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Jakob Chychrun changed his sticks for the Coyotes’ last game against the San José Sharks. He wasn’t happy with the accuracy and velocity of his shots.  “I’ve had so many looks that I usually capitalize on that I haven’t been this year, which has been a bit frustrating,” Chychrun said of his switch to the CCM Pro stock Jetspeed. “I…...

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Kemba Walker headlines 15 candidates the Phoenix Suns should consider for 10-day contracts.

Even after their most impressive win of the season, the Phoenix Suns could still use some help. While Tuesday night’s 125-113 win over the Golden State Warriors represented a surprising return to form for the Suns, it was hardly a sustainable formula — not because of their style of play, but because they’re severely shorthanded at the moment. After a standout win over the defending champs, it’d be tempting to forget the Suns have been limping through a brutal stretch that’s tested their mental resolve. They had lost six straight games before that and 15 of their last 20. The biggest culprit has been injuries. Devin Booker has missed more than two weeks of action with a left groin strain…

Evan Longoria hits a single against the New York Mets at Oracle Park.

From 2008 to 2013, Evan Longoria was one of the 10 best position players in baseball. He got MVP votes in five of those seasons, he made three All-Star teams and won two Gold Gloves. He hit .275/.357/.512 in 3,419 plate appearances. And by the end of that stretch, he was still just 27. A decade has passed, and Longoria has fallen off the Hall-of-Fame trajectory of his early days in the league. Nonetheless, he’s still accumulated 7,500-plus plate appearances with a 120 OPS+, a feat that only eight third basemen in MLB history have accomplished. The Diamondbacks believe he still has something to offer, particularly for a team as young as theirs. “Evan was someone we pursued all offseason,”…

Duane Washington's opportunity with the Phoenix Suns comes by necessity, but he can still help this team in its time of need.

When teams are decimated by injuries and losing streaks, the only things that shine through dark times are silver linings and golden opportunities. For the Phoenix Suns, Duane Washington Jr. represents both. The Suns are limping through a brutal stretch that’s testing their mental resolve. They’ve lost six straight games and 15 of their last 20. Devin Booker has missed more than two weeks of action with a left groin strain and won’t be re-evaluated for another two. Cam Payne’s right foot sprain won’t be re-evaluated for two weeks. Cam Johnson’s been out for more than two months, and now Chris Paul — who missed a month earlier in the season — will miss his second straight game on Tuesday…

I don’t know exactly when it was that Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill made the decision to induct his father, Bill, into the team’s Ring of Honor, but that might be the precise moment that the 2022 season went totally off the rails. You know; karma and all that. We do know the announcement that it would happen during halftime of the season opener came in August, a few days after one of the team’s former coaches, Don Coryell, had been named a finalist for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His expected election will come later this month when the Hall’s selection committee votes on the entire 2023 group. It’s important to note that Coryell’s departure…

Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Coyotes.

Jake Guentzel doesn’t need approval from his dad, Mike, who is a pro scout for the Coyotes. Over the past five seasons, only 10 players in the NHL have scored more goals than the Pittsburgh Penguins’ vastly underappreciated wing. With his dad in town for the Coyotes pro scout meetings, and in attendance at Mullett Arena for Sunday’s Coyotes-Penguins game, however, Jake put on a show. Guentzel scored two, second-period goals and the Penguins snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win against the Coyotes. The loss was the fifth straight for the Coyotes, who have been outscored 22-9 during the skid. The loss also snapped the Coyotes’ three-game winning streak at home. https://youtu.be/iFEPLKsujyk “I saw a really good…

And now we wait. The mind-numbing 2022 season is finally over and we’ll hopefully know within the next 24 hours what Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill will do next. Sunday’s 38-13 loss to the 49ers was predictable. The out-manned Cardinals battled in the first half and were trailing 14-13 after a late second-quarter touchdown. However, the 49ers quickly marched down the field and increased their lead to 21-13 on a touchdown with 1:01 remaining. The rout was essentially on when San Francisco scored on the first possession of the second half. Quarterback Brock Purdy completed a 21-yard pass to running back Christian McCaffrey on third-and-17 and two plays later running back Elijah Mitchell scampered 37 yards, setting up his second touchdown…

Here's how the Phoenix Suns are mentally approaching their ongoing skid at the make-or-break point of their season.

The Phoenix Suns have reached the potential breaking point of their season. Coming off a 2021 NBA Finals run and a 64-win campaign that ended far sooner than anyone expected, the next few weeks could determine whether this group’s immediate title window remains propped open or is abruptly slammed shut. Lately, it’s appearing more like the latter. After starting with a 15-6 record that was good for first place in the Western Conference and third-best in the NBA overall, the Suns have gone 5-14, plummeting back down to .500 territory. Suffice it to say these are uncharted waters for most of the guys on the roster. “We’re not used to losing so much, so it’s different for us,” Torrey Craig…

I hope . . . Everyone realizes how important right tackle Kelvin Beachum was to the offense this season. With linebacker Zaven Collins out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, there will be only two Cardinals players that will have started all 17 games: Beachum and safety Jalen Thompson. Beachum has played 97.8 percent of the 1,153 offensive snaps this season and has played the last two games with knee and ankle injuries. When he suffered the injuries against the Broncos in the collision with Colt McCoy that resulted in a concussion for the quarterback, Beachum came back after missing 16 snaps. When he spoke this past week after being named the winner of the PFWA (Professional Football Writers of…

What should the Phoenix Suns expect from Mikal Bridges moving forward?

Expectations are the damndest thing. In relation to draft position, Mikal Bridges was never expected to live up to the production of Deandre Ayton, his fellow 2018 NBA draftee who was selected nine spots earlier as the No. 1 overall pick. But in relation to skill-set, it was only a few months ago that Bridges’ ability to handle the rock hinted at a higher offensive ceiling in a pace-and-space league compared to Ayton, an elite play finisher who still had to rely on others to create most of his opportunities. Now, after an extended stretch of disappointment where the Phoenix Suns badly needed someone to step up as a legitimate No. 1 option in place of an injured Devin Booker…

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