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  • Dodgers facing new enemies, new expectations in 2014

    The Dodgers have no worries. They have no shame. They have talent, pitching and money to burn. Fortunately for the rest of the National League, they are also burdened with the hardest word in professional sports: Read More
  • Carson Palmer eager for his encore season with Arizona Cardinals

    The self-scrutiny is over. Fifty-plus hours of football have been dissected. The deconstruction of Carson Palmer is now complete. “I couldn’t be more excited,” Palmer said. Read More
  • Bickley: Here are 5 reasons to be optimistic about 2014 Arizona Cardinals on eve of free agency

    Twelve years ago, the Cardinals changed divisions. The move was supposed to be liberating. Somehow, the new neighbors are even more aggravating. The Seahawks are a budding dynasty, fresh off a 35-point win in the Super Bowl; the 49ers have played in the last three NFC championship games and are moving into a new stadium; […]
  • LeBron James drops 61: How high can he go

    LeBron James scored 61 points on Monday Night, leaving one giant question in his wake: How high can he go? Read More
  • Giddyup: It’s victory or bust for drivers in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup this season

    Welcome to a new era of NASCAR. If all goes well, the astronauts will be replaced by cowboys. Such a change should be embraced by racing fans everywhere, including the army of Valley diehards that will invade Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. Read More
  • In the wake of SB 1062, Cactus League arriving just in time

    The Cactus League has its own smell. It’s a seductive mix of hot dogs, grilled onions and sun-tan lotion. It’s enough to make you weep. The first scent of the season wafted by at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, and sent my spirits soaring.  I wished the smell could reach the jet stream, exported to nostrils across […]
  • Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers tired of the talk, ready for results

    Baseball can be unbearably complex, constructed on layers of nuance, dissected by metrics and algorithms. Or it can be alarmingly simple: Does your lineup cause flop sweat? Does your bullpen rattle? Is your rotation populated by horses or mules? Read More
  • Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers tires of the talk, is ready for results

    Baseball can be unbearably complex, constructed on layers of nuance, dissected by metrics and algorithms. Or it can be alarmingly simple: Does your lineup cause flop sweat? Does your bullpen rattle? Is your rotation populated by horses or mules? Read More
  • Underdog Phoenix Suns play it safe, smart at deadline

    Ryan McDonough has addressed the Suns once in his short tenure as general manager. He will do it again very soon. The last time was to reassure the group, to quell the anxiety after he traded his starting center, Marcin Gortat, on the eve of a new season. Read More
  • When Sports Matter Too Much

    The name – Zinetula Bilyaletdinov - will barely ring a bell.  It will probably get trapped on your tongue. You surely won’t remember that he was an assistant coach for the Coyotes in 1996-97, their debut season in the Valley. But in Russia, the name will echo for at least another four years, a new entry […]