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Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) throws during the first day of NFL football training...
Dan Bickley

For now, the Cardinals embrace the present with Sam Bradford

Arizona Cardinals training camp begins with an early revelation. There is no quarterback competition between Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed hits a grand slam during the fifth inning of a baseball game  agai...
Dan Bickley

Despite ups and downs, D-backs remain underdogs worth watching

A heartbreaking loss to Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs only added to the drama of the Arizona Diamondbacks' up and down season.
3 years ago
Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks watches his players during practice at the NFL football team's ...
Dan Bickley

Cardinals enter camp saturated in Steve Wilks’ all-business DNA

Rookie head coaches always talk a good game. Steve Wilks is no different, but as training camp beckons, he also seems genuinely in charge.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Zack Greinke throws in the first inning during a baseball game agains...
Dan Bickley

Zack Greinke’s timing couldn’t be better for Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks’ most expensive player is enigmatic, unemotional, detached. He’s part of a team but not a community. He’s been an ace and an albatross.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher, left, and manager Torey Lovullo watch as relief p...
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Diamondbacks are a wicked conundrum as All-Star break nears

The Diamondbacks are the greatest of teams and the worst of teams. They make winning look easy. They make hitting look impossible. They turn every month into an adventure.
3 years ago
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Devin Booker’s deal changes everything for Phoenix Suns

With one signature, Booker’s life changed. But the bigger story centers on the man signing the paychecks, not the player who will soon be on the receiving end of all those dizzying direct deposits. 
3 years ago
LeBron James announced that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. "W...
Dan Bickley

LeBron James’ commitment is the latest undeserved break for the Lakers

The Lakers now employ LeBron James, the second greatest player in NBA history. They lead the Suns 22-0 in the analytics of immortality. They don’t deserve this embarrassment of riches.
3 years ago
Houston Rockets guard James Harden sits on the bench during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA bas...
Dan Bickley

James Harden’s performance at end of playoff run invalidates his MVP

James Harden has continued producing erratic performances on basketball's biggest stages and that invalidates his MVP award.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-r...
Dan Bickley

Like Warner, Goldschmidt overcame adversity without a complaint

If Paul Goldschmidt's struggles are over, he will do more than power to the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason, and resurface as an MVP candidate.
3 years ago
Arizona's Deandre Ayton, top right, is congratulated by friends and family after he was picked firs...
Dan Bickley

For Deandre Ayton and Suns, NBA Draft night reveals brighter horizons

Even the expected storylines for the Phoenix Suns, such as the selection of Deandre Ayton, represented a turning point for the team and their new franchise center.
3 years ago
Arizona's DeAndre Ayton speaks to reporters during a media availability with the top basketball pro...
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Pressure on Deandre Ayton to succeed makes him right pick for Suns

When Deandre Ayton comes into the NBA, he will be representing an entire country, and the drive that brings to succeed makes him the right pick for the Suns.
3 years ago
Referee Marat Kogut (32) rushes in to get between Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, second from left...
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Despite Phoenix owning No. 1 pick, Lakers overshadow Suns (again)

The Phoenix Suns own the No. 1 pick in this week's NBA Draft, but the conversation dominating the league is a potential superteam forming in Los Angeles.
3 years ago
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Dan Bickley

David Johnson is the latest casualty in a cruel profession

The NFL is more than risky business. It’s one of the cruelest professions on the planet. It devours the weak, callousing the purest of hearts. David Johnson is just the latest casualty.
3 years ago
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Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns, the NBA’s next frenemies

McDonough’s strategy seems obvious. He must make a good-faith effort to acquire Towns from Minnesota, if only to prove his commitment to Booker.
3 years ago
Arizona Cardinals' Sam Bradford (9) hands off to David Johnson (31) during an organized team activi...
Dan Bickley

The thrill of the Cardinals’ quarterback competition is about to begin

Valley sports fans could be treated to one of the most riveting competitions in Arizona Cardinals training camp history when Josh Rosen and Sam Bradford duke it out.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso (3) celebrates his run scored against the Milwaukee Brewers w...
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D-backs stopped the bleeding just in time in the middle of a strange season

The Diamondbacks don’t have a surplus of electric personalities. But unlike football players in New England, they aren’t afraid to speak freely.
3 years ago
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, right, of Canada, goes after San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry ...
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Scar tissue of Diaw, Stoudemire suspensions torn off after Love ruling

After Kevin Love did not get suspended for leaving the bench, the scar tissue was torn off and an old wound was reopened for the Boris Diaw and Amar'e Stoudemire suspensions.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milw...
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Are Diamondbacks hitters suffering from information overload?

The Arizona Diamondbacks hitters are struggling and it may be due to a new hitting approach they employed near the end of the 2017 season.
3 years ago
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and qu...
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NFL’s new policy on national anthem protests is league’s latest blunder

The NFL's new policy for the national anthem is the league's latest blunder, further proof that greedy hands can’t be trusted.
3 years ago
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, is double-teamed by Houston Rockets' PJ Tucker, r...
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Trade No. 1 pick for Towns? The Suns have leverage, incentive and Booker

Trading the pick would pull the plug on this exhilarating experience. It would also eliminate the timeline and a playoff drought that’s lasted nearly a decade.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt heads to first on a bases-loaded walk that allowed John Ryan ...
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Change of fortune has Diamondbacks fighting for local attention

With the Cardinals drafting Josh Rosen and the Suns choosing between Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic after winning the lottery, it's the Diamondbacks fighting for attention in the market.
3 years ago
NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, congratulates Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson after Tat...
Dan Bickley

Suns change franchise’s narrative by winning NBA Draft Lottery

After winning the NBA Draft Lottery and coming away with the first overall pick, the Phoenix Suns now have an energy around the franchise that is undeniable.
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) during a baseball game against the Washing...
Dan Bickley

Diamondbacks’ slump casts spotlight on a struggling Paul Goldschmidt

The Diamondbacks current slump is casting an unexpected spotlight on Paul Goldschmidt, who has shriveled from perennial MVP candidate to deer in headlights.
3 years ago
Fordham's Chase Edmonds #22 runs the ball up the field against Holy Cross during an NCAA college fo...
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Chase Edmonds’ chip on his shoulder makes him a great bet for Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals' fourth-round pick, Chase Edmonds, has a chip on his shoulder and that makes him a great bet for the Cardinals.
3 years ago
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James threatens Jordan’s legacy like never before in booming NBA

The NBA continues to grow and succeed as its biggest superstar since Michael Jordan threatens Jordan's legacy as the greatest of all time like never before.
3 years ago
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Cardinals’ quarterback dynamics offers potential for high drama

Kurt Warner offers insight into how the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback dynamics between the three newcomers should be -- and how it could go wrong.
3 years ago
Slovenia's coach Igor Kokoskov looks on during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship se...
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Despite hiring a very good coach in Kokoskov, Suns have more work to do

Dig deep, Suns fans. Strip away the suspicions and look at Igor Kokoskov for who he is, and not who will soon be signing his paychecks in Phoenix.
3 years ago
FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the wor...
Dan Bickley

Following latest remarks, would NBA ever silence Charles Barkley?

Charles Barkley's latest remarks about Warriors forward Draymond Green bring on the question of if the NBA would ever consider silencing one of the league's most popular voices.
3 years ago
The Arizona Cardinals introduce their first-round NFL football draft pick Josh Rosen, second from r...
Dan Bickley

Arizona Cardinals draft grade: ‘G’ for godsend

Bad luck can make a sports town crazy. Our relentless misfortune may have ended at the 2018 NFL draft, where the Cardinals earned the highest grade possible.
3 years ago
UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the A...
Dan Bickley

Call it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh Rosen

We should all credit general manager Steve Keim for hitting a home run by trading and picking Josh Rosen. Except that would be an understatement. He hit a grand slam. With the bases empty.
3 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