Hornets beat Suns 93-84, end four-game skid
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Greivis (GREE'-vihs) Vasquez scored 19 points, Al-Farouq Aminu (al-fuh-ROOK' ah-MEE'-noo) added 16, and the New Orleans Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 93-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Vasquez, who scored 15 points in the first half, was 8 of 9 from the field and had 12 assists in his 19th double-double of the season.
Ryan Anderson added 14 points and Robin Lopez 11 for the Hornets, who were making a rare appearance in New Orleans Arena. Because of the Super Bowl this past Sunday, the Hornets were playing only their second home game in the past eight and fourth in the past 13.
Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chin GOHR'-tot) and Jared Dudley each scored 14 points for the Suns, who came in off a win at Memphis on Tuesday night.
No. 7 Arizona grinds out 73-66 win over Stanford
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Lyons scored a season-high 25 points and led a key stretch in the second half, helping No. 7 Arizona hold off Stanford 73-66 Wednesday night on the 40th anniversary of the first game at the McKale Center.
Playing in front of color-coordinated home crowd, Arizona (20-2, 9-2 Pac-12) came out flat and needed most of the first half to catch the Cardinal. The Wildcats stayed close in a back-and-forth second half until Lyons took over, leading them to their seventh straight win over Stanford.
Solomon Hill added 23 points and Angelo Chol gave Arizona a lift with Grant Jerrett out, grabbing eight rebounds.
Stanford (14-9, 5-5) dominated Arizona early and kept up with the Wildcats before fading under Arizona's defensive pressure in the closing minutes.
Dwight Powell scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and had 10 rebounds.
Aaron Bright added 16 points for the Cardinal.
Rodriguez comes through in second recruiting class
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A full year of recruiting made all the difference for Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.
A year after cobbling together his first class in Tucson, Rodriguez pulled together a solid second class with the Wildcats.
Led by quarterback Anu Solomon, Arizona's 24-player recruiting class was rated No. 27 nationally by Scout.com and 36th by Rivals.com.
Despite a short recruiting period and honoring previous commitments under former coach Mike Stoops, Rodriguez had a decent first class at Arizona before leading the Wildcats to eight wins and a New Mexico Bowl victory.
Rodriguez's second class features plenty of speed and some much-needed size.
A dual-threat quarterback, Solomon led Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas to four straight state titles and should be a good fit for Rodriguez's up-tempo offense.
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Sun Devils lose QB, load up on JC talent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State loaded up on junior college talent in coach Todd Graham's second recruiting class, but the Sun Devils lost the star high school quarterback they thought they were going to get.
Joshua Dobbs had verbally committed to Arizona State, but at the last minute changed his mind and signed with Tennessee, leaving the Sun Devils without a quarterback recruit for the second year in a row.
Graham didn't talk about Dobbs by name but said the plan was to bring in a quarterback and that changed on Wednesday.
The 27 Arizona State recruits included 10 from junior colleges, headed by defensive lineman Marcus Hardison of Dodge City Community College.
The list of freshman recruits was topped by linebacker Chans Cox of Blue Ridge High in Lakeside, Ariz.
Goodwin brings intensity as new Cardinals OC
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The junior partner in the group charged with resuscitating the moribund Arizona Cardinals offense is offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.
Head coach Bruce Arians and Goodwin talked about their challenge at a news conference at team headquarters Wednesday.
Arians, voted NFL coach of the year for his work as interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts last season, promised Goodwin will bring a high level of intensity to the job.
With Arians also bringing in a longtime NFL assistant coach, the highly respected Tom Moore, as assistant head coach-offense, Goodwin will handle the day-to-day coordinator chores, with an emphasis on his specialty — the offensive line.
The 39-year-old Goodwin has worked for Arians for six seasons, five with the Pittsburgh Steelers and last year as offensive line coach of the Colts.