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On heels of Flores suit, Black high school football coaches in Arizona hungry for more opportunities

Many Black Arizona high school football coaches say the state has a similar issue as does the NFL: The number of minority coaches does not reflect the diversity of Arizona’s population and of the players.... Read more»

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Losing contact: Instead, flag football emerging in Arizona, across U.S.

Flag football is quickly emerging as an option for athletes and the sport is gaining momentum among boys and girls - with backing from colleges and the NFL - as more and more parents direct their children away from full-contact, tackle football.... Read more»

Arizona already getting ready to host the 2023 Super Bowl

With the 2022 Super Bowl in the rear view mirror, pro football’s attention turns to Glendale, Arizona, where preparations to host next year’s Super Bowl already have started. ... Read more»

COVID and political fatigue inspired 'lighter, comedic' Super Bowl ads

From a commercial featuring a virtual assistant reading the thoughts of comic Colin Jost and his wife, actress Scarlett Johansson, to a potato chip ad featuring Seth Rogan marrying a zombie, many advertisers took a lighter tone for spots during Super Bowl Sunday. ... Read more»

Super Bowl, Phoenix Open final round likely to be in Valley on same day in 2023

Although the PGA Tour isn’t expected to release its official schedule until the summer, it’s a safe bet that the final round of the WM Phoenix Open will fall on Feb. 12, 2023 - the day Super Bowl LVII unfolds at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.... Read more»

Super Bowl LVI features Arizona ties, including NAU product Frank Pollack

Super Bowl LVI will not feature the Arizona Cardinals or be played in Arizona, but the state will cast a small shadow over Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. ... Read more»

Super Bowl LVI gambling could surpass $100 million in Arizona, experts predict

This year, the nearly endless opportunities for wagering on Super Bowl LVI are now available for the first time, at least legally, to Arizona gamblers following legislation that passed in September, legalizing sports wagering in the state.... Read more»

Move 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona? That’s what faith leaders want because of voting bill restrictions

Faith leaders from around the country are calling for the NFL to move the 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona, citing several bills they characterize as voter suppression. ... Read more»

Court: University of Arizona not liable for off-campus assault by former player

The University of Arizona cannot be held liable under Title IX for a football player’s off-campus assault of his girlfriend, even though the university exercises “substantial control” over its student athletes, a federal court said Tuesday. ... Read more»

Super Bowl LVII host committee launches countdown to 2023 game in Glendale

When the Super Bowl - one of the world’s most popular sporting events - returns to Arizona on Feb. 12, 2023, the country and the state's economy will enjoy the fruits of an effort that has been in the works since the spring of 2018.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Jerky jock tests

It’s always disappointing to discover an athlete we’ve admired for years turns out to be a narcissistic condescending entitled asshole.... Read more»

Boise State punts Az Bowl slot due to team COVID cases, Barstool founder tweets misinfo about disease

Boise State is bowing out of the now-canceled Arizona Bowl because of the number of COVID-19 cases among the team's players, while the founder of title sponsor Barstool Sports tweeted misinformation about the severity of the disease on Monday.... Read more»2

Arizona bowl organizers look to bounce back from 2020’s fanless games

With COVID-19 protocols in 2020 prohibiting fans at the Fiesta and Arizona bowls, and a lack of eligible teams forcing a last-minute cancellation of the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, organizers are eager to welcome fans and teams this year.... Read more»

FCS playoffs extend football season for 'a lot of ballers' from Arizona

None of Arizona’s three Division I football teams will compete for a national championship this fall, but 25 players with Arizona ties will still have a shot at a title - including Tucson alumnus from Salpointe Catholic and Cienega High School.... Read more»

After years of addiction, heartbreak, former Arizona star Vance Johnson helps others

Vance Johnson, prep All-American in football and track at Cholla High School and former University of Arizona football star and NFL wide receiver now shares the story of his fall into substance abuse during and after his playing days to help combat the opioid epidemic.... Read more»

History-making Arizona prep kicker back on the move after car crash, back injury

After a January car crash resulting in a spinal injury and lower body paralysis, Krysten Muir - the first female athlete to score in an AIA state championship football game, against Scottsdale's Saguaro High - is walking again and determined to sharing her passion for kicking.... Read more»

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