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  • Series takes fans behind the scenes of Cardinals' season

    PHOENIX (AP) — NFL Films was embedded with the Arizona Cardinals for the 2016 season, granted unprecedented access to just about anything.The result is "All or Nothing: A Season With the Arizona Cardinals," an eight-part series available for streaming on Amazon on Friday.Coach Bruce Arians, one of the NFL's best coaches and certainly among its most colorful, is at the center of everything Cardinal and he didn't alter his style for the cameras and microphones.That means an avalanche of 'f-bombs.' He dropped 13 in the first episode alone."I'll get a few Bibles in the mail," Arians said, "and rightfully so."The cameras and microphones went to places mere reporters never are allowed to go.

  • Five Americans advance in early play on Day 4 at Wimbledon

    LONDON (AP) — Five American players picked up victories at Wimbledon on Thursday as the tournament scrambled to get back on schedule after two days of bad weather.With play starting earlier on the outside courts and the rain holding off in the early going, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Donald Young, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens all won their matches.The 28th-seeded Querrey advanced to a third-round matchup against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic by beating Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. The match had been suspended by rain Wednesday at 5-2 in the second set.Keys, seeded No. 9 after breaking into the top 10 for the first time this month, also reached the third round with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Kirsten Flipkens. Keys, a quarterfinalist last year, had 48 winners — more than double the Belgian player's 22.Isner, Young and Stephens all won delayed first-round matches.The 18th-seeded Isner downed Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-2 after picking up at 1-3 down in the second set. Isner, who had 33 aces, has yet to advance past the third round at the All England Club.

  • Bad weather forces CWS final delay until Thursday morning

    OMAHA, Neb. — The College World Series championship game between Coastal Carolina and Arizona was postponed until Thursday because of inclement weather in the Omaha area on Wednesday night.NCAA officials waited 2 hours, 23 minutes after the scheduled start time to postpone the game. More rain and lightning were forecast for the area in the early morning hours, meaning a delay would have been likely.The best-of-three series is tied at a game apiece."I think it was a great decision after the amount of delay we had and the length of time it would take to get the teams ready to go," Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore said. "You don't want to play a national championship game and finish at 3 o'clock in the morning."Coastal Carolina (54-18) will be playing for its first national title in any team sport. Arizona (49-23) is going for its fifth championship, and first since 2012. First pitch is set for 10:08 a.m. Arizona time.Gilmore and Arizona coach Jay Johnson said they didn't know whether their pitching plans would change with the extra time off.

National Sports

  • Coyotes sign forward Jamie McGinn to a 3-year deal

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed free-agent forward Jamie McGinn to a three-year contract.Terms of the deal announced Friday were not disclosed.The 27-year-old McGinn had a career-high 22 goals and 17 assists with the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks last season.McGinn was limited to 19 games with Colorado in 2014-15 due to back surgery, but played 84 games last season. He has 91 goals and 76 assists in 450 career games after being selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL draft by San Jose, where he spent the first four seasons of his career.McGinn was traded from Buffalo to Anaheim at the trade deadline last season.

  • Phelps vs Lochte: Another showdown for swimming greats

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte goes back more than a decade.They've raced more times than they can remember, always bringing out the best in each other.Now, they're getting ready to do it one more time.In what will be their only real showdown of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, and likely one of their final races ever, Phelps and Lochte clash again Friday night in the final of the 200-meter individual medley.Side by side, mano a mano."I think it's one of the greatest rivalries in sports, me and him, just for what we've both done in the sport of swimming," said Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist. "He's the toughest competitor out there."

  • Champion Chanticleers: Coastal Carolina wins CWS vs. Arizona

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore often said he just wanted his team to reach the College World Series. Until this week, he never imagined the Chanticleers would do so much more.They're heading back to Conway, South Carolina, with the school's first national championship in any sport.Coastal Carolina capitalized on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers defeated Arizona 4-3 in the deciding Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday.Coastal Carolina (55-18) became the first team since Minnesota in 1956 to win the title in its first CWS appearance. Arizona (49-24) was trying for its second national title since 2012."We're not the most talented team in America. We're just the national champion," Gilmore said. "That's all that matters."Andrew Beckwith (15-1), the national leader in wins, went 5 2/3 innings after pitching two complete games and picked up his third victory of the CWS. He was named the Most Outstanding Player.

  • Thompson Ranch Road access to Grand closed for month starting Tuesday

    The Thompson Ranch Road connection to and from Grand Avenue (US 60) in El Mirage will be closed for approximately one month starting Tuesday while crews make roadway and railroad signal improvements, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.The east- and westbound-Grand Avenue turn lanes to Thompson Ranch Road also will be closed.While the Thompson Ranch Road connection at Grand Avenue is closed, drivers will be directed to access the area via Greenway Road.The work, including the temporary closure, is part of a $4.3 million project to realign Thunderbird Road and make other improvements at the Thompson Ranch/Thunderbird intersection with Grand Avenue. The entire project is scheduled for completion by summer 2017.

  • Motorcycle trip proves cathartic for SCW vet

    Arvid Peterson was on a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam when his crew’s EB-66C unarmed plane started to lose power as it headed for a landing on an air base in Thailand.Peterson credits the pilot for the reason he’s alive today.The plane’s pilot, Col. Jack Young, and two crew members died that day.Peterson returned earlier this year from a Run for the Wall motorcycle ride to Washington, D.C., to honor Young and the other two at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on Memorial Day.Peterson said the crew’s mission was electronic reconnaissance to look for enemy radar in North Vietnam ahead of the bombers and fighters.His crew’s job was to see if the North Vietnamese had moved any of their portable radar during the night.

  • Police seek public's help in Surprise credit union robbery

    Around 10:05 a.m. June 29, the Surprise Police responded to a bank robbery at the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union located in the 16700 block of West Bell Road, in Surprise.Upon arrival, officers interviewed several witnesses who were inside of the bank at the time of the robbery.One of the witnesses stated shortly after 10 am a white male, approximately 6 feet 1 inch-tall, with a thin build, a light colored beard with natural red highlights entered the store, brandished a firearm, and demanded money.After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect then fled from the business on foot. The suspect was wearing a charcoal colored button-up shirt (with the sleeves rolled up), blue jean pants, white shoes, thick framed eye glasses, and a grey plaid golf-style hat.The Surprise Police are asking anyone living in the Bell West Ranch Neighborhood to review their home surveillance cameras to see if they captured the suspect as he fled, possibly north into the neighborhood.Those with information leading to the identity of the suspect can contact the Surprise Police Department at 623-222-4000, or 623-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.

  • Voters pick Dyer as West Valley Preps' top boys athlete

    Recent Mountain Ridge graduate Michael Dyer nearly went wire to wire in the voting for West Valley Preps’ Boys Athlete of the Year.The catcher of the Mountain Lions’ Division I runner up took the lead late on June 11, the first day of voting. He finished the month with almost exactly 34.5 percent of the vote.He finished the season with a .440 average, 10 doubles, 10 RBI, a .975 fielding percentage. Division I coaches voted Dyer as the AIA’s co-division player of the year along with Chandler Hamilton junior Nick Brueser.The week of his graduation, Dyer also signed to play for the University of Oregon.Fans of recent Dysart graduate Malik Ondigo made it a two-man race. The basketball center finished with just less than 29 percent of the vote.Ondigo led the Demons in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Dysart reached its first basketball postseason since 2010 and made the Division III second round.

  • Motorcycle trip proves cathartic for SCW vet

    Arvid Peterson was on a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam when his crew’s EB-66C unarmed plane started to lose power as it headed for a landing on an air base in Thailand.Peterson credits the pilot for the reason he’s alive today.The plane’s pilot, Col. Jack Young, and two crew members died that day.Peterson returned earlier this year from a Run for the Wall motorcycle ride to Washington, D.C., to honor Young and the other two at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on Memorial Day.Peterson said the crew’s mission was electronic reconnaissance to look for enemy radar in North Vietnam ahead of the bombers and fighters.His crew’s job was to see if the North Vietnamese had moved any of their portable radar during the night.

  • AZDPS announces statewide Independence Day safety enforcement patrols

    State troopers will focus their enforcement patrols this weekend in areas around Arizona where statistics have revealed a higher frequency of injuries and fatalities resulting from crashes related to dangerous driving behavior.The focused enforcement during the Independence holiday weekend from July 1 to July 4 is designed to promote safe and expeditious travel along Arizona’s highways.The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) will participate in or conduct DUI task forces, saturation patrols, aggressive driver enforcement, commercial vehicle enforcement and assisting stranded motorists. “The enforcement corridors selected for the holiday weekend are based on crash data collected from 2015, and the intent is to save lives through aggressive traffic enforcement in and around those corridors,” said DPS Lt. Col. Daniel Lugo, Assistant Director of the Arizona Highway Patrol.Central Arizona DPS Operations:Lake Pleasant – July 3rd no parking will be permitted along SR 74. DPS and Peoria PD will be patrolling and citing violators. Further traffic restrictions may be enacted if the park reaches capacity for campers and / or boat parking fills up. Restrictions are anticipated between 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. for a fireworks show. 

  • Motorcycle trip proves cathartic for SCW vet

    Arvid Peterson was on a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam when his crew’s EB-66C unarmed plane started to lose power as it headed for a landing on an air base in Thailand.Peterson credits the pilot for the reason he’s alive today.The plane’s pilot, Col. Jack Young, and two crew members died that day.Peterson returned earlier this year from a Run for the Wall motorcycle ride to Washington, D.C., to honor Young and the other two at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on Memorial Day.Peterson said the crew’s mission was electronic reconnaissance to look for enemy radar in North Vietnam ahead of the bombers and fighters.His crew’s job was to see if the North Vietnamese had moved any of their portable radar during the night.

  • Phoenix woman heartbroken after son dies from gunshot near Lake Pleasant

    PHOENIX - A Phoenix mother said it was her son who was shot and killed in the desert near Lake Pleasant last week.Samantha Dilyou told ABC15 that she is heartbroken after losing her 17-year-old son, Tyreque China Slaughter, and said the suspected shooter was a family friend.First responders were seen performing CPR in the middle of the desert, trying to save the teen.“The person that they were working on was my kid,” Dilyou said. “I never even got to see him.”The victim died just hours after he was airlifted to the hospital.Dilyou said she is trying to hold on to the quiet moments she had with him the night before his death.

  • Bannister, Crawford come achingly close to title in final game for Arizona

    North Peoria baseball products Nate Bannister and Tyler Crawford were one hit away Thursday from ending their University of Arizona careers as national champions.Instead, with the tying run on third base and the winning run at second, the pitchers could only watch as Coastal Carolina stopped the rally and claimed an improbable NCAA title with a 4-3 victory at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.“Amazing season, and they’re a deserving champion,” first-year Arizona coach Jay Johnson said of the Chanticleers. “We played as good as we possibly could this year, and they’re the best team we’ve played, in my opinion.”Local coaches that have known Bannister and Crawford since their prep careers credited Johnson and his staff for their work with the pitchers this year.Crawford nearly capped one of the most improbably career arcs in college baseball history. The Sunrise Mountain graduate stepped right in at Tucson, becoming a key reliever on the Wildcats' surprise 2012 national champs.He became a part-time starter in 2013 and missed much of 2014 with an illness. Crawford tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in August 2014 and sat out 2015 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

  • Thompson Ranch Road access to Grand closed for month starting Tuesday

    The Thompson Ranch Road connection to and from Grand Avenue (US 60) in El Mirage will be closed for approximately one month starting Tuesday while crews make roadway and railroad signal improvements, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.The east- and westbound-Grand Avenue turn lanes to Thompson Ranch Road also will be closed.While the Thompson Ranch Road connection at Grand Avenue is closed, drivers will be directed to access the area via Greenway Road.The work, including the temporary closure, is part of a $4.3 million project to realign Thunderbird Road and make other improvements at the Thompson Ranch/Thunderbird intersection with Grand Avenue. The entire project is scheduled for completion by summer 2017.

  • Motorcycle trip proves cathartic for SCW vet

    Arvid Peterson was on a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam when his crew’s EB-66C unarmed plane started to lose power as it headed for a landing on an air base in Thailand.Peterson credits the pilot for the reason he’s alive today.The plane’s pilot, Col. Jack Young, and two crew members died that day.Peterson returned earlier this year from a Run for the Wall motorcycle ride to Washington, D.C., to honor Young and the other two at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on Memorial Day.Peterson said the crew’s mission was electronic reconnaissance to look for enemy radar in North Vietnam ahead of the bombers and fighters.His crew’s job was to see if the North Vietnamese had moved any of their portable radar during the night.

  • SCW Rec Centers Long Range Planning Committee's fate to be determined with new Board

    SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- Whether the Long Range Planning Committee is dissolved or kept, will be up the new Recreation Centers of Sun City West Governing Board.Keeping it as a committee, getting rid of it, changing its name, or keeping its name, has been the subject of much Rec Centers Board discussion and disagreement on what to do with it after a special committee was formed to study it.The recommendation from the special committee chaired by RCSCW Board Director Larry Kelchner whose term ended June 30th, was to keep the committee and change its name to the Planning Committee, which was met with disapproval from some Board members, while others embraced it.Kelchner was appointed by the Governing Board in March to finish out former Director Diane Cheney's term after she resigned in January.In her resignation statement, Cheney said that “projects have been proposed and then taken away from this committee and all of this has discouraged everyone on my committee.”Cheney also mentioned that she believed that a majority of the Governing Board did not support the Long Range Planning Committee.

  • Motorcycle trip proves cathartic for SCW vet

    Arvid Peterson was on a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam when his crew’s EB-66C unarmed plane started to lose power as it headed for a landing on an air base in Thailand.Peterson credits the pilot for the reason he’s alive today.The plane’s pilot, Col. Jack Young, and two crew members died that day.Peterson returned earlier this year from a Run for the Wall motorcycle ride to Washington, D.C., to honor Young and the other two at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on Memorial Day.Peterson said the crew’s mission was electronic reconnaissance to look for enemy radar in North Vietnam ahead of the bombers and fighters.His crew’s job was to see if the North Vietnamese had moved any of their portable radar during the night.

  • SCW Rec Centers Long Range Planning Committee's fate to be determined with new Board

    SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- Whether the Long Range Planning Committee is dissolved or kept, will be up the new Recreation Centers of Sun City West Governing Board.Keeping it as a committee, getting rid of it, changing its name, or keeping its name, has been the subject of much Rec Centers Board discussion and disagreement on what to do with it after a special committee was formed to study it.The recommendation from the special committee chaired by RCSCW Board Director Larry Kelchner whose term ended June 30th, was to keep the committee and change its name to the Planning Committee, which was met with disapproval from some Board members, while others embraced it.Kelchner was appointed by the Governing Board in March to finish out former Director Diane Cheney's term after she resigned in January.In her resignation statement, Cheney said that “projects have been proposed and then taken away from this committee and all of this has discouraged everyone on my committee.”Cheney also mentioned that she believed that a majority of the Governing Board did not support the Long Range Planning Committee.

  • AZDPS announces statewide Independence Day safety enforcement patrols

    State troopers will focus their enforcement patrols this weekend in areas around Arizona where statistics have revealed a higher frequency of injuries and fatalities resulting from crashes related to dangerous driving behavior.The focused enforcement during the Independence holiday weekend from July 1 to July 4 is designed to promote safe and expeditious travel along Arizona’s highways.The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) will participate in or conduct DUI task forces, saturation patrols, aggressive driver enforcement, commercial vehicle enforcement and assisting stranded motorists. “The enforcement corridors selected for the holiday weekend are based on crash data collected from 2015, and the intent is to save lives through aggressive traffic enforcement in and around those corridors,” said DPS Lt. Col. Daniel Lugo, Assistant Director of the Arizona Highway Patrol.Central Arizona DPS Operations:Lake Pleasant – July 3rd no parking will be permitted along SR 74. DPS and Peoria PD will be patrolling and citing violators. Further traffic restrictions may be enacted if the park reaches capacity for campers and / or boat parking fills up. Restrictions are anticipated between 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. for a fireworks show. 

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