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Local Sports in Brief: Jim Briggs of Chino Valley wins Prescott chess blitz

On Saturday, Nov. 18, seven Prescott area chess players competed in 42 chess games, each game with only 5 minutes for each player using special timers. Jim Briggs of Chino Valley was the top finisher with a 10-2 record, which netted him $65. Dr. Henry Ebarb of Prescott was the top Class B rated player. He finished with 8.5 points and won $40. Dr. Ebarb is currently ranked the 80th best U.S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and over. He will move up on this list as he gained 60 points in this event. Dr. Thomas Keenan of Prescott was the best Class C player. He scored five points and earned $30. He gained 17 total rating points after play was complete. The Prescott Chess Club Blitz No. 5 was directed by president Tom Green. The next Prescott Chess Club event will be Quads No. 12 at Yavapai College on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Facebook, ESPN to broadcast NAZ Suns games this season

The NBA Gatorade League announced Friday, Nov. 3, that two Northern Arizona Suns games will be broadcast on ESPNU this season, and the other 48 games will air on Facebook Live. The Suns will be on national television at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, against the Greensboro Swarm, and are set to be part of ESPN’s coverage at the NBA G League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, when they face the Canton Charge at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Jon Bloom returns for his second season as the Suns’ play-by-play broadcaster on Facebook Live. For more information, log online to

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