Ability 360 Charity Golf Tournament
The second 360 Charity Golf Tournament, a best-ball tournament during which golfers with and without disabilities play side by side, benefits the 45,000-square-foot nonprofit Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center. Last year, 144 golfers filled up the sold-out field and helped raise more than $45,000.
Longbow Golf Club, 5601 E. Longbow Parkway, Mesa, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360golftournament.org, Friday, September 22, 8 a.m., $200.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys
Rise up, Red Sea! The Cardinals play their first home game of the year against the Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Dak Prescott and Co. come to town, hoping to return to the playoffs this year. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott could play, as a judge granted him an injunction that allows him to play despite his six-game suspension by the NFL for domestic violence allegations.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, arizonacardinals.com, Monday, September 25, 5:30 p.m., tickets start at $199.
Tee It Up to Cure Leukemia Charity Golf Tournament
The golf tournament has raised more than $32,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Legacy Golf Resort, 6808 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix, teeituptocureleukemia.com, Friday, September 29, 11:30 a.m. registration, noon lunch, 1:15 p.m. shotgun start, $100.
With the MLB regular season winding down, the Diamondbacks look to clinch an NL wild card spot. The team boasts a strong offense led by Paul Goldschmidt and new addition J.D. Martinez and a tight pitching rotation that includes aces Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray. The Diamondbacks will likely face the Rockies in the postseason wild card matchup. Following that, they would be paired against the MLB-best Dodgers, whom they swept in August.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.462.6500, dbacks.com/events, Wednesday, October 4, 1;10 p.m., $30-$60 with code “GRAND.”
Arizona Coyotes vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights
The Arizona Coyotes first home game without veteran Shane Doan on the starting roster will be a little strange. This season-opening game is something special, though. It’s against the new Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Coyotes hope to get started on the right skate after a mediocre 2016 season.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, nhl.com/coyotes, Saturday, October 7, 6 p.m., tickets start at $24.50.
Forever Mesa Sprint Triathlon
The triathlon includes a 400-yard swim, 12-mile bike and a 5k run. It also features a Kids Splash-N-Dash event, a 100-yard swim and 1-mile run. Registration begins at 5:45 a.m. Medals for the top three age groups will be awarded at 9:30 a.m.
Skyline Aquatics Center, 845 S. Crismon Road, Mesa, mesasprinttriathlon.com, Saturday, October 7, 7 a.m., $80.
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Portland Timbers
The Phoenix Rising’s final regular season match against a weak Portland Timbers team is set to begin at 7:30. With famous footballer Didier Drogba at the helm, the football club awaits the MLS’ expansion decision, which will be announced before the end of the year.
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, 751 N. McClintock Drive, Scottsdale, 623.594.9606, phxrisingfc.com, Saturday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $60.
ASU Sun Devils vs. Washington Huskies
The Arizona State Sun Devils’ defense looks to put up a fight with quarterback Jake Browning and the Husky offense. A 2016 Heisman candidate, Browning returns from a stellar season and will put the Sun Devil defense to the test while quarterback Manny Wilkins and running back Kalen Ballage look to find a hole in the defensive line.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, thesundevils.com, Thursday, October 14, time TBD, visit website for ticket information.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Led by running back David Johnson, the Cardinals will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their sixth game of the season. The Bucs’ offense poses a threat to the Cardinals, as they acquired DeSean Jackson in the offseason. Jackson will be another weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, who avoided the sophomore slump last year, delivering over 4,000 passing yards. Cardinals continue to aim for the playoffs after a disappointing 2016 season.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, arizonacardinals.com, Sunday, October 15, 1:05 p.m., tickets start at $50.
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trailblazers
The Suns’ regular season opener against a strong Portland Trailblazers team tips off at 7 p.m. Suns fans are excited to see what kind of progress shooting guard Josh Jackson, the fourth overall pick from Kansas, has made in the preseason. Point guard Eric Blesdoe and 20-year-old phenom Devin Booker lead one of the NBA’s youngest teams. The Suns are fighting in a strong Western Conference to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.
Talking Stick Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.7900, nba.com/suns, Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m., tickets start at $13.