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Hansen: Big House not always best house in football

Hansen: Big House not always best house in football

Bigger isn't necessarily better in Pac-12 football, as the Utes will learn.

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Hansen: Once again, Miller gets his man

Hansen: Once again, Miller gets his man

He hasn't become royalty yet, but UA coach among school's best recruiters.

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Hansen: Cats' true climb begins next week

Hansen: Cats' true climb begins next week

Win over Nevada puts Arizona at 3-0 in nonconference games; Cal's next.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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My two cents: Junior soccer policy overdue

My two cents: Junior soccer policy overdue

The vast Pima County Junior Soccer League, which has about 5,500 young players and more than 10,000 parents and family members, instituted a Respect the Game policy this year in which parental (and player) behavior is monitored.

September 13, 2014 6:54 pm
UA's DeMont on a recruiting roll

UA's DeMont on a recruiting roll

UA swimming coach Rick DeMont is in the process of compiling the type of recruiting class that made Arizona one of the NCAA’s top four or five women’s swimming programs for 20 years. Already this month, he has commitments from Top 20-type swimmers Mackenzie Rumrill of Salem, Oregon; Katrina …

September 13, 2014 6:52 pm
Former UA CWS MVP Refsnyder makes AAA All-Stars

Former UA CWS MVP Refsnyder makes AAA All-Stars

Baseball America last week selected 2012 Arizona College World Series MVP Robert Refsnyder to its Class AAA All-Star team, which encompasses all Pacific Coast League and all International League players from 30 teams. Refsnyder hit .300 for the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees as a second baseman.

September 13, 2014 6:50 pm
Sabino grad Reed's best NFL game in career

Sabino grad Reed's best NFL game in career

Sabino grad Brooks Reed, an All-Pac-12 defensive end at Arizona in 2010, had his best game as an NFL linebacker last week against Washington. Reed was awarded a game ball by Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien, who told reporters “Brooks played one of the better games I’ve seen an outside line…

September 13, 2014 6:48 pm
Tucsonan Waits has Mariners pitching staff leading majors

Tucsonan Waits has Mariners pitching staff leading majors

Longtime Tucsonan Rick Waits is surely enjoying the top season of any pitching coach in the majors. Waits’ Seattle Mariners lead all of baseball in ERA (3.00), fewest runs allowed (473) and opponent’s batting average (.228). Waits spent the previous 11 seasons as a minor-league pitching inst…

September 13, 2014 6:45 pm
Ex-UA commits making progress in the big leagues

Ex-UA commits making progress in the big leagues

UA baseball coach Andy Lopez signed three players in the summer of 2009 who ultimately bypassed college and made it to the big leagues. The latest is Detroit lefty Kyle Lobstein, who has been outstanding in his first month in MLB. He is from Flagstaff. Lopez’s ’09 class also included outfiel…

September 13, 2014 6:46 pm
OB Sports' takeover successful early on

OB Sports' takeover successful early on

OB Sports, a national golf management firm that has taken control of day-to-day duties at Tucson’s five municipal courses — Dell Urich, Randolph, Silverbell, El Rio and Fred Enke — has been an early success for one reason: The courses have been in better condition in brutal summer conditions…

September 13, 2014 6:43 pm
Sean Miller, wife, to hold 'Chalk Talk'

Sean Miller, wife, to hold 'Chalk Talk'

Sean Miller and his wife, Amy, are staging a “Chalk Talk” at Richard Jefferson Gymnasium on Sept. 26, with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Tables cost from $3,000 to $10,000. Individual tickets are $300. It is the see-and-be-seen basketball event of the season.

September 13, 2014 6:39 pm
UA likely to add preseason basketball event

UA likely to add preseason basketball event

It seems inevitable that Arizona will soon add another preseason event to its basketball calendar, keeping pace with those like John Calipari at Kentucky. Calipari has invited representatives of all 30 NBA teams to an “NBA combine” at Rupp Arena on Oct. 11-12. It will be a recruiting weekend…

September 13, 2014 6:41 pm
UA women's golf opens with Annika Intercollegiate

UA women's golf opens with Annika Intercollegiate

Arizona’s No. 4 women’s golf team opens the season Sept. 28 in, of all things, the Annika Intercollegiate, in Orlando, Fla. The 12-team, invitation-only field is named after two-time UA All-American Annika Sorenstam and is considered the top event of the fall golf season. Five Pac-12 teams w…

September 13, 2014 6:34 pm
UA looking for new Voice of McKale

UA looking for new Voice of McKale

The UA athletic department will hold open auditions to be the Voice of McKale Center for 2014-15, meaning that Jonathan Norris, who has been the school’s basketball public address announcer for 18 seasons, will not necessarily return for Year 19. Norris had an extremely tough job to follow i…

September 13, 2014 6:37 pm
Amato infuses new life into UA soccer team

Amato infuses new life into UA soccer team

Arizona soccer coach Tony Amato, in his second season, has started the year 4-1-1. That’s rarefied air for a UA women’s soccer program that was on a 9-52-6 conference skid since 2006 before Amato was hired. The Wildcats are likely to sweep Lipscomb and Idaho and open Pac-12 play at 6-1-1. Th…

September 13, 2014 6:28 pm
Sabino grad Hunley off to good start at PCC

Sabino grad Hunley off to good start at PCC

In Pima College’s strong 4-2 start to the women’s soccer season, Sabino High grad Devyn Hunley scored three goals after a redshirt year at Arizona. She is the daughter of LaMonte Hunley, a first-team All –Pac-12 linebacker at Arizona in 1984.

September 13, 2014 6:30 pm
Ex-Cat Shakur signs with Euroleague team

Ex-Cat Shakur signs with Euroleague team

Former UA point guard Mustafa Shakur, who is 30 now, last week signed to play for Neptunas Klaipeda of Lithuania, a Euroleague team. Since leaving Arizona in 2007, Shakur’s pro basketball career has been a wild ride. He has played in Poland, Spain, Greece, France, Italy and Lebanon, and for …

September 13, 2014 6:32 pm
Lute Olson celebration planned

Lute Olson celebration planned

Before the much-anticipated start of Arizona’s 2014-15 basketball season, Lute Olson’s family has planned a notable celebration for Arizona’s Hall of Fame basketball coach.

September 13, 2014 6:27 pm
Pueblo turns to ex-Arizona standouts for coaching help

Pueblo turns to ex-Arizona standouts for coaching help

In the past six months, Pueblo High School assistant principal Frank Rosthenhausler has changed the local template for hiring head coaches.

September 13, 2014 6:25 pm
Hansen: The Pistol, Stoops look-alike in town

Hansen: The Pistol, Stoops look-alike in town

"Mr. Football" on offensive schemes, PA voices, homegrown linebackers and more. 

September 12, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Hansen: Burpo's Field of Dreams settled in Tucson

Hansen: Burpo's Field of Dreams settled in Tucson

The former Cincinnati Reds pitcher found an unlikely home in Tucson.

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Hansen: USC's Athletic Director Haden fined $25K

Hansen: USC's Athletic Director Haden fined $25K

USC athletic director's in-game intervention draws a $25,000 fine from Pac-12.

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Terry signing could hurt Johnson's playing time

Terry signing could hurt Johnson's playing time

The Houston Rockets have acquired Jason Terry from Sacramento, a salary dump of sorts, and will pay the final year of Terry’s guaranteed $5.6 million contract. That creates a big jam in Houston’s backcourt that will surely affect rookie Nick Johnson. Terry, who turns 37 next week, is seen as…

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
Porter firing could hurt two Tucsonans

Porter firing could hurt two Tucsonans

When the Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter last week, it put into jeopardy the roles of two Tucsonans on the Astros’ coaching staff: pitching coach Brent Strom and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, a Tucson High grad. That’s life in the big leagues, although Strom and Bjornson were not amon…

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
Freshman golfer lands in No. 1 slot for Cats

Freshman golfer lands in No. 1 slot for Cats

Arizona’s men’s golf team makes its season debut this week at the North Ranch Intercollegiate in the Los Angeles area. What makes the tournament notable is that coach Jim Anderson’s team will start true freshman George Cunningham in the No. 1 slot. It’s unlikely a freshman has ever been Ariz…

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
Sendek extension a surprising move

Sendek extension a surprising move

During an eight-year period of Pac-12 basketball — in which Lute Olson walked off after three years of turbulence; UCLA imploded under Ben Howland; Washington’s Lorenzo Romar faded into the pack; USC went up in smoke; and Cal’s Mike Montgomery lost his fire and retired — Arizona State had a …

September 07, 2014 12:00 am

McConnell not short on praise of freshman PG

In an interview last week with Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell, the Star’s Bruce Pascoe asked about the progress of 5-foot-8-inch, 150-pound freshman point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright. “The kid can play with the best of them,” McConnell said. “I learned that when he stepped on campus.…

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
By any name, Anu about to feel the fire

By any name, Anu about to feel the fire

With tougher competition looming, UA's Anu Solomon is about to get tested.

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McConnell not short on praise of freshman PG

McConnell not short on praise of freshman PG

In an interview last week with Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell, the Star’s Bruce Pascoe asked about the progress of 5-foot-8-inch, 150-pound freshman point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright. “The kid can play with the best of them,” McConnell said. “I learned that when he stopped on campus.…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Porter firing could hurt two Tucsonans

Porter firing could hurt two Tucsonans

When the Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter last week, it put into jeopardy the roles of two Tucsonans on the Astros coaching staff: pitching coach Brent Strom and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, a Tucson High grad. That’s life in the big leagues, although Strom and Bjornson were not among…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
UA football coaching staff hits recruiting hot spots

UA football coaching staff hits recruiting hot spots

Rather than spend the weekend watching football on TV, the Arizona football coaching staff scattered to recruiting hot spots. Receivers coach Tony Dews went to the Newbury Park vs. Saugus game in Santa Clarita, California, to watch Newbury Park standout Darick Holmes, a senior who has alread…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
By any name, Anu about to feel the fire

By any name, Anu about to feel the fire

According to Babylonian and Sumerian mythology, “Anu” is a “sky god,” the god of heaven and lord of constellation. Or something like that.

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-CDO coach Nicholson to play for gold with Team USA

Ex-CDO coach Nicholson to play for gold with Team USA

Former CDO state championship softball coach Stephanie Nicholson is in Miyazaki, Japan, today to play for Team USA in the gold medal game of the Women’s Baseball World Cup championship. Host Japan is the No. 1 seed. Nicholson has scored four runs in the lead-up to the title game.

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-Cat Lalang to compete in high-profile meet

Ex-Cat Lalang to compete in high-profile meet

Tucsonan Lawi Lalang will run the first high-profile meet as a professional on Saturday. He is among the favorites in the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, in which the winner will be paid $5,000. The eight-time NCAA championship distance runner has a lifetime best of 3:52.88 in the mile. …

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Sahuaro grad Barcelo accepts job at Tiger-designed project

Sahuaro grad Barcelo accepts job at Tiger-designed project

Sahuaro High grad Rich Barcelo, who spent three years on the PGA Tour, has been director of golf instruction at Keeton Park Golf Course in Dallas. Barcelo, who last played on Tour in 2011, has accepted a teaching pro/instructional job at the new Tiger Woods-designed project near Houston call…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
UA freshman golfer lands in No. 1 slot for Cats

UA freshman golfer lands in No. 1 slot for Cats

Arizona’s men’s golf team makes its season debut this week at the North Ranch Intercollegiate in Los Angeles. What makes the tournament notable is that coach Jim Anderson’s team will start true freshman George Cunningham in the No. 1 slot. It’s unlikely a freshman has ever been Arizona’s No.…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
4 Tucson swimmers selected to USA National Team

4 Tucson swimmers selected to USA National Team

Tucson-connected swimmers Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, Margo Geer and Caitlin Leverenz last week were selected to the 2014-15 USA National Team. It means they will be given a stipend from USA Swimming for the next year, and have access to medical care and elite coaching in the lead-up to the …

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
UA coach Carter inducted into Utah State sports HOF

UA coach Carter inducted into Utah State sports HOF

Arizona assistant track coach Craig Carter, who has coached All-American Julie Labonte and Olympian Jill Camarena-Williams, among others, was inducted into the Utah State University sports Hall of Fame on Friday night. He was a two-time All-America hammer thrower at USU. Carter was emotional…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Ex-UA linebacker Maddox's son gets football scholarship

Ex-UA linebacker Maddox's son gets football scholarship

From the Where Are They Now file: Former UA linebacker Richard Maddox, a key part of the Desert Swarm’s origins in 1992, is now living in North Augusta, S.C., and married to Santa Rita High School grad Cynthia Tapia. Their son, Brandon Maddox, a tight end, accepted a football scholarship to …

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Pima's Gershman offered scholarship to Saint Martin's

Pima's Gershman offered scholarship to Saint Martin's

Pima College sophomore basketball player Murphy Gershman is one of the best stories going in Tucson sports. After graduating from Tucson High in 2007, he worked as a handyman, making ends meet. He went back to school last year and averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds at PCC, making the All-ACC…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Mickelson plays course for first time since 1990

Mickelson plays course for first time since 1990

How time flies: Phil Mickelson played in the BMW Championship at Denver’s Cherry Hills Country Club before withdrawing Saturday. It was his first time playing that course since the 1990 U.S. Amateur finals, when he beat Arizona sophomore Manny Zerman for the title. Zerman, who also lost in t…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Terry signing could hurt Johnson's playing time

Terry signing could hurt Johnson's playing time

The Houston Rockets have acquired Jason Terry from Sacramento, a salary dump of sorts, and will pay the final year of Terry’s guaranteed $5.6 million contract. That creates a big jam in Houston’s backcourt that will surely affect rookie Nick Johnson. Terry, who turns 37 next week, is seen as…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Tucson High's Delaney Schnell competing for gold

Tucson High's Delaney Schnell competing for gold

Tucson High sophomore Delaney Schnell left for Penza, Russia, last week in preparation for the 2014 FINA World Junior Diving Championships, where she finished sixth on the platform in 2012. She placed second in the event at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships and first and second at t…

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Sendek extension a surprising move

Sendek extension a surprising move

During an eight-year period of Pac-12 basketball — in which Lute Olson walked off after three years of turbulence; UCLA imploded under Ben Howland; Washington’s Lorenzo Romar faded into the pack; USC went up in smoke; and Cal’s Mike Montgomery lost his fire and retired — Arizona State had a …

September 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Hansen: Cats make Big Play on uneven night

Hansen: Cats make Big Play on uneven night

Tevis' interception and Skowron's big night help Arizona hold off UTSA. 

September 04, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Hansen: Things coming full circle for UA, UTSA

Hansen: Things coming full circle for UA, UTSA

'Mr. Football' on the UTSA Roadrunners, distance runners and last chances. 

September 03, 2014 10:30 pmLoading…
Hansen: Big Unit's home fetching big price: $25M

Hansen: Big Unit's home fetching big price: $25M

Hall-of-Fame lock Randy Johnson, travels a lot these days as photographer.

September 01, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
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

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