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Arellano wins Flagstaff Downtown Mile

On Wednesday Cottonwood runner Allyson Arellano won the women’s citizen division of the Flagstaff Downtown Mile. Arellano, who just finished her freshman season at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, won the citizens race with a 5:32 clocking for the two-lap, 1-mile race, eclipsing the former course record of 5:36. Arellano forged a 3-second gap on her closest competitor through the first lap and ended up winning the race by 12 seconds.

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Yoshihisa Hirano’s scoreless games streak defies odds for an MLB rookie

PHOENIX — What Yoshihisa Hirano has accomplished out of the bullpen for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season — piling up scoreless appearances to the tune of a franchise-record 25 straight games — is a truly unique feat.

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GCU’s non-profit status could open door for athletic competition against ASU

PHOENIX — Facing bankruptcy, $20 million in debt and an enrollment of fewer than 1,000 traditional students, Grand Canyon University took on investors in 2004, making it the nation’s only for-profit university to compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Camp Verde kick-boxing coach trains young talent

CAMP VERDE – Richard Williams was a kid watching a Bruce Lee when he decided: “I’m going to be a kickboxer.”

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Mingus boys basketball wraps up summer play at CV

Mingus Union boys basketball lacked consistency this summer but had some bright spots and promising young players emerged.

Sports briefs: NAZ Suns’ Cody Toppert joins Phoenix Suns coaching staff

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Northern Arizona Suns announced Wednesday that head coach Cody Toppert has been called up to join the Phoenix Suns coaching staff.

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Verde Valley Little League wins Minors All-Stars district baseball title

Verde Valley Little League won the District 10 8-9-10 Baseball All-Stars tournament and did so in dominant fashion.

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Mingus Union football closes out 7-on-7 schedule with more wins

Mingus Union football wrapped up the 7-on-7 portion of the summer on Wednesday with some more wins and some different looks.

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UPDATE: Camp Verde hosts Cowboy Summer Shootout boys basketball tourney

Camp Verde High boys basketball will host the Cowboy Summer Shootout this weekend.

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Preview: Six defending world champs slated to compete at ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’

PRESCOTT — Six Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world champions from 2017 are scheduled to rope or ride at the 2018 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Thursday, June 28, through Wednesday, July 4, at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive.

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Camp Verde boys basketball takes on all comers in summer play

Camp Verde High boys basketball has been busy so far this summer.

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5 things to watch in sports this week June 17

World Cup enters its first full week

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For NCAA, one-and-done rule causes more issues than solutions

Prior to the 2006 NBA draft, former commissioner David Stern instituted the one-and-done rule that many believe caused the corruption in college basketball today.

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Mingus football bounces back in first home 7-on-7 games

Mingus Union football rebounded in its second 7-on-7 action of the summer.

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Commentary: North American 2026 World Cup bid holds off Moroccan challenge

More so than any other sport, soccer can be cruel.

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Sports briefs: NAZ Suns donate to heroes, ASU w hoops to play on Navajo Reservation

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns held a check presentation at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Tuesday to donate all proceeds raised from their inaugural Salute to Heroes Night.

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Mingus, Camp Verde softball players earn All-State honors

Five local high school softball players earned All-State honors from the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

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From Russia with love: 2018 World Cup preview

OK so, yes, the USA, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, Ireland and Ghana won’t be there but there’s still plenty of teams to watch in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Ayton vs. Doncic: International basketball prospects face stigma

PHOENIX — Assuming the Phoenix Suns don’t trade the No. 1 overall pick between now and the June 21 NBA draft, the franchise will have its choice between University of Arizona standout big man Deandre Ayton and Euroleague MVP combo-guard Luka Doncic — widely regarded as the top two prospects in this year’s draft.

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Verde Valley Heat Elite turning heads in 14U girls’ fastpitch

PRESCOTT — Verde Valley Heat Elite’s 14-and-Under fastpitch softball team, a conglomerate of girls from Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, Prescott and Flagstaff, has been opening eyes in softball circles across northern Arizona for the past two-plus years.

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West Coast Advantage, owner Johnson host hoops camp

The latest West Coast Advantage basketball camp takes place on Friday and Saturday, led by owner and Mingus Union alumnus Chris Johnson.

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Prescott Valley claims TOC title with 5-3 win over Verde Valley

Hunt goes 2 for 2, hits go-ahead homer; Patel brilliant on the mound in win

WILLIAMS – Mason Hunt was 2 for 2 with the go-ahead home run, Kishan Patel surrendered only one unearned run on the mound and Prescott Valley claimed a 5-3 win in the Tournament of Champions title game over Verde Valley on Sunday afternoon.

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Solar flare: Dynamic Ayton could be answer to Suns’ struggling franchise

PHOENIX — Deandre Ayton’s presence in Talking Stick Resort Arena illustrated more than just the opportunity to draft a basketball player.

NAZ Suns open registration for annual basketball camp

PRESCOTT VALLEY, – The Northern Arizona Suns announced Wednesday that registration is now open for their second annual basketball camp.

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Local wrestlers shine at nationals in Las Vegas

Four local wrestlers earned All-American status last week at the USA Nationals Weekend of Wrestling in Las Vegas.