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Vince Marotta

  • ASU still in polls; not in initial BCS rankings

    The initial Bowl Championship Series standings were released with great pomp and circumstance on Sunday evening, and with little surprise, unbeaten LSU and Alabama came in ranked #1 and #2. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State rounded out the top top five. Three Pac-12 teams were ranked in the BCS standings; Stanford (6-0) is ranked […]
  • Six Points: Devils miss opportunity in Eugene

    The Arizona State Sun Devils went to Eugene, Oregon not only with the hopes of ending a six-game losing streak to the Oregon Ducks, but also to send a message to the rest of the Pac-12 and the nation that they were ready for prime time. The (now) 18th-ranked Devils failed on both goals, falling […]
  • Nine Sun Devils get midseason kudos from Phil Steele

    With half the regular season already behind us, many publications are issuing mid-season awards in college football. Phil Steele, who has published Phil Steele’s College Football Preview since 1995, has put out his mid-season All-Conference teams in every conference, including the Pac-12. Nine Arizona State Sun Devils got mention with senior center Garth Gerhart, junior […]
  • Doan’s been here forever, will he stay in PHX?

    A lot of things have changed in the Valley of the Sun since 1996. One thing hasn’t: Shane Doan, an original Phoenix Coyote, is still in town. Phoenix’s longest-tenured athlete will play in his 15th home opener Saturday night when the Coyotes host the Winnipeg Jets at Arena in Glendale. The fact that Doan […]
  • Roberts headed to 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series

    Ryan Roberts of the Arizona Diamondbacks was named as a member of the 2011 MLB All-Star team headed to the far east to take on the Chinese Taipei national team in this year’s Taiwan All-Star Series. The Taiwan All-Star Series will consist of five games played over a six-day span in three different Chinese cities. […]
  • ASU tries to break losing skid to Ducks

    In the history of the rivalry between 18th-ranked Arizona State and 9th-ranked Oregon, the Sun Devils still come out on top, having won 16 of 31 previous games. But that number can be a little misleading, as the Ducks have won the last six meetings—a trend Dennis Erickson’s 18th-ranked squad will try to reverse Saturday […]
  • Gutierrez given unconditional release

    The Arizona Diamondbacks roster shuffling began on Thursday by granting right-handed relief pitcher Juan Gutierrez his unconditional release. Gutierrez was acquired by the Diamondbacks in December 2007 in the trade with Houston that sent closer Jose Valverde to the Astros. Though mostly a setup man during his time in Arizona, Gutierrez held down the closer’s […]
  • The real reason for Bradley’s struggles?

    It was considered a coup back in July when the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent inside linebacker Stewart Bradley, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, to a five- year, $30 million contract. Bradley was a stalwart in the middle of the Eagles’ defense in 2008, registering a team-high 108 tackles. He missed the entire 2009 season […]
  • University of Arizona Wildcats 2011-2012 Season Preview

    Consider it addition by subtraction when you are watching the University of Arizona Wildcats tip off the season this winter. The subtractions are easy to notice and would shatter most teams. Once the bright lights of the NCAA Tournament turned off on an unprecedented run by the Wildcats by the Kemba Walker-powered Connecticut Huskies, star […]
  • Devils-Ducks and Week 7 in the Pac-12

    We’ve hit week seven in the Pac-12. There’s six games on the slate this weekend, including what appears to be the national game of the week in Arizona State’s visit to Eugene to take on Oregon. Here’s a quick preview of what to watch for this week in the Conference of Champions. The Game of […]