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  • Suns get first look at Markieff Morris on court

    PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns held a mini-camp of sorts on Wednesday and got to take their first look at draft pick Markieff Morris along with a group of undrafted players. The Suns coaching staff came away impressed with the team’s newest player. “He’s going to be a good player. The raw skills are there […]
  • Upton would do Home Run Derby if named an All-Star

    Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton has hit 13 home runs so far this season, and if he is named to the NL All-Star team he’ll likely hit more. A lot more. On the Diamondbacks radio broadcast Wednesday team president Derrick Hall said he hopes Upton, who has a legitimate case to be an All-Star, makes […]
  • Arizona, MLB ready to battle heat for All-Star festivities

    PHOENIX – For this year’s All-Star game in Phoenix, managing the extreme Arizona heat may be the biggest challenge. The Arizona Diamondbacks, along with MLB, are taking steps to limit the problems caused by the heat according to the Sporting News. The clear subtext of the event this year will be to beat the heat, […]
  • Will Wily Mo Pena be around for the long haul with the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    The Arizona Diamondbacks mantra this season should be ‘live in the moment.’ Between their unexpected rise towards the top of the National League West and their plethora of come from behind victories, you never know what to expect with this club. That mindset also applies to the franchise’s approach to Wily Mo Pena’s future in […]
  • Putz’s struggles don’t worry Towers

    J.J. Putz began the 2011 baseball season with two perfect months. The closer was 16 for 16 in save opportunities in April and May and did not blow a save until June 1. In June, Putz is just five for nine in save opportunities and many Diamondbacks fans are beginning to wonder what has happened […]
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks can be buyers but should they be?

    Since their World Series victory almost a decade ago the Arizona Diamondbacks have been known as much for their financial constraints as their ability to win on the field. Big spending, deferred payments and a lull in attendance handcuffed the franchise for years. With the team in the thick of National League West race people […]
  • Could Patrick Peterson not start for the Arizona Cardinals

    The NFL lockout has stressed everyone in the NFL. Yet, it may cause even more stress to teams with new coaches and coordinators. The Arizona Cardinals are among these teams and new Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton admits his defense may take some time for the players to learn. “There’s a tremendous learning curve,” Horton said […]
  • Wildcats could be without top WR this season

    The 2011 Arizona Wildcats football season could take a hit before the games even begin. According to a report by the Arizona Daily Star, senior receiver Juron Criner may be out for a while. All-Pac-10 receiver Juron Criner might not be available for training camp in August. Criner’s status for the 2011 season remains uncertain […]
  • Arizona Cardinals training camp to remain in Flagstaff

    Although there is no timetable as to when training camp will take place, the Arizona Cardinals will remain loyal to the city of Flagstaff. The New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens have shifted their training camp to team headquarters, but the Cardinals are among a group of 13 teams that have decided training camp will […]
  • Wily Mo Pena has an odd ritual

    Wily Mo Pena is quickly turning into a cult hero in the Valley. He’s one of those guys who fans love because he’s quirky, has an interesting back story and is in the midst of a hot streak. But why is Wily crushing balls like college kids crush empty cans? His secret might surprise you […]
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  • Diamondbacks call up a couple of relievers

    The Diamondbacks, seeking help for a recently-beleaguered bullpen, called up relievers Yhency Brazoban and Alberto Castillo Tuesday. The D-backs optioned Esmerling Vasquez and Bryan Shaw to Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move. Brazoban, 30-year-old veteran, joined the D-backs after pitching in parts of five Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a […]
  • Tap the breaks on Ike Taylor talk

    Maybe I’m just in a surly, anti-Pittsburgh mood after hearing of a planned celebration in the Steel City for Dancing with the Stars winner Hines Ward. Or maybe I’m just being a contrarian. Tap the brakes a little bit on the talk the Cardinals should pursue Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. To be fair, I was […]
  • Diamondbacks ‘pen still needs upgrades

    When D-backs manager Kirk Gibson says, “We have to develop a bullpen,” he isn’t saying anything we don’t already know. While he said those words to the media Monday afternoon, could they have been directed to GM Kevin Towers? That’s the theory Sports 620 KTAR’s Paul Calvisi presented on Sports Interactive Tuesday, saying it could […]
  • Fans overreacting to D-backs bullpen problems

    Is the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen a victim of its own success this season or rather of its lack of success last year? Sports 620 KTAR’s Ron Wolfley thinks it’s a combination of both. “Look, the Arizona Diamondbacks coming into the season the expectation was their bullpen was a huge question mark,” he said on Doug […]
  • Vontaze Burfict wins another award

    Yeah, Vontaze Burfict is pretty good. The Arizona State linebacker added another award to his collection Tuesday, as he was named Blue Ribbon Magazine’s National Defensive Player of the Year. Burfict, who was also named a First-Team All-American by the magazine, is one of just two Pac-12 players on the list, as Stanford’s Andrew Luck […]
  • Grant Hill understands an NBA lockout

    Grant Hill has been through a lockout before, as he was a member of the Detroit Pistons when the NBA lost games in the 1998-99 season. With the league on the verge of another work stoppage, Hill told Yahoo Sports he has no regrets over what happened 13 years ago. “It’s always worth it. I […]
  • Taylor speaks out, is anyone listening?

    When former ASU receiver Kerry Taylor spoke out against head coach Dennis Erickson, more than a few eyebrows were raised. After all, it’s rare for a player to publicly blast a head coach, and Taylor’s saying Erickson “is NOT the right man for the job” surely struck a chord with many discontented Sun Devil fans. […]
  • Suns look to future by hosting 2-day mini-camp

    In an attempt to get ahead of the curve before the NBA most likely enters a lockout on Friday, the Phoenix Suns have announced that they’ll hold a two-day mini-camp (the Hawks, Heat, Lakers, Sixers and Spurs will also be hosting similar camps). Suns first-round draft pick Markieff Morris along with rookie free agents Jeff […]
  • J.J. Putz: Excellent closer, not so good otherwise

    Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz has converted 21 of 24 save opportunities on the season, giving the team a dominant pitcher to finish off games. Sporting an ERA of 2.65, Putz has struck out 32 hitters in 34 innings of work, giving up just 11 runs (10 earned) this season. Need to hold a lead? He’s […]