Good morning, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know to kick off your work week.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a Monday that will see mostly sunny skies with highs reaching up to 85. Winds up to 20 mph are also expected today.
The Valley low will bottom out at about 55 with winds reaching 15 mph.
TAURASI MARRIES FORMER MERCURY PLAYER
Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi married former Mercury player Penny Taylor, now the team’s director of player development, on Saturday.
The ceremony was held a day before the Mercury began their 21st season Sunday.
“Just an amazing day, one of the happiest days we’ve ever had,” Taurasi said after the Mercury’s 68-58 loss to Dallas. “It would have been nice to follow it up with a win, but we’re just really happy. It was one of the times where all our families were together, all the people we love and care for in the city that we met and evolved as teammates and wives now. It’s been pretty cool.”
Taurasi, 34, is one of the most prominent players in women’s basketball and this season is expected to become the WNBA career scoring leader. She has won three WNBA titles with the Mercury and four U.S. Olympic gold medals.
ASU CLINCHES FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TERRITORIAL CUP SERIES
Arizona State clinched a fourth consecutive undisputed Territorial Cup Series title Sunday over rival Arizona.
ASU picked up both outdoor track points to reach the needed 10.5 points for the 2016-17 series crown.
The ASU women’s track team was sixth at the Pac-12 Championships in Eugene, Ore., two places ahead of UA. On the men’s side, the Sun Devils finished eighth, edging the Wildcats by one point.
ASU leads 10.5 points to 8.5 in the series with only the baseball point left to be decided. After splitting non-conference games, ASU and UA baseball will meet in a three-game Pac-12 series starting Thursday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
MISS USA 2017: MISS D.C. WINS THE CROWN
Kára McCullough beat out 50 other contestants to win the crown Sunday night. She’ll promote science, technology, engineering and math as a career path for women.
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For the second year in a row, the Miss USA crown went to the District of Columbia.
Miss D.C. Kára McCullough became the 66th Miss USA during Sunday night’s pageant, with Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg named the runner-up and Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould the second runner-up.
As she joked earlier in the competition, McCullough hoped to win the crown to give D.C. “back to back” wins “like Drake.” Miss D.C. 2016 Deshauna Barber won the competition last year. Before passing on the crown Sunday night, Barber shared an emotional story about her mother’s death shortly after she won Miss USA.
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