On Sept. 7, 1996, FOX Sports Arizona hit the airwaves with our first telecast — a Pac-10 football showdown between Washington and Arizona State. Check back with us daily as we recount some of the top sports moments in Arizona during our 20 years of serving the state’s sports fans.
The Coyotes clinch a playoff berth, ending an eight-year postseason drought, and Ilya Bryzgalov became the first goaltender in Coyotes history with 40 wins in one season as Arizona defeats Colorado 6-2.
The D-backs and Dodgers open the 2014 season at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
March 21 1997
Freshman Mike Bibby leads the way with 21 points and five assists as Arizona upsets top-seeded Kansas 85-82 in the NCAA Southeast Regional in Birmingham, Ala., setting up an Elite Eight matchup vs. Providence.
Arizona players celebrate after knocking off top-seeded Kansas.
Arizona’s hopes of repeating as NCAA Basketball champions are dashed when the Wildcats are thumped 76-51 by Utah in the West Regional semifinal in Anaheim. The Wildcats were unable to solve Rick Majerus’ triangle-and-two defense, making just 28 percent of their shots (17 of 60).
The Coyotes set a franchise record for most victories in a season (44) with a 4-3 shootout win over the Panthers in Florida. The Coyotes rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third period. Radim Vrbata tied the game with 59.7 seconds left, then scored the winning goal in the shootout.
After losing in his first five games played in Phoenix, LeBron James gets his first victory in the desert — leading the Cavaliers to a 119-111 win over the Suns with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.