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PIR spearheads $500K Ronald McDonald House renovation

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 15:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Phoenix International Raceway, through Phoenix Raceway Charities, is spearheading a $500,000 renovation project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. The donation marks the largest contribution to date by the organization and is a result of fundraising and commitments generated from Phoenix Raceway’s 50th Anniversary season in 2014. “The services and support Ronald McDonald… Read More →

First Arizona Cardinals lottery ticket arrives

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The Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Lottery announced their latest endeavor stemming from their long-term partnership, which plans to feature an exclusive Arizona Cardinals Scratchers® lottery ticket and bring the joy of football fanfare to Arizona Lottery players throughout the season. The highly anticipated $5 Scratchers ticket will be available at Arizona Lottery retailers starting… Read More →

Chase Kalisz credits ASU’s Bowman, Phelps for his first medal win

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A year ago Chase Kalisz packed up his college life at the University of Georgia and moved to the desert to train with world-renown Olympian Michael Phelps and long-time coach Bob Bowman at Arizona State. That moved paid off Saturday night when Kalisz took home silver for the United States in the 400m individual medley,… Read More →

State Forty Eight shirt benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation

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Local apparel company, State Forty Eight is debuting its new “Tillman” shirt with a portion of sales going to the Pat Tillman Foundation. The brand partnered with the foundation as a way to contribute to its efforts of raising money for military veterans and their spouses, through academic scholarships. “The Pat Tillman Foundation has always been… Read More →

Fiesta Bowl, Cactus Bowl have $169.4M economic impact

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Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl, the two annual college football bowl games hosted in the Valley during the 2015-2016 season, combined to generate an estimated $169.4 million in economic impact, including $79 million in total direct spending for the Valley and more than $7.5 million in direct tax revenue. The breakdown specifically between the two games attributed $111.6 million… Read More →

Taurasi looking to join elite list with four Olympic gold medals in basketball

Τhe torch during the course of the last rehersal of the The Lighting Ceremony of the Flame for the Olympic Games “Rio 2016” and the Torch Relay, Naos Iras, Archea Olympia.
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Four Olympic gold medals is a feat that only two basketball players, male or female, have ever accomplished. Diana Taurasi, along with teammates Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings, will lengthen that list with a gold medal in next month’s Summer Olympics. “Being selected to the Olympics again means a lot to me. I take a… Read More →

Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner ready for Olympics

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First-time Olympian Brittney Griner understands what it means to serve and represent her country. “I’m super excited. I wanted to enlist when I was younger. My dad enlisted in the military,” Griner said. “I have a lot of military and law enforcement in my family. To be able to play for my country means everything… Read More →

Phoenix Suns, city and state officials see great opportunity in Mexico City games

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When people think of sports in Mexico, they usually think about soccer, but the Phoenix Suns are hoping to grow the game of basketball with the Mexican people. On Wednesday, the team announced it will have two consecutive games in Mexico City in January 2017 and be the host team. The first game will be versus the… Read More →

Arizona delegates praise inspiration, unity in Trump speech

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gets in the spirit of the celebration after the Republican National Convention. (Photo by David Marino Jr./Cronkite News)

Donald Trump closed out a bumpy Republican National Convention Thursday, officially accepting the party’s presidential nomination in a rousing speech that reiterated campaign themes of bringing law and order and prosperity to the country. The hourlong speech brought delegates in the packed Quicken Loans arena to their feet chanting “Trump” thunderously as the billionaire businessman,… Read More →

ASU looks to become Olympic training destination

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When legendary swim coach Bob Bowman was deciding whether to take over Arizona State’s swimming team last year, the tipping point was the university’s commitment to Olympic sports. “When I chose to come to ASU, it was because Ray (Anderson, ASU vice president for university athletics and athletics director,) and (ASU President) Dr. (Michael) Crow… Read More →

Coyotes president LeBlanc ‘moving forward’ with new arena site

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The Coyotes moved one step closer to finding a new home Friday. In what he called “an update, not an announcement,” team president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said the Coyotes have chosen a site for their new arena. LeBlanc would not disclose a specific location or timeline for the arena, but said more details would… Read More →

Mayor hopes arrival of Roadrunners can turn Tucson ‘into a hockey town’

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At least two of the people who played a critical role in bringing the newly named Roadrunners, the Arizona Coyotes minor league affiliate, to Tucson grew up watching the classic Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons. “I always liked how the Roadrunner was one step ahead of the Coyote,” Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said. “Was… Read More →

Cactus League names Jeff Meyer new president

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Scottsdale businessman Jeff Meyer, long active in sports and tourism circles, has been elected President of the Cactus League Baseball Association. Meyer’s two-year volunteer term ends June 30, 2018. He has served on the Cactus League’s board for 17 years as a representative of the Scottsdale Charros. “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity… Read More →

Copa America excitement could be step toward bringing MLS team to Valley

Fans of the Mexican National Soccer Team tailgate before their Copa America match against Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo by Joe Steen/Cronkite News)

Thirteen-year old Braulio Estaco had never attended a soccer game, let alone a game as big as a Copa America match, before he arrived at the June 5 Group C contest between Mexico and Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium. “I traveled here all the way from El Paso, Texas, with the family,” Estaco said.… Read More →