March 28, 2014 |
The Arizona Wildcats (No. 1 seed) advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament Thursday with a hard-fought 70-64 win over the San Diego State Aztecs (No. 4). Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon finished with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks in 39 minutes. Gordon, a 6-foot-9 forward, is projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. The Lakers (24-47) currently have the sixth-worst record in the league. If that doesn't change by the end of the season, the Lakers will either jump to a top-three pick through the draft lottery -- or pick in the sixth-to-ninth range.
March 26, 2014 |
No. 1 Arizona (32-4) vs. No. 4 San Diego State (31-4) Thursday, 7:17 p.m. TV: TBS . Update: This has been some rebuilding season for San Diego State, which was supposed to fall back after losing stars James Franklin and Chase Tapley. The Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference regular-season title after being picked to finish fourth. Senior guard Xavier Thames has been the catalyst in the team's second Sweet 16 appearance in school history. In wins over New Mexico State and North Dakota State, Thames had 53 points and only four turnovers in 78 minutes.
March 23, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. — With a fastball he can dial up to 97 mph, a big overhand curve and a sharp-breaking slider, Garrett Richards has the kind of electric stuff to average at least one strikeout an inning. But the less the 25-year-old right-hander tries to blow pitches by hitters, the better he seems to do. Richards threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-2 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, giving up three hits, walking three and striking out two. Of the 19 outs he recorded, 13 came on ground balls.
March 22, 2014 |
As the Dodgers were saying, they just love the idea of going to Australia. They should make it an annual event. Zack Greinke feels all left out. Maybe they'll bring him back a stuffed koala bear or something. What they are coming back with is a 2-0 record after sweeping their two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday following a 7-5 victory in that oldest ballpark in the majors, the Sydney Cricket Ground. With Hyun-Jin Ryu holding the team-that-would-be-their-rivals scoreless in his five innings and the offense putting together a 13-hit attack, the Dodgers looked a lot like the team favored by many to be the last standing in the National League.
March 21, 2014 |
SYDNEY, Australia - Even on the other side of the world, the Dodgers have been cast as the villains. The buildup to their season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks is reminiscent of the scenario the Dodgers faced when they played the St. Louis Cardinals last year during the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers' wealth and perceived arrogance have made them the bad guys here. Catcher A.J. Ellis wasn't surprised. "We're the bad guys back in the States," Ellis said.
March 20, 2014 |
SYDNEY, Australia - Adrian Gonzalez made an early exit from an exhibition game Thursday because of tightness in his back but is expected to start the Dodgers' regular-season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I'm expecting him to go tomorrow," Manager Don Mattingly said Friday. Gonzalez will play first base and bat fourth. With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers will start right-handed-hitting utility man Justin Turner instead of left-handed-hitting Dee Gordon at second base.
March 19, 2014 |
A federal judge has ruled that Kansas and Arizona should be allowed to require voters to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship, in a case closely watched by both sides dealing with the question of voter eligibility. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kan., ruled that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission had no legal authority to deny requests from the two states to add the citizenship requirement. In the ruling, released Wednesday, he ordered the commission to revise the national form immediately.
March 18, 2014 |
This is Tucson's Mt. Rushmore, where two heads are better than four. An enlarged head shot of former Arizona coach Lute Olson was waved by a fan during Pac-12 Conference tournament games in Las Vegas last week. The guy next to him held aloft a similar-sized mug of current Wildcats Coach Sean Miller. A picture says 1,000 words? These two said job security. Miller came to Tucson in 2009 to find a program that had been in disrepair since Olson retired. The Wildcats were 40-29 in the two previous season and made the NCAA tournament both years, but that was not good enough for Arizona basketball.
March 16, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers learned last year that a $240-million payroll can overcome a disastrous start. They'll now find out if it can negate the effects of an abbreviated exhibition season and trip to the other side of the world. The most expensive team in baseball broke camp Sunday, departing late in the night for Sydney, Australia, the site of a two-game, series-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Spring training started and ended early for the Dodgers, who will play their first regular-season game about a week earlier than usual.