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Hansen: Little League dreams brought big-league accomplishments

Hansen: Little League dreams brought big-league accomplishments

Organization's 75th anniversary resonates in baseball-mad Tucson. 

July 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hansen: UA's 'Big 6' help Wildcats make grade

Hansen: UA's 'Big 6' help Wildcats make grade

Six Pac-12 All-Academic selections are a UA record. 

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

Arizona’s 2014 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Kevin Cordes, a five-time NCAA champion, won the 100 and 200 breast stroke events in last week’s Santa Clara Grand Prix. He left the meet with a new nickname: Rip. Get it? Rip Cordes? Pretty good. Cordes showed up for the Grand Prix championships weari…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

When Greg Byrne was hired as Arizona’s athletic director in March 2010, the UA had 6,089 Wildcat Club members. After settling in office, he declared that the school would aggressively attempt to double that number, and set a goal of 12,000 by July 1, 2014, which arrives Tuesday. It seemed li…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Tucson's Lagat wins 7th US title in 5,000

Tucson's Lagat wins 7th US title in 5,000

When Tucsonan Bernard Lagat won the USA national championship in the 5,000 meters Friday night in Sacramento, California, it became his seventh U.S. outdoor title in that event, an American record. What makes Lagat’s winning time of 13 minutes 31.41 seconds special is that he will turn 40 …

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
ASU's Carson to battle UA's Johnson for Rockets' spot

ASU's Carson to battle UA's Johnson for Rockets' spot

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson went undrafted Thursday, and it can’t be much of a shock.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

Sahuaro High School grad makes it to the big leagues.

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Candrea getting national Player of the Year

Candrea getting national Player of the Year

UA softball team doesn't really need to keep recruiting pitchers.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
My two cents: ASU's Carson, as expected, goes undrafted

My two cents: ASU's Carson, as expected, goes undrafted

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson went undrafted Thursday, and it can’t be much of a shock.

June 28, 2014 4:33 pm
Arizona Stadium ranked No. 9 in Pac-12

Arizona Stadium ranked No. 9 in Pac-12

Athlon Magazine last week ranked the Pac-12 football stadiums for game day character and atmosphere. Arizona was No. 9. But the man on the 10-person panel who probably has the most on-site knowledge of all Pac-12 stadiums, analyst Rick Neuheisel, ranked Arizona Stadium No. 4. He has played, …

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

Wildcat Club growing quickly under Byrne

When Greg Byrne was hired as Arizona’s athletic director in March 2010, the UA had 6,089 Wildcat Club members. After settling in office, he declared that the school would aggressively attempt to double that number, and set a goal of 12,000 by July 1, 2014, which arrives Tuesday. It seemed li…

June 28, 2014 12:53 pm
Candrea getting national Player of the Year

Candrea getting national Player of the Year

Summer recruiting season for softball begins in earnest Tuesday, and UA coach Mike Candrea won’t necessarily be looking for a franchise pitcher. His incoming freshman left-hander Taylor McQuillin last week was named the national high school softball Player of the Year by Gatorade. She pitche…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
UA's Sean Miller visits ex-UA swimming coach

UA's Sean Miller visits ex-UA swimming coach

When UA basketball coach Sean Miller was in Colorado Springs earlier this month for the USA U18 training camp and world championships, he visited the home of ex-UA swimming coach Frank Busch, now the director of USA Swimming’s national teams, based in Colorado Springs. The coaches had dinner…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Palo Verde grad Cotton signs with Spurs' Summer League team

Palo Verde grad Cotton signs with Spurs' Summer League team

A day after not being selected in the NBA draft, Palo Verde High School grad Bryce Cotton agreed to sign with the San Antonio Spurs and play for the Spurs’ NBA Summer League team that begins July 11. Good for Cotton, who finished second in scoring in the Big East Conference at Providence las…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Sabino grad J.J. Hardy unlikely to make All-Star team

Sabino grad J.J. Hardy unlikely to make All-Star team

Sabino grad J.J.Hardy is third in the voting for the America League shortstop position, which means he’s unlikely to make his third All-Star team next month. Strangely, Hardy has just one home run this season for Baltimore. He hit 25 a year ago; the baseball stat guys last week determined th…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Former UA golfer Gulbis marries ex-Yale quarterback Rodarmel

Former UA golfer Gulbis marries ex-Yale quarterback Rodarmel

Former UA golfer Natalie Gulbis, a regular on the LGPA Tour for 13 years, married former Yale quarterback Josh Rodarmel last week. He is the owner of athletic wristbands maker Power Balance. Since leaving Arizona, Gulbis has won one Tour event, the 2007 Evian Masters, in 282 starts.

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
UA golfer Kornberg secures spot in Publinx finals

UA golfer Kornberg secures spot in Publinx finals

UA junior golfer Dylan Kornberg of Catalina Foothills had the round of his life last week at U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifying in Phoenix. He shot a blazing 27 on the front-nine for a first-day round of 63, getting one of five spots in the Publinx finals in July in Newton, Kansas. One of …

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

UA's 'Rip' Cordes takes two titles

Arizona’s 2014 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Kevin Cordes, a five-time NCAA champion, won the 100 and 200 breast stroke events in last week’s Santa Clara Grand Prix. He left the meet with a new nickname: Rip. Get it? Rip Cordes? Pretty good. Cordes showed up for the Grand Prix championships weari…

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
Ex-Cat Kristie Fox marries ex-Beaver Andy Jarvis

Ex-Cat Kristie Fox marries ex-Beaver Andy Jarvis

Candrea attended the wedding last week of former UA shortstop Kristie Fox, whose sister, Kellie Fox, will return for her Arizona senior season after playing with the USA national team this summer. Kristie Fox, who helped Arizona win the 2006 and 2007 NCAA championships, married former Oregon…

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
UA women's golf lands five-star recruit Gigi Stoll

UA women's golf lands five-star recruit Gigi Stoll

Gigi Stoll, a five-star recruit from Beaverton, Ore., has committed to play golf for Arizona’s Laura Ianello. Stoll last week won the Oregon Amateur and played in the U.S. Women’s Open when she was 15.

June 28, 2014 12:54 pm
Ex-UA distance runner Sambu wins Boston Athletic Association 10K

Ex-UA distance runner Sambu wins Boston Athletic Association 10K

Tucsonan Stephen Sambu continues to emerge as a distance runner of global impact; he won the Boston Athletic Association 10K last week in Boston, edging 2011 Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai at the finish. Sambu, a six-time All-American at Arizona, earned $10,000 for the victory. His co…

June 28, 2014 12:55 pm
Sahuaro grad Leverenz wins year's free lease to BMW

Sahuaro grad Leverenz wins year's free lease to BMW

New cars? Sahuaro High grad Caitlin Leverenz is now driving a new BMW. She won a year’s free lease to the car by being America’s top female scorer in the just-completed Grand Prix swimming series. Leverenz clinched the title, and the car, by winning the 200 IM at the Santa Clara Grand Prix l…

June 28, 2014 12:53 pm
UA track star Lalang signs with marketing firm

UA track star Lalang signs with marketing firm

After winning the NCAA 5,000 meters in Oregon two weeks ago, Arizona senior Lawi Lalang signed with a marketing firm, Global Sports Communication BV of the Netherlands. Lalang, an eight-time NCAA champion, laughed last month when he told me he wanted to get a car like Lagat’s. “He has a Merc…

June 28, 2014 12:53 pm
McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

McCoy soaking it all in as MLB pitcher

After eight years in minor-league baseball, Sahuaro High grad Pat McCoy arrived in the big leagues last Sunday.

June 28, 2014 12:52 pm
Even at 39, Lagat still getting it done

Even at 39, Lagat still getting it done

When Tucsonan Bernard Lagat won the USA national championship in the 5,000-meter run Friday night in Sacramento, California, it became his seventh U.S. outdoor title in that event, an American record. What makes Lagat’s winning time of 13 minutes 31.41 seconds special is that he will turn 40…

June 28, 2014 12:52 pm
Hansen: Slugger Duncan finally ready to smell roses

Hansen: Slugger Duncan finally ready to smell roses

Shelley Duncan is the most prolific power hitter in Tucson baseball history. There is no second place.

June 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hansen: Let NCAA athletes get paid? Dream on

Hansen: Let NCAA athletes get paid? Dream on

Should players become paid employees, sharing in conferences' millions in media rights?

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Cats vying for spot on national team

Cats vying for spot on national team

Training camp for the USA softball team, ongoing in Lynchburg, Virginia, maintains the same Arizona flavor it has had for 20 years. UA catcher Chelsea Goodacre, first baseman Hallie Wilson and shortstop Kellie Fox are among the 24 players in camp. The final roster of 17 will be announced Thu…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Former Wildcat, CWS MVP Refsnyder promoted to Triple-A

Former Wildcat, CWS MVP Refsnyder promoted to Triple-A

There’s no mystery why Arizona’s 2012 College World Series MVP Robert Refsnyder was promoted to the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton, Pennsylvania, last week. Refsnyder hit .517 this month (15 for 29) at Double-A Trenton (New Jersey), and the Yankees are bereft of top second …

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Death of Cy Young winner Welch brings memories

Death of Cy Young winner Welch brings memories

Last week’s death of 1990 Cy Young Award pitcher Bob Welch at 57 brought back memories of Arizona’s 1976 NCAA baseball championship. The Wildcats faced Welch in the championship game in Omaha, Nebraska, and beat him 7-1, with Dave Stegman going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Welch was so good that…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
UA's Lopez searching for assistant

UA's Lopez searching for assistant

UA baseball coach Andy Lopez is now searching for a new assistant coach and, more importantly, an impact recruiter. The decision by assistant coach Shaun Cole to work for USA Baseball makes for an intriguing search process.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Verdugo's new deal nears $1 million

Verdugo's new deal nears $1 million

Awaiting his assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sahuaro outfielder Alex Verdugo is equipped with a $914,600 signing bonus. I researched the Dodgers’ second-round draft picks since the modern draft began in 1965, and found that only three position players – Chase Utley, Sid Bream and Bill…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Catalina Foothills football coach Scurran to sign book

Catalina Foothills football coach Scurran to sign book

Catalina Foothills football coach Jeff Scurran, who has written a book – One Game One Time – available on Amazon, will hold a book signing Saturday from 3-5 p.m., at Tavolino Italian Restaurant at 2890 E. Skyline Drive. It is a story of Pima College’s compelling 2004 football season in which…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Former Fiesta Bowl executive director begins prison sentence

Former Fiesta Bowl executive director begins prison sentence

After Colorado routed Boston College on New Year’s Eve in the 1999 Insight.com Bowl at Arizona Stadium, the 11th game that began as the Copper Bowl, the event was re-routed to Phoenix by John Junker, then executive director of the Fiesta Bowl. He had gained financial control of the bowl from…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Former Pusch Ridge ace signs with Astros

Former Pusch Ridge ace signs with Astros

Aaron Vaughn went 6-1 in 2009 when Pusch Ridge Christian Academy won the state 2A baseball championship under coach Doug Jones, a former major-league pitching standout. Vaughn went to Northwest Nazarene University near Boise, Idaho, and stepped it up. He was named to the All-Greater Northwes…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
My two cents: New golf tournament gives the people what they want

My two cents: New golf tournament gives the people what they want

Here’s the easiest prediction of the coming 2014-15 sports season: The Champions Tour golf event at Tucson National will outdraw the old WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships at Dove Mountain.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
ASU hires pro execs, but Cats’ old-school ways find right mix

ASU hires pro execs, but Cats’ old-school ways find right mix

About the only thing the athletic departments at Arizona and ASU have in common anymore is that they are travel partners in the Pac-12.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Bond special between UA star Lalang, coach

Bond special between UA star Lalang, coach

Eight-time Arizona NCAA distance-running champion Lawi Lalang found more than just athletic success in his 3½ years at Arizona. His relationship with cross country coach James Li helped bridge the loneliness of leaving his native Kenya. “Coach Li is more than a coach,” Lalang told me. “He me…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Salpointe's Justin Holt offered scholarship by UA

Salpointe's Justin Holt offered scholarship by UA

Salpointe Catholic junior-to-be Justin Holt, a two-way starter on the Lancers’ 2013 state championship team, has been offered a scholarship by Arizona. His father, ex-UA defensive lineman Julius Holt, was recently voted into the Washington, D.C., Kingman Boys Club Hall of Fame. Justin has be…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Stoops' sprinters-turned-football-players didn't work

Stoops' sprinters-turned-football-players didn't work

In 2009 and 2010, Arizona coach Mike Stoops successfully recruited the state champion sprinters of Nevada, Garic Wharton, and Arizona, Ryan Milus. Neither one was able to translate that speed into football toughness and production. Wharton left Arizona with a year of eligibility remaining la…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
PGA pro Thompson returning home for junior event

PGA pro Thompson returning home for junior event

Rincon/University grad Michael Thompson will skip Tiger Woods’ annual PGA Tour event, the Quicken Loans National, so that he can be at Oro Valley Golf Club July 29-30 for his third annual Thompson Invitational, a golf event for Arizona juniors.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
CDO golfer Chris Meyers a favorite

CDO golfer Chris Meyers a favorite

One of the favorites will be Canyon del Oro senior Chris Meyers, who won the Thunderbird Junior Classic in Phoenix last week, with rounds of 64-69, or 11-under par. Meyers won this month’s Optimist International qualifier in Phoenix and the Willie Low Invitational in Phoenix.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
ASU hires pro execs, but Cats’ old-school ways find right mix

ASU hires pro execs, but Cats’ old-school ways find right mix

About the only thing the athletic departments at Arizona and ASU have in common anymore is that they are travel partners in the Pac-12.

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UA finances McKale renovations

UA finances McKale renovations

The UA is financing the $30 million (first phase) renovation of McKale Center at $1.1 million a year through 2029. Debt service for the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility is $3.3 million through 2043. The new floor and seats at McKale Center alone cost $4.9 million. To help pay for it, those p…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Oregon receives $12 million for softball stadium

Oregon receives $12 million for softball stadium

More Pac-12 financial news: about two weeks after Oregon softball coach Mike White said his league championship team was in need of a new stadium, an Oregon booster pledged $12 million to build the league’s newest and best softball facility. Surprise: it wasn’t Nike money. Arizona has raised…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Ex-Cat Fogg a Giant in Belgium

Ex-Cat Fogg a Giant in Belgium

Arizona’s 2012 All-Pac-12 guard Kyle Fogg, who was Finland’s Player of the Year in the Euroleague in 2013-14, signed a free agent contract last week with the Port of Antwerp Giants of Belgium. It’s the same league in which former UA all-conference guard Jason Gardner played.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Tucson's football stars part ways

Tucson's football stars part ways

Two of the best high school football players in Tucson history went their separate ways last week: Sabino lineman Andrew Mike flew to Gainesville, Florida, to begin training with the Florida Gators. Sabino tight end Matt Bushman, who signed to play at BYU, announced he will serve an LDS miss…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Hansen: Arizona Wildcats' Lalang faces biggest meet but has already won

Hansen: Arizona Wildcats' Lalang faces biggest meet but has already won

If the NCAA published a manual on “How To Be a Successful Student-Athlete,” Lawi Lalang would be on the cover. He could win an NCAA championship in smiling.

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Hansen: Tucson lands Champions Tour for March 2015

Hansen: Tucson lands Champions Tour for March 2015

By the end of the 40th and final day of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, our $9 million golf tournament established a global identity.

June 10, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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