Sports Calendar August 17-September 20

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Arizona Reining Horse Association Summer Inside Slide
Reining is a judged event requiring competitors to complete one of 15 approved patterns in an arena. These precise patterns include small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360-degree spins done in place, and “the hallmark” of the reining horse, the sliding stops. Often called the “dressage” of Western events, reining is the ultimate blend of horse and rider, combining speed and maneuverability through this series of intricate patterns.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, westworldaz.com, azrha.com, Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20, 7:30 a.m., free.

Phoenix Rising Football Club vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. Established in 2013, the club enters its fourth year in the United Soccer League, which has been awarded Division II status by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Tickets sell out quickly, which is one of the reasons Major League Soccer (MLS) recently announced that Phoenix Rising FC is among 12 applicants being considered for an MLS expansion franchise.
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, 751 N. McClintock Drive, Scottsdale, 623.594.9606, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, phxrisingfc.com, Saturday, August 26, 7:30 p.m., $10-$35.

Arizona Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and Tater 7 Mile
The course features smooth, well-graded forest service roads and the Arizona Trail’s easiest, softest running tread. Runners will cross through a forest of spruce, pine and aspen, shallow ponds, springs and limestone canyons. There are breathtaking views of Marble Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, Saddle Mountain Wilderness, House Rock Valley and Navajo Mountain.
The Arizona Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon and Tater 7-mile start and finish on FR611, just east of State Route 67, aztrail.org, Sunday, August 27, various times, $50-$85.

ASU Night at Chase Field
Forks up! ASU students can get a custom D-backs ASU soft-style T-shirt and discounted baseline reserve ticket to the game for $25, by using the offer code “ASU.” Check out the game, too, versus the always tempestuous Dodgers.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.462.6500, http://m.mlb.com/dbacks/tickets/special-events/asu, Tuesday, August 29, 6:40 p.m., $19-$275, or $25 for package.

U of A Night at Chase Field
All Wildcats are welcome to the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers nail-biter. Get the co-branded D-backs University of Arizona soft-style T-shirt and a lower-level baseline reserve ticket to the Wednesday, August 30 game for $25 with this special ticket pack. The offer code is “WILDCATS.”
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.462.6500, http://m.mlb.com/dbacks/tickets/special-events/uofa, Wednesday, August 30, 6:40 p.m., $19-$275, or $25 for package.

ASU vs New Mexico State
The Sun Devils will have a chance to open the 2017 season strong against moderately rated New Mexico State Aggies. The Sun Devils’ defense, which was ranked second to last in the nation in 2016, will have a chance to prove themselves against the Aggies’ strong senior running back Larry Rose III, who has two 1,000 rushing yard seasons. On the offensive side, the Sun Devils will get to experiment with either quarterback Manny Wilkins or Blake Barnett, who are still fighting for the starting job. Freshman sensation Eno Benjamin should also get explosive touches against the Aggies’ weak defense, which ranked No. 120 in the nation last season.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, thesundevils.com, Thursday, August 31, 7:30 p.m., visit website for ticket information.

ASU vs San Diego State
The Arizona State Sun Devils’ second home game will be a tight contest against Las Vegas Bowl champions San Diego State Aztecs. The Aztecs’ rushing game, which was ranked sixth last season, will test the Sun Devils’ defense. Look for Aztecs’ senior running back Rashad Penny, who had over 1,000 rushing yards last season, to attack the Sun Devils’ front seven. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils’ running back group of Eno Benjamin, Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard will have to fight for yards against a top-running defense that was ranked No. 16 in the nation last season.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, thesundevils.com, Saturday, September 9, 8 p.m., visit website for ticket information.

Chandler Chamber Charity Golf Tournament
The community is welcome to golf in the tourney that supports the chamber’s events and programs, including the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation scholarship program. For those who don’t golf, the event offers contest and hole sponsorships to offer businesses visibility.
Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass, 5692 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.963.4571, maryann@chandlerchamber.com, http://bit.ly/2rUPw8z, Friday, September 15, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., various price tiers.

Life Time Tri Tempe
In its 12th year, Life Time Tri Tempe is hosting three short-course triathlons for veteran and rookie athletes. The triathlons offered include: international triathlon, a 1,500-meter swim, 25.08-mile bike and 6.11-mile run; sprint triathlon, a 750-meter swim, 12.52-mile bike and 3.08-mile run; and super sprint triathlon, a 370-meter swim, 5.83-mile bike and 2.01-mile run. New this year is a team challenge competition and qualification into its national championship event in New York City.
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, tempetri.com, Sunday, September 17, 6:30 a.m., $55-$195.

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