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The comeback of UA softball player Alex Lavine: 'I have done so much, so why can’t I do this?'

The comeback of UA softball player Alex Lavine: 'I have done so much, so why can’t I do this?'

To understand Arizona’s feisty bulldog Alex Lavine, you need to know that her story is as much about a busted heart as it is a busted knee.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ring's Reflections: UA sports leaders made strides here

Ring's Reflections: UA sports leaders made strides here

Tucson’s movers and shakers in sports include a University of Arizona athletic director and coaches for basketball, swimming and softball.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Arizona's top six incoming freshmen

On the first day of classes, August 2008, the most geeked-up, anticipated new recruit on Arizona’s campus was probably 7-foot basketball player Jeff Withey. He never played a minute for the Wildcats.

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Greg Hansen: Byrne sets foundation for future UA success

Greg Hansen: Byrne sets foundation for future UA success

UA athletic director Greg Byrne, right, recruited Rich Rodriguez to become the football coach in a makeover of Arizona's program.

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Greg Hansen: Byrne sets foundation for future UA success

Greg Hansen: Byrne sets foundation for future UA success

Winning a Pac-12 championship in any sport has become so increasingly difficult that Arizona didn't win one this year. The Wildcats were 0 for 18.

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Arizona Softball: Candrea promises better recruiting

Arizona Softball: Candrea promises better recruiting

UA pitcher Kenzie Fowler redshirted this season because of back surgery but is expected back next season and may play nearly every day.

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Arizona Softball: Candrea promises better recruiting

Arizona Softball: Candrea promises better recruiting

It used to be that Mike Candrea could recruit the best high school juniors, sign them before their senior years and know exactly what he was getting.

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Arizona softball: Candrea, Cats hang hats on recruiting to boost program back to heights

It used to be that Mike Candrea could recruit the best high school juniors, sign them before their senior years and know exactly what he was getting.

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Arizona softball: Candrea on 2014: 'Buckle up'

Arizona softball: Candrea on 2014: 'Buckle up'

Mike Candrea has never been in this position before: sitting in his office Tuesday, conducting year-end player interviews, while 16 teams across the country prepared for the NCAA tournament's super regional round.

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Arizona softball: Candrea on 2014: 'Buckle up'

Arizona softball: Candrea on 2014: 'Buckle up'

Hallie Wilson and her Wildcats teammates were eliminated in regional play with two losses to Baylor in College Station, Texas.

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Arizona softball: 'Long day,' long season ends

Arizona softball: 'Long day,' long season ends

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - In the end, the Arizona Wildcats were bounced from the NCAA tournament regional for the same reason they were sent to the Brazos Valley here as the third-highest team in their own pod: because they weren't good enough.

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Arizona softball: 'Long day,' long season ends

Arizona softball: 'Long day,' long season ends

Arizona's Brigette Del Ponte, left, celebrates with Chelsea Suitos after making a double play in the third inning of Arizona's elimination-game win against Penn.

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NCAA softball tournament: Baylor 7, Arizona 0: Deep in a hole in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After losing a regional game for the first time in nine years and putting the season on life support with a 7-0 loss to Baylor, Mike Candrea gathered the Arizona Wildcats on Friday and asked them a question:

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Arizona softball: Once Cats lightened up, wins followed

Arizona softball: Once Cats lightened up, wins followed

Since the Wildcats decided to have more fun and relax on the softball field, they have gone a combined 4-2 against No. 5 Arizona State and No. 13 Stanford. UA faces Baylor today.

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Arizona softball: Once Cats lightened up, wins followed

Arizona softball: Once Cats lightened up, wins followed

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - There are easy explanations for how the Arizona Wildcats, one of the great programs in softball history, wound up as the third-best team in a regional in the middle of muggy Brazos County: the late transfer of an All-American, a lack of pitching, an injury to star Ke…

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Arizona Softball: Cats' cry: 'Everyone's 0-0'

Arizona Softball: Cats' cry: 'Everyone's 0-0'

Mike Candrea and his staff lugged a hulking cardboard box into Wednesday's breakfast-time practice at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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Arizona Softball: Cats' cry: 'Everyone's 0-0'

Arizona Softball: Cats' cry: 'Everyone's 0-0'

Arizona catcher Chelsea Goodacre has caught 10 of 31 base stealers, but Baylor runs more than most. The Bears have 100 steals on 117 attempts.

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Arizona softball: Cats not dwelling on regular season showing, instead focused on Baylor's pitching, base stealing

Mike Candrea and his staff lugged a hulking cardboard box into Wednesday’s breakfast-time practice at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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Arizona softball: Babcock: 'I'm going to pitch'

Arizona softball: Babcock: 'I'm going to pitch'

Around 9:30 Tuesday morning, Shelby Babcock reported to Arizona Wildcats practice, looking as she always had, in a gray T-shirt and red shorts, and declaring herself ready to pitch.

May 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Arizona softball: Babcock: 'I'm going to pitch'

Arizona softball: Babcock: 'I'm going to pitch'

Former Sunnyside High School star Estela Piñon will likely be called on out of the bullpen, especially if the Cats play five times in three days.

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