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Arizona, Gonzaga try to end West Coast Final Four drought

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for Gonzaga and Arizona.

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Mickelson says he won’t be called as witness in trial

AUSTIN, Texas — While his name has been mentioned as a pivotal figure in a federal insider trading criminal trial, Phil Mickelson shrugged off any hint that will be hanging over him this week or in the run up to The Masters next month — both with his play and his comments.

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Scherzer says finger healed, should pitch in opening week

JUPITER, Fla. — Saying his finger feels normal, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer proclaimed himself healed following his first exhibition start this year, a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

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NASCAR suspends crew chiefs for Keselowski and Harvick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on Wednesday for violations at Phoenix Raceway.

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NFL looking to speed up games via officiating and less breaks

NEW YORK — For all those NFL fans longing for more action, fewer interruptions and a better flow to games, Commissioner Roger Goodell is with you.

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Day leaves Match Play as mother battles lung cancer

AUSTIN, Texas — Defending champion Jason Day tearfully withdrew from the Dell Technologies Match Play after six holes Wednesday so he could be with his mother when she has surgery for lung cancer.

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Coyotes damage Lightning’s playoff hopes with 5-3 win

TAMPA, Fla. — The Arizona Coyotes, not the Tampa Bay Lightning, looked like the team chasing a postseason spot.

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Hassan Whiteside gets hurt late, leads Heat past Suns

Marquese Chriss scores 24 points for Phoenix, which has lost 5 straight

MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside was enjoying a record-setting night.

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Former Badger chases big league dreams with D-backs (VIDEO)

Pridie: 'It’s a great feeling to be able to finally join this organization'

SCOTTSDALE — From dramatic state championship home runs in high school to simply taking the ball the other way for a base hit in spring training, Prescott native Jason Pridie is still getting a chance to play the game he loves.

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Ellis scores twice to lead Predators past Coyotes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ryan Ellis scored twice, Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Monday night.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers battling dementia

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Chicago Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia.

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Police: Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

BOSTON — Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room — but the mystery isn’t over.

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Pistons get hot late to beat Suns

Phoenix led by 10 in third quarter, but lose by 17

Stan Van Gundy wants his Detroit Pistons to play with energy in the middle of a playoff race.

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Big gamble pays off in Phoenix's NASCAR race

Newman skips late pit stop, stuns the field

A big gamble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan Newman. When just about everybody else decided to take a tire-changing pit stop in the final few laps on Sunday, Newman figured he’d be going in with them.

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Marlins’ Prado to likely miss opener

Former Diamondback has a hamstring injury

Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado is expected to miss the start of the regular season after straining his right hamstring at the World Baseball Classic.

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Arizona heads to Sweet 16

Wildcats beat Saint Mary’s 69-60 after lackluster 1st half

SALT LAKE CITY — Arizona and Saint Mary’s are no strangers after scrimmaging during the preseason three times in the last four years. So, the Wildcats weren’t surprised when the Gaels punched them in the mouth early.

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Tigers outfielder sprains foot, out several days; D-backs top Netherlands

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for several days. X-rays were negative.

Anna Nordqvist shoots 11-under 61, takes Founders Cup lead

Anna Nordqvist was right at home on another hot, low-scoring day in the Valley of the Sun.

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Kisner, Hoffman share Bay Hill lead

Charley Hoffman would have been happy to get off the 18th hole at Bay Hill with a par and go into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational within one shot of the lead.

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Fresh generation of drivers emerging on circuit

The NASCAR kids keep coming on strong. Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR's lineup for its Monster Energy Series race on Sunday are 26 or younger.

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Allen, Blues shut out Coyotes

Jake Allen stopped 31 shots for his fourth shutout of the season to lead the playoff-contending St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

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NCAA Rundown - Friday: Freshmen lead Kentucky over Northern Kentucky, 79-70

INDIANAPOLIS — Bam Adebayo had 15 points and 18 rebounds on Friday night as Kentucky showed the new kids on their block how it's done at NCAA Tournament time, gritting out a 79-70 victory over stubborn Northern Kentucky.

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NCAA - Women: Dornstauder’s perfection leads Arizona State to 73-61 victory

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After a season of not quite reaching expectations and dealing with injures, Arizona State finally gave coach Charli Turner Thorne the kind of game she wanted.

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Magic end 4-game skid with 109-103 win over Suns

PHOENIX — In a season that hasn't gone well, the Orlando Magic entered Friday night with only three wins in the second of back-to-back games this season.

NHL: Coyotes lose in shootout with Detroit

Nyquist’s goal proves to be the difference for Red Wings

Gustav Nyquist’s shootout goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.