first_img Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Kevin Kolb will probably start Sunday against the DallasCowboys.The quarterback, who has missed the last four games due tovarious ailments, has taken the starter’s share of reps inpractice this week, and seems to be good to go.However, head coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t ready name Kolbthe starter…yet.“I’d like to get through [Friday] and make sure there’s nosetbacks,” Whisenhunt said. “We’re obviously workingtowards that being the case. “The only thing that’s going to prevent that is if he hassome soreness in his foot and he doesn’t feel comfortableSunday.”While remote, that’s still a possibility. That’s whyWhisenhunt said John Skelton, who has started the lastfour games, is still getting a good amount of work inpractice this week.“You’ve got to be prepared for that,” Whisenhunt said.Whoever lines up under center for the Cardinals Sundaywill have their work cut out for them. The Cowboys arerolling right now and feature one of the game’s bestdefensive lines, one that includes Anthony Spencer and oneof the game’s best sack artists, DeMarcus Ware, who has 14sacks on the season. In 11 games. Good luck, Levi Brown. Look out, whomever is atquarterback.“Our approach offensively has got to be one where weidentify where those guys are and we’re on the same page,”Whisenhunt said. “We’ve got to make some plays offensively— especially on third down — to get some consistencygoing.”last_img read more

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ If not for the missed field goal, it would have been easy to point at Williams’ fumble as the reason for the loss.Whisenhunt said Williams was “torn up” about what happened, but he also added that he felt Williams made some good runs late in the game. “We thought we had a chance to win the game without ever having to give it back to them,” Whisenhunt said. “This (fumble) was unfortunate.”Whisenhunt said he spoke to Williams about the incident and told him a story about former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, in which Bettis fumbled in a similar situation during a 2005 playoff game. “In the next two weeks, Jerome was huge for us as far as getting to the Super Bowl,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s the type of mentality that you got to have. You got to learn from it and you got to go forward.” 0 Comments   Share   With just 1:10 remaining on the clock, Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams fumbled at the his own 33-yard line. The New England Patriots recovered it and had a chance to steal a game the Cardinals appeared to have all wrapped up. Then with six seconds remaining and his team down 20-18, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski lined up for a 42-yard field goal to win the game. It sailed wide left. “Our team stuck together and we found a way to win and that really is all that matters,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “You learn from it. It is a lot easier to learn from it in this situation.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_imgIt has been almost a month since I last worked my way through a seven-round Arizona Cardinals mock draft — and that was done for a reason — we were finally getting some clear information on what the Cardinals would be looking to do.If we can harken back to three weeks ago, ArizonaSports.com outlined what the Cardinals will be looking to add per head coach Bruce Arians, and his list was pretty concise.“We need depth, offensively and defensively, on the lines. I’d like to have a young safety and corner, and any receiver that runs 4.2.” he said to NFL Network’s Lindsey Soto. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Other Possibilities: JJ Wilcox, Josh Boyce, Xavier Nixon, Josh EvansRound 6 (174th overall) – Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia TechIf the Cardinals are looking for a possible deep threat, Fuller could be that guy. He lacks the refinement to be more than a fourth receiver early, but his deep speed and separation ability, coupled with the fact he tracks the ball well, could be ideal in the Arians offense.Other Possibilities: David Bass, Nickell Robey, Jasper Collins, Jelani JenkinsRound 7 (219th overall) – Marc Anthony, CB, CaliforniaI highly doubt Anthony will be here, but he is a nice end-of-the-draft-type who can come in and play special teams and fight for playing time in the secondary.Other possibilities: Ray Ray Armstrong, Uzoma Nwachukwu, Abry Jones Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Using that information, here’s what I think Thursday, Friday and Saturday could look like for the Cards.Note: The Cardinals have been tied to two prospects right now: Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson and North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper, both offensive line prospects, despite Arians saying earlier in the day that they won’t draft an offensive lineman just to take an offensive lineman.Round 1 (7th overall) – Star Lotulelei, DT, UtahI put a disclaimer that I would wait until late at night Wednesday to make a decision if I would change this pick, and have received no new info that leads me to believe that the Cardinals will look elsewhere if the first round plays out similarly to how I had it going.Other Possibilities: Chance Warmack, Lane Johnson, Jonathan Cooper, Dion JordanRound 2 (38th overall) – DJ Swearinger, S, South CarolinaSwearinger has been an intriguing prospect all along as a potential plug and play safety on the back end of the Cardinals defense.He is a ferocious hitter, with excellent play diagnosis and recognition skills, and has the versatility to thrive in defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ secondary.Other Possibilities: Terron Armstead, Menelik Watson, Justin Pugh, Mike Glennon, Ryan Nassib, Corey Lemoniercenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Round 3 (69th overall) – Brian Winters, OL, Kent StateWhen you look at what the Cardinals want to do, it includes getting versatile offensive linemen, and that is what Winters is. He played left tackle at Kent State, has the build and mentality of an interior lineman, but could give you quality snaps at right tackle as well.Other possibilities: Sam Montgomery, David Bakhtiari, Phillip Thomas, Johnathan Hankins, Marquise GoodwinRound 4 (103rd overall) – Trevardo Williams, OLB ConneticutThe Cardinals need to find an answer at the pass rushing position, and if they don’t address it earlier, they could here in round four. Williams is a faster, healthier version of O’Brien Schofield, who has never had his abilities questioned.Other possibilities: Travis Frederick, David Quessenberry, Will Davis, BW Webb, Cornelius WashingtonRound 5 (140th overall) – Hugh Thornton, OG, IllinoisAs the Cardinals continue to build their team, adding versatile pieces on offense and defense will be a key. Thornton, like Winters, lined up at left tackle in college, but projects as an interior lineman in the NFL. His ability to swing to three positions makes him a very valuable late piece. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Cardinal O’Brien Schofield had a quiet evening but picked up a tackle for loss with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Schofield spent his first three seasons with Arizona before joining the Seahawks for the 2013 campaign.The Broncos, who were blown out 43-8, sported four players with Arizona connections in the showdown. Former Cardinals linebacker Paris Lenon recorded two tackles in the big game, but also left the contest in the second half due to a rib injury. Twenty-seven-year-old cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was drafted by the Cardinals and played his first three seasons with Big Red, recorded one solo tackle Sunday in New Jersey.Former Sun Devils quarterback Brock Osweiler and safety Omar Bolden did not put up any numbers on the stat sheet for the Broncos, unless you count the late hit Seattle’s Ricardo Lockette delivered on Bolden in the first quarter to get whistled for unnecessary roughness. – / 70 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Plenty of players in Super Bowl XLVIII have Arizona ties, but none of them made a major impact in the matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.For the Seahawks, former Arizona State tight end Zach Miller caught one of the two passes that came his way. Denver tried an onside kick at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and the 28-year-old former Sun Devil secured the ball and didn’t try to advance. A couple of plays later, he had his lone catch of the game for 10 yards, which helped Seattle continue a drive in which Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin for 10 yards. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_img When the conversation turns to the Arizona Cardinals and their quarterback position, it always comes up that after starter Carson Palmer, there isn’t much.At least, not in terms of a player who could succeed the veteran should he retire following the 2017 season.That’s why there has been plenty of talk about the team’s goal of finding a quarterback of the future, perhaps in this year’s draft. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) walks to the bench after throwing an interception against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While it makes sense that beyond Palmer there would be questions, the truth is the Cardinals do have a reliable option beyond him in backup Drew Stanton. While the idea that the team is looking for a quarterback when he’s already on board could rub him the wrong way, the veteran who has appeared in 12 games over the last two seasons said he understands.“I’m 32-years-old, I understand the business that I’m in,” Stanton told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday morning. “They’re always looking to replace you; everyone’s always looking to be replaced.”Stanton re-signed with the Cardinals last offseason, agreeing to a two-year deal with the understanding that he would back up Palmer. After starting eight games in 2014 he appeared in just seven in 2015, and last year saw action in only five games, starting once.A second-round pick of the Detroit Lions’ in 2007, Stanton has appeared in 33 NFL games, completing 266-of-500 passes for 3,165 yards and 14 touchdowns with 19 interceptions. Seen as a quality backup, it is apparent the Cardinals do not view him as a long-term option in the post-Palmer world, whenever it arrives. “I think being around three No. 1 overall picks as I have, I’m fortunate to learn from these guys that have elite-level talent like Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford and obviously Carson. So you try and draw everything from players around you to make you better as a player.” It’s an interesting role for a player to have, though Stanton is mostly accepting of it because, at this point in his career, he understands teams see him a certain way.“I realize that I’m not a sexy pick and stuff like that, but if you’re going to be content being a backup in this league, because that’s what I found out, you’re not going to be around long,” he said. “You find the balance within all of that and they are going to draft a young kid if he’s available, if he’s the right fit.”Part of the reason why Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has said this would be an ideal time to find a young passer is that with Palmer and Stanton on the roster, a rookie could sit behind a pair of veterans while learning from them.Palmer has openly embraced the idea of being a mentor, and Stanton, who would still like to play, said one of the nice things about being part of this is that everyone has been up front with him about their plans and where he fits.“I’ve been fortunate to be around guys and learn from guys and I feel like I can impart some wisdom, especially for a young guy that was in that role,” Stanton said. “And you come into this league just eyes wide open and you are very unaware of some things, and other things you just kind of have to be around guys and let them make small mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Trent Sherfield (16) makes a catch in front of cornerback Deatrick Nichols (39) during an NFL football practice Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Do the Cardinals go with the young undrafted players with high upside, like receiver Trent Sherfield and linebacker Dennis Gardeck? Or do veterans hoping for a rebirth like receiver Greg Little get the edge?Doug Franz, John Gambadoro and Ron Wolfley of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station are making their 53-man roster predictions before Thursday’s game at University of Phoenix Stadium.Related LinksThe 5: Cardinals position battles of note for their preseason finaleCardinals’ Tre Boston is adjusting to that desert lifeCardinals QB Josh Rosen would ‘love’ as many reps as possible vs. BroncosPFF: Vontarrius Dora a top-rated edge defender in preseasonReport: Cardinals will sit QB Josh Rosen against Broncos on ThursdayOf note: Franz, Wolfley, Paul Calvisi and Gambo believe Sherfield, an undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt will make the cut over Little. All four believe Golden will be included on the 53-man roster, but only Wolf and Gambo believe Gresham will be off the PUP list by the start of the year.The four see defensive end Vontarrius Dora making the cut as one of the last defensive lineman.The most shocking pick: Doug has rookie kicker Matt McCrane making the team over vet Phil Dawson.Ron WolfleyQB (3) – Sam Bradford, Josh Rosen, Mike GlennonRB/FB (5) – David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, T.J. Logan, Derrick Coleman, Elijhaa PennyTE (3) – Jermaine Gresham, Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe HolmesOL (9) – D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, Mason Cole, Justin pugh, Andre Smith, John Wetzel, Evan Boehm, Will Holden, Daniel Munyer 3 Comments   Share   Top Stories RB/FB (5) – Johnson, Edmonds, Logan, Coleman, PennyTE (2) – Seals-Jones, HolmesOL (9) – Humphries, Iupati, Cole, Pugh, Smith, Wetzel, Boehm, Holden, CunninghamWR (7) – Fitz, Kirk, Williams, Butler, Nelson, Little, SherfieldDL (9) – Jones, Nkemdiche, Golden, Peters, Pierre, Gunter, Mayowa, Dora, Jacquies SmithLB (6) – Bynes, Bucannon, Reddick, Wright, Gardeck, HodgesDB (9) – Peterson, Taylor, Baker, Bethea, Boston, Campbell, Benwikere, Ford, NicholsST (3) – Lee, Brewer, DawsonJohn GambadoroQB (3) – Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon, Josh RosenRB (4) – David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, TJ Logan and Derrick ColemanWR (6) – Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, JJ Nelson, Brice Butler, Trent SherfieldTE (3) – Jermaine Gresham, Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe HolmesOL (9) – Justin Pugh, DJ Humphries, Mason Cole, Mike Iupati, Andre Smith, John Wetzel, Evan Boehm, Korey Cunningham, Daniel MunyerLB (6) – Deone Bucanon, Haason Reddick, Gerald Hodges, Josh Bynes, Dennis GardeckDL (9) – Markus Golden, Chandler Jones, Jacquies Smith, Rodney Gunter, Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters, Vontarrius Dora, Olsen Pierre, Benson MayowaCB (5) – Patrick Peterson, Bene Benwikere, Jamar Taylor, Brandon Williams, Deatrick Nichols WR (6) – Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, Brice Butler, J.J. Nelson, Trent SherfieldDL (8) – Chandler Jones, Robert Nkemdiche, Markus Golden, Corey Peters, Olsen Pierre, Rodney Gunter, Benson Mayowa, Vontarrius DoraLB (6) – Josh Bynes, Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, Scooby Wright, Dennis Gardeck, Gerald HodgesDB (10) – Patrick Peterson, Jamar Taylor, Budda Baker, Antoine Bethea, Tre Boston, Chris Campbell, Bene Benwikere, Rudy Ford, Deatrick Nichols, Brandon WilliamsST (3) – P Andy Lee, LS Aaron Brewer, K Phil DawsonDoug FranzQB (3) – Bradford, Rosen, GlennonRB/FB (5) – Johnson, Edmonds, Logan, Coleman, PennyTE (3) – Seals-Jones, Holmes, TBD (Another tight end cut by another team)OL (9) – Humphries, Iupati, Cole, Pugh, Smith, Wetzel, Boehm, Holden, Korey CunninghamWR (6) – Fitzgerald, Kirk, Williams, Butler, Nelson, SherfieldDL (8) – Jones, Nkemdiche, Golden, Peters, Pierre, Gunter, Mayowa, DoraLB (6) – Bynes, Bucannon, Reddick, Wright, Gardeck, HodgesDB (10) – Peterson, Taylor, Baker, Bethea, Boston, Campbell, Benwikere, Ford, Nichols, A.J. HowardST (3) – Lee, Brewer, Matt McCranePaul CalvisiQB (3) – Bradford, Rosen, Glennon Saturday marks the deadline for the Arizona Cardinals to cut their preseason roster down to 53 players.Backend players have a chance to force their way onto that roster with strong performances in the preseason finale Thursday against the Denver Broncos, but outside factors weigh heavily as well. Will Markus Golden (ACL injury) and Jermaine Gresham (Achilles tear) be included on the 53-man roster, or will they remain on the PUP list and be sidelined for at least six games of the regular season? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact S (5) – Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker, Tre Boston, Rudy Ford, Ezekiel TurnerST (3) – Aaron Brewer, Phil Dawson, Andy Lee Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Flying with Virgin Atlantic has never been so lavish with a range of new services and outstanding enhancements on-board the 787-9 Dreamliner fleet including one of the longest fully flat beds of any carrier, walk-up bar and a four-course restaurant-style menu serving a selection of French wines.Gia Acitelli, Regional General Manager South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand at Virgin Atlantic Airways says, “At Virgin Atlantic we place great emphasis on setting high standards in air travel. Upper Class makes your journey something to really look forward to and with added benefits unique to Virgin Atlantic we guarantee an exceptional experience like no other.”“Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class guests can carry three pieces of baggage at 32kg each and have exclusive access to the drive-through check-in at London Heathrow, via our Upper Class Wing, and our award-winning Clubhouse lounges around the world,” says Acitelli.“The Upper Class Wing is tailored to make the journey from London Heathrow Terminal 3 as quick and easy as possible. On arrival, the Virgin Atlantic team will be ready to swiftly handle passengers’ baggage, hand out individual boarding passes and provide access to a private security channel, beating the queues in as little as 10 minutes. This seamless and stress-free transition will then lead guests to the Clubhouse, the perfect place to catch up on work or relax before any flight,” says Acitelli.On board, guests are greeted with a pre-flight glass of champagne, access to the walk-up onboard bar with bar stools and fully serviced continental breakfast and high tea complete with sandwiches and an array of cakes. Virgin Atlantic has also pioneered a seat which flips proficiently into one of the longest fully flat beds across all business class carriers at the touch of a button. Travellers are offered a complimentary sleep suit to make their journey extra comfortable, with the cabin crew on hand to wake them when it’s time to land.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >This January and February, food connoisseurs can experience the sophistication of the Périgord black truffle throughout the menu of Hugo’s, as the Executive Sous Chef, Marco Mehr, has prepared a series of dishes highlighting the delicacy.The Périgord region of France is known for producing peerless black truffles.  The black truffles found there are commonly referred to as “Périgord black diamonds” and are highly sought after by chefs around the world because of their irresistible aroma and taste.Dishes such as poached Spanish turbot with Périgord truffle, celery ragout, barley and fumet blanc, in which the delicate seafood is topped with slices of black truffle to add a contrast of textures, will tempt diners.  Another is the braised French veal cheek with Périgord truffle, parsnip, madeira and truffle braising jus.Hugo’s is a European fine-dining restaurant serving traditional Western cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients available. Table-side cooking is the signature of the restaurant.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is offering guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover Hong Kong in a brand-new Porsche and stay in one of the hotel’s newly designed rooms. Guests who book the Porsche x Landmark Staycation accommodation package can enjoy an exclusive three-hour driving experience in one of Porsche’s three newest sports cars, including the Porsche 911 Carrera S.New signature bath experiences, spa or dining credits, unlimited nonalcoholic mini-bar drinks, two beers and three local gourmet treats, a special Porsche gift, along with other perks are included in the package, plus a luxurious room or suite at the hotel.Whether taking a relaxing cruise to Hong Kong International Airport or driving the dynamic, challenging Route Twisk, guests have an Amber picnic hamper filled with sumptuous delicacies ranging from Dehesa’s Pata Negra de Bellota DOP ham that has been aged for 56 months, to country pâté with wild mushroom and foie gras, to take with them. Created by two-Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus, these are the first picnic hampers ever prepared by Amber.Other treats on offer to Porsche x Landmark Staycation package guests include indulging in one of the hotel’s new bath experiences: Energising, Cocktail and Romance. Guests take one of these specially prepared baths in a 2.1-metre diameter round bathtub in their room’s ensuite bathroom. As an added luxury, they have unlimited complimentary access to the hotel’s Oriental Spa.L900 Landmark Suite guests will have a rare chance to join the exclusive 2017 Porsche Snow Force, an experience held in Inner Mongolia. The event provides an opportunity for participants to testify to Porsche’s bulletproof reputation, with its entire range of cars available to drive on a frozen lake in -35 degrees temperatures. Up to eight dynamic race tracks are carved out of the icy lake to provide a driving experience thrill like no other.Valid Fridays to Sundays and Hong Kong public holidays from now until 31 December 2016, the Porsche x Landmark Staycation package is priced from HKD$6800, and includes:One-night stay in L600 Deluxe Room type or aboveExclusive 3-hour driving experience in a brand-new Porsche 911 or other new modelGuests who reserve the L900 Landmark Suite have an opportunity to win a trip to Porsche Snow Force in Inner MongoliaAmber picnic hamperOne special Porsche giftOne new in-room bath experience in a signature, seven-foot diameter round bathtubHKD$1000 spa or dining credit per room per stayDaily set breakfast at Amber or buffet breakfast at MO BarLate checkout till 4pmMini-bar nonalcoholic drinks, two beers and three local treatsInternet accessGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAs ambassadors of French lifestyle and superior savoir-faire, Air France and the Palace of Versailles share many values and help to promote France’s influence throughout the world. They are now teaming up in a unique partnership to create and offer Air France’s La Première customers an immersive and refined culinary experience, before their trip in the airline’s most exclusive travel cabin.Effective 7 November 2018, Air France is inviting the Palace of Versailles into its La Première lounge located in terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.Boxed orange trees, belonging to the Palace of Versailles botanical collection, are on display in the entrance to the vestibule of the Air France lounge surrounding a decor evoking the lush green ornamental patterns of French landscaped gardens.Customers can then enjoy a refined culinary experience at lunch or teatime, inspired by the Ducasse restaurant at the Palace of Versailles.An exceptional lunchDuring lunch, Air France’s La Première lounge Chef Teddy Merienne invites customers to discover one of the exceptional dishes created for the exclusive dinner parties staged at the Palace of Versailles by the Ducasse restaurant: Turbot, with tender Swiss chard. Expertly crafted cooking techniques and perfectly seasoned vegetables bring natural flavours to the fore.Teatime according to Marie-AntoinetteFor teatime, La Première customers can enjoy “Les Délices de Marie-Antoinette” comprising a marble cake, chocolate chip brioche and a Louis XIV, the signature dessert of the Ducasse restaurant at the Palace of Versailles. These are all served with a coffee or hot chocolate, which was the custom of the queen.For the occasion, all the dishes are served on tableware from the Ancient Royal Manufacture of Limoges, in identical reproductions by Maison Bernardaud and also used at the Ducasse restaurant in the Palace of Versailles.La Première lounge customers will be able to prolong their experience by perusing Alain Ducasse’s Cuisine de Roi à Versailles cookbook and co-publications offered by the Palace of Versailles in the La Première lounge’s fine art book selection.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more