Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away However, the guys at ProFootballFocus.com think Carter is muchbetter than the stats would indicate, tabbing him as a“Secret Superstar” heading into 2012.Considering his seamless transition, looking completely athome in the heart of the Cardinals’ defense, you wouldhave been excused for thinking that when the Cardinalslost Dan Williams to injury Carter would have vaulted intoa starting slot. As it happened, Arizona made the somewhatpuzzling decision of replacing Williams-lost to a brokenleft arm-with Nick Eason. The former Steeler had beenplaying as a reserve defensive end for the Cardinals butwas vaulted ahead of Carter into the starting lineup atnose tackle. This left Carter in the same role he hadoccupied behind Williams, but rather than gettingdownhearted at being passed up by a journeyman, he kepthis head down and maintained his early-season form.His late-season form, however, is what should haveCardinal fans excited as he put in his best games in rundefense against the 49ers, Browns, and Bengals during thefinal month of the season. In that trio of games, Cartertook advantage of some favorable matchups to record halfof his defensive stops from the season (five of his 10) inthose three games. Carter made three tackles for lossesagainst the AFC North pairings, but perhaps moreimpressive was the way in which he got the better ofJonathan Goodwin of the 49ers, one of the better runblocking centers in the league. In truth, Carter may still find it tough to get consistentplaying time. The Cardinals still have veterans DarnellDockett and Calais Campbell, and are pleased with thedevelopment and recovery of Williams, a first-round pickin 2010. And, it’s worth noting, Williams was a ‘secret superstar’ last season, sobeing listed among these ranks does not guarantee success.But at the very least one should feel optimistic, as theCardinals’ defensive line — with the names you know andsome you may not — could end up being one of the NFL’sbest. 0 Comments Share If you asked people which young player was going tobreakout and become a star for the Arizona Cardinals, thenames that would come up would be Patrick Peterson,Michael Floyd and Daryl Washington, among others.One name you likely wouldn’t hear — at least early in theconversation — is David Carter. The defensive lineman was taken in the sixth round of the2011 NFL Draft out of UCLA, and had a solid season,tallying 16 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in areserve role. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Well that all sounds great, doesn’t it? Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals announced they have signed running back Robert Hughes to the practice squad. Hughes signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in 2011, played in six games over the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had one carry for five yards and two catches for nine yards. After being released by the team following training camp, he re-signed with the club and played in one game before heading back to the practice squad. The Colts released him on Dec. 17. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released linebacker JoJo Dickson.
When I say 34-31 Rams over Seahawks in overtime, what do you think about? What comes to your mind about that game?That the Rams probably have a quarterback that can at least do some things and really propel that offense because we always knew what they could do defensively, but they just needed a few different pieces of the puzzle on offense to really challenge and it sounds and looks like they finally have their guy. There is no question when you look at the division from top to bottom with the Seahawks and the Rams, and you never want to count out San Francisco, we’ll certainly have our hands full. Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.Arizona’s general manager since January 2013, Keim has overseen a transformation that led to 21 wins over two seasons. His deft touch with the draft and free agency has led to the team becoming a contender in the NFC.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition, which follows Arizona’s season-opening 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share – / 21 Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim watches the offense and defense during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) When healthy, Dave Zastudil did a lot of good things for this team, you made the decision that this is the time for Drew Butler. I know punting is kind of a boring subject but that was a huge punt to pin Drew Brees up against his own end zone.No doubt. I think Drew (Butler) would tell you he’d like to have one of those punts back. I know he had one earlier in the game that wasn’t so great but I think he responded really well and that punt to pin him at – I think it was the two yard line – you couldn’t have asked for a better placement.If you had to give out a game ball, just one, is there a guy that you would give it to? Do you know who that would be?It would be a really hard decision between Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford. Earl because he stepped up and answered the bell and again when you watch the game on tape Wolf, you’d be really proud of the way Earl played. But Jonathan Cooper a guy who is, talk about bouncing back from adversity – being a first round pick, people getting down on him being frustrated with the fact that he’s not back and healthy – and then to be able to start his real, really his first NFL football game, and to play at the level he played. To be able to pull and play in space, some of the stuff he did in combination climbing to the second level. Really a couple times, on the one touchdown in the first quarter to John Brown, he peeled back and gave Carson the opportunity to make that throw. I couldn’t be more proud of Coop because he’s been through a lot. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Steve, you had mentioned that you were a little troubled by some of the screen game, but overall evaluate the performance in the first regular season game by your defensive coordinator.Very good. Bettch has great understanding of what he’s trying to do. He’s aggressive, he’s not scared to dial up the blitz. I think he likes some of the personnel packages that he has on defense. Listen, it’s no secret that Sean Payton is an excellent play caller and Drew Brees does an excellent job of running that offense with a great deal of tempo and understanding and smarts. I think for a rookie defensive coordinator he did an excellent job. I think as a whole our defensive line stood out as a group. They played really really good. Rodney Gunter got his first start, played very good. Frostee [Rucker], Calais [Campbell] those guys were really active up front and can’t say enough about Alex Okafor with two sacks.Could a team have a better characteristic than being able to win close games in the fourth quarter?When you have a locker room full of guys who are committed to one thing and one goal in mind, when you face adversity – which again, every game you’re going to have some kind of adversity – the guys who have the real character, the intangibles in the locker room, those are the type of teams that bounce back and answer the bell. It’s when you have those guys in the locker room that aren’t great intangible players and aren’t great character guys that things can go south quickly. On the David Johnson touchdown, were you surprised that BA did not run the ball?No, not at all. What’s he say? It’s no risk it, no biscuit. But I will say this, when David caught the ball you just questioned what he was going to do with it after he caught it, and I think everybody realizes now that at 226 lbs., he did run low 4.4s coming out of Northern Iowa at the combine, which is why we were so excited about him.Steve, what’s the latest on Andre Ellington? What do you know?He’ll have an MRI this morning. At some point I’ll talk with Tom Reed and our medical staff. It’s interesting. Last night after the game he told me he felt pretty good, so we’re optimistic. But again we’ll wait until the MRI this morning and see if it reveals any additional injury information. That’s why you always have to protect yourself in this game which is exactly why we signed Chris Johnson, exactly why we signed David Johnson, and really feel good about both of those guys moving forward.What about Michael Floyd?I think it was a combination of coach probably didn’t want to overdo it yet at the same time get him a taste of real live football. Again, he missed the majority of training camp with that injury and it’s a testament to him that he was even out there on the field. I think that each game, each practice, each day, he’ll get additional snaps. I think some of it really had to do with the game plan and some of the packages we ran on offense. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What pleased you the most overall after watching the film?Probably the way that Earl Watford played. Earl maybe gave up a few pass rushes to Cameron Jordan who’s a good player, but for the most part I would’ve said Earl played a very very good game. Really strong at the point of attack, created some movement in the run game. I thought that Jonathan Cooper and Jared Veldheer played excellent – not good – excellent, I mean those guys were really, really good. Coop got out in space a couple times on some pulls and had some nice blocks for Chris and Andre to pick up big yardage. It was nice to late in the game be able to run the football with some effectiveness.Carson Palmer is 14-2 in his last 16 games as the Cardinals starter. Why?Because he’s a really good player that has a great understanding of this offense and more than anything, when you give Carson Palmer time and protect him, he can spin the rock as good as any of them in terms of ball placement, touch, accuracy. At home, our fan base does such a great job creating a home atmosphere and a tough place to play for other teams that it’s just a great combination. We have a head coach that’s not scared to go for the jugular, we have great fans and we have a competitive team who plays at a high level at home. Are there any General Manager traditions? Like when you get a hole-in-one you’ve gotta buy drinks, stuff like that. When a rookie scores a touchdown in his very first game, do you have to send a bottle of wine to Northern Iowa? Do other GMs send you something? What’s the tradition on that?(laughs)No, just excited to get the win. It’s funny, I asked David on Wednesday in practice if he was scared. And if he was scared I told him I’d get him a dog, but I talked to him in the locker room again last night and I think we all realize now he’s not scared. It was good to see him have some success.Overall I just finished up with the tape and just like I had talked about in the previous couple shows we had, really excited about some of the offensive playmakers, the explosiveness that we had on offense. I know there were some concerns with our offensive line in the preseason, I thought we would get that smoothed out, and I thought those guys actually as a whole played excellent up front after watching the tape this morning.Yet at the same time there were some concerns. You know the Saints had two explosive plays off of two mental mistakes we had with our outside linebackers where we didn’t peel in the passing game and come off and cover the backs. There were obviously some substitution issues which created a seven-point swing on the punt return deal that set-up a touchdown return for them which is really unacceptable. And then we were out-leveraged a few times on some screens, but for the most part our guys played hard, they played fast, they played aggressive and it was nice to come away with the win.
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals chose to receive and four plays later won the game 26-20.“Clete had it on heads,” Rodgers said. “He was showing heads, so I called tails and it didn’t flip. It was just tossed in the air and did not turn over at all and landed on the ground. So we obviously thought that was not right. He picked the coin up and flipped it to tails, and he flipped it to tails and he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a recall there. It was confusing.”“Yeah, it was odd,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said. “He went to flip the coin, and it just went up and went down.”It was certainly an unexpected turn of events in a game that featured more than its fair share of crazy plays.“No, especially on that beautiful grass,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if he’s ever seen a coin flip like that. Arians never got an explanation for what exactly happened, but given how things transpired, he probably won’t require one.Whether or not the Packers got a raw deal will likely depend on your rooting interests. It’s clear from the video the coin never made a single end-over-end rotation and needed to be tossed again, though if Rodgers was going to base his call on what side of the coin was facing up pre-flip, then it’s understandable why he might be a bit miffed. Now that it’s over, has anyone ever seen a coin toss like this? #GBvsAZ pic.twitter.com/zpRkYc217A— Chris Clark (@ChrisClark_) January 17, 2016Packers captain Aaron Rodgers called “tails” just before the coin was sent flying into the air and before hit the turf without ever flipping. There was some confusing upon its landing, and upon a re-flip, the coin came up “heads” again. Comments Share Packers coach Mike McCarthy seemed to be at peace with the flip(s), while Arians was understandably pleased.“I don’t know what happened with the coin toss,” he said. “I’m glad he flipped it the second time. I think we had it the first time, too.” – / 40 GLENDALE, Ariz. — It is supposed to be one of the easiest things an official has to do during a football game. Yet the tossing of the coin heading into overtime of the Cardinals and Packers NFC Divisional Round game led to some controversy Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium.Referee Clete Blakeman had some issues with getting the darned thing to flip. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Beathard, 23, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State. He is the grandson of former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard, who spent 38 seasons in the NFL. He caught 34 passes for 505 yards and five touchdowns during his four-year college career.The roster move leaves the Cardinals with 11 receivers on the roster. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share As the Arizona Cardinals head into a week of mini-camp at their Tempe training facility, they’ve shuffled their roster a bit.The team signed wide receiver Rico Richardson to a deal and waived wide receiver Jeff Beathard.Richardson, 24, played his college ball at Jackson State from 2009 to 2012, catching 146 receptions for 2,722 yards and 26 touchdowns. He wasn’t drafted in 2013, but signed as a rookie free agent with Kansas City. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder also spent time on the Houston Texans’ practice squad in 2013 and the last two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, seeing action in six games on special teams. Top Stories Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rico Richardson (81) works to make a catch as he warms up for an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The Cardinals are hitting the road this week to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. and the game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals made a couple of roster moves Friday, placing linebacker Gabe Martin (knee) on injured reserve while elevating linebacker Zaviar Gooden from the practice squad to the active roster.Martin’s season comes to an end with him tallying four total tackles in eight games.Gooden was added to the Cardinals’ practice squad on Nov. 1. Originally a third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans’ in the 2013 draft out of Missouri, he appeared in 25 games for the Titans and Detroit Lions. He appeared in a career-high 15 games for the Titans in 2014, recording 20 tackles and two tackles for loss.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon in 1969, was the first guest to stay at Gili Lankanfushi’s newly upgraded Private Reserve, the largest overwater villa in the world, when he visited with his family last month.A big fan of space, the sprawling 1,700 square meter villa was the perfect choice for the Aldrin clan, offering a vast all-natural, luxury hideaway, surrounded by the Indian Ocean.Standing alone in the middle of the lagoon, 500 metres from the resort and accessible only by boat, the Private Reserve offers total privacy for those seeking respite from the limelight. The nearest villas are 300 metres away, guaranteeing total seclusion, while the incredible master suite offers guests further privacy within the villa itself.Built of wood and glass and sleeping up to 12 people, the three-bedroom Private Reserve is designed to give families and groups of friends ample indoor and outdoor living space to relax and share quality time together in idyllic surrounds. A new 63-metre fresh water swimming pool overlooks the lagoon, with jacuzzi and sun-decks, while a water slide from the top deck into the lagoon adds to the fun.To ensure guests’ every need is met, the Private Reserve has two personal Mr. Friday butlers on hand 24/7 (who can live-in if required). Meals are created to specific tastes by a personal chef using the very freshest ingredients and produce from the resort’s organic vegetable and herb gardens and fish caught daily by pole and line in the lagoon and all washed down with the vast selection of organic wines. A private spa with sauna and steam room, gym and state-of-the-art cinema save guests from needing to venture out if desired.For those wanting to explore beyond the villa, some of the best diving in the world is literally lapping at your toes and the resort’s Ocean Paradise Dive Centre offers unforgettable underwater experiences with expert instructors. According to Buzz, scuba diving is the closest thing to being in space.Buzz was photographed by French photographer Cyril Mason, renowned for taking iconic photos of the world’s greatest sports people and adventurers.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterEmirates is to operate its daily non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland with an A380 aircraft, less than a year after operating the flights with a Boeing 777-200LR.Emirates’ flagship double-decker A380s will operate on the route, currently the world’s longest, from 30 October. The airline has been flying the route since 1 March, in addition to three daily A380s flying from Auckland to Dubai and beyond via Australia, and a daily Boeing 777-300ER from Christchurch.Operating eastbound as flight EK448, the service will depart Dubai at 10.05am and arrive in Auckland the following day at 11.10am (local time). Westbound, flight EK449 will depart Auckland each night at 9.15pm, arriving in Dubai the following morning at 5.35am (local time) connecting with Emirates’ 39 European destinations, as well as other destinations in West Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This flight also connects in both directions with 10 A380 destinations, providing passengers the opportunity to fly all the way from Auckland to Europe on Emirates’ flagship aircraft.The very first flight from Dubai to Auckland and return at the beginning of March was operated by an A380 to especially commemorate the start of the non-stop route, but the flights have since been flown by the Boeing 777-200LR.As the largest A380 operator in the world, Emirates now has 80 Airbus A380s serving its network. Last month, Emirates placed a new order for an additional two new A380 aircraft, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing its order books for the aircraft to 64.Emirates A380s currently serve 40 destinations worldwide – one out of every four destinations on the airline’s passenger network. Vienna will become the next A380 destination starting from 1 July.Emirates redefined the First Class experience, leading the design of the first private suites in commercial aviation and was first to put them into service. The fully-equipped A380 Onboard Shower Spa was also a first in the industry and has been overwhelmingly popular with First Class passengers ever since.First and Business Class passengers can enjoy the exclusive A380 Onboard Lounge and Business Class passengers can relax in new-generation full-flat seats, each with direct aisle access. Passengers in all classes have access to Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ inflight entertainment system, which features over 2500 channels of on-demand entertainment. The latest technology allows passengers to stay connected throughout the flight with free high-speed Wi-Fi access as well as mobile phone and data services.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterQantas, Australia’s national carrier and longstanding official airline of the Australian Olympic Team, is getting behind Australian athletes with a limited edition Australian Olympic themed version of its iconic Business Class pyjamas. In the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Qantas will switch out the grey cotton long sleeve pyjamas for a patriotic green and gold set featuring a gold kangaroo on the shirt front and hashtag #RoadToRio on the back.From 22 July until 18 September 2016, all passengers travelling in Business Class across key international routes including Santiago, Dubai, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Dallas, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Vancouver, will be offered the opportunity to be part of the unofficial PJ Cheer squad for the Australian Olympians and Paralympians.Qantas Group Head of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said the Olympic PJ range is a special way for the airline and its passengers to throw their support behind Australia’s athletes as their years of hard work come to fruition on the world stage.“Our light grey Qantas PJs are almost as iconic as the flying kangaroo on the front of them, so we thought it would be very appropriate to turn them green and gold in support of the men and women representing Australia at Rio,” said Mrs Wirth.“It means people flying Qantas can literally support our athletes in their sleep.” Australia’s Olympians and Paralympians will receive their own set of green and gold PJs when they and their Olympic Medals return home on a specially chartered Qantas B747.Customers in Qantas Lounges across the network can enjoy live screening and coverage of the Olympics for the duration of the Games.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterHyatts Hotels Corporation has expanded its luxurious Andaz collection in Europe to four locations with the debut of Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere in Austria.The 303 room and suite hotel offers easy access to historical landmarks, including the Belvedere Palace and the Botanical Gardens. Only a short walk away from Vienna’s main train station, guests can create their own unique adventures by exploring the new city district Quartier Belvedere and its peaceful green surroundings.Andaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Suite Living RoomAndaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Suite BedroomAndaz Vienna Am Belvedere is comprised of two separate buildings connected by interwoven bridges, sharing a spacious lobby lounge on the ground floor. Integrating exquisite design, irresistible cuisine and spectacular art, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere immerses guests in the history and allure of Vienna.Continuing with inspiration from Prince Eugene of Savoy, each guestroom includes creative modern interiors, with an infusion of local and artistic details. The floor-to-ceiling windows in each room ensure that guests can enjoy the stunning views of Quartier Belvedere in the city centre or the nearby Belvedere.Andaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Eugen 21Eugen21, a contemporary Austrian tavern, combines classic and modern cuisine. A variety of past and present traditions provide guests with an insight into how Prince Eugene would live and dine, with a 21st century twist.Inspired by the Northern Lights, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere’s rooftop bar Aurora features a Scandinavian-inspired cocktail menu and bar snacks. Located on the 16th floor, the Nordic designed bar offers stunning views of Vienna which guests can enjoy while next to the open fire pit or listening to DJs late into the evening.Andaz Am Belvedere Vienna – Skybar TerraceCyclist is the perfect meet-up location for health-conscious guests, locals looking for a relaxing urban space or for those on the go. The eatery offers sandwiches, salads and hearty dishes perfectly complemented by a variety of specialty coffees such as Viennese Melange, all with the option to carry on your way out of the hotel.Go back to the enewsletter