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Do look up: Arizona scientists have hand in first ‘planetary defense’ test

WASHINGTON - When NASA smashes a spacecraft into an asteroid Monday evening to test whether it's possible to deflect a future killer asteroid, several Arizona scientists will be watching as part of the project.


‘Unforgiving climate’: After strong pushback, Suns majority owner Sarver says he will sell team

PHOENIX – Following strong and swift criticism, Robert Sarver announces he will sell Phoenix Suns and Mercury.


‘Star’ struck: Adjusting to new hybrid role, Cardinals LB Isaiah Simmons shines with huge hit in OT win

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons has a new position this season. The team hopes the position will better amplify the uniquely gifted defender’s traits and production.


NBA punishment of Robert Sarver sparks strong criticism; City of Phoenix to investigate

PHOENIX – The NBA’s punishment of Robert Sarver has triggered widespread criticism from players, fans and those inside the Phoenix Suns organization.

The conduct of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver prompted point guard Chris Paul to tweet, “I was and am horrified and disappointed by what I read” in the report. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona women’s basketball reloads with the hiring of Wildcat great Aari McDonald as Director of Recruiting

PHOENIX — Aari McDonald was recently named the Director of Recruiting at her alma mater, Arizona. The Wildcats are already loaded with top recruits for the 2022 and 2023 seasons and adding McDonald only brings the program and coach Adia Barnes more success.

Aari McDonald, right, makes her return to the Arizona women's basketball program as the new Director of Recruiting. The former Wildcats star reunites with former teammate Cate Reese in the new role. (Photo by Nathan Hiatt/Cronkite News)

Slither and bound: Rattlesnakes and toads get busy during monsoon season

SCOTTSDALE – The summer Arizona monsoon doesn’t just bring dramatic storms, it’s a signal for such desert animals as rattlesnakes and toads to reproduce.


NAU football refuses to be defined by season-opening loss

FLAGSTAFF – Northern Arizona University’s football team lost big in its season opener to Arizona State, but coach Chris Ball and his team now have their sights set on bigger goals. Ball called the game a low pressure matchup for the Lumberjacks and vowed that his team is moving forward.


Vegan handbags made of pineapple, cactus and cork could help save the planet

LOS ANGELES – Some designers are becoming more sustainable by replacing traditional leather with such materials as pineapple, cactus and cork. They look great and are better for the environment.


‘It could have been me:’ Hundreds of migrants in Tapachula die alone, unidentified

TAPACHULA, Mexico – The unidentified remains of more than 52,000 people are lying in mass graves, forensic service facilities, universities, forensic storage and safeguard centers across Mexico. This “forensic crisis” is playing out in a smaller but no less tragic way in Tapachula.


An Olympian, a burrito, a failed drug test: Former ASU runner Shelby Houlihan looks to rebound after doping ban

PORTLAND, Ore. – Inside the journey of U.S. Olympic distance runner Shelby Houlihan, who received a four-year doping ban but believes the positive drug test was triggered by a meal from a food truck.

Houlihan was on top of the world after winning the 1,500 meters during the IAAF Diamond League meet Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/AFP)

‘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.


The ‘veterans’ of LA Kings development camp embrace new leadership role

LOS ANGELES – At the Los Angeles Kings development camp, the oldest of the prospects take on a new leadership role, helping the youngest players through their first camp experience.