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  • Cronkite News Digest for Tuesday, Feb. 20 February 20, 2018
    Here is the Cronkite News lineup for Tuesday, Feb. 20. If you have questions on news stories, please contact Steve Crane in the Washington, D.C., bureau at 202-684-2398 or, or call the Phoenix bureau Christina Leonard at 602-361-5893 or or Venita James at Direct borderlands story question to Vanessa Ruiz at 305-431-3082 or […]
  • Arizona junior colleges give players ‘awesome’ chance to use wood bats February 16, 2018
    Slug: Sports-JC wood bats, 880 words Photo available By HUNTER ROBINSON Cronkite News PHOENIX — The crack of the bat on a warm spring day is a sound that routinely can be heard throughout Arizona. But based on which team you are watching, the crack of the bat may sound different. Junior colleges around the […]
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  • Economic impact of the Valley’s big sporting event run? Try $1.3 billion February 16, 2018
    Slug: Sports-Big event impact, 670 words Photo available By WILL TYRRELL Cronkite News PHOENIX — National sports fans are used to seeing images of Arizona’s beautiful weather and breathtaking landscapes on their televisions. During the past three years, the state has hosted some of the biggest events in sports, and the exposure and impact generated […]
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  • ‘He still smiles’: MacLeod honored as son recounts former Suns coach’s battle with Alzheimer’s February 15, 2018
    Slug: Sports-MacLeod Alzheimer’s, 1,235 words Photo available By KAELEN JONES Cronkite News SCOTTSDALE — The name John MacLeod means something in Arizona sports history. He is the Phoenix Suns’ winningest coach, amassing 579 victories in 13 seasons, and in 1976 became the first coach to lead Phoenix to the NBA Finals, a feat only one […]
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  • A recycling deep dive: Golf balls that land in water hazards often find new life February 15, 2018
    Slug: Sports-Golf ball recycling, 600 words Photo available By LUKE WRIGHT Cronkite News MESA — Those golf balls that land in water hazards? It turns out many are brought back to life. An estimated 300 million golf balls are lost or discarded in the United States every year, according to research by the Danish Golf Union. […]
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  • UFC hopeful Kyle Stewart dedicates his fights to veterans February 15, 2018
    Slug: Sports-UFC Stewart, 1,300 words Photo available By ROBERT GUNDRAN Cronkite News TEMPE — Some fight for money. Others fight for glory and legacy. Kyle Stewart fights to show veterans across the country that they can accomplish great things and find a purpose after life in the military. Stewart is an Arizona-based mixed martial artist […]
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  • ‘Wanting to die’: Sexual assault victim shares story with athletes, including ASU’s February 13, 2018
    Slug: Sports-ASU assault training, 860 words Photo available By WILL TYRRELL Cronkite News PHOENIX – Four days ago, former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar was transported to a federal prison in Tucson where he will serve up to 60 years on child pornography charges and up to 175 for sexually assaulting minors. […]
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  • Diamondbacks introduce relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano February 13, 2018
    Slug: Sports-Diamondbacks Hirano, 680 words Photo available By ANDREW BELL Cronkite News SCOTTSDALE — In front of a packed media room at Salt River Fields on Monday morning, the Arizona Diamondbacks introduced their newest relief pitcher, Yoshihisa Hirano. Hirano will be entering his first season in Major League Baseball after spending 12 seasons with the […]
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  • GCU’s Akula first India-born player to receive full scholarship February 10, 2018
    Slug: Sports-GCU Akula India, 670 words Photo available By ANDREW BELL Cronkite News PHOENIX — The landscapes of Garden City, Kansas, and Phoenix are vastly different. With one surrounded by flat terrain and the other featuring dry heat and cacti, both entail a change in scenery. For Kavita Akula, both locations serve as stepping stones […]
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  • Phoenix’s Rose and Crown Pub is home for Valley fans of Liverpool February 10, 2018
    Slug: Sports-Rose Pub Liverpool, 670 words Photo available By ANDREW MILLAN Cronkite News PHOENIX — “You’ll never walk alone” … at least if you’re a Liverpool F.C. Supporter in Arizona. The Rose and Crown Pub in Downtown Phoenix is home to many Liverpool supporters in the Valley. The pub opens at 11 a.m. every day, […]
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