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Johnson: Oak Creek Canyon’s West Fork Trail, part 2

Hiking Arizona

Back in the ‘70s we hiked through the old fruit orchard at the mouth of the Canyon and picked apples in the fall. We’ve hiked here a dozen times, mostly on day hikes. I’ve hiked through once in each direction. Each through-hike was quite different.

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Preview: Is this the week Rickie Fowler breaks through in a major?

PGA Tour

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Rickie Fowler knows he can win major championships. He says everyone in golf knows that. So, Rickie, how about this week in the U.S. Open?

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Greinke struggles, Pirates avoid sweep with 5-4 win over D-backs

MLB

PHOENIX — Jordy Mercer homered and had three RBIs, Jameson Taillon pitched seven effective innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided a sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

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Preview: Spieth in mini-slump heading to Shinnecock Hills, US Open

PGA Tour

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Lots of folks have become accustomed to seeing Jordan Spieth’s name atop leaderboards, particularly at golf’s majors. So has Spieth.

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Preview: Tiger Woods looking US Open win, the final piece of his return to golf

PGA Tour

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods returned to the U.S. Open for the first time in three years and hardly anyone noticed.

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North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

FIFA

MOSCOW — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

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Dahlberg: Tiger Woods remains an enigma entering US Open

PGA Tour

His irons are sublime, his driver for the most part long and straight.

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Preview: Mickelson trying not to look ahead at another US Open chance

PGA Tour

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson is running out of time.

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Preview: US Open returns to traditional course with modern touch

PGA Tour

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Such is the stature of century-old Shinnecock Hills that it seems everyone can’t wait for the U.S. Open.

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Preview: Mickelson loves US Open setup, at least 17 of the holes

PGA Tour

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson believes Shinnecock Hills is one of the best setups he's ever seen for a U.S. Open.

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Jay hits 3-run HR, D-backs top Pirates 13-8 for 5th straight

MLB

PHOENIX — Jon Jay got his first three hits for Arizona, including a three-run homer, and the Diamondbacks won their fifth game in a row with a sloppy 13-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

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D-backs score on late wild pitches to beat Pirates 9-5

MLB

PHOENIX — Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove worked out of a couple of jams to help his team build a five-run lead over Arizona after six innings. When he opened the seventh by intentionally plunking Chris Owings, it not only put a runner on, it sparked the Diamondbacks to a massive rally.

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Preview: Champions League drama gives World Cup tough act to follow

World Cup

A spirit of chaos and adventure swept through this season’s Champions League, serving up a record number of goals and almost non-stop drama when the top teams collided.

Howard: The greatest tennis player who couldn’t play … Ion Tiriac

My Point

When you think of the athletes who have acquired the most wealth over their careers and life-time, you would never imagine that Ion Tiriac would be at the top of that list. Many people wouldn’t even know who you’re talking about. Over two billion dollars later, the 79 year-old from Romania laughs all the way to the bank, his bank.

NAZ Suns Basketball Camp set for July 27

Local Sports in Brief

The Northern Arizona Suns are scheduled to host their second annual NAZ Suns Basketball Camp from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 27.

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Doubt cast on North American profit pledge for 2026 World Cup

FIFA

MOSCOW — In a FIFA election where money could be key, Morocco tried to heap doubt on North American promises of multi-billion dollar 2026 World Cup profits on Monday.

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Goldschmidt stays hot as Diamondbacks beat Rockies 8-3

MLB

DENVER — A weekend trip to hitter-friendly Coors Field has sparked Arizona’s offense.

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Dustin Johnson reclaims world’s top spot with St. Jude win

PGA Tour

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dustin Johnson is back in his spot as the world’s top-ranked golfer thanks to a dominant victory capped by an absolutely amazing hole-out for eagle.

Roundup: Diana Taurasi scores 25 points, Mercury defeat Aces 72-66

WNBA

PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi scored 25 points, Brittney Griner had 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Las Vegas Aces 72-66 on Sunday.

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This one goes to 11: Nadal beats Thiem for French Open title

ATP Tour

PARIS — In full control of the French Open final, a rather familiar position for him, Rafael Nadal suddenly was worried.

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1

MONTREAL — Sebastian Vettel led from the pole to the checkered flag — and then some — to claim a long-awaited Ferrari victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Clint Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at Michigan

NASCAR

BROOKLYN, Mich. — After 120 laps and two stages, the race could now be official. Any driver in the lead might conceivably win if rain intervened.

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Tiger’s last major win 10 years ago a testament to willpower

PGA Tour

Hank Haney first noticed something wrong when Tiger Woods got up from the dinner table to get something to drink and stopped suddenly, bent over with his eyes closed and then held the position until he could keep walking.

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Justify wins Belmont to become 13th Triple Crown champion

Horse Racing

NEW YORK — Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday and become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years.

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Goldschmidt stays hot, Shaw melts down, D-backs top Rockies

MLB

DENVER — Paul Goldschmidt had his second straight two-homer game and drove in four runs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage of a double error by Brian Shaw to rally past the Colorado Rockies 12-7 on Saturday afternoon.

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