The Phoenix Suns will tip off the club’s 40th NBA season with an eight-game preseason schedule that includes three contests at US Airways Center.
The Suns will open the preseason on the road against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 11. The club will host three preseason games in the Valley of the Sun on Oct. 13 vs. New Orleans, Oct. 15 vs. Utah and Oct. 25 vs. Denver. All three home games tip off at 7 p.m.
Phoenix will play three games in four nights in Los Angeles, beginning with a game against the L.A. Clippers on Oct. 18. The Suns will then participate in the L.A. Shootout against the Clippers, Lakers and Charlotte Bobcats. The winner of the Suns-Clippers game on Oct. 20 will play the winner of the Lakers-Bobcats on Oct. 21, which will be preceded by a game against the losers of the previous day’s games. The Suns wrap up the preseason against Seattle on Oct. 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
• The Chandler Hamilton at Phoenix Brophy football game on Aug. 30 will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net (and locally on FSN Arizona). It is the first game in FSN’s 10-game national “High School Game of the Week” package.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Phoenix College.
• J.J. Wood of Yuma led wire to wire, shooting 14-under 130 with rounds of 64 and 66 to capture medalist honors Tuesday at the 83rd Arizona Amateur Championship at Tucson Country Club. David McDaniel, of Tucson, finished second, four shots off the pace at 134 (67-67). Match play begins today.
The University of Arizona’s Nathan Tyler finished third, posting scores of 67-68 (135) and five-time Arizona Amateur Champion Ken Kellaney of Phoenix finished fourth at 136. Chris Kessler of Scottsdale, the 2006 Arizona Mid-Amateur Champion, tied with Jesse Steel of Chandler at 137.
• Pitcher Brandon Koon’s two-run home run in the second inning Tuesday night gave Scottsdale a lead it would never relinquish as it advanced to the semifinals of the Cal Ripken World Series at Van Buren, Ark., by defeating Fort Smith, Ark., 7-4.
After Fort Smith scored three times in the fourth to close the gap to 5-4, Scottsdale’s Ryan Grotjohn doubled to score two runs to push the lead to 7-4. Koon pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on three hits while Alec Anson struck out four of the last six hitters.
Scottsdale plays Walluka, Fla., at 6 p.m. today. The game can be heard at www.sportsnet.com.