TEMPE, Ariz–Arizona State, for its offensive prowess, is easily one of the most talented defensive teams in the Pac-12 for this coming season. While almost all of the national attention goes to the big interior defensive line of redshirt senior Will Sutton and sophomore Jaxon Hood, almost no attention goes to Carl Bradford, who could be an unsung hero for this Sun Devils squad. Read the rest of this entry »
TEMPE, Ariz–Michael Eubank has had a bit of an odd journey at Arizona State University ever since being a highly recruited high school prospect, yet has been unfazed the entire way and looks to continue to take on any challenge in his path. Read the rest of this entry »
Arizona State media day was like a social meet and greet between the players and media. One of the newcomers that I got to meet was freshman linebacker Chans Cox. He graduated early from Blue Ridge High School to enroll at ASU for the spring semester. Rivals.com rated him as the nation’s 150 overall prospect, the No. 13 outside linebacker recruit and the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of Arizona. So he’s a huge pick up by head coach Todd Graham and baring health, he should be seeing some playing time in his freshman year. Read the rest of this entry »
The Arizona Diamondbacks did not go quietly on Wednesday’s trade deadline, making a splash with a big move involving a former All-Star right hander in what may have been the biggest deal on deadline day. But no, Arizona did not acquire the star pitcher, having lost out on the Jake Peavy sweepstakes, and striking out on Bud Norris. Instead, Arizona Diamondbacks have traded former 21-game winner Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres in exchange for LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites (AA), and a second round B level compensatory pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, according to an ESPN report. Read the rest of this entry »
As the trade deadline nears, TC Arizona Sports is looking at deals that could help the Diamondbacks as they look to make their push to the playoffs. Every day up until the 31st, we will bring you a deal that could help the team contend for the NL West title. Could one of the Cubs’ relievers stabilize the D-Backs bullpen? Read the rest of this entry »
As the trade deadline nears, TC Arizona Sports is looking at deals that could help the Diamondbacks as they look to make their push to the playoffs. Every day up until the 31st, we will bring you a deal that could help the team contend for the NL West title. First up, the D-Backs get a closer while the Rangers get a possible replacement for Nelson Cruz. Read the rest of this entry »
Arizona Wildcats second baseman Trent Gilbert has quickly became my favorite Wildcat. In 2012, he persevered through a rough freshman season to became a postseason hero in Arizona’s National Championship run. As a sophomore, Gilbert emerged as one of Arizona’s top players and now he’s playing summer ball in the MLB-backed Cape Cod Baseball League to get better for his junior year. He’s following the path of many current and future Major Leaguers. So I figured this was a good time to have a chat with my friend about the Cape Cod League.
During the All-Star Break, teams know where they stand. Your Arizona Diamondbacks are on top of the NL West as the only team in that division with a winning record, and Tucson native Ian Kinsler’s Rangers are going into the second half of the season in playoff position. Since this is supposed to be a break from baseball, I decided to talk to my friend about what it was like growing up in the Old Pueblo instead.
Garrett Lindholm has gone from a D II kicker to the Arena Football League’s top kicker. In his first season with the Arizona Rattlers, Lindholm converted the most PATs in a single season. I got a chance to sit down with my friend after their divisional championship clinching victory over the New Orleans Voodoo this past Saturday.
It’s time for the Midsummer Classic, the MLB All-Star Game from New York, as Citi Field hosts some of the game’s best. Which of them are deserving of the majors’ top awards for this year’s first half? Read the rest of this entry »
In Monday night’s 6-1 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-45), Arizona Diamondbacks (47-42) outfielder Jason Kubel went 0-2 with a walk, dropping his batting average to .256 for the season. He had issues defensively that led to long innings, and really did not look like himself at the plate. Kubel was playing his 59th game this season for the Snakes. How many are left? Read the rest of this entry »
Phoenix, Ariz.– After tossing eight innings of scoreless baseball Friday night in Arizona’s (45-41) 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies (42-45), it certainly looks like Tyler Skaggs is here to stay with the big league club. Read the rest of this entry »
The Diamondbacks have had a successful season thus far, emerging as contenders
who could turn heads come playoff time for a crowded National League. Here are
some interesting trade options for the D-Backs as the deadline nears: Read the rest of this entry »
According to an ESPN report, the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a three team deal highlighted by guard J.J. Reddick and forward Jared Dudley going to Los Angeles with guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler going to Phoenix. The Clippers and Suns each sent a 2014 second round pick to Milwaukee. So is this a good deal for Phoenix? Read the rest of this entry »
It’s July 1st. Free agency is upon us. Who will the Suns sign? Who should they go after? Here’s my shortlist of players the Suns should go after: Read the rest of this entry »
NOTE: This article was originally written for Sparky’s Spill by Tucson Citizen columnist Fabian Ardaya
Tempe, Ariz.– While Arizona emerges as a state with many of the top high school players in the country (known as a pipeline state), Arizona universities have not recruited a large percentage of in-state talent. One of the reasons why this happens is because many players choose to pursue outside colleges that are known for their football programs such as USC and University of Florida. Read the rest of this entry »
All I can say is I’m shocked. Read the rest of this entry »
A future Hall of Fame power forward battling for a title, surrounded by his star point guard and a playmaker struggling to find his way.
His team is great but he, like so many others, was denied by the greatest basketball player in the game.
San Antonio losing in seven against LeBron James and the Miami Heat? The same team with greats like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili?
Nope. Try again. The 1992-93’ Phoenix Suns, who stormed through the league with MVP Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson at the point, and “Thunder” Dan Majerle on the wing, only to be stopped by “His Airness” himself, Michael Jordan, in six games. Read the rest of this entry »
Phoenix, Ariz.– The Phoenix Mercury had their three game winning streak cut short Wednesday night, as Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx out-rebounded and out-shot the Mercury to win 80-69. Read the rest of this entry »
Phoenix, Ariz– The Arizona Rattlers (12-1) exacted revenge on the Spokane Shock (9-4) on Saturday night, winning 59-42 at Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center and clinching a spot in the postseason in the process.
The Shock, who handed the Rattlers their only loss earlier this season, came into the game looking to repeat history and gain ground in the conference standings.
But it was Nick Davila and the Arizona Rattlers on the board first, as Davila found wide receiver Rod Windsor for the first of his three touchdown receptions. Windsor would play a crucial role in the game, finishing with 15 catches as Maurice Purify and Jared Perry were slowed up by injuries.
Both sides exchanged scores until Shock quarterback Erik Meyer was pressured and forced to throw the ball away on fourth down midway through the second quarter. The Rattlers would quickly come back and drive down the field, culminating in a Garrett Lindholm field goal to put the Rattlers up 24-14 with four minutes left in the second quarter.
Erik Meyer would find Kamar Jorden for the touchdown in what looked to be the last possession of the half, cutting the lead to 24-21 with just 37 seconds left. But a botched onside kick attempt allowed Davila to find Rod Windsor in the end zone just 14 seconds later, as the Rattlers would go into the half up 31-21.
Meyer opened the half poorly for the Shock, as their first possession of the half would end on a Virgil Gray interception. Arizona would find a familiar target on the ensuing drive, finding Windsor again in the end zone to make it 38-21 Arizona.
Yet the Shock were persistent, as Meyer would find Adron Tennell, who made defenders miss on his way to the end zone, bringing the lead back to 38-28. After forcing a failed Arizona first down, Meyer would find Tennell across the middle for the score, sprung by a crazy Jorden block. Tennell would be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, the start of a crazy minute of play.
On the PAT, yet another flag would be thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct. With the game now 38-35, several Shock players were seen arguing with officials, with some having to be restrained. On the ensuing kickoff, chaos erupted as punches were thrown by both teams. Referees were able to regain control, and Shock linebacker Arvell Nelson was ejected from the game.
Davila knew that there was a potential for such a scrum, and was proud of how his team handled it.
“We knew it was going to be competitive and that between the whistle that they liked to talk a lot of trash, so we just wanted to stay focused and beat them between the whistles,” he said.
The Rattlers were able to maintain control despite the circumstances, as Davila quickly led his team down the field, and found receiver Trandon Harvey on an out route for the score to make it 45-35 in favor of Arizona.
After a missed Shock field goal, Davila began to go to work on putting the game out of reach. He would find Kerry Reed for a touchdown, making it 52-35 Arizona. After forcing another stop, Davila would find Harvey for his second touchdown, extending the lead to 59-35. The Shock would score in garbage time on a Meyer touchdown pass to Tennell.
Despite this impressive run of victories by large margins, Davila was intent on keeping his team focused on the future.
“We just got to keep our eye on the prize. Championships are what we do here,” he said. “We’re just trying to get better and not get complacent, and every day trying to work on your craft.”
NOTE: The Arizona Rattlers (12-1) travel to San Jose next week (6/22) to face the Sabercats (8-4), followed by their bye week. This season has been the best start (12-1) in Rattlers franchise history.
Phoenix, Ariz.– After a rough start to the season it seems as if, even for a seven minute stretch, the Phoenix Mercury found the correct offense flow with Brittney Griner Friday night, beating the Los Angeles Sparks 97-81. Read the rest of this entry »
Arizona Rattlers quaterback Nick Davila travels long path to dominate Arena Football and is looking for moreby Fabian Ardaya on Jun. 03, 2013, under Arizona Rattlers
PHOENIX–From being cut out of Browns mini camp to ArenaBowl champion, Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila has certainly had a long road to success. Read the rest of this entry »