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Oliva hot at right time in College World Series

Oliva hot at right time in College World Series

Arizona’s big bat in the College Worlds Series is wielded by a former walk-on who arrived in Omaha, Neb., batting .236. That normally should have found Jared Oliva a place on the bench next to head coach Jay Johnson.That’s especially true since Johnson is a first-year head coach...

Arizona pitcher on right end of elimination game

Arizona pitcher on right end of elimination game

The Arizona Wildcats improved to 4-0 in elimination games in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Their No. 3 starter, a junior college transfer, was on the winning end of that equation.J.C. Cloney pitched seven innings of shutout ball as the Wildcats eliminated UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, in...

Football took Salavea to the White House

Football took Salavea to the White House

My 2016 story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters section. Salavea has since moved on as an assistant coach at Oregon. Salavea was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.By Tom ShanahanFootball lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like...

Aguilar lacks recognition but not production

Aguilar lacks recognition but not production

Miami and Arizona share in common four NCAA baseball titles apiece, but more than a few differences separate the two schools as they open play at the College World Series in the 8 p.m. Saturday nightcap in Omaha, Neb.One is Miami (50-12) was not only an ACC favorite to start the...

Arizona missing a draft pick in Omaha

Arizona missing a draft pick in Omaha

Arizona plays one of the two games that open the College World Series Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, but the team left Tucson without one of the Wildcats taken in the Major League Baseball draft last week.Arizona coach Jay Johnson and his players aren’t worried about the absence...

West needs help from Arizona and UCSB

West needs help from Arizona and UCSB

A gaping hole marks the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament. It’s longer than any divide the feared San Andreas Fault could open. The span is from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest to the Arizona desert.Only four Pac-12 schools made the 64-team bracket. None of them claimed one of the...

Arizona celebrates while San Diego watches from afar

Arizona celebrates while San Diego watches from afar

As the Super Bowl plays out today in a domed stadium named for an on-line university in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., I'm reminded of words offered by Glendale's mayor eight years ago. She expressed her before-and-after opinions of building the stadium that now houses...