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Sophomore Cesar Saenz finished with a game-high 27 points on 10 for 13 shooting and 5 for 7 from three-point range as the No. 14 ranked Aztecs men's basketball team won their sixth straight game after beating Mesa Community College 79-72 on Saturday in Mesa. The Aztecs improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in ACCAC conference play.

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (14-1, 6-1 in ACCAC) picked up its sixth straight victory on Saturday as the Aztecs needed every basket to hold off Mesa Community College (6-8, 2-5). Read more»

I’m extremely happy that Brittney Griner is coming home after spending the past eight months in a Russian prison for bringing vape cartridges containing less than a gram of cannabis oil into the fascist country. Vladimir Putin made Griner his political prisoner. Read more»

Cherelle Griner, the wife of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, smiles as she talks to President Joe Biden following the WNBA standout’s release.

As many celebrated the news of Brittney Griner’s release Thursday, others addressed the conditions of Russian penal colonies, raising questions about the lingering impact that could have on the WNBA star. Read more»

Griner was released in exchange for the release of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed 'the Merchant of Death.'

U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian custody in a prisoner exchange after being sentenced to nine years in Russian prison for smuggling illegal drugs into the country. Read more»

ASU women’s coach Natasha Adair said before her team’s game Grambling State that she was excited 'just to merge two teams, two experiences. It’s just a great opportunity for us to learn, grow and then just grow together as one.'

The collaboration between the Pac-12 Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference resulted in the formation of the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series, which aims to provide athletes with education surrounding social justice issues in addition to creating a platform for competition. Read more»

Arizona is home to one of the largest populations of Indigenous peoples in the U.S., and tribal lands make up more than 25% of the state’s land mass. 

The turquoise-colored Phoenix Suns 2022-2023 City Edition uniform pays tribute to the rich histories and cultures of Arizona’s 22 tribal nations, inspired by thousands of years of shared characteristics, symbols and traits. Read more»

Arizona basketball fans showed up early for the First Watch Red-Blue Game at McKale Center Friday night. The Wildcats showcased new uniforms that are a throwback to 1987-88 and honored the program’s first Final Four team.

Arizona men’s basketball coach Tommy Lloyd gave a sellout crowd at McKale Center its first look at a remastered Wildcats roster along with a glimpse into the program’s storied past during at Arizona’s annual First Watch Red-Blue Game on alumni weekend. Read more»

Robert Sarver will begin the process of selling the Suns and Mercury, saying in a statement it had become clear 'that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past.'

Robert Sarver announced that he will begin the early stages of selling the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, just over a week after he was suspended one year and fined $10 million as a result of an investigation into misconduct toward employees. Read more»

Aari McDonald, right, makes her return to the Arizona women’s basketball program as the new Director of Recruiting. The former Wildcats star reunites with former teammate Cate Reese in the new role.

The University of Arizona’s women’s basketball team has the credentials, a strong recruiting class and a long pedigree of success - and now it’s lured one of the program’s most treasured players - former Wildcat star Aari McDonald - into rejoining the team as Director of Recruiting. Read more»

Reaction has been strong following the announcement by the NBA that Robert Sarver would be suspended for a year.

The NBA’s suspension and $10 million fine for Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver has sparked widespread criticism, including strong responses from a Phoenix Suns player and executive who view the punishment as “falling short” compared to the findings in the investigation. Read more»

The basketball arena at the University of Arizona features a court named after late coach Lute Olson and his wife, Bobbi.

Saturday marked the two-year anniversary of the death of Lute Olson - one of college basketball’s greatest coaches and, to his former players, the patriarch of a family bigger than basketball. Read more»

A 35-second shot clock will be part of the 2022-23 basketball season for 6A to 3A Arizona high schools. Although most coaches embrace the addition, they caution that shot clocks will require a learning curve.

After years of support, the Arizona Interscholastic Association will add a 35-second shot clock to high school basketball in the 6A through 3A conferences. Read more»

Dalen Terry is joined by family and friends as he waits to hear his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the NBA Draft.

Hoops aficionados everywhere would agree that the University of Arizona Wildcats has the best basketball factory in the state of Arizona - the proof is in this year’s NBA draft - but the local basketball boom is happening well before the college level. Read more»

The mural shows, from right, Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, held in Russia and the only woman depicted; Emad Shargi, held in Iran; and Luke Denman and Alirio Zambrano, both detained in Venezuela. They are some of the 18 Americans shown in the mural.

A mural unveiled in the Georgetown section of Washington features 18 Americans who are being held hostage or have been wrongfully detained overseas - including Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner - in the hope of keeping a spotlight on their cases. Read more»

Sunday marked the 150th day since Brittney Griner’s incarceration in Russia after officials said they found the Phoenix Mercury star traveling with vape cartridges containing a banned substance (hashish oil) at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. On Friday, Griner’s lawyer gave the Russian court a U.S. doctor’s letter that recommended her to use medical marijuana for any pain symptoms.

Sunday marked the 150th day since Phoenix Mercury star center Brittney Griner’s incarceration in a Russian jail after officials said they found vape cartridges containing a banned substance (hashish oil) at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Read more»

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