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'The Cardiac Cats': 25 years later, memories of Arizona men’s championship run endures

For the 1997 Arizona men’s basketball team, the Wildcats’ disappointment this year magnified the legacy it forged by winning the first men’s basketball national championship in school history 25 years ago today.... Read more»

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Former University of Arizona athletes criticize NCAA over transgender swimmer

A group of former swimmers and divers from the University of Arizona wrote to the NCAA last week urging it to “protect our women athletes,” after a transgender woman won a national swimming title, the latest salvo in a national debate over transgender athletes.... Read more»

Bittersweet exit for Sam Thomas as Arizona women eliminated in NCAA Tournament

The 63-45 second-round loss to the Tar Heels in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament wasn’t the ending to their season that Sam Thomas or the University of Arizona Wildcats had in mind, but the Las Vegas native ended her career in Tucson as one of the program’s greats.... Read more»

Wildcats emerge from tough times, advance to men’s Sweet 16

It took overtime, but Arizona – seeded No. 1 in the South region – outlasted Texas Christian, 85-80, to move on to San Antonio, Texas, where they will face fifth-seeded Houston in the regional semifinals.... Read more»

Arizona sportsbooks expecting large crowds, revenue for first March Madness betting cycle

With sports betting legalized in Arizona on September 9, 2021, this will be the first time the public has the opportunity to wager on what is one of the most bet on sporting events in the United States, and sportsbooks expect to see increased handle and revenue spikes for March Madness.... Read more»

'Real chance' Kerr Kriisa could play in Arizona’s NCAA Tournament opener

Sunday’s reveal of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket had its controversies, but there was no debate where the University of Arizona would be placed as the Wildcats earned a No. 1 seed in the South Region of this year’s NCAA Tournament. ... Read more»

GOP lawmakers kickstart new wave of transgender athlete bans

In at least seven states—Arizona, South Dakota, Georgia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Virginia—Republican lawmakers have filed legislation that would prohibit transgender girls from participating on sports teams for girls and women in high school and college. ... Read more»

Arizona’s hot start puts men’s college basketball world on notice

Last year was one to forget for Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball and the team needed a hard reset, something it got with head coach Tommy Lloyd, who was hired last spring from Gonzaga University, a powerhouse that rarely misses NCAA March Madness.... 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»

University of Arizona standout Gile Bite Starkute putting golf on Lithuania’s map

Tucson and Vilnius, Lithuania are separated by nearly 6,000 miles - and even further in the world of golf - which explains why University of Arizona junior Gile Bite Starkute is an even more important piece of the Lithuanian golf community than Arizona’s vast golf landscape.... Read more»

Worldwide endurance athletes use Flagstaff’s altitude as training tactic

Flagstaff, the home of Northern Arizona University, has an altitude of almost 7,000 feet, making it a prime spot for endurance training, not only for NAU athletes but for world class athletes from around the globe.... 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»

Does controversial partnership between Barstool Sports, Arizona Bowl suggest attempt at image change?

The surprise announcement of a partnership between the Tucson-based Arizona Bowl and Barstool Sports sheds light on the divisiveness triggered by the media company, but also its increasing attempts to change its image. ... Read more»

UA - Clemson? ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 alliance could change college football landscape

The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced an official alliance Tuesday – a move that could impact the athletic programs at the University of Arizona and Arizona State, as well as the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. ... Read more»

Arizona among states poised to allow college athletes to profit off their names, images

A seismic shift will rock college sports beginning next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images, though legislation in Congress and a pending Supreme Court decision could play a part in any policy changes.... Read more»

ESPN sues UA for records related to basketball bribery scandal

ESPN is suing the University of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents because they refuse to turn over NCAA records related to allegations against former UofA basketball coach Book Richardson, who went to federal prison in a bribery scandal.... Read more»

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