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Jordan Spurgeon | Cronkite Sports

Sports gambling in Arizona moves closer to reality

In the near future, the Arizona sports fan’s experience could include the ability to place bets inside sports venues while the action unfolds.
2 years ago
Higley quarterback Kai Millner committed to Cal this spring, despite visiting the campus just once ...
Christian Babcock | Cronkite News

Arizona high school football recruits still committing amid coronavirus

Despite visiting campuses few times if at all in some cases, class of 2021 high school football prospects from Arizona are committing at record rates.
2 years ago
(Photo via Cronkite News courtesy Mesa Community College Facebook)...
Brett Bavcevic | Cronkite News

COVID-19 prompts junior colleges to push for cancellation of sports

The 2020-21 school year for Maricopa County community colleges may not include sports, schools await a decision by the district chancellor.
2 years ago
New Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez believes outreach in the Arizona Hispanic market is ...
Jordan Rogers | Cronkite News

New Coyotes CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez looks to reach Latino community

New Coyotes CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez is the first Latino president and CEO in NHL history and hopes to reach new fans in the Valley.
2 years ago
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who joined the Phoenix Mercury in the offseason, is ready to get the WNBA...
Zachary Spiecker | Cronkite News

Full pay, 22-game season in Florida on tap for Phoenix Mercury

Another league has agreed on a return-to-play plan in the month of July. This time it’s the WNBA, whose members include the Phoenix Mercury.
2 years ago
Phoenix Rising FC assistant coaches Peter Ramage (left) and Blair Gavin are awaiting details about ...
Zachary Spiecker | Cronkite News

Phoenix Rising players await news on resumption of USL Championship

Phoenix Rising FC and the USL Championship are set to resume play July 11 while players wait on more details for the return.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray said he plans to kneel during the national anthem to pro...
Mike McQuade | Cronkite News

‘I stand for what is right’: Cardinals’ Murray will kneel during anthem

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray said he will join others and plans to kneel during the National Anthem this season.
2 years ago
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who joined the Phoenix Mercury in the offseason, is ready to get the WNBA...
Zachary Spiecker | Cronkite News

COVID-19 pandemic forces Mercury to cut players without seeing them

The Phoenix Mercury cut four players despite not having a training camp yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.
2 years ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors a...
Zachary Spiecker | Cronkite News

It’s official: Phoenix Suns will play again this season

After months of speculation, the Phoenix Suns will be one of the teams whose season will resume in Orlando. Their path, however, won’t be easy.
2 years ago
The AIA announced guidelines for the return of high school athletics in Arizona Thursday. Provision...
Derrick Smith and Jackson Lautaret | Cronkite News

Temperature checks, no high 5s among AIA guidelines for high school sports

The Arizona Interscholastic Association issued coronavirus guidelines Thursday for the possible return of high school athletics in the fall.
2 years ago
Head coach Kevin Sumlin of the Arizona Wildcats watches from the sidelines during the first half of...
Mike McQuade | Cronkite News

Pac-12 OKs in-person workouts, tries to solve puzzle of COVID-19 state rules

Although the Pac-12 delivered news that suggested an on-time start to the college football season is possible, it still must wait to see how the six states that house the conference teams will handle the pandemic.
2 years ago
Jason Mohns, the football coach at Scottsdale Saguaro High School, routinely meets with his staff a...
Griffin Fabits | Cronkite News

Punt, pass and click: High school coaches get creative for spring football

With their spring programs canceled by the coronavirus, high school football coaches have found creative ways to communicate with and coach their teams.
2 years ago
Chance Adams turned to his Arizona baseball roots this spring and hopes to turn that into his first...
Christopher Gleason | Cronkite News

Chaparral’s Chance Adams ready for new journey with Royals

Chance Adams returned to his Arizona baseball roots this spring and hopes to turn that into his first full major league season.
3 years ago
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Lyle Goldstein | Cronkite News

Running an important part of Brett Hundley’s life on, off the Cards’ field

Brett Hundley has always been a mobile quarterback, but he has used his passion for running to help him stay in football shape for most of his life
3 years ago
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 16:  President & Chief Executive Officer Derrick Hall of the Arizona Diamond...
Victoria Stibrik | Cronkite News

As baseball remains on hold, D-backs’ Hall reflects on challenges

As baseball is still on hold, Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall talks about empotional and financial changes due to no Opening Day
3 years ago
Kennedy Jamieson | Cronkite News

An alley-oop and a national title: 29 years ago, Bobby Hurley helped Duke to its first championship

Twenty-nine years ago, ASU head coach Bobby Hurley was a key player in Duke’s first national championship.
3 years ago
Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns pumps his fist after a play against the San Antonio Spurs in Gam...
Sean Rice | Cronkite News

7 seconds or less: 15 years ago, Suns clinched division title

The Phoenix Suns 2005 team was known for its fast-paced playing style that was unlike anything the NBA landscape had seen before.
3 years ago
Lute Olson was the University of Arizona basketball coach from 1983-2008...
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Arizona’s 1988 win over UNC laid foundation of CBB powerhouse

The Arizona Wildcats, with four appearances in the NCAA Final Four, two trips to the championship game and an NCAA title in 1997, are regarded as college basketball royalty.
3 years ago
The NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game between Illinois and Arizona was a hard fought meeting as the ...
Michelle Mehok | Cronkite News

So close: Arizona was destined for Final Four until Illinois showed up

It was a dream season for the Arizona Wildcats until the squared off with Illinois in the 2005 NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
3 years ago
Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Tracy Walker #21 of the Detro...
Cole Bailey | Cronkite News

From Desert Vista to Cardinals: Devon Kennard excited to return home

For new Arizona Cardinals linebacker Devon Kennard, a homecoming to the Valley wasn’t expected, but it was definitely more than welcome
3 years ago
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TJ Mathewson | Cronkite News

‘On cloud 9’: 4 years ago, Ryan Hingst made ASU baseball history

Four years ago, Ryan Hingst made ASU baseball history when he pitched the program's 10th no-hitter, calling it the best baseball moment in his career.
3 months ago
Nineteen years ago, Randy Johnson hit a bird with a pitch. It became a viral sensation, much to the...
Shaun Salehi | Cronkite News

A dove, a fastball and the day D-backs’ Randy Johnson had PETA calling

A look back on the day Randy Johnson made baseball history for the Arizona Diamondbacks in one of the most bizarre ways possible.
3 years ago
Devin Booker scored 70 points against the Celtics in 2017, thrusting the Suns guard into the nation...
Brandon Genson | Cronkite News

On this night, Suns’ Booker did something Jordan and Bird never did

Until this day three years ago today, only five players in NBA history had scored 70 points or more in a game. On March 24, 2017, Devin Booker of the Suns joined them.
3 years ago
PHOENIX-Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was a great nemesis of the Suns, including in 2010 wh...
Jesse Morrison | Cronkite News

“Ko-be! Ko-be!” Bryant’s last trip to Phoenix was memorable for Booker, fans

Kobe Bryant terrorized the Phoenix Suns for two decades. For one night in 2016, all of that was forgotten as the Suns and their fans celebrated him.
3 years ago