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    GLENDALE – Happy Monday. Here’s a look at the week ahead for the red-hot Coyotes: Phoenix will try to extend its winning streak to a season-high eight games on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. It will be a challenge; the Flyers are the best team in the Eastern Conference with […]
  • Burns: D-backs need to stay relevant

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  • D-backs manager Gibson on line-up, team chemistry

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  • Whisenhunt, Graves discuss Cards off-season matters

    Despite the looming uncertainty of the NFL labor situation, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves said they are proceeding as usual with the off-season. Both joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Friday to discuss the team’s quarterback situation, evaluation of the draft, free agent prospects and expectations for next […]
  • Burns: Sampling the Phoenix Coyotes

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  • Scott Brown named defensive line coach at ASU

    TEMPE – Scott Brown, known in college football circles as a master game planner, a dynamic teacher of young men and a relentless recruiter, has been named as Defensive Line coach at Arizona State University, Head Coach Dennis Erickson announced Thursday. Brown replaces former Defensive Line coach Grady Stretz, who left to take the same […]
  • D-backs playing at Kino Stadium for charitable cause

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  • D-backs sign infielder Russel Branyan

    The Arizona Diamondbacks and General Manager Kevin Towers announced Thursday that the club agreed to a minor contract with infielder Russel Branyan and invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. Branyan, 36, hit .237 with 47 runs, 25 home runs and 57 RBI in 109 games for the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners […]
  • Gentry holds true to his word

    Not long ago, head coach Alvin Gentry made a promise to his team: win tonight and you get tomorrow off, from here on out. Tuesday night’s 102-101 home win over the Utah Jazz earned the team the day off even though they’ve got four days off beginning Friday because of the NBA All-Star break. Gentry […]
  • Surprised Coyotes prepare for pivotal stretch

    PHOENIX – The Phoenix Coyotes have won their last five games to move into first place in the Pacific Division. How did they get there? The team has no idea. Team captain Shane Doan told Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash that he and his teammates are surprised that they are sitting in the No. […]
  • D-backs executives look forward to new season

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers and president and CEO Derrick Hall said Wednesday they are ready to put a disappointing last season behind them and are looking forward to a new team and a new year. Both executives joined KTAR 620’s Doug and Wolf, speaking on topics ranging from the improvement of the bullpen to […]
  • Kelly Johnson reports to spring training

    Diamondbacks second-baseman Kelly Johnson reported to spring training Wednesday after avoiding arbitration and reaching a one-year, $5.85 million deal Tuesday. Johnson, 28, said his focus from now on is to win games this season with the contract business out of the way. “It’s no different than anybody else’s deal, free agency or whatever. It’s just […]
  • Wildcats face toughest home test

    The Arizona Wildcats are rising. Ranked 12th in the country, Sean Miller’s team could go a long way towards locking up the Pac-10 crown with wins over the Washington schools this week. In fact, Arizona has won six straight since losing to the Huskies January 20, their streak beginning with a 65-63 win over the […]
  • Townsend hopes to bring more than just Steelers’ mentality to Cards

    Pittsburgh West continues to grow. After bringing in Ray Horton as defensive coordinator, the Arizona Cardinals have now added former Pittsburgh Steeler Deshea Townsend as their assistant defensive backs coach. He joins Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm and Horton as former Steelers hoping to successfully implement Pittsburgh’s physical, winning mentality into a Cardinals team that lacked […]
  • Athletic Director Love sets bar high for ASU football

    Arizona State Athletic Director Lisa Love isn’t afraid to be blunt on the subject of Sun Devil football. She made it very clear to head coach Dennis Erickson when she hired him back in 2006 that the roster was “clearly missing in depth” and wasn’t heading towards the success that she expects from the program. […]
  • Suns content to stand pat at trade deadline

    The Phoenix Suns roster has undergone a drastic overhaul twice in a nine month span. Don’t expect them to do it for a third time prior to next Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Team president of basketball operations Lon Babby made it very clear on Wednesday morning that he doesn’t expect the team to make any […]
  • Lumberjack men mourn Rolle’s passing, look for critical win against EWU

    Wednesday marks the first time the Northern Arizona Men’s basketball team will play since the death of Joe Rolle in the same arena named in his honor. Rolle, or “Mr. Lumberjack” as he was known to many students, is one of the most iconic figures in NAU history. As a former dean and charter member […]
  • Cardinals promote Mike Miller to offensive coordinator

    TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals promoted Mike Miller to the role of offensive coordinator Wednesday, completing the restructuring of the team’s coaching staff. Miller, who served as the team’s passing game coordinator the last two seasons, will likely serve as the primary play caller, a role head coach Ken Whisenhunt has filled since Todd […]
  • D-backs Spring Training Report: Owings showing value early

    Scottsdale – The Diamondbacks had their second spring workout on Tuesday and a familiar face is already starting to make an impression that could lead to a roster spot. Micah Owings returned to the Diamondbacks in the offseason and could find himself being used in a variety of positions this season for the team. Owings […]