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UA soccer drops a delayed preseason match; FC Tucson has break to regroup

Megan Chelf scored a 36th minute goal in a University of Arizona Wildcats preseason loss on Thursday morning. FC Tucson takes a much-needed break from play this week.... Read more»

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A change for the better? Arizona set to add shot clocks for high school basketball

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»

Fields of dreams: How farming & football helped Eloy harvest NFL talent

Home to just under 16,000 residents and mostly known for world-class skydiving and copious amounts of dust, Eloy sits along Interstate 10 midway between Phoenix and Tucson - but a rich history can be found deeper in the city off Exit 208. ... Read more»

Long-awaited change of course: A diverse future for golf on horizon

Desert Mashie, which joined the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1950, originally formed in Phoenix for minorities and now has evolved into an organization that welcomes any golfer who wants to learn the game and be involved in the community. ... Read more»

From high schools to the NBA, Arizona evolving into a hotbed for elite hoops talent

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»

Big 12 Conference remains open for expansion after Pac-12 merger talks end

Asked about possible expansion from the addition of Pac-12 schools recently, incoming Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark left “no doubt” that his conference is “open for business.” ... Read more»

Image of Griner graces 'Bring Them Home' mural of hostages in Washington

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»1

Cracks are showing a year after Arizona legalized sports gambling

Nearly a year after lawmakers in Arizona legalized sports gambling, questions remain on the impact it will have on the public due to a lack of state oversight - and reports show young men and Latino men may be disproportionately affected by out-of-state profiteering.... Read more»

1 year later: How Arizona’s 'name, image & likeness' law has changed college sports

Saturday marked the first anniversary of Senate Bill 1296, which allows student-athletes in Arizona to engage in NIL – name, image and likeness - activities without penalty. It doesn’t sound like a long time, but in those 12 months, the realm of NIL has greatly expanded.... Read more»

FC Tucson succumbs to another late goal in storm-delayed match

It was another disappointing night for FC Tucson at Kino North Stadium on Saturday night. After a strong early come-back and a two-hour weather delay, the team succumbed to a late goal from Charlotte Independence.... Read more»

Corfe leaving FC Tucson as team retools

FC Tucson announced this week that Deri Corfe will be leaving the team. According to the team’s website, he and FC Tucson have “mutually agreed to part ways.”... Read more»

Analysis

Too hot to handle: Climate considerations for youth sport during the hottest years on record

With summer temperatures rising, youth sports leagues and school districts will need to update their practice rules and heat policies to keep players safe - paying particular attention to low-income, minority neighborhoods that can get excessively hot.... Read more»

Walden Grove high school standout drafted by Kansas City Royals

When Walden Grove Class of 2022 valedictorian and baseball standout Milo Rushford graduated with a 4.66 GPA, his plan was to continue his education and play baseball at New Mexico State University. Then the phone rang.... Read more»

Brittney Griner remains in Russian prison 150 days after arrest

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»

'He stole my soul': Don Frye reflects on storied career & one of MMA’s most memorable fights

Sierra Vista native Don "The Predator" Frye stormed into the fighting scene early, appearing as one of the “most well-rounded fighters” in Mixed Martial Arts at the time and racking up championships across the globe - but the life of fighting has taken it's toll.... Read more»

As sports betting grows, states tackle teenage problem gambling

Neither the federal government nor states battle gambling addiction like alcohol, drug and tobacco addiction, and with online and retail sports betting now legal in more than 30 states, the portrait of a new problem gambler is emerging: the high school student. ... Read more»

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