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NAZ Suns’ coach Cody Toppert joins Phoenix staff as assistant under Kokoskov

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns will be in the market for another head coach this offseason as Cody Toppert was promoted to the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach under Igor Kokoskov on Thursday afternoon.

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Yavapai Downs to reopen as 'Arizona Downs' in PV — $2 million facelift continues

Horse Racing

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After nearly a decade of silence, Yavapai Downs is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift.

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Arizona State will have more size, lineup options this season

College Basketball

TEMPE — Arizona State was one of college basketball’s biggest surprises during the 2017-18 season, rising to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. The Sun Devils’ run came a year ahead of their coach’s schedule.

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Yavapai softball player Jaydee Boursaw named NJCAA National Player of the Year

Junior College Softball

PRESCOTT — Yavapai College standout softball player Jaydee Boursaw will have one more award to make room for on an already crowded shelf of offseason recognition as the NJCAA named her the 2018 National Player of the Year on Thursday morning.

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Marte, Avila power Diamondbacks over Pirates 9-3

MLB

PITTSBURGH — The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't waste any time breaking this game open.

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NBA Draft: Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad

NBA

PHOENIX — For most of their half-century in existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center.

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Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson tied for early lead at Travelers

PGA Tour

CROMWELL, Conn. — Jordan Spieth has no idea what it is like to play from behind at the Travelers Championship.

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No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Deandre Ayton first in NBA draft

NBA

NEW YORK — The Phoenix Suns made Deandre Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history Thursday night, and his former high school teammate Marvin Bagley III followed.

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Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances

World Cup

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Lionel Messi’s frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina’s worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years.

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Royals, Tigers to play regular season game in Omaha

MLB

OMAHA, Neb. — Major League Baseball will come to Omaha for a day next year as part of an initiative to take the product to new places, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

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Preview: All-time NBA Draft picks

NBA

There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft.

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Preview: Already a pro, Doncic set to join college stars in NBA draft

NBA

NEW YORK — Luka Doncic is about to become an NBA player, though he’s unlike the other top prospects who will be drafted.

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Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

MLB

PHILADELPHIA — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.

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Preview: Collin Sexton to begin pro career in NBA draft

NBA

NEW YORK — Collin Sexton isn’t asking for much. All the point guard wants out of Thursday’s NBA draft at Barclays Center is to be picked by a good team.

Gunby: Lining up your putt after reaching the green

Tee It Up

Begin reading the green and lining up your putt as soon as you reach the green. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green.

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Mickelson apologizes 4 days after hitting moving ball

PGA Tour

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him.

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AP Source: Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov

NBA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup

World Cup

MOSCOW — Cristiano Ronaldo walked out for warmups at sun-splashed Luzhniki Stadium with diamonds affixed to each earlobe and a new goatee sprouting from his chin — like a goat, get it? Greatest of All Time.

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Preview: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron’s plans

NBA

CLEVELAND — LeBron James won’t be picking any players during Thursday’s NBA draft. At least not directly.

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Preview: After electric year in college, Trae Young awaits NBA draft’s call

NBA

Trae Young went into college basketball feeling like he had something to prove to his doubters. A year later, here he goes again.

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Preview: Arizona’s Deandre Ayton top choice among bigs in NBA draft

NBA

There’s been little question that Arizona’s Deandre Ayton is the best of a potential-filled group of bigs at the top of Thursday’s NBA draft.

Yavapai College student-athletes earn NJCAA academic honors

Local Sports in Brief

Meredith Clark, Lauren Ulibarri and Spencer Coffin received NJCAA first team All-Academic honors for earning a 4.0 grade point average during the 2017-18 school year.

Kobritz: North America snags the World Cup

Beyond the Lines

The World Cup, the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet, is coming to North America. The combined U.S., Mexico and Canada proposal, dubbed the “United Bid,” for the 2026 World Cup was overwhelmingly approved last week by delegates from 199 countries. The United bid prevailed over rival Morocco by a 2-1 margin.

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Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona

MLB

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout drove in two runs, Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler added solo homers and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

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Bucks’ Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

NBA

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Tuesday, saying officers’ use of a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation constitutes excessive force and that they targeted him because he is black.

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