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‘This was a lightning bolt’: Baseball insider Pedro Gomez reflects on shutdown of sport

By Edith Noriega Cronkite News For Pedro Gomez, the analogy came easily. “This was a lightning bolt.” In more than 30 years covering baseball, first for newspapers and now ESPN, Gomez has seen just about everything. But nothing...

Staying Positive: Shortstop Nick Ahmed combats isolation by being present

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Arizona Diamondbacks fans are missing baseball and it’s good to know players like Nick Ahmed are as well. “We’re six days into what would have been our 2020 season,” Ahmed says at the...

‘Nothing Separates Us’: Archie Bradley tears down the wall between him and the fans

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley doesn’t like this assumed barrier between fans and celebrities. “The Beard,” as he’s called, would rather mingle. To give fans the chance to meet him, teammates and other athletes...

Phoenix Rising: Fighting for a chance at another record year

By Annika Tomlin Phoenix Rising head coach Rick Schantz and his players are gearing up to start the 2020 season Saturday, March 7, against Portland Timbers 2 FC at Casino Arizona Field. The pressure for...

Just like Coming Home: Madison Bumgarner ready to hit the Chase Field mound

By Haley Smilow After trading Zack Greinke last season to the Houston Astros at the 11th hour, the Arizona Diamondbacks saved roughly $54 million, but still needed a leader. “When we traded Zack away last year,...

‘A Dream Come True’: Kole Calhoun is looking forward to stepping into Chase Field

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Buckeye Union High School graduate Kole Calhoun calls signing a two-year deal with the D-backs “a dream come true.” The terms of the contract were not disclosed. “I was born and raised here, so...

Drag Racing to Win: Matt Hagan looks to repeat at the NHRA Arizona Nationals

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Matt Hagan has raced throughout the country, but the Valley is one of the few places he feels comfortable. “I love the Scottsdale area. I’d even consider getting a winter home there,” Hagan...

Returning Home: D-backs Fan Fest slides into Chase Field

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Fest is returning to Chase Field, where President and CEO Derrick Hall always wanted it to be. The annual event was held at the team’s Spring Training facility, Salt...

Another Level: Ja’Tavia Tapley has found trust, success with ASU women’s basketball

By Alex Weiner Cronkite News Sometimes, the right coach can make all the difference in a player’s career. Take Ja’Tavia Tapley, a graduate transfer and the Arizona State women’s basketball team’s breakout performer this season. Tapley played...

National Contenders: ASU shot putters Washington, Noennig making waves

By Cole Bailey Cronkite News The Arizona State track and field season is only a month old, but throwers Turner Washington and Samantha Noennig have already put the Sun Devils among the national contenders. Both rank...

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