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  • Darnell Dockett retires as Arizona Cardinal

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Darnell Dockett, the big, boisterous defensive lineman who overcame a rough childhood to thrive in the NFL, said goodbye to the league the way he wanted — as an Arizona Cardinal.The 35-year-old player signed a one-day contract with the team on Monday and announced his retirement at a news conference.Dockett, never at a loss for words, said he's "very thankful" and "beat the odds" to make it in the NFL.He played 10 seasons with Arizona after the Cardinals selected him in the third round of the draft out of Florida State.A three-time Pro Bowl selection, he finished his career with 40½ sacks and 538 tackles in 158 games.Dockett only missed two games in those 10 NFL seasons, a remarkable example of endurance considering the position he played. But he tore an ACL in training camp and missed the 2014 season.

  • Brewers hit 4 HRs, spoil Shipley's debut in win over D-backs

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Martin Maldonado hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers went deep four times Monday night, spoiling the major league debut of Arizona pitching prospect Braden Shipley in a 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar and pinch-hitter Andy Wilkins also connected for the Brewers in the opener of a four-game series. Chase Anderson went five innings to beat his former team for his first win since June 8.Acquired from the Diamondbacks in the offseason, Anderson (5-10) hadn't made it through five innings in any of his previous five starts. This time, he gave up two runs and seven hits.Gennett hit a 437-foot homer to straightaway center field off Shipley (0-1) with one out in the first to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. Shipley was selected 15th overall by Arizona in the 2013 amateur draft.

  • Twitter to live stream for free 1 MLB, 1 NHL game per week

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter will live stream for free one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per week under a new deal.The agreement announced Monday will allow viewers to watch games nationally that would normally be available only in the two teams' home markets. Users will not need to be logged into Twitter to see the games.The baseball games will also be available outside the U.S., with some exceptions. Twitter did not announce the game schedule Monday.The social media network is attempting to move into live sports streaming through "over-the-top" broadcasts, which do not require a cable subscription. In April, Twitter reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 "Thursday Night Football" games this fall.

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  • Tomas homers twice; Bradley, D'backs beat Brewers 8-1

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Archie Bradley had a plan and worked it perfectly.Bradley pitched seven solid innings, Yasmany Tomas had two homers and five RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 on Wednesday night."I wanted to be more aggressive and attack the zone more than I usually do," Bradley said. "Come out the gate and throw strikes. Get our defense off the field and into the batter's box."Bradley (4-6) allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out six in his longest start since going 7 1/3 innings in a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on May 29.Bradley, a 23-year-old right-hander, allowed Jonathan Villar's lead-off double and nothing else until Hernan Perez hit a soft liner to right with two outs in the fifth. Perez's sacrifice fly in the seventh spoiled the shutout."He was painting," Perez said. "He was hitting the corners. He was mixing his pitches. (Catcher Welington) Castillo called a great game. His curveball was sharp. He threw the ball wherever he wanted."

  • Former Sun Amare Stoudemire retires a New York Knick

    NEW YORK - Amare Stoudemire has retired from the NBA after signing his final contract with the New York Knicks.Stoudemire's greatest team success came in Phoenix as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner, but he chose to leave the NBA as a member of the Knicks, the team that had a lengthy playoff drought that ended after he signed there in 2010.Stoudemire was a six-time All-Star, but battled knee injuries after his sensational first season in New York, when he became the first Knicks player to be voted an All-Star starter since Patrick Ewing."I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that," Stoudemire wrote. "Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, always a Knick."Stoudemire was the 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year and is among the top 10 Suns of all-time in total games played, points, rebounds and blocks. He signed with the Knicks in 2010 after opting out of his contract in Phoenix. He played for the Dallas Mavericks last season."The Phoenix Suns family congratulates Amar'e Stoudemire on a remarkable NBA career," the Suns said in a statement, adding he "provided some of the most exciting Suns basketball this city has ever seen."

  • Roger Federer says he is out for Olympics, done for year

    Roger Federer says he will miss the Rio Olympics and the rest of the tennis season to protect his surgically repaired left knee.Federer writes Tuesday on his Facebook page that he will skip the Summer Games, where the tennis competition starts next week, and has been advised by doctors to remain sidelined for the remainder of 2016.Federer says he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" after arthroscopic knee surgery in February. That was the first operation of Federer's lengthy and accomplished career.The owner of a record 17 Grand Slams titles turns 35 on Aug. 8. He hasn't played since losing to Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semifinals early this month. Federer fell awkwardly during that match and said at the time he wasn't sure how badly he might have been injured.

  • Surprise woman missing since Wednesday night

    Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Danielle Catherine Chessick, a 23-year-old woman, who walked away from her assigned group home located in the 14600 block of Acapulco Lane in Surprise.According to staff members, Danielle walked away from the home at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday/ Danielle is considered to be a fully functioning adult with an extensive history of walking away from group homes.Additionally, there is no indication at this time she may be endangered, as she has no other current medical conditions or prescribed medications that require immediate attention.Danielle has brown hair, brown eyes, is 4-8 tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds and was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, a blue shirt, and white shoes.Anyone with any information regarding the location of Ms. Danielle Chessick is asked to contact the Surprise Police at 623-222-4000, or 623-222-TIPS (8477), or email tips to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.Sgt. Norm Owens is a Public Information Officer for the Surprise Police Department

  • Online options abound through RISE Learning for Life

    How to make basic sense of dreams and interpret them correctly is the focus of a RISE Learning for Life class offered through its online Universal Classes available to members.An examination of dream symbols, dream states and why we should dream is included in the class, which received a 4.5 rating out of 5 by previous students.An online class on how to navigate Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest version of its Windows operating system, is also available free to RISE members through the Universal Class Website.The 15-session instructor-led online Windows 10 course also focuses on the features and applications of Windows 10; searching using Cortana; the new Web browser, Microsoft Edge; and how to use the Widows 10 applications: Mail, People, Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Weather.Students do not have to be currently using the Windows 10 system to enroll in the class, but they can upgrade to Windows 10 free through Friday.The Universal Class computing training area of study includes Adobe training, business applications, computer basics, computer programming, image editing, HTML, Microsoft training, software programs and technology skills. Numerous classes are included in each area.

  • Surprise council candidates answer questions

    The Surprise primary election takes center stage in August with an incumbent council member facing one challenger in each of the three districts involved.Early balloting begins Aug. 3 and is may be cast at City Hall until Aug. 26. Election day is Aug. 30.If a candidate does not claim 50 percent plus one vote, the district race will be decided in the general election Nov. 8. Winners in each district will begin a four-year term Jan. 1, 2017.Surprise Today asked each candidate to send their background information, explain their qualification for office and their stance on issues affecting the city. Here are their responses in district and alphabetical order:DISTRICT 2Jim Biundo

  • Peoria woman arrested on suspicion of arson

    Peoria police have arrested Georgia Gannon-Brown, 48, on suspicion of arson and criminal damage after she went missing during a trailer home fire on Monday.Five police officers were sent to the hospital with injuries after rushing into the smoking home only to find that Gannon-Brown was not inside.Brandon Sheffert, a spokesman for the department, said Gannon-Brown could face additional charges.Detectives found the womana at a family member’s home in Glendale, where she was safe and uninjured. She admitted to starting a fire inside the bedroom of the home because she wanted to harm herself, but later escaped the flame due to intense smoke and then fled the area.The search for Gannon-Brown came after police responded to a call regarding a female who was acting disorderly and had locked herself in a bedroom of the trailer, near the 6900 block of west Olive Avenue, July 26.When officers arrived at the home, they immediately noticed smoke coming from the trailer, fearing that Gannon-Brown was inside the trailer and possibly barricaded in a room, the officers entered the trailer, Sheffert said.

  • Glendale mayor, council campaign donations, expenditures

    Glendale's mayor has raised more than $100,000 in his re-election bid for the August primary. Mayor Jerry Weiers received $137,232 compared with challenger Mark Burdick's $65,454, according to most recent  campaign finance reports filed June 30.Mr. Weiers, who is vying for a second term, lists campaign donations of $50 and less totaling $7,750, donations over $50 totaling $109,186 and loans totaling $1,217. Surplus from a previous campaign logged in at $19,079.Some of his big donors include Robert Judelson, a real estate investor in Chicago, who gave $5,000, retired tax attorney Allan Muchin  of Chicago who gave $2,500 and his wife, Elaine Muchine, who also gave $2,500.The mayor also received $500 from Arizona Multihousing Assso., a political action committee.So far, he has spent $26,530 for his campaign, leaving him $110,702, according to his report.Some of his expenditures include $6,472 for two companies to gather signatures for his nomination petition and $6,012 to Grassroots Partners in Phoenix for campaign research and other services.

  • Doggie Olympics come to annual Glendal Dog Days event

    Dog lovers will gather in downtown Glendale for the city’s annual Dog Days of Summer event, from 7 to 10 a.m. Aug. 6 in Murphy Park, 58th Avenue and Glen.The city’s seventh annual event features the Doggie Olympics, sponsored by Ropin' the West.Guests can challenge their pet's intelligence, obedience, skill & agility with the brand new "Mighty Dog Days Doggie Obstacle Course."Entry Instructions are:• Interested candidates should send a video of their pet via the Send Email Button on this page or by submitting it via enail to dogdaydoggieolympics@gmail.com.• Day of Event Entries will be taken on a first come first serve basis only if space is available.

  • Dead body found near Loop 101 in Peoria

    A woman was found dead at a strip mall near 90th and Peoria Avenues, police said.Brandon Sheffert, a spokesman for the department, said the woman was a known transient in the area, but next of kin has not been notified of her death, so her name cannot be made public.She was found 9:50 a.m., Wednesday, sitting by the doors and front walls of an empty strip mall, and declared dead by a medical examiner."She appeared to have died of natural causes," he said. "We don't believe anything suspicious happened."

  • Peoria woman arrested on suspicion of arson

    Peoria police have arrested Georgia Gannon-Brown, 48, on suspicion of arson and criminal damage after she went missing during a trailer home fire on Monday.Five police officers were sent to the hospital with injuries after rushing into the smoking home only to find that Gannon-Brown was not inside.Brandon Sheffert, a spokesman for the department, said Gannon-Brown could face additional charges.Detectives found the womana at a family member’s home in Glendale, where she was safe and uninjured. She admitted to starting a fire inside the bedroom of the home because she wanted to harm herself, but later escaped the flame due to intense smoke and then fled the area.The search for Gannon-Brown came after police responded to a call regarding a female who was acting disorderly and had locked herself in a bedroom of the trailer, near the 6900 block of west Olive Avenue, July 26.When officers arrived at the home, they immediately noticed smoke coming from the trailer, fearing that Gannon-Brown was inside the trailer and possibly barricaded in a room, the officers entered the trailer, Sheffert said.

  • Peoria Police and Target partner up for National Night Out

    PEORIA, Ariz. - The Peoria Police Department is partnering with Target on Tuesday, Aug. 2 to celebrate National Night Out, which is “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.”Three Target stores in Peoria will be participating in this celebration to promote community involvement and crime prevention. This will give residents the chance to meet and interact with Peoria police officers while also getting an up-close look at SWAT robots, police motorcycles and various police vehicles.Those who stop by can also learn ways to keep their homes and family safe and talk one-on-one with police officers.Join the Peoria Police Department at the following locations from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.For more information, contact Peoria Police Community Relations at 623-773-7099.Target Store, 9350 W. Northern Avenue

  • LETTER: Reader concerned about filling abandoned hospital

    I am appalled the owner is even considering selling or leasing to Sovereign Health.Why would that owner consider doing that with the population of Sun City being 65-100 years old? Our residents don’t need a rehabilitation center that is going to bring people from all walks of life into our community. It opens up the community to more crime, breaking and entering, assault and abuse of the elderly, more traffic, etc. I think a meeting should be held and more information distributed to the community. Then a vote of residents. When decisions are made behind closed doors, it usually means that the organization has something to hide. I am very concerned for the people of this community. I’m younger than most and it scares the hell out of me.It is also possible Sovereign Health will eventually decide to expand to servicing other addictions, like drugs and alcohol, abusive experiences like spousal abuse, etc., like the facility in the East Valley. It will then bring in more traffic, rowdy people and crime.I’m sure that Sun City residents have a say as to whether we want that type of facility here. We are a 55-plus community and most have moved here so we wouldn’t have those sort of things happening so close to home. We are already dealing with home invasions, residents being murdered, elderly being attacked in parking lots, trespassers, ninja wandering through our yards at wee hours of the morning claiming they are looking for their dog, stealing from our garages, etc. It is mainly because our community is being opened to all sorts of things.C. RoussinSun City

  • Bell Lanes prepares for bowling improvements to cracked panels

    SUN CITY, Ariz. – Residents and visitors who frequent Bell Lanes will have to find another place to strike the pins in late August.From Aug. 22 to 28, the lanes at Bell Center will be closed as mechanics replace the underlayment. In a June 2016 report, Recreation Centers of Sun City General Manager Jan Elk stated the underlayment has too much flex which is causing some lane panels to crack.What does this mean?First, the underlayment is a layer placed under synthetic panels – or playing surface – and above the ground to facilitate leveling and adhesion.RCSC Director of Bowling Operations Randy Johnson said the synthetic panels are mounted atop the old bowling lanes. Those have several low spots allowing the synthetic panels to bend because they do not sit flat, causing the bowling balls to bounce and eventually causing cracks in the panels.Bell Center is located at 16810 N. 99th Ave. along Bell Road.

  • LETTER: An astute purchase would come with plan

    Would an astute businessman purchase a property for hundreds of thousands of dollars without knowing the use the property could have to his business? Of course not!Seems the Recreation Centers of Sun City is run by fools or they won’t tell the real reason they bought the property.Incompetence or corruption — is there a choice?Jim NapierSun City

  • 5th Senior Spelling Bee is Aug. 24

    Independent Newsmedia and Grace Bible Church are cosponsoring the fifth annual Senior Spelling Bee 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the church, 19280 N. 99th Ave.First place prize is a gift valued at $200, while the runner up receives a gift valued at $75.The community is invited to attend the free event. Refreshments will be served and community members will have a chance to win a variety of prizes.Those interested in participating should email jcarr@newszap.com with their name, age (must be 55 or older), address, email and phone number.Deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 12.After a rousing 75 minutes of spelling last year, the defending champ was one letter short in the fourth annual bee. Sally Charalambous of Surprise unseated Bill Bjork, Grace Bible Church pastor, for the 2015 title. The field of contestants included 13 spellers last year, all from Sun City except two from Surprise and a third from Phoenix. The youngest speller was 62-year-old Debbie Marabie and the oldest were Toby Newburger and Janet Wagner, both 78.

  • North County first responders recognized for saving lives

    SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- North County Fire & Medical District firefighters jumped into action while off and on duty to save a child and a woman from becoming drowning victims.The EMTs and firefighters were recognized for their efforts and heroism during the July board meeting.Engineer/EMT Tait Mitton and his wife Mynon Mitton, a pediatric nurse, were at a Vistancia Community Center in Peoria when they heard the call for help in the pool area on May 30th."A two-year-old boy had slipped away from his dad and was found floating face down in the pool," said North County Assistant Chief Tim Van Scoter."The dad pulled the boy from the water and called someone to help him," Mr. Van Scoter added.The Mittons immediately took charge and began CPR on the child, and after a minute or two, he began to breathe and started crying Mr. Van Scoter said.

  • Purse protection: Crime does happen but is not a trend

    While heading into the Fry’s store at 107th and Grand avenues, Sun City residents Lee and Joy Kreiling witnessed a purse snatching.As they walked, they saw a woman loading her groceries into her car. Her purse was prominently visible in the child’s seat of the shopping cart. While they watched, a small white pickup truck drove past.“As they approached the lady, the passenger simply reached out and grabbed the purse from the shopping cart,” Ms. Kreiling stated in an email. “They immediately turned and drove out on 107th Avenue and headed south.”The theft was easily avoidable.“Had the lady placed her purse in the car prior to removing the groceries, she could have prevented this robbery,” Ms. Kreiling stated.The incident happened about two years ago, but purse snatchings continue to happen in Sun City shopping centers.

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