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Flat chance: Tire mishap inspires Cardinals’ Jesse Luketa to hitch ride to work with fans

TEMPE – After a flat tire on the highway, Cardinals linebacker Jesse Luketa was unsure if he could make it to the stadium in time for the game. Then, he spotted a family in Cardinals gear at a gas station, and their generosity got him to State Farm Stadium.

Texas, held ‘em: Defense holds Cards close in Houston as strong suit, eyes redemption vs. Rams

TEMPE – Under first-year coach Jonathan Gannon, the Arizona Cardinals defense continues to make strides, with a gritty, resilient group that made C.J. Stroud’s afternoon tough. Linebacker Josh Woods took over play-calling duties, and the Cardinals defense answered the bell.

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Four real: Washington leaps past Florida State at No. 4 in College Football Playoff rankings

PHOENIX – Washington is among the Top 4 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time since 2016, drawing one step closer to competing for the national title.

Michael Penix Jr., left, and No. 4 Washington carry the hopes of a College Football Playoff berth and rewriting the postseason narrative for the resurgent Huskies. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

New Mexicans speak out against gun violence

ALBUQUERQUE – At the unveiling of a mural to prevent gun violence and after the renewal of a public health order on guns, conversations around how to stop gun violence continue in New Mexico.

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence unveiled a new mural outside San Pedro Library in Albuquerque on Nov. 4, 2023. When viewed through a phone camera, the mural comes to life and names appear thanks to augmented reality technology. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Border encounters dip slightly, but Tucson sector again saw most traffic

WASHINGTON – Border Patrol officers encountered 55,224 migrants in the Tucson sector in October, far outstripping the 38,211 encounters in the Del Rio, Texas, sector and almost 10 times the number seen in the Yuma sector that month.

Oregon State eyes chaotic conclusion to upend Pac-12 in College Football Playoff race

PHOENIX – Oregon State moved to No. 11 in the most recent CFP poll, and now has the chance to create a dramatic finish in the Pac-12's last hope for a playoff spot.

‘They don’t know how to die’: Phoenix Rising win first ever USL Championship

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Phoenix Rising completed one of the most unlikely playoff runs the USL has ever seen on Sunday, when they beat Charleston Battery 3-2 on penalties to win their first ever USL Championship, ending years of playoff heartbreak.

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Arizona Wildcats enter CFP ranks; Washington, Oregon keep Pac-12’s CFP hopes alive

PHOENIX – In the second College Football Playoff rankings, Arizona jumped into the top 25 for the first time since 2017 after the Wildcats’ win over UCLA. They join four other Pac-12 schools in the rankings, with Washington and Oregon in prime position to jump into a playoff spot.

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Together again: Twin sisters Sydney and Laura Erikstrip reunited with GCU women’s basketball team

PHOENIX – Lopes basketball players Sydney and Laura Erikstrup look to use their lifelong bond, both on and off the court, to GCU’s advantage.

Laura Erikstrup, a 6-foot-2 forward, took her talents to the University of San Diego after starring at Beaverton High School before transferring to Grand Canyon University. (Photo by Griffin Greenberg/Cronkite News)

Pool party: Chase Field’s splashy attraction creates iconic moments

PHOENIX – The Chase Field pool is home to viral celebrations and gross infiltrations. These moments make the Diamondbacks’ pool suite one of the most unique features to any stadium in any sport.

Diamondbacks' players jumping in pool.

Washington, Oregon give Pac-12 conference life in first College Football Playoff rankings

PHOENIX – The first College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday, with the Pac-12 boasting six teams in the top 25. Can No. 5 Washington and No. 6 Oregon sneak in in the conference’s final season?

‘Future of British baseball’ Harry Ford continues development in Arizona Fall League after successful WBC appearance for Team GB

MESA – Mariners prospect Harry Ford, 20, has been crowned the ‘future of British baseball’ after leading Team GB to its first World Baseball Classic appearance. Now featuring in the AFL, Ford hopes to use the experience to improve as a player.

British baseball star Harry Ford.