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Dave Tippett onboard with Coyotes' direction

There won't be any statements forthcoming from the Coyotes on this particular topic. They've got enough on their plates thanks to the NHL Draft, free agency and that strange bedfellow of a business partner, the City of Glendale. For Coyotes fans, however, a sigh of relief is likely in order today. Coach Dave Tippett will be back in the fold this season and says he's back onboard...
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Snowflake, Page win Division III state titles

Snowflake used a 17-2 run late in the third quarter and then in the fourth quarter saw shots fall that didn't through the first three period to beat Combs 57-52 Saturday in the Division III boys basketball state championship game at Gila River Arena. The Lobos won their fourth state title and first since a 3A championship in 1989. Snowflake was down 35-19 and Combs was on the verge...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Tomas, O'Brien to play multiple positions for more at-bats

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When spring training games get underway next week, don't be surprised when the Diamondbacks put third base experiment Yasmany Tomas in the outfield, or when catcher Peter O'Brien plays a little first base. Neither moved should be looked at as a sign of what the D-backs think of each player's defensive abilities. Manager Chip Hale said those two moves will give...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Agent for Vermette, Michalek expects trades; offseason return possible

Allan Walsh had just set his phone down after a long call on Thursday at his office when it began to chirp incessantly with text messages, voice mails and emails from reporters, team executives and others wanting to talk about the NHL trade deadline. "Everyone around me was watching it go 'ding, ding, ding,' " Walsh said, laughing.  Walsh is playing a role in the Coyotes' future...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ever-confident Markieff Morris gets best of Serge Ibaka

PHOENIX -- When the Phoenix Suns trade deadline drew one question about why the team would upset and then trade Goran Dragic, referred to in a press conference as the team's best player, general manager Ryan McDonough met it with this thought: "Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris are still in Phoenix Suns uniforms." Save the argue about whether that is true or it was a pointed statement...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Suns head to Denver looking to reverse fortunes vs. skidding Nuggets

Not surprisingly, the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets have continued to stumble after shipping out key players at the trade deadline. Both teams are winless since those deals were made, leaving Phoenix at risk of falling to .500 for the first time in two months and Denver hoping to avoid its longest home losing streak in 17 years as they meet Wednesday night. The Nuggets (20-36)...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Klatt's NFL Draft Big Board: Who stands their ground in Version 3?

The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is over and as is the case every year some players were able to help their draft stock in Indianapolis.  However, some hurt their stock and momentum, regardless of direction, is hard to turn in this process. Both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota threw in Indy and they stole the spot light from the other QBs who are falling down the board. No clear...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Change all but certain for Coyotes as trade deadline approaches

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's widely assumed that when the Arizona Coyotes return from their four-game, East Coast road trip, they will do so minus some of the players that boarded the plane Sunday at Sky Harbor International Airport. "You think so?" coach Dave Tippett asked, smiling. "Alright, I'll take your word for it." The NHL trade deadline is March 2. The Coyotes do not play again...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Catching options bring intrigue to D-backs' spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves in a common corner for a team dealing with roster turnover. Change causes chemistry issues, and nowhere is that more concerning than between pitchers and catchers. Arizona shipped away cornerstone catcher Miguel Montero during the winter and did not make a major acquisition to replace him. The D-backs' relatively young...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Vermette struggling as trade rumors swirl

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Antoine Vermette isn't shirking his professional duties. He knows he gets paid to generate offense in a Coyotes lineup increasingly bereft of point producers, and the center knows he hasn't produced of late.  "It's part of my job," said Vermette, who has three goals, 10 points and a minus-10 rating in 22 games since New Year's Day. "I've definitely been struggling...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 12 ASU rallies to beat UCLA women

LOS ANGELES -- Katie Hempen scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket in a 12-0 run to open the second half, and No. 12 Arizona State rallied to beat UCLA 68-56 Friday night. Hempen's layup gave the Sun Devils their first lead since the opening seconds of the game. She had four points in the spurt that put them ahead for good, 38-33. Hempen sandwiched 3-pointers around four...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

ASU's Graham hopes Bervovici-led offense looks Pats-like

TEMPE, Ariz. -- ASU head coach Todd Graham believes his team has its Julian Edelman. That would be D.J. Foster, the running back who will see much more time as an inside receiver this offseason. The Sun Devils also have their version of Tom Brady in quarterback Mike Bercovici. Now about finding who will be ASU's Gronk with the athletic savant Jaelen Strong off to the NFL ... These...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Analytics go mainstream as NHL.com adopts advanced stats

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett believes wholeheartedly in the importance and value of hockey analytics. His secret and sizeable stash of advanced statistics allows the coaching staff to analyze game situations down to the tiniest detail.  Ask Tippett about Corsi and Fenwick, however, and you'll get a scowl that speaks a thousand words. "I'm not a big fan of Corski...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Cactus League Countdown: Seattle Mariners

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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs pitcher Daniel Hudson readies for comeback with open mind

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- History isn't kind to major league starting pitchers who have twice undergone Tommy John surgery. Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson won't overlook those statistics, but it doesn't mean he won't begin spring training with a framework of a plan and some expectations to go with it. The 27-year-old missed more than two years of action after undergoing surgeries...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

McConnell restores Arizona's Point Guard U. tradition

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Terry will be in town Thursday, and he is unquestionably one of the best players in Arizona history, plus he's the Wildcat with the most prolific NBA career. It will be his moment at halftime of the game against USC, as the athletic department retires his jersey in a ceremony that is sure to evoke the joy with which he played the game and perhaps see a return...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cactus League Countdown: Kansas City Royals

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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cactus League Countdown: Cincinnati Reds

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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Statistics support impact of ASU's Curtain of Distraction

By now, you've probably heard about ASU's most eye-opening aspect of its homecourt experience at basketball games. The Curtain of Distraction, which reveals off-the-wall antics when the Sun Devils' opponents shoot free throws toward the ASU student section, is odd if not hilarious. But does it actually work? Most recently, the New York Times' The Upshot blog stepped in to take a...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Hanzal to undergo back surgery, likely done for season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes center Martin Hanzal will have surgery on his back next week. General manager Don Maloney said the procedure would "in all likelihood finish his season" and called the chances of Hanzal returning "remote." Hanzal also had back surgery to repair a herniated disc in July of 2008. He will see the same specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, in Los Angeles. Maloney...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Tracy Smith instills focus as ASU baseball moves to new home

PHOENIX --  Arizona State wanted Tracy Smith to be its baseball coach because he did more with less in his long stays with Miami (Ohio) and, from 2006 through last season, Indiana. For the Sun Devils to pull him from the Midwest was a major coup. Two days prior to the 2015 opener at his team's new home, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Smith didn't have to use to words while explaining...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

To be great, Arizona has to solve case of disappearing defense

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona, this is your final wake-up call. That's three losses. That's three hard-to-figure losses. That's three losses to teams that rank no higher than No. 69 in the RPI. Gathering up the records of the other nine teams in the AP top 10, you can find only one loss to a team rated so poorly in the RPI -- Wisconsin's defeat at No. 125 Rutgers. Three losses. At UNLV...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Scuffling Suns may be catching a break at the right time

PHOENIX -- Having lost seven of their last 10 games while two other teams were tapping on the door to the Western Conference's eighth seed, the Suns' immediate recovery strategy is . . . nothing. "We'll tell them for the first two days, do nothing," Coach Jeff Hornacek said. "You know, take those days off and relax and just enjoy your family." Although Hornacek probably wouldn't...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

ASU football promises rivalry win, championships in letter to fans

The Sun Devils say they are ready for "The Grind." In a co-written letter to Arizona State football fans posted to the ASU athletics website, quarterback Mike Bercovici, safety Jordan Simone and running back D.J. Foster promise they will do everything in their power to chase championships. "Our goal has and always will be to win championships, but the difference between this year...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

New Cardinals DC Bettcher brings 'fire in his belly'

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bruce Arians' 30-14 record has supported his belief that "age doesn't have (expletive) to do with" coaching ability. That principle apparently applies to the other end of the age spectrum as well. New defensive coordinator James Bettcher is only 36 years old, he has just three years of NFL coaching experience, and he has no experience as a defensive coordinator at...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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