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  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel, right, skates with assistant coach Rick Tocchet on the outdoor hockey rink during NHL hockey practice at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

    Hire of Rick Tocchet will pay off for Coyotes in the long run

    I couldn’t be more excited with the announcement that Rick Tocchet will become the sixth coach in Coyotes franchise history.
  • Phoenix Suns first-round NBA basketball draft pick Josh Jackson speaks to the media, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Suns’ Josh Jackson excited to learn, grow together with young team

    Some will see such a young roster as a problem for the Phoenix Suns, but first-round pick Josh Jackson sees the group's potential as a positive.
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    Watson: With shot, Jackson ‘becomes elite on Kawhi Leonard’s level’

    Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson didn't hesitate to highlight a skill first-round pick Josh Jackson needs to work on, and what will happen if he does.
  • NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announces the pick for the Phoenix Suns at the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Burns: Thanks for tanking, Suns, now please don’t do it again

    The Phoenix Suns made the right move by tanking last season and wound up with Josh Jackson in the draft, but this should be the last time.
  • FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2016, file photo, Arizona Coyotes' Shane Doan skates during pre-game warm up before an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, in Glendale, Ariz. Bothered by an injury that is costing him games at what could be the end of his career, Coyotes captain Shane Doan has come to peace with the fact that he won't win a Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

    Shane Doan: ‘I’m always going to be a Coyote in the NHL’

    A free agent, Shane Doan will leave as the Coyotes' all-time leader in many statistical categories, including goals, assists, points and games played.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo directs his team against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    D-backs’ Lovullo: Team is ‘hammering out’ road offensive issues

    The D-backs have made Chase Field one of the more difficult visiting stadiums in baseball early in 2017.
  • North squad inside linebacker Haason Reddick of Temple (57) practices for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Senior Bowl really helped two of Cardinals’ top-three picks

    If not for the Senior Bowl, it's possible neither Haason Reddick nor Chad Williams would have landed with the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Arizona Coyotes' Shane Doan skates to the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Ducks defeated the Coyotes 5-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Coyotes captain Shane Doan: Decision on future could come in mid-June

    Coyotes captain Shane Doan said a decision on whether or not he will continue his playing career may take until at least mid-June.
  • Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

    ESPN’s Pelton: Hypothetical Bledsoe trade could include a couple picks, prospects

    Despite the fact that the NBA trade deadline passed over a month ago, trade rumors surrounding Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe are not going away.
  • Arizona Coyotes' Shane Doan waves to a cheering crowd after Doan became the franchise leader in points with 930, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. A scoring change on a second-period goal game Doan an assist and the record. He scored a goal late in the third period to reach 931 point. The Coyotes defeated the Flames 4-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Doan on retirement possibility: ‘It’s one of those things that I wish I knew’

    No one knows if the final two games of the season, at home against the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild, will be the last of Shane Doan's career.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Fernando Rodney is one of the few known commodities in the team's bullpen. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    D-backs’ Torey Lovullo: Bullpen roles will largely be defined by pitchers’ performance

    D-backs manager Torey Lovullo knows it takes time to define roles in a revamped bullpen, but thinks performance will be a major factor in doing so.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock (11) celebrates his two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants with Nick Ahmed (13) during the sixth inning of an Opening Day baseball game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Opening Day win a really good start for Arizona Diamondbacks

    Sure it's one game, but most of the sold out crowd walked away feeling really good about the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon.
  • Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against Southern California Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    New ASU QB Blake Barnett: ASU ‘was everything I could look for in a school’

    Arizona State football made a splash in the offseason, signing Alabama transfer and soon-to-be sophomore quarterback Blake Barnett.
  • Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates a Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn over during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Cardinals’ Mathieu is getting stronger and faster ahead of 2017 season

    Tyrann Mathieu did not have a particularly good 2016 season, as he was coming back from a torn ACL only to suffer a season-ending shoulder injury.
  • Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, back left, ties to fight through a screen as he guards Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    McDonough: Suns are built for contention in 2020

    Phoenix Suns general manager addressed some concerns about the Suns' future on Burns and Gambo on Wednesday.