After seeing an apology about a cartoon on the website of the University of Arizona's student newspaper last night, the Daily Wildcat, we were ready to channel our inner Michael Scott -- "There is no such thing as an appropriate joke. That's why it's a joke."However, the apparent "joke" is about a f ... 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 >>
Arizona State's women's softball team proved once and for all that it is the nation's very best last night, pounding the Florida Gators 7-2 to win the NCAA championship in Oklahoma City.Dallas Escobedo, best pitcher on best teamThe Sun Devils swept the best-of-three series against the formidable ... 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 >>
The Arizona Wildcats will take the floor in a few hours against the Memphis Tigers in first-round NCAA action.Onetime Arizona Wildcat Josh Pastner about to coach against old teamThe 5th-seeded Cats are favored over a young Tigers team coached by former Arizona player and assistant coach Josh Past ... More >>
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Does the season matter for the probation-slapped Devils?
It wasn't even a sellout at the Wells Fargo Arena last night for the rivalry game between the ASU Sun Devils and the Arizona Wildcats, and probably with good reason. Arizona's Derrick Williams: One of the Pac-10's bestThe Wildcats do have a very nice team in this, their rebound year ... More >>
One of the very best college basketball games of the season aired on Saturday night, ending with the Arizona Wildcats nipping the Cal Golden Bears 107-105 in three thrilling overtimes.Saturday night's road win made it a rare sweep of the Bay Area schools (Cal and Stanford), and kept the surprisin ... More >>
Momentous happenings in men's Pac-10 basketball as the conference's second half got underway last night with the Arizona teams on the road in the Bay Area.Arizona's Derrick WilliamsFor starters, the Arizona Wildcats took over sole possession of first place by virtue of a tough win over the Stanfo ... More >>
Stanfords tall timbers visit Wells Fargo Arena
Rodney GlassmanU.S. Senate hopeful Rodney Glassman, as well as several other Democrats running for office this year, were at the University of Arizona yesterday for a rally. It didn't go well.It went so bad, in fact, that the university's newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, wrote a scathing editorial w ... More >>
UA delivered a slider when we were expecting fastball
One thing was clear during halftime of the tightly contested Arizona State-California men's basketball game up in Berkeley on Saturday afternoon:The Sun Devils were up by one point, but it was about the shakiest lead one could imagine.ASU's three-point shooters, Derek Glasser, Ty Abbott and Rihar ... More >>
At the moment, most pundits are predicting that the once-powerful Pac-10 men's basketball conference will only win only one bid to next month's NCAA tournament--the automatic spot that goes to the winner of the postseason tourney in Los Angeles.That's because the league happens to be in one of th ... More >>
Only one thing's certain in this topsy-turvy Pacific-10 men's basketball season: From first place to last, any of the 10 teams are eminently capable of winning on any given night. That definitely includes the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Arizona Wildcats, both of who ... More >>
Pac-10 men's basketball supposedly is in a down cycle this season, what with UCLA and other squads losing a bunch of underclassmen to the professional ranks. One of those schools is ASU, which saw Jeff Pendergraf and the great James Harden split to the land of the big bucks (especially ... More >>
Things looked mighty bleak midway through Arizona State's baseball game against North Carolina yesterday afternoon. Then, down 4-0 in an elimination game at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, the Sun Devils loaded the bases for previously unsung outfielder Kole Calhoun. Calhoun deposited a pitch i ... More >>
Devils take on an Oregon team that hasnt played in a generation
Sun, babes, no roof. Whats not to like?
Time was that the Arizona Wildcats hated the Pac-10 postseason basketball tournament with a passion. That was when the `Cats routinely dominated league play, finishing first or second seemingly every year after now-retired Lute Olson revved up the program in the mid-1980s. Olson and his minions cons ... More >>
We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Brewer vs. Nader: The U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Arizona's Appe ... More >>
The less said about the ASU men's basketball team's effort against an average Stanford team in last night's loss at Wells Fargo Arena, the better. Hard to believe it's been just a month since the Sun Devils humilated the Cardinal by 30 points up in Palo Alto, California. This tim ... More >>
ASU, UofA get smashmouth at Wells Fargo Arena
Pat Murphy: Amazing coach. Relationship counselor? Not so much.
What was most (maybe the only thing) memorable about last night's Pac-10 slugfest between ASU and Southern Cal happened with about a minute left. USC head coach Tim Floyd (the oddly gesticulating gent in the photo) took such umbrage with a pivotal call against his squad that he felt c ... More >>
Harden, Devils tune up for Pac-10 against East Coast imps
Hoops double-dip has a Big Dance feel
This has been a terribly tough year for local sportswriters and, now, announcers. Veteran scribes Bob Moran and Bob Eger died earlier in 2008 -- Moran after a long illness and Eger after a short one. Both had been part of the fabric of the local sports scene for as long as most of us could remember ... More >>
It's one of our favorite times of the year, and not just because of all the great food and the blessed relief that temps under 100 degrees can bring. No, we're talking about the Arizona high school football championships, and all the goofy color and pagentry that the homestretch games can pro ... More >>
By Paul Rubin We were sad to learn about the death a few days ago of Bob Eger, a veteran local sportswriter and author who was known to everyone he worked with and wrote about as a consummate professional and genuine nice guy. Egs, as his pals called him, covered ASU sports forever, it seemed--act ... More >>
We want football. Give us football now.
The gospel according to Herb
A mediocre record and coddling thugs on his team didn't keep ASU football coach Dirk Koetter from getting a big raise
Run or walk for the sake of art
Ike Diogu's the Pac-10's player of the year. Will he stay at ASU or go to the NBA for millions?
The same competitive fire that took Kitch Kitchen from the war-zone streets of Newark to basketball stardom has now made her the Valley's hottest rapper.
ASU'S BASEBALL WIZARD LOVES TO PLAY HARDBALL. THIS YEAR, HE'S HAD TO.