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Hansen: Loudmouth Tucson soccer fans to be silenced

Hansen: Loudmouth Tucson soccer fans to be silenced

Tucson soccer league implements Code of Conduct rules for fans and players.

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Hansen: Pain still bites for 'bullet' Bates

Hansen: Pain still bites for 'bullet' Bates

Pounding as NFL returner leaves ex-Amphi, UA star part of suit vs. league.

July 21, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal

Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal

Salpointe grad becomes a head coach in NBA Summer League

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Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal

Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal

Jesse Mermuys was a backup point guard at Salpointe Catholic in the 1990s, a sub at Glendale College and a start-at-the-bottom assistant basketball coach at Salpointe Catholic, Pima College, Southern Utah and New Mexico State.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
MLB draft shatters UA coach Lopez's recruiting class

MLB draft shatters UA coach Lopez's recruiting class

UA baseball coach Andy Lopez had much of his recruiting class shattered by the major league draft. Friday’s deadline to sign with an MLB team cost Arizona first-round shortstop Cole Tucker of Phoenix; first-round pitcher Michael Kopech of Texas; 12th-round Hawaiian pitcher Jordan Yamamoto, w…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Monaco smart to bring Tomey back to Tucson

Monaco smart to bring Tomey back to Tucson

New Pima College football coach Jim Monaco developed a terrific idea about establishing a connection with Southern Arizona’s football community: He is bringing Dick Tomey to the PCC West Campus at 2 p.m. on Aug. 9 for a seminar on teamwork, leadership and motivation, which are Tomey’s staple…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
UA shortstop Newman leads Cape Cod in hitting

UA shortstop Newman leads Cape Cod in hitting

UA junior shortstop Kevin Newman, who led the Cape Cod League in hitting a year ago at .375, is again leading the league at .377 through Saturday. Interestingly, Newman hit his first post-high school home run this month. In two seasons at Arizona and in the 2013 Cape Cod season, Newman did n…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Pusch Ridge grad Vaughn signs with Astros, pitches scoreless debut

Pusch Ridge grad Vaughn signs with Astros, pitches scoreless debut

Pusch Ridge Christian grad Aaron Vaughn, who was undrafted after an all-conference pitching season at Northwest Nazarene University this spring, signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros last month. He performed so well in the Astros Florida Rookie League that he was promoted to Class A…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
PCC's top athletic trainer Carbajal to be honored for career

PCC's top athletic trainer Carbajal to be honored for career

The athletic event of the week in Tucson is probably Saturday’s retirement party for Ben Carbajal, who will be honored at PCC’s West Campus gymnasium at 6:30 p.m., for 35 years as one of the top athletic trainers in ACCAC history. Carbajal began treating PCC athletes in 1979. He will be grea…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat QB Johnson hired by ESPN

Ex-Cat QB Johnson hired by ESPN

ESPN has again hired film producer/director Jason Johnson, Arizona’s starting QB in 2001 and 2002, as part of a reflective series of Heisman Trophy winners of the 1940s-1970s era. Johnson’s last ESPN project was a day-in-the-life series on the top selections of the 2014 draft.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Stone Canyon Golf Club now run by Phil Mickelson's management firm

Stone Canyon Golf Club now run by Phil Mickelson's management firm

The Stone Canyon Golf Club, a private enclave winding through the Tortolita Mountains in Oro Valley, is now operated by Phil Mickelson’s management firm, The M Club. I played there last week and the first thing I saw in the pro shop was a portrait of Mickelson in the clubhouse. Those who bel…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
CDO’s Meyers in Champions Tour event

CDO’s Meyers in Champions Tour event

Canyon del Oro High School senior Chris Meyers is having the summer of any golfer’s dreams. He qualified to play in the U.S. Junior Nationals this week in Houston, and is scheduled to fly from Texas to Canada for the Junior America’s Cup on July 27-31 in Vancouver. But his biggest honor prob…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Former Wildcat golfer Blasberg won six tournaments as a freshman

Former Wildcat golfer Blasberg won six tournaments as a freshman

University of Arizona 2003 and 2004 golf All-American, Erica Blasberg, who won six tournaments as an Arizona freshman in ’03, would’ve turned 30 last week. She died tragically four years ago in what Las Vegas investigators determined was a suicide.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Swim website down on UA's recruiting classes

Swim website down on UA's recruiting classes

One of the top swimming media outlets, swimswam.com, last week released its annual college recruiting rankings for 2014. Arizona was not among the top 12 men’s or women’s schools in what has to be a first in more than 25 years. That can all be traced to former coach Eric Hansen’s decision to…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucsonan George Cunningham to play in Western Amateur

Tucsonan George Cunningham to play in Western Amateur

Tucsonan George Cunningham, who is probably the top golf prospect successfully recruited to Arizona since Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen a decade ago, missed most of June’s competition with mononucleosis. He missed qualifying for next month’s U.S. Amateur by one stroke. Before he begins his f…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Incoming UA freshman Garner wins Wyoming Amateur

Incoming UA freshman Garner wins Wyoming Amateur

Another of Arizona coach Jim Anderson’s incoming freshmen, Andrew Garner, last week won the 92nd Wyoming Amateur with rounds of 67-68-67. That tournament was won in 2005 by PGA Tour regular Keegan Bradley, whose father, Mark Bradley, has been one of Garner’s instructors.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Tennis pro steered Elliott to hoops

Tennis pro steered Elliott to hoops

Odiemae Elliott’s memorial service was held Wednesday morning in Tucson. The mother of Arizona 1988 and 1989 basketball All-American was so diligent in her son’s upbringing that she had him explore interests in, among other things, tennis. When Elliott was about 12, she took Sean to the old …

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Jerrett likely to sign multi-year deal with OKC

Ex-Cat Jerrett likely to sign multi-year deal with OKC

Grant Jerrett, who left Arizona after one basketball season, 2012-13, has undergone ankle surgery and thus missed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s summer league activity. It’s likely, however, that OKC will sign Jerrett to a multiyear deal worth about $500,000 a year even though he’s not expected…

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
My two cents: Cats could be tough — with a QB

My two cents: Cats could be tough — with a QB

The Pac-12 football Media Day has been doubled and will be held over two days this week at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Marana's Sherry Cervi competes at Frontier Days Rodeo

Marana's Sherry Cervi competes at Frontier Days Rodeo

Marana’s Sherry Cervi, coming off of her fourth World Championship in pro rodeo barrel racing (she earned $303,000 in 2013) amped up her 2014 schedule in recent weeks. She earned $14,800 in the famed Calgary Stampede, $8,234 in the Reno Rodeo, and also was on the leaderboard at, among other …

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: Recruiting is ‘grueling’ — yeah, right

Hansen: Recruiting is ‘grueling’ — yeah, right

Is college basketball recruiting hard? Should baseball caps be worn askew?

July 17, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero: Tucson High’s long-time baseball coach won his 400th game this season after a productive playing career at THS, Pima College and UTEP.

July 17, 2014 4:29 pm
Tee Thelma Taylor

Tee Thelma Taylor

Tee Thelma Taylor: A Catalina High School grad set a world record in skydiving and was the overall women’s World Skydiving Champion in 1964.

July 17, 2014 4:31 pm
Ray Kosanke

Ray Kosanke

Ray Kosanke: He was the center on Tucson High’s undefeated 1962 state basketball championship team, and later the captain of Stanford’s basketball team.

July 17, 2014 4:24 pm
Sandy Novak

Sandy Novak

Sandy Novak: Coached Sahuaro High to 402 volleyball victories, including 10 regional championships and was 201-62 coaching the Cougars’ boys volleyball team.

July 17, 2014 4:27 pm
Rick McConnell

Rick McConnell

Rick McConnell: An all-city basketball player at Sahuaro High, McConnell helped the Cougars to the 1973 and 1974 baseball titles. Has coached Mesa Westwood High to more than 500 basketball victories.

July 17, 2014 4:26 pm
Frank Garcia

Frank Garcia

Frank Garcia:  An All-State football player at Salpointe, Garcia became a standout punter at Arizona and went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks.

July 17, 2014 4:20 pm
Lacey Nymeyer John

Lacey Nymeyer John

Lacey Nymeyer John: The 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year, was a two-time NCAA individual swimming champion at Arizona and a silver medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

July 17, 2014 4:22 pm
Mario Castro

Mario Castro

Mario Castro: A state championship cross country runner at Sunnyside, Castro was a four-year letterman at Arizona and later helped coach state championship track teams at Pueblo High School.

July 17, 2014 4:13 pm
Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford

Jim Crawford: All-State in both basketball and baseball at Rincon High School, Crawford was part of ASU’s 1969 NCAA championship team and later a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros.

July 17, 2014 4:15 pm
Jim Flannery

Jim Flannery

Jim Flannery: Head boys basketball coach at Salpointe from 1973-93, and state championship boys golf coach at Salpointe in 1981 and 2004.

July 17, 2014 4:17 pm
Michael Bates

Michael Bates

Michael Bates: Ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit after leading Amphitheater High School to the state football playoffs for three years, Bates played two seasons at Arizona, won Pac-12 championships in the 100 and 200 meters, won a bronze medal at 200 meters in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics a…

July 17, 2014 4:09 pm
Dennis Bene

Dennis Bene

Dennis Bene: In 13 seasons as Salpointe Catholic’s football coach, Bene has gone 126-23, including an undefeated 2013 state championship.

July 17, 2014 4:11 pm
David Adams

David Adams

David Adams: A Sunnyside High All-State tailback who became the first Arizona Wildcat to lead the Pac-12 in rushing (1,224 yards in 1986).

July 17, 2014 4:05 pm
George Arias

George Arias

George Arias: After leading Pueblo High School to the 1990 state baseball championship, Arias set season home run records at Pima College and Arizona and later played third base for the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres.

July 17, 2014 4:07 pm
Hansen: Tucson Hall of Famers stuck it out

Hansen: Tucson Hall of Famers stuck it out

Pima County's 2014 class is full of winners.

July 16, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Hansen: Futbol's future in Tucson soars

Hansen: Futbol's future in Tucson soars

Soccer may replace baseball as Tucson's summer game.

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Black is back, makes cut at US Senior Open

Black is back, makes cut at US Senior Open

Tucsonan Ronnie Black played in 559 PGA Tour events, winning twice, before qualifying for the Champions Tour in 2009.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Ex-Cat Gamez hopes for quick return

Ex-Cat Gamez hopes for quick return

Robert Gamez, who in 1989 was the NCAA golfer of the year at Arizona and won the 1990 Tucson Open as a rookie on the PGA Tour, had quadruple bypass surgery last week in Orlando, Florida. Gamez, 45, hopes to return for his annual Team Gamez Foundation, benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs, in October.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Salpointe grad Brown invited to Big Break Invitational

Salpointe grad Brown invited to Big Break Invitational

Salpointe grad Sara Brown, a former LPGA Tour regular who is playing on the Symetra Tour this year, received one of 40 invitations to the Big Break Invitational, to be broadcast by Golf Channel Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Tucson High grad Clark to begin pro career in September

Tucson High grad Clark to begin pro career in September

Tucson High grad Christine Clark, who was an all-Ivy League guard at Harvard in 2012, 2013 and 2014, has become a professional basketball player. She has signed with Lavezzini Parma of the Italian A1 league. Clark, who is in Tucson this summer working as an intern at the Arizona Cancer Resea…

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Former Wildcat Piñon signs deal with Mizuno, accepts contract

Former Wildcat Piñon signs deal with Mizuno, accepts contract

After pitching her senior season at Arizona, Sunnyside grad Estela Piñon signed an endorsement deal with Mizuno, accepted a contract with the Chicago Bandits, and on Saturday morning in Irvine, California, pitched the game of her life. Playing for Mexico in the World Cup of Softball, Piñon h…

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Pima County Sports Hall of Fame to honor Kosanke

Pima County Sports Hall of Fame to honor Kosanke

The Pima County Sports Hall of Fame’s 25th induction class will be announced Wednesday afternoon at the Holiday Inn Airport-North. Among the 14 honored (and much overdue) will be Ray Kosanke, who is probably the top big man basketball player in Tucson history, or at lest in the conversation …

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Remembering Chris Moon

Remembering Chris Moon

Former Tucson High baseball standout Chris Moon died four years ago today, mortally wounded after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan. In attempt to honor The Star’s 2006 Southern Arizona Baseball Player of the Year, Tucson National assistant golf pro Landyn Lewis will stage a benefit gol…

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
To Tucsonans, Odiemae was more than Sean's mom

To Tucsonans, Odiemae was more than Sean's mom

In the 1970s, Odiemae Elliott attended Pima College and the UA on the GI Bill, a would-be nurse who was part of the women’s Army Air Corps from 1951 to 1960.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Tucson High's Cortez becomes all-star

Tucson High's Cortez becomes all-star

The “next Christine Clark” in Tucson girls prep basketball could be Tucson High’s Alexis Cortez who last week was selected to the all-star team at the End of Trail camp in Oregon. Cortez averaged 21.5 points in her sophomore season at THS and, prior to her sophomore season, was named the No.…

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Johnson impressive in Summer League

Johnson impressive in Summer League

Nick Johnson’s NBA Summer League debut was a good one: He averaged 15.8 points, ninth overall in the Florida league. He also averaged 6.2 rebounds and looked like he belonged. As NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas said: “He’s a real find; he can be a rotation player in his first year.”

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Catalina Foothills AD Brase's children on ESPN, NBA TV

Catalina Foothills AD Brase's children on ESPN, NBA TV

You can imagine how proud Catalina Foothills athletic director Jody Brase was last weekend. On Sunday, her daughter, ex-UA guard Julie Hairgrove, was on ESPN as the top assistant coach of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, followed a few minutes later by her son on NBA TV, former Arizona Wildcats b…

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Ex-Cats Fraser, Kerr reunite at Golden State

Ex-Cats Fraser, Kerr reunite at Golden State

When Steve Kerr blew out his knee in the 1986 World Championships, Lute Olson famously said, “I hope Bruce Fraser is ready to be our point guard.” Fraser was then a junior college recruit from Long Beach, California, and although he didn’t become a starter at the UA, he was a good teammate a…

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Sahuaro grad McCoy placed on 15-day DL

Sahuaro grad McCoy placed on 15-day DL

Rather than send Sahuaro High School grad Pat McCoy back to the minors when injured Detroit pitcher Ian Krol returned from the disabled list last week, the Tigers put McCoy on the 15-day disabled list with a “hamstring issue.” McCoy pitched five games in his first stint in the majors and all…

July 13, 2014 12:00 am

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