Carbohydrates and salt are avoided by fighters for the best weight-cutting results during training. On average, fighters typically cut 15-20 pounds ahead of a weigh-in. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

MMA warriors battle to beat the scale in grueling world of cutting weight

TEMPE – Mixed martial artists employ unique and healthy strategies to shed pounds, maintain peak performance and conquer the mental and physical challenges before stepping into the octagon.

Final Four: Saturday, April 6 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.


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Hairston family legacy: How it lives on through baseball history

PHOENIX – The Hairston family tree is three generations deep with Major League Baseball players. Their children look to carry on that legacy.

Brothers Dallas Hairston, left, and London Hairston pursue their own paths at Casteel High School in hopes of continuing the family legacy in the major leagues. (Photo by Daniel Stipanovich/Cronkite News)

The sisterhood behind ASU volleyball’s Shania Cromartie’s success

TEMPE – ASU women’s volleyball outside hitter Shania Cromartie has made a few pit stops before landing in Tempe, but the journey has been worth it entering the program’s 20th NCAA tournament appearance.

Cromartie digging a ball.

ASU women’s volleyball storms into NCAA tournament with remarkable turnaround

TEMPE – For the first time since 2015, ASU has clinched a berth in the NCAA Volleyball tournament. Led by first-year head coach JJ Van Niel and opposite hitter Marta Lavinska, ASU looks to continue its successful season Friday in Provo, Utah.

ASU volleyball team celebrating in team huddle.

Suns win tiebreaker, eye NBA In-Season Tournament knockout round

PHOENIX – Advancing to the knockout round, the Suns will play the Lakers in the quarterfinals of the NBA's innovative in-season tournament. This bold move by the league aims to intensify competition in the early stages of the season, with new courts, jerseys and financial incentives.

Booker with the lay-up

Texas, held ‘em: Defense holds Cards close vs. Houston ahead of Rams rematch

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.

Cardinals player make tackles