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Wildcats on pace to set incompletions record

Wildcats on pace to set incompletions record

Records in college football are broken with such frequency that you rarely pause to absorb the silly numbers posted week to week.

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Kerr continues trend of giving back to UA

Kerr continues trend of giving back to UA

Steve Kerr’s $1 million gift to the UA athletic department last week was not the first time he has donated to his alma mater. Athletic director Greg Byrne released figures saying 42 percent of Arizona’s basketball lettermen (and 29 percent of all lettermen) have donated to the school. Almost…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Pastner 'out of retirement'

Ex-Cat Pastner 'out of retirement'

Josh Pastner “came out of retirement” Saturday and played in the Memphis Tigers’ version of “Midnight Madness.” Now 37, Pastner joked that he was a good three-point shooter in his Arizona days, from 1996 to 2000, but that his defense kept him out of the NBA. In 40 UA games, Pastner scored 42 points.

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Kerr uses ex-Cat Iguodala as sixth man

Kerr uses ex-Cat Iguodala as sixth man

One of Kerr’s first tough decisions as head coach of the Golden State Warriors has been to use ex-Wildcat Andre Iguodala in a sixth-man role. That’s a sensitive move for a man who started all 758 of the NBA games he has played. Iguodala told San Francisco reporters, “It’s just growing up, be…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Kerr's first commercial worth $5,000

Kerr's first commercial worth $5,000

Flashback: Kerr’s first income after his UA basketball days was $5,000 to film a TV commercial for the Lakeside Sports Club on East Golf Links Road.

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
I-Ridge to play in Game of the Year

I-Ridge to play in Game of the Year

Matt Johnson’s 2012 state football champion Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks were a physical, run-first force. His 2014 team, which is now 7-1 and plays at 7-1 Salpointe on Friday in what so far qualifies as Tucson’s Game of the Year, is similarly defense-based. His team has only completed 21 passe…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Former Wildcat Jerrett signs for $816,000

Former Wildcat Jerrett signs for $816,000

Former UA power forward Grant Jerrett signed a guaranteed $816,000 contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder this year. The Thunder have the option of retaining him in 2015-16 for $947,000. He underwent ankle surgery in the summer, and isn’t expected to be activated until December.

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Baseball-lifer Feder has World Series connections

Baseball-lifer Feder has World Series connections

Former Tucson Toros, Sidewinders and Padres general manager Mike Feder has such deep baseball roots that he connects to both World Series managers, Bruce Bochy of San Francisco and Ned Yost of Kansas City. Bochy was a .253-hitting catcher on the 1977 Class A Cocoa (Florida) Astros. Yost was …

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat, Woman of the Year Schluntz completes doctoral work

Ex-Cat, Woman of the Year Schluntz completes doctoral work

Justine Schluntz, a former UA NCAA champion swimmer and the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year, completed her doctoral work at England’s famed Oxford University last week. Schluntz, who attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, worked for the Tidal Energy Research Group at Oxford. Her doctoral work …

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
USA Track and Field HOF gets Tucsonan Reynolds

USA Track and Field HOF gets Tucsonan Reynolds

Tucsonan Dan Reynolds, a retired school administrator, will be inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame (officials’ division) on Dec. 3 in the USATF’s annual convention in Anaheim, California. Reynolds has been a track and field official/referee of note for more than 30 years. He w…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Chips of 1980s UA baseball still involved in sports

Chips of 1980s UA baseball still involved in sports

When new D-backs manager Chip Hale set the UA career record for games played, 255 consecutive starts from 1984-87, he was not always the first to answer to “Chip.” Arizona had three players named Chip during that time: Hale, pitcher Chip Dill and first baseman Chip Stratton. Dill is now an a…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
NCAA keeping UA’s Cashion on dry land

NCAA keeping UA’s Cashion on dry land

UA freshman swimmer Trey Cashion, a two-time state champion at Walden Grove High School, did not swim in the UA’s opener against Wisconsin. He was snared in the NCAA red-tape machine. Because Walden Grove is a relatively new high school, the NCAA’s vast compliance office had not fully vetted…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Catalina Foothills' Lujan accepts scholarship from UA

Catalina Foothills' Lujan accepts scholarship from UA

Before Catalina Foothills swimmer Matt Lujan accepted a swimming scholarship from Arizona a week ago, he took recruiting visits to Ohio State and Wisconsin (as Cashion did a year earlier). Why the Buckeyes and Badgers? OSU assistant coach Dave Rollins is a former UA All-American and Wisconsi…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Grigsby quits Winnipeg

Ex-Cat Grigsby quits Winnipeg

Tailback Nic Grigsby, who gained 2,957 yards at UA from 2007-10, quit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week, even though he led the team with 744 rushing yards. Bombers coach Mike O’Shea told reporters that Grigsby had been informed his role would be changed/reduced, and Grigsby chose to leave…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Pierce experiences working, coaching success

Ex-Cat Pierce experiences working, coaching success

Antonio Pierce was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 linebacker at UA in 2000 who went on to become a Pro Bowl linebacker for the New York Giants and is now an analyst for ESPN. He flies to Connecticut each Wednesday to film his ESPN work. The rest of the week he is the head coach at powerhous…

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
Hale just one success story among Kindall’s protégés

Hale just one success story among Kindall’s protégés

Four days after Chip Hale was hired as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he drove home to Tucson and sat for an interview inside McKale Center.

October 18, 2014 10:00 pm
My two cents: ASU coach classless during Skowron kick

My two cents: ASU coach classless during Skowron kick

Moments before Arizona kicker Casey Skowron missed a 36-yard field goal that would’ve beaten USC 29-28 last week, new Arizona State baseball coach Tracy Smith tweeted “Miss it.”

October 18, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
Hansen: Wildcats a chip shot from staying relevant

Hansen: Wildcats a chip shot from staying relevant

Another Great Escape goes wide right, denying UA continued national prosperity.  

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Ex-UA star Ochoa eyes return to LPGA Tour

Ex-UA star Ochoa eyes return to LPGA Tour

Lorena Ochoa, the most dominant golfer in UA history, hinted last week that she may return to the LPGA Tour. Now 32, having “retired” to have a family four years ago, Ochoa said she plans to play in the Pro-Am at her Nov. 13-16 LGPA event, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. She was ranked No. 1 …

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Ex-Lancer Brown debuts on Golf Channel

Ex-Lancer Brown debuts on Golf Channel

Salpointe Catholic grad Sara Brown made her debut as Golf Channel’s co-host of the “School of Golf” last week. She has been hired through December and also was the host of last week’s “Playing Lessons with the Pros.” Although Brown, 28, remains eligible for the 2015 Symetra Tour (the LPGA’s …

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Tucsonan Prouty advances to 2nd stage of Q-School

Tucsonan Prouty advances to 2nd stage of Q-School

Tucsonan Brian Prouty finished tied for third Friday among 74 golfers in the Web.com Tour Qualifying School in Phoenix. Prouty shot rounds of 67-75-68-67 (or 11-under par) to advance to the second stage of Q-School next month. Five-time Tucson City Amateur champion David McDaniel also advanc…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Del Conte returns for Lute's 80th

Del Conte returns for Lute's 80th

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte, who was the No. 2 man in Arizona’s athletic department under Jim Livengood, returned to Tucson for Lute Olson’s 80th birthday celebration last month. It wasn’t just a fun weekend; Del Conte hired Gretchen Bouton off of Arizona’s staff; she had been the …

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Injuries give ex-Cat Gordon early chance to impress

Injuries give ex-Cat Gordon early chance to impress

Former UA Wildcat Aaron Gordon has started both of the Orlando Magic’s preseason games, averaging 25.3 minutes and six points. Gordon is getting more minutes because Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye have been held out with injuries.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Ex-Cat Johnson averaging 16.5 minutes in 2 games

Ex-Cat Johnson averaging 16.5 minutes in 2 games

Former Cat Nick Johnson, taking advantage of Jason Terry’s hamstring injury, averaged 16.5 minutes in the Rockets’ first two preseason games. Johnson shot 0 for 7 from the field Friday.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
UA coach Lopez, ex-Cat Mejia reunite at wedding

UA coach Lopez, ex-Cat Mejia reunite at wedding

Exactly a year after he underwent heart surgery, UA baseball coach Andy Lopez had a much more enjoyable weekend. He flew to Los Angeles to be part of the wedding of the Pac-12’s 2012 Player of the Year, Alex Mejia, who was married Saturday in Woodland Hills. Mejia spent most of the 2014 seas…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Former Wildcat Scott becomes Eskimo

Former Wildcat Scott becomes Eskimo

Arizona’s 2012 starting quarterback Matt Scott was signed by the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos last week. He is competing for a backup spot with Pat White, who was Rich Rodriguez’s franchise QB at West Virginia.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Ex-Cat Lalang helps high school runners

Ex-Cat Lalang helps high school runners

Arizona’s eight-time NCAA champion distance runner Lawi Lalang is one of the most personable and friendly star athletes I’ve ever met. Two weeks ago, a high school cross country runner in Alexendria, Minnesota, sent Lalang a twitter message that asked, essentially, “could you visit our schoo…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Ex-Cat Long gone from Yanks after sluggish season

Ex-Cat Long gone from Yanks after sluggish season

The New York Yankees predictably fired hitting coach Kevin Long last week, making the 1989 Arizona All-Pac-10 South outfielder the scapegoat for a lousy season. Long isn’t likely to be unemployed in 2015. He became the Yankees’ hitting coach at 39, and made a mark in the game before the Yank…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Ex-Cat Hale a finalist for D-backs manager

Ex-Cat Hale a finalist for D-backs manager

Long played on UA baseball teams with Chip Hale, who is one of four finalists to become the Diamondbacks’ next manager, and is also on the radar in the Minnesota Twins managerial search. Hale, who managed the Tucson Sidewinders to the 2006 Pacific Coast League championship, the best season i…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Former UA baseball star Duncan to stage Grand Slam

Former UA baseball star Duncan to stage Grand Slam

Ex-Yankees outfielder Shelley Duncan, the UA’s career home run leader, will stage the inaugural Grand Slam Golf Tournament to fund the Tucson Youth Baseball Experience on Nov. 2 at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. For three years, Duncan has held a one-day clinic at Kino Sports Complex, witho…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Small miracle eases Immaculate Heart’s immense travel issues

Small miracle eases Immaculate Heart’s immense travel issues

Immaculate Heart High School is a small school, with about 100 students in Oro Valley. It plays in the state’s smallest sports classification, Division IV or Division V, and has 11 boys and girls varsity sports.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Sabino grad Hardy signs $40 million deal

Sabino grad Hardy signs $40 million deal

Hardy’s new three-year, $40 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles will boost his career earnings to $70.4 million through age 35. It should also give the two-time All-Star shortstop a chance to hit 200 career home runs. He now has 167.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Former Santa Rita star Stoglin's globetrotting continues

Former Santa Rita star Stoglin's globetrotting continues

Santa Rita High School grad Terrell Stoglin continues his basketball world tour. He left Tucson last week to begin his third pro season, signing with Sagesse of the Lebanon Basketball League. Since leaving the Maryland Terrapins, Stoglin has played in Greece, France, Poland, Italy and Ukraine.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
UA outfielder Pelayo chooses academics over softball

UA outfielder Pelayo chooses academics over softball

Senior outfielder Cynthia Pelayo, who helped Pima College finish third in the 2013 NJCAA softball championships, has left the Arizona softball team to concentrate on her academic work. She hit .478 in 21 games for Arizona (six starts) last season.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Sophomore Floyd likely UA's top pitcher

Sophomore Floyd likely UA's top pitcher

In the UA’s two-game fall softball series last weekend, another PCC grad, Alexis Dotson, started in center field, and freshman pitcher/designated player Trish Parks had six RBIs in two games. Possibly the most encouraging numbers were those of sophomore pitcher Michelle Floyd, who did not al…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Arizona soccer could make polls with win

Arizona soccer could make polls with win

If Arizona soccer coach Tony Amato can coach the 9-2-1 Wildcats to a victory at Washington, No. 18 in the RPI, today, it’s likely Arizona would jump into the national polls for the first time since 2005. But the upcoming schedule is nasty. The Wildcats will play at No. 1 UCLA on Friday, foll…

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
McKee-Rodriguez connection best story going in S. Arizona

McKee-Rodriguez connection best story going in S. Arizona

Nine years ago last month, Desert View and Pueblo met in a game of soon-to-be 2-8 high school football teams, a game that scarcely got notice outside of friends and family.

October 11, 2014 7:15 pm
Hansen: Arizona isn't sleeping on the Trojans

Hansen: Arizona isn't sleeping on the Trojans

After beating Oregon, the Wildcats didn't sleep in.

October 10, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Miller embraces expectations as Cats hold first practice

Miller embraces expectations as Cats hold first practice

I listened to Sean Miller’s media day press conference, and what most impressed me is how Miller deals with being everybody’s favorite. “We embrace these expectations,” he said. “To run from them is foolish.” The Wildcats hold their first practice today. Bring it on.

October 04, 2014 10:00 pm
Up next for CDO golfer Meyers: Winged Foot

Up next for CDO golfer Meyers: Winged Foot

After his walk-off double-eagle at Pebble Beach’s famed 18th hole, Canyon del Oro senior Chris Meyers found himself on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” NBC/Golf Channel, in Golfweek magazine and featured in a string of other golf publications, podcasts and keep-your-eye-on-this-kid lists.

October 04, 2014 10:00 pm
RichRod, undefeated Wildcats make celebration secondary

RichRod, undefeated Wildcats make celebration secondary

Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez’s day-to-day platform is “Hard Edge.” It’s not a gimmick dreamed up by some guy in the PR department.

October 04, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucson distance running star Curley wins Mount Taylor 50K

Tucson distance running star Curley wins Mount Taylor 50K

Tucson distance running star Craig Curley won the Mount Taylor 50K ultramarathon last week in the mountains near Albuquerque. The Pima College All-American covered the distance, about 32 miles, in four hours, 19 minutes.

October 04, 2014 10:00 pm
UA volleyball off to best start since 2000

UA volleyball off to best start since 2000

UA volleyball coach Dave Rubio enters today’s game at Colorado at 14-1, the school’s best start since 2000. “We’re living life on the edge,” Rubio said after winning at Utah on Friday. But, hey, that’s life in Pac-12 volleyball, the nation’s top league for the sport.

October 04, 2014 10:00 pm

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