PHOENIX — Women’s hoops makes its return to the hardwood, and with that another season of college basketball on Blaze Radio can begin. The station will have live coverage from every game at Desert Financial Arena and select road games this season, making it one of Blaze’s biggest women’s basketball seasons to date.
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The new age of college athletics has brought the transfer portal to prevalence, and its impact might be most felt in the world of college basketball. Of the 15 players to make an AP all-american team last year, 5 of them were transfers. Of those 5 transfers, three of them began their career at a mid-major program, with those being Marquis Nowell, Jalen Pickett, and Tyler Kolek. The abundance of talent that transferred up to power 6 basketball from the mid-major ranks was very apparent last year, as the aforementioned trio of guards in addition to stars like Xavier’s Souley Boum, UConn’s Tristan Newton, Baylor’s Adam Flagler, and Michigan State’s Tyson Walker. It is no different story coming into the 2023-2024 season as numerous players who dominated their mid-major conferences made the jump to power 6 basketball. Obviously, there is an endless list of players that could be mentioned, but these five players are most poised to breakout and lead their teams to new heights.
The 2023-2024 NBA season has officially started and Opening Night was nothing short of stellar. Multiple players outshined the rest and some teams already look like they’re in mid-season form. There were also a plethora of surprise performances from guys like Cam Thomas, Harrison Barnes, and Dereck Lively II. Let’s take a look at some of the top takeaways from teams all across the league in their season debut.
Joshua Dobbs was drafted to be a backup quarterback. He’s had the career of a backup quarterback, and on the Cardinals, he’s played like a backup quarterback. In just about every passing stat imaginable, Dobbs ranks in the bottom third of the league, exactly what you'd expect from a backup quarterback commanding the ship. After a rough stretch this past month where his QBR was never better than eighth-worst, he was benched and then traded to the Vikings. He wasn’t graded lower mainly because he didn’t have high expectations to begin with but also because he did provide real juice to the run game with his legs. Dobbs was third in quarterback rushing yards so far this season, along with three rushing touchdowns. They’ll have a clean slate with rookie Clayton Tune starting in week nine and Kyler Murray likely taking them the rest of the way.
This past Tuesday marked the official NFL trade deadline, with big names such as Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Leonard Williams, and Kevin Byard being traded. With that in mind, the Buffalo Bills didn’t land as big of a name but addressed a dire need for a depth upgrade at the cornerback position. After losing star cornerback Tre’Davious White for the season in Week 4’s win over the Miami Dolphins 48-20, a move needed to be made. On Tuesday, the Bills acquired cornerback Rasul Douglas and a fifth-round selection from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Buffalo’s third-round selection in this year’s draft. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Douglas provides a clutch factor to head coach Sean McDermott’s defense, having the most interceptions among all cornerbacks in the 4th quarter and overtime since 2021. Will it be enough to salvage the injury-riddled Bills’ defense?
Last Week’s Record: 11-5
In a season full of chaos so far, Philadelphia feels like the safe pick as the top team in the NFL for at least this week. Similar to their previous matchup in Week 3, the Commanders fought hard to keep it close but were no match for Jalen Hurts officially returning to MVP form. The constant turnovers and defense giving up almost 500 yards of offense to a very mediocre Washington team shouldn’t go unnoticed, however. There’s no understating how important it is for the Eagles to take down Dallas on Sunday if they want to flex their NFC East supremacy.
Following a semi-disappointing road-trip last weekend, where Sun Devil volleyball swept Utah, then got swept by Colorado, ASU returned to Tempe needing to swing the momentum against Cal and No. 3 Stanford. After dispatching Cal to right the ship, the Sun Devils re-established their winning ways in a shocking sweep of the No. 3 Cardinal, by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-14.
Barbell Saves project offers a lifeline to individuals battling substance abuse disorders; peer pressure
The Barbell Saves project is transforming lives and offering a lifeline to individuals battling substance abuse disorders. The nonprofit organization provides free health and wellness classes with lessons about marijuana and drug rehabilitation to anyone with 48 hours of sobriety.
St. Mary’s Food Bank programs aim to address statewide food insecurity, offers 6,000 meals daily to Arizona families
Trips to the local grocery store are something Ashley Grabb will never forget. When she was only 8 years old, she and her mom pushed a grocery cart through the dim aisles, hopelessly walking past the quality items they couldn't afford.
Indigenous model Quannah Chasinghorse is an 'activist' in the fashion world, celebrates native culture and styles
Phoenix Fashion Week’s closing collection was designed by Norma Baker Flying-Horse of Red Berry Woman. It was a celebration of native culture and styles, both traditional and contemporary.
'Sustainability and the Little Black Dress': Phoenix Fashion Week model pushes Native culture, upcycling
Phoenix native Elena Marshall began designing clothes during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic at the age of 16 as a way to creatively pass time.
Fire districts in Arizona lack the necessary funding to support presumptive cancer-related workers’ compensation payments. Fire districts in Arizona, unlike municipalities, are unable to receive compensation each year from the Municipal Firefighter Cancer Reimbursement Fund.
The U.S. government is currently handling over a million asylum cases, and hundreds more are being submitted every day, according to the American immigration council. Numerous private and public organizations in the Phoenix area are assisting refugees. People from Afghanistan who have escaped Taliban rule since the fall of the Afghan government in 2021.
In November 2020, Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought a struggling Welsh soccer team, Wrexham AFC. The two documented their first season as club owners in a docuseries called “Welcome to Wrexham” which was featured on FX.
After a near upet in Seattle over No. 5 Washington, Arizona State returns home still seeking their first confernce victory of the season as they host Washington State. Tia Reid, Aiden Blanc, and Lauren Avenatti have the call from Mountain America Stadium on Blaze Radio.
When trading for Dejounte Murray, the Hawks likely presumed he could be a good off-guard for Trae Young, especially because of Murray’s defensive abilities. However, Atlanta failed to improve last year with their new guard tandem, losing two more games than they did the previous season. One of the biggest reasons why the two all-star guards didn’t work out last season is due to the two not knowing how to play off of each other. Trae Young seems to not move much when he doesn’t have the ball, making defenders who guard his jobs easier. While Murray also contributed to this issue, Young needs to be the one to change his style of play, no matter how valuable his ball-handling and three-point shooting skills are.
Arizona State made history last weekend sweeping another opponent. This time it was Northern Michigan University, picking up wins 3-2 and 5-1 at Mullett Arena. ASU is off to a 4-0 start for the first time in its hockey team’s history. The surprising and exciting start has the Sun Devils ranked No. 13 in the latest USCHO rankings; the highest they’ve ever been ranked.
After some thrilling games in both the NLCS and ALCS, the stage is finally set for the 2023 World Series. It is arguably the most surprising matchup in recent history, as it pits the Texas Rangers against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Let’s take a look at how both teams got to this point and preview what is to come in this year’s Fall Classic.
Rugby's greatest rivalry will go head-to-head in a historic Rugby World Cup Final at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, October 28th, as New Zealand and South Africa meet for the ultimate prize.