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David Peralta might be a tough out for Major League pitchers, but the outfielder was no match for 12-year-old Corey Heartwell at air hockey.
1. Obama vows justice for James Foley
1. Obama sends Holder to Ferguson
1. U.S. helps break siege that trapped Yazidis atop an Iraqi mountain
1. White House sends 130 more advisers to Iraq
1. American general killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan
1. TSA bans uncharged cell phones from U.S.-bound flights
Had University of Arizona’s starting power forward Brandon Ashley not been forced to the sidelines with a broken foot, the Cats may have won it all last year. It was undeniable that all parts of the Wildcat unit worked together like magic, and each player was downright special. All members of the squad took on bigger roles in the wake of the Ashley injury, but the team seemed to lean mostly on the athletic ability of Aaron Gordon and the consistency of Nick Johnson. That leadership and promise did not go unnoticed, it would seem, as both Gordon and Johnson are currently packing their bags and shipping out to NBA teams.
1. Obama taps former Procter & Gamble chief to run Veterans Affairs
The list of University of Arizona men’s basketball student-athletes selected in the NBA Draft grew by two on Thursday night, as former Wildcat stars Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson both had their names called at the Barclays Center.
The 2014 NBA season has come to an end, and the King has been slain at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. It was not the most exciting of playoff series. In fact, it was a rather one-sided thrashing delivered by a team that should be considered among one of the best squads of all time, certainly the best since the Michael Jordan era of the 1990s. But though the games may have not been full of buzzer beaters and dunks, the relevancy of the Spurs’ run at the title will echo throughout the expansive halls basketball history due to the unique nature of the team.
1. U.S. pulls some Iraq embassy workers as insurgents boast of executions
1. Bergdahl returns to the U.S.
1. VA audit finds 57,000 vets waited three months for appointments
1. G-7 leaders show support for Ukraine at Brussels summit
It’s been said that a bad apple can have a malignant effect on a sports team, and that an infected appendage must be removed. This is why talk of Indiana Pacer guard Lance Stephenson possibly being denied a contract extension has begun to surface. The former second round draft pick has drawn much criticism, as various sources have hinted at a possible lack of chemistry between the player and his teammates. The speculation regarding Stephenson’s internal antics reached a boiling point at the beginning of the playoffs when reports surfaced that the guard had come to physical blows with teammate Evan Turner during a practice. Yet despite the negative allegations surrounding Stephenson, the young prospect also serves a critical role in the Pacer body: the heel.
1. House leaders stand up for Shinseki
1. Obama unveils plans to leave 9,800 soldiers in Afghanistan
The Cleveland Cavaliers are quite the enigma, consistently placing among the worst teams in basketball, yet somehow also pulling off one of the most impressive streaks of good luck in sports. The eastern conference team had a mere 1.7 percent chance of receiving the first overall pick in what has been called one of the most talent-packed NBA Drafts in history. But it would seem that the odds are forever in Cleveland’s favor, and the Cavs have been granted the top pick for the third time in the last four NBA seasons. Over the last decade, the Cavs have been in lottery contention six times, coming up with the number-one pick four of those times. As unbelievable as it may seem, Cleveland now has the opportunity to pick the finest in the bunch, yet again. Some basketball analysts, however, are claiming that the Cavs have their sites set on a bigger prize: the king of the jungle, LeBron James.
Rising junior guard Jacob Hazzard will travel to China this summer as Arizona’s representative on the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball China Tour. The conference office announced the 13-player roster on Friday.
1. India's ruling party goes down in defeat
The 2014 NBA MVP has been crowned, and Kevin Durant displayed the heart of a most valuable player when he delivered a tear jerking speech that recognized each and every teammate, staff member, and family member who had helped him reach his current state of greatness. But though Durant was awarded the MVP trophy for the regular season, the star forward has had difficulty staying consistent throughout the postseason.
Arizona opened up a scholarship when Zach Peters left basketball due to concussion issues and wasted no time filling it. On Thursday night Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson announced that he was committing to the Wildcats.