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    Top of the Hill

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:12 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:12:25 GMT
    Dbacks' Aaron Hill goes to work with the bat and the glove to help secure a 5-4 win over Detroit.More >>
    Dbacks' Aaron Hill goes to work with the bat and the glove to help secure a 5-4 win over Detroit.
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  • LLBB: Nogales proving an unfriendly host

    LLBB: Nogales proving an unfriendly host

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-07-21 09:04:29 GMT
    Nogales can lock up a spot in the 50/70 West Regional semifinals with a win Monday over Hawaii.More >>
    Nogales can lock up a spot in the 50/70 West Regional semifinals with a win Monday over Hawaii.
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  • Rory goes wire to wire

    Rory goes wire to wire

    Sunday, July 20 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-07-21 01:39:08 GMT
    Rory McIlroy tees off in the British Open with a commanding lead and a shot at moving closer to a historic achievement.More >>
    Rory McIlroy tees off in the British Open with a commanding lead and a shot at moving closer to a historic achievement.
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Tucson, AZ - Arizona ventures to its eastern-most bowl destination to take on Boston College, a program it has never faced on the gridiron, for a New Year's Eve bowl game.  Both teams starting arriving before noon. Arizona players were busy flying in from all parts of the country while Boston College gathered quickly for a short afternoon practice.

Much of the spotlight will shine on the nation's two leading rushers BC's Andre Williams and UA's Ka'Deem Carey.

Williams edged out Carey for the Doak Walker Award and it's the first time a pair of first-team Associated Press All-America running backs square off in a bowl game. While both teams have found success on the ground this season, they do it in different ways. The Eagles are a more traditional offensive system, while the Wildcats spread teams out and play at a fast tempo.

The Cats have found more room to throw the ball, especially late in the season as the passing game progressed … The Eagles pose a stern threat with a pass rush that produced 35 sacks, while the Wildcats created more pressure themselves late in the campaign. Two disciplined squads, led by the Eagles who are the third-least penalized team in the nation.

Keep an eye on third downs, the Wildcats convert at a 46-percent clip when they have the ball, while the Eagles have moved the chains just 33-percent of the time. Motivation should be high for each school, which both suffered setbacks to end the regular season in late November. However, BC head coach Steve Addazio has his club in a bowl in his first season, something UA's Rich Rodriguez did a year ago. Each has his program poised for bigger successes, and a win will set a positive tone for the offseason

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  • Stanley's global game shines

    Stanley's global game shines

    Sunday, June 22 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-06-22 04:15:31 GMT
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Stanley Johnson scored 18 points to help the United States beat Mexico 100-46 on Saturday night in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship.    On Friday night, the U.S. openedMore >>
    Incoming Wildcat freshman Stanley Johnson scored 18 points to help the United States beat Mexico 100-46 on Saturday.
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  • Pletcher's ponies rule

    Pletcher's ponies rule

    Monday, May 26 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-05-26 22:37:21 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Todd Pletcher became thoroughbred racing's leading money winning trainer when Jack Milton rallied from last to win the $300,000 Poker Stakes on Monday at Belmont Park. Pletcher's runnersMore >>
    Former Wildcat Todd Pletcher became thoroughbred racing's leading money winning trainer on Monday. More >>
  • Cats clean up track honors

    Cats clean up track honors

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-06-17 23:55:49 GMT
    Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 7 men's track and field team claimed two individual honors on Tuesday. It was announced by the Pac-12 office that Senior Lawi Lalang was named theMore >>
    Senior Lawi Lalang was named the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Year while senior Nick Ross was the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Year.More >>
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