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Hansen: D'backs snuffing life out of former fans

Hansen: D'backs snuffing life out of former fans

Another bad D'backs season makes it a difficult team to follow.

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Hansen: Tucson's streetcar leads not to baseball but soccer

Hansen: Tucson's streetcar leads not to baseball but soccer

Tucson has a streetcar and a soccer team; its baseball team thrives in El Paso

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Ex-Cats/fishing pals Bruschi, Cecil back at work

Ex-Cats/fishing pals Bruschi, Cecil back at work

Two of Arizona’s College Football Hall of Fame stars, Tedy Bruschi and Chuck Cecil, return to work this week. Bruschi will again be an NFL analyst for ESPN; Cecil is the secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams. Even though Cecil left Arizona after 1987 and Bruschi didn’t begin his UA career u…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Reed making room for Clowney

Ex-Cat Reed making room for Clowney

Sabino High grad Brooks Reed, a 2010 all-Pac-12 pass rusher at Arizona, has a new position this year. Reed will play inside linebacker for the Houston Texans, making room on the outside for coveted rookie Jadeveon Clowney. This is a time of great opportunity for Reed; his contract expires th…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Incoming UA freshman Denson goes with defense

Incoming UA freshman Denson goes with defense

Every incoming Arizona football player who was a two-way high school star, as was Salpointe Catholic’s Cam Denson, would be wise to study the backgrounds of ex-Wildcat NFL Pro Bowlers Darryll Lewis and Lance Briggs. Lewis arrived at Arizona as a tailback-cornerback from La Puente, California…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-cats Grigsby, Dahlquist team up in Winnipeg

Ex-cats Grigsby, Dahlquist team up in Winnipeg

You’d never expect to find more unlikely associates in pro football than ex-UA tailback Nic Grigsby and ex-UA quarterback Gene Dahlquist. But they have become bonded as members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, of all things. Grigsby, the Blue Bombers’ top running back (287 yards so far in the C…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Salpointe grad Ellerson returns to Tucson

Salpointe grad Ellerson returns to Tucson

Salpointe Catholic grad Rich Ellerson told me last week he will not coach this season. It will be Ellerson’s first year without coaching since 1977, when he was a graduate assistant for Dick Tomey at Hawaii. Ellerson has returned to Tucson after being the head coach at Army for five seasons.…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucson's streetcar leads not to baseball but soccer

Tucson's streetcar leads not to baseball but soccer

This is the 20th anniversary of the decision not to build a downtown sports complex in Tucson, specifically a baseball stadium for spring training and a Pacific Coast League franchise.

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
UA football, Rodriguez enter season with 'Island of the Misfit Toys'

UA football, Rodriguez enter season with 'Island of the Misfit Toys'

Arizona enters the football season without any of its quarterbacks having thrown a pass of any type in college football. Rich Rodriguez last week on ESPN termed his collection of three transfer QBs — Jerrard Randall of LSU; Connor Brewer of Texas; and Jesse Scroggins of USC — as “Island of t…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
UA football, ASU football complete opposites

UA football, ASU football complete opposites

It was entertaining watching RichRod and ASU coach Todd Graham sit side-by-side on an ESPN coaches’ panel show last week. They are not exactly chummy. ASU and Arizona’s football training camps couldn’t be more different.

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
My two cents: Arizona has competition for west's best players

My two cents: Arizona has competition for west's best players

One of the most intriguing items of college basketball’s July recruiting evaluations, which end today, is whether new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin can cut into Arizona’s pipeline to the motherlode of players at the Oakland Soldiers AAU program.

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Sahuaro standout Kittrell transfers to Arizona

Ex-Sahuaro standout Kittrell transfers to Arizona

Former Sahuaro High football standout Niko Kittrell has left San Jose State and transferred to Arizona. In two seasons at SJSU, the defensive tackle played in four games, making three tackles.

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Former UA hoops star Johnson accepts deal, NBA media outlets say

Former UA hoops star Johnson accepts deal, NBA media outlets say

The Houston Rockets have not announced a contract agreement with Nick Johnson, but various NBA media outlets say Johnson has accepted a three-year, guaranteed deal worth about $2.3 million. Johnson made his case while playing well in 14 summer league games in 15 days. He then flew to Hong Ko…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Former Tucson, Cienega coach Reed hired by Long Beach State

Former Tucson, Cienega coach Reed hired by Long Beach State

The path to a college basketball coaching job is rarely predictable. Paul Reed, who made a mark coaching the Tucson and Cienega high school girls teams the last decade, was hired by Long Beach State last week. Reed graduated from Langston (Oklahoma) University and got a master’s degree from …

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
‘Lost it all’: V. Johnson battling alcohol woes

‘Lost it all’: V. Johnson battling alcohol woes

Cholla High grad Vance Johnson, an All-Pac-10 running back at Arizona in 1982 who played in three Super Bowls as a Denver Broncos receiver, announced on his Facebook page last week that he is in a Florida treatment center attempting to overcome an addiction to alcohol. On Saturday, Johnson f…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
UA softball coach Candrea works to get dominant pitcher

UA softball coach Candrea works to get dominant pitcher

Ever-resourceful UA softball coach Mike Candrea, who had everything but a dominant pitcher in 2014, is working to change that. San Diego State junior-to-be Danielle O’Toole, who was 31-10 with a 1.91 ERA last season, hopes to transfer to Arizona and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Former UA tennis star Steinberg becomes Kansas State coach

Former UA tennis star Steinberg becomes Kansas State coach

Danielle Steinberg, who was Arizona’s No. 1 singles tennis player and the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete for tennis in 2009, was named the tennis coach last week at Kansas State. Steinberg, only 27, had been the head coach at McNeese State, where this season she was the Southland Conference’s Coach …

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Rory McIlroy unbeatable?

Rory McIlroy unbeatable?

How unbeatable is Rory McIlroy? In his five appearances at Dove Mountain’s Match Play championships, he lost to Oliver Wilson, Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan, Shane Lowry and Harris English. Golf isn’t like international swimming, where the favorite almost always wins. If you win twice a year on th…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Catalina Foothills grad Muscarello agrees to sign with Cardinals

Catalina Foothills grad Muscarello agrees to sign with Cardinals

Catalina Foothills grad Christian Muscarello, an all-conference shortstop at Trinity (Texas) University and the SCAC’s Freshman of the Year in 2011, has agreed to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Muscarello hit .319 in 43 starts for Trinity last season. He played for the KFC team in Tucson…

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Salpointe coach Bene back at it

Salpointe coach Bene back at it

Salpointe Catholic football coach Dennis Bene is back at it, entering his 13th season at Salpointe after winning the 2013 state championship. His team starts practice Monday. “We’re really going to be good,” he told me. No surprise there. The Lancers are 64-9 dating to 2008. The high school …

July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: Commissioner’s dramatic flair at home in Hollywood

Hansen: Commissioner’s dramatic flair at home in Hollywood

In the Larry  Scott era, Pac-12 football has traveled in the fast lane.

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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.

July 23, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
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

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