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With Bobby Hurley on board, there is genuine excitement around Arizona State basketball

The former Duke point guard and Buffalo head coach is a nice Plan B for Ray Anderson and Arizona State.
7 years ago
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Confessions of a Herb Sendek defender

Another year, another frustrating, head-scratching loss in the Pac-12 Tournament for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
7 years ago
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Arizona Cardinals right to let Darnell Dockett walk to San Francisco

It's been fun watching Darnell Dockett in Cardinal red for the last 11 years, but it's time to move on.
7 years ago
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Phoenix Suns may be younger, but they’re not any more likable

What happened Saturday night at US Airways Center will go down as one of the uglier nights in Phoenix Suns’ history. It was just “one of those games.” The Suns, still very much in contention for one of the Western Conference’s eight playoff spots, stunk up the joint, losing 101-74 to the defending World Champion […]
7 years ago
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Phoenix Suns’ Ryan McDonough has his work cut out for him in Goran Dragic situation

It'll be tough for Ryan McDonough to spin the Goran Dragic situation into a positive.
7 years ago
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Save your Seattle Seahawks’ play call conspiracy theory, please

Yes, the play call was questionable. But a conspiracy theory to prove a point? Please...
7 years ago
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Bowl games for everyone: The 2014 edition!

Back in 2008, the Arizona State Sun Devils, then coached by Dennis Erickson, limped through a 5-7 season and failed to qualify for a bowl game. There’s really only one thing worse than playing in some mid-December bowl game with a corporate sponsor you’ve never heard of — and that, of course, is not playing […]
7 years ago
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Arizona Cardinals need to run the football to get back in win column

If you follow the Arizona Cardinals, you may think the sky is falling. The team has lost two games in a row. In Week 12, the Cardinals’ offense struggled to get anything going in a 19-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Last week, it was a full team breakdown in a 29-18 defeat at the […]
7 years ago
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Arizona Cardinals should just say ‘no’ to Ray Rice — and not why you think

If you left your couch to get a snack, yell in frustration or vomit at halftime of the Arizona Cardinals’ 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, you missed an interesting comment. FOX NFL analyst Jimmy Johnson suggested the Cardinals may need to look at a very controversial figure in hopes of jump-starting their sputtering […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 14: Arizona Wildcats swoop in to take the South

A few things had to happen for the Arizona Wildcats to capture the Pac-12 South title over the last handful of weeks.
7 years ago
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Waxing poetic for the Territorial Cup

Once upon a time, in honor of the Duel in the Desert football game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Arizona Wildcats, I’d write an annual poem. I’ve been a little busier in recent years, so this tradition has been sporadic at best. Think leap year, except with rhymes. But how could I […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 13: UCLA Bruins still control their own destiny in the South

Would the real contenders for the Pac-12 South please step forward? Not so fast, USC and Utah.
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 12: Down goes Arizona State

There has been a lot of talk about championships at Arizona State when it comes to football in recent weeks.
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 11: Another statement win for Arizona State, Oregon Ducks clinch North

News and notes from Week 11 in the Pac-12.
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 10: Oregon Ducks navigate the Stanford hurdle

There is very little doubt that the Oregon Ducks are superior to the Stanford Cardinal in 2014 in terms of talent. Then again, you could have made that argument in each of the last two seasons as well, but Stanford won each of those meetings between the two teams and went on to win the […]
7 years ago
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Dry heat and football, that’s what Arizona does!

Remember the flag football scene in Wedding Crashers? After Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson crash the wedding of Senator Cleary’s daughter, they score an invite back to the family compound in Maryland. “Crabcakes and football! That’s what Maryland does,” one of the participants yells in celebration of a touchdown pass. With the way things are […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 9: Utah Utes announce themselves as contenders

The Utes are for real. Even those who were impressed by what Kyle Whittingham’s team had done before Saturday (myself included) were a little wary of what was on the horizon. After blowing a big lead at home to Washington State and then beating UCLA and Oregon State to start Pac-12 play, Utah would have […]
7 years ago
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It’s a good time to be a football fan in the Valley right now

I hate to do it, but I’m going to steal a phrase from San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. “Who’s got it better than us?” If you’re a Valley football fan who roots for the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State Sun Devils, you can respond to that above question with “nobody.” The Cardinals are […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 8: Home teams bounce back…for the most part

Pac-12 road teams were 14-4 in conference games on the season, but home teams actually had the upper hand in Week 8, going 3-2. We saw a double-overtime affair in Corvallis, a thriller with some questionable calls (by coaches and officials) in Berkeley, a show of revenge and two good, old-fashioned butt whippings. What Transpired […]
7 years ago
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Arizona State Sun Devils’ ‘mature’ win over Stanford the best in the Todd Graham era

TEMPE, Ariz. — Well, that appeared to be easy. The 17th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils dominated all three phases of the game in beating the 23rd-ranked Stanford Cardinal 26-10 Saturday night. It was easily the most complete effort of the season for the Devils and the best win in the Todd Graham coaching era. “This […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 6: I don’t believe what we just saw!

It didn’t take me long to figure out Week 6 was going to be a weird one in the Pac-12 and the rest of college football, for that matter. As I was getting ready to watch the early games, I tuned into watch Gameday on ESPN and witnessed the following, which I documented on Twitter. […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 5: It’s not all about the offenses

Week 5 in the Pac-12 was a strange mixture of explosive offense and smothering defense.
7 years ago
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Six Points: A lot of bad and a little bit of good in Arizona State Sun Devils’ loss to UCLA

TEMPE, Ariz. — Hours before kickoff, somebody scrawled “UCLA” on the black pitchfork midfield logo at Sun Devil Stadium. Talk about a harbinger of things to come. The 11th-ranked Bruins played by far their best game of the season and took apart the 15th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils 62-27 in Tempe Thursday. Here are six […]
7 years ago
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Pac Mentality Week 4: A comeback for the ages in Tucson

I can only imagine how many Arizona Wildcats fans shuffled off to bed during the fourth quarter of Saturday night's Pac-12 opener against Cal.
7 years ago