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Meticulous Miller, Cats deserve more national love

Meticulous Miller, Cats deserve more national love

Sean Miller spoke Friday night of a coach’s will for “perfection,” and it was best exhibited in the game’s final minute.

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Ex-Cat Kerr a single-name sensation in new role

Ex-Cat Kerr a single-name sensation in new role

BERKELEY, Calif.

January 24, 2015 5:45 pm
Hansen: Classic way to honor MLK a local legacy

Hansen: Classic way to honor MLK a local legacy

Annual basketball tournament affords opportunities for TUSD administrator, others to give back.

January 19, 2015 8:45 pm Photos

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My two cents: Big game has deeper importance

My two cents: Big game has deeper importance

Thursday’s Cienega at Sahuaro boys basketball game, featuring two state title contenders, shapes up as the Game of the Year in Tucson, or close.

January 18, 2015 12:00 am
Hansen: Snowden's Hall of Honor selection well deserved

Hansen: Snowden's Hall of Honor selection well deserved

A few days before former University of Arizona AD Dave Strack’s 90th birthday, I visited him at an assisted living facility in Oro Valley and the talk soon turned to the signature hire of his career: Fred Snowden.

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Champions Tour in Tucson getting booked

Champions Tour in Tucson getting booked

My first prediction of 2015: the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, a $1.6  million Champions Tour event March 20-22 at Omni Tucson National, will have larger galleries than the old WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

January 18, 2015 12:00 am
Thompson's strong debut not surprising

Thompson's strong debut not surprising

You could make a strong case that in the spring of 2013, Alyssa Thompson of Salpointe Catholic High School produced the greatest performance for a female athlete in Tucson prep history, any sport. She won state championships in the long jump, triple jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She had…

January 18, 2015 12:00 am
Former Wildcat representing UCLA QB Hundley

Former Wildcat representing UCLA QB Hundley

In the fall of 1982, Brett Hundley of Denver and Kenny Zuckerman of Los Angeles were freshmen on the Arizona football team, facing long odds of starting. (They didn’t.) So they became more than that after their five UA seasons. Zuckerman turned into one of the nation’s top agents, president …

January 18, 2015 12:00 am

RichRod strengthening ties in Phoenix

UA football coach Rich Rodriguez was back in Phoenix on Thursday, attending a luncheon for the state’s top 25 football players as chosen by the Arizona Football Coaches Association. He was able to spend time with the UA’s top Phoenix recruit, four-star tackle Keenan Walker of Scottsdale Chap…

January 18, 2015 12:00 am
My two cents: Big game has deeper importance

My two cents: Big game has deeper importance

Thursday’s Cienega at Sahuaro boys basketball game, featuring two state title contenders, shapes up as the Game of the Year in Tucson, or close.

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Champions Tour in Tucson getting booked

Champions Tour in Tucson getting booked

My first prediction of 2015: the Tucson Conquistadors Classic, a $1.6  million Champions Tour event March 20-22 at Tucson National, will have larger galleries than the old WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships.

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Snowden's Hall of Honor selection well deserved

Snowden's Hall of Honor selection well deserved

A few days before former University of Arizona AD Dave Strack‘s 90th birthday, I visited him at an assisted living facility in Oro Valley and the talk soon turned to the signature hire of his career: Fred Snowden.

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Thompson’s strong debut for Wildcats not at all surprising

Thompson’s strong debut for Wildcats not at all surprising

You could make a strong case that in the spring of 2013, Alyssa Thompson of Salpointe Catholic High School produced the greatest performance for an female athlete in Tucson prep history, any sport. She won state championships in the long jump, triple jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She ha…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
More ex-Cats from Kindall era becoming coaches

More ex-Cats from Kindall era becoming coaches

Arizona’s impressive list of baseball instructors/coaches from the Jerry Kindall tree grew last week when Casey Candaele, starting third baseman on Arizona’s 1980 NCAA championship team, became the Texas Rangers’ minor league field coordinator. Small world: When Candaele left Arizona after t…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Foothills' Parker has most goals in division

Foothills' Parker has most goals in division

Emily Parker, a senior soccer player at Catalina Foothills High, long ago committed to play for Oklahoma. She has scored 14 goals this year, tops in the big schools divisions in Tucson, including two Friday against Vista Grande for the 8-1-2 Falcons, who are seeking their ninth state champio…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
RichRod strengthening ties in Phoenix

RichRod strengthening ties in Phoenix

UA football coach Rich Rodriguez was back in Phoenix on Thursday, attending a luncheon for the state’s top 25 football players as chosen by the Arizona Football Coaches’ Association. He was able to spend time with the UA’s top Phoenix recruit, four-star tackle Keenan Walker of Scottsdale Cha…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
No topic off limits for Walton

No topic off limits for Walton

Bill Walton spoke to a group of about 200 people at the Rialto Theatre in a fund-raising appearance Friday night. No topic was off limits. Even from $60-100 a seat, it was good entertainment. After speaking, Walton played stand-up percussion with a Grateful Dead cover band. He also sang a bi…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Former Wildcat representing Hundley

Former Wildcat representing Hundley

In the fall of 1982, Brett Hundley of Denver and Kenny Zuckerman of Los Angeles were freshmen on the Arizona football team, facing long odds of starting. (They didn’t.) So they became more than that after their five UA seasons. Zuckerman turned into one of the nation’s top agents, president …

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Ex-Cat Hammerschmidt keeps post with Rams

Ex-Cat Hammerschmidt keeps post with Rams

Ronnie Palmer, a three-year UA starting linebacker during the Mike Stoops days, lost his position as a graduate coach/intern during the coaching change at Colorado State recently. The Rams, however, did keep special teams coach Jeff Hammerschmidt, an All-Pac-10 safety at Arizona in 1988. Pal…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
RichRod's leading priorities

RichRod's leading priorities

I suspect RichRod’s three leading priorities between now and the September opener against UTSA are (1) to engage in a thorough evaluation of redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Dawkins; (2) to rebuild an offensive line around junior transfer Freddie Tagaloa, a 6-foot-8-inch, 315-pound form…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Ex-Cat Momo Jones playing in Saudi Arabia

Ex-Cat Momo Jones playing in Saudi Arabia

Since leaving Arizona’s Elite Eight basketball team of 2011, MoMo Jones has played at Iona and professionally in Qatar and Japan. Now he’s playing for Al Ittihad in the Saudia Arabian pro league. What can you do in Saudia Arabia for fun? Well, Jones could make a 10-hour drive to Dubai for th…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Tucsonan Francona in conversation for Hall

Tucsonan Francona in conversation for Hall

There are currently 23 managers in the baseball Hall of Fame; 12 have been elected since 1990. As Tucsonan Terry Francona departs for spring training next month, his third year as Cleveland’s manager, he has 1,206 managerial victories and two World Series championships. He is 55. He is now i…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Ex-Cat Zuckerman keeps close ties to UA

Ex-Cat Zuckerman keeps close ties to UA

Zuckerman is also the agent for UA and Sabino High grad Brooks Reed, who is a free agent after four seasons as a starting linebacker/pass rusher for the Houston Texans. Reed, limited by a groin injury much of the 2014 season, still made 13 starts and had 41 tackles. Of late, Zuckerman has co…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm
Ex-Wildcat Anderson takes another shot at baseball

Ex-Wildcat Anderson takes another shot at baseball

Former Canyon del Oro High and UA pitcher/outfielder Brian Anderson turns 33 in March but he is giving baseball one more crack. He signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago White Sox last week; Anderson last played in the majors with Boston in 2009. He has since been released by the Royals…

January 17, 2015 5:45 pm

Hansen: Johnson a beast with more 'touches'

UA freshman's career-best game came after an uneven showing at Oregon State. 

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Hansen: Pac-12's prosperity traced to 1994

Hansen: Pac-12's prosperity traced to 1994

It goes back to an Oregon-Arizona game 20 years ago.

January 14, 2015 10:00 pm Photos

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Southern Arizona's hoops power shifts south

Southern Arizona's hoops power shifts south

The power has shifted in Tucson prep basketball. The boys teams at Cholla, Pueblo and Sunnyside are a combined 39-8, thriving under new or relatively new coaches Masai Dean at 14-1 Cholla; Rob Harrison at 15-4 Sunnyside; and Kelvin Eafon at 10-3 Cholla. 

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
PGA pros will be out in force for junior golf event

PGA pros will be out in force for junior golf event

One of Tucson’s top golf events of the year will be held Saturday at Arizona National. PGA Tour winners Don Pooley, Ronnie Black, Dan Pohl, Andrew Magee, LPGA winner Christa Johnson and Web.com Tour golfer Brian Prouty will be among the instructors at the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Benefit at …

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
Ex-Cat Duncan's youth clinic draws hundreds

Ex-Cat Duncan's youth clinic draws hundreds

Shelley Duncan’s annual youth baseball clinic, held Saturday at Kino Sports Complex, drew almost 500 kids aged 7-16. That’s got to be a record. At Duncan’s annual fund-raiser for youth baseball Friday at Sewailo Golf Club, you could look around and see ex-major leaguers Terry Francona, Georg…

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
Byrne's chance at Oregon over

Byrne's chance at Oregon over

The Greg Byrne-returns-to-Oregon scenario was short-lived. West Virginia last week hired Alabama deputy AD Shane Lyons as its new AD. Some had speculated that the Mountaineers would attempt to hire Oregon AD Rob Mullens, a WVU grad and homeboy, which would then open the Ducks job for Byrne, …

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
My two cents: Territorial Cup matters in Tucson, Tempe

My two cents: Territorial Cup matters in Tucson, Tempe

Arizona’s 88-41 loss to Arizona State in Thursday’s women’s basketball game was the second-worst loss in school history. The Wildcats lost 95-44 to Washington in 1988, a 51-point margin.

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
Memories will flood back for Elliott, ex-Cat turned broadcaster

Memories will flood back for Elliott, ex-Cat turned broadcaster

When Fox Sports 1 asked Sean Elliott if he would like to be the analyst for Sunday’s Arizona-Oregon State game, it would’ve been easy for him to say “are you nuts?”

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
Tucsonan Caldwell makes Team USA for bowling

Tucsonan Caldwell makes Team USA for bowling

Tucsonan Bryanna Caldwell averaged 216 over five days (and 30 games) to make the Team USA bowling roster for the Pan American Games this summer in Canada. The CDO grad is one of eight women to make the U.S. team. In September, she tied an American record with an 879 series in Tucson. 

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
NFL playoffs mean Santa Rita grad Gould happy

NFL playoffs mean Santa Rita grad Gould happy

During the NFL playoffs this weekend, Santa Rita High grad Ron Gould will be a proud man. Now the head coach at UC-Davis, Gould was the running backs coach at Cal when the Bears produced playoff running backs Marshawn Lynch of Seattle, C.J. Anderson of the Broncos, Justin Forsett of Baltimor…

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
FC Tucson tryouts have wide reach

FC Tucson tryouts have wide reach

On Friday night at Kino Sports Complex, FC Tucson held open tryouts for the 2015 season, and more than 100 prospects attended. Some drove from Colorado. Others came from Phoenix. The appeal of the FC Tucson program — and the possibility of playing next month against MLS teams Sporting Kansas…

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
Mountain View grad Anderson starts for Kings of Sweden

Mountain View grad Anderson starts for Kings of Sweden

Mountain View High grad Aaron Anderson, who was a standout basketball player at Kennesaw State (Georgia), is now starting in the Euroleague for the Sodertalje Kings of Sweden. Anderson is averaging 9.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. 

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
Arizona softball's Fox to play for Team USA

Arizona softball's Fox to play for Team USA

UA senior shortstop Kellie Fox was selected to USA Softball’s national team after a tryout camp last week in San Diego. So was Pueblo High School teacher/coach Bobby “Jugg” Rosthenhausler, a Sunnyside grad who is one of the top ballplayers in Tucson history. The USA Softball men’s national t…

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
UA Hall of Famer Murray 'more than a coach'

UA Hall of Famer Murray 'more than a coach'

Four-time Tucson Olympic distance runner Abdi Abdirahman last week told Deadspin.com that his long-time coach, UA Hall of Famer Dave Murray, is more than a coach. “When things are not going well, some runners want to change coaches,” said Abdirahman. “That thought never crossed my mind. Me a…

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
Palo Verde grad Cotton tearing up D League

Palo Verde grad Cotton tearing up D League

Don’t be surprised if Palo Verde grad Bryce Cotton is recalled by the San Antonio Spurs at some point this season. He had back-to-back games scoring 31 and 32 points last week for the D-League’s Austin Spurs, and seems to be on a trajectory that will lead to the NBA. 

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm
McConnell's UA-career high no accident

McConnell's UA-career high no accident

It wasn’t an accident that UA senior point guard T.J. McConnell scored a UA-career high 21 points Thursday at Oregon. The Ducks chose to open the game by deploying freshman Casey Benson on McConnell. Benson is a three-star recruit from Tempe Corona del Sol High School. But Arizona didn’t rec…

January 10, 2015 5:45 pm

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