March 31, 2013 |
PHOENIX - An 86-year-old man who carried out a mercy killing by shooting his ailing wife and high school sweetheart in the head was sentenced Friday to probation after an emotional hearing where family members tearfully spoke on his behalf. George Sanders could have faced more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Judge John Ditsworth said his sentence of two years' probation was "individualized and tempers justice with mercy. " "It is very clear that he will never forget that his actions ended the life of his wife," Ditsworth said as Sanders stood, his hands clasped and shaking.
March 30, 2013 |
TUCSON, Ariz. - A campaign promising free shotguns for people in Tucson's most troubled neighborhoods has divided some residents in a community still reeling from a shooting rampage in 2011 that killed six people, left a congresswoman and several others wounded, and made the city a symbol of gun violence in America. The nonprofit Armed Citizen Project is part of a national campaign to give shotguns to single women and homeowners in neighborhoods with high-crime rates. The effort comes amid a national debate on gun control after mass shootings in Arizona, Colorado, and Connecticut.
March 29, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - LaQuinton Ross hit the tiebreaking three-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. Ross, the Buckeyes' remarkable reserve, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7), who rallied from an early 11-point deficit and weathered the sixth-seeded Wildcats' late charge for their 11th consecutive victory since mid-February.
March 29, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - LaQuinton Ross hit the tie-breaking three-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. Ross, the Buckeyes' remarkable reserve, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7), who rallied from an early 11-point deficit and weathered the sixth-seeded Wildcats' late charge for their 11th consecutive victory since mid-February.
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.