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  • North Carolina’s Williams especially thrilled Gonzaga’s Few has joined him at Final Four March 27, 2017
    Slug: Sports-Final Four, 1200 By SAMANTHA PELL Cronkite News PHOENIX — North Carolina’s Roy Williams, entering the ninth Final Four of his coaching career, sounds happy for the three coaches who are each entering his first this weekend at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. But Gonzaga’s Mark Few hits close to his heart. “I’m happy […]
    John Lowe
  • Final Four security addresses ‘busiest night in the history of downtown Phoenix’ March 27, 2017
    Slug: FINAL FOUR SECURITY, 440 words Photo available By LOGAN NEWMAN Cronkite News GLENDALE  — The confidence Glendale and Phoenix officials have in security measures for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four stems from success protecting other major events, including the College Football Playoff and two Super Bowls. Officials at a security briefing Monday said […]
    Paola Bovin
  • Four on the Floor: Final Four stage is set at University of Phoenix Stadium March 24, 2017
    Slug: Sports-Final Floor, 840 words Photos available (thumbnails, captions below) By Fabian Ardaya Cronkite News GLENDALE — It’s been built. Now, it’s time to see who will come to play on it. The NCAA Final Four court was installed at University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday, literally setting the stage for one of the premier […]
    Bob Young
  • Celebrities continue work of Muhammad Ali at Fight Night event March 21, 2017
    Slug: Sports-Fight Night, 400 words photos included By JENN BALUCH Cronkite News PHOENIX —  The first Celebrity Fight Night since the passing of “The Greatest,”   legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, was a bittersweet, emotional affair. There was sadness for some who attended the event at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. But there […]
    Bob Young
  • Off balance: Len’s future with the Suns is up in the air March 21, 2017
    Slug: Sports-Suns Len, 1,680 words Photos available (thumbnails, captions below) By Gavin Schall Cronkite News PHOENIX — Growing up in the coal mining town of Antratsyt, Ukraine, Alex Len’s first love was gymnastics, a sport typically dominated by pint-sized people. That’s not Len, who eventually would sprout to 7 feet, 1 inch in height. He […]
    Bob Young
  • Camping World 500 showcases new NASCAR points system March 20, 2017
    Slug: Sports-NASCAR, 570 words Photos available By CHRISTOPHER WHITCOMB Cronkite News PHOENIX — On a blistering last day of winter at Phoenix International Raceway, slick racing conditions helped showcase NASCAR’s new points system, designed to emphasize aggressive competition and strategy. The hot track in Sunday’s Camping World 500 led to a variety of different leaders and […]
    Paola Bovin
  • Florence Crittenton of Arizona honors acrobat Jen Bricker with HOPE award March 17, 2017
    Slug: Sports-Jen Bricker, 970 words Photo included with thumbnail below. By SAMANTHA PELL Cronkite News SCOTTSDALE — Wearing a red dress, her long brown hair falling to just above her waist, Jen Bricker navigated the stage in a wheelchair Thursday before a packed ballroom of 850 people at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort […]
    Bob Young
  • Lasting legacy: ASU seniors poised for last women’s NCAA Tournament March 16, 2017
    Slug: Sports-ASU women, 400 words Photos available By CAELA FOX Cronkite News TEMPE — Arizona State’s return to the women’s NCAA Tournament has special meaning for Sophie Brunner, Quinn Dornstauder and Kelsey Moos. “That is a great legacy for these seniors to have earned four,” coach Charli Turner Thorne said. The trio has ended each season […]
    Paola Bovin
  • Changes, competition highlight start of Arizona State spring football March 15, 2017
    Slug: Sports-ASU football preview, 507 words Photos available. By CHRISTOPHER WHITCOMB Cronkite News TEMPE — The sound of whistles, plays being run and Todd Graham’s voice radiating from practice field speakers Tuesday signaled the beginning of spring practice for the 2017 Arizona State football team. The Sun Devils are looking forward to a fresh start this […]
    Paola Bovin
  • Scoreboard watching: As March Madness begins, so does Valley’s countdown to its Final Four March 15, 2017
    Slug: Sports-Final Four, 760 words Photos available (thumbnails, captions below) By JUSTIN TOSCANO Cronkite News GLENDALE — As arena scoreboards across the nation record the first slew of March Madness games on Thursday, the basketball tournament’s ultimate destination is ready to take delivery of its own. By the end of Friday, the tournament field will be […]
    John Lowe