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For fore-seeable future, ASU men’s golf is on the rise after NCAA Championship showing

SCOTTSDALE – After a seventh-place finish in the 2023 NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club, the ASU men’s golf team has a promising future ahead of them.

ASU sophomore golfer Josele Ballester finished 2-up during match play Tuesday, marking the Sun Devils' only win during the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo by Taylyn Hadley/Cronkite News)

Chef’s special: Anthony Pressley parlays 200-pound weight loss into cooking for world’s best boxers

PHOENIX – Anthony Pressley went from overweight at 400 pounds to a performance chef for world champion boxers such as Tyson Fury and Errol Spence Jr., using the same cooking techniques that helped him lose 200 pounds naturally.

An unsuccessful pursuit to be selected for 'Master Chef' inspired Anthony Pressley to pursue opportunities as a chef, where he combines his passions of food nutrition and combat sports. (Photo courtesy of Anthony Pressley)

Goodbye, Oakland? A’s potential move to Las Vegas has familiar ring

PHOENIX – The Oakland Athletics are one of the most storied franchises in baseball. However, no one knows their story because they moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland and now could move to Las Vegas, less than five hours from Phoenix.

With the decision to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, fans of the Athletics protest with signs outside the stadium before the start of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

After stop at Chase Field, Fernando Tatis Jr. prepares for first game at Petco Park since suspension

PHOENIX – Coming off a 564-day MLB hiatus because of PED suspension and injury, San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. made his return at Chase Field and now will play.

Fernando Tatis Jr. lets out a laugh during the San Diego Padres’ pregame warmups at Chase Field. The April 20 game was Tatis’ return to the Padres lineup since serving an 80 game PED suspension. (Photo by John Cascella/Cronkite News)

Phoenix nonprofit addresses need for children’s respite, hospice care

PHOENIX – One of three pediatric hospice homes in the United States, Ryan House provides respite, palliative and hospice care to children with chronic illnesses. The nonprofit addresses how to meet the needs of these children in a space with few solutions.

Jude Wentland plays with his mom, Madison Wentland, outside their home. (Photo by Lauren Kobley/Cronkite News)

Renaissance man: Phoenix boxer Elijah Garcia ready to fight on boxing’s biggest stage amid Valley boxing revival

PHOENIX – Elijah Garcia, one of three young fighters leading a boxing revival in Phoenix, faces the toughest test of his career against Kevin Salgado. The bout is on the undercard of the biggest fight of the year, Gervonta Davis versus Ryan Garcia in Las Vegas, and puts the up-and-coming Garcia on boxing’s biggest stage.

Elijah Garcia, left, is the youngest fighter in a new generation of boxing talent and believes “Arizona is on the rise” in the sports. (Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/Showtime)

State budget negotiations said to be close as Arizona governor celebrates 100th day in office

PHOENIX — In her first 100 days, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed more than 40 bills and created oversight commissions to find solutions to the state’s pressing problems.

Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks at a press conference to commemorate her 100th day as Arizona’s chief executive on April 12, 2023. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

Arizona ocupa el primer lugar en EE. UU. en tasa de muertes por COVID-19

PHOENIX – Un análisis de la revista médico-científica The Lancet muestra que Arizona tuvo la tasa de mortalidad más alta por cada 100,000 personas en los Estados Unidos. Los investigadores examinaron tres años de datos que encontraron correlaciones entre la raza, la educación y los niveles de pobreza y el número de muertes en el estado.


Blades of glory: Wrestling sisters have big dreams, including Olympics

TEMPE – The Blades sisters committed to ASU, a school that doesn’t recognize Division 1 women's wrestling, but that doesn’t mean they no longer are competing.

Kennedy Blades faced Olympic-level competition in high school before deciding to enroll at Arizona State and Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club. In 2021, she placed second at the Olympic trials. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy and Korina Blades)

Question for victims, court, is not if Aaron Gunches will die, but when

WASHINGTON - Aaron Gunches was supposed to die Thursday night. But instead the convicted murderer will spend at least two more months on Arizona's death row while courts decide if the state can be forced to carry out an execution it says it is not ready for.


Unmistakable rhythm of cumbia music grows louder in Phoenix as local DJ duo and fusion band work to create thriving scene

It’s an unmistakable rhythm that catches you by the ear and doesn’t let go. It’s the booming heart of Latin music and dance known as cumbia, and it’s a form of Latin culture that local DJ duo, Vinyl Vagos, and a cumbia fusion band known as Las Calakas are cultivating in Phoenix.

Eduardo Pym, left, and Felix Trejo, of the DJ duo Vinyl Vagos, get ready to hype up the dance floor with their cumbia music mix at The Womack in Phoenix on March 17, 2023. (Photo by Fernando Hernández)

Report places Arizona first in U.S. for rate of COVID-19 deaths

PHOENIX – An analysis by medical-science journal The Lancet shows Arizona had the highest death rate per 100,000 people in the U.S. Researchers examined three years of data that found correlations between race, education and poverty levels and the number of deaths in the state.

Todd Bailey, Joyce Bailey, Brenda Urquiza and Tara Kebbs, from left, gathered in March 2021 at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe to pay respects and honor the Arizonans who died from COVID-19. A Lancet study in March says Arizona recorded 581 deaths per 100,000 people – the highest rate in the U.S. (File photo by Sierra Bardfeld/Cronkite News)