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Officials from the WM Phoenix Open said although they are left with 'unanswered questions' surrounding the PGA-LIV merger, they remain excited about hosting the Valley tournament.

In a move that shocked the golf world Tuesday, Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf and the PGA Tour announced a merger, ending the feud between the organizations and marking a sharp pivot for the PGA after executives and players had denounced LIV Golf. Read more»

The PGA resisted LIV, banned the golfers who jumped to it, and took them to court all while pretending it was over ethics, integrity, morality, and blah blah blah.” Yeah, we saw this coming. Now the PGA is merging with LIV. The PGA is no better than the golfers they banned. Read more»

Authorities investigated the slaughter of dozens of horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in October, 2022. The Forest Service makes a distinction between wild horses, which are protected by law, and feral horses, which are not.

Roughly 500 horses inhabit an area along the Black River through Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona, and while some say the herd descends from Spanish colonial horses, others say the herd is more recent and doesn’t belong on the land it now grazes. Read more»

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne stands by Maria Syms, director of legal services for the state department of education, during a press conference on May 24, 2023. Horne discussed his support for Arizona’s trans athlete ban, which is currently facing a lawsuit.

Less than a dozen trans students in Arizona have asked to play on girl’s sports teams’ in the past decade, but Republican Superintendent Tom Horne said that girls across the state are facing unfair competition, which is why he is vehemently defending Arizona’s trans athlete ban. Read more»

Mike Ingram prepares to begin Ride Across Arizona in Topock.

A 73-year-old man from Tucson just became the oldest person to finish the 610-mile Ride Across Arizona. Mike Ingram, who rode solo and non-supported, bicycled across the northern part of the state in nine days, 10 hours and 50 minutes. Read more»

FC Tucson forward Mathis Pilon St-Louis takes a shot as he's closed down by the Olympians FC goalkeeper.

It took only five minutes for Ethan Stevenson to score FC Tucson’s first goal in a noontime match against Olympians FC at Kino North Stadium on Saturday. In the end, the team won 5 - 1. Read more»

Saturday's opponent for FC Tucson, Olympians FC, upon winning their league championship in February.

It’s only been since the end of April that FC Tucson took to the practice field, but they are already going to have their fourth match on Saturday. This one will be against Olympians FC, who ply their trade in El Mirage. Read more»

The owners of FC Tucson will be among the first franchisees in the startup USL Super League, a top-tier professional women’s soccer league that plans to kick off play in August 2024. Read more»

FC Tucson fullback Laura Pimienta during a scrimmage at the team's Mother's Day tryout.

FC Tucson’s women’s side held open tryouts on Mother’s Day this year. The soccer team is hoping to have a better season than last year, when a series of draws and narrow losses toward the end left them out of the playoffs. Read more»

FC Tucson's Danny Garcia takes a shot from outside the box.

FC Arizona made the trip to Kino North Stadium on Wednesday night with a record of three wins in three league games, but they walked off the field on the wrong end of a 4 - 0 result against home side FC Tucson. Read more»

New Way Academy is a Phoenix school catering to children with learning differences. Many compete in athletics and thrive.

Many children with dyslexia - a language-based disability that impairs reading ability due to struggles with speech sounds and the correlation of letters and words - gravitate toward sports as an escape from the academic world and a place where they are able to feel in control. Read more»

FC Tucson had a big victory on Friday night with a 5 - 1 win against a soccer team drawn from the local Guanajuato league; now they move on to play another tune-up match against a squad from up north. Read more»

FC Tucson coach Mark Biagi

FC Tucson is kicking off their 2023 season on Friday with a friendly against Guanajuato Selección XI at Kino North Stadium. Read more»

Pickleball’s inclusive environment has help the sport grow. It has seen a boost in participation of 159% in three years.

Pickleball - a game that combines elements of tennis, ping pong and badminton - is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and is increasingly attracting a diverse group of people, merge both the deaf and hearing communities in Arizona together through the sport. Read more»

The Department of Education said that 20% of state athletic associations currently allow students to participate in the sport that aligns with their gender identity.

Transgender legal scholars and advocates say they were relieved to see the Biden administration extend some protections for transgender students’ sports participation - but they say they remain cautious about the effect on high school and college sports. Read more»

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