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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have many options with the fifth overall selection: they could choose the potential shutdown corner Patrick Peterson, the possible future sack-master Von Miller or address the QB depth chart hole with one of the signal callers that may fall to them.Or they could take advantage of another team being enamored with one of these aforementioned prospects, trade down and accumulate more draft picks.And when Cardinals General Manger Rod Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Wednesday morning, he touched on that very subject. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “I think at this point that we’re prepared for anything,” Graves said. “Many times, teams will call us asking ‘are you willing to listen’ and we say ‘yes we are.’”It’s a simple idea: if the Cardinals aren’t in love with any of the draftees available at their slot, put the pick up for sale and see what you can get for one of the teams that are rumored to be looking to move up like the Cowboys (#9), Washington (#10), Houston (#11) or Atlanta (#27).But is the value of the number five pick in the draft to the Cardinals?“We have some idea what that compensation needs to be based on [what players are available] at the time that we get ready to pick and based on the historical evidence of past drafts,” Graves said. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals have filled a lot of holes o

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have filled a lot of holes over the last week but there is still a glaring one left. With the loss of Steve Breaston to the Kansas City Chiefs the team is still in search of a No. 2 wide receiver.While most of the talk has surrounded former Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards, the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora says there may be another player on the Cards radar.WR Malcom Floyd nearing a decision on a new team, and several teams remain interested, according to league sources…Baltimore, Carolina, Arizona and San Francisco are among the other teams in the mix, as well as San Diego.While speculation has run rampant about Floyd, LaCanfora is the first person to directly connect him to the Cardinals. Whether it is true or not is yet to be seen, but it does make one wonder if the Cards have moved on from Edwards because of his lofty contract expectations and are now searching for a more affordable option. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Top Stories Floyd could fit that bill. He’s almost “Edwards light”. He has a ton of potential but has yet to reach it. In his three year career he’s shown flashes, but has only compiled 15 touchdown catches with his best season coming in 2010 where he caught 37 passes for 717 yards and 6 touchdowns. Like Edwards, Floyd can stretch the field, as he averaged 19.4 yards per catch last season.If in fact Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt have been scared off by Edwards’ contract demands, adding Floyd on a one or two year deal at the right price could be the right fit for the Cardinals. Then again, like Edwards, it comes down to Floyd’s willingness to take a shorter deal. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Other teams interested have the luxury of waiting

first_imgOther teams interested have the luxury of waiting to see how well he recovers and the time to be able to work out possible contract offers.The gamble with signing Manning that early is that he will not have made a full recovery by then, and it will be unclear if he can play like he did just two years ago.“We’re not going to know how healthy Peyton Manning is by that time,” ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo. “He’s cleared. The fusion on his neck is healed. That part of it, he’s fine. It’s the nerve damage no one knows about. “He’s throwing the football now; he throws every day. However, no one’s seen him throw. It’s going to be a risk if it’s Arizona, if it’s Miami, if it’s Washington, if it’s the Jets. One of those teams, there is going to be some risk involved, not only with the money, but the unknown of how he is to play football.”Manning was cleared to play recently by two doctors after coming off a neck injury that sat him out the entire 2011 season. Colts’ owner Jim Irsay tweeted early Friday that even though he was cleared, he has yet to pass the Colts’ physical and has yet to be cleared to play for them. Even though he has things to clear up with the Colts, more and more analysts, including Jaworski, are saying that his career with the team is done.“It’s over for Peyton Manning in Indianapolis,” Jaworski said. “He’s moving on, they’re moving on. It would absolutely be the biggest upset in NFL history if Peyton Manning stays with the Colts.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ For Cardinals fans, if Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts part ways, it could be as early as March 17 when they know how serious the team is willing to go after Manning.That is the deadline for the Cardinals to decide if they want to give Kevin Kolb the $7 million option that is in his contract.If that’s picked up, the chances of Manning dressing in red are very slim.On March 8, Manning is due for a $28 million option bonus with the Indianapolis Colts that will finish off the final four years of a five-year, $90 million contract. That will decide his future with the organization. Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation With less than two weeks until the start of the regular season the Arizona Cardinals have yet to choose their starting quarterback.Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has chosen rookie Russell Wilson over Matt Flynn to start Week 1 against the Cardinals,leaving Ken Whisenhunt as the only head coach without a clear starting signal caller heading into the regular season.Whisenhunt is left with decision to choose between Kevin Kolb or John Skelton. Comments   Share   Top Stories What’s interesting is Whisenhunt announced earlier this week that neither quarterback will start for Arizona’s last preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Instead, rookie Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round draft pick out of San Diego State, will suit up as the team’s starting quarterback. This comes as no surprise, as most teams elect to rest their starters in the final preseason game.“He’s probably made his decision. He knows who he’s going to start at this point in time,” said ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. “I think people within the organization think that John Skelton is still the favorite but neither quarterback has distinguished themselves so far this summer.”Kolb, who is in his second year of a five-year, $64 million contract, started most of the season last year and adds more mobility to the quarterback position, but led the Cardinals to a 3-6 record.Under Skelton the Cardinals went 5-2, possibly because he had a knack for finding Larry Fitzgerald who had four 100-yard games. Three of those efforts went for more than 140 yards. He recorded only two 100-yard games with Kolb under center.center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We knew in camp that we had a lot of guys that could compete at that position. That was going to be one that was going to be tough to make some decisions at and now everybody’s getting a shot,” Kolb said. “So everybody gets a chance to show what they have.”The Cardinals will turn to LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith. Stephens-Howling is returning from a hip injury, Powell was impressive in the preseason and Smith was cut from the team but resigned a couple weeks ago. “Well we have faith in whoever’s back there,” Kolb said. “It is a big blow to lose [Williams], especially somebody you see gaining confidence each game but again, we have confidence in the rest of the guys.”If these running backs want to take advantage of their moment in the spotlight, this week against the Bills would be the time to do it. The Buffalo defense allowed 621 total yards against the 49ers last week, including 311 on the ground. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals head into Week 6 of the NFL season with a little less depth at the running back position than when they started in 2012. Both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams are out for the long haul. Wells was put on the injured reserve/designated to return list until November 25th and Ryan Williams is out for the season with a shoulder injury.Starting quarterback Kevin Kolb knows not having Williams will hurt the team but still has confidence in his remaining running backs.center_img 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgHow bad has it been for Jacksonville’s offense?• The Jaguars have a total of nine offensive touchdowns in nine games; there are already seven players with nine or more touchdowns in the league this season.• The Denver Broncos scored their ninth offensive touchdown with 8:58 left in the third quarter of their second game of the season, a 41-23 win over the New York Giants.• The Jags have had more drives end in turnovers on downs (10) than touchdowns.• They’ve had nearly twice as many drives end in a turnover (17) as touchdowns.• Their 54 punts are tied for the fourth-most in all of football.• Jacksonville has had only 10 runs of more than 10 yards in 209 carries — the lowest number in the NFL. In contrast, Seattle has 54 rushes of 10+ yards in 330 carries. Here are the horrible numbers broken down by drives.Total Drives: 109Drives Ending in TD: 9 (8.3%)Drives Ending in FG: 12 (11%)Drives Ending in Punt: 54 (49.5%)Drives Ending in Turnover on Downs: 10 (9.2%)Drives Ending in End of Half/Game: 7 (6.4%)Drives Ending in Turnover: 17 (15.6%)And it’s not like the Jaguars are playing the league’s best defenses on a weekly basis. Yes, they have played against Kansas City, Seattle and San Francisco, who all rank in the top ten. But they’ve also had games against Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver and San Diego, who are all ranked 20th or lower in defense. The Jacksonville Jaguars are bad. Historically bad.They’re one of only two teams in the National Football League with only one win. They haven’t scored a touchdown in their home stadium in almost a calendar year. published a piece Friday called “The Historic Suck of the Jacksonville Jaguars.” (Note: comments contain adult language.) The offense has been the biggest issue for this year’s Jaguars. Jacksonville ranks dead last in total yardage (278.4 yards per game) and second-to-last in rushing yards (65.0 yards per contest.) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The big picture? If the Cardinals stick to their formula of strong defense and solid special teams, their offense should need only have a marginal performance to beat Jacksonville Sunday and come back to the desert with their second road win of the season. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians “I thought it was an outstanding practice (on Saturday).  I think we finished 16 minutes early.  The pace of practice, we set a standard and we set a pretty good standard and hopefully we can maintain that.  There were a lot of young mistakes, but overall I thought it was an excellent first day.”If you had to pinpoint a couple of things that you’ve got to get better at kick return, what would they be?“Well, we’ve got to do a better job blocking.  Kickoff return, especially, we got to get somebody that’s just going to pound it.  Get it out and get it past the 20 (yard line).  Quit looking for a home run, just get it past the 20 and good things will happen.  Punt return, we got to do a better job of blocking the gunners, especially when we single them.  Justin Bethel does a heck of a job, and we’ve got enough good corners who should be able to do the other side, and again, take the ball and get it north.  I’m anxious to see those guys in that phase play a little more live football in pads.”Are you leaning more towards Patrick Peterson in that punt return role?“We know what he can do.  I don’t need to see him, and he doesn’t need to practice it.  So, it’s a matter of just go back there and catch balls pre-practice and be ready to go at a drop of a hat.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   What did you think of J.J. Nelson catching balls in traffic?“He had of a heck of day yesterday.  It was nice to him make a jump.  He was playing a little bit slow in the spring.  Played real fast yesterday, and I think he caught the DBs attention also.”The competition between A.Q. Shipley and Ted Larsen at center“They both have a lot of experience in this system.  They both look like little refrigerators.  They look a lot alike and they play a lot alike, smart and stuff.  It’ll be one of those things, don’t miss any practice, don’t get hurt.”What about your offensive line as a whole?“We got tremendous competition there also, like our defensive line.  Earl Watford had a great spring.  He’s fighting to get on the field, and my job — I got to find him a spot to get on the field because he’s playing pretty well right now, whether it be fullback, tight end, an extra lineman somewhere because he can run so fast for a lineman and catch the ball.  I toyed with the idea of putting him at tight end in the spring, but we had so many young tight ends that we needed to look at.”How has Tyrann Mathieu looked to you?“Just doing just like he did in the spring.  It looks like he’s back to being himself and that’s a good thing.  The guys love him, everybody loves him and it’s good to see him have the spirit back because he didn’t have it last year.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“(Sean Weatherspoon) has re-aggravated a hamstring strain.  I don’t think it’s anything serious.  He’ll take today off.  I think he just wants to get in pads; be fresh for pads (on Monday) being a wily old veteran.  Shaq Riddick aggravated his hamstring he had in spring.  He’s in the MRI now, see how severe that is.  And Darryl Sharpton had a little hip flexor but he seems to be very minor. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Do you see more balance in the offense this year?“I would hope so.  You would always like to stay somewhere in the 50-50 range and then let the fourth quarter dictate whether you’re ahead or behind on how the rest of the stats, but the first three quarters we want to be balanced.  I like the competition in the running back room.  Pretty much every position on the field right now there’s quality competition which normally brings success and depth.”Do you require a lover or a passion for the game from your players?“You’re not going to be on this team unless you have great passion for the game.” – / 23 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

At the time there was quite the hullabaloo Since

first_imgAt the time, there was quite the hullabaloo. Since then, the attention has seemed to die down some, and other players in the NFL have even knelt or come up with their own way to protest what they see as an oppressive society.Kaepernick admitted the response to his decision, which also included plenty of support, was a bit surprising.“It was something I initially didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I just knew I had confidence in what I believed and the reasons why I believed it. The fact that other people see that, they live that and see that as a stance that they agree with, I think shows the impact and power behind it and also the logic behind it.“It’s something that a lot of people live on a daily basis and we don’t like to address, we don’t like to talk about it. We like to try and sweep it under the rug, but at some point, when are we going to change? When are we going to live up to the standards that we say we do?”Whether one agrees with Kaepernick’s message or protest is truly up to them, just as a vote in Tuesday night’s presidential election was. And in terms of that, which was won by Republican candidate Donald Trump, Kaepernick had little care. “He’s healthier than early in the year when he played a little bit,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of Kaepernick, who took over as San Francisco’s starter in Week 6. “He’s obviously getting into a groove now — he’s probably getting many more snaps in practice, which is going to make him better.“He got into a nice rhythm throwing the ball, especially in the first half last week, and he’s always a threat on the option.”Arians said where Kaepernick has hurt the Cardinals most in the past has been when he has dropped back to pass only to then take off and run.“That’s always a problem with running quarterbacks because you want to be aggressive and go sack them, but you have to be careful in your rush lanes.”The Cardinals this season have had mixed success against mobile quarterbacks, struggling to contain the Bills’ Taylor in a Week 3 loss while bottling up Wilson in a Week 7 tie. Newton, meanwhile, ran for 43 yards on seven carries.The experience against all of them could play a role this weekend.“It really helps because there’s so much carryover week to week,” Arians said. “It seems like everybody is running a zone read and we caught a bunch of them in a row.” “I really didn’t play too close of attention, because I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole,” he said. “So, for me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression, and to me, it didn’t really matter who went in there. The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Arians said he believes Kaepernick is playing at a similar level to what he did a few years ago, though he has been mostly slow to get on track this season. Prior to the performance against the Saints, the 29-year-old struggled in losses to the Bills and Buccaneers, completing just 29-of-63 passes for 330 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, though he did pick up 150 yards on the ground.Kaepernick, though, feels like things have progressed.“I think it’s getting back into a rhythm,” he said. “It had been almost a full year since I had been back really in live action in games. So it just took a little bit to get comfortable really. Now that comfort is starting to come back.“Seeing the concepts that we’re running, how things flow together, in live action on game day, is important as well. Now getting to see those things and getting those reps, I think that’s something I get more and more comfortable with.”A more comfortable Kaepernick would figure to be a more dangerous one, though the last time he and the Cardinals squared off, in Week 3 of last season, he struggled — mightily.In the game, which the Cardinals won 47-7, Kaepernick was picked off by Justin Bethel and Tyrann Mathieu, respectively, on the 49ers’ first two drives — with both interceptions being returned for touchdowns — en route to a day in which he completed 9-of-19 passes for 67 yards with four interceptions. He ran for 46 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, but it was not nearly enough to make the game competitive. “It was a good pass rush,” Arians said of what worked that day. “He was not able to set his feet and he had to double-clutch two of them. Tyrann and Justin both read those routes very well and broke on the ball well, but the pass rush was the key.”The Cardinals have a better pass rush this season than last, which could bode well for their chances of a repeat performance Sunday afternoon. However, Kaepernick does not necessarily see it that way.For him, a return to Glendale offers a chance to erase a bad memory.“Last time we played down there, that was probably the worst game of my career that I can think of,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to go down there and redeem myself, and also try to help this team get a win and get back on track; start by breaking our current losing streak and trying to get on a winning streak.”Injury updateThe official injury report can be seen here, and on it three Cardinals did not practice in any capacity. Safety Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) was out, as expected, as was cornerback Tharold Simon, who is dealing with an ankle injury. Quarterback Carson Palmer did not practice, either, though it was deemed a veteran’s day off. TEMPE, Ariz. — In Colin Kaepernick, the Cardinals will face a quarterback who offers a skill most passers do not possess.He can run.Though not nearly the threat he once was with both his legs and his arm, the San Francisco 49ers’ QB is still someone who can pose a problem.The Cardinals, who have already dealt with running quarterbacks in Tyrod Taylor, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, know their work is cut out for them. Last Sunday in a loss to the Saints, Kaepernick threw for 398 yards and two touchdowns while running for 23 yards. About that day offThe idea that Palmer needed another day off the week after the bye may seem odd, but Arians said the 36-year-old QB as well as 33-year-old receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was limited with an ankle injury, would normally not be asked to do too much on a Wednesday, anyway.“It’s that time of the year,” he said. “At their age, they need rest. But, don’t tell them I said that.”Palmer was not informed of Arians’ comments, though he did acknowledge that rest days are a part of his routine now and he has learned to appreciate them.“You want the reps; you want to be in the huddle,” he said. “You don’t want to be standing around at practice, but they’re so beneficial. As the season gets going, they go a long way. Just one of them goes a long way.“I’ve been a gym rat for so long. I want every rep and I’m greedy with every rep, but I’ve learned to understand the importance of recovery and rest and sleep, and all those things. I understand how important it is for feeling great Sunday.”The benefit of the time off, the QB said, comes in feeling great on Sunday.Kaepernick’s stanceThe 49ers QB made headlines in the preseason when it was noticed he was not standing for the national anthem before the game, instead choosing to kneel. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd a

first_imgNew England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd adjusts the strap on his helmet during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories center_img Floyd says he is sticking to a football-only lifestyle. He told The Boston Globe he’s not even visited the city of Boston, spending all of his time at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots’ practice facility and his hotel room nearby.“I like it. It’s kind of a place for me. Not too many things to do around here. That’s good for me,” Floyd said.…“I’m not into going sightseeing. I don’t really care. I’m here for one reason.”He doesn’t want to talk about the arrest. When asked if he has had a drink of alcohol since coming to New England, Floyd ended the interview. Before that, he said he’s living a simple life right now.“I kind of act like I’m broke, so, that’s how I am,” he said. “I can really actually just focus in on football and I can get to work in less than three minutes, so I really like it.”Floyd was arrested early on Dec. 12 for falling asleep at a stoplight in Scottsdale following Arizona’s return from a trip to Miami. Police recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.21.The team released Floyd two days later and he was claimed off the waiver wire by New England.That week, Bidwill indicated the team was unhappy with how Floyd showed little remorse for his DUI arrest and also that the receiver had previously shown signs of lacking focus when it came to football. Former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd isn’t getting out much following his December DUI arrest.As his New England Patriots prepare for a playoff game against the Texans, it instead sounds as if Floyd is taking the advice of Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. Following Floyd’s arrest and release from Arizona in December, Bidwill criticized Floyd’s “approach” and said the Cardinals’ lesson to be learned was to “pay attention to your profession seven days a week.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We asked him to proactively address this, we had multiple conversations with him, with his agent, they just didn’t want to do that,” Bidwill said on Dec. 18. “We decided, you know what, we’re moving on.“I hope he gets healthy. I like him personally,” Bidwill added. “He’s a great kid. I was really disappointed with how he handled this and you know, how he was handling his approach to the game, his approach to conditioning and approach to things, and I think it was affecting him, some of his issues were affecting him on the field.”last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s too early for general manager Steve Keim to admit he’s overly-enamored by a single player with his Arizona Cardinals expected to lead off the 2019 NFL Draft.He’s yet to meet any of the draft prospects face-to-face, and the NFL Scouting Combine hasn’t happened.All Keim has is film.“I truly don’t know who we’re going to take,” the GM told Doug & Wolf in his Wednesday visit to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station during Newsmakers Week. “It’s way too early to even consider who’s going to be the number one pick. 10 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling QUOTABLEKeim’s impression of Kingsbury since hiring him as head coach: “To start right now, work ethic. I always prided myself on being at the office early and I generally get in there between 4:20 and 4:45 (a.m.) and Kliff has beat me every morning. And when I go home at night, Kliff is still in there.“Every time I walk down to his office, it’s a complete mess. And when I say that, I say it with respect because there are papers everywhere and diagrams of plays and he’s watching film — sort of like the Nutty Professor putting a plan together, and it’s exciting to see.” Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I think that there’s a number of players that I’ve looked at on film already that are extremely talented that I think could be potential number one picks. Obviously when you’re picking at one, usually that player is a physical freak. I’m excited to see a number of those guys test.”Related LinksPro Football Focus: Cardinals FA Bucannon a ‘buyer beware’ free agentCardinals LB coach Davis gives inside track on Nick Bosa from time at OSUKingsbury empowering Cardinals ‘defensive head coach’ JosephCardinals’ Kingsbury downplays Kyler Murray draft talk: ‘Josh is our guy’Michael Bidwill: Cardinals will continue leaning over their ski tipsThe Kliff Kingsbury-loves-Kyler Murray narrative growsKeim hears the TV soundbites and talking heads when it comes to his Cardinals. This week, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray’s commitment to an NFL future threw his name into the ring as a potential top draft choice for Arizona and head coach Kliff Kingsbury, whose Air Raid offensive concepts could fit the Heisman winner well.Keim wouldn’t go as far as writing Murray off his list just because the Cardinals already have a quarterback in Josh Rosen — but he’s not writing anyone off at this point.“When I go through the evaluation process heading into the draft, I will look at every player like we have nobody on our roster,” Keim said. “I’ll evaluate everybody the same.”It’ll come down to whether Murray, or anyone else, is the best prospect who can make the biggest impact.Nonetheless, Keim welcomes the Murray conversation. It’s a positive for the NFL and the Cardinals, even if it might not depict his front office’s thought processes. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s sort of like The Bachelor or the Real Housewives of Orange County. This is real life stuff,” the GM said.“It’s exciting. So does that mean that maybe I’m like Colton, The Bachelor? Am I that beefcake kind of guy?”The real question is whether the Cardinals think Nick Bosa is that beefcake kind of guy. The top of most NFL mock draft boards boast the Ohio State pass-rusher and a handful of other defensive linemen, but the team’s biggest needs are on offense.The Cardinals need more skill position playmakers and, more importantly, more offensive line talent.“You can block all day, but if you can’t create separation, it won’t matter. And then vice versa,” Keim said. “I guess what comes first, the chicken or the egg? I think you have to protect first, though.”Whether those issues are addressed with the No. 1 pick, later in the draft or in free agency will depend on Arizona’s yet-to-be-created big board and how the draft itself plays out around the Cardinals’ picks.But what will they do with their top pick? Could they consider trading it?“Either that or stay put,” Keim said.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterExplorer cruise line Hurtigruten’s newest vessel was christened in daylight late at night in spectacular Lofoten, north of the Polar Circle on the coast of Northern Norway.The christening event featured thousands of people in the town square at Svolvaer, a former fishing village and today one of the most spectacular adventure travel destinations in the world and truly one of the highlights of the Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyages.“Adventure travel is one the fastest growing global tourism mega trends and Lofoten offers everything the new adventure traveller seeks: spectacular scenery, authenticity, a unique history and atmosphere, and access to active nature-based experiences. Svolvaer in many respects mirrors the modern Hurtigruten, being a world leading provider of explorer cruises with activity, learning and sustainability in the core”, said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.The new explorer ship is named MS Spitsbergen, after the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago. This very northernmost part of Norway, next to the North Pole, is also where Hurtigruten founder Richard With first started explorer tourism in the Arctic in 1896.Polar pioneer, mountaineer godmotherCecilie Skog was the godmother to smash the champagne bottle in the ship’s side and officially christen MS Spitsbergen. Skog is one of the most merited contemporary Norwegian explorers, with numerous impressive achievements including expeditions to the North Pole, the South Pole, Mount Everest, Antarctica and Greenland. She has also climbed the ‘Seven Summits’ to stand on top of the highest mountain on each of the earth’s seven continents.Arctic adventure awaitsAfter a first season in Norway, MS Spitsbergen will alternate between the Norwegian coast and polar expeditions. Already from 2017, guests can sail with her to Greenland, to Iceland, to the Faroe and Shetland Islands, as well as to Arctic Canada. Among the many exceptional landings in Canada is L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the first Vikings settlements were discovered in 1960.“Archaeological findings suggest this is the place where pioneer explorer Leiv Eriksson went ashore and named it Vinland. Coming here and to the other historic sites with MS Spitsbergen, more than a 1000 years later, resonates with our Viking spirit and Hurtigruten’s pioneering ambitions”, says Skjeldam.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter It is seven years sinc

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIt is seven years since I was last in Warsaw and not only was it high time for a return… but a tasting of vodkas got added to the agenda as well. First up was the Polish capital’s iconic hotel, The Bristol, now part of Luxury Collection. It was bought in 2012 by London-based lawyer, Jonathan Lourie, who also owns the gorgeous Norman, in Tel Aviv – and yes, this hotel oozes with similar, tender-loving care. The Bristol is heritage, built in 1901 for pianist Ignacy Paderewski,1860-1941 and his lawyer Stanislaw Roszkowski. Every detail of what is now a 202-room hotel seems to be controlled by conservation authorities.The corner Café Bristol, for instance, is just as I imagine any proper café to have been – it has checkerboard floor tiles, hemispherical standing and chandelier lights, and tweenie-type servers in crisply-starched bibbed aprons. It serves coffee and cakes but – surprise, surprise – last year the best-selling Bristol sandwich was revamped. No longer are ingredients hidden between two thick slices of tasty wholegrain bread. Now, Polish cheeses and sausages, plus beetroot and pickled pear and greens are arrayed – pretty as a picture – Danish-style atop one slice. The other restaurant, the Marconi, is more elaborate, with lots of starched table linens and napkins.Here, in Marconi, came the first vodka, Ostoya, made from wheat and not as sweet as its potato relations, apparently. It was served in a thimble-sized shot, as a great chaser and prelude to a Sicilian Nero d’Avola. My first night in town had to be Polish food, so I started with a superb whole Baltic matjes herring surrounded by delicate blobs of beetroot foam  – this preceded a hearty steak, described as ‘Polish aged bull entrecote’, which certainly provided energy and there was no space for plum pudding with suska sechlonska prunes. Breakfast was to prove another insight into Polish products and cuisine: a dedicated room off the main Marconi dining space must have had 200 or more items, including Polish crèpes with cottage cheese, stewed fruits, and dozens of cold cuts and cheese. I was quickly reminded that, without exception, coffee, and bread are first-class in Warsaw.This luxury hotel’s elegant bedrooms include the unique Paderewski Suite, #211, with his music on the vinyls for the floor-standing His Master’s Voice gramophone. The suite also has a 1926-vintage sit-up-and-beg typewriter, a well-tuned Petrov grand piano – and views directly across Krakowskie Przedmiescie.I must give praise to the hotel’s outstanding concierge, Michal Borowiak, who sensibly gives his direct contacts on the hotel’s local map. I have also not mentioned the superb sixth-floor gym, re-designed by a Jonathan Lourie favourite, David D’Almada of Sagrada, or the pop-up displays of local modern art arranged by the hotel’s number-two manager, Piotr Madej.  Now I have to return, to meet his boss, Roman Goetsch, sadly out of town during my too-short visit.Soon there will be yet another vodka to try – Raffles Europejski Warsaw, opening this May, just across across Krakowskie Przedmiescie from the Bristol. Raffles will have its own special vodka blend. Chopin is creating a bespoke blend, with a hotel-specific label, apparently (this luxury hotel brand already has its own gin, produced by Suntory Beam-owned Sipsmith, who, as the gal has already recounted, bought it from its two creators, one a direct descendent of Sir Stamford Raffles). The big question is, of course, when exactly does Raffles open here in Warsaw? No exact date has been published but advance notice went out last week and, judging by a tour a few days ago, it could easily accept its first guests from 18 May 2018, one of the dates mentioned.I was so lucky to be shown round. Soon, when you enter the main lobby you will be greeted by vertical floor-standing sculpture-lights, flickering like miniature Eiffel Towers. The three-floor building is an open square, around a courtyard that will have a conservatory restaurant surrounded by garden. Some of the inward-facing ground floor rooms will open into private garden-terraces, which should appeal to smokers. There are still reminders everywhere of the building’s history, which goes back to 1857, but see how original spaces have been brought into ageless modernity by skillful use of natural materials, predominantly Polish oak and the various-grey marble that lines most bathrooms. In some different, greys form mosaics of Warsaw’s Old Town skyline.History is also shown in alcoves leading off upper corridors: each alcove is a reminder of a different stage of the hotel’s history, with suitable furniture. Obviously the present owners, who are led by a Swiss family are great admirers of Raffles Singapore, having worked closely with the designers, who are Barcelona-based Lazaro Rosa-Violan, of Studio Lazaro Rosa, and from Poland, WWAA, led by Marcin Mostafa and Natalia Paszkowska. It is all beautiful. The 88-seat all-day Europsiski Grill has, along its main wall, eight metre-wide blue on white show plates. A coat storage for people coming in from outside looks like a tall chest-of-drawers, but then a whole-half swings open to reveal the hanging rack.Europejski was originally designed by Enrico Marconi for the Przezdziecki family, who still have a minority interest. During the years it has variously been a military academy and an Orbis hotel. It has never, however, had such glorious rooms as the Raffles Suite. I last saw GM Thomas Guss at Shangri-La in Abu Dhabi. Why move here, I asked? It was an opportunity he could not refuse and this will be one of the best hotels in Europe, he promises. There is a cigar lounge with 100-year-old carved ceiling, and a six-room spa which will use Polish-owned Sisley products, and yes, it will have a pool. And that vodka.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world.  Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBanyan Tree Macau is offering families a tropical summer sanctuary just outside the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Centrally located in Macau’s Cotai Strip, Banyan Tree Macau is an easy escape for those looking for a slice of paradise for the whole family to enjoy.Families looking for a total getaway will love the Saffron Summer Package (MOP 988+ for two). Start the tropical getaway at Banyan Tree Macau’s signature restaurant Saffron with the “Taste of Thai” Set Menu. Designed to share, the menu includes a selection of fresh salads, a crowd-pleasing appetiser platter, soup, a selection of two main courses, a dessert of the day and two fresh young coconuts.© Banyan Tree Macau – Grand Resort DeckPrepared by Saffron Head Chef, Monnipa Rungthong, the Taste of Thai Set Meal showcases authentic Thai flavours in dishes such as a fiery Nam Tok Moo (grilled pork neck salad), the sweet-and-sour classic Tom Yam Goong with juicy tiger prawns and an indulgent Gaeng Phed Gai (chicken red curry with eggplant and sweet basil), and uses ingredients such as lemongrass and lime that promote the appetite and help cool off the body in a warmer climate. Kids can also enjoy an array of non-spicy Thai dishes from the à la carte menu.After lunch, stop by Banyan Tree Macau’s secluded Cabana Pool Deck for a cooling summer mocktail before heading to the Grand Resort Deck for a day out in the sun. Home to the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool and 575-metre Skytop Aquatic Adventure Ride, also the longest in the world, the 75,000-square-metre Grand Resort Deck features a 150-metre white sand beach as well as an assortment of water attractions including water slides, geysers, waterfalls and a kids’ aquatic zone, making it the only true resort experience in the city and the ideal location for a day out the whole family will love.© Banyan Tree Macau – Kids Aquatic Play Zone at Grand Resort DeckFor more intimate family gatherings, Macau’s most exclusive poolside experience awaits at Banyan Tree Macau’s luxurious, full-service Cabanas. Situated in a private section of the Grand Resort Deck, each of the beautifully appointed Cabanas houses features such as cushioned lounges, private shower rooms, TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, allowing the little ones dip their toes in the expansive private pool as the big kids sit back and relax.Make the most of the poolside sanctuary with a Chill-Out at Cabana package (starting from MOP1,800+), which offers a full day in a luxurious Cabana for four people (from 11:00am to 6:00pm) as well as a complimentary bottle of GH Mumm Champagne and MOP1,000 in food and beverage credits to enjoy at Banyan Tree Macau’s world-class dining facilities. The package also includes complimentary access to the Grand Resort Deck.+Prices are subject to 10% service charge.*Banyan Tree Spa exclusive summer promotion valid from 1 June to 31 August 2018.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Fours Seasons Hotels

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterFours Seasons Hotels & Resorts has welcomed the addition of two new properties in the top half of North America, with the debut of Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston this week and Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Montreal this month.Located in the Back Bay district, the new build 215 room and suite Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston skyscraper is the second location in the city, joining the long-standing Four Seasons Hotel Boston. At 220 metres tall, the 61-storey structure is the third tallest building in Boston.The property features an entire level dedicated to health and wellbeing. The Wellness Floor at One Dalton is home to a pool, workout areas and the Spa.Across the border to the north, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Montreal has also opened.Its 169 guest rooms and suites are designed in a modern, residential style. The Carré Doré rooms are located on the atrium floors, giving guests the opportunity to admire Pascale Girardin’s grandiose art installation. In Four Seasons Executive Suites, guests can separate the lounge area from the sleeping area. The elegant, two-bedroom Presidential Suite on the top floor features a full-size dining table and butler’s pantry with a separate entrance that is ideal for entertaining.“Four Seasons Hotel Montreal is an important and prestigious addition to the destination that elevates Montreal and sets it apart as a world-class city. Plus, we are counting on this hotel to add to our value proposition on the luxury market,” says President of Tourisme Montreal, Yves Lalumière.Lead image: Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, BostonGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more