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After 6\u00bd years as Arizona\u2019s director of athletics, Greg Byrne will be named to a similar position at the University of Alabama, possibly as soon as Monday.

Jeff Stevens, a prominent UA donor and the co-namesake of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, confirmed Byrne\u2019s departure to the Star late Sunday.

Byrne is expected to be replaced on an interim basis by Erika Barnes, the UA\u2019s senior associate athletic director and a former Arizona softball player.

Byrne, 45, will replace Alabama athletic director Bill Battle, 74, who has undergone treatment for multiple myeloma cancer for two years. The school announced Battle\u2019s retirement late Sunday, after word broke that Byrne was headed to Tuscaloosa.

Arizona made an effort to retain Byrne, Stevens said, but the athletic director chose to return to the Southeastern Conference. Byrne served as Mississippi State\u2019s athletic director from 2008-10.

\u201cGreg was offered similar money at Arizona,\u201d Stevens said. \u201cBut at the end of the day he chose to go to Alabama.\u201d

Byrne makes about $700,000 per year at Arizona. He recently received a $500,000 bonus for staying at the UA through 2016.\u00a0

Byrne, the son of a former athletic director at Nebraska, Oregon and Texas A&M, was hired by Arizona in March 2010, replacing Jim Livengood. Byrne told the Star that an athletic director is fortunate if he can endure 10 years on the job \u201cbecause of inherent political issues that arise.\u201d

Byrne did not respond to a request for an interview Sunday night.

At Arizona, Byrne began with an athletic department budget of about $45 million. In the 2015-16 fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Education reported that Arizona\u2019s athletic budget reached $85 million.

Alabama\u2019s numbers dwarf that of the UA. Alabama reported football revenues of $103 million in the 2015 season, according to USA Today; Arizona had football revenues of $23 million in the same period.

During his time in Tucson, Byrne fired football coach Mike Stoops and hired Rich Rodriguez. He also hired baseball coach Jay Johnson from Nevada, moved the school\u2019s baseball operation to Hi Corbett Field and oversaw both the opening of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and a $30 million renovation of McKale Center.

Byrne\u2019s use of Twitter and email \u2014 his \u201cWildcat Wednesdays\u201d dispatches are sent to UA fans weekly \u2014 put him ahead of the times in the older, often-stodgy world of athletic directors. He became, outside of basketball coach Sean Miller, the most recognizable member of the university.

Byrne\u2019s biggest accomplishment may have been the hire he didn\u2019t have to make. The AD successfully negotiated an extension with Miller after the coach interviewed at Maryland in 2011. The commitment, which included a vow to improve Arizona\u2019s facilities and allow Miller\u2019s team to take charter flights, cemented a bond between the two men.

Byrne did not pursue vacant athletic directorships at USC, Texas and Florida over the past year, but may have been eyeing the Alabama job. Sports Business Journal reported that he first met with Alabama officials four months ago.

Byrne flew to Tuscaloosa on Saturday, according to a report from Sports Business Journal late Sunday. There he received the blessing of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Because he is leaving voluntarily, Byrne will not collect on more than $2 million of an unnamed donor\u2019s stock retention bonus established to keep him, Rodriguez and Miller in Tucson.

Byrne was scheduled to collect his portion of the retention bonus in 2020.

Byrne left his position as athletic director at Mississippi State after 2\u00bd seasons to move to Tucson, previously worked in fundraising roles at Kentucky, Oregon State and Oregon. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon, while his father, Bill, was the Ducks\u2019 athletic director.

The UA could turn to a pair of familiar faces to replace Byrne. Texas Christian University\u2019s Chris Del Conte and South Florida\u2019s Mark Harlan both rose through the ranks under Livengood at the UA.

Harlan, who holds two degrees from the UA, is in his third season as South Florida\u2019s athletic director after serving as an assistant AD at UCLA. Del Conte, a former senior associate AD at Arizona, is in his eighth year at TCU.

Stevens said Sunday that he expects Arizona to be a destination job.

\u201cPeople are going to say \u2018Oh, my God, the ship is sinking,\u201d\u2019 said Stevens, who made his fortune in the oil business. \u201cBut the bottom line is that this is a great job and we\u2019ll find someone who wants to be here and makes a difference.\u201d

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By leaving to become Alabama's new athletic director, Greg Byrne will miss out on a booster-paid retention bonus that is currently worth $2.18 million.

In what UA terms its \"Longevity Fund,\" Byrne was set to receive 100,000 shares that a booster set aside for him in Western Refining Logistics LP if he does not leave voluntarily before May 31, 2020.

Those shares were trading at $21.80 as of Friday, meaning the full value of Byrne's 100,000 shares would be $2.18 million as of now (the value of them was $3.53 million when the plan was approved in May 2014).

Byrne has vested in 75 percent of those shares already, but he would only collect those vested shares before May 2020 only if he was fired without cause or left because of a \"substantial mental or physical incapacity or death,\" according to the language Arizona Regents approved in September 2015. (See page four of this document for details).

\"Therefore, Byrne will not receive any partial or interim payments of the Longevity Fund prior to May 31, 2020, if he voluntarily terminates his employment,\" UA's approved proposal said.

UA football coach Rich Rodriguez and basketball coach Sean Miller each have 175,000 shares allocated to them in the plan, but only Rodriguez can get any payment for leaving voluntarily before 2020, under language the Regents approved in September 2015.

The difference there is likely because Rodriguez was believed to be a hiring target of other schools at that time. UA initially proposed that Miller also could cash out some shares earlier but that language was removed before the Regents approved it.

Byrne, however, did collect a $500,000 retention bonus from UA for staying through 2016. He had a base salary of $675,000 for 2016-17, and a total salary of $735,000 according to records detailed in our UA salary database.

It's not yet known what Alabama will pay Byrne. Arizona was prepared to match the Crimson Tide's offer, but Byrne opted to return to the Southeastern Conference. He served as Mississippi State's athletic director from 2008-10.\u00a0

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As expected, Arizona Wildcats signee DeAndre Ayton was named to the McDonalds All-American Game West team.

The question is whether the Wildcats will wind up with any other representatives in the prestigious high school all-star game.

No other UA signees were named when the rosters were announced Sunday evening, but undecided UA targets Brian Bowen and Brandon McCoy were named to the\u00a0March 29 game in Chicago.

Kobi Simmons was UA's lone representative last spring in the McDonalds game, but Rawle Alkins was not eligible as a fifth-year senior and Lauri Markkanen was playing outside of the country.

On the ESPNU selection show, Ayton appeared and briefly discussed his journey from his native Bahamas to his elite standing in the game now. Ayton moved to San Diego in middle school and is in his second season at Phoenix's Hillcrest Prep.

\"It's been a long journey coming from where basketball was not a thing as a sport,\" Ayton said. It's \"just me working hard, having pride ... and having that chip on my shoulder has always motivated me. ... it's staying humble and just competing.\"

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The Arizona Wildcats have added a specialist to their 2017 class, just two weeks before signing day.

Lucas Havrisik, a punter/placekicker from Norco High School in Norco, California, Tweeted Sunday night that he has committed to the UA. Havrisik is rated the No. 12 kicker in the Class of 2017 and a five-star kicking recruit, according to Chris Sailer Kicking.

Sailer, Havrisik's personal coach and a former star at UCLA, wrote the following about the 6-foot-3-inch, 165-pound senior:

\"Lucas is a big time kicking prospect. He is a great athlete with one of the stronger legs in his class. Hits a pure ball off the ground on field goals and is extremely accurate. One of the best field kickers in the nation without a doubt. His kickoffs are strong and consistent. He drives the ball to the back of the end zone with great consistency. He is confident player that does very well under pressure. Lucas also shows great ability as a punter. He has the tools to dominate the D1 level. \"

Havrisik's commitment comes just days after Braxton Burmeister, a four-star quarterback and the top player in Rich Rodriguez's recruiting class, decommitted and enrolled at Oregon.

Havrisik's addition could ease the workload of Josh Pollack, who handled both the punter and placekicker positions for most of the 2016 season. Pollack made nine of 14 field goal attempts, and netted just under 37 yards per punt. Jake Glatting replaced Pollack at punter toward the end of the Wildcats' 3-9 season.

If nothing else, Havrisik could handle kickoffs. Edgar Gastelum, the Wildcats' designated kickoff specialist, suffered a concussion last season and then quit the team.

Arizona coaches are still putting the finishing touches on the 2017 class, which will be unveiled Feb. 1

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Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is expected to be named athletic director at Alabama, possibly as soon as Monday.

Jeff Stevens, a UA booster and co-namesake of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, confirmed Byrne's departure to the Star Sunday night.

Alabama's current athletic director, Bill Battle, has been at the school for four years. He is expected to retire for health reasons. Battle took a leave of absence last summer as he battled multiple myeloma.\u00a0

Byrne, 45, joined the UA in 2010 after serving as athletic director at Mississippi State and associate athletic director at both Oregon State and Kentucky. Under Byrne, the Arizona athletic department budget has grown from $45 million to $80 million. Byrne hired football coach Rich Rodriguez and baseball coach Jay Johnson, moved Wildcats' baseball program off-campus to Hi Corbett Field and oversaw renovations to Arizona Stadium and McKale Center. Byrne's next fundraising project was supposed to be a modernization of Arizona Stadium, replacing the old facility's metal bleachers with chairbacks.\u00a0

Byrne's biggest accomplishment may have been the hire he didn't have to make. The AD successfully negotiated an extension with basketball coach Sean Miller after he interviewed at Maryland in 2011. The commitment, which included a commitment to better facilities and charter flights for his team, cemented a bond between the two men and their families.\u00a0

Byrne's use of social media and email \u2014 his \"Wildcat Wednesdays\" dispatches are sent to UA fans weekly \u2014 made him ahead of the times in the older, often-stodgy world of athletic directors. Byrne was linked to openings at the Michigan, Texas and USC during his time at the UA, but rebuffed the schools' interests. If Byrne was planning to bolt, it wasn't apparent: Byrne is building a new home in Tucson; his two sons are enrolled as UA students.\u00a0

Byrne will almost certainly receive a sizable raise to run the Crimson Tide's athletic department. He made a base of $600,000 per year at Arizona; \u00a0Battle's four-year deal, signed in 2013, called for a base salary of $620,000.

By leaving voluntarily, Byrne will forego a more than $2 million stock retention bonus. Byrne would've had to stay at the UA until 2020 to collect the sum; Miller and Rodriguez have similar retention bonuses, gifts from an unnamed UA donor.\u00a0

Alabama should have no problem matching \u2014 or greatly exceeding \u2014 that figure. The Crimson Tide's football program brought in more than $100 million last year. Byrne visited Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, according to a report posted later Sunday by Sports Business Journal. Tide football coach Nick Saban \"gave a thumbs up on the new AD,\" reporter Michael Smith tweeted.\u00a0

The UA could turn to a handful of sitting athletic directors to replace Byrne. TCU's Chris Del Conte is a former UA associate athletic director who has overseen construction of both a new basketball arena and football plant. South Florida's Mark Harlan holds two degrees from Arizona and has connections to former Wildcats football coach Dick Tomey. Tomey worked under Harlan two years ago as a mentor to football coach Willie Taggart. Taggart was recently named head coach at Oregon.

It's unclear who will hire Arizona's next athletic director. University president Ann Weaver Hart is transitioning to a professor's role. Byrne was a member of the board tabbed to replace her.\u00a0

Check back later for more.\u00a0

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The Tucson Roadrunners have a knack for one-goal wins.

Thirteen of the Roadrunners\u2019 18 victories have come by one goal, a trend that speaks well to the team\u2019s ability to stave off opponents in late-game situations.

On the flip side, the close scores require greater energy out of the Roadrunners, who are nearing the midway point of the season.

The Roadrunners could be in store for a few more competitive matchups this week when they host the Ontario Reign, leaders of the American Hockey League Pacific Division. Tucson currently sits in third place in the division, one game behind Ontario in the win column.

Tucson enters the series on a three-game winning streak.

\u201cI think we\u2019re feeling good,\u201d goalkeeper Adin Hill said. \u201cWe still have things we want to clean up if we want to keep winning. The standings are pretty close right now so every game is huge.\u201d

Hill said that the team\u2019s main area of concern is consistency, where the Roadrunners are still learning how to play a full 60 minutes of aggressive hockey.

Tucson is coming off a 3-2 win over the Texas Stars in which the team got off to a quick 3-0 lead before allowing the Stars to climb back in the contest.

After the game, Tucson coach Mark Lamb alluded to the team\u2019s lack of energy.

Lamb said that the team took Sunday off to regroup.

\u201cIt\u2019s never downhill,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got two more games left (this home series).\u201d

The Roadrunners have faced the Reign five times this season, and four of those games have come down to one goal.

Hill, who lowered his goals against average to 2.77, will likely receive the start Monday night.

\u201cI feel like I\u2019m playing well but the team is doing a good job in front of me by keeping the shots to the outside,\u201d Hill said.

Offensively, the Roadrunners are looking for consistent outlets now that forward Brendan Perlini is spending more time with the Arizona Coyotes.

Wings Michael Bunting and Christian Fischer each scored in both of the Roadrunners\u2019 weekend games against the Stars.

Tucson will host Ontario on both Monday and Wednesday.

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Arizona women\u2019s basketball coach Adia Barnes preaches not letting the highs get too high or the lows too low in terms of the outcomes of games \u2026 or quarters \u2026 or even possessions.

Her team has listened and responded this season.

Friday night against Washington, it had a 14-point deficit after the first quarter, but was only outscored by three the rest of the way.

Sunday afternoon the Wildcats were at it again, fighting for each possession right down to the final seconds as they edged Washington State 56-55 to earn their first Pac-12 home win of the season.

LaBrittney Jones broke a 54-54 tie with a basket with 30 seconds left to give the Wildcats the lead for good. A big rebound by Destiny Graham off a missed Cougars free throw helped seal the game with four seconds left as UA improved to 11-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-12.

\u201cI erased any turnovers I had during the game, my missed free throws early on,\u201d said Graham, who finished with four points, three steals, two blocks and four rebounds. \u201cIt erased all the bad things.\u201d

Graham actually didn\u2019t have any of UA\u2019s 18 turnovers. The Wildcats protected the ball better in the second half, with only five turnovers compared to 13 in the first two quarters.

The Wildcats kept fighting the entire game, despite starting a little slow and giving up two three-pointers at crucial moments. One at the end of the first quarter by Johanna Muzet that gave the Cougars a 14-11 lead and the other at the end of the third quarter by Caila Hailey, as the Cougars went up 39-37.

\u201cI think last year when out team was up, we were up,\u201d said Taryn Griffey, who came off the bench to score nine points. \u201cIf they came back, we\u2019d shut down. This year we don\u2019t shut down. We were picked to finish (last) this year again (in Pac-12) and we have a chip on our back. We are going harder and fighting to prove them wrong.\u201d

UA trailed 28-23 at halftime, but didn\u2019t allow the Cougars to score a basket until 1:51 was left in the third quarter.

The Cougars will be happy to leave the state of Arizona, suffering big losses here. Freshman Cameron Fernandez\u2019s head hit the floor after taking a charge Friday night in the first quarter against ASU. She was kept in a hospital overnight and released in time to join her team in Tucson. Teammate Chanelle Molina, who dropped 33 points against UCLA last weekend, injured her knee later against ASU.

In the fourth quarter Sunday the Wildcats\u2019 defense tightened even more \u2014 using the full-court press, clogging the paint, forcing bad shots and forcing turnovers.

\u201cWe\u2019re learning what it takes to win,\u201d Barnes said. \u201cWe played great against the No. 8 team in the country (Washington). We played hard. A month ago we wouldn\u2019t have won this game. We\u2019ve learning to dig deeper, dive on the floor. Tonight we were on the floor, hustling. That\u2019s important. I like that they are finding a way to win.\u201d

LaBrittney Jones led the Wildcats with 15 points and nine rebounds. Malena Washington chipped in 13 points and Breanna Workman had 11 points and five rebounds.

Rim shots

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Monday Jan. 16\u00a0schedule

GIRLS BASKETBALL

MLK Classic - Games at McKale Center

Topawa Tohono O'odham vs. Sells Baboquivari 11 a.m.

Rincon/University vs. Canyon Del Oro 2 p.m.

Flowing Wells vs. Ironwood Ridge 5 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

MLK Classic - Games at McKale Center

Rio Rico vs. Walden Grove 12:30 p.m.

Cholla vs. Amphitheater 3:30 p.m.

Sahuaro vs. Salpointe Catholic 6:30 p.m.

Cienega vs. Tucson High 8 p.m.

To report scores, email sports@tucson.com or call 573-4146 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

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TV MONDAY

NBA Hawks at Knicks 11 a.m. NBA

Magic at Nuggets 3 p.m. NBA

Cavaliers at Warriors 6 p.m. TNT

Jazz at Suns 7 p.m. FSAZ

Thunder at Clippers 8:30 p.m. TNT

NCAA basketball Marquette at Butler 10 a.m. FS1

Creighton at Xavier Noon FS1

Texas-Arlington at South Alabama 1 p.m. ESPN2

DePaul at St. John\u2019s 2:30 p.m. FS1

Portland State at Northern Arizona 3:30 p.m. FSAZ

Seton Hall at Villanova 4:30 p.m. FS1

Boston U. at Loyola (Md.) 5 p.m. CBSS

Syracuse at North Carolina 5 p.m. ESPN

NC Central at Hampton 5 p.m. ESPNU

Kansas at Iowa State 7 p.m. ESPN

Jackson State at Texas Southern 7 p.m. ESPNU

Providence at Georgetown 7 p.m. FS1

NHL Capitals at Penguins 5 p.m. NBCS

Coyotes at Oilers 7 p.m. FSAZ Plus

Tennis Australian Open, first round 5 p.m. TEN

Australian Open, first round 7 p.m. ESPN2

Australian Open, first round 1 a.m. (Tue.) ESPN2

Women\u2019s basketball Wisconsin at Penn State 5 p.m. BTN

Notre Dame at Tennessee 5 p.m. ESPN2

Mississippi at Mississippi State 5 p.m. SEC

RADIO MONDAY

Hockey Ontario at Tucson 7:05 p.m. 1450-AM

NCAA basketball Syracuse at North Carolina 5 p.m. 1290-AM

Channel guide: BTN is Big Ten Network (Ch 320 on Cox, Ch 272 on Comcast, Ch 610 on DirecTV, Ch 439 on Dish) CBSS is CBS Sports Network (Ch 312 on Cox, Ch 274 on Comcast, Ch 221 on DirecTV, Ch 158 on Dish) ESPN (Ch 24 on Cox, Ch 2 on Comcast, Ch 206 on DirecTV, Ch 140 on Dish) ESPN2 (Ch 25 on Cox, Ch 30 on Comcast, Ch 209 on DirecTV, Ch 143 on Dish) ESPNU (Ch 330 on Cox, Ch 266 on Comcast, Ch 208 on DirecTV, Ch 141 on Dish) FS1 is Fox Sports 1 (Ch 27 on Cox, Ch 32 on Comcast, Ch 219 on DirecTV, Ch 150 on Dish) FSAZ (Ch 26 on Cox, Ch 31 on Comcast, Ch 686 on DirecTV, Ch 415 on Dish) FSAZ Plus (Ch 73 on Cox, Ch 686.1 on DirecTV, Comcast and Dish subscribers, please check your cable guide, channel number may change daily) NBA is NBA TV (Ch 308 on Cox, Ch 273 on Comcast, Ch 216 on DirecTV, Ch 156 on Dish) NBCS is NBC Sports Network (Ch 59 on Cox, Ch 29 on Comcast, Ch 220 on DirecTV, Ch 159 on Dish) SEC is SEC Network (Ch 329 on Cox, Ch 286 on Comcast, Ch 611 on DirecTV, Ch 408 on Dish) TEN is Tennis (Ch 315 on Cox, Ch 277 on Comcast, Ch 217 on DirecTV, Ch 400 on Dish) TNT (Ch 29 on Cox, Ch 36 on Comcast, Ch 245 on DirecTV, Ch 138 on Dish)

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Sunday's Tucson Association of Realtors Shootout games have all been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Shootout, which brought in over 330 teams and 5,000 youth players from around the West, began Friday night. Tournament games and skills competitions continued Saturday.

Saturday night also marked the finale of the Shootout's Soccer Olympics.

Wet weather has been the exception at the Shootout, one of Southern Arizona's largest participatory sporting events and a community institution for nearly three decades. Tournament officials announced at 7 a.m. Sunday that all games were delayed; two hours later, with the rain not letting up, the committee and the City of Tucson made the decision to cancel all competition.\u00a0

Winners for the final day's matches were decided by coin flip.\u00a0

\"We apologize for the unfortunate weather conditions and appreciate everyone's cooperation and understanding,\" the committee said in a Facebook post.\u00a0

The 2017 Shootout was the first headquartered at Kino Stadium following decades at Fort Lowell Park. As a result, most of the events were shifted from midwotwn and the east side to Tucson's south side. Thousands of participants and parents took part in Friday's opening ceremonies and skills competitions.

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Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham made his first public appearance Saturday night after suffering an on-ice collapse eight weeks ago.

That wasn\u2019t the only good news: Tucson defeated the Texas Stars 3-2 to earn a weekend sweep at Tucson Arena.

The Roadrunners scored three first-period goals in front of their captain, who watched the game with his mother and a group of team executives.

Cunningham, who suffered cardiac arrest before a Nov. 19 home game against Manitoba, watched from his wheelchair.

Doctors amputated the lower part of his left leg last month amid fear of infection. Cunningham\u2019s recovery at Banner-University Medical Center has been the toast of medical and hockey circles. Medics performed nearly 90 minutes of chest compressions following Cunningham\u2019s collapse to keep him alive.

Saturday marked Cunningham\u2019s first appearance at the arena since his collapse.

The captain called team president Bob Hoffman earlier in the day, asking to go to the game.

\u201cHis mother and stepfather were in town and brought him to the game tonight,\u201d Hoffman said. \u201cEvery time I saw him he looked like he was pretty happy, and it was probably great to get out and do something different.\u201d

Cunningham visited the Roadrunners locker room and chatted with teammates before the game.

Cunningham\u2019s presence gave the Roadrunners some extra motivation, coach Mark Lamb said.

\u201cIt made all the guys feel great,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cI think we played the first period for him.\u201d

Stefan Fournier scored with 14:46 to go in the first period, taking a well-placed pass from Hunter Fejes.

Two-and-a-half minutes later, Christian Fischer gave the Roadrunners a two-goal lead. Michael Bunting scored with 6:33 left in the period, pushing the lead to 3-0.

Mattias Backman of the Stars put Texas on the board with a goal late in the second period. Matej Stransky gave the Stars their second score of the night with an early third-period goal.

Tucson\u2019s Adin Hill started his third straight game at goalie.

Tucson improved to 18-9-4 heading into a two-game home series with Ontario beginning Monday.

\u201cI think we need some rest,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cToday was the hump.\u201d

The Roadrunners partnered with the University of Arizona club hockey team Saturday night, wearing UA-themed uniforms that were be auctioned after the game. All proceeds of the auction will go to the Wildcats.

Arizona defeated Missouri State 8-5 earlier Saturday. UA coach Chad Berman stuck around to perform the pregame puck drop.

But the night belonged to Cunningham, who received a standing ovation as the arena camera zoomed on him late in the first period.

Cunningham smiled and waved to the crowd.

\u201cIt was great to see him there,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cIt\u2019s too bad we couldn\u2019t start him.\u201d

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TV SUNDAY

Golf European Tour, final round 3 a.m. Golf

Champions Tour, final round 11 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, final round 5 p.m. Golf

NBA Bulls at Grizzlies 7 p.m. ESPN

NCAA basketball Rutgers at Indiana 10 a.m. BTN

Michigan State at Ohio State 11:30 a.m. Ch 13

Massachusetts at Rhode Island 12:30 p.m. NBCS

Cincinnati at East Carolina 2 p.m. CBSS

Missouri State at Loyola Chicago 2 p.m. ESPNU

George Washington at La Salle 2:30 p.m. NBCS

SMU at Tulane 4 p.m. CBSS

Georgia Tech at NC State 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

Iowa at Northwestern 5:30 p.m. BTN

USC at Colorado 6:30 p.m. ESPNU

NFL Playoffs Steelers at Chiefs 11:05 a.m. Ch 4

Packers at Cowboys 2:30 p.m. Ch 11

NHL Wild at Blackhawks 5 p.m. NBCS

Soccer EPL: Manchester City at Everton 6:30 a.m. NBCS

EPL: Liverpool at Manchester United 9 a.m. NBCS

Tennis Australian Open, first round 4 p.m. TEN

Australian Open, first round 5 p.m. ESPN2

Australian Open, first round 1 a.m. (Mon.) ESPN2

Women\u2019s basketball Duquesne at Massachusetts 10 a.m. CBSS

Dayton at St. Louis 10 a.m. ESPNU

Butler at Marquette 11 a.m. FS1

Texas A&M at Florida 11 a.m. SEC

Miami at Louisville 11:30 a.m. ESPN2

Davidson at George Washington Noon CBSS

Baylor at Kansas Noon ESPNU

Washington State at Arizona Noon Pac-12A

California at Utah Noon Pac-12N

Georgia at Kentucky 1 p.m. SEC

Ohio State at Purdue 1:30 p.m. ESPN2

Oregon at UCLA 2 p.m. Pac-12N

Minnesota at Michigan 2:30 p.m. BTN

Arkansas at Alabama 3 p.m. SEC

Oregon State at USC 4 p.m. Pac-12N

Washington at Arizona State 6 p.m. Pac-12A

RADIO SUNDAY

NFL Playoffs Steelers at Chiefs 11:05 a.m., 1290-AM

Packers at Cowboys 2:30 p.m. 1290-AM

Women\u2019s basketball Washington State at Arizona Noon 1400-AM

Channel guide: Ch 13 (Ch 7 on Comcast) BTN is Big Ten Network (Ch 320 on Cox, Ch 272 on Comcast, Ch 610 on DirecTV, Ch 439 on Dish) CBSS is CBS Sports Network (Ch 312 on Cox, Ch 274 on Comcast, Ch 221 on DirecTV, Ch 158 on Dish) ESPN (Ch 24 on Cox, Ch 2 on Comcast, Ch 206 on DirecTV, Ch 140 on Dish) ESPN2 (Ch 25 on Cox, Ch 30 on Comcast, Ch 209 on DirecTV, Ch 143 on Dish) ESPNU (Ch 330 on Cox, Ch 266 on Comcast, Ch 208 on DirecTV, Ch 141 on Dish) Golf (Ch 65 on Cox, Ch 28 on Comcast, Ch 218 on DirecTV, Ch 401 on Dish) NBCS is NBC Sports Network (Ch 59 on Cox, Ch 29 on Comcast, Ch 220 on DirecTV, Ch 159 on Dish) Pac-12A is Pac-12 Arizona (Ch 75 on Cox, Ch 103 on Comcast, not available on DirecTV, Ch 409, Ch 406 on Dish Hopper) Pac-12N is Pac-12 Network (Ch 70 on Cox, Ch. 283 on Comcast, not available on DirecTV, Ch 409 on Dish, Ch 406 on Dish Hopper) SEC is SEC Network (Ch 329 on Cox, Ch 286 on Comcast, Ch 611 on DirecTV, Ch 408 on Dish) TBS (Ch 30 on Cox, Ch 37 on Comcast, Ch 247 on DirecTV, Ch 139 on Dish) TEN is Tennis (Ch 315 on Cox, Ch 277 on Comcast, Ch 217 on DirecTV, Ch 400 on Dish)

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Greg Foster walked through Kino Sports Complex on Saturday morning wearing a fleece jacket embroidered with the logo of FC Tucson, the team at the top of the city\u2019s soccer ladder.

Foster, one of the team\u2019s managing members, understands the importance of the annual Tucson Association of Realtors Shootout, which draws thousands of local and regional players.

At Kino, Foster could walk from field to field, selling coaches group-priced tickets to the upcoming MLS Preseason Desert Friendlies, which will feature some of the league\u2019s top players.

\u201cAmerican soccer is a pyramid,\u201d Foster said. \u201cThese youth tournaments form the foundation of the pyramid.\u201d

The FC Tucson logo will never be as recognizable as the \u201cblock A\u201d in Tucson, but Foster liked what he heard from most of his conversations. The majority of Shootout attendees he talked to were already familiar with the budding organization.

Building a market for high-level professional development soccer in Tucson relies on the popularity of the sport at the youth level, where there has been a plateau of participation.

Mack Romero of Fort Lowell Soccer Club has seen a leveling off of children joining the sport.

\u201cWe\u2019re seeing growth in the club every year, but as far as in Tucson, we have approximately 10-11,000 players who play soccer and we have been at the number for the last few years,\u201d Romero said.

Romero says the stagnation is a due to a mix of factors, ranging from increasing attention on concussions to slow economic development.

The number of youth soccer players in Phoenix has grown from 20,000 to 40,000 players over the past couple years, Romero said.

\u201cWe\u2019ve had great growth in the state,\u201d Romero said. \u201cTucson has not shown the same growth.\u201d

Arizona is one of the few states in the country where there has been an overall uptick in numbers over the past few years, Romero said. He is working to boost participation within Tucson.

As the Arizona Youth Soccer Association District II commissioner, he recently started a referee program which has grown the referee pool by hundreds.

Next weekend, the Pima County Junior Soccer League and FC Tucson are teaming up to host Get in the Game, an event at Kino that intends to attract more Tucsonans to the sport.

On Jan. 27, FC Tucson will host its first MLS preseason game, featuring the Portland Timbers and the New York Red Bulls.

Luis Robles, who once played with Tucson Soccer Academy, is a goalkeeper for the Red Bulls.

\u201cIt\u2019s a great opportunity for kids to watch top players out on the field and build a bond with some of the best players in the United States,\u201d Foster said.

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Rawle Alkins\u2019 exterior exudes toughness.

The Arizona Wildcats freshman wing has a strong 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame. He\u2019s a powerful, fearless driver to the basket. A five-star talent bred in New York and its competitive Catholic league.

Sometimes all that gets him into trouble.

Not the street kind of trouble, though.

Alkins, who has become the Wildcats\u2019 second-leading scorer halfway through his first college season, grew up comfortably in the working-class Canarsie neighborhood of southeast Brooklyn.

There were problems and temptations, but no worse than many comparable suburban areas around the country.

\u201cI wouldn\u2019t consider it bad,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cIf people know you, they don\u2019t really mess with you so from my point of view it wasn\u2019t bad. Everyone surprisingly is looking out for you.\u201d

The issues that Alkins\u2019 talent and size created came elsewhere. Like when he moved to footbal- mad Florida in eighth grade, people saw that natural strength and athleticism and tried to put a helmet on him.

Didn\u2019t work.

\u201cEveryone wanted me to play football,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cNo pee-wee. Never played it, ever. Just wasn\u2019t interesting to me. Basketball is my favorite.\u201d

Then there was the time Alkins enrolled at Queens\u2019 Christ the King High School, where coach Joe Arbitello was initially impressed with that physique and talent \u2014 until they hit the weight room together.

\u201cTruth of the matter was he couldn\u2019t even do a pushup,\u201d Arbitello said. \u201cI gave him a hard time, saying, \u2018You can\u2019t even do a pushup?\u2019 It\u2019s not until he got to Arizona that he really started building up some muscle.\u201d

But the rest of New York\u2019s Catholic High School Basketball Association didn\u2019t know that. They just saw talent, power and athleticism, too, really from Alkins\u2019 freshman year on.

\u201cHe was so good, and when he got here we had the best team,\u201d Arbitello said. \u201cBut he was OK with coming off the bench as a freshman. He scored 17 in the state championship to win it and after that point, he was the guy. We won three city titles with him and two state championships.\u201d

Eventually that became a problem. During Alkins\u2019 third season at Christ the King, it surfaced that \u2014 because he was so physically gifted at a young age \u2014 he had been invited to the Palm Beach Central varsity team as an eighth-grader.

Alkins had played only eight games for Central before becoming academically ineligible, according to the New York Daily News, and moved back to New York. But that counted as a \u201cseason\u201d of high school eligibility, meaning he might not be allowed to play more than three at Christ the King.

Arbitello tried to appeal the Catholic High School Athletic Association to allow Alkins to play as a senior in 2014-15, but said he wasn\u2019t going to get an answer until that September.

Alkins wondered if he was being singled out.

\u201cI have a feeling if I wasn\u2019t the type of player I am today, where I\u2019m getting all this national attention, if I wasn\u2019t that good, they\u2019d let me play and wouldn\u2019t care,\u201d Alkins told the New York Daily News as a junior. \u201cBut the fact that I\u2019m talented is hurting me.\u201d

Eventually, Arbitello advised Alkins to leave even before a ruling came down. So the best player in New York City sought a new home for his senior year, or what would be known as his fifth season in basketball terms.

\u201cThe truth of the matter is we play in the best league in the country, we won three city championships with Rawle, and somebody brought up the question of his eligibility,\u201d Arbitello said. \u201cWe could have waited to see if they made him eligible or not but \u2026 I just said to him and his mother it\u2019s unfair to a kid to start over in another school in September, so I told him and his parents they should get him enrolled somewhere else.\u201d

Alkins headed to play as a fifth-year senior at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C., the city that shares a pronunciation with Alkins\u2019 first name but little else. Alkins said he enjoyed being in such a basketball-crazy area, taking unofficial visits to North Carolina and North Carolina State, but found the academic side wasn\u2019t working out.

Having left Christ the King as a junior who still needed work to get eligible for college, Alkins said he struggled in Raleigh. He left the Word of God team just before its final regular-season tournament in order to focus on academics.

\u201cIf it was up to me, I would have spent my senior year at Christ the King, but I had to look for a prep school,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cI wouldn\u2019t say it was a good year because I didn\u2019t finish the year out. I was focusing on college and on trying to qualify for college, studying for SATs.\u201d

The diversion from basketball dealt Alkins a publicity hit. Because he was ruled a fifth-year senior, that meant he wasn\u2019t eligible for a possible selection in the McDonald\u2019s All-Star Game, while he also didn\u2019t play in the Jordan Brand Classic. He didn\u2019t resurface again until he had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the Capital Classic at Washington, D.C., in late April.

Of course, none of that ever really fooled college basketball recruiters. Provided he could get eligible \u2014 and Alkins said he knew he would by the spring \u2014 he was still being courted by all the usual elite powers including North Carolina, North Carolina State, Louisville, Kentucky and St. John\u2019s.

Alkins did not list Arizona among his final top-10 choices entering his season at Word of God.

The Wildcats made a late push, however, and managed to secure him for an official recruiting visit last Jan. 28.

Initially, that looked like a bad idea. Alkins was in the stands that evening when Arizona broke its 49-game homecourt streak with a loss to Oregon, a game so tense that a frustrated UA coach Sean Miller went verbally after one of his favorite players, Kaleb Tarczewski.

Yet Alkins committed to UA five weeks later on ESPNU, saying he actually was impressed with how upset the Wildcats were after the loss, sensing obvious passion and intensity among players and fans alike.

\u201cThe reason why I loved Arizona so much is simple: Winning is the only option there,\u201d Alkins wrote in his USA Today blog, shortly after making the announcement. \u201cI saw them lose to Oregon and it was literally like the end of the world there. I love that and I want to always be associated with winners.\u201d

While visiting, Alkins also watched the Wildcats practice, envisioning how his style could fit into Miller\u2019s system, and figured it could work.

It wasn\u2019t until he arrived back in Tucson in June that he realized what it would take to fit in.

\u201cIn practice the first day, I didn\u2019t know what I was doing,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cIt felt so uncomfortable, and it felt like I didn\u2019t know how to play basketball anymore. \u2026 When I was watching practice (as a recruiting target) I wasn\u2019t focusing on what (Miller) was saying, I was just focusing on what they were doing, seeing if it fits my play style. I didn\u2019t hear, like, \u2018Whip the screen\u2019 or \u2018Chase the screen,\u2019 that type of stuff, but now I\u2019m starting to learn what he means by it.\u201d

This is where you\u2019d think Alkins could have run into trouble again. A five-star talent who looks physically capable, yet was struggling to adjust and, before the UA\u2019s roster began falling apart this season, held no guarantee of extended playing time.

Alkins could have taken a me-first approach, but that wasn\u2019t the precedent Arbitello found at Christ the King.

\u201cCompletely the opposite,\u201d Arbitello said. \u201cI never heard him curse. His mother raised him the right way. Nobody around him, or his mother, ever said one word about him getting enough shots. That guy did everything, and he defended. He played great defense.\u201d

That trend has continued at Arizona.

\u201cRawle\u2019s been as consistent of a freshman as we\u2019ve ever had,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIt starts off the court by how he approaches school, how he approaches being on time, what he\u2019s like when he doesn\u2019t play well, what he\u2019s like in the early-season workouts.\u201d

There are still obstacles to clear, of course. Having already learned to modify his power drives to suit college officiating earlier in the season, when he picked up a slew of offensive charges, Alkins found his rebounding ascent cut off on Jan. 7 when Colorado blocked him out and he picked up only two boards.

Shooting can come and go, too. Alkins is shooting 43 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range, with his midrange and 3-point shooting getting the most work lately.

Alkins went just 2 for 8 against ASU on Thursday, but he pulled down six rebounds, grabbed two steals and dished four assists \u2014 including a skillfully timed alley-oop pass in the second half to Kobi Simmons, which gave the UA a commanding 78-58 lead with 5:20 to go.

\u201cRawle didn\u2019t score as much tonight, which was kind of surprising, but he did some good things,\u201d Miller said after the ASU game. \u201cSome of his passes were great passes. \u2026 We talked for a while after the game that once in a while you\u2019re not going to have a big night scoring, but you can do other things. He\u2019s a winner. He really is.\u201d

That patience may apply to the long run, too. Alkins is projected to go No. 40 in the 2018 NBA Draft in Draft Express\u2019 latest mock draft, suggesting he\u2019ll leave the UA after his sophomore season. Of course, there has been speculation he won\u2019t even wait that long.

But Alkins says he\u2019s unsure.

\u201cI have no plan,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cI\u2019m living day by day. I take everything day by day.\u201d

Off the court, Alkins is making adjustments, too. Upon arriving in June, that big, intimidating freshman found himself nearly melting in the Tucson summer heat. He grew to like uniquely Tucson fare such as BK Tacos and Eegee\u2019s.

He also gradually accepted how, even when the weather is good, the sidewalks are typically empty.

\u201cIn New York City, you see people outside walking everywhere,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cOut here, it\u2019s like you\u2019re crazy if you\u2019re walking. But that\u2019s pretty much it. Everything else is pretty much like home.\u201d

Especially the basketball. Alkins says he\u2019s played the game constantly since he was 5 years old, and in that regard, his life hasn\u2019t changed at Arizona.

He just plays.

That\u2019s good news for the Wildcats.

\u201cHe\u2019s the same, he almost has a gift where even his expression during the game is even-keeled and it\u2019s fueled by his love of the game,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI haven\u2019t been around a player who loves it more than him. He really wants to be great and he puts the work in, and he\u2019s really in a way been a pleasant surprise. With how easy he is to deal with, he\u2019s been really fun to have as part of the team.\u201d

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JaLea Bennett is back.

The Arizona Wildcats\u2019 junior guard is steadily earning more playing time after missing games against Utah State, Portland State and Cal because of a concussion.

Bennett\u2019s first Pac-12 contest was against Stanford, where she picked up two quick fouls in three minutes of play. She played 14 minutes in each game against Colorado and Utah two weeks ago. And Friday night, Bennett played 15 minutes against Washington and scored six points.

Bennett\u2019s averaging 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game.

Bennett talked to the Star following Friday night\u2019s loss to No. 8 Washington about coming back from the concussion, road trip traditions and more:

You sat out for three games because of a concussion. How hard has it been to get your rhythm back for games?

A: \u201cIt\u2019s been challenging. I\u2019m still patient and know it will come back. I can\u2019t rush it because that\u2019s when I make mistakes. The jump shot I knocked down (Friday) helped with my confidence. I am still missing a lot of my layups and I am a much better finisher than that. I know I can do certain things\u2014I just have to get it done. I feel that each game I get more in the groove. I have to attack more and score more.\u201d

How hard was it to sit on the bench during those games?

A: \u201cThat\u2019s the hardest thing. I want to look down (the bench) and see that I am getting into the game. Watching is the hardest part as I really want to play and help my team.\u201d

The team seems to be improving each game.How does the team keep getting better each time out?

A: \u201cIt starts in practice. We come ready to play every game and it shows. Coach (Adia Barnes) tells us during the game that we are improving. It\u2019s definitely a team thing. We are sticking together this year and it makes the biggest difference.\u201d

The team plays Uno on road trips, and you\u2019re the best player on the team. What\u2019s your secret?

A: \u201cI have a strategy. It\u2019s easy when I get one card. I never play it until someone says \u2018Uno\u2019 then I swap it. I don\u2019t know how I get it\u2014I don\u2019t shuffle the cards. I love that game; it\u2019s so fun.\u201d

Against Colorado you did a trick play on an inbounds pass. You bounced it against the Haley Smith\u2019s back and went up for the layup and drew the foul. Do you practice that play?

A: \u201cNo. I\u2019ve seen it happen before. Kelly (Rae Finley, a UA assistant coach) made eye contact with me and raised her eyebrows. I read her look and just knew it; I thought of it. At the time, I was scared that if it bounced the wrong way and they got it, I\u2019d be out the rest of the game.\u201d

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Star reporter Zack Rosenblatt is previewing Arizona\u2019s recruits in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 1 national signing day. All ratings according to Scout.com.

Name: Bryce Wolma

Position: Tight end

Height: 6-4

Weight: 230 pounds

Hometown (high school): Saline, Michigan (Saline)

Rating: Three stars, No. 20 tight end, No. 6 Midwest, No. 1 Michigan

Other offers: Colorado, Tennessee, Iowa State, West Virginia, Northwestern

2016 stats: 46 catches, 694 yards, six touchdowns

Who he is: A childhood friend of UA commit Rhett Rodriguez, and one of the best tight ends in the Midwest. Scout.com\u2019s Allen Trieu told the Star that Wolma was a \u201csteal\u201d for Arizona.

How he fits: Wolma will likely redshirt, as it will be tough to emerge as a true freshman. Tight ends Trevor Wood, Jamie Nunley and Brion Anduze returning all return, and freshman Bryce Gilbert is enrolling early and will participate in spring drills.

He said it: \u201cWhen I went out and visited (Arizona) and went to the facility and watched practice and stuff like that, I looked around and thought \u2018this is pretty freakin\u2019 cool\u2019. I wanted to go there.\u201d \u2014 Wolma

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