News archive from 6 April 2018

Shane Burcar leaving Mesa to become assistant basketball coach at NAU

Shane Burcar is leaving Mesa High to become an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University. Burcar, who led Mesa to a state title in 2016, said that NAU head coach Jack Murphy reached out to him to join his staff. NAU decided to keep Murphy as its...

AZCentral, 19:11 in Sport
 

High school track athletes can't miss between Sun Angel, Arcadia in big weekend

Conflicted? The first weekend of April can put elite high school track and field athletes in a logistic quandary. What do they do? Stay home or go to California? Goodyear Desert Edge senior Tyson Jones, the state record holder in the shot put, will...

AZCentral, 19:17 in Sport
 

Increase in ejections raises concerns in Arizona high school sports

Since Brian Gessner took over in January as head of officials for the Arizona Interscholastic Association, he has been busy. Busy gathering data on varsity sports ejections. Busy sorting them out into categories. It's gotten ugly, according to the...

AZCentral, 19:17 in Sport
 

Dan Bickley leaving azcentral sports for expanded role on Arizona Sports 98.7 radio

Dan Bickley, sports columnist for the Arizona Republic since 1998, will be leaving the newspaper for an expanded role at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Bickley, who was hired by the Republic to help cover the arrival of the brand-new Arizona Diamondbacks, is...

AZCentral, 19:42 in Sport
 

ASU players don't have a problem with coach Herm Edwards' cutting threats

CLOSE ASU insiders Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe discuss Herm Edwards comments about cutting players. Before Herm Edwards told the media of his possible intention to cut scholarship players, the first-year Arizona State coach informed his team. ASU...

AZCentral, 19:42 in Sport
 

Trump proposes $100 billion in new tariffs on Chinese goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has instructed the U.S. trade representative to consider slapping $100 billion in additional tariffs on Chinese goods. The move comes a day after China issued a $50 billion list of U.S. goods including soybeans...

Chron, 19:49 in Politics
 

Beto O'Rourke talks gun control at Houston campaign events

During a pair campaign stops in Houston on Thursday, Democrat Beto O'Rourke jumped right into the middle of the gun regulation debate, saying he fully backs a call for universal background checks and a proposal to ban the sale of assault-style...

Chron, 19:49 in Politics
 

Medically assisted suicide becomes legal in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii became the latest liberal-leaning state to legalize medically assisted suicide Thursday as the governor signed a measure into law allowing doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients to prescribe life-ending...

Chron, 19:54 in Health
 

Trump wants out of Syria, but don't say 'timeline'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken: He wants U.S. troops and civilians out of Syria by the fall. But don't call it a "timeline." Wary of charges of hypocrisy for publicly telegraphing military strategy after criticizing...

Chron, 20:10 in Politics
 

ASU women's gymnastics back in postseason for first time since 2014

Arizona State women's gymnastics is back in the postseason as a team for the first time since 2014, competing Saturday in a NCAA regional at Penn State. ASU is ranked No. 17 nationally based on its regional qualifying score. The regional competition...

AZCentral, 20:23 in Sport
 

Phoenix Suns' draft plan may have Luka Doncic and Deandre Ayton at the top

There's no need to study the NBA's reverse standings or go to tankathon.com. The math is simple. If the Suns lose their final three games, they'll finish with the worst record in the league and have the most ping-pong balls in the May 15 draft...

AZCentral, 21:17 in Sport
 

Bickley: Arizona Coyotes' Clayton Keller is the light at the end of the tunnel

The playoffs can wait. So can a new arena. The Coyotes have found something better. His name is Clayton Keller. He brings rising star power to a low-watt franchise. He is hockey tough, with a ferocity that belies his size. He is only 19 but doesn't...

AZCentral, 21:34 in Sport
 

Desert Vista volleyball team honors Alex DePriest before match

They wore pink. They packed the stands. They held up signs. They cried. They placed flowers on a chair on the Phoenix Desert Vista High bench. Boys volleyball players, grieving since Tuesday, honored senior Alex DePriest on Thursday night before their...

AZCentral, 23:00 in Sport
 

Authorities still unclear on what caused CDC worker to drown

ATLANTA (AP) — Now that authorities have found the body of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee who disappeared more than seven weeks ago, they will focus on piecing together his final moments. Timothy Cunningham's body was found by...

Chron, 23:18 in Health
 

Sandra Day O'Connor softball wins in extra innings

A walk-off single to right field by infielder Nicole Shano gave Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor softball the 6-5 extra-innings win over Phoenix Horizon on Thursday. It took eight innings to decide a winner and with the win, O'Connor split the two-game...

AZCentral, 00:25 in Sport
 
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