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Bledsoe scores 31, but Suns lose

PHOENIX — Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49.8 seconds to play, and the Utah Jazz made it seven in a row over Phoenix with a 106-101 victory against the Suns on Monday night.

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Khaira gets 1st goal, Oilers beat Coyotes

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jujhar Khaira gave the Oilers the lead with his first career goal and Edmonton beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

Alabama hires Arizona’s Greg Byrne as AD

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Greg Byrne is returning to the Southeastern Conference as Alabama’s athletic director after running Arizona’s athletic department since 2010.

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*Update* - NAZ Suns crush Drive, win 2nd straight

NBA D-League - Northern Arizona 121, Grand Rapids 90

With the 13th annual NBA D-League Showcase right around the corner, the Northern Arizona Suns finished the first half of the 2016-17 season on a strong note.

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Padres hit 13 3-pointers in 90-66 rout over Badgers

Parsons scores 15 points, but Prescott commits 17 turnovers in loss

PRESCOTT — Cameron Parsons scored 15 points, Kody Jones and Paxton Henry each had nine, but the Prescott boys’ basketball team surrendered 13 3-pointers and committed 17 turnovers in a 90-66 loss to Marcos de Niza on Friday night.

Bagdad QB Loveall sets state records in passing TDs, yards

Loveall: ‘I never thought I would break any state records’

BAGDAD — Israel Loveall came into the 2016 campaign with two goals in mind: One, win a state championship; and two, go undefeated. Check and check. What the junior quarterback didn’t envision, however, was smashing record books along the way.

Local Briefly: Golf results

Antelope Hills Men's Golf Club played its Jan. 9 tournament on the South Course in Prescott ...

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Bears claw rival Lee Williams in OT thriller

Workman scores game winner to even Bradshaw Mountain's region record at 1-1

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain High’s girls’ soccer team bounced back from a Grand Canyon Region-opening loss at Class 4A No. 1-ranked Flagstaff earlier this week by posting a 3-2 overtime victory over Lee Williams.

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Badgers fall to rival Eagles 2-nil

FLAGSTAFF — Sierra Hazlett and Calista Chaffin each scored second-half goals for Flagstaff to edge the No. 3-ranked Prescott girls’ soccer team 2-0 on Tuesday afternoon.

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Player Profile: 19-year-old NAZ Suns forward Jones Jr. known for his hops

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Long-limbed, tall and slender, Northern Arizona Suns rookie forward Derrick Jones Jr. glides as easily through the air as he does across a basketball court.

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Williams shines, Mavericks beat Suns 113-108 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY — Deron Williams had 23 points and 15 assists, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on Thursday night in the fourth NBA regular-season game played in Mexico.

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No. 16 Wildcats rout rival Sun Devils

TUCSON — Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 30 points, Kadeem Allen added 18 and No. 16 Arizona used a dominating first half to beat rival Arizona State 91-75 on Thursday night.

Sports Briefs: Cardinals re-sign defensive tackle Mauro to 2-year deal

TEMPE (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals re-signed defensive tackle Josh Mauro to a two-year contract Thursday.

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Chino boys pound Kingman to win 3A West opener (PHOTO GALLERY)

Cougars’ Brooks scores game-high 19 in rout at home

CHINO VALLEY – Chino Valley High’s boys’ basketball team hopes that its strong start to the Class 3A West Region portion of its schedule bodes well for the rest of the 2016-17 season.

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Kingman drops Chino Valley girls’ basketball, 54-36 (GALLERY)

Kingman outscored Chino Valley High’s girls’ basketball team 22-12 in the fourth quarter en route to a convincing 54-36 victory.

Column: Specialization in youth sports has dangers

In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell suggested that 10,000 hours of quality training in a specific discipline could, in most cases, turn anyone into an expert, even an elite level athlete. Unfortunately, a number of coaches and parents too eagerly embrace Gladwell’s theory when it comes to youth sports.

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Powered by Millsap’s double-double, NAZ Suns snap 9-game losing streak

O’Bryant scores 22 points, grabs 15 rebounds in 94-88 win over OKC Blue

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Elijah Millsap and Johnny O’Bryant each recorded a double-double, Askia Booker chipped in with 18 points and Northern Arizona snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 94-88 win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

Coyotes’ goalie is All-Star first time in career

LOS ANGELES — The rosters for the NHL All-Star Game are brimming with top-shelf talent, though they lack an unusual fan-picked favorite like John Scott.

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No. 15 Arizona still hoping to get Allonzo Trier back

TUCSON — Arizona sophomore guard Allonzo Trier could play this season. Then again, he may not.

D-League’s Iowa Energy fire Matt Woodley as head coach

DES MOINES, Iowa — Matt Woodley has been fired as head coach of the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy.

Column: Getting to know the finer points of tennis

If you’re an avid tennis players who enjoys the game of singles and doubles, there is no doubt you have come across situations during a match that you might not known what to do exactly.

Local Briefly: Baseball academy day camp Feb. 19

Process Driven Baseball Academy will conduct a professional hitting day camp from noon-2:30 p.m. (ages 7-12) and 3:30-6 p.m. (ages 13-18) Sunday, Feb. 19, at Prescott Valley Event Center.

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Badgers nip Sedona in final second, 58-57

PHOENIX — Braden Lopez drained two free throws with four-tenths of a second left in regulation, lifting the Prescott High boys’ basketball team to a 58-57 win over Sedona Red Rock at the annual “Hoopin’ It Up” event Saturday night, Jan. 7, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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Eagles 2-2 in Cal-Pac after win over Cal Maritime

PRESCOTT ­— Four Eagles scored in double figures, leading Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s women’s basketball team to a 70-59 victory over Cal Maritime on Saturday night, Jan. 7.

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Patterson’s buzzer beater sends NAZ Suns to 9th straight loss

RENO, Nev. — Elijah Millsap scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws to put the Suns ahead by 1 in overtime with 4 seconds to play, but Reno’s Lamar Patterson hit a 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, handing Northern Arizona its ninth straight loss in a 91-89 overtime heartbreaker.