No one, probably including the University of Arizona's head baseball coach Andy Lopez would have predicted when the season started in February that the Wildcats would make it to the College World Series in Omaha. But they did. And on Sunday night, Arizona will oppose either Arkansas or South Caroli ... More >>
Tipoff is less than two hours away at the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix, and the streets are teeming with folks from "back East." It actually feels like a "real" city, a real downtown. We're speaking of the NCAA West Regionals, which include four Sweet 16 teams, one which wi ... More >>
We wrote last week about our weird experience watching (on TV) an NCAA first-round tournament game between Southern Mississippi and Kansas State. For us, it was memorable only for the chants that came from the Southern Miss pep band as KSU player Angel Rodriguez stepped to the line to attem ... More >>
Like millions of other hard-working Americans, we took pause yesterday (just occasionally, boss!) to sneak some peaks at the first-round games of the men's NCAA basketball tourney.The annual March Madness first-round Thursdays and Fridays are among our favorite days of the year. Thirty-two flippi ... More >>
Stick a pitchfork in the Arizona State men's basketball team, which got thumped last night by Stanford in a first-round Pac-12 Conference tournament game. The 85-65 loss at LA's Staples Center in front of about as many folks as watched the Sun Devils this year in Tempe at the Wells Fargo Are ... More >>
We didn't go by the Wells Fargo Arena last night for Arizona State's 66-57 loss to UCLA, but we know a few diehards who tells us that the announced attendance of 5,477 was exaggerated by a whole lot.Head Coach Herb SendekThe game itself was a microcosm of ASU's lost season--a nice effort by a sad ... More >>
Lots of sports action in Tempe this weekend, which for our purposes starts tonight at the Wells Fargo Arena, where the ASU Sun Devils should be in a close, if not so artistic, battle against the equally lowly Utah Utes. the game, which will not be televised (it's on KTAR620), marks the return o ... More >>
Strange game, fast-pitch softball.Dallas Escobedo on cusp on taking Sun Devils to national crownJust last Friday night, the Florida Gators were poised to post a come-from-behind victory over the top-ranked ASU Sun Devils.Alas, the Devils pulled their own comeback and stole a 6-5 victory on their ... More >>
Both Arizona major-college softball programs rolled through their respective NCAA Regionals over the weekend in Tempe and Tucson, the first of two steps necessary to earn a coveted spot in the College World Series.Freshman ace Dallas Escobedo leads Devils to Super Regionals Neither squad rea ... More >>
Most of Arizona and Wildcats fans around the globe held their collective breath early Saturday evening as, remarkably, their team had a chance in the last seconds to win the NCAA West Regionals and head to the Final Four.One of the all-time Arizona Wildcats, Mr. Derrick WilliamsDown by two points ... More >>
Arizona has just beaten Memphis 77-75 in the first round of the NCAA championships.Derrick Williams saves the day--again--for the Arizona WildcatsA last-second block by Derrick Williams--eerily similar to what he did in a 87-86 win over Washington a few weeks ago--preserved the big win. To c ... More >>
thesundevils.cstv.comThe Arizona State baseball team is on a mission for title number six as they play in their opening College World Series game on Sunday. The program's last NCAA title was in 1981 and has won five overall (1965, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1981). In Tempe, however, it feels a lot ... More >>
As expected, the Arizona State baseball team is moving on. After taking three straight games as a Regional host, the Sun Devils will now play in their sixth Super Regional since 2003, the second-most in the NCAA over that time span. Ho hum, just another day at the ball field for the perennial pow ... More >>
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We enjoyed our many hours in 2008 at Maricopa County Juvenile Court in south Phoenix, after which we published some stories about how things play out down there.We spent days on end in the courtroom of Judge Mike Kemp, who then was new to the bench and learning the ropes in juvie court.Kemp prove ... More >>
The Big Dance finally started an hour or so ago, with Florida and BYU going at it in Oklahoma City. We're here at work, occasionally (really) checking the scores on the Internet, just like millions of other March Madness junkies. We already are rethinking our Final Four picks of Ka ... More >>
ASU's men's basketball team went down in flames last night at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, losing to Jacksonville Dolphins 67-66 after a bizarre finish that confirms a time-tested Yogi Berra adage--it ain't over `til it's over.A Devils' season that once had been a pleasant surprise ended abrup ... More >>
Picked by the pre-season pundits to finish in seventh place, the Arizona State Sun Devils improbably moved into a virtual first-place tie with Cal on Sunday afternoon as the Pac-10 men's basketball into the homestretch.ASU beat the fading Arizona Wildcats 73-69 in an especially intense game yeste ... More >>
We appreciated former Arizona State University baseball coach Pat Murphy before the school controversially dismissed him a few months ago, after the 51-year-old had been chosen as the Pac-10's Coach of the Year for the third straight season. Murph (the burly fellow in the photo) alway ... More >>
We like Herb Sendek (pictured) and how he's taken a beaten-down ASU men's basketball program up a notch in the past few years, thanks in large part to his now-departed superstar James Harden. Sendek's guys always play hard and, at times last year, well enough to compete with all b ... More >>
We never thought we'd be writing the following words: The Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team will take the floor against the top-ranked Louisville Wildcats in Sweet 16 action late this afternoon. Channel 5 will air the game in the Valley at 4 p.m.The 12th-seeded Wildcats--by far the lowest-ranke ... More >>
www.pac-10.orgJames Harden scored 27 against U of A.Arizona State's 68-56 win over the boys from Tucson in a Pac-10 tourney game that ended a few minutes ago can be attributed to one player's piss-poor performance: Arizona's Chase Budinger. The highly touted Wildcats' forward played as soft as a c ... More >>
Coming off two spirit-crushing overtime losses last weekend in Washington, the Arizona State Sun Devils try to regroup tonight against Stanford in a 6:30 game in Tempe. ASU's Pac-10 championship hopes went out the window with the back-to-back defeats, and now the team is playing for a decent ... More >>
A few sights, sounds and other memories from last night's thrilling ASU win over Arizona at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe: It was the loudest crowd we've heard at the campus arena since the mid- to late-1970s, when both state schools usually had excellent, evenly matched squads. The din w ... More >>
Phoenix Suns fans: Here's a quick-and-dirty introduction to the team's newest member, Jason Richardson, who was acquired in Wednesday's five-player trade that sent Raja Bell and Boris Diaw to the Charlotte Bobcats.
By Steve Jansen It's been like this all season for Washington State In 1981, the so-shitty Northwestern Wildcats' football team set a new NCAA record for consecutive losses with a 61-14 home shellacking at the hands of Michigan State. But instead of booing and dotting players in the back of the he ... More >>
Hey, Cactus League nuts, heres the best baseball in the Valley
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Here comes the real test for Herb and company
Here comes the real test for Herb and company
Current exhibitions, installations, and shows
Current shows, exhibits, and installations
Dachshunds relish dash for charity cash
Ike Diogu's the Pac-10's player of the year. Will he stay at ASU or go to the NBA for millions?
Derby girls see red for Valentine's Massacre
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. . . they'd better stretch first
Tempe lines up free week of fun and games
Devils go dancing for the first time in years
ASU'S BASEBALL WIZARD LOVES TO PLAY HARDBALL. THIS YEAR, HE'S HAD TO.
THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR SAID ASU ADMINISTRATORS WERE ENDANGERING THE HEALTH OF STUDENT ATHLETES. THE DIRECTOR GOT FIRED. THE DANGER'S STILL THERE.