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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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.

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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.…

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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.”

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Palo Verde grad Cotton debuts in style

Palo Verde grad Cotton debuts in style

Palo Verde grad Bryce Cotton made his NBA Summer League/Las Vegas debut in style Friday. He scored a team-high 12 points for the San Antonio club in just 16 minutes. He was the second man off the bench.

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Gordon struggles offensively for Magic rookie team

Gordon struggles offensively for Magic rookie team

Aaron Gordon predictably struggled offensively for the Orlando Magic rookie team, shooting .350 afield and .478 from the foul line. He’s not going to become a reliable shooter in a hurry.

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New ASU baseball coach Smith's salary won't break market

New ASU baseball coach Smith's salary won't break market

ASU will pay new baseball coach Tracy Smith $375,000 annually in base salary. It won’t break the salary market in the Pac-12 — Arizona’s Andy Lopez has a contract whose maximum value is $420,000 per year, and Oregon’s George Horton was paid $628,000 last season.

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Incoming UA freshman Roth likely Lalang's successor

Incoming UA freshman Roth likely Lalang's successor

Arizona distance running coach James Li appears to have found a worthy successor to eight-time NCAA champion Lawi Lalang: incoming UA freshman Bailey Roth. In June, Roth, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, broke a 23-year-old national high school record in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in Greensb…

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Arizona produces "Arizona Fast, the new normal"

Arizona produces "Arizona Fast, the new normal"

Arizona’s video department last week produced another football film it hopes will accentuate Rich Rodriguez’s insistence on playing fast. This one is called “Arizona Fast #TheNewNormal.” Nothing was more eye-catching than RichRod working out on a punching bag. Bam! Bam! Bam! Even at an incre…

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My two cents: Oregon flexes muscles with renovations

My two cents: Oregon flexes muscles with renovations

Arizona track coach Fred Harvey has been a consistently strong challenger to Pac-12 track and field power Oregon for the last five years and a top-10 NCAA program.

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Sahuaro grad Verdugo becomes leadoff hitter

Sahuaro grad Verdugo becomes leadoff hitter

Sahuaro grad Alex Verdugo has been turned into a leadoff hitter by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Arizona Rookie League. And why not? Verdugo, the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick, struck out just twice in 62 plate appearances through Friday. He was hitting .299.

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CDO grad McDaniel takes Sedona Open title

CDO grad McDaniel takes Sedona Open title

The richest event on the PGA Southwest Section annual golf schedule is the $35,000 Sedona Open. It was won last week by CDO grad David McDaniel, who shot 64-67-69 (or 16 under par). McDaniel, who also won the Sedona event in 2012, earned $4,000 in a field of 112 players. David Yarnes, a Sabi…

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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.

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Hansen: Little League dreams brought big-league accomplishments

Hansen: Little League dreams brought big-league accomplishments

Organization's 75th anniversary resonates in baseball-mad Tucson. 

July 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hansen: UA's 'Big 6' help Wildcats make grade

Hansen: UA's 'Big 6' help Wildcats make grade

Six Pac-12 All-Academic selections are a UA record. 

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

Arizona’s 2014 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Kevin Cordes, a five-time NCAA champion, won the 100 and 200 breast stroke events in last week’s Santa Clara Grand Prix. He left the meet with a new nickname: Rip. Get it? Rip Cordes? Pretty good. Cordes showed up for the Grand Prix championships weari…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

When Greg Byrne was hired as Arizona’s athletic director in March 2010, the UA had 6,089 Wildcat Club members. After settling in office, he declared that the school would aggressively attempt to double that number, and set a goal of 12,000 by July 1, 2014, which arrives Tuesday. It seemed li…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Tucson's Lagat wins 7th US title in 5,000

Tucson's Lagat wins 7th US title in 5,000

When Tucsonan Bernard Lagat won the USA national championship in the 5,000 meters Friday night in Sacramento, California, it became his seventh U.S. outdoor title in that event, an American record. What makes Lagat’s winning time of 13 minutes 31.41 seconds special is that he will turn 40 …

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
ASU's Carson to battle UA's Johnson for Rockets' spot

ASU's Carson to battle UA's Johnson for Rockets' spot

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson went undrafted Thursday, and it can’t be much of a shock.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

Sahuaro High School grad makes it to the big leagues.

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Candrea getting national Player of the Year

Candrea getting national Player of the Year

UA softball team doesn't really need to keep recruiting pitchers.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
My two cents: ASU's Carson, as expected, goes undrafted

My two cents: ASU's Carson, as expected, goes undrafted

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson went undrafted Thursday, and it can’t be much of a shock.

June 28, 2014 4:33 pm
Arizona Stadium ranked No. 9 in Pac-12

Arizona Stadium ranked No. 9 in Pac-12

Athlon Magazine last week ranked the Pac-12 football stadiums for game day character and atmosphere. Arizona was No. 9. But the man on the 10-person panel who probably has the most on-site knowledge of all Pac-12 stadiums, analyst Rick Neuheisel, ranked Arizona Stadium No. 4. He has played, …

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

When Greg Byrne was hired as Arizona’s athletic director in March 2010, the UA had 6,089 Wildcat Club members. After settling in office, he declared that the school would aggressively attempt to double that number, and set a goal of 12,000 by July 1, 2014, which arrives Tuesday. It seemed li…

June 28, 2014 12:53 pm
Candrea getting national Player of the Year

Candrea getting national Player of the Year

Summer recruiting season for softball begins in earnest Tuesday, and UA coach Mike Candrea won’t necessarily be looking for a franchise pitcher. His incoming freshman left-hander Taylor McQuillin last week was named the national high school softball Player of the Year by Gatorade. She pitche…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
UA's Sean Miller visits ex-UA swimming coach

UA's Sean Miller visits ex-UA swimming coach

When UA basketball coach Sean Miller was in Colorado Springs earlier this month for the USA U18 training camp and world championships, he visited the home of ex-UA swimming coach Frank Busch, now the director of USA Swimming’s national teams, based in Colorado Springs. The coaches had dinner…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Palo Verde grad Cotton signs with Spurs' Summer League team

Palo Verde grad Cotton signs with Spurs' Summer League team

A day after not being selected in the NBA draft, Palo Verde High School grad Bryce Cotton agreed to sign with the San Antonio Spurs and play for the Spurs’ NBA Summer League team that begins July 11. Good for Cotton, who finished second in scoring in the Big East Conference at Providence las…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Sabino grad J.J. Hardy unlikely to make All-Star team

Sabino grad J.J. Hardy unlikely to make All-Star team

Sabino grad J.J.Hardy is third in the voting for the America League shortstop position, which means he’s unlikely to make his third All-Star team next month. Strangely, Hardy has just one home run this season for Baltimore. He hit 25 a year ago; the baseball stat guys last week determined th…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Former UA golfer Gulbis marries ex-Yale quarterback Rodarmel

Former UA golfer Gulbis marries ex-Yale quarterback Rodarmel

Former UA golfer Natalie Gulbis, a regular on the LGPA Tour for 13 years, married former Yale quarterback Josh Rodarmel last week. He is the owner of athletic wristbands maker Power Balance. Since leaving Arizona, Gulbis has won one Tour event, the 2007 Evian Masters, in 282 starts.

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
UA golfer Kornberg secures spot in Publinx finals

UA golfer Kornberg secures spot in Publinx finals

UA junior golfer Dylan Kornberg of Catalina Foothills had the round of his life last week at U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifying in Phoenix. He shot a blazing 27 on the front-nine for a first-day round of 63, getting one of five spots in the Publinx finals in July in Newton, Kansas. One of …

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

Arizona’s 2014 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Kevin Cordes, a five-time NCAA champion, won the 100 and 200 breast stroke events in last week’s Santa Clara Grand Prix. He left the meet with a new nickname: Rip. Get it? Rip Cordes? Pretty good. Cordes showed up for the Grand Prix championships weari…

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
Ex-Cat Kristie Fox marries ex-Beaver Andy Jarvis

Ex-Cat Kristie Fox marries ex-Beaver Andy Jarvis

Candrea attended the wedding last week of former UA shortstop Kristie Fox, whose sister, Kellie Fox, will return for her Arizona senior season after playing with the USA national team this summer. Kristie Fox, who helped Arizona win the 2006 and 2007 NCAA championships, married former Oregon…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
UA women's golf lands five-star recruit Gigi Stoll

UA women's golf lands five-star recruit Gigi Stoll

Gigi Stoll, a five-star recruit from Beaverton, Ore., has committed to play golf for Arizona’s Laura Ianello. Stoll last week won the Oregon Amateur and played in the U.S. Women’s Open when she was 15.

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Ex-UA distance runner Sambu wins Boston Athletic Association 10K

Ex-UA distance runner Sambu wins Boston Athletic Association 10K

Tucsonan Stephen Sambu continues to emerge as a distance runner of global impact; he won the Boston Athletic Association 10K last week in Boston, edging 2011 Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai at the finish. Sambu, a six-time All-American at Arizona, earned $10,000 for the victory. His co…

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
Sahuaro grad Leverenz wins year's free lease to BMW

Sahuaro grad Leverenz wins year's free lease to BMW

New cars? Sahuaro High grad Caitlin Leverenz is now driving a new BMW. She won a year’s free lease to the car by being America’s top female scorer in the just-completed Grand Prix swimming series. Leverenz clinched the title, and the car, by winning the 200 IM at the Santa Clara Grand Prix l…

June 28, 2014 12:53 pm
UA track star Lalang signs with marketing firm

UA track star Lalang signs with marketing firm

After winning the NCAA 5,000 meters in Oregon two weeks ago, Arizona senior Lawi Lalang signed with a marketing firm, Global Sports Communication BV of the Netherlands. Lalang, an eight-time NCAA champion, laughed last month when he told me he wanted to get a car like Lagat’s. “He has a Merc…

June 28, 2014 12:53 pm
McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

After eight years in minor-league baseball, Sahuaro High grad Pat McCoy arrived in the big leagues last Sunday.

June 28, 2014 12:52 pm
Even at 39, Lagat still getting it done

Even at 39, Lagat still getting it done

When Tucsonan Bernard Lagat won the USA national championship in the 5,000-meter run Friday night in Sacramento, California, it became his seventh U.S. outdoor title in that event, an American record. What makes Lagat’s winning time of 13 minutes 31.41 seconds special is that he will turn 40…

June 28, 2014 12:52 pm
Hansen: Slugger Duncan finally ready to smell roses

Hansen: Slugger Duncan finally ready to smell roses

Shelley Duncan is the most prolific power hitter in Tucson baseball history. There is no second place.

June 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hansen: Let NCAA athletes get paid? Dream on

Hansen: Let NCAA athletes get paid? Dream on

Should players become paid employees, sharing in conferences' millions in media rights?

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Cats vying for spot on national team

Cats vying for spot on national team

Training camp for the USA softball team, ongoing in Lynchburg, Virginia, maintains the same Arizona flavor it has had for 20 years. UA catcher Chelsea Goodacre, first baseman Hallie Wilson and shortstop Kellie Fox are among the 24 players in camp. The final roster of 17 will be announced Thu…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am

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