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Sunnyside brings Team McConnell to Tucson

Sunnyside brings Team McConnell to Tucson

In June, when almost no one was watching, Sunnyside High School’s boys basketball team almost lived on Interstate 10.

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Byrne, staff worked hard to get 50K for UA opener

Byrne, staff worked hard to get 50K for UA opener

Greg Byrne worked the early shift last week, hitting the “Good Morning” TV shows, not succumbing to the notion that an Arizona-UNLV game encumbered by high school football and a getaway holiday weekend would leave 10,000 empty seats.

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat swimming star Chandler Grevers also a writer

Ex-Cat swimming star Chandler Grevers also a writer

Annie Chandler Grevers is one of the great swimmers in UA history, helping the Wildcats win the 2008 NCAA championship and winning the 2010 national title in the 100-yard breast stroke. She earned her UA degree in journalism, of all things, and served as managing editor of the Tombstone Epit…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Rincon/University grad Thompson completes 4th year on Tour

Rincon/University grad Thompson completes 4th year on Tour

Michael Thompson’s fourth year on the PGA Tour is complete. He will not qualify to play in any more events, but by finishing 102nd on the money list ($932,300) he will have full playing privileges for the 2014-15 season, which begins in October. The Rincon/University grad finished No. 13 in …

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
There is such a thing as free brunch for Cats

There is such a thing as free brunch for Cats

The University of Arizona is spending in excess of $600,000 this year to provide additional meals, including a free morning brunch to all of its athletes, including walk-ons, at the Bear Down Kitchen inside the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. You can imagine how popular it is. Senior golfe…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Jets release former Sunnyside RB Smith

Jets release former Sunnyside RB Smith

The New York Jets last week released ex-Sunnyside tailback Michael Smith, a Utah State grad who spent the last two years with Tampa Bay.

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Criner's NFL career over

Ex-Cat Criner's NFL career over

I’m as mystified as anyone that Juron Criner’s NFL career is apparently at an end, stopped after two seasons and just 19 catches for the Oakland Raiders. Criner was a game-breaker, catching 209 passes for 2,859 yards and an Arizona-record 32 touchdowns. One thing about receivers, though, the…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-UA golf standout Lashley finished 2nd in Utah Open

Ex-UA golf standout Lashley finished 2nd in Utah Open

Nathan Lashley, a UA golf standout who completed his eligibility in 2004, had a good finish to his summer pro season. He finished third in the Colorado Open, earning $7,100 and second in last week’s Utah Open, earning $12,000. Now 31, Lashley’s parents and girlfriend were tragically killed i…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
UA commits Orozco, Santa Cruz pitch at Yankees' scout team scrimmage

UA commits Orozco, Santa Cruz pitch at Yankees' scout team scrimmage

UA baseball coach Andy Lopez attended the New York Yankees’ scout team scrimmage last week at Pima College. He had to like what he saw. The Yankees hired ex-Sahuarita High baseball coach Bryan Huie as a regional scout; he arranged to have the two top pitching prospects in Southern Arizona at…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
RhettRod, Foothills win big Friday night

RhettRod, Foothills win big Friday night

UA football coach Rich Rodriguez and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik were unable to watch the 2014 debut of their sons, quarterback Rhett Rodriguez and tight end/lineman Max Michalczik, both sophomore starters at Catalina Foothills on Friday night. They are two of nine sophomores who pla…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Flowing Wells, Pima standout Maracigan joins PCC coaching staff

Ex-Flowing Wells, Pima standout Maracigan joins PCC coaching staff

Abyee Maracigan, one of the top women’s basketball players in Tucson prep history at Flowing Wells, and later an All-American at Pima College, has joined Todd Holthaus’ PCC coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. She is a winner (and also a first grade teacher in the Flowing Wells district) a…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Santa Rita grad Sanders named Pioneer League Manager of the Year

Santa Rita grad Sanders named Pioneer League Manager of the Year

In his second season as a manager of the Grand Junction Rockies, the Colorado Rockies’ rookie league affiliate, ex-Santa Rita baseball/football standout Anthony Sanders was named Pioneer League Manager of the Year on Saturday. The ex-Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, who signed a football schola…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
My two cents: Practice makes Cats fast, exciting

My two cents: Practice makes Cats fast, exciting

Arizona snapped 94 plays Friday night in setting a school record for yards (787) — and not once did a team operated by a freshman quarterback look lost or out of sync. It never looked winded, even though the game had 166 plays in a stadium that was 93 degrees at kickoff.

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-UA assistant Ray back in the game

Ex-UA assistant Ray back in the game

Good news for former 21-year UA softball assistant coach Larry Ray: He is back in coaching full time. Ray left Mike Candrea’s staff after a publicized domestic issue in 2012, spent 2013 as a volunteer coach at Nicholls State and has now been hired as the top assistant coach at Southern Utah …

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Sahuaro grad Verdugo headed to Dodgers' Fall Instructional League

Sahuaro grad Verdugo headed to Dodgers' Fall Instructional League

When Baseball America names its All-Arizona Rookie League team this week, Sahuaro High grad Alex Verdugo will be on it. He completed his first pro season No. 2 in league batting average .349; third in RBI, 33; first in doubles, 14; and second in on-base percentage, .923. He’ll now go to the …

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
12-time UA All-American swimmer Carvin still swimming

12-time UA All-American swimmer Carvin still swimming

From the Where Are They Now file: Chad Carvin, the Pac-10’s 1997 men’s Swimmer of the Year, and a 12-time Arizona All-American and 2000 Sidney Olympics silver medalist, is still a competitive open water swimmer in Los Angeles. He is in his ninth year as part of the Los Angeles County lifegua…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Grand Canyon lands Desert Christian baseball star Malis

Grand Canyon lands Desert Christian baseball star Malis

Desert Christian baseball standout Zach Malis led the Eagles to the state championship in May, a 29-2 season in which Malis hit .636 with an 11-1 pitching record. In his three varsity seasons, Malis has 158 RBIs and 67 extra-base hits, which has attracted college scouts even though Desert Ch…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-UA defensive star Liggins recovering from kidney transplant

Ex-UA defensive star Liggins recovering from kidney transplant

I wrote last week that Dave Liggins was the No. 7 all-time transfer in UA football history. After transferring from Cincinnati, Liggins left school in 1980 with 13 interceptions, then second in school history. He is recovering in his Ohio hometown from a kidney transplant. Liggins was defens…

August 30, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: There's no need to be skimpy on praise for Cats

Hansen: There's no need to be skimpy on praise for Cats

Starting QB, running back key biggest outburst in program history. 

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Hansen: In Age of Cool, Pac-12 makes mark

Hansen: In Age of Cool, Pac-12 makes mark

Football-wise, the conference has never been presented as more in vogue.

August 27, 2014 7:45 pmLoading…
Special ops doc Wang may be UA's real MVP

Special ops doc Wang may be UA's real MVP

Dr. Jon Wang, an-ex Green Beret, enters 38th season as team surgeon.

August 25, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Hansen: Arizona has been Transfer U in Pac-12

Hansen: Arizona has been Transfer U in Pac-12

Arizona has been Transfer U since joining the Pac-10 in 1978

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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QB development one of 3 keys to UA season

QB development one of 3 keys to UA season

Rich Rodriguez’s third Arizona football season swings on three factors:

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Lee Carey dies at 85

In today’s sports market, Lee Carey would’ve left Tucson High School with a $2 million signing bonus from the Cleveland Indians instead of the $19,000 he received in 1947.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Hansen: Johnson No. 1 among incoming UA athletes

Hansen: Johnson No. 1 among incoming UA athletes

Ranking the UA's top 10 incoming athletes of 2014-15, from swimmers to soccer players.

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College record hasn't slowed Foles

College record hasn't slowed Foles

Does anyone else get the irony of ex-Arizona quarterback Nick Foles starting at QB for the Philadelphia Eagles over two ex-USC All-Americans, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley? Foles was 4-8 his senior year at Arizona, which, in retrospect, is almost unfathomable. … Amphitheater will properly ho…

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Ex-Cat Lowe makes softball all-star team

Ex-Cat Lowe makes softball all-star team

Six years after she helped Team USA to an Olympic silver medal in China, ex-UA outfielder Caitlin Lowe was selected to the National Pro Fastpitch 2014 all-star team last week. Playing for Florida-based USSSA Pride, Lowe hit .364, which was No. 5 in NPF. Lowe, an assistant softball coach at …

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Nicholson adds baseball to list of accomplishments

Nicholson adds baseball to list of accomplishments

Given the recent Little League World Series success of Philadelphia pitcher Mo’ne Davis, it’s cool for girls to play baseball. That applies in Tucson, too. Stephanie Nicholson helped Flowing Wells win two state softball championships, set the single-season home run record at Oklahoma State a…

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Johnson No. 1 among incoming UA athletes

Johnson No. 1 among incoming UA athletes

One man’s look at the 10 leading newcomers in UA sports, 2014-15:

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Lalang becomes part of Nike running stable

Ex-Cat Lalang becomes part of Nike running stable

Eight-time NCAA distance-running champ Lawi Lalang hit the motherlode for pro runners last week when he accepted an endorsement offer as part of the Nike running stable. Flowing Wells grad Tara Erdmann is part of the Nike Project for distance runners; she was the fifth-best American female f…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
UA swimmer Cordes disqualified in Pan-Pacific championship

UA swimmer Cordes disqualified in Pan-Pacific championship

Favored to win the Pan-Pacific swimming championship in the 100 breast stroke last week in Brisbaine, Australia, UA senior and six-time NCAA champion Kevin Cordes was disqualified when his goggles snapped in mid-race and came off. Better than in the Olympic Trials or NCAA finals, I suppose.

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Former Wildcat Lowe an NPF all-star

Former Wildcat Lowe an NPF all-star

Six years after she helped Team USA to an Olympic silver medal in China, ex-UA outfielder Caitlin Lowe was selected to the National Pro Fastpitch 2014 all-star team last week. Playing for Florida-based USSSA Pride, Lowe hit .364, which was No. 5 in NPF. Lowe, an assistant softball coach at U…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucson High grad Lee Carey dies at 85

Tucson High grad Lee Carey dies at 85

In today’s sports market, Lee Carey would’ve left Tucson High School with a $2 million signing bonus from the Cleveland Indians instead of the $19,000 he received in 1947.

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucson gymnastics coach Tomita to help select USA team

Tucson gymnastics coach Tomita to help select USA team

Yoichi Tomita, a former Olympic gymnastics coach who operates Tucson Gymnastics Worlds training facilities, is in Pittsburgh this weekend as part of the selection committee for USA Gymnastics. Tomita will help select the USA team to the world championships in China later this year. Tomita’s …

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Nicholson adds baseball to list of accomplishments

Nicholson adds baseball to list of accomplishments

Given the recent Little League World Series success of Philadelphia pitcher Mo’ne Davis, it’s cool for girls to play baseball. That applies in Tucson, too. Stephanie Nicholson helped Flowing Wells win two state softball championships, set the single-season home run record at Oklahoma State a…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Santa Rita grad Stoglin to play for sixth team in three years

Santa Rita grad Stoglin to play for sixth team in three years

Santa Rita grad Terrell Stoglin will play for his sixth Euroleague team in three years in 2014-15. Italy’s Cimberio Varese declined to renew his option for the coming season.

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
My two cents: QB development one of 3 keys to UA season

My two cents: QB development one of 3 keys to UA season

Rich Rodriguez’s third Arizona football season swings on three factors:

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
College record hasn't slowed ex-Cat Foles

College record hasn't slowed ex-Cat Foles

Does anyone else get the irony of ex-Arizona quarterback Nick Foles starting at QB for the Philadelphia Eagles over two ex-USC All-Americans, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley? Foles was 2-10 his senior year at Arizona, which, in retrospect, is almost unfathomable.

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Amphi to honor Hall of Fame coach Friedli

Amphi to honor Hall of Fame coach Friedli

Amphitheater will properly honor Hall of Fame coach Vern Friedli at Friday’s opener against Pueblo. It will be Amphi Alumni Football Night at Friedli Field. All coaches from Friedli’s 1979 state championship team plan to attend, as do dozens of ex-Panthers including former Colorado and NFL l…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Perry signs with Italian team

Ex-Cat Perry signs with Italian team

Former UA forward Jesse Perry is on the move again. After playing in the Euroleague in Finland, Lithuania and Lebanon last year, Perry has signed to play for Aget Service in Italy this season. Small world: His agent is Toby Bailey, who helped UCLA win the 1995 Final Four.

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Sean Miller's announcement consistent with UA tradition

Sean Miller's announcement consistent with UA tradition

Sean Miller’s announcement that Arizona will play a home-and-home basketball series against UConn in 2017 and 2018 continues to set the pace in Pac-12 non-conference scheduling. And it should. Arizona is a school that in 1998 played Kentucky, Duke and Kansas in the regular season, and in 200…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
CDO grad Martinez likely to start for Stanford

CDO grad Martinez likely to start for Stanford

Former Canyon del Oro, Santa Rita and Mountain View linebacker Blake Martinez is likely to start at inside linebacker for Stanford against UC Davis on Saturday. But he faces significant day-to-day competition to keep that job from three players: Noor Davis, Joe Hemschoot and Kevin Palma. The…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
UA sophomore standout Larsson stays in Switzerland

UA sophomore standout Larsson stays in Switzerland

Arizona’s chances to successfully defend its 2013 Pac-12 women’s cross country championship (the UA finished No. 2 in the NCAA) took a hit this summer when sophomore standout Maria Larsson chose to remain in her Switzerland home and train there.

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Sun Devil Carson headed to Australia

Ex-Sun Devil Carson headed to Australia

The curious career of ex-ASU point guard Jahii Carson gets stranger and stranger. After failing to get drafted in June, Carson last week signed to play for the Wollongong Hawks in Australia’s National Basketball League, which is far from the beaten path of overseas pro hoops. It’s the same t…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Sun Devils to wear copper football helmets

Sun Devils to wear copper football helmets

Arizona State AD Ray Patterson has announced the Sun Devils will debut their 10th football helmet design this season, copper, which triggered some unrest among UA fans. The Wildcats have been wearing copper helmets for two seasons. But in truth, ASU was the first of the schools to wear coppe…

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm
Greg Hansen's guide to the 2014 season

Greg Hansen's guide to the 2014 season

Everything you wanted to know about Pac-12 football in 2014 — and a bit more. 

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Hansen: Ice Bucket Challenge gives ex-Cat warm feeling

Hansen: Ice Bucket Challenge gives ex-Cat warm feeling

Warner Smith was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in May.

August 21, 2014 7:00 pm Video Photos

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Hansen: In Tucson, 1994 was a year for the ages

Hansen: In Tucson, 1994 was a year for the ages

Twenty years ago today, Sports Illustrated's Desert Swarm cover rolled off the presses.

August 20, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Being RichRod: Coach reveals versatile side

Being RichRod: Coach reveals versatile side

Hansen: UA coach Rich Rodriguez answers 20 questions about his private life.

August 18, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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