CORRECTION to June 16 story on Suns fans in frenzy

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged Sports-Chris Paul COVID Protocol that moved Wednesday, June 16 are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in the 12th graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – A June 16 Cronkite News story on the frenzy surrounding the Phoenix Suns’ bad luck in postseason misspelled the name of former Chicago Bulls player John Paxson.

Brenly’s durag comment draws cries of racist undertones, cultural insensitivity

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By Taiwo Adeshigbin
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – A comment by Diamondbacks announcer Bob Brenly that made light of a player’s durag drew cries of racist undertones and cultural insensitivity.

Brenly made light of the hair covering worn by New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman Tuesday during a Bally Sport Arizona broadcast, saying, “Pretty sure that’s the same durag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets.”

“People in the media are people, and if people aren’t examining their own biases and prejudices, then they play out in the workplace,” said Neal A. Lester, a professor at Arizona State who specializes in African American literature and culture studies.  Continue reading “Brenly’s durag comment draws cries of racist undertones, cultural insensitivity”

On deck: When ASU’s Hackbarth twins play softball, family is never far behind

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By Tim Iannello
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – How far would you go to watch your children play sports? More than 78,000 miles if you’re Paul and Mary Hackbarth.

That’s the estimated distance the couple have traveled to watch their twin daughters, Kindra and Maddi, play softball for Arizona State. The two are back in Tempe today to support the fifth-year seniors and their ASU teammates in the Tempe Regional of the NCAA softball postseason.

This is loyalty in its purest form. The parents, who live in Northern California, haven’t taken a vacation since the twins started playing collegiate softball, saving their work vacation time to watch them compete. Sometimes they drive. Other times they fly. Continue reading “On deck: When ASU’s Hackbarth twins play softball, family is never far behind”

Betting at the TPC: PGA Tour says Phoenix Open course will be site of year-round sportsbook operated by DraftKings

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By Regina Burgess
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Legal sports gambling is just a signature away from becoming a reality in Arizona.

The daily fantasy game company DraftKings and the PGA Tour wasted no time in taking the first step in Arizona even before that signature, announcing Wednesday that they will partner on a one-of-a-kind retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale – home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament.

Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to sign Thursday the legislation that has passed through both houses of the Arizona legislature. Sports fans can expect to find bookmaking operations setting up shop soon at professional sports venues such as Phoenix Suns Arena, Chase Field, State Farm Stadium and Gila River Arena. Continue reading “Betting at the TPC: PGA Tour says Phoenix Open course will be site of year-round sportsbook operated by DraftKings”

Sports betting by summer? Could be, as Senate sends gambling bill to governor

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By Jake Santo
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – The Arizona Senate passed legislation Monday night that paves the way for legalized sports betting in the state, possibly as soon as summer.

Senate Bill 1797 and House Bill 2772 were passed with bipartisan support on the new gaming compact, which includes the legalization of daily fantasy sports, and now heads to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk to become law. Within the bill is an emergency clause, which if signed by the governor, would enact the bill immediately into law.

“We could possibly begin gambling and wagering on sporting events as the Cardinals kick their season off this fall,” said Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge. “That has been our aspirational goal from the beginning. It is my hope that we’ll go ahead and achieve that.” Continue reading “Sports betting by summer? Could be, as Senate sends gambling bill to governor”

CORRECTION to April 12 story on women in sports media

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged Sports-Women Sports Media that moved Monday, April 12, under a PHOENIX dateline are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in the 16th graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX– An April 12 Cronkite News story on women in sports media misstated the opponent of the New York Yankees in the 1998 World Series. The correct opponent is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baseball in a border town: Nogales finds its favorite pastime a ‘release’ from pandemic

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By Gareth Kwok
Cronkite News

Over two and a half hours away and 180 miles south of Phoenix lies a border town roughly 4,000 feet above sea level that is often graced by blue skies and a warm sun.

A community of nearly 500,000 strong divided by a wall is also bonded by Mexican culture, family and heritage.

Ambos Nogales

“Two Nogales.” Continue reading “Baseball in a border town: Nogales finds its favorite pastime a ‘release’ from pandemic”

City of Phoenix unanimously votes to reopen outdoor park amenities, select pools

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By Jenna Mazel
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PHOENIX – With COVID-19 numbers sliding, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a plan Tuesday that reopened many parks amenities beginning Wednesday and just in time for Easter weekend, April 3-4, when local parks are often packed.

The plan, proposed by Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar and made in consultation with health experts, reopened ramadas and picnic tables, basketball and volleyball courts, outdoor fitness equipment, sports complexes and athletic fields.

And the city also announced that select pools around Phoenix will be open beginning May 29, but pool activities will be limited. Swim and dive teams, water basketball leagues and other aquatics activities will not be allowed in city pools. Continue reading “City of Phoenix unanimously votes to reopen outdoor park amenities, select pools”

Snub hub: Suns’ Devin Booker left off All-Star roster again, while Chris Paul named reserve

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By Keylee Connors
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Less than 24 hours after Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker put up an All-Star-worthy performance against Portland Monday night, the 24-year-old was once again snubbed out of the NBA’s marquee midseason game.

Following the 132-100 blowout victory for the Suns that saw Booker score 34 points, coach Monty Williams was confident his guard would be selected for the game.

“There is no doubt about it,” Williams said. “No one can debate that Book’s not an All-Star … From my perspective, I don’t think you’ll find any coach in the league that would debate that he’s an All-Star.” Continue reading “Snub hub: Suns’ Devin Booker left off All-Star roster again, while Chris Paul named reserve”

From BMX bikes to Daytona 500: Glendale’s McDowell an unlikely, humble champion

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By Jesse Morrison
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PHOENIX – A little luck and a lot of perseverance allowed Glendale native Michael McDowell to come away with an unlikely Daytona 500 victory early Monday morning, his first win in 358 NASCAR Cup Series races.

McDowell, 36, started racing in the Cup Series in 2008 and has bounced around from team to team over the years. And while his career has been trending upward with four top-10 finishes last season, the prospect of the journeyman winning the Daytona 500 was slim – to be generous.

BetMGM had the Front Row Motorsports driver at 100-1 odds at the start of the race, a gamble the sportsbook reported that no bettor put money on happening.  Continue reading “From BMX bikes to Daytona 500: Glendale’s McDowell an unlikely, humble champion”

Hamilton’s Logan Saloman emerging as one of nation’s top pitchers

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By Andre Beltran
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CHANDLER – The 2020 high school baseball season was going to be one for many of Arizona’s top players to showcase their talents and attract attention at the next level. 

The rise of COVID-19 cases changed that. Headaches and heartbreak followed as seasons were canceled after just seven games.

It wasn’t easy for Hamilton Huskies pitcher Logan Saloman. But the junior right-hander is grateful he still has two more seasons to highlight his talents and thrilled he has quieted the recruiting process with his commitment to Arizona State. Continue reading “Hamilton’s Logan Saloman emerging as one of nation’s top pitchers”

‘A gut punch’: Pedro Gomez’s impact on baseball, journalism far-reaching

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By Marco Peralta
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PHOENIX – Super Bowl Sunday was in full swing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers routing the Kansas City Chiefs when the gut-punch landed.

It wasn’t another Tom Brady scoring pass that floored many sports followers, especially baseball lovers. It was the stunning news that ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez, 58, had died unexpectedly at his Valley home.

“He’s gone and I was shocked to be completely honest,” Diamondbacks Spanish-language broadcaster Oscar Soria said through an interpreter, “I had to check my sources to make sure that the news I was watching wasn’t false.” Continue reading “‘A gut punch’: Pedro Gomez’s impact on baseball, journalism far-reaching”

Watching brother win Fiesta Bowl a special moment for Florida State’s Chubba Purdy

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By Edwin Perez
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GLENDALE – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of college football. Although limited fans were allowed to attend the Fiesta Bowl, it did not spoil the experience for a certain Florida State quarterback in the stands.

Seminoles freshman Chubba Purdy was at State Farm Stadium Saturday to watch his brother, Iowa State quarterback Brock, lead the Cyclones to a victory over Oregon.

“Watching Brock win the Fiesta Bowl and win MVP was such a surreal moment,” Chubba told Cronkite News. “I knew how much it meant for him so I was so happy for him for the whole time.”

Continue reading “Watching brother win Fiesta Bowl a special moment for Florida State’s Chubba Purdy”

Monday Morning Sun Devil: ASU rout in Territorial Cup reflects state of program

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By Christian Babcock
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PHOENIX – Running up the score was not Arizona State’s intent during its 70-7 win over Arizona in the Territorial Cup.

Rather, the Sun Devils worked to ensure the statement win that had eluded them against USC and UCLA would not slip from their grasp Friday as they built an ever-increasing first-half lead that eventually reached 42-0. Coach Herm Edwards made sure of that.

“This was the hardest I’ve ever coached on the sideline since I’ve been here, when we had that lead,” Edwards said. “And it was really telling players, do not get comfortable. We have to finish the game, it’s not over. And I walked up and down that sideline, and if I saw guys smiling, they couldn’t even smile. Continue reading “Monday Morning Sun Devil: ASU rout in Territorial Cup reflects state of program”

CORRECTION to Oct. 16 story on Inde Motorsports Ranch

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged Sports-Inde Track Wilcox that moved Friday, Oct. 16, under a PHOENIX dateline are asked to run the following correction. The errors occurred in the third and 17th grafs of the original story. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – An Oct. 16 Cronkite News story on improvements at the Inde Motorsports Ranch in Willcox misstated the cost of initiation fees and misspelled the name of member Mark Laniak. Initiation feels range from $25,000 to $75,000.

CORRECTION to Oct. 1 story on Phoenix Rising slur

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged Sports-Rising Homophobic Slur that moved Thursday, Oct. 1, under a PHOENIX dateline and used an accompanying photo and cutline are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in cutline of a photo featuring Junior Flemmings. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – An Oct. 1 Cronkite News story on the Phoenix Rising misidentified the type of pejorative allegedly said by Junior Flemmings. It was a homophobic slur.

Former Arizona Fall League players reflect on cancellation of season

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By Harry Croton
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – News of MLB’s decision to cancel the 2020 Arizona Fall League season left some players reminiscing on how the experience shaped their bond with the game.

While there had been speculation about the AFL being canceled this year after the 2020 minor league season was scrapped, MLB made its decision official on Monday, citing safety precautions and lack of stadium accommodations as primary reasons. 

For those who have experienced what it’s like to compete in the AFL, being without a 2020 season is considered a significant loss. Continue reading “Former Arizona Fall League players reflect on cancellation of season”

Pages through screens: ASU women’s basketball team reads books to children virtually

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By Jeffrey Horst
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – ASU women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne reminisced of days when her elementary school teachers would read books like “The Chronicles of Narnia” to her during classes, something she said was “one of my favorite times of the day.”

She and the women’s basketball team recreated that experience with a now familiar twist due to the pandemic: reading books to children through video.

The ASU women’s basketball team partnered with the Washington Elementary School District on Sept. 6 for National Read a Book Day, delivering what is usually an in-person experience virtually. Continue reading “Pages through screens: ASU women’s basketball team reads books to children virtually”

Coronavirus sports roundup: COVID-19 hits Suns’ Aron Baynes hard

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By Brett Bavcevic and Zachary Spiecker

Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes learned quickly that the coronavirus is no joke.

It put me on my butt for a good week,” he told Stadium on Wednesday. “I slept for four days straight.”

Baynes revealed Wednesday he had tested positive for COVID-19 after it was reported Monday by the Arizona Republic that he was one of four Suns players that didn’t make the trip to Orlando with the team. Ricky Rubio, Elie Okobo and rookie Jalen Lecque were the others. Continue reading “Coronavirus sports roundup: COVID-19 hits Suns’ Aron Baynes hard”

Coronavirus sports roundup: NFLPA ranks Arizona as second-worst hotspot, Spencer Rattler-led Sooners healthy

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By Derrick Smith
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – On the same day the NFL Players Association reported 72 positive tests for league athletes, it shared a map that tagged Phoenix as the No. 2 hotspot for the virus among the 32 metropolitan areas where NFL teams play.

The NFLPA has voiced concerns about players reporting to training camp on July 28 in some of the country’s most hard-hit cities. The Arizona Cardinals rank second behind the Miami Dolphins. The New England Patriots were last, and the New York Jets and Giants were second-to-last.

NFL owners are scheduled to meet Friday. Continue reading “Coronavirus sports roundup: NFLPA ranks Arizona as second-worst hotspot, Spencer Rattler-led Sooners healthy”