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Arizona fires men’s basketball coach Sean Miller

Arizona fires men’s basketball coach Sean Miller

Sports
April 7 (UPI) -- The University of Arizona has fired men's basketball coach Sean Miller, the school announced Wednesday. Miller posted a 302-109 record during his 12 seasons with the Wildcats, but also coached the team amid an NCAA investigation and FBI probe into corruption in recruiting at Arizona and other college basketball programs. Advertisement "After conferring with [Arizona athletic director] Dave Heeke since the season's end, it has become clear that our men's basketball program -- and our university -- needs to write a new chapter in our history, and that begins with a change of leadership," Arizona president Robert C. Robbins said in a news release. "Arizona basketball means so much to so many and, as stewards of the program, we must always act in the best interests of the uni...
J.J. Watt signs two-year deal with NFL’s Arizona Cardinals

J.J. Watt signs two-year deal with NFL’s Arizona Cardinals

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March 1 (UPI) -- Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. Watt and the Cardinals announced the signing Monday on social media. Sources told NFL Network and ESPN that the pact is worth $ 31 million and includes $ 23 million guaranteed. Advertisement The Houston Texans released the veteran defensive end -- by his request -- in February. Watt had spent 10 seasons with the AFC South franchise. Watt, 31, had 52 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, seven passes defensed, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception for a touchdown in 16 games last season. The five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro had 101 sacks in 128 games for the Texans, the highest total in franchise history. Wa...
Former NLF cornerback Michael Richardson charged in Arizona homicide

Former NLF cornerback Michael Richardson charged in Arizona homicide

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Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears cornerback Michael Calvin Richardson has been charged in connection with Arizona homicide, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday. Richardson, 59, was arrested Wednesday on the homicide charge related to the fatal shooting a day earlier of Ronald Like, 47, in Phoenix, Ariz., and a charge of misconduct involving weapons on a felony warrant issued a a little more than a week before the shooting. Advertisement Police said witness statements indicated Richardson "is considered to be a drug dealer," and has a history of felony drug offenses, including a record for possession of dangerous drugs for sale in February 2019. Specific charges include second-degree murder, dangerous drug possession for sale, and possession of weapon by prohibited person, on...
Arizona mask mandates, business closures slowed spread of COVID-19, CDC says

Arizona mask mandates, business closures slowed spread of COVID-19, CDC says

Health
Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Local mask mandates, restrictions on public events, and closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants in mid-June slowed a surge in COVID-19 cases in Arizona that began earlier that month, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By Aug. 7, less than two months after the measures were implemented, daily rates of new cases in the state had dropped by 75%, the agency said. Advertisement "The primary goal of implementing widespread enhanced mitigation measures in Arizona was to protect and save lives and maintain capacity in the healthcare system," CDC researchers wrote. "A combination of voluntary and enforceable measures is more effective than any single measure. Between June 1 and 15, the number of daily confirmed case...