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Sonoran Hot Reads: The biggest injuries in recent Arizona history

What is the biggest injury blow to any Arizona sports team?

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After the unfortunate news of Ray Smith deciding to retire from basketball after suffering yet another ACL tear, it left Anthony Gimino wondering what the biggest injuries in recent Arizona sports history have been. Smith checks in at No. 5, with Kenzie Fowler, Scooby Wright, Brandon Ashley, and Rob Gronkowski as picks 4-1. I believe Fowler should be above Wright, as that would make the top three injuries having to do with realistic National Championship/Rose Bowl aspirations. 2015 Arizona football did not miss out on winning the conference because of Scooby. 2009 Arizona football, 2014 Arizona basketball, and three years of softball teams missed out on bigger and better things because of their injuries

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Football

- This is somewhat old news now, but Larry Scott says academics don’t play a role when it comes to the conference’s scheduling. This SHR is gonna have kind of old things since it’s been a few days

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- Matt Morin is a captain this week, and is also listed as a running back

- As Arizona looks to improve the in-game experience, they’re looking for people to fill out this survey about how you do football games and what you like and don’t like

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- Here’s what WSU will be wearing

- Several Arizona commits begin high school football postseason play this weekend. We’ll be out at Catalina Foothills watching Rhett Rodriguez Friday night

- We will not be putting out a Reader Pac-12 Power Rankings this week because of some really weird things that happened with the voting, including Colorado getting 41 votes when only 31 people submitted responses. By the way, the Buffs beat UCLA 20-10 Thursday night

Baseball

- Baseball America ranked Bobby Dalbec as the Red Sox 9th-best prospect in their system

- The subtweeting between Arizona and ASU coaches during Game 7 of The World Series was weird

Other sports

- Volleyball won a five-set match against No. 25 USC this week. They take on UCLA on Friday in McKale, and it will be broadcast live on Twitter

- Swimming and diving also takes on the L.A. schools this weekend

- Women’s soccer takes on ASU in Tempe on Friday. Sources say Ryan will be there, so follow him for updates

Tucson news

- 16 people were arrested across Tucson on Thursday in connection with an alleged heroin trafficking ring

- Remember, the All Souls Procession is Sunday evening, so don’t try to drive downtown that night