Author Archives: Kayla Mortellaro

Suns Season Opener Stalled; Lost To Mavericks 111-95

By: Kayla Mortellaro  PHOENIX--- The Phoenix Suns 2015-2016 NBA season opener at Talking Stick Resort Arena in front of a sellout crowd of 18,055 people fell short of anticipation - with a 111-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The evening started off with a great intro video produced by the Suns staff, which was followed by an energetic on-court introduction for all coaches ... Read More »

Takeaways From Suns Media Day

By: Kayla Mortellaro PHOENIX--- The Phoenix Suns held their media day Monday to kick start the 2015-2016 season. Two different moods surrounded the Suns organization this off-season; one of excitement and anticipation with Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight signing long-term deals, the organization drafting Devin Booker, and most of the players spending the summer in the gym together. On the other ... Read More »

Mercury Season Ends on Questionable Foul Call; 72-71 to Lynx

By: Kayla Mortellaro  Update Monday at 1:12 p.m.- The WNBA released a statement about the controversial foul call late in game two of the Western Conference Finals. WNBA STATEMENT ON CALL IN LYNX-MERCURY GAME   NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2015 – Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, issued the following statement today regarding the foul call with ... Read More »

Mercury Blaze Past Shock 88-55 to take Game One Series Lead

By: Kayla Mortellaro PHOENIX--- From the moment the ball tipped-off at Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Mercury had the accelerator pressed firmly to the floor as they battled the Tulsa Shock in game one of the WNBA Western Conference semi-finals. The Mercury was energized, focused, determined, and played phenomenal team ball. At half time, Phoenix was leading by 30 points and ... Read More »

Phoenix Mercury Brittney Griner earns Defensive Player of the Year

By: Kayla Mortellaro  PHOENIX--- Brittney Griner and her Phoenix Mercury squad start their playoff march to a possible second consecutive WNBA title Thursday night against the Tulsa Shock. Griner and the Mercury have a good omen on their side. In 2014, Griner earned WNBA Defensive Player of the Year honors. And hours before game one of the Western Conference semi-finals, she ... Read More »

Mercury Pull Past Sparks 70-65

By: Kayla Mortellaro  PHOENIX--- A game that had no baring on the outcome of the Mercury's 2015 playoff seeding, ended up meaning a lot for the franchise. The Mercury pulled past the Sparks 70-65 Friday night and evened the series 2-2 with LA on the season. With the win, the Mercury notched their second consecutive 20-win season and the fifth time ... Read More »

Dbacks Unable to Avoid the Sweep; Fall 5-3 Thursday

By: Kayla Mortellaro PHOENIX--- The Arizona Diamondbacks came to the diamond with a fresh attitude and mindset for the fourth and final game of the series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Unfortunately for the Dbacks, a common trend for the team continued with the starting pitchers struggling from the start. Rubby De La Rosa was able to limit the ... Read More »

Cards Camp Spotlight Featuring Tony Jefferson

By: Kayla Mortellaro TEMPE, Ariz. ---- Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson is the subject of this edition of the Cards Camp Spotlight on The Blitz with Rich Gray heard weekdays at 2:15 p.m. Tony Jefferson is in his third season with the Arizona Cardinals as a safety after he made the team as a rookie free agent. In 2013, Jefferson played in ... Read More »

Cards Camp Spotlight Featuring Phillip Sims

By: Kayla Mortellaro  TEMPE, Ariz.---- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Phillip Sims is the subject of this edition of the Cards Camp Spotlight on The Blitz with Rich Gray heard weekdays at 2:15 p.m. Phillip Sims joined the Cardinals in 2015 after impressing the coaching staff on a try out basis at rookie mini-camp. Sims played his college football at Alabama, Virginia, and Winston-Salem State. Sims backed up ... Read More »

Dbacks Pitcher Evan Marshall Back in Good Health; Motivated to Return to the Diamond

By: Kayla Mortellaro  PHOENIX--- Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Evan Marshall, with his wife Allie by his side, was all smiles as he returned to Chase Field Tuesday evening. Marshall realizes just how lucky he is to be able to stand, walk, talk, and have the ability to remember; let alone to entertain the thought of playing baseball again. Marshall's life changed in an ... Read More »