The stands at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City were filled with 49ers fans when San Francisco took on the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The NFL’s battle to expand its sport, presence and fan support in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The NFL returned to Mexico City on Nov. 21 when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL and its clubs started to grow their presence in Mexico last year to build their brands and gain fan growth in an interest-filled region.

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ASU hockey’s Demetrios Koumontzis draws competitive spirit from siblings

TEMPE – Forward Demetrios Koumontzis, who is in his fifth season with the ASU hockey team, developed a competitive streak early while growing up as the second youngest of six brothers. His family made several moves just to help the boys develop their hockey skills.

The six Koumontzis brothers share a close bond through their early hockey roots. ASU men's ice hockey standout Demetrios Koumontzis, second from the right, has put his competitive streak on display in his final season. (Photo courtesy of Angela Koumontzis)

Suns stay in house for new President of Basketball Operations

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns announced James Jones as the team’s new president of basketball operations. This is the first time this job has been filled since 2015. It is a new position for Jones, however Jones’ impact on the organization made the ideal candidate for the job.

James Jones is tasked with elevating the Phoenix Suns to new heights while wearing two hats as the Suns general manager and new president of basketball operations. (File photo by Hope O'Brien/Cronkite News)

Coyotes’ new arena to be decided by public referendum

TEMPE – The Tempe City Council votes unanimously for a public referendum regarding the Arizona Coyotes potential new arena in Tempe on Tuesday night. What impact will this have on the Coyotes future


Against backdrop of controvery, soccer fans watch U.S. beat Iran

PHOENIX – As Arizona soccer fans watched the U.S. beat Iran in a World Cup match Tuesday, they acknowledged the distraction of geopolitical tensions. From an Iranian journalist scolding the U.S. team captain for a mispronunciation, to the U.S. Soccer Federation briefly displaying Iran's national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic, controversy has surrounded this event.

Soccer fans at Crown Public House in downtown Phoenix watch the World Cup match between the United States and Iran. Controversy has surrounded the competition. (Photo by Nikash Nath/Cronkite News)

Dillingham begins ASU football’s next chapter as new coach

TEMPE – After an emotional and positive opening press conference for Sun Devil Head Coach Kenny Dillingham, all eyes are on what he’ll be able to do once he takes over.