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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Josh Rojas doesn’t like to be left out. He missed opening day with a grade-two strain of his right oblique muscle but spent his downtime still focused on the game. “It was very tough for me,” the Millennium High School graduate says from the team’s dugout during a May […]

By Zakkary Brog The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the business of creating lifelong memories. The snakes will continue by teaming with Super Star Car Wash to host youth baseball camps at Chase Field this summer. Kids between the ages of 7 and 12 are eligible to participate, and registration is open. The half-day camps — […]

By Jordan Rogers Starting pitcher Zach Davies is entering his eighth season in Major League Baseball. Throughout his career, he has always played with National League clubs, so he regularly got the opportunity to return to the Valley. But this season, Davies plays for the team he learned to support while growing up in Gilbert. […]

By Zakkary Brog The Interim World Boxing Council Super Middleweight Title clash between David Benavídez and David Lemieux on May 21 is set to last 12 rounds. However, both men will enter the ring at Gila River Arena in Glendale hoping to end the fight before it goes the distance. Across both fighters’ 68 career […]

By Annika Tomlin | May 9, 2022 Figure skater Alexa Knierim treasures her time on the U.S. Olympic team. After all, it took a lifetime of hard work and dedication. “I think for both Brandon and I it is an honor and a privilege to be part of the Olympic team,” she says referring to […]

By Joshua Weisbly | May 4, 2022 Arizona Rattlers quarterback Drew Powell has two MVP awards under his belt and now he’s looking to add to his list of accolades. “When you say ‘Drew Powell,’ I want ‘championship’ to be the first thing you think about,” he says. The Rattlers continue their winning ways against […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | April 5, 2022 Sitting near his Salt River Fields locker, D-backs reliever Noé Ramirez is chill. His legs are stretched out and his head down as he looks at his phone. It’s a stark contrast to the Noé Ramirez who punches his mitt and shouts when he gets the third out. […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | March 10, 2022 Liam O’Brien is an enforcer on the Arizona Coyotes, ready for fights and racking up 94 penalty infraction minutes. He just laughs when asked about it. “I think I’m a very competitive person,” the 27-year-old center says. “I just love to compete. I just love the feeling of […]

By Noah Velasco | March 3, 2022 After a successful tenure across South America, Luis Seijas feels at home with the Phoenix Rising. The Venezuelan midfielder joined the Rising late in the 2020-21 season to add a veteran presence to one of the United Soccer League’s top teams. The team’s next game is Saturday, March […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 11, 2022 Top Fuel driver Leah Pruett and the Valley have a mutual love. She has won the NHRA Chandler event twice and recently joined Tony Stewart Racing’s new drag racing team. “Phoenix is in my top three racetracks and races,” says Pruett, who married Tony Stewart in 2021. “There’s […]

By Staff | February 4, 2022 With the passage of HB 2772, sports betting is legal in Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Coyotes and the Arizona Diamondbacks have aligned with providers. DraftKings is the exclusive sports betting partner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open hosted annually at TPC Scottsdale. The PGA Tour and […]

By Joe McHugh | February 3, 2022 With a competitive field and a multitude of golf and charity experiences, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is returning to the TPC Scottsdale. “It is going to be great to have everybody back out on the course and experience the Waste Management Open the way we all know […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | February 3, 2022 Valley native Matthew Knies was sitting alone in a restaurant when he received a call that changed his life. He was chosen for the U.S. Olympic hockey team. “I got a call from a random number and had a pretty exciting phone call asking if I wanted to […]

By J. Graber | January 19, 2022 Sports betting is coming to Scottsdale. TPC Scottsdale has applied for a conditional use permit to build a sportsbook on a 3.2-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Hayden and Bell Roads, making Scottsdale one of the few Valley cities that host a facility for sports betting. Most […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | January 4, 2022 At age 24 and in his sixth season, the Arizona Coyotes’ Christian Fischer understands 18-year-old rookies’ insecurities. He has two words of advice for them: calm down. “I remember coming up here from Tucson, I couldn’t be more scared for practice or to miss a puck,” he says. […]

By Tyler Budge | December 7, 2021 The Basketball Hall of Fame-hosted Jerry Colangelo Classic will bounce back into the Footprint Center after a pandemic-dictated break. Friday, December 17, and Saturday, December 18, will see some of college basketball’s top teams. San Diego State and St. Mary’s College hit the floor on December 17. The […]

By Paul Maryniak | November 19, 2021 It was only a matter of time and Chandler resident Mike Rodrigues is seizing the moment. Sometime in the first three months of 2022, he plans to open Pickleball Kingdom, a 16-court indoor facility in Chandler that will eliminate the biggest problem facing devotees of the fast-growing sport: […]

By Keaton Mallory | November 11, 2021 Historically Black colleges and universities’ basketball teams will take the national stage from the Footprint Center Sunday, November 28, and Monday, November 29, thanks to Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul. Airing on ESPN Networks, the inaugural Boost Mobile HBCU Challenge was created by Paul in partnership with […]

By Joe McHugh | November 8, 2021 The Patriot All-America golf tournament has opened its field to women for the first time in its 11 years. Held at the Wigwam Golf Club starting December 28, this year’s iteration will show top men’s and women’s amateur golfers from around the nation. “We’re excited about that start […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | November 4, 2021 To Martin Truex Jr., racing in the NASCAR circuit means more than jockeying between competitors. The New Jersey native and his longtime partner, Sherry Pollex, use his position to support the community with causes like ovarian and childhood cancers. “We were so fortunate as kids to be healthy […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | October 9, 2021 Liam Kirk misses his home country of England, his girlfriend, Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken and the familiarity of his hometown, but he’s ready to start the season with the Arizona Coyotes. Drafted 189th overall in 2018 by the Arizona Coyotes, Kirk is the first English-born and -trained player to […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | September 24, 2021 Polo and horses have gifted Airpark resident Natalie Grancharov Camacho with the best things in life. Camacho met her husband, Andres, on the polo field, and she and her family bond over horses. “I love it,” Camacho says. “I met my husband playing polo. My sister plays polo. […]

By Derek Moskal | September 15, 2021 After years of training in California and Florida, tennis star Kylie McKenzie returned to her hometown of Glendale to reunite with her youth coach and train at the iTUSA. McKenzie spent 10 years training at the U.S. Tennis Association surrounded by professional tennis players and developing her game. […]

By Jill R. Dorson | September 9, 2021 Sports Handle Managing Editor At 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning, the state of Arizona reached the end of a sprint that started in April. When DraftKings, FanDuel and WynnBET went live with digital sports betting, the moment marked the culmination of nearly daily negotiations, meetings and controversy for […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | September 8, 2021 Gymnast MyKayla Skinner’s career highlights read like a champion. The 2020 Olympic vault silver medalist, the 2021 U.S. vault silver medalist and 2019 U.S. vault bronze medalist, among other accomplishments. But right now, the Gilbert resident is craving Gecko Grill — especially while stressed out from moving to […]

By Jill R. Dorson With companies like Caesars, FanDuel and Penn National Gaming building out sportsbooks at professional sports venues across the Valley, fantasy sports betting already has come to Arizona with betting on games arriving September 9. Only a last-minute effort by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe stood in the way […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | August 19, 2021 Josh Rawitch was in his last week as an executive with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the All-Star week and he was just leaving a meeting about the Suns Road Game Rally at Chase Field. Rawitch sounded confident but sentimental about the decade he has spent with the […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | August 15, 2021 WWE Superstars Dolph Ziggler and Natalya Neidhart feel rejuvenated since fans have been able to return to live events. “It’s fricking great,” says Ziggler, who lives in Phoenix. “Finally having fans back after 15 months is amazing. I don’t take it for granted. I was kind of becoming […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | August 15, 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Josh Reddick calls himself a WWE “superfan” — and rightly so. His at-bat song for a bit was “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour, which was also CM Punk’s entrance music. In honor of “WWE Smackdown” coming to Phoenix’s Footprint Center on Friday, August 20, […]

By Grant Greabell | July 12, 2021 RUF MMA, the country’s only Native American-owned fight promotion, is getting its due. It recently inked a deal with ONE Championship fight promotion, which is considered the “UFC of Asia.” ONE Championship’s vice president is Rich Franklin, an American retired mixed martial artist who competed in UFC. The […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | July 1, 2021 The Off-Road Expo Arizona will have a new home in 2021 as the event heads to Phoenix Raceway in Avondale Saturday, September 11, and Sunday, September 12. Phoenix Raceway, which opened in 1964, completed a massive modernization project in the fall of 2018, adding a wide array of […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karsinski | June 21, 2021 When Pavin Smith was called up to the big leagues, he, admittedly, couldn’t sleep that night. “I had no idea what was going to happen,” Smith says via FaceTime. “I didn’t know how anything was run. I just didn’t want to step on any toes.” A first baseman […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | June 14, 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed is going “all in” to help raise money for Compassion International, just to see the less fortunate smile. Ahmed is joining injured pitcher Luke Weaver and reliever Joakim Soria, who have teamed up to pledge a combined $2,050 per win and hope to […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | June 11, 2021 The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has chosen the date for Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium — February 12, 2023. “The selection of the date for Super Bowl LVII means we are getting closer to the event all of Arizona is anticipating,” says David Rousseau, Arizona […]

By Grant Greabell | June 11, 2021 For the third consecutive year, Phoenix Raceway will be home to the NASCAR Championship Weekend. The tradition started in 2020 and will continue this fall from November 5 to November 7 as well as in 2022 from November 4 to November 6.  Fans will look forward to seeing […]

By Zach Alvira | June 11, 2021 The Ultimate Fighting Championship will take over Glendale Saturday night in just it’s third live-audience event since the start of the pandemic in 2020. UFC 263 will kick off Saturday, June 12, from Gila River Arena. The event will feature nine preliminary fights before the start of a […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | June 4, 2021 Marvin “The Italian Dream” Vettori is confident about his sold-out Saturday, June 12, UFC match against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at Gila River Arena. “I work harder than anybody else,” says Vettori, the No. 3-ranked contender who fights out of Mezzocorona, Italy. “Whatever obstacle I have in front […]

By Grant Greabell | May 26, 2021 After a convincing victory in Game 1 over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Suns sought to take a two-game lead in the series but fell short, losing to the Lakers 109-102. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 31 points, while Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 10 rebounds and […]

By Zakkary Brog | May 11, 2021 For Vincent Testaverde Jr., football has been a long and winding road. The son of NFL great Vinny Testaverde recently signed on as the Arizona Rattlers’ new quarterback. “I’m really excited,” he says. “I heard the atmosphere there is great at all the games. Hopefully, despite COVID, there […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski With steady vaccine rollout and falling cases, Arizona’s long-shuttered museums, sports venues, art galleries, stores, restaurants and more may finally welcome the public back inside. Around Arizona, residents are returning to their favorite attractions as businesses plan safe openings. Many high-profile community and cultural hubs are already open […]

By Ethan Greni | May 6, 2021 By all accounts, soccer, or football, is the world’s most popular sport. “The beautiful game” is played in nearly every country around the world and garners global audiences during events like the FIFA World Cup, the Olympics and the UEFA Champions League. The United States is another matter, […]

By Zakkary Brog | April 21, 2021 When the Arizona Rattlers joined the Arena Football League, they joined 11 other franchises for the 1992 season. Of those franchises, only one remains to this day: the Rattlers. In fact, the team has outlasted the AFL itself, which folded following the 2019 season. The team moved to […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | April 12, 2021 Conor Garland acknowledges he has been an underdog most of his hockey career. The 25-year-old Boston native was the fifth-round draft pick in 2015. Afterward, he kept his head down and quietly worked his way up through the Arizona Coyotes’ system. The result? He has the most goals […]

By Zakkary Brog | April 7, 2021 When the Arizona Diamondbacks take the field for their sold-out home opener on Friday, April 9, it will be the first time doing so with fans at Chase Field in 558 days. The excitement level is high from fans and the organization. But, perhaps no one is more […]