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Cougar football program filled with optimism for 2016 (AUDIO)

Coach: 'I think we're an above .500 team this year'

CHINO VALLEY – Coming off a 2015 campaign that saw his football program win as many games as it had in the previous three seasons combined, Chino Valley head coach Wade Krug is optimistic to say the least.

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Drury hits sac fly in 11th, D'backs beat Braves 10-9

Brandon Drury came out of high school thinking he might help the Atlanta Braves win games one day. He did just the opposite Wednesday night.

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Preview capsule: Chino Valley High School Girls’ Soccer

Chino Valley High Girls’ Soccer

Playoffs begin with eye toward PGA Tour player of the year

The Olympics are over. The Ryder Cup in on the horizon.

Olympics done, WNBA ready for sprint to the finish

With the Olympics behind it, the WNBA is ready to restart its season after a monthlong break.

Federer looked into ways to play either Olympics or US Open

Maybe Roger Federer could play the Olympics and skip the U.S. Open. Or sit out the Rio Games and make it to New York.

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USC’s dominant run at No. 1, SEC’s rise define 2000s

The Southern California teams of the mid-2000s were one of the greatest college football dynasties ever seen. Arguably the sport’s coolest as well.

Coyotes hire what’s believed to be 1st female NHL coach

The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history.

Diamondbacks’ president gets 8-year contract extension

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed with team president and chief executive officer Derrick Hall on an eight-year contract extension.

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*Update* - Northern Arizona Suns announce two open tryout dates

PRESCOTT VALLEY — In preparation for their inaugural 2016-2017 campaign, the Northern Arizona Suns announced Tuesday afternoon they will hold two open tryouts prior to the NBA D-League’s draft on Oct. 29.

Column: Highs and lows of A-Rod

Based on statistics, Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest and most prolific players in MLB history. He is also one of the most polarizing and disliked players of his generation.

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Kemp’s bases-loaded double lifts Braves past D-backs

Matt Kemp’s two-out, bases-loaded double in the eighth inning erased a one-run Arizona lead and the Atlanta Braves beat the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Tuesday night in the second of a four-game series between teams with the two worst records in the National League.

Prescott’s Olympian shares her last report from Rio

This is my last report from Rio but my first as an official Olympian.

Daily fantasy sports sites aim to make Nevada comeback

Daily fantasy sports websites are trying to get legal after a series of state-level setbacks that shut them down in some parts of the country, but officials who set policy in the gambling mecca of Nevada indicated they won’t be bending too far backward for the companies.

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Roughriders eye return to national tournament in 2016

PRESCOTT – Fresh off the program’s first NJCAA national tournament bid in 2015, the Yavapai College volleyball team is looking for more this fall than just an early first-round exit on a national stage.

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Northern Arizona Suns release 2016-2017 regular season schedule

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Shortly after the parent club announced training camp would be held on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff come September, the Northern Arizona Suns had some news of their own Monday afternoon, officially releasing their 2016-2017 schedule.

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Badgers aim to end playoff drought in 2016 (VIDEO)

Coach: Must avoid ‘missteps’

PRESCOTT – The last time a Prescott football team qualified for the state playoffs, seniors on the current roster were still in eighth grade.

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Preview: Yavapai College soccer turns page with 26 new players

For the Yavapai College men’s soccer program and its longtime coach, Mike Pantalione, success on the conference, regional and national stages has rarely eluded the Roughriders.

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Diamondbacks lose 9-1 against Padres

Luis Perdomo sent a message to the San Diego Padres: He wants a spot in the rotation next season.

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Kevin Harvick wins rain-delayed NASCAR race at Bristol

Kevin Harvick wasn’t worried about his poor qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, starting 24th gave Harvick exactly what he wanted to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Cardinals’ Mathieu returns: ‘I’ve got my swag back’

Tyrann Mathieu, Justin Bethel and Frostee Rucker practiced for the first time this training camp Sunday and Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said “there’s no doubt” all three will be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener.

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Samba, reflections and pride in final Rio Olympics party

Shaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief.

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US men grab hoops gold on Rio’s final day

The Brazilians closed out the Rio Games in style Sunday. So did the U.S. men’s basketball team.

Speedo USA, 3 other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

Less than 24 hours after the close of the Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte took a major financial hit Monday for a drunken incident he initially tried to pass off as an armed robbery.

Column: Visiting the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (Mason) Ohio

A little over a week ago I was making the rounds at the longest running tournament (in the same city) held in the United States, the Western and Southern Tennis Open in Mason, Ohio - technically Cincinnati since 1899.