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Center of the Sun: A Winning Edition

When you go through the opposite of winning, like losing seven in a row, it is just that much more satisfying to have a week like the team has had. Big wins. Big moments. And a team becoming a team.

Late game ATS picks here for you!

Our picks against the spread for the late games, with a look back at the early games.

Carrick Felix is the glue for ASU

Without Felix, who knows where this ASU Basketball team would be.

Cardinals/Lions game preview

The Cardinals return home to play a Lions team that also sits at 4-9.

Picks against the spread, Sunday early games

Take a look at our picks against the spread for the early games this Sunday in the NFL.

Alvin Gentry Wants To Unleash The Dragon

It has been said several times before that this team does not have a superstar or even to some degree a star in general. They need to play with team cohesion, but in that team effort the straw that stirs the drink is pretty obvious.

Early Look at Sun Devil Draft Stocks

The recent ASU draft history hasn't been too busy, but that could change in 2013.

'Cats ready to make big statement against Florida

Arizona basketball has fallen off the map the past couple of years. A win on Saturday changes everything.

Kevin Towers, genius or idiot?

The Trevor Bauer trade will likely label him as one or the other.

ASU's flaws flare-up in 78-61 loss to DePaul

Herb Sendek is going to have to start trusting his bench a little more if he doesn't want other teams to do to his Sun Devils what DePaul was able to do Wednesday.

Playing defense, the only way the Suns will win

Which is a huge change from years past.

O.J. Mayo, Michael Beasley, And The Truth

Talking about the "one that got away" is not very appealing for teams, but in this case there isn't someone that fits that description this year for the Phoenix Suns.

Suns Podcast Episode Two: Back For Seconds?

The eternal optimists are back for a second episode where one of us was on the money about the teams last four games and the other (Jim) eats a little crow.

Will the Cards keep their big players in 2013?

With a rebuild on the horizon, one has to wonder if the Arizona Cardinals will keep their high paid veterans around.

Phoenix FC pro soccer has new home in Tempe - ASU

The new USL Pro franchise on Tuesday announced where it will play home matches in 2013.

2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 14: AZ Plummets

The Arizona Cardinals plummeted again in this week's power rankings. How far? Read below to find out.

Suns Practice Report: Working Hard On A Day Off

Typically after a back-to-back like the Phoenix Suns just had they will get the next day off, then resume practice the next day. That was not the case this time around as the team has lost seven in a row including this past weekends back-to-back.

Three winners and one big loser in NFC West

The Seattle Seahawks win big and the San Francisco 49ers handle their business, while the St. Louis Rams keep hanging around in the NFC West.

A battle of NFL powerhouses in Foxborough, Mass.

It's Texans-Patriots on a big Monday night matchup that should feature some good offense.

Skelton shows his true colors in loss to Seahawks

Writer Tyler Nickel believes that John Skelton is headed for a career of being a permanent backup.

The good and the bad from Cards/Seahawks

As well as some notes from around the league in our "Morning after" column

UFC On FOX 5 Results: Henderson Defends Title

Glendale's Benson "Smooth" Henderson defended his lightweight title for the second time with a unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz. Find out more results from fight night below.

The Mystery Of The Suns Personality

After watching 48 minutes of action between two teams built the same, but traveling in two different directions it became clear that the Phoenix Suns have a lot of non-basketball related issues they need to resolve to snap this skid they are in.

Center of the Sun: What Do The Suns Do Now?

Four games in the books, four more losses as the Phoenix Suns are now in the midst of the longest losing streak since the Pre-Nash Era. Changing the line-up has been a Band-Aid, but not enough to cure the seemingly incurable issues within the team.

Fire Whisenhunt...the team quit

Ken Whisenhunt apologized, but it doesn't matter. There was nothing good from that game at all.

Suns vs. Magic: A Chance At Redemption Awaits

Last time these two teams met the Suns were embarrassed with a terrible third quarter that led to an early season loss on the road. Now they return home hoping to return the favor.

QB play, defensive line rotation things to watch

How will John Skelton play against the Seahawks now that he has the starting job back?

Sunday morning ATS picks

A quick rundown of the Sunday games and our picks against the Vegas spread

Kolb should be the Cards' starter when healthy

Kevin Kolb still needs to justify his position on the roster.

Suns/Clippers with perhaps a lineup change

Beasley could come off the bench

Benson Henderson Defends Title Tonight On FOX

Benson Henderson is still looking for respect as the UFC lightweight champion faces Nate Diaz tonight on FOX. After two controversial victories over Frankie Edgar, Henderson has a chance to confirm his place as the best lightweight in the world tonig

"Satisfaction" success? We won't know for a while

We talked to team president Jason Rowley about the promotion.