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Coyotes' Connor Murphy making up for lost time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes assistant coach Jim Playfair noticed a sense of urgency to Connor Murphy's play last season. "The thing we like about Murph is he came in as a young player and played an aggressive game," said Playfair, who coaches the defensemen. "He had nothing to lose, so his attitude was just play and see where things fall." That approach has always been a part of...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ratters' four-peat quest ends in final seconds

STOCKTON, Calif. -- Erik Mayer threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Gay with 8 seconds left to give the San Jose SaberCats a 70-67 victory over the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday night in the Arena Football League's National Conference championship game. The final score was reviewed as it appeared Gay fumbled the ball before he crossed the goal line. But officials ruled there was...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes' Michalek proves it's hip to be tough

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes assistant coach Jim Playfair captured the essence of defenseman Zbynek Michalek in one succinct quote. "The thing with Z that's so impressive is I have never coached a player who can withstand so much pain and still be a quality player," Playfair said. "He's such a good pro." Over the course of his career, Michalek has earned a fearless reputation, mostly...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Coyotes who must shine this season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett likes the character and compete level of his team after the offseason additions of defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and forwards Boyd Gordon, Brad Richardson and Steve Downie. Coyotes fans are happy that popular players Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek are back in the fold after a four-month hiatus to chase the Stanley Cup. Promising...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs vs. Reds preview: 5 things to know

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23 days ago  |  Discuss

ASU hockey to play four games at Gila River Arena

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University and the Coyotes announced Wednesday that the university's hockey program will play four games at Gila River Arena this season as it begins its three-season transition to full NCAA Division I status.  The arena will also host two additional NCAA games. The Sun Devils will host the University of Arizona at Gila River Arena on Oct. 3. ASU will...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Todd Graham lauds Sun Devils' maturity on first day of fall camp

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Year Four of the Todd Graham era at Arizona State kicked off with a Wednesday morning practice for veterans only, and the Sun Devils' coach was his usual upbeat self in describing what he'd seen on the practice field. "A great, great first day," Graham said, using the word "excited" about a dozen times. "We're in Year Four, wow; best-looking team we've had, and I...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Mathieu's 'journey' enters third season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Honey Badger is entering his third NFL season. Talking to the ever-approachable Tyrann Mathieu and watching him injury-free scrambling all over the field in practice, it's easy to forget how many teams considered him too high a risk to draft until the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the third round in 2013. A Heisman Trophy finalist as an LSU sophomore, he...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals don't expect turnover to alter defensive production

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Among the questions the Arizona Cardinals not only hope but expect to answer during training camp is that the defense once again can be one of the best in the league. The Cardinals were the fifth-toughest team to score on last season and No. 13 against the run. But that was before a chunk of the roster was turned over during the offseason and defensive coordinator...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes ease Mike Smith's worries with hiring of goalie guru Elkin

Sean Burke was a security blanket for Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. Whenever Smith discussed Burke's impact on his game, he gushed with superlatives. Whenever the possibility of Burke leaving the organization was raised, Smith's eyes widened with fear. Those fears were realized when Burke left his post as Coyotes goalie coach and assistant to the general manager on June 30. But it took...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercury set to face Sky star Delle Donne for first time since Finals

PHOENIX -- Elena Delle Donne might just be the best player in the WNBA. In 2013, the Chicago Sky guard beat out Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, that season's first overall draft pick, for WNBA Rookie of the Year, and she's only gotten better since then. The Sky are rising behind the stellar play of Delle Donne, who has taken a huge leap in her play this season following an...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Tweets of the week

It's time once again to catch up on all you've been missing on social media regarding your favorite sports teams. Because this stuff goes never lets up, day or night. And you're busy. And we're ... OK, we're busy, too, but we've got an intern!          
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Gallery: Randy Johnson's weekend in Cooperstown

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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Peralta feels fine after taking pitch to head

PHOENIX -- David Peralta saw the ball headed for his head but couldn't get out of the way. Luckily, he moved just enough so that the 97 mph fastball from the Marlins' Jose Fernandez caught the slightest bit of Peralta's right shoulder before it slammed into his helmet near the ear hole Wednesday night. It left Peralta lying on the ground in front of home plate for a few minutes....
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Fernandez too much for D-backs, Marlins take series

PHOENIX -- Jose Fernandez mixed his pitches well, putting together a strong fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery. One pitch that got away from him nearly spoiled his night. Fernandez struck out 11 in seven innings to lift the Miami Marlins to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, but was concerned after hitting David Peralta in the head with...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs tap Godley to make debut Thursday

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks had multiple options to fill Chase Anderson's spot in the rotation and they selected to go with right-hander Zack Godley. The team on Thursday will call up Godley from Double-A Mobile and the 25-year-old will make his major league debut against the Brewers at Chase Field. "We had a lot of options: obviously the guys here, all our pitchers in Triple-A....
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Hale calls out Capps' delivery after Latos stymies D-backs

PHOENIX -- Mat Latos stifled the Diamondbacks for seven innings and Marlins relievers Carter Caps and A.J. Ramos followed suit Tuesday night in a 3-0 Miami victory. Manager Chip Hale and D-backs hitters credited Latos for his performance but Hale said Capps' delivery should not be allowed. Capps takes an odd hop off the pitching rubber toward home plate before releasing the ball...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Hale calls out Capps' delivery after Latos stymies D-backs

PHOENIX -- Mat Latos stifled the Diamondbacks for seven innings and Marlins relievers Carter Caps and A.J. Ramos followed suit Tuesday night in a 3-0 Miami victory. Manager Chip Hale and D-backs hitters credited Latos for his performance but Hale said Capps' delivery should not be allowed. Capps takes an odd hop off the pitching rubber toward home plate before releasing the ball...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercury lose second straight as Sparks pull away late

LOS ANGELES -- Jantel Lavender had 19 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double, Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 70-65 on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Los Angeles (3-12) beat Phoenix (9-7) for the first time in the last 10 meetings. Kristi Toliver added 10 points for Los Angeles. Ana Dabovic had nine, including...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

When played right, D-backs have fun on defense

PHOENIX -- Pitching is sporadic and even the best hitters run into slumps or a dominant opposing hurler. But the Diamondbacks expect to play solid, above-average defense on a consistent basis. That is part of what was so frustrating about the weekend sweep at the hands of the Giants. The D-backs committed a pair of errors in the series and just weren't as crisp as they would have...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks-Marlins series preview: 5 things to know

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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

At the break: D-backs first-half highlights

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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Tweets of the week

Just because you can't be monitoring that phone-thingy 24-7, we've assembled some of our favorite tweets of the week for your perusal. Hit us back at #FSArizonaTweetback if we missed one of your favorites.
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Gallery: CONCACAF Gold Cup at University of Phoenix Stadium

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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Tippett: Speed, skill stand out at Coyotes development camp

Dave Tippett never expected the Coyotes' prospect development camp to offer much in the way of player evaluations. This was more about putting faces to names and setting expectations for players hoping to make it to the NHL level. Even so, two things jumped out at Tippett from the now concluded on-ice portion of the camp. "The speed and skill of the group is very high," he said Thursday...
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July 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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