March 25, 2013 |
Gonzaga's gone. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 16 points as Wichita State hit a season-high 14 three-pointers - including seven straight late - to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seed Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament. The Shockers advanced to the Round of 16 with a 76-70 win Saturday night in Salt Lake City, the first time they've gotten that far since 2006. Gonzaga, meanwhile, becomes the first top seed to be eliminated this year. Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points to lead Gonzaga.
March 17, 2013 |
The Arizona Cardinals released Kevin Kolb, ending the quarterback's two injury-filled seasons with the team. The team's move Friday came just ahead of the deadline for paying Kolb a $2 million roster bonus. The team paid Kolb some $20 million over two seasons after acquiring him in a trade that sent a second-round draft pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles. The move reportedly saved $7 million in salary cap space. Later in the day, the Cardinals announced the signing of ex-Oakland defensive end Matt Shaughnessy to a 1-year deal.
February 11, 2013 |
ALLEN CRABBE scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and visiting California held its composure down the stretch to knock off No. 7 Arizona, 77-69, Sunday night. Cal (14-9, 6-5 Pac-12) trailed 38-33 at the half but began the second half with a 17-2 run to take a 50-40 lead. The Wildcats clawed back on several occasions but never led. Crabbe and Cobbs combined for 36 of the Golden Bears' final 44 points. Arizona (20-3, 8-3)
February 1, 2013 |
It took four decades, but the area's perennial basketball power has another all-American as Chester's Rondae Jefferson was named Thursday to the McDonald's All-American Game. A senior forward headed to Arizona, Jefferson is Chester's first all-American since Herman Harris in 1973. Harris also went to Arizona. In January, Jefferson was named to the U.S. roster for April's Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore. He has led the Clippers to back-to-back PIAA Class AAAA titles. The McDonald's game will be played April 3 in Chicago.
January 29, 2013 |
CARLOS J. BALSAS apparently has a thing for state and national monuments. A former Arizona State University professor and urban planner, he led a movement to revitalize Arizona's aged and decrepit state Capitol. But on Saturday, when Balsas, 41, of Tempe, Ariz., came to the Liberty Bell Center, preservation was the furthest thing from his mind. About 10:05 a.m., a security officer told Balsas that he had to check his bags. While security personnel examined his backpack, Balsas said, "I have explosives in there," according to police.
January 28, 2013 |
Police have charged a former Arizona State University assistant professor with making terroristic threats for allegedly claiming to have explosives Saturday morning as he entered the Liberty Bell Center. Carlos J. Balsas, 41, of Tempe, Ariz., entered the center shortly after 10 a.m. and, like all visitors, encountered a security check. Police said a security officer began searching Balsas's backpack when Balsas said, "I have explosives in there. " He then left. When National Park Service rangers stopped Balsas in the 700 block of Market Street, he was uncooperative and struggled briefly before being handcuffed, police said.
January 27, 2013
1. Michigan 18-1 2. Syracuse 18-1 3. Kansas 17-1 4. Indiana 17-2 5. Duke 16-2 6. Florida 15-2 7. Michigan State 17-3 8. Gonzaga 18-2 9. Louisville 16-3 10. Arizona 16-2 - Joe Juliano
January 22, 2013
New Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on Monday hired Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin as offensive coordinator, and Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offense. Bowles was a defensive back and team captain at Temple when Arians coached the Owls in the 1980s. The Eagles promoted Bowles from secondary coach to defensive coordinator on Oct. 16. He replaces Ray Horton, now the defensive coordinator for Cleveland. Moore spent 12 years as Peyton Manning's offensive coordinator with Indianapolis.
January 19, 2013 |
The Eagles released Todd Bowles from his contract to allow the defensive coordinator to interview with other teams, an NFL source said. Several reports Friday said that Bowles was expected to get the defensive coordinator job with the Cardinals. He would be joining his former Temple coach, Bruce Arians, who was named Arizona's head coach on Thursday. Bowles, who was promoted by the Eagles midseason after Juan Castillo was fired, will replace Ray Horton, who left for the Browns.
January 12, 2013 |
The Mariners search for an impact bat led them to Arizona Diamondbacks rightfielder Justin Upton this week, but the two-time all-star rejected a trade proposal by Seattle on Thursday, according to a report by MLB.com. Upton, 25, has four clubs on a no-trade clause in his contract and one of those teams is the Mariners. He apparently declined to waive that clause after the two teams reached an agreement. Seattle has some top pitching prospects, led by lefthanders Danny Hultzen and James Paxton and 20-year-old righthander Taijuan Walker, and the Mariners have been looking to add offense to a team that is building around a young core of position players.