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Hansen: Wildcats warmed up to Utah's challenge

Hansen: Wildcats warmed up to Utah's challenge

UA refused to be intimidated by Utah's defense, cold weather — and the enormity of the moment.

November 22, 2014 10:40 pm Photos

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My two cents: ASU's choice to add hockey works, for now

My two cents: ASU's choice to add hockey works, for now

Arizona State accepted a $32 million gift from an ice hockey fan last week and will establish a Division I men’s hockey team and create a women’s sport to keep in proper ratio with Title IX rules.

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Cats' objective in Maui: More business, less beach

Cats' objective in Maui: More business, less beach

Arizona’s visit to the Maui Invitational this week is the eighth time a UA team has played a holiday tournament in Hawaii. That’s a record for the Pac-12. UCLA has played six events in Hawaii. ASU two.

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Former Wildcat Constand accused Cosby of sexual assault

Former Wildcat Constand accused Cosby of sexual assault

Among those who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault is former UA women’s basketball player Andrea Constand. She sued Cosby in 2005 while she was the women’s basketball operations manager at Temple. The civil suit was settled out of court in 2006. Constand, who started for Ariz…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Catalina, UA grad Hawkes pulling weight behind the scenes

Catalina, UA grad Hawkes pulling weight behind the scenes

Catalina High School grad Jeremy Hawkes, a UA grad who worked part-time at the school’s sports information office under Tom Duddleston Jr., is now carrying significant weight as an Arizona State Sun Devil. Hawkes coordinates the game-day statistics for the Arizona Cardinals and has been sele…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Ex-Cats, teammates Field, Dixon now rivals

Ex-Cats, teammates Field, Dixon now rivals

Teammates during the UA’s 2012 College World Series championship, Johnny Field and Brandon Dixon are now rivals. Their Australian Winter League baseball teams met on Thursday night in Adelaide and both batted leadoff: Dixon, now a second baseman for the Adelaide Bite, and Field, a center fie…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Salpointe tournament features top local stars

Salpointe tournament features top local stars

Salpointe Catholic basketball coach Brian Holstrom has aggressively scheduled a 16-team Tip-Off Classic to open the boys hoops season that begins Monday and will continue at Salpointe from 3:30-8 p.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Among the eight local teams in the field will …

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Widow of ex-UA coach hits hole-in-one

Widow of ex-UA coach hits hole-in-one

Cheryl Smith, the widow of Larry Smith, Arizona’s accomplished football coach from 1980-86, had the golf moment of her life last week. Playing in the Skyline Country Club Ladies’ Fall Guest tournament, Smith made a hole-in-one at the par-3 13th, using a 5-hybrid club. But what made Cheryl’s …

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Tucson City Golf reports play down

Tucson City Golf reports play down

Tucson City Golf, which is now operated on a daily basis by OB Sports, reported last week that play is down 10.1 percent in the first four months of the fiscal year. Those are frightening numbers, but also reflect the general drop in golf play nationally. The Greens Committee reported that t…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Tucsonan Haywood a finalist for Secretary of PGA

Tucsonan Haywood a finalist for Secretary of PGA

Tucson Country Club director of golf Michael Haywood spoke to more than 100 delegates of the PGA of America last week in Indianapolis, campaigning to become Secretary of the PGA, which is a position that ascends to the President of the PGA in 2017. Haywood was one of the three finalists on S…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Former Salpointe, UA golfer Prouty advances to final stage of Q-School

Former Salpointe, UA golfer Prouty advances to final stage of Q-School

Tucson golfer Brian Prouty went to the 18th hole of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School, second stage, one stroke from survival Friday afternoon in Murrieta, California. He had chipped in for a birdie at No. 14 to get close, and, incredibly, chipped in for another birdie from just off the green…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Ex-Cat Hill establishing role with Pacers

Ex-Cat Hill establishing role with Pacers

Arizona’s 2013 All-Pac-12 forward Solomon Hill is establishing himself with the Indiana Pacers, scoring a game-winner at the buzzer Wednesday against Charlotte and averaging 12.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in a starting role. He has impressed the Pacers the same way he impressed Tucsonans: with…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Cienega grad Burnett sidelined by injury after hot start

Cienega grad Burnett sidelined by injury after hot start

Cienega High grad Brandon Burnett was poised to become a junior-year starter at Indiana State this year, scoring a double-double in the club’s final preseason basketball scrimmage. But he was then seriously injured in an automobile accident on a freeway near Indianapolis. He required foot su…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Ex-Cat Johnson puts on show in D-League

Ex-Cat Johnson puts on show in D-League

Nick Johnson was assigned to the NBA D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers by the Houston Rockets last week and scored a remarkable 39 points in his debut, against Bakersfield. His Arizona career high was 25. But the D-League is a grind. A day later, Johnson shot 1-for-10 afield and scored two…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Rondae's sacrifice, selflessness resonates with Miller, fans

Rondae's sacrifice, selflessness resonates with Miller, fans

I watched as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson walked through the Tucson airport Friday morning, arriving early for a charter flight to Maui, Hawaii.

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
CDO, UA grad Korn on coaching tear

CDO, UA grad Korn on coaching tear

CDO and UA grad David Korn had the week of his coaching career for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville last week. His Cougars won the Missouri Valley Conference men’s soccer championship, then advanced to play favorite Northwestern of the Big Ten in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Korn’s Co…

November 22, 2014 5:45 pm
Hansen: It'll be mukluks, earmuffs for Cats, Utes

Hansen: It'll be mukluks, earmuffs for Cats, Utes

Beating Utah in Salt Lake will require toughness from sunny UA team.

November 21, 2014 10:30 pmLoading…

Pima's Cosgrove wants to win, educate players

Pima College’s men’s soccer team begins play for the NJCAA national title Wednesday in Prescott, and Hall of Fame coach Dave Cosgrove’s roster of 25 includes 24 players from Southern Arizona.

November 16, 2014 12:00 am
ASU finds loophole, appoints Mickelson as volunteer coach

ASU finds loophole, appoints Mickelson as volunteer coach

ASU found a loophole in the NCAA rule book and has appointed alumnus Phil Mickelson as a volunteer golf coach. Mickelson then helped ASU late in the recruiting campaign, phoning Australian whiz Ryan Ruffels a week ago, urging him to be a Sun Devil. Well done. Now UA needs to sign Trevor Hoff…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
Tucson golfer Kern returns to course

Tucson golfer Kern returns to course

I wrote last week that former Palo Verde golf standout Ben Kern was among the top Tucson golfers never to win a state championship. That is wrong. Kern won the 2001 state title for the Titans. After serving as an assistant pro at Blanchard Golf Course (at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base), Kern …

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
Ex-Pima star Smith still lighting it up

Ex-Pima star Smith still lighting it up

After setting scoring records at Pima College last season, Tucson High grad Shakir Smith made his Division I debut before 13,000 people at New Mexico’s “The Pit” last week. Undaunted, Smith led Adams State with 21 points in a 62-50 exhibition loss to the Lobos. Smith will renew his old Tucso…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
Underrated Seby headed to Santa Clara

Underrated Seby headed to Santa Clara

One local letter-of-intent day signing that got little attention was that of tennis standout Robert Seby signing with Santa Clara. Seby has been Tucson’s leading boys tennis players of the last seven or eight years; he recently won the singles and doubles titles in the USTA National Selectio…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
UA's Lopez does homework, signs shortstop Boyd

UA's Lopez does homework, signs shortstop Boyd

UA baseball coach Andy Lopez did his homework during the fall recruiting period. He evaluated and signed Cochise College shortstop Louis Boyd, who was overlooked by most top college recruiters because Douglas is so remote. But Todd Inglehart’s Cochise team reached the NJCAA World Series in 2…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
UA's Lopez nabs Hermosillo products Salazar, Medina

UA's Lopez nabs Hermosillo products Salazar, Medina

Lopez similarly was in the right place at the right time to sign two almost totally unknown prospects from Mark Chandler’s Sahuaro High School program. Catcher Cesar Salazar and pitcher Javier Medina signed with Arizona even though they’ve never played a game at Sahuaro. The two Hermosillo, …

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
Coach Amato building UA women's soccer program

Coach Amato building UA women's soccer program

UA women’s soccer coach Tony Amato, whose Wildcats won the NCAA tournament opener on Friday at Oklahoma State, was one of six interviewed by Greg Byrne when the school’s soccer coaching position became vacant two years ago. Arizona was clearly the worst soccer program in the Pac-12. Amato se…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
CDO's 'super 7' sign college scholarships

CDO's 'super 7' sign college scholarships

New Canyon del Oro baseball coach Keith Francis – who coached the Dorados the 2002 state championship before moving on to college coaching – inherits a team that had a mind-boggling seven players sign college scholarship papers last week. I doubt anyone keeps records locally of such things, …

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
11 players from Tucson Soccer Academy competing in NCAA tournament

11 players from Tucson Soccer Academy competing in NCAA tournament

The Tucson Soccer Academy produced 11 players who are competing (or have competed) in this year’s NCAA soccer tournament. Much like the CDO baseball signees, that’s got to be some kind of record. Ironwood Ridge’s Kaitlyn Lopez, Palo Verde’s LeeAndra Smith, Tempe Corona del Sol’s Mykaylin Ros…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
My two cents: Pima's Cosgrove wants to win, educate players

My two cents: Pima's Cosgrove wants to win, educate players

Pima College’s men’s soccer team begins play for the NJCAA national title Tuesday in Prescott, and Hall of Fame coach Dave Cosgrove’s roster of 25 includes 24 players from Southern Arizona.

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
Coach Miller: Incoming guard Trier 'incredibly efficient'

Coach Miller: Incoming guard Trier 'incredibly efficient'

After he signed what some view as the nation’s top recruiting class, UA basketball coach Sean Miller said incoming guard Allonzo Trier “gets to the foul line as well as anyone I’ve seen at this age, and he has a physicality to his game that makes him incredibly efficient.” As a freshman in 2…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
New ASU AD Anderson bidding for 2017 Final Four

New ASU AD Anderson bidding for 2017 Final Four

ASU has mostly stumbled and bumbled as an athletic administration for the last 25 years, so it’s refreshing to see new Sun Devil AD Ray Anderson be such a key part of the successful bid for Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium to play host to the 2017 Final Four. It might be more impress…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
ASU in finance war against IMG College

ASU in finance war against IMG College

ASU recently announced it is engaged in a litigious war of finance against IMG College, the in-house media rights and marketing firm that represents the majority of Power 5 Conference schools. Arizona and Oregon are believed to be IMG’s two biggest money-makers West of the Mississippi. It al…

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm
New McKale Center experience has everything but beer

New McKale Center experience has everything but beer

McKale Center is no more. Not on game night. The name is the same, but all has changed. Little things. Big things. Even the shade of red on the striping on the UA uniforms has been subtly altered.

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm Video Photos

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Hansen: Sunny, 75, but where's UA sellout?

Hansen: Sunny, 75, but where's UA sellout?

Even when ranked, Cats have historically struggled to fill Arizona Stadium. 

November 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hansen: Cosgrove, Lang aim for No. 1

Hansen: Cosgrove, Lang aim for No. 1

Pima men's soccer and Ironwood Ridge girls volleyball coaches go for championships.

November 10, 2014 11:00 pmLoading…
Sun Devil-killer Canidate inducted into Hall of Fame

Sun Devil-killer Canidate inducted into Hall of Fame

The UA tweaked its Hall of Fame entrance standards over the last two years, which makes sense. The old qualifications were sometimes unusually difficult and squeezed out obvious selections such as Trung Canidate, who, with the exception of Ka’Deem Carey and Art Luppino, is probably the top r…

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
UA greats gather to honor Zinter

UA greats gather to honor Zinter

Alan Zinter, a first-round draft pick in 1989 after leading Arizona to the Pac-10 baseball championship, was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday. His high-profile teammates came to Tucson to honor him, including future MLB Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, former 20-game winner Scott Ericks…

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
Meyers in elite company after winning state crown

Meyers in elite company after winning state crown

Among all the high school sports, one of the most difficult state championships to win is the individual golf title. That’s what made CDO senior Chris Meyers’ state championship last week so notable; in just 36 holes, you can’t have a blowup hole (or two) and still win. Except for former Cha…

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
Kasser’s $1M donation latest boost to Wildcats

Kasser’s $1M donation latest boost to Wildcats

On a busy sports week in Tucson, UA athletic director Greg Byrne got little attention when he announced that mega-booster Michael Kasser has contributed $1 million to the school’s football facilities.

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
Best UA swimmer ever visits for ceremony

Best UA swimmer ever visits for ceremony

Notables at the Hall of Fame ceremony included the UA’s top swimmer ever Ryk Neethling. He flew in from South Africa, where he has become a prominent businessman and sports celebrity. He was in the audience with Frank Busch, who flew from the USA Swimming headquarters in Colorado to see his …

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
UA football Hall of Famer Cecil turns 50

UA football Hall of Famer Cecil turns 50

St. Louis Rams secondary coach and UA football Hall of Famer Chuck Cecil turned 50 on Saturday. He celebrated with friends in Phoenix, awaiting Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Does it make you feel old? It was 21 years ago that Cecil was on the cover of Sports Illustrated under …

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
Sunnyside's win over I-Ridge monumental

Sunnyside's win over I-Ridge monumental

Sunnyside’s football playoff upset over No. 2 seed Ironwood Ridge on Friday was as monumental in Tucson prep football as any in the last decade. Coach Glenn Posey has three juniors who have made more than 100 tackles this year — Ruben Figueroa, Aaron Sanders and Deshay Ramos — suggesting tha…

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
Former Tucsonan state champions active in college

Former Tucsonan state champions active in college

Three Tucson golfers who have won state titles are active in college golf: CDO’s Gentry Hicks at Utah; Sabino’s Billy Comeaux at Grand Canyon; and CDO’s Jaime Waltmire at Hawaii-Pacific.

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
Technical error keeps Tucson High's Schnell out of championships

Technical error keeps Tucson High's Schnell out of championships

Not good news: Tucson High diver Delaney Schnell, one of America’s leading hopefuls for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, was not able to compete for the state diving championships because of a technical error. Her name was not properly processed in time for this weekend’s finals, at which she wou…

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
UA ties may help Lopez land Chicago pitcher

UA ties may help Lopez land Chicago pitcher

Leading up to Wednesday’s national letter-of-intent day, UA baseball coach Andy Lopez is expected to sign Chicago-based pitcher Trent Johnson, one of 16 players from the Chicago Elite Training team program who will sign D-I scholarship papers Wednesday. Johnson, tabbed as Illinois’ top pitch…

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm
UA coach, gold medalist Grevers is 'Fastest Swimmer in Texas'

UA coach, gold medalist Grevers is 'Fastest Swimmer in Texas'

UA volunteer swimming coach Matt Grevers, a multiple Olympic swimming gold medalist, earned $5,000 last week when he won the “Fastest Swimmer in Texas” showdown against many of Team USA’s top freestyle sprinters.

November 08, 2014 7:00 pm

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