3:21 PM EDT, Fri October 18, 2019
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A crossroads? Let’s see how Arizona rebounds at USC

A crossroads? Let’s see how Arizona rebounds at USC

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Like all of you, last Saturday’s loss to Washington left a bad taste in my mouth. With so much on the line — momentum, crowd support, legitimacy — the Arizona Wildcats ultimately fell flat on their face in the 51-27 defeat. Khalil Tate looked about as bad as ever, with poor decision-making buttressed by inaccuracy. And the defense, which had made some strides, appeared to take a giant step back in the second half. There was also the coaching, which was unable to make the necessary adjustments and neutralize what the Huskies were doing. It was a poor...
4 hours ago
Arizona soccer notebook: On McGarry’s ‘warrior’ mentality, Utah, and those dang penalty kicks

Arizona soccer notebook: On McGarry’s ‘warrior’ mentality, Utah, and those dang penalty kicks

Morgan McGarry | Photo by Ryan Kelapire More on the Wildcats before Friday’s critical road game At some point in seemingly every game the past few weeks, Arizona outside back Morgan McGarry has tumbled to the turf with what appeared to be a serious injury. First, it was a knee sprain that she suffered against UCLA and has lingered ever since. Then McGarry banged up her “arm, shoulder, and elbow” in Sunday’s loss to Washington. Yet, she has battled through it. Even with her litany of ailments, McGarry is averaging 85 minutes per game in Pac-12 play and is feeling “good”...
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‘Hope is not a strategy,’ but it may be all Arizona volleyball has vs. Washington schools

‘Hope is not a strategy,’ but it may be all Arizona volleyball has vs. Washington schools

Liz Shelton is once again out with an injury. | Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via On Wednesday morning, Arizona volleyball head coach Dave Rubio met with the media to talk about another weekend of losses behind them, another difficult weekend ahead of them, and yet more injuries. He also wanted to discuss how he is no longer talking about what he hopes to happen this season. Rubio told a story about going to on an outreach trip to Sierra Vista with former athletic director Greg Byrne, former football coach Rich Rodriguez, and basketball coach Sean Miller. The audience consisted of...
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Ex-Arizona safety Will Parks breaks hand in Broncos’ loss to Chiefs on Thursday night

Ex-Arizona safety Will Parks breaks hand in Broncos’ loss to Chiefs on Thursday night

Photo by Eric Lutzens/The Denver Post via Patrick Mahomes wasn’t the only one to get injured during Thursday night’s Chiefs-Broncos game. Broncos and former Arizona Wildcats safety Will Parks suffered a broken hand in the 30-6 defeat and will need surgery, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post. It is unclear how long Parks will be sidelined, but he said on Twitter that he will “be back sooner than you think.” Parks, 25, has 17 tackles and a pass deflection this season. He has mostly been a reserve, though has made two starts. Pro Football Focus gives him a 56.6...
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5-star point guard Devin Askew commits to Kentucky over Arizona, others

5-star point guard Devin Askew commits to Kentucky over Arizona, others

Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Five-star point guard Devin Askew committed to the Kentucky Wildcats over the Arizona Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, and Memphis Tigers on Thursday on ESPN. The 6-foot-2 Mater Dei product is the No. 2 point guard in the 2021 class and No. 10 player overall, according to 247Sports composite rankings. There is a chance he reclassifies to 2020. Breaking: Devin Askew, ESPN's No. 1 ranked PG in the class of 2021, tells @PaulBiancardi he's committing to Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/3dojt25264— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 18,...
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‘The sky is the limit’ for Arizona goalkeeper Hope Hisey, who is settling in as starter

‘The sky is the limit’ for Arizona goalkeeper Hope Hisey, who is settling in as starter

hope hisey | Photo courtesy Arizona Athletics Some athletes like to hype themselves up before games. Hope Hisey prefers to dial it down. As her teammates sing and shout, the Arizona goalkeeper coops up in front of her locker (before home games) or finds a quiet spot on the bus (before road games) where she can work on a crossword puzzle and let her mind wander into the world of random trivia. “They just calm me down,” she said. “There’s definitely a lot of excitement and adrenaline, and if I put my focus somewhere else I feel like I’m able to get in the zone better.” The...
Oct 17, 2019
USC expert previews the Arizona game and makes a score prediction

USC expert previews the Arizona game and makes a score prediction

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles hasn’t been a kind place to the Arizona Wildcats. They have lost eight consecutive games at either the Rose Bowl against UCLA or the Coliseum against USC, where they are set to battle the Trojans on Saturday night in a clash of two of the four teams knotted at the top of the Pac-12’s South Division. USC (3-3, 2-1) is coming off a 30-27 loss at Notre Dame and seems to be playing for coach Clay Helton’s job on a weekly basis. A loss to Arizona might end up being the nail in his coffin, while a victory would make it a little harder to part...
Oct 17, 2019
Arizona softball notebook: On the Denham-Lopez duo, Palomino-Cardoza at first base, and more speed

Arizona softball notebook: On the Denham-Lopez duo, Palomino-Cardoza at first base, and more speed

Alyssa Denham retired all nine batters she faced in Wednesday’s fall game against Phoenix College, blowing away five of them on strikes. It was almost as if to say hey, I’m still here. Because with all the fanfare that followed the addition of Oklahoma transfer Mariah Lopez —and rightfully so—it can be easy to forget that Arizona is also returning a pitcher who is pretty darn good. And only getting better. Thanks to some hard work in the weight room, Denham’s velocity is up a few more ticks this fall, as she now tops out in the upper 60s. The lanky right-hander is also spinning...
Oct 16, 2019
Arizona still searching for top receiving target halfway through season

Arizona still searching for top receiving target halfway through season

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports Wide receiver was one of the biggest question marks for the Arizona Wildcats entering the 2019 season. It’s no longer an uncertainty, but the punctuation still exists. Out is ‘who will Arizona turn to for receiving production?’ In is ‘which Wildcat receiver will step up as the go-to guy?’ There’s also another question: does there need to be a No. 1 option? Through six games, Arizona is about as diverse as you can get through the air. Eight players have at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards, including two receivers, and nine Wildcats have at...
Oct 16, 2019
USC dealing with major defensive injuries ahead of Arizona game

USC dealing with major defensive injuries ahead of Arizona game

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Sumlin does not comment on injuries, other than to refer to a player as “nicked up.” The same can’t be said for USC coach Clay Helton, who in addition to keeping portions of practice open during the regular season also provides injury updates during the week. And there appear to be a lot of those for the Trojans ahead of Saturday’s visit from Arizona. USC (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12) could be without four defensive starters—three in the secondary—when it hosts the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) in a battle of South Division co-leaders, with at least one...
Oct 16, 2019
What Arizona players are saying about USC, bouncing back from Washington loss, and more

What Arizona players are saying about USC, bouncing back from Washington loss, and more

Arizona LB Tony Fields II | Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via The Arizona Wildcats saw their four-game winning streak snapped this last weekend after an abysmal second half against Washington, and they now face the never-easy trip to the Los Angeles Coliseum where they play the USC Trojans on Saturday night. Both USC (3-3, 2-1) and the UA (4-2, 2-1) currently find themselves in a four-way tie atop the wide-open Pac-12 South (along with Utah and ASU) and the winner of this weekend’s clash will gain something of an upper hand in the division title race as the second half of the...
Oct 16, 2019
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson not fitting in with Raptors

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson not fitting in with Raptors

Photo by Mark Blinch/ The defending champion Toronto Raptors inked Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson this offseason hoping they could help fill the void left when Kawhi Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. But with only a week until the start of the regular season, it appears the former Arizona Wildcats are having a difficult time adjusting north of the border. When TSN’s Josh Lewenberg asked Nick Nurse if Johnson and Hollis-Jefferson are contributing to the team’s defensive identity, the Raptors head coach had some pretty harsh criticism: “Nope, nope nope. Those...
Oct 16, 2019
Ball security among correctable measures for Arizona heading to USC

Ball security among correctable measures for Arizona heading to USC

Photo by Alika Jenner/ The Arizona Wildcats went the first five games of the 2019 season with only one lost fumble, that by quarterback Khalil Tate against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders converted that giveaway into a touchdown, yet it ultimately didn’t hurt Arizona as it came out ahead 28-14. That wasn’t the case last Saturday against Washington, as three lost fumbles were among four turnovers committed by the Wildcats. The Huskies scored after each of those takeaways, which produced 20 of their 51 points including 10 of 13 during a first half in which Arizona’s defense had to guard...
Oct 16, 2019
Arizona soccer drops out of Top 25, but rises in RPI ahead of Utah trip

Arizona soccer drops out of Top 25, but rises in RPI ahead of Utah trip

Madison Goerlinger | Photo by Ryan Kelapire Meanwhile, one UA freshman was recognized as one of the best in the country The Arizona soccer team had a short stay in the polls. Ranked 25th last week, the Wildcats dropped out of the Top 25 this week after splittng on its road trip against the Washington schools. Kelcey Cavarra scored late Thursday to lead the Wildcats past then-No. 15 Washington State in Pullman, but they blew a late lead Sunday in a 3-2 double-overtime loss to Washington, preventing UA from capturing its first-ever Pac-12 road sweep. The better, and more important, news...
Oct 16, 2019
3 former Arizona Wildcats selected on first day of XFL Draft

3 former Arizona Wildcats selected on first day of XFL Draft

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Former Arizona Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright III and offensive linemen Gerhard de Beer and Lene Maiava were selected in the inaugural XFL Draft on Tuesday. Wright was chosen by the DC Defenders, De Beer was taken by the Houston Roughnecks, and Maiava was selected by the Los Angeles Wildcats. The XFL Draft is divided into phases in which only certain positions can be selected. Wright was picked in the fourth (of 10) round of the front-seven portion of the draft. De Beer and Maiava were selected in the sixth and eight rounds of the offensive line phase,...