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Dan Bickley

Bickley: What’s in a number? Valley about to find out

What's in a number? Our own Dan Bickley writes that a player's number is a lot more significant than just stitching on a jersey.
2 years ago
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Arizona Coyotes new owner bringing exhilarating feeling to Valley

The Arizona Coyotes new owner didn't mince words during his introductory press conference. He wants to win, giving the team a new look on the future.
2 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) argues with umpire CB Bucknor, right, after...
Dan Bickley

Zack Greinke deal little risk, all reward for Diamondbacks

The D-backs rocked the baseball community when they lured Greinke to the desert with a $206.5 million contract. They did again on Wednesday.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, left, takes the snap as Cardinals wide receiver Larry F...
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Concerns over Kyler Murray’s size continue to be overblown

Kyler Murray continues to have questions asked about his size as he proves his undeniable skill at Arizona Cardinals training camp.
2 years ago
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New era of Cardinals football begins with Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury

Training camp is underway for the Arizona Cardinals, marking the start of the 2019 season. It's not only a new season for the team, but a new era.
2 years ago
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A sneak peek of Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics

Dan Bickley returns from Tokyo with his thoughts on the city and what to expect from it when the Olympics arrive in the summer of 2020.
2 years ago
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Arizona Diamondbacks should be sellers at trade deadline

With everything that happened in the offseason, the Arizona Diamondbacks have had a successful 2019 season. Now it's time to sell.
2 years ago
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Bickley: Coyotes’ next ownership already signaling change in culture

New blood means new possibilities. The Arizona Coyotes' new owner brings just that as the team is already making moves to better the franchise.
2 years ago
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Dan Bickley

Ricky Rubio signing not enough to spark Phoenix Suns revolution

The Phoenix Suns added a point guard and a highly-respected head coach, only to fall further behind in the Western Conference.
2 years ago
D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts after a call in the second quarter against the Phil...
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Devin Booker’s departure closer than you think if Suns pass on Russell

If the Phoenix Suns have a chance to sign D'Angelo Russell and pass on him, they are speeding up the clock on Devin Booker's departure.
2 years ago
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Suns’ NBA Draft day could be salvaged with big free agent move

The Phoenix Suns' 2019 NBA Draft did not adequately reward fans after a 19-win season. It better end with a big fish at the end of the line.
2 years ago
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Despite lots of losing, Arizona sports fans have reasons to be optimistic

The Cardinals, Coyotes and Suns all do not have a championship but there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of Arizona sports in the Valley.
2 years ago
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell gestures toward the crowd after hitting a three-point shot dur...
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The time for the Suns to spend money on the roster is now

The Suns have ranked 25th or lower in team payroll for four years in a row. After filing out the front office, its time to spend money on the roster.
2 years ago
Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy, left, gestures while running up the first base line after hitting a...
Dan Bickley

MLB needs edgy new era to reverse course of disinterest

In a sport in need of a spark, the solution seems simple: Give players a longer leash to be themselves and contribute to "The Show."
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson runs through drills during the team’s OTAs on Monday, June ...
Dan Bickley

Patrick Peterson’s return to Cardinals OTAs next stop of continued saga

Patrick Peterson's legacy has been unquestionably tarnished in the prime of his career, forced into an awkward corner of deflection, where one honest answer brings an even harder question.
2 years ago
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Free agent superstars will usher in new era of NBA

With this summer being arguably one of the best NBA free agent classes since 2010, the league could see unprecedented shifts in power.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Kyler Murray watches has head coach Kliff Kingsbury instructs during...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals rightly focus on walk, not talk, early on under Kingsbury

The Cardinals and coach Kliff Kingsbury know their burden of proof cannot be satisfied with reckless chatter, when players are practicing in shorts.
2 years ago
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Sarver calling Colangelo brings new level of belief in Suns owner

Robert Sarver calling for Jerry Colangelo's thoughts on Monty Williams should bring a new level of optimism for the next era of Suns basketball.
2 years ago
Cornerback Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field following the NFL game...
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Patrick Peterson’s absence from voluntary OTAs not captain-like

Patrick Peterson was not at the Arizona Cardinals' voluntary OTAs on Monday, a questionable decision by the captain after the news of his suspension.
2 years ago
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Cardinals should not give up on suspended Patrick Peterson

While Patrick Peterson has put the Arizona Cardinals through a lot in the past year, that doesn't mean they should give up on their star cornerback.
2 years ago
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Dan Bickley

After brush with good fortune, Suns back to regularly-scheduled torment

After securing the organization's first No. 1 pick last year, the Phoenix Suns' brush with good fortune is over after falling to the No. 6 pick this year.
2 years ago
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Like Kyler Murray, Cardinals’ Andy Isabella is an undersized underdog

Andy Isabella has a lot in common with No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray as an undersized draft prospect that can't wait to prove his doubters wrong.
2 years ago
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Kingsbury’s fame, style of coaching is something new for Cardinals

Kliff Kingsbury is a new type of head coach for not only the Arizona Cardinals but the NFL as well.
2 years ago
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Monty Williams will usher in new era of Phoenix Suns basketball

The Phoenix Suns have hired Monty Williams as the team's next head coach, ushering in a new era for the future of Phoenix Suns basketball.
2 years ago
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Diamondbacks defying all expectations with early success

The Arizona Diamondbacks might give Valley sports fans the jolt they've needed after the seasons the Cardinals and Suns had.
2 years ago
TEMPE, ARIZONA - APRIL 26: Quarterback Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals poses during a press c...
Dan Bickley

Crazy NFL Draft weekend ends with Cardinals looking coherent

When the dust of the 2019 NFL Draft settled, the Arizona Cardinals had their answer at QB, while also looking like a cohesive team building for the future.
2 years ago
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Arizona Cardinals showed great conviction drafting Kyler Murray

The Arizona Cardinals made a gutsy call in the 2019 NFL Draft, selecting a quarterback in Kyler Murray who looks set up to thrive under Kliff Kingsbury.
2 years ago
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First round of NFL Draft promises to deliver pure drama

Thursday night's first round of the 2019 NFL Draft promises to deliver pure drama as the Cardinals will be deciding whom its franchise quarterback will be.
2 years ago
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Bet on Kyler Murray’s upside, not his reported low Wonderlic score

Kyler Murray's reported Wonderlic score isn't good and it shouldn't matter for the Arizona Cardinals given his upside as a NFL quarterback.
2 years ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury discusses the upcoming NFL football draft during a new...
Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals schedule offers early comfort zone for Kliff Kingsbury

The Arizona Cardinals' schedule is favorable in the beginning, giving Kliff Kingsbury a chance to get comfortable in his first year as head coach.
2 years ago
Dan Bickley bio
Dan Bickley is the most influential sports media member in Arizona sports history, having spent over 20 years as the award-winning lead sports columnist for The Arizona Republic and AZCentral.com and almost two decades as a Valley sports radio talk show host. In spring 2018, Bickley made the decision to leave the newspaper to join the Arizona Sports team as host of the entertaining and informative midday show Bickley and Marotta, as well as bring his opinionated and provocative column exclusively to ArizonaSports.com.
Bickley’s journalism career began in his hometown of Chicago, where he was part of a star-studded staff at the Chicago Sun-Times. He chronicled Michael Jordan’s six NBA championships; covered the Olympics in eight different countries and attended 14 Super Bowls; spent three weeks in an Indianapolis courthouse writing about Mike Tyson’s rape trial; and once left his laptop in an Edmonton bar after the Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
He has won multiple awards, written two books, formed a rock band, fathered three children, and once turned down an offer to work at the New York Times.  His passions include sports, music, the alphabet, good beer and great radio. After joining Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, he couldn’t be happier