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Sonoran Hot Reads: T.J. McConnell still can't get into Philadelphia bars for free

This would never happen in Tucson

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T.J. McConnell will probably never have to pay for a drink in Tucson again the rest of his life. But, where he currently plays, Philadelphia, this is apparently not the case. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

T.J. McConnell had just finished a recent game with the Philadelphia 76ers when he and his father, a few family members and some friends decided to visit an establishment within walking distance of Wells Fargo Center. T.J. was first to the door when a worker announced there was a $10 cover charge, but free admittance with a 76ers ticket stub.

"He played," said Tim McConnell, pointing at his son.

The worker still wanted $10.

"No, you don't understand. He played in the game," Tim McConnell tried to reason.

No matter. It was $10.

Oh Philadelphia

- Ryan Anderson went 11-18 from the field and scored 27 points in his first Portsmouth Invitational game. Gabe York also played in that game. He only scored ten points on 4-12 shooting

- As promised, it was a busy day for Arizona basketball recruiting. Terrance Ferguson committedKobi Simmons signed, and that makes five potential first-round draft picks on next year's roster

- Former Wildcat Justin Simon is visiting St. John's

- Other former Wildcats from longer ago spearheaded the best regular season in NBA history


- Boulder Creek QB Gunther Johnson will walk-on at Arizona after signing with NAIA Montana Tech

- Special teams coach Charlie Ragle was mic'd up. We'll round up all of these videos once they all get published

- Get excited for new Arizona commit Nathan Tilford with this video from Rivals, reading ESPN Insider's take and also this:


- The baseball team also had a nice signing day, inking three of the top West Coast junior college pitchers

- They are still projected to be in the NCAA Tournament by major outlets. Baseball America has them going to Starkville, while D1Baseball has them going to Coral Gables. Both happen to be projected as the No. 2 National Seeds, so that's kind of interesting


- The Wildcats head to Palo Alto to take on Stanford this weekend

Other sports

- Men's golf finished 12th at the Western Intercollegiate

- Sand Volleyball is having a Blue Out against ASU Thursday afternoon at 3 PM

- There are some interesting stories on the women's soccer team

Four track athletes are competing in California this weekend

Gymnastics earned APR recognition for the fifth-straight year

Tucson news

- Craig Morgan reported that the Coyotes are looking into moving an AHL franchise to Tucson. I wondered what the impact of that would be on the city and its development of youth hockey, and possibly Arizona Wildcats hockey

- U of A is working on better ways to treat snake bites

- The legalize marijuana legislation has 200,000 names on the petition

Two Sun Tran buses ran into each other Downtown

- The Pima County Fair opens on Thursday. Come hang out with us and watch Nelly Thursday night