Supersize me: ASU’s new video board looks to enhance fan experience

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TEMPE – Watching replays used to be a struggle for students seated in the south end zone of Sun Devil Stadium.

The video boards were behind them.

When they return to that same student section on August 31 against New Mexico State, they will be able to watch close plays on a new 5,400-square-foot video display behind the north end zone.

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Chandler’s Andersen, caddie father ready for U.S. Open

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CHANDLER — Mason Andersen, a recent Hamilton High School graduate, will compete with some of the best golfers in the world Thursday at the U.S. Open.

Mason won’t be tackling this year’s star-studded field at Erin Hills Country Club in Wisconsin alone. At a tournament that concludes on Father’s Day, his dad, Richard, will be walking alongside him as his caddie.

“I’m no real caddie,” Richard said. “I’m just there to calm him down really or to keep him up. Sometimes he’ll make a couple bogeys to start a round and I have to remind him that ‘you’ve done this before. I’ve seen you start off with three bogeys and then follow it up with three birdies and you’re right back where you started. You can do this.’ ”

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Mercury pleased ASU standout Brunner on roster

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PHOENIX — A month ago, Sophie Brunner was preparing for finals at Arizona State University.

Now she is playing in the most competitive women’s basketball league in the world.

The Mercury forward attended training camp after receiving an invitation from General Manager Jim Pitman. It was something she was not necessarily expecting.

“I was just seeing what was going to happen, opportunities were coming, or what door were open,” Brunner said. “This one was open, and I took advantage of it.”

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ASU quarterback Wilkins influenced by music

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TEMPE — “You said that you think about me every day, Saturday to Saturday. You see that I’ve been going through it, hoping everything’s OK.” – Drake, “Since Way Back” (featuring PartyNextDoor).

From Saturday to Saturday, Arizona State football fans watch quarterback Manny Wilkins go through the ups and downs of college football, always hoping that everything is OK. Wilkins, meanwhile, finds peace through music, particularly Drake, PartyNextDoor and other artists under the OVO Sound record label.

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From ASU student to Mountainside Fitness CEO

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TEMPE — An idea that came to him as an Arizona State junior turned Tom Hatten into a successful entrepreneur.

His company, Mountainside Fitness, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and opened a 14th location last weekend at the Marina Heights development on Tempe Town Lake.

“It’s taken decades (to build the brand),” Hatten said. “Now when we put the Mountainside ‘M’ up, everyone knows. Which is kind of cool.”

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Changes, competition highlight start of Arizona State spring football

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TEMPE — The sound of whistles, plays being run and Todd Graham’s voice radiating from practice field speakers Tuesday signaled the beginning of spring practice for the 2017 Arizona State football team.

The Sun Devils are looking forward to a fresh start this season with changes to their coaching staff and the addition of touted quarterback Blake Barnett, who transferred from Alabama.

They are coming off a pair of disappointing seasons that resulted in sub .500 records and unfulfilled expectations.

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