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  • String of fall tennis tourneys start Friday in Surprise

    The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is playing host to several tennis tournaments this fall, and the city is providing the best routes to get there.With a major roadway improvement project occurring at the intersection of Bell Road and Grand Avenue (US 60) in Surprise, the city has created a Directions to Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex map to assist drivers.Tournaments include:• Sept. 30-Oct. 2: USTA Southwest Mixed Doubles Section Championships• Oct. 7-9: USTA National 18 and over 3.0 National Championships• Oct. 12-16: Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College National Championships

  • Cardinals dealing with injuries after loss to Bills

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Punter Drew Butler sprained his ankle during the Cardinals' 33-18 loss at Buffalo on Sunday.Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals could opt to keep Butler active and use him only as a holder. The team may have to look for another punter before Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams."We'll search it all out (Tuesday), look at all our options," Arians said Monday.Wide receiver Michael Floyd came out of Sunday's game with a headache on Monday morning and is in the concussion protocol.Tight end Troy Niklas had one catch for no gain on Sunday and injured a wrist. Arians said the injury may be severe.The Cardinals could also be working out long snappers by Tuesday. Rookie Kam Canaday has had two glaring errors on field goals this season. The second came Sunday when his high snap sailed over Butler's hands and was picked up and returned for a Bills touchdown.

  • Cardinals coach Arians snaps over Canaday's latest bad snap

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — On a day quarterback Carson Palmer threw four interceptions and safety Tyrann Mathieu couldn't field a fumble and kicked the ball out of bounds, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians saved his bluntest critique on long snapper Kameron Canaday.This, after all, wasn't the first time a bad snap from Canaday has cost the Cardinals (1-2) three weeks into the season."Grow the hell up," Arians said following a 33-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. "It has nothing to do with anything but what's between his ears."Canaday's latest blunder came in the third quarter with Arizona trailing 23-7 and kicker Chandler Catanzaro lining up to attempt a 32-yard field goal. Canaday's snap sailed high and through the hands of holder Drew Butler. The ball was recovered by Buffalo safety Aaron Williams, who returned the fumble 53 yards for a touchdown.Two weeks earlier, Canaday's bad snap resulted in Catanzaro missing a 47-yard attempt wide left in the final minute of a 23-21 season-opening loss to New England.Canaday had very little to say following the game.

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  • Teixeira hits game-winning slam, Yankees stun Red Sox 5-3

    NEW YORK (AP) — His playing days dwindling, Mark Teixeira gave himself a moment to savor Wednesday night and rescued the New York Yankees in the process.Teixeira hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Yankees staved off playoff elimination at the last possible instant with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox."That's as good as it gets right there," said Teixeira, set to retire after this season.Boston clinched the AL East title nearly 30 minutes before Teixeira connected, thanks to Toronto's 3-2 loss against Baltimore. But a five-run comeback by New York in the ninth prevented its longtime rival from celebrating on the Yankee Stadium field."It's an unbelievable moment," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a great moment for him, and it's a great moment for us."The victory by the Orioles put the Yankees on the brink of wild-card elimination following a surprising charge late this season. New York had only one infield hit and trailed 3-0 heading into the ninth, with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel (2-5) jogging in from the bullpen on a misty and blustery night in the Bronx.Kimbrel, however, gave up a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and issued three straight walks, the last forcing in a run.Red Sox manager John Farrell turned to Joe Kelly, who struck out Starlin Castro and retired Didi Gregorius on a foul popup. With the Yankees down to their last out, Teixeira launched a 99 mph fastball on an 0-1 count into the New York bullpen in right-center."You don't want a wall-scraper in an 8-0 game to be your last one. You want a walkoff grand slam against theRed Sox," Teixeira said. "I'll still be trying the next four games, but if it happens to be my last one, it will be pretty special."Yankees relievers raised their arms in excitement, and Teixeira puffed his cheeks and spread his arms wide as he rounded first base. The 36-year-old slugger, in his 14th big league season, tossed his helmet as happy New York players poured out of the dugout to swarm him at home plate."I'm going to take away a lot of memories. This will be one of the best," Teixeira said. "That's as good as I can hit a ball."New York (82-76) guaranteed its 24th consecutive winning season, the second-longest streak in major league history behind the Yankees' run of 39 straight from 1926-64.It was the team's first game-ending slam since Alex Rodriguez on April 7, 2007.Meanwhile, the Red Sox walked back to their bench and quietly cleared out of the dugout, an awkward way to mark their second division crown in four years. But once they returned to their clubhouse, they let loose and celebrated with the traditional beer and bubbly."Can't let one inning deter our whole season," outfielder Mookie Betts said.James Pazos (1-0) earned his first major league win, and the Yankees remained four games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card with four to play.Though the final score in Toronto was posted on the out-of-town scoreboard, the Red Sox hardly seemed to notice as players draped their arms over the dugout railing and rooted for Kimbrel in the ninth.Red Sox executives, however, jumped out of their front-row seats next to the Boston dugout and rejoiced when the Blue Jays' game ended, giving Boston its eighth AL East title.Betts snapped a scoreless tie when he chopped a two-run double over third base in the eighth inning. David Ortiz scored moments later on Gary Sanchez's passed ball.Boston, which had already secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, will open its postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a second World Series crown since 2013. The team's first opponent has not been determined yet."You never want to see a team celebrate on your home field, or celebrate at all, so we'll take that as a positive tonight," Teixeira said in the clubhouse, where he was congratulated by Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (sore forearm) is tentatively slated to throw his customary 30-35 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday. The team hopes he can make a relief appearance during its final regular-season series this weekend, but manager John Farrell said that won't be determined or planned until Pomeranz gets through his bullpen OK. ...Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) felt fine after playing catch Tuesday, but the team is unsure if he'll start Saturday against Baltimore, Girardi said.UP NEXTOrtiz, also retiring after the season, says goodbye to Yankee Stadium in the series finale Thursday night. New York has planned a pregame ceremony.Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (0-1) starts in place of Pomeranz, scratched from his scheduled outing. Owens threw 80 pitches at the team's complex in Florida last week and should be comfortable going that far, Farrell said. LHP CC Sabathia (8-12) gets the ball for the Yankees.

  • Motivation doesn't always come on the course in Ryder Cup

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. has done almost everything to try and win a Ryder Cup again, including having Tiger Woods on the team as an assistant captain.So maybe bringing in Michael Phelps for an inspirational speech wasn't too far of a stretch. Like Woods, he does know a little something about winning."We had a very exciting talk from Michael Phelps," U.S. captain Davis Love III said. "Michael talked to us a lot about the Olympic experience and Team USA and how much fun it was for him to have the four American golfers down there because he's such a big golf fan."Phelps might not be the last inspirational speaker the 12 players on the U.S. team hear this week. Ever since former President George W. Bush helped rally the 1999 team to a comeback victory, they've become extremely fashionable.Love might even take a few tips from the speakers of past and present when he sends the team out Friday to try and break yet another losing streak in the Ryder Cup."I don't think I'm going to tell you what I'm going to tell them," he said, "but if I was a football coach or a motivational coach, I'd tell my team that they are very, very good and to go play their best."

  • Phelps to Lochte before scrape: 'Keep your head on straight'

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Add Michael Phelps' name to the list of Americans who were less than amused by teammate Ryan Lochte's post-competition, early morning drunken antics at the Rio Olympics."I did have a talk with him about two days before about not doing anything bad," said Phelps, who retired after the Summer Games as the most-decorated Olympian of all time. "I told him, 'Just keep your head on straight. Have fun.'"Apparently, the warning didn't take.Lochte and three teammates got into a scrape with a security at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro after a night of partying. He originally claimed he and young teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were threatened and robbed at gunpoint but was later charged in Brazil with filing a false police report.Lochte, 32, whose 12 medals and six golds make him the second-most decorated Olympic swimmer, was banned from competition for 10 months — including a chance to qualify for next summer's world championships — by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming.He also forfeited $100,000 in medal bonuses, was dropped from the Olympic team's White House visit and was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service. His three teammates were given four-month bans and dropped from the White House visit.

  • Home Depot in Surprise hosts emergency preparedness fair Saturday

    The Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments are teaming up with other local organizations to host an Emergency Preparedness Fair this Saturday.The event is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Home Depot located at 13760 W Bell Road in Surprise.There will be ham radio demos, 72-hour emergency kits, activities for kids, fire truck and police car displays and more.Participating agencies and organizations include: Surprise Fire Department, Surprise Police Department, Surprise Citizen Corps, Surprise Crisis Response Team, Surprise Community Response Team, West Valley Amateur Radio Club and Chance Pet Shelter.Virginia Mungovan is a public information officer for the city of Surprise

  • Complaints cause Surprise to examine lines of cars, illegal parking around schools

    During its Sept. 20 workshop, the Surprise City Council examined solutions to mitigate congestion on streeets near schools during pickup and dismissal times, as well as scattered cases of illegal parking in nearby neighborhoods.The council quickly agreed that they, school officials and residents should look at a few individual schools with problems and not city-wide solutions. And, they leaned toward letting the schools and neighborhoods work out their own issues rather than restricting parking or instituting parking permits.“I think we have some consensus that one size does not fit all. Let’s focus on where the issue is. Let Sarah Ann Ranch figure out a Sarah Ann Ranch solution with Paradise (Honors),” Councilman Skip Hall said during the work session.That’s one of two tense situations Surprise zeroed in on during the discussion. Sarah Ann Ranch is just west of Paradise Honors High School.Paradise Schools Executive Director Tim Gonzales said the charter school district has heard resident complaints since midway through the 2015-16 school year. Jean Brillhart and several Sarah Ann Ranch residents said the problems with students parking in the neighborhood go back further.“A group of residents have met with fire. We’ve met many, many times with (Public Works Director) Mr. (Mike) Gent about our concerns about the parking from the students of Paradise Honors High School,” Ms. Brillhart said at the meeting. “Paradise has very limited spots on their school grounds that’s made available for juniors and seniors and they have to be super students. They also pay $110 a year to park in the school lot. As a result we’re having the overflow who don’t qualify parking in our community.”

  • Health experts seek to limit falls

    It is never too early to get a leg up on fall.Fall Prevention Week ran from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, and Sun Health Foundation in Surprise had its second annual Stand Up to Falling Down event leading in to the week.Attendees were treated to guest speakers made up of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who talked about signs and symptoms of falling down, how to prevent falling in the future as well as statistics.About one-third of adults over 65 fall each year, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research also shows that once people fall, they tend to limit their activities, which can lead to a vicious cycle of avoiding activities to prevent falling and inactivity increasing the risk of falling.“Balance is a complex process,” exercise physiologist and balance expert Rhonda Zonoozi said in a release. “But there are simple actions all of us can take to improve our balance and prevent fall-related injuries.”The event took place the day before the first day of fall. Officials had hoped to have it the first day of the new season but a conflict in schedule shifted the date back.

  • Glendale police arrest former Phoenix firefighter suspected of sexual assault

    A former Phoenix firefighter was arrested on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old woman Sunday under a bridge near 91st Avenue and Bethany Home Road, according to Glendale Police.Jeffrey Charles Wilson, 52, faces three felony counts; one count of sexual assault, one count of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He was arrested Tuesday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 7. He was denied bail.Glendale police credit the public with tips based off a composite sketch in aiding to the identification of the suspect.Mr. Wilson was a firefighter with the city of Phoenix from 1994 until he was terminated on July 8, 2016, according to city spokeswoman Tammy Vo. The city is processing his disciplinary record and would release information when it becomes available, she said.The victim told police she was walking south on 91st Avenue around 5:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, she was followed by a red, four-door small compact car. The driver stopped and asked if she wanted a ride and she politely declined, according to court documents.The man drove off but parked in a church parking lot, exited the car and started following her on foot south on 91st, according to the victim. She told police she became scared and every time she turned around to see if he was following her, he would duck behind a bush or a tree and hide from her. She attempted to call 911 on her cell phone, but it was dead.

  • Glendale opens archery range in Oct. 15 ceremony

    The public is invited to attend the official grand opening of the city’s newest sports and recreation amenity, the Archery Range Complex at Glendale Heroes Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15.This ceremony will include comments from Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Yucca District Councilmember Sammy Chavira, as well as representatives from the funding partners for the project, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.It will conclude with a ribbon cutting, in which the Mayor will invite elected officials, AZSTA, AGF, as well as various partners to help cut the ceremonial ribbon.The arrows will start shooting once the ribbon is cut. Local archery clubs will conduct demonstrations and local 2016 US Archer Paralympian Eric Bennett - a teacher in the Dysart Unified School District - as well as 2016 US Archery Team Coach Mel Nichols will make an appearance and help christen the new complex.The facility consists of a 16-lane practice and competition archery range able to accommodate all ability levels, a 47,000-square-foot area with gated perimeter fencing, up to 90-meter archery lanes, an earthen target backstop, shaded spectator seating areas, custom rules sign, information kiosk and drought tolerant landscape.Located just northeast of the nearby Ramada Complex, the project was funded primarily through grants and in-kind donations, began as a concept in 2014 and is now coming to fruition, thanks in great part to a $7,000 grant from the State of Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual “Shooting Range Development Grant Program” and an additional $49,000 in grant funding from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority through its Youth and Amateur Sports Grants Program.

  • Genetics usually cause of macular degeneration, support available for those with low vision or blindness

    Genetics play a big role on those who end up with macular degeneration, an eye disease that leads to vision loss.Vitreoretinal specialist Dr. Mandi D. Conway with Arizona Retinal Specialists in Sun City West said caucasians have a genetic disposition to macular degeneration. In contrast, Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans or Asians have a lower risk.However, diet may play an important role in getting macular degeneration Ms. Conway noted. Based on studies, she said some believe that fatty acids on the liver that metabolize have an affect on the retina. “We really don’t know,” said Ms. Conway.She pointed out that people generally eat a bad diet with a lot of high fructose corn syrup that turns into a fatty liver, besides eating the saturated and trans fats.“I don’t know how that plays a role into macular degeneration, but there is new data to suggest that it does, but it’s hard to believe that it doesn’t since we’re seeing an increase,” said Ms. Conway.

  • Growth issues on ballot, population to play heavily in Peoria election

    Population growth is forcing residents to pay close attention to their ballots for this year’s general election, Nov. 8.The city’s population is about 162,000, based on a mid-decennial census conducted in 2015, a growth of about 5 percent from 2010 to 2015. Additionally, the city has seen the population increase about 50 percent since 2000.Two tax-related items on the ballot will address keeping up with this growth.Proposition 400 is asking voters to fund amenities in the city such as in public safety, open space, recreation and other quality of life enhancements for about $146 million, through a 0.4 percent sales tax increase.Also, the Peoria Unified School District is asking voters to approve a $198 bond to fund the future needs of students that include the construction of two new schools, improvements to existing ones and transportation as well as new technology. The bond would be paid for through an annual increase in property taxes of $102.48 on a $138,000 home.Officials from the city and PUSD say the passage of these measures are integral to the future of Peoria.

  • Genetics usually cause of macular degeneration, support available for those with low vision or blindness

    Genetics play a big role on those who end up with macular degeneration, an eye disease that leads to vision loss.Vitreoretinal specialist Dr. Mandi D. Conway with Arizona Retinal Specialists in Sun City West said caucasians have a genetic disposition to macular degeneration. In contrast, Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans or Asians have a lower risk.However, diet may play an important role in getting macular degeneration Ms. Conway noted. Based on studies, she said some believe that fatty acids on the liver that metabolize have an affect on the retina. “We really don’t know,” said Ms. Conway.She pointed out that people generally eat a bad diet with a lot of high fructose corn syrup that turns into a fatty liver, besides eating the saturated and trans fats.“I don’t know how that plays a role into macular degeneration, but there is new data to suggest that it does, but it’s hard to believe that it doesn’t since we’re seeing an increase,” said Ms. Conway.

  • Hear a knock, get an alarm

    Some Peoria and Sun City residents may hear a knock on their door, Oct 1.If this is the case, it might be a good idea to open the door. Because free stuff is good, and so is stuff that save lives.Workers with Peoria Fire-Medical Department, the Arizona Burn Foundation, American Red Cross and other community members will be canvassing a number of neighborhoods bearing gifts in the form of free smoke alarms.Tim Eiden, a spokesman for Peoria Fire-Medical Department said residents will also learn about fire safety, including cooking and heating tips as well as the need to create and how to practice a fire escape plan.It is part of a plan to install free smoke alarms in more than 4,500 Valley homes, more than 400 of those in Peoria and Sun City .“We identified the neighborhood and homes that will receive free alarms,” he said. “Homeowners were notified that we will be in their neighborhood via a postcard in the mail.”

  • Union Hills-99th Avenue project will not be finished in October

    Some major streets in Sun City are set to get needed service improvements.While the dates are not set in stone, residents and other motorists will eventually have better roads to drive on.Based on information from the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, some streets in Sun City will undergo preservative seal maintenance. MCDOT will apply surface sealer to the roads to extend the lifespan of the roadways.“The sealant is a way to protect our investment in county roads,” MCDOT Communications and Branch Manager Nicole Moon said.Main streets on schedule include Thunderbird, Del Webb and Boswell boulevards, Lindgren Avenue as well as Hutton and Burns drives. Other streets within residential areas will also be serviced.The MCDOT website lists the project construction dates as October 2015 to Spring 2016, which of course has passed.

  • Home Depot in Surprise hosts emergency preparedness fair Saturday

    The Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments are teaming up with other local organizations to host an Emergency Preparedness Fair this Saturday.The event is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Home Depot located at 13760 W Bell Road in Surprise.There will be ham radio demos, 72-hour emergency kits, activities for kids, fire truck and police car displays and more.Participating agencies and organizations include: Surprise Fire Department, Surprise Police Department, Surprise Citizen Corps, Surprise Crisis Response Team, Surprise Community Response Team, West Valley Amateur Radio Club and Chance Pet Shelter.Virginia Mungovan is a public information officer for the city of Surprise

  • Professionals provide tips on activities for healthy aging

    As snowbirds return to the Sun Cities, health experts have offered ways for people to stay active and how to pay attention to symptoms associated with pain as they get older.This time of year, people tend to get busier.That means less time taking care of themselves.Aches and pains come with age — a common notion understood by the community of elderly men and women who most often feel these changes to their bodies beyond the years of adulthood.Since there’s no set framework for how and when people age, the timing varies. But there are a few things that can monitor the rate at which the body matures.Dr. Paul Pannozzo, owner of AZ Pain Treatment Centers, said pain in seniors reflects a lifetime of activities, injuries, and long term changes in the body due to variations in the normal anatomy, like a curvature of the spine or hip deformity.

  • Union Hills-99th Avenue project will not be finished in October

    Some major streets in Sun City are set to get needed service improvements.While the dates are not set in stone, residents and other motorists will eventually have better roads to drive on.Based on information from the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, some streets in Sun City will undergo preservative seal maintenance. MCDOT will apply surface sealer to the roads to extend the lifespan of the roadways.“The sealant is a way to protect our investment in county roads,” MCDOT Communications and Branch Manager Nicole Moon said.Main streets on schedule include Thunderbird, Del Webb and Boswell boulevards, Lindgren Avenue as well as Hutton and Burns drives. Other streets within residential areas will also be serviced.The MCDOT website lists the project construction dates as October 2015 to Spring 2016, which of course has passed.

  • Home Depot in Surprise hosts emergency preparedness fair Saturday

    The Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments are teaming up with other local organizations to host an Emergency Preparedness Fair this Saturday.The event is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Home Depot located at 13760 W Bell Road in Surprise.There will be ham radio demos, 72-hour emergency kits, activities for kids, fire truck and police car displays and more.Participating agencies and organizations include: Surprise Fire Department, Surprise Police Department, Surprise Citizen Corps, Surprise Crisis Response Team, Surprise Community Response Team, West Valley Amateur Radio Club and Chance Pet Shelter.Virginia Mungovan is a public information officer for the city of Surprise

  • Professionals provide tips on activities for healthy aging

    As snowbirds return to the Sun Cities, health experts have offered ways for people to stay active and how to pay attention to symptoms associated with pain as they get older.This time of year, people tend to get busier.That means less time taking care of themselves.Aches and pains come with age — a common notion understood by the community of elderly men and women who most often feel these changes to their bodies beyond the years of adulthood.Since there’s no set framework for how and when people age, the timing varies. But there are a few things that can monitor the rate at which the body matures.Dr. Paul Pannozzo, owner of AZ Pain Treatment Centers, said pain in seniors reflects a lifetime of activities, injuries, and long term changes in the body due to variations in the normal anatomy, like a curvature of the spine or hip deformity.

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