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BULLETIN: August 15, 2022 — Athletes Unlimited confirms Marino’s championship

After a bit of movement over the last 20 hours or so, the final totals for the Athletes Unlimited women’s lacrosse league have been confirmed. A point has been added to leader Taylor Moreno’s total from overnight, and five points have come off second-place Sam Apuzzo’s overnight total.

This makes the final margin 16 points, confirming Moreno’s place as the second AU champion, with her score being 1798 to Apuzzo’s 1782.

The two luminaries had been tied on the scoreboard headed into the final three minutes of play, and finished Matchday 12 almost level on points after the win bonus for Moreno (45 points), the fourth-quarter bonus for Apuzzo (20 points), and the additional MVP-3 bonus (15 points) for Apuzzo.

It’s been an unprecedented 2022 season for AU women’s lacrosse — the only time a post-overtime shootout has ever been used in women’s lacrosse, and the only recount ever used to determine a champion.

Can’t wait for Season 3 next summer.

Aug. 15, 2022 — An eye-popping investment

When the Spooky Nook Sports complex was first developed on the site of an Armstrong Aluminum distribution center back in 2013, the outlay to build two turf pitches, indoor recreation facilities, and a hotel on the site ranged from anywhere between $25 and $42 million, according to published reports.

But there’s another sports investment, one with a sizable field hockey element, which is being planned in a non-traditional area of the country that is over and above that figure.

The Mangat Group, a developer in Arizona, is about to commence construction on a a pair of sports complexes in Glendale which are estimated to cost somewhere between $50 and $100 million.

So, what’s the field hockey element of this? Currently, there are two temporary hockey pitches on the land, used by the Phoenix Scorpions and the Arizona State University club team. And the final construction on that patch of land will include three field hockey pitches (presumably water-based). It will also include indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and a pickleball complex with several dozen courts. In addition, on a second site, a 20,000-seat cricket stadium is being planned.

The building projects are the collective brainchildren of Vispi Karanjia and Tony Mangat, and they are looking to start construction sometime early next year for a 2024 opening.

“I told (the city of Glendale) if you help me get the process going, I’ll make sure I build the thing in 2024,” Mangat tells The Phoenix Daily Independent.

The Glendale field hockey site’s scope is impressive — impressive enough that if the developers do their homework and build the three pitches to FIH standards, the site could host a World Cup one day.

About the only thing that would have to happen for the United States to use Glendale as a host site is for FIH to move the tournament window for that future World Cup to the winter.

It’s not unusual for that to happen in the sports world: FIFA has had to make all manner of changes to its calendar to hold the next men’s World Cup in Qatar, beginning Thanksgiving Week and ending in December.

It may seem like a far-off dream, but let’s see what happens with the follow-through from these sports property developers.