immigration policy could be waiting weeks, or more, despite the Supreme Court ruling last week that the administration has the authority to do so.


After nearly 37 years, stolen de Kooning painting is back on public display

LOS ANGELES – A Willem de Kooning painting stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art in 1985 is back on public display in Los Angeles. The Getty Center spent three years restoring “Woman-Ochre,” which was heavily damaged during the theft. The painting will return to Tucson this fall.


COVID-19 vaccine for kids gets off to slow start in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Ten days after the FDA gave the final OK to COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as 6 months, health experts say response in Arizona has been tepid, with some parents hesitant and those who want their kids vaccinated having to search for available shots.


This third-generation pilot helped ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ take flight

LOS ANGELES – Kevin LaRosa, a film aerial coordinator, talks about his role on the Tom Cruise film “Top Gun: Maverick” and how his aviation journey from a young age led him to it.


‘Stabilizing the ship’: Despite turmoil, Vanessa Nygaard determined to keep Mercury on track

PHOENIX – Vanessa Nygaard had championship dreams. Despite the turmoil the Phoenix Mercury have faced, she is determined to keep the team on a positive path.