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Roundup: Gritty K-State delivers another upset, 61-58 over Kentucky

College Basketball — NCAA Tournament

ATLANTA — Kentucky’s latest group of fabulous freshman is all done.

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Roundup: Arrieta makes 1st appearance since joining Phillies

MLB - Spring Training

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Eight days before opening day, Jake Arrieta made his first appearance for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Carolina beats Coyotes after giving up weird goal

NHL: Hurricanes 6, Coyotes 5

RALEIGH, N.C. — Cam Ward allowed an early goal when the puck stuck in his skate. With Arizona trying to force overtime, the Carolina goalie used his glove to prevent another one.

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Spieth, Reed to face each other in Match Play


AUSTIN, Texas — Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed play some of their most spirited golf against one another in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup, remarkable only because they're on the same team.

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Badgers girls tennis shuts out Bears

Prep Girls Tennis: Prescott 9, Bradshaw Mountain 0

It would be wise not to underestimate Prescott’s girls’ tennis team in 2018. The Badgers are flying under the radar with a talented, sophomore-dominated lineup that, before long, might start surprising top-tier opponents.

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Bradshaw boys tennis team blanks Prescott, moves to 7-0

Prep Boys Tennis: Bradshaw Mountain 9, Prescott 0

Seven team matches. Seven wins. Total margin of victory: 62-1. As the midway point of the 2018 season approaches, evaluating the strength of Bradshaw Mountain’s tennis squad rests mostly in the numbers.

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All goes well in return to the hardwood for ‘Big Sauce’ Alan Williams

NBA Gatorade League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Almost six months to the day since having surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee, “Big Sauce” Alan Williams returned to the court wearing a Suns jersey.

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Bergner: Patience the key in NAZ Suns’ future

Column: On The Ball

PRESCOTT VALLEY — As the 2017-18 regular season comes to a close, NBA Gatorade League fans are preparing for two scenarios:

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Rookie Keller sets up 2 in Coyotes’ 4-1 win over Sabres


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Clayton Keller had two assists to set the Arizona Coyotes' franchise record for most points by a rookie in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NHL's two worst teams.

Hiking Arizona column: Hiking the Superstition Wilderness

The best spring wildflower displays I have consistently enjoyed over the past 50 years of hiking in Arizona have been in the Superstitions.

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March Madness moves on to the Sweet 16

College Basketball: NCAA Tournament (and Courier Challenge)

The opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament was not madness. It was straight bonkers.

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Preview: WVU has short tournament turnaround to get ahead of storm

College Basketball: Sweet 16

For the second straight year, a major winter storm has scrambled West Virginia's travel plans for the NCAA Tournament.

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Preview: Hot-shooting Clemson Tigers reach 1st Sweet 16 in 21 years

College Basketball: Sweet 16

CLEMSON, S.C. — The formula for Clemson’s run to the Sweet 16 is simple — when the Tigers hit shots, they’re difficult to beat.

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McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Mickelson lose early in Match Play


AUSTIN, Texas — Rory McIlroy put together another flawless back nine, running off five straight birdies.

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Jordan Spieth looking for a spark at Match Play

PGA Tour

AUSTIN, Texas — Seven tournaments into the year, Jordan Spieth has two top 10s, two missed cuts and no serious chances at winning.

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Cougars dispatch Kingman in 3A West opener

Prep Softball

CHINO VALLEY — Chino Valley’s softball team may not possess a heavy-hitting lineup in 2018, but the Cougars sure can put down bunts and move runners into scoring position. If anything, that unflashy offensive strategy suits coach Matt Dunn fine.

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Preview: Loyola returns home for Sweet 16 prep as talk of Chicago

College Basketball: Sweet 16

CHICAGO — These sure are sweet times for Loyola-Chicago.

More than 200 golfers attend Leprechaun Charity Open on St. Patrick’s Day

Local Sports In Brief

At the ninth annual Leprechaun Charity Open Golf Tournament, 234 golfers were on hand and helped raise $8,200 for Prescott Area Shelter Services on March 17 at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott.

Kobritz: Is tanking in baseball a problem like the NBA?

Column: Beyond the Lines

The 2018 baseball season is almost upon us but before the games begin, fans of a number of teams are advised to consider the words of Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto.

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Griffin narrowly misses triple-double, Pistons rout Suns


PHOENIX — Blake Griffin always seemed to hurt the Suns when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Roundup: Dodgers wait to hear how long Turner out with broken wrist

MLB: Spring Training

The Los Angeles Dodgers might've caught a break with Justin Turner's broken wrist.

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Penny Hardaway takes over as Memphis’ new basketball coach

College Basketball

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In hopes of revitalizing its struggling basketball program, Memphis has turned to a favorite son to bring back fans and regain the school’s recruiting leverage in the basketball-rich city.

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It’s a hit! Brewers re-enact ‘The Sandlot’ in spring training video

MLB: Spring Training

PHOENIX — Even before the start of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers have their first hit.

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What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness

College Basketball: NCAA Tournament

One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament: Madness. But even that's probably underselling it.

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Northern Ace Volleyball takes 9th of 128 clubs in Colorado

Local Sports in Brief

The Northern Ace Volleyball Academy finished ninth out of 128 clubs at the Colorado Crossroads tournament Friday through Sunday, March 16 to 18, in Denver.