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They paved paradise, put up a parking lot: Valley racing fans mourn closing of dirt tracks

The rich history of Arizona dirt track racing is at the risk of making a dangerously long pit stop as tracks that were once popular family gatherings as well as stepping stones to NASCAR success are struggling to survive.... Read more»

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Unlevel pitch: Path to pro soccer is tougher for girls than boys

Although boys of any age can sign to play professionally under Major League Soccer rules in the U.S., the National Women’s Soccer League requires players to be at least 17 before signing a contract - so for many youth players, the path to sign as a minor doesn’t exist yet.... Read more»

Tucson dogs are welcome to watch Wildcats play Ducks in hockey

Dogs welcome at Arizona Wildcat hockey game this weekend, with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Punt, pass & teach social, emotional learning skills: Best coaches adjust priorities

From teamwork and leadership acumen, to work ethic and discipline, coaches teach as much about becoming a well-rounded adult as kicking a ball or swinging a golf club - and this is where the importance of training coaches in social and emotional learning skills comes into play.... Read more»

Mikey’s League: Changing the status quo for Arizona's disabled community through sports

Through a shared vision of accessibility and inclusivity in sports, childhood friends Karl Bender and Scott Freeman formed Mikey’s League with a powerful objective: to challenge the limits placed on the disabled community and allow them to inspire and teach others.... Read more»

They ‘just want to play:’ The history of girls in the Little League World Series

Playing baseball is a beloved tradition across the Southwes, but at a young age, girls are steered toward softball, which has been deemed acceptable for women - and despite more than 30 years of barrier breakers, gender barriers still exist at the highest level of youth baseball. ... Read more»

Soccer notes

New Arizona coach adjusting to NCAA scheduling; Jaye makes Triumphant return to Tucson

Soccer notes: Moros faces scheduling test as two-game weeks start for Wildcats Plus: Pearlman talks return of Jaye to Kino; Hisey named to post season WPSL list; Duarte scores for Pumas... Read more»

Soccer notes

FC Tucson's Duarte picked by Pumas

FC Tucson’s Luz Duarte is headed to Mexico’s top women’s league. Plus: Former Tampa Bay Rowdies defender Mo Kone signs for FC Tucson, Arizona soccer schedule released... Read more»

NAU cross-country runner cleared for Olympics after DACA status hurdle

A Northern Arizona University track and field athlete who has no immigration status succeeded at securing a special permission from the federal government on Monday to travel to compete in the Olympics Games in Tokyo and return to the U.S.... Read more»

Arizonans in Tokyo: Athletes with local ties to watch in Tokyo Olympics

The United States is sending over 600 athletes to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - the opening ceremonies Friday signified the official start of the much delayed, much anticipated event - and here are the schedules for the 19 Arizonans either born or raised in the state.... Read more»1

Tucson’s Abdi Abdirahman, 44, outraces Father Time en route to 5th Olympics

At 44, Tucson resident Abdihakim ‘Abdi’ Abdirahman has defied all odds to become the oldest U.S. runner ever to make an Olympic team, competing at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo thanks to minor tweaks to his training regimen and a honed awareness of his body’s needs. ... Read more»

FC Tucson women have strong win in final home match of 2021

FC Tucson ended their final home match of 2021 with an emphatic 3 - 0 scoreline over their longtime rivals SC Del Sol at Kino North Stadium on Friday night.... Read more»

Not a Bohring match: FC Tucson downs Atomic City 2 - 1

When the fallout cleared at Kino Stadium Friday night, FC Tucson edged out the visitors from Vegas, 2 - 1.To anyone that has been watching FC Tucson this year, the team’s scorer comes at no surprise. Both goals came from Luz Duarte, the nucleus of the club. ... Read more»

FC Tucson women notch draw in East Valley contest

FC Tucson’s Women’s side had their second meeting with FC Arizona this season at Campo Verde High School on Saturday night. Despite a flurry of chances and shots, they ended the match in a 2 - 2 draw.... Read more»

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FC Tucson women's side readies for a matchup in Gilbert

FC Tucson’s women’s side delivered a 5 - 1 drubbing to Atomic City FC in Las Vegas on Sunday and are looking forward to a trip to GIlbert for a rematch against FC Arizona.... Read more»

How will youth sports leagues, parents react now that COVID-19 vaccine available for adolescents?

With the CDC authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds coinciding with the start of many youth sporting events, parents and tournament organizers are faced with decisions, and complicating the issue are state and local jurisdictions’ varying restrictions.... Read more»

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