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Tuesday Jan. 17\u00a0scores

BOYS BASKETBALL

ST. AUGUSTINE 73, DESERT CHRISTIAN 53

Desert Christian 11 16 16 10 53

St. Augustine 22 19 20 12 73

SA: Fimbres 1 2-2 4, Reyna 7 4-4 23, Trevizo 1 0-0 3, Maldonado 3 1-3 7, Holguin 1 3-4 5, Dybas 5 1-2 13, Strawderman 5 1-2 13, Eisele 1 0-0 2. Team 24 12-17 73.

DC: Hoffman 5 1-2 12, Malis 3 2-2 8, Lord 6 2-2 17, Baker 4 1-3 9, Boge 1 0-0 3, Barents 2 0-0 5. Team 21 6-11 53.

TANQUE VERDE 53, SAHUARITA 53

Tanque Verde 14 11 15 13 53

Sahuarita 13 9 13 6 41

TV: Torres 4 2-4 13, Stilson 2 1-2 5, Vandermark 3 2-2 9, Kassman 2 1-2 6, Fitzsimmons 1 4-6 6, Gaxiola 6 1-1 14. Team 18 11-17 53.

SAHT: Dichochea 3 2-2 11, Brown 4 1-2 10, Serrano 3 1-3 7, Paz 3 2-4 8, Meza 2 0-0 5. Team 15 6-11 41.

EMPIRE 58, CATALINA 46

Empire 18 7 11 22 58

Catalina 12 16 12 6 46

EMP: Plouck 5 4-6 19. Vera 3 0-0 6, G. Martin 5 2-5 12, Elias 2 1-2 7, R. Martin 3 0-0 6, Gomez 2 2-2 6, Chase 1 0-0 2. Team 21 9-15 58.

CAT: Morales 0 1-2 1, Kijana 8 5-7 25, Falbe 4 0-0 12, Ajang 2 0-0 4, Lugo 2 0-0 4. Team 16 6-12 46.

SALPOINTE CATHOLIC 63, CANYON DEL ORO 51

Canyon Del Oro 18 9 12 12 51

Salpointe Catholic 9 20 23 11 63

CDO: Delgado 3 1-2 7, Peru 1 0-2 3, El Ali 3 2-2 11, Deputy 4 0-0 10, Purcell 1 0-0 3, Koenig 2 0-0 5, Dilliard 1 0-0 2, Haines 2 0-0 4, Balkow 3-6. Team 17 3-6 51.

SAL: Miller 4 2-2 13, Cruz 0 1-2 1, O\u2019Brien 4 0-0 12, Deng 8 5-6 22, McCall 3 1-2 8, Whetton 2 2-2 6. Team 21 11-14 63.

TUCSON HIGH 72, RINCON/UNIVERSITY 57

Rincon/University 10 18 14 15 57

Tucson High 19 22 19 12 72

RU: Sandoval 6 0-0 15, Kitubure 1 0-2 2, Bahige 3 3-4 9, Garcia 2 0-0 5, Siath 4 1-1 9, Bennett 1 0-0 3, Eckerstrom 0 2-2 2, Harrison 2 0-0 5, Hunter 2 1-6 7. Team 22 8-16 57.

TUC: Jerez 1 2-2 5, Marin 1 0-0 2, Baer 2 0-0 5, Robinson 6 2-3 14, Gelb 3 0-0 6, Arrington 1 0-0 3, Flanagan 6 0-1 13, Cordova 3 0-0 6, Shelby 3 0-0 7, Kerrihard 4 3-5 11. Team 30 7-11 72.

Tuesday\u2019s scores

The Gregory School 64, St. David 44

Rio Rico 62, Amphitheater 40

Sierra Vista Buena 68, Cienega 52

Cholla 85, Desert View 59

Mountain View 64, Ironwood Ridge 52

Catalina Foothills 80, Nogales 74

Pueblo 60, Palo Verde 57

Tanque Verde 53, Sahuarita 41

Sahuaro 44, Sunnyside 37

Pusch Ridge Christian 45, Santa Rita 44

GIRLS SOCCER

IRONWOOD RIDGE 2, SAHUARO 0

Ironwood Ridge 1 1 \u2013 2

Sahuaro 0 0 \u2013 0

IR \u2013 Loya 14th minute. IR \u2013 Koppy 51st minute.

Shots: IR \u2013 7. SAH \u2013 3. Saves \u2013 IR: Black 5. SAH: Glasser 5.

NOGALES 2, CANYON DEL ORO 1

Nogales 1 1 \u2013 2

Canyon Del Oro 0 1 \u2013 1

NOG \u2013 Quihuis 38th minute. CDO \u2013 Kent 43rd minute. NOG \u2013 Martinez 58th minute.

Shots: CDO \u2013 5. NOG \u2013 9. Saves \u2013 CDO: Lovell 7. NOG: De La Rosa 4.

DOUGLAS 9, AMPHITHEATER 0

Douglas 7 2 \u2013 9

Amphitheater 0 0 \u2013 0

DOUG \u2013 V. Galindo 6th minute. DOUG \u2013 C. Munoz 7th minute. DOUG \u2013 C. Munoz (D. Victor) 9th minute. DOUG \u2013 V. Galindo (C. Munoz) 10th minute. DOUG \u2013 K. Hernandez 11th minute. Ya. Murguia 20th minute. DOUG \u2013 Yu. Murguia 39th minute. DOUG \u2013 C. Munoz 47th minute. DOUG \u2013 T. Espinoza 65th minute.

Shots: DOUG \u2013 14. AMP \u2013 3. Saves \u2013 DOUG: Guzman 2, Galaz 1. AMP: Leon 4.

TANQUE VERDE 2, SABINO 1

Tanque Verde 1 1 \u2013 2

Sabino 1 0 \u2013 1

SAB \u2013 6th minute. TV \u2013 Loughran 53rd minute (Bernal). \u00a0TV \u2013 Loughran 74th minute.

Shots: TV \u2013 28. SAB \u2013 6. Saves \u2013 SAB: Bravin 18. TV: Rauschen 6.

Tuesday\u2019s scores

Catalina 11, Santa Rita 0

Flowing Wells 2, San Tan Valley Poston Butte 0

Marana 3, Cholla 0

Pusch Ridge Christian 3, Empire 0

Rio Rico 4, Pueblo 1

Palo Verde 6, Sahuarita 2

Rincon/University 3, Sunnyside 0

Tucson High 3, Catalina Foothills 0

Walden Grove 3, Salpointe Catholic 1

GIRLS BASKETBALL

PUEBLO 81, PALO VERDE 42

Pueblo 14 25 20 22 81

Palo Verde 12 8 12 10 42

PUE: Fox 2 0-0 4, A. Ure\u00f1a 7 1-4 20, N. Ure\u00f1a 3 0-0 6, Clark 1 0-0 2, Navarro 2 0-0 4, Loya 1 1-1 4, Galindo 19, Guedes-Pereira 0 1-2 1, Cordova 4 0-0 9, Reyes 6 0-0 13, Belt 1 0-0 2. Team 31 5-13 81.

PV: Ortiz 1 5-6 7, Williams 2 2-2 8, Yazon 7 2-7 18, Flowers 1 0-0 2, Munoz-Ross 2 0-0 6, Robinson 0 1-2 1. Team 13 10-17 42.

Tuesday\u2019s scores

Tanque Verde 39, Sahuarita 23

Pusch Ridge Christian 61, Santa Rita 30

Canyon Del Oro 47, Salpointe Catholic 22

Catalina Foothills 52, Nogales 44

Empire 68, Catalina 22

Cienega 38, Sierra Vista Buena 33

Marana 47, San Tan Valley Poston Butte 15

Mountain View 49, Ironwood Ridge 48

Tucson High 56, Rincon/University 55

Rio Rico 62, Amphitheater 48

Sahuaro 56, Sunnyside 33

BOYS SOCCER

Tuesday\u2019s scores

Catalina 7, Santa Rita 0

Amphitheater 3, Douglas 1

Mountain View 0, Sierra Vista Buena 0

Tucson High 2, Catalina Foothills 0

Marana at Cholla 6 p.m.

Pusch Ridge Christian 6, Empire 2

Sahuaro 6, Ironwood Ridge 4

Nogales 4, Canyon Del Oro 1

Sahuarita 5, Palo Verde 1

Rio Rico 2, Pueblo 0

Sunnyside 3, Rincon/University 1

Sabino 5, Tanque Verde 0

Salpointe Catholic 5, Walden Grove 1

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

Wednesday Jan. 18\u00a0schedule

WRESTLING

Sahuarita, Desert View at Amphitheater 3:30 p.m.

Catalina Foothills, Douglas at Empire 3:30 p.m.

Palo Verde, Catalina, Mountain View at Casa Grande Vista Grande 3:30 p.m.

Cienega, Walden Grove at Safford 3:30 p.m.

Canyon Del Oro at Nogales 3:30 p.m.

Rincon/University, Sierra Vista Buena at Sahuaro 3:30 p.m.

Mesa Dobson, Tucson High, Ironwood Ridge at Sunnyside 4 p.m.

Flowing Wells at Pueblo 4:30 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Nogales at Catalina Foothills 6 p.m.

Palo Verde at Cholla 6 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER

Catalina Foothills at Nogales 6 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pueblo at Nogales 7 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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Want the scoop on National Signing Day, straight from the head coach\u2019s mouth?

Arizona fans can hear from and ask questions of Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez during a \u201cSigning Day Celebration\u201d event on Feb. 1.

Rodriguez will discuss the 2017 signing class and take questions during the event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Sands Club at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. Doors open at 5:30.

Tickets are $10 for Wildcat Club members and season-ticket holders, $20 for the general public. Tickets include admission, appetizers, soft drinks, beer and wine. Fans also can have their picture taken with the Territorial Cup.

Free parking is available in the lots east of Arizona Stadium after 5 p.m. Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage is $5.

For more information, click here or call 520-621-2287.

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Parker Jackson-Cartwright may hit the back end of that 4-8 week recovery window after all \u2014 at least in a sense.

While the Arizona junior point guard returned from his high ankle sprain on Dec. 30, just after the four-week mark, he still hasn\u2019t returned to the player the Wildcats really know.

At least as a shooter. In five games since he came back, Jackson-Cartwright has put up a remarkable 6-to-1 assist-turnover ratio (30 to 5), but is shooting only 27.8 percent from the field and has missed all five three-pointers he has taken.

Last season, Jackson-Cartwright led the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting percentage (48.6 percent) while selectively picking long-range shots and making exactly one per game.

\u201cHe has not shot it very well. He\u2019s a much better shooter than he\u2019s showed,\u201d UA coach Sean Miller said. \u201cBut I believe that that will come back once he starts to feel normal again.\u201d

Miller said he has spoken to Jackson-Cartwright about not getting caught up in his shooting, since the injury he suffered isn\u2019t an easy one to deal with. Besides, by just coming back at less than full speed, Jackson-Cartwright has given the Wildcats some much-needed depth and ballhandling to start the Pac-12 season.

Maybe it\u2019s no coincidence that with Jackson-Cartwright on the ball for an average of 23.6 minutes per game since his return, Kadeem Allen has hit two-thirds of his 3-pointers, put up a 2-1 assist-turnover ratio and limited some of UA\u2019s top perimeter opponents.

That was the original plan, after all: Entering the season, Jackson-Cartwright and freshman Kobi Simmons were expected to take all of the point guard duties, leaving Allen freer to score and save energy as the team\u2019s top defender.

\u201cThat\u2019s what it was,\u201d Allen said after scoring 18 points against Arizona State last week. \u201cComing into the season, it\u2019s easier said than done until you get comfortable with it. I feel like I\u2019ve gotten comfortable with it.\u201d

The Wildcats have been so successful overall with their current rotation, starting Allen and Simmons in the backcourt while bringing Jackson-Cartwright off the bench during a 5-0 Pac-12 start, that there appears to be no hurry to put PJC back in the starting lineup.

Miller said Monday that he didn\u2019t plan to change it at this point.

\u201cWe could moving forward,\u201d Miller said. \u201cWhatever is best for our team, that\u2019s what we\u2019re gonna do. What\u2019s good about Parker is we\u2019ve given him the right minutes. You haven\u2019t seen him really struggle because we\u2019ve never asked him to play 34 minutes in a game.

\u201cIt\u2019s been the right amount, which has allowed him to help us and maybe not put him in a bad way. Sometimes if you start favoring your ankle, that\u2019s when other injuries will occur, not necessarily the injury that he had but a different type. I think we\u2019re beyond that point and we can just go from there. But all eight players are important whether they start or not.\u201d

Jackson-Cartwright wasn\u2019t selected for the UA\u2019s weekly news conference this week, but said last week he was fine with not starting and wasn\u2019t 100 percent recovered anyway.

\u201cI wish,\u201d he said. \u201cBut that\u2019s just not realistic. The healing process was sped up for sure and it didn\u2019t take the normal time that it takes to heal. With that there\u2019s still some pain, and some stuff that I can do. It\u2019s getting close to 100 percent but I think it\u2019ll take a little bit more time.\u201d

He had a good chunk of extra time this week. After Arizona played ASU last Thursday, the Wildcats took Friday and Monday off, and sat Jackson-Cartwright out for practices on Saturday and Sunday.

That meant four straight days without pressure on the ankle, and Arizona\u2019s game Thursday at USC also puts him past the seven-week mark since he suffered the injury.

He might be almost there, finally. And just in time for a critical trip to his Southern California homeland, too.

\u201cYou think about the games he missed and how long this has taken,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThis is a tough injury for a basketball player and Parker has handled it really well.\u201d

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The Tucson Roadrunners look to conclude a perfect homestand Wednesday night as they host the Ontario Reign for the second match of a two-game series.

Tucson is riding a four-game win streak after defeating the Reign 3-2 Monday in a penalty-filled contest.

With a win, the Roadrunners would pass the Reign in the win column of the American Hockey League Pacific Division.

Tucson used a pair of power play goals to boost its way past Ontario on Monday, but the Roadrunners would like to see fewer of their own guys sit in the penalty box.

Tucson racked up eight penalties in the win, including three in the first-period, leading to an early Ontario power play goal.

\u201cI think we need to be a little more disciplined,\u201d goalkeeper Justin Peters said. \u201cSometimes we got a little careless, and we just need to tighten up and we\u2019ll be alright.\u201d

Peters shut down the Ontario offense for most of the night, making a handful of close saves.

The veteran goalie earned his fourth win of the season Monday.

\u201cThat\u2019s the goalie I know, and he won us the game in the first period by far,\u201d forward Chris Mueller said.

Head coach Mark Lamb will have to decide whether Peters gets the start again or if it goes to Adin Hill, who leads Tucson\u2019s goalkeepers in wins and Goals Allowed Average.

Lamb commended Peters\u2019 performance after the Monday win.

\u201cIt was excellent to see him get in there and play solid,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cHe\u2019s a great veteran, he\u2019s very popular, he\u2019s a leader and everyone is real happy for him.\u201d

Offensively, the Roadrunners continue to do just enough to stay ahead in the scorebook.

Tucson has received goals from eight different players over the last three games, including one from wing Henrik Samuelsson Monday night, his second goal of the season.

Defender Jamie McBain deserves credit for much of the Roadrunners\u2019 scoring opportunities, as he leads the AHL with 18 power play assists. He earned another one Monday.

\u201cHe could have more,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cHe\u2019s an offensive player, a veteran and a big leader for us.\u201d

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A third-period goal by Zybnek Michalek gave the Tucson Roadrunners a 3-2 victory over the Ontario Reign on Monday night.

The Roadrunners tied the Reign in the win column of the American Hockey League Pacific Division with the victory.

The Roadrunners are now 14-1-4-0 in one-goal games.

\u201cIt\u2019s a tough league,\u201d Roadrunners head coach Mark Lamb said. \u201cNo one team is going to win by a big margin. Certainly not us.\u201d

Ontario got off to a 1-0 lead before the Roadrunners responded with second period power play goals from Chris Mueller and Henri Samuelsson.

While both teams committed their fair share of penalties, the Roadrunners capitalized more so than the Reign.

\u201cWe\u2019ve got a real good power play,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cIt\u2019s one of the best power plays in the best league and it certainly changed momentum in our favor.\u201d

The Reign tied the score with an early third-period goal, but Michalek hit a one-timer with 7:20 to go to put the Roadrunners ahead for good.

Justin Peters returned to goalie for the Roadrunners, saving 33 shots on 35 attempts.

Adin Hill had started the past three games for Tucson.

\u201cGetting the win is huge and holding on the end there,\u201d Peters said. \u201cIt was fun to get there again and get another opportunity.

The Roadrunners wrap up a five-game homestand when they take on the Reign at 7:05 pm Wednesday. The first-place Reign have 44 points in the AHL Pacific Division, with Tucson right behind with 42.

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BOY BASKETBALL

RIO RICO 71, WALDEN GROVE 52

MLK Classic

At McKale Center

Rio Rico 14 10 25 22 71

Walden Grove 2 13 14 23 52

RR: Arizpe 4 2-2 11, Mendivil 5 1-2 11, Greene 2 0-0 6, Ochoa 2 1-3 6, Gonzalez 4 0-0 9, Arana 7 7-8 21, Quezada 3 0-0 7. Team 27 12-15 71.

WG: Morris 3 0-0 8, Ch. Verdugo 4 2-2 14, Moody 2 0-0 4, Co. Verdugo 4 3-8 11, Saunders 5 2-3 12, Gilvin 1 0-0 3. Team 19 8-14 52.

CHOLLA 50, AMPHITHEATER 37

MLK Classic

At McKale Center

Cholla 16 6 13 15 50

Amphitheater 6 4 14 13 37

CHO: Dean 4 1-3 10, Gantt 2 6-9 10, Porter 3 0-0 6, Tippins 4 1-4 9, LeCount Jr. 1 0-0 2, Sutherland 3 2-2 8, Ragland 1 2-4 5. Team 18 12-22 50.

AMP: Kimmel 1 2-2 5, Clark 1 0-0 3,\u00a0 Doty 2 1-2 6,\u00a0 J. Smith 1 1-2 3, Ingram 1 0-1 3, Ruai 3 6-7 13, Elem 2 0-0 4. Team 11 10-14 37.

Monday\u2019s scores

Salpointe Catholic 43, Sahuaro 42

GIRLS BASKETBALL

IRONWOOD RIDGE 41, FLOWING WELLS 25

MLK Classic

At McKale Center

Flowing Wells 8 2 11 4 25

Ironwood Ridge 13 11 12 5 41

FW: Barillas 1 0-0 2, McGinnis 4 0-0 9, Munoz 1 0-0 2, Garcia 5 0-0 10, Whalen 0 2-2 2. Team 11 2-2 25.

IR: McCall 1 0-0 2, Holthaus 2 0-0 4, Brennen 2 0-0 4, Moraga 1 0-0 3, Finster 2 1-4 5, Bartle 4 0-0 8, Navis 2 0-0 4, Feltman 5 1-3 11. Team 19 2-7 41.

CANYON DEL ORO 37, RINCON/UNIVERSITY 28

MLK Classic

At McKale Center

Rincon/University 7 8 4 9 28

Canyon Del Oro 9 5 14 9 37

RIN: Lo. Rocha 4 0-2 8, La. Rocha 3 4-6 10, Carillo 1 0-0 3, Dawson 0 3-6 3. Team 10 7-14 28.

CDO: El-Ali 5 0-0 13, Rankin 2 1-2 6, Murphy 1 0-0 2, Hisey 1 2-4 4, Carter 2 6-8 10, McNair 1 0-0 2. Team 12 9-14 37.\u00a0

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

Tuesday Jan. 17\u00a0schedule

GIRLS SOCCER

Santa Rita at Catalina 5 p.m.

Nogales at Canyon Del Oro 6 p.m.

Amphitheater at Douglas 6 p.m.

San Tan Valley Poston Butte at Flowing Wells 6 p.m.

Cholla at Marana 6 p.m.

Sierra Vista Buena at Mountain View 6 p.m.

Empire at Pusch Ridge Christian 6 p.m.

Pueblo at Rio Rico 6 p.m.

Palo Verde at Sahuarita 6 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro 6 p.m.

Rincon/University at Sunnyside 6 p.m.

Sabino at Tanque Verde 6 p.m.

Catalina Foothills at Tucson High 6 p.m.

Salpointe Catholic at Walden Grove 6 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Catalina at Santa Rita 5 p.m.

Douglas at Amphitheater 6 p.m.

Mountain View at Sierra Vista Buena 6 p.m.

Tucson High at Catalina Foothills 6 p.m.

Marana at Cholla 6 p.m.

Pusch Ridge Christian at Empire 6 p.m.

Sahuaro at Ironwood Ridge 6 p.m.

Canyon Del Oro at Nogales 6 p.m.

Sahuarita at Palo Verde 6 p.m.

Flowing Wells at San Tan Valley Poston Butte 6 p.m.

Rio Rico at Pueblo 6 p.m.

Sunnyside at Rincon/University 6 p.m.

Tanque Verde at Sabino 6 p.m.

Walden Grove at Salpointe Catholic 6 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tanque Verde at Sahuarita 5:30 p.m.

Pusch Ridge Christian at Santa Rita 6:30 p.m.

Salpointe Catholic at Canyon Del Oro 7 p.m.

Nogales at Catalina Foothills 7 p.m.

Empire at Catalina 7 p.m.

Sierra Vista Buena at Cienega 7 p.m.

Cholla Magnet at Desert View 7 p.m.

San Tan Valley Poston Butte at Marana 7 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge at Mountain View 7 p.m.

Pueblo at Palo Verde 7 p.m.

Tucson High at Rincon/University 7 p.m.

Amphitheater at Rio Rico 7 p.m.

Sunnyside at Sahuaro 7 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Rio Rico at Amphitheater 7 p.m.

Cienega at Sierra Vista Buena 7 p.m.

Desert View at Cholla High \u00a07 p.m.

Catalina at Empire 7 p.m.

Mountain View at Ironwood Ridge 7 p.m.

Catalina Foothills at Nogales 7 p.m.

Marana at San Tan Valley Poston Butte 7 p.m.

Palo Verde at Pueblo 7 p.m.

Tanque Verde at Sahuarita 7 p.m.

Canyon Del Oro at Salpointe Catholic 7 p.m.

Sahuaro at Sunnyside 7 p.m.

Rincon/University at Tucson High 7 p.m.

Pusch Ridge Christian at Santa Rita 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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Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller finally did comment on Allonzo Trier\u2019s status Monday, in a way that might be fitting after the sophomore guard\u2019s 18 unexplained absences.

\u201cAllonzo\u2019s situation is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime situation,\u201d Miller said Monday, on the College Hoops Podcast, later adding: \u201cI can\u2019t even say that I\u2019m optimistic. I\u2019m just kind of neutral. It\u2019s a very, very unique situation.\u201d

Miller later added: \u201cWe have our fingers crossed that at some point maybe he gets the green light, but at this point I can\u2019t say when or even if it\u2019s going to happen.\u201d

Miller\u2019s \u201conce-in-a-lifetime\u201d statement spoke to the bizarre nature of Trier\u2019s season-long suspension, over which the UA and NCAA have declined to detail. Trier has also not been made available for comment since he began sitting out games on Nov. 1.

By making his statement, Miller also appeared to further back away from a Pac-12 Networks\u2019 Jan. 7 report during the UA-Colorado game that Miller told them he believed Trier would play sometime this season.

During his news conference with local reporters later Monday, Miller was asked if not being optimistic was now how he felt.

\u201cI\u2019m ambivalent,\u201d Miller said. \u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation. So when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity, and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control.

\u201cFor me, the purpose every day is we have to coach Rawle (Alkins), Kobi (Simmons), and all of those guys. We are coaching Allonzo. Academically he\u2019s in a great place.

\u201cHe does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d

Miller thanks Byrne

Miller praised departing UA athletic director Greg Byrne for spearheading a $30 million renovation of McKale Center and overall leadership since arriving in 2010, a year after Miller was hired by then-AD Jim Livengood.

\u201cI have a hard time believing that an athletic director anywhere did a better job for his university than he did here for us at Arizona,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIn the seven years he was here a lot of great things have happened. \u2026 I couldn\u2019t imagine a better relationship, better leadership.\u201d

Miller said the McKale renovations, which were completed in 2014, came at a \u201ccritical time.\u201d The Wildcats have recruited Top 5 classes every year since 2011, and Miller has often said that the renovations have a big effect on recruiting targets, who often visit in the offseason when there aren\u2019t games to take in.

\u201cYou walk into McKale right now ... it looks like a brand new arena, it shines, and the impact is for everybody,\u201d Miller said. \u201cTelevision, fan base, our team, the guys who play here, and from a recruiting perspective, that is a big, big deal on why young people choose the place that they go to school. ...

\u201cIf it impacted our ability to be better, then he was going to find a way to get that done for our program.\u201d

Miller said Byrne\u2019s decision to leave is also an \u201cempty feeling\u201d because of the close relationship they have developed since Byrne was hired away from Mississippi State in 2010.

Rim shots

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Erika Barnes arrived at the UA in 1997 as one of the West\u2019s best softball prospects.

It didn\u2019t take long for her to learn The Arizona Way.

\u201cThere\u2019s no walking in between the lines,\u201d Barnes said. \u201cYou\u2019re always running, you\u2019re always moving, you\u2019re always doing something to help yourself and help your program.\u201d

And so Barnes hit the ground \u2014 what else? \u2014 running shortly after being named the Arizona Wildcats\u2019 interim athletic director. She accepted the position Sunday night after word broke that Greg Byrne was headed to Alabama.

Barnes, 38, will start Feb. 1. What happens next is anyone\u2019s guess: Barnes says she isn\u2019t sure if she will pursue the job full-time, and it\u2019s unknown if UA officials would consider her.

Arizona announced Monday that it has already begun a national search that\u2019s bound to include a few sitting athletic directors: South Florida\u2019s Mark Harlan and TCU\u2019s Chris Del Conte both have deep Arizona ties, and Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades is a Tucson native and UA grad.

For now, and perhaps for a while, Barnes will be in charge. She has been a senior associate athletic director since 2013.

Few know the athletic department better than Barnes, a onetime Wildcats first baseman and 2001 Women\u2019s College World Series champion.

Barnes started in the UA\u2019s marketing department in 2005 before moving to fundraising and major gifts. Barnes has sat in the Hillenbrand Stadium radio booth \u2014 she was Brian Jeffries\u2019 color analyst for years \u2014 and has strode onto private jets. Those close to her say she\u2019s equally at home at a women\u2019s basketball game as she is serving alongside UA president Ann Weaver Hart on a Pac-12 board.

Barnes holds two degrees from the UA: a 2001 bachelor\u2019s in communication and a 2010 M.B.A. from the Eller College of Management.

\u201cShe\u2019s done a little bit of everything,\u201d said Mike Candrea, the UA\u2019s longtime softball coach. \u201cShe\u2019s very well-prepared and very well-connected with our donors; I think, truthfully, that\u2019s a big part of this job. They all know that she\u2019s a Wildcat through and through.\u201d

Barnes\u2019 people skills, fundraising acumen and school spirit \u2014 she \u201cwore the colors\u201d on Monday \u2014 remind many of Byrne, her departing boss. UA basketball coach Sean Miller called her \u201cvery capable.\u201d

Her organizational skills? Those come from Candrea.

Barnes lives one mile from the UA campus, the closer to work the better. Her children \u2014 daughter Tillie is 3, and son Blake turned 1 on Friday \u2014 accompany her to Wildcats games.

The young family outgrew its Sam Hughes-area home recently. Barnes looked at homes throughout Tucson before finding the perfect one \u2026 1,000 yards east of the old place.

Same block, same grocery store. Close to campus.

McKale \u201cis where our life is centered around,\u201d she said. \u201cEvery hour of the day is really valuable. If we can cut down on my commute time, it means more time for Arizona or more time for my family.\u201d

In Barnes\u2019 case, Arizona is family. Her husband, Andy, is a former UA golfer and the caddy for PGA Tour pro Ricky Barnes, his brother and another ex-Wildcat. Barnes remains close friends with many of her former UA teammates, and has a mentor in Candrea. She and former Arizona deputy athletic director Kathleen \u201cRocky\u201d LaRose traded text messages on Monday morning.

Barnes\u2019 UA ties run so deep, the story goes, that she can help a UCLA Bruin see the light.

Barnes laughed Monday as she recalled setting up her sister, Vanessa, with former McKale Center IT specialist Greg Shaffer. Vanessa initially resisted her sister\u2019s meddling, given that she lived in Los Angeles and Greg was in Tucson.

Erika found a way to get them together after all.

\u201cThey met at our wedding, fell in love,\u201d Barnes said, \u201cand the rest is history.\u201d

Barnes\u2019 new role will require a little more matchmaking, a lot of glad-handing and some serious steering. She talked to Byrne throughout the day Monday about some of the challenges of the position. Barnes and Byrne will travel to the NCAA convention in Nashville later this week.

LaRose, who served as the UA\u2019s interim athletic director between December 2009 and March 2010, said the job requires a light touch.

\u201cIn some ways, you\u2019re a healer. You\u2019re trying to get everybody facing forward again,\u201d said LaRose, who retired in 2013. \u201cWhen someone leaves, it\u2019s a shock to the system and a shock to the department. It goes from coaches to athletes to trainers. And when you\u2019ve lost the leadership you\u2019ve relied on for years, especially with someone of Greg\u2019s caliber, it\u2019s sort of stunning.\u201d

LaRose\u2019s advice?

\u201cKeep doing it The Arizona Way,\u201d she said. \u201cI used to tell people, it\u2019s not brain surgery. We\u2019re here to educate young people. If you think about that, you\u2019ll be OK.\u201d

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As dawn broke Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Greg Byrne pulled a cap low on his head and began a 90-minute walking tour of the University of Alabama campus.

He was accompanied by one of the most powerful men in Alabama, Finis E. \u201cFess\u201d St. John IV, a third-generation Birmingham-area attorney and member of the Alabama Board of Trustees.

\u201cI wasn\u2019t attempting to avoid being recognized,\u201d Byrne said Monday afternoon in his office at McKale Center. \u201cIt was early in the morning and chilly outside.\u201d

It was a power walk like few others in Byrne\u2019s 45 years.

He visited all of the Crimson Tide landmarks: the Denny Chimes, the Woods Quad and Gorgas Library. Twelve hours earlier, Byrne and his wife, Regina, were dinner guests of sainted Alabama football coach Nick Saban and his wife, Terry.

\u201cIt was awesome,\u201d Byrne says.

A month earlier, while in New York City for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet, Byrne was contacted by representatives of Alabama president Stuart R. Bell. Byrne wasn\u2019t pursing a job. In fact, he recently purchased a home at Skyline Country Club and was waiting for renovations to be completed to expedite the move.

\u201cI wasn\u2019t looking for a job,\u201d he says. \u201cI have been \u2018all-in\u2019 on Arizona from the day I got here.\u201d

Last week, while in Tampa for a meeting of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics\u2014 Byrne is the NACDA\u2019s third vice-president \u2014 he agreed to fly to Tuscaloosa on a Crimson Tide jet and meet with Saban, Bell and St. John.

He accepted the job Saturday night.

By Sunday at noon Alabama\u2019s next athletic director was back in Tucson. But Byrne didn\u2019t go home and pack. He went to McKale Center to watch Arizona\u2019s women\u2019s basketball team play Washington State.

\u201cI sat alone in a corner,\u201d he says, his voice breaking with emotion. \u201cI just love Adia. \u2026\u201d

As Byrne discussed the first season of coach Adia Barnes, he retrieved a box of Kleenex from his desk. He stopped about 30 seconds to compose himself.

\u201cRegina always told me I\u2019d cry at the grand opening of a Safeway,\u201d he said with a smile. Over the next 40 minutes, reflecting on his 6\u00bd years in Tucson, Byrne stopped three times to apply Kleenex and dab away tears.

By noon Monday, more than 280 messages had stacked up on his phone. He scheduled an early Tuesday staff meeting so he can say goodbye in person, one by one.

Let\u2019s hope he stocked up on extra Kleenex.

\u201cIt\u2019s hard to believe there\u2019s an athletic director anywhere who did a better job for his university than Greg did for us,\u201d Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller said.

Whatever Alabama is to pay Byrne \u2014 it\u2019s probably about $1 million more than the $700,000 he was paid at Arizona \u2014 it\u2019s difficult to put a value on his years at Arizona.

\u201cHe\u2019s bright and he\u2019s transparent and he did a great job there,\u201d said iconic Arizona AD Cedric Dempsey, the man who persuaded Byrne to leave Starkville, Mississippi, in 2010 and become the seventh AD in UA history. \u201cHe\u2019ll be hard to replace.\u201d

Byrne became the most untraditional athletic director in Pac-12 history. He didn\u2019t sit in a bunker, count pennies and balance budgets. He insisted on getting to know each of the school\u2019s 500 student-athletes on a first-name basis, one by one. Who does that?

If you want to get him to reach for a Kleenex, ask him about the night he toured the upper deck on the east side of Arizona Stadium, introducing himself to those in the cheap seats.

\u201cSome of those people could only afford to buy two $10 tickets to one game a year,\u201d he remembers. \u201cI loved talking to them. I really cared. I have a lot of weaknesses, but I\u2019m not a phony.\u201d

Byrne worked all sides of the UA family. He was a dinner companion of Hollywood producer Scott Stuber, flew to Florida to golf with Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and wasn\u2019t camera shy when photographers focused on him sitting with actor Greg Kinnear.

That was a strength. He created a bond with those in the cheap seats and with those who produced \u201cYou, Me and Dupree.\u201d Over time, you, me and Dupree became part of Byrne\u2019s extended family.

For the past 6\u00bd years, Arizona\u2019s athletic department enjoyed more financial growth and outside attention than at any time in history. It was an image-changer. Byrne orchestrated all of it, exchanging Twitter messages with strangers, declaring Phoenix to be \u201cWildcat Country,\u201d and raising more than $140 million to build a better football stadium, spruce up a state-of-the-art basketball arena and get the word out.

Not all of it worked. This isn\u2019t Alabama.

The UA\u2019s swimming program, once among the nation\u2019s three or four powerhouses, imploded when Byrne hired the wrong head coach. The men\u2019s golf program, once a threat to win the NCAA title year after year, has bottomed out. The man he hired to run Arizona\u2019s football operation, Rich Rodriguez, is in the struggle of his coaching lifetime.

But those things are predictable; there are limitations at Arizona and its $85 million athletic budget that Byrne won\u2019t encounter at Alabama, which has a budget of about $190 million.

His departure isn\u2019t unlike Dempsey\u2019s decision to leave Arizona in 1994 to become executive director of the NCAA. The right people notice when you do a good job.

\u201cGreg\u2019s reputation in the industry is very strong,\u201d Dempsey says. \u201cI thought it would be hard to keep him much longer.\u201d

With a Kleenex in hand, Byrne talked about the sleepless nights he\u2019s spent and the importance of his successor remaking Arizona Stadium, something that could cost in excess of $100 million.

\u201cThis is a special place,\u201d he says. \u201cI put every bit of myself into this job until, frankly, I ran low on energy. Before we move to Alabama, I\u2019m going to take a month off to recharge. I\u2019ve never done anything like that.\u201d

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When Maryland came after Sean Miller to become its new head coach after UA\u2019s surprising run to the 2011 Elite Eight, Greg Byrne was among the obstacles standing in the way.

While Miller and Maryland AD Kevin Anderson didn\u2019t appear to hit it off well, there was no doubt Byrne was aggressively working on his end to make sure Miller didn\u2019t leave after the Wildcats\u2019 surprising Elite Eight run of 2011.

Not only did Miller receive a contract extension, but also a more generous budget to fly charter for recruiting and raises for his assistant coaches.

Asked if Byrne played a role in his decision to stay at UA, Miller said:

\u201cThat was a part of it. That seems like 20 years ago now, so long ago, but every coach you have a sense of comfort and Dr. (Ann Weaver) Hart is a big sense of comfort as well. The time here at Arizona is unique in that she\u2019ll be leaving us as well and she\u2019s been incredibly supportive of our basketball program, of athletics in general and things that are behind the scenes on a daily basis and she\u2019s always been there in a very positive light.

\u201cI respect her and so with her leaving and also Greg leaving obviously there are gonna be two new people who are going to have a big impact on the future of Arizona Athletics. And I\u2019m excited to see it. We have tremendous people making those decisions. Like we did when Jim Livengood left and Greg became the next athletic director, Dr. Hart followed Robert Shelton. Obviously, it\u2019s a critical time, but I\u2019m confident we\u2019ll get two really good people.\u201d


Miller began his news conference today speaking highly of Byrne.

\u201cI have a hard time believing that an athletic director anywhere did a better job for his university than he did here for us at Arizona,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIn the seven years he was here a lot of great things have happened. In terms of his support, relationship, direction of the men\u2019s basketball program, which I\u2019m in charge of, I couldn\u2019t imagine a better relationship, better leadership.

\u201cOn a personal level, a friend is leaving. His wife and Greg are great friends with my wife and myself. That usually doesn\u2019t happen in a relationship between an athletic director and a coach but in this case it did happen. We didn\u2019t really know each other when Greg came from Mississippi State.

\u201cObviously it\u2019s kind of an empty feeling with him leaving only because of how meaningful he was to our program, our university and the friendship in addition to that. I know that he\u2019ll go on and do great things at Alabama. They\u2019re lucky to have him. I know that we\u2019ll move on in a positive direction and most important get somebody here as our new athletic director who approaches things in the same way, does a great job. So I\u2019m anxious to see that happen.\u201d

Later, Miller said: \u201cHe\u2019s someone who\u2019s incredibly candid and honest with a coach, and very transparent. He\u2019s an incredible communicator. He has a great pulse and feel for the goings on in your program.

\u201cIt\u2019s not always smooth. There are crisis moments, there are tough moments in an athletic program of this stature and he never wavers. He problem solves. He\u2019s with you and he loves to win. All of us benefited by his overall passion to improve, whether it be facilities, whether to give us the biggest advantage we could have in any recruiting situation.

\u201cAnd is really part of his every day. He woke up every day with tremendous passion and energy to make Arizona the best place it could possibly be. His energy and effort are unmatched. In an athletic director it\u2019s almost like hiring a coach today. You have to burn the candle at both ends, fundraising and being comprehensive. It\u2019s a difficult job for sure and to get a great person in that position, it\u2019s amazing what it does for everybody.\u201d

When asked for an example of how Byrne helped the basketball program, Miller talked of the renovations to McKale Center:

\"His ability to change McKale at a very critical time. You walk in to McKale right now ... it looks like a brand new arena, and it shines and the impact is for everybody. Television, fan base, our team, the guys who play here, and from a recruiting perspective, that is a big, big deal on why young people choose the place that they go to school. ... If it impacted our ability to be better, then he was going to find a way to get that done for our program.\"


Miller was also asked if he might have any say in a new athletic director hire. While there\u2019s no doubt UA will look for an AD who will mesh with him, Miller first answered that question lightheartedly:

\u201cI\u2019m the basketball coach. I\u2019m getting ready for USC and UCLA,\u201d he said, smiling. \u201cThat\u2019s No. 1. That\u2019s my job. If asked, certainly I would love to have a sense or a feel for who they are and I\u2019m confident that that will happen.\u201d


Miller appeared again to back off the Pac-12 Networks\u2019 report that he believes Allonzo Trier will be back at some point this season. He told the College Hoops Today podcast that \u201che can\u2019t even say he\u2019s optimistic right now\u201d about what he termed a \u201conce in a generation type deal.\u201d

Asked if that\u2019s how he now feels at today\u2019s presser, Miller said:

\u201cI\u2019m ambivalent,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t have control of the situation. So when you\u2019re dealing with a crisis or adversity and we\u2019ve had plenty here over the least nine months, you finally settle into what can you really control.

\u201cFor me, the purpose every day is we have to coach Rawle (Alkins), Kobi (Simmons), and all of those guys. We are coaching Allonzo. Academically he\u2019s in a great place. He does what he\u2019s supposed to. He practices hard every day. He\u2019s in great physical condition but he\u2019s not allowed to play and it\u2019s not my choice. And it\u2019s just one of those situations that I wish was different but it\u2019s not.\u201d


While the Wildcats practiced both Saturday and Sunday, then took today off, Miller said he gave Parker Jackson-Cartwright both weekend practices off while he continues to recover from his high ankle sprain.

Miller also said he didn\u2019t plan to change his starting lineup for now.

\u201cWe could moving forward,\u201d Miller said. \u201cWhatever is best for our team, that\u2019s what we\u2019re gonna do. What\u2019s good about Parker is we've given him the right minutes. You haven\u2019t seen him really struggle because we\u2019ve never asked him to play 34 minutes in a game.

\u201cIt\u2019s been the right amount, which has allowed him to help us and maybe not put him in a bad way. Sometimes if you start favoring your ankle that\u2019s when other injuries will occur, not necessarily the injury that he had but a different type so I think we\u2019re beyond that point and we can just go from there. But all eight players are important whether they start or not.\u201d


Miller said he enjoyed watching the ESPN-televised game between signees DeAndre Ayton and Brandon Randolph at the Hoophall Classic on Saturday, when Randolph was named the game\u2019s MVP after scoring 28 points to help Westtown beat Ayton\u2019s Hillcrest Prep 66-54.

Curiously, while Ayton was named to the McDonalds All-American Game, Randolph wasn\u2019t even among several hundred nominees. Miller said Randolph isn\u2019t a fifth-year senior and thus he would have been eligible.

\u201cBrandon was late on the scene,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIf you would have judged him a year or so ago, he wouldn\u2019t be as highly thought of as he is now. But a lot of times those are the guys who continue to improve. If you think of how far he\u2019s come in the last two years, I think he\u2019ll stay on that same track.\u201d


Biggest non-Byrne-related \u201cnews\u201d of the day might have been that New Yorker Rawle Alkins was using his day off to go to the Arizona DMV to see if he could pass tests and get a driver\u2019s license.

\u201cRight after this interview,\u201d said Alkins, who was the designated player to be interviewed today. \u201cMy cousin\u2019s waiting for me outside.\u201d

Having grown up taking the subway at home, Alkins said he\u2019s taken a lot of Uber rides since arriving in Tucson but finally decided to take the plunge on driving. He said he has often practiced late at night while driving with a cousin who came out to Tucson with him this year.

\u201cHaven\u2019t done the highway yet, so I don\u2019t know what to expect on the test,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cI know the rules and stuff. I did the written part. Practiced. So hopefully I do well. Pray for me, guys.\u201d


Arizona jumped two spots to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. UCLA moved to No. 3 and Gonzaga to No. 4, while USC dropped out after losing to Utah. Oregon is No. 11.

My ballot had the Wildcats at No. 15.


UCLA's Bryce Alford beat out UA's Lauri Markkanen and others for the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.

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Good news has been hard to come by lately for Arizona's football program, particularly in the wake of former commit\u00a0Braxton Burmeister\u00a0flipping to Oregon and athletic director\u00a0Greg Byrne\u00a0bolting for Alabama.\u00a0

Monday, the Wildcats managed to deliver a recruiting shocker \u2014 3-star defensive end\u00a0My-King Johnson\u00a0announced a verbal commitment to Arizona, in turn backing out of his commitment to UCLA.\u00a0

\"Just received a great home visit with Coach Rod,\" Johnson tweeted. \"With that being said I have decided to commit to UofA\".

UA coach Rich Rodriguez, special teams coach Charlie Ragle and defensive line coach Vince Amey took an in-home visit with Johnson on Monday.\u00a0

Johnson's decision comes as one of the bigger surprises for Arizona in this recruiting cycle, as Johnson had been committed to UCLA since Jan. 6 and hadn't mentioned Arizona as a finalist previously.\u00a0

Johnson is a huge pick-up for the Wildcats, a team both desperate for talent on the defensive line and to make up ground in keeping talented in-state recruits in Arizona. Johnson, from Tempe, is rated three stars by Scout.com and is the top-rated defensive end in Arizona.\u00a0

Johnson, listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, also had offers from USC, Oregon, Arizona State and Texas A&M.\u00a0

The addition of Johnson brings Arizona's 2017 class back up to 25 players, including kicker\u00a0Lucas Havrisik, who committed to the Wildcats on Sunday.\u00a0

Just received a great home visit with Coach Rod. With that being said I have decided to commit to UofA. #beardown

\u2014 My-King Johnson (@kingj9943) January 16, 2017
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Greg Byrne is bolting to Alabama, leaving stunned Arizona Wildcats fans to wonder who will replace him as athletic director.

For now, the answer is simple.

Erika Hanson Barnes was named the Wildcats\u2019 interim AD on Monday. The Star reported Byrne\u2019s decision to leave for Alabama on Sunday night, shortly before the Crimson Tide announced that athletic director Bill Battle was retiring because of health reasons. Byrne reportedly spent Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he received the blessing of Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban.

The UA will now turn to Barnes, who has risen from the UA\u2019s marketing department to the top of the McKale Center food chain over the last 11-plus years. She currently serves as the UA's senior associate athletic director.

Here are six things you need to know about Barnes:

1. She started with Mike Candrea\u2019s Cats. Barnes (then Erika Hanson) played first base at the UA from 1998-2001, winning a Women\u2019s College World Series championship as a senior. Barnes played professionally for the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut of National Pro Fastpitch, working for the team\u2019s marketing department during the offseasons. Barnes has been involved with the Wildcats\u2019 softball program in one way or another since her return to the UA in 2005. For a time, Barnes served as the color analyst on Arizona\u2019s radio broadcasts.

2. She hit the books. Barnes was an NFCA Scholar-Athlete All-American while in college, and holds two degrees from Arizona: A 2001 bachelor\u2019s degree in communications and a 2010 M.B.A. from the Eller College of Management. Barnes also serves on the Pac-12 board alongside UA president Ann Weaver Hart.

3. She started in marketing. Barnes worked in the UA\u2019s marketing department before moving into fundraising. She was promoted to senior associate athletic director for administration and major gifts in 2011, a position she held for two years.

4. She replaced a legend. Kathleen \u201cRocky\u201d LaRose\u2019s retirement in 2013 led to Barnes\u2019s promotion to senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. In her role, she oversees the internal operations of all 20 sports and support programs, including the C.A.T.S. student-athlete services. LaRose was a pioneer in women\u2019s athletic administration who, like Barnes, began as a UA softball player. LaRose served as the UA\u2019s last interim athletic director, in 2010.

5. She\u2019s not that Erica Barnes. From 2010-14, Barnes shared a name \u2014 but not a spelling \u2014 with a UA women\u2019s basketball player. Erica (with a c) starred on the court, while Erika (with a k) worked behind the scenes in McKale Center.

6. It's a family affair. Barnes is married to former UA golfer Andy Barnes; together, they have two young children: Daughter Tillie is 3, and son Blake turned 1 on Friday. Andy Barnes is the brother of PGA Tour pro Ricky Barnes, one of the most accomplished golfers in Arizona history.

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Greg Byrne said Monday he is looking forward to returning to the Southeastern Conference and is \"honored\" to become the new athletic director at Alabama. Contract terms and salary were not announced, though Byrne is expected to receive a raise on the $735,000 he made at Arizona.\u00a0

The Crimson Tide announced Byrne's hire on Monday morning, one day after the Star's Greg Hansen reported that Byrne will replace the retiring Bill Battle. Byrne will start on March 1, pending approval from the Alabama's board of trustees.\u00a0

Byrne, 45, will be introduced to the Alabama media later this week. Erika Hanson Barnes will serve as Arizona's interim athletic director while the university performs a national search for Byrne's replacement. \u00a0

\"The last nearly seven years has been a wonderful experience for me and my entire family,\" Byrne said in a news release issued Monday by the office of University of Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart. \"We truly appreciate President Hart, our student-athletes, coaches, staff and friends. Because of the unbelievable support of all those who make up the Arizona Family, Tucson and the University of Arizona will always hold a special place in our hearts.\"

Byrne has been at the UA since 2010. During his time in Tucson, he hired coaches Rich Rodriguez and Jay Johnson, negotiated an extension for basketball coach Sean Miller, opened the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and spearheaded a $30 million McKale Center renovation.\u00a0

Alabama president Stuart Bell said in news release that Byrne was the perfect fit. He served as Mississippi State's AD from 2008-10.

\"We knew Bill was considering a change, and we wanted to hire someone who can assume that mantle of leadership and continue the tradition of success that Bill and so many others before him have established,\" Bell said. \"We believe Greg Byrne is uniquely qualified for this role, and we are pleased to announce he has accepted the position of athletic director here at The University of Alabama.\"

Said Byrne: \"I have incredible respect and admiration for both Coach Battle and Coach Moore, as well as all of the talented coaches and staff in place. We look forward to returning to the SEC and being a part of Alabama's outstanding tradition.\"

Read more on Byrne's departure here, here and here.

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The University of Alabama may have been targeting Arizona's Greg Byrne for months.\u00a0

Outgoing athletic director Bill Battle told school administrators last summer that he planned to retire when his four-year contract expired, according to a story posted on the Crimson Tide's official website.\u00a0

At the time, Battle told university president Stuart Bell \"that he should be looking for a replacement,\" Battle told the website. \u00a0

\"That process has been going on over the last few months,\" he added. \"As you know, in this business, high-level changes are hard to map out and announce very far in advance.\"\u00a0

Battle took a leave of absence last summer as he underwent treatment for multiple myeloma. Battle said health was not a factor in his decision to retire. Battle's myeloma is in remission, he said, a relief after the athletic director spent two years battling the disease.

The Star's Greg Hansen reported Sunday night that Byrne was leaving for Alabama following 6 1/2 years at the UA.\u00a0

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The MLK Classic has become a Tucson basketball tradition. Games start at 11 a.m. Monday inside McKale Center and continue until the late evening. All-day tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students.

The full schedule is listed below.

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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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. He previously worked in fundraising roles at Kentucky, Oregon State and Oregon. Byrne 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. TCU's 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.

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