AgencyEnsemble Travel GroupPhil Hoffman Travel In a new deal, effective 1 August, Phil Hoffmann Travel has signed with the Ensemble Travel Group, a move the agency says will give them ‘an edge in this market’, with access to Ensemble’s extensive portfolio covering a broad range of luxury experiences, food and wine tours, off-the-beaten track adventure travel, cultural and honeymoon customised vacations.“Our business will now have access to an expanded range of luxury Hotels, Villas and Apartments, extensive Hosted Cruise options and other flexible luxury products which will enable our Consultants to offer a more diverse range of competitive travel products,” said Hoffmann. For its part, Ensemble, via Senior Vice President and General Manager Australia/New Zealand, Trish Shepherd said:“We’re thrilled to welcome Phil Hoffmann Travel as an Ensemble Travel Group member. We’re very excited by the direct opportunity this also presents for the South Australian market.“Ensemble’s extensive portfolio of luxury accommodation around the globe is unparalleled as are our Cruise and Experiential options. We continue to invest in new relationships to keep it that way.“Our members tell us they value the diversity and sophistication of Ensemble’s products and experiences, our market-leading technology and support, and the flexibility of member choice.”L-R :Phil Hoffmann, Trish Shepherd, Libbie Rice (Co-President, Ensemble Travel USA), Peter Williams (CEO/Director Phil Hoffmann Travel)& Katy Muyt (Director Sales & Marketing Ensemble AU/NZ)
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Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals traded a cornerback away, tried to sign a better one, and now may trade for one. How’s that for trying to make some moves? 0 Comments Share So, let’s get this straight. The Cardinals, after trading away Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, tried to get in on the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes?The best corner on the market, Asomugha would have been a clear upgrade and a major coup for a team that, especially now, could use some help in the defensive backfield.But, Asomugha signed with the Eagles, who would now seem to have a surplus of corners. That the Cardinals would be brought up as a possible destination for Asante Samuel is really no surprise, and Arizona would be wise to look into the option.Samuel, 30, has picked off 42 passes over his eight NFL seasons, including seven last season in Philadelphia.Now, what the Eagles would want for Samuel is yet to be determined, but if they do put him on the market the Cardinals, at the very least, will probably check in and see what it would take. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation So @Jay_Glazer says Cards wanted Nnamdi after dealing DRC 2 Philly 4 Kolb. Philly gets Nnamdi & @JasonLaCanfora says Asante cud now go to AZless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyRich Eisenricheisen Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Top Stories Even if the team’s confidence is improved, the win onSunday was anything but solid. The Cardinals only managed to put up 70 yards rushingagainst the league’s worst run defense. Whisenhunt blamedthis on a combination of Cardinals struggles and the Ramsdefense. “I think there were some plays to made in the running gameearly that we didn’t make,” Whisenhunt said. “But St.Louis came in with eight and nine in the box to try andstop the run and make you beat them with the pass.” Quarterback John Skelton was the Cards leading rusher with38 yards. The team’s starting running back, Beanie Wells,has been battling a knee injury since Week 7. The batteredtailback struggled Sunday only gaining 20 yards on tenattempts.Even the hero of Sunday’s game had his struggles. Petersonwas flagged twice for defensive penalties, something therookie DB has struggled with this season. In response,Whisenhunt says penalties are something you should expectfrom a rookie. “It’s really about technique and understanding how youplay that position, when we have issues we have a tendencyto get out of our technique,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s thefocus with Patrick not the way he plays but making sure hedoes it the right way because when he does it the rightway he’s good, but he’s a rookie.” After six long weeks — seven if you include the bye week— the Cardinals finally picked up their second win Sundayagainst the Rams. The team did it in dramatic fashion no less, thanks to aPatrick Peterson 99-yard punt return for a touchdown inovertime to seal the 19-13 victory. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes the win will go a longway for his team. “It was much needed by our football team I think you couldsee that in the emotion of our guys in the locker roomafter,” Whisenhunt said. “When you come in here every dayand you work and you want to do well and things don’t goyour way it’s tough. To have something go your way and towin a game it does a lot to lift the spirits and get theguys to believe in what we’re doing.” Comments Share There was also the minor detail of Skelton basicallygiving St. Louis four points with back-to-back safeties. The Cardinals will need to do their best to fix some ofthe issues before traveling to Philadelphia Sunday to takeon the Eagles. Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Top Stories Kasa has immediate upside as a blocker and special teams contributor with the athleticism and size to become an effective two-way tight end.Mychal Rivera, Tennessee – 6-3, 242 lbsRivera isn’t overly athletic and isn’t consistent as a run blocker, but he runs good routes, finds ways to get open, and despite a lack of build, works hard to block in the run game.What makes Rivera such an ideal fit in the Cardinals scheme is that he is already adept at playing in a pro style offense similar to the one Arians employs.At Tennessee he was asked to run the full route tree and make plays when stretching the middle of the defense. He understands how to find the hole in the defense against zone coverage.Rivera needs to get a little bigger to be a more effective two-way tight end and needs to work on getting a push in the run game. He is an aggressive blocker, but isn’t by any means a road grader that you can run behind frequently.Lucas Reed, New Mexico – 6-6, 249 lbsReed is the younger brother of former Arizona Wildcats star Brooks Reed and is one of only a few prospects in this year’s draft that boast a combination of prototypical tight end size and strength, but also the explosiveness teams now covet out of the position. As they move through free agency and address their needs, we see the Arizona Cardinals’ draft needs come more clearly into focus.This was something I touched on Monday, but what wasn’t mentioned in those early needs was the possibility of adding a tight end in the draft.With Bruce Arians taking over the Cardinals’ offense, we will see an added focus being placed on the tight end position.In 2012, the Indianapolis Colts selected two tight ends in the first three rounds, taking Stanford’s Coby Fleener (2nd round, 34th overall) and Clemson’s Dwayne Allen (3rd round, 64th overall). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share While the Cardinals have a good young tight end in Rob Housler, they lack the high-end options of players to line up as the second tight end in the new offense.While I think it is plausible we could see a tight end taken early, maybe Travis Kelce of Cincinnati, Rice’s Vance McDonald or Florida’s Jordan Reed in round two or three, I think the Cardinals will look to address the second tight end position on Saturday. Here are three prospects that I wouldn’t mind seeing in the desert.Nick Kasa, Colorado – 6-6, 269 lbsThe former five-star defensive end recruit never lived up to the hype coming out of high school on the defensive side of the ball, but a position change has revitalized his draft stock and has teams intrigued with his untapped potential.Kasa shows an excellent ability to turn, seal and ride out defenders in the run game while also showing strong hands and an excellent base in pass protection.Kasa is surprisingly agile for a man his size and shows good straight line speed with above average change of direction and the ability to get out in routes and make plays.Where Kasa struggles is in the intricacies of the position: he isn’t a polished route runner and was never asked to run the full route tree, he needs work on catching with his hands consistently and to run his routes with a little more finesse. Additionally, he can get a little heavy-legged in his routes. Reed has extremely long arms at over 35 inches. Despite the length, was able to push out 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at his pro day.He added to the intrigue with an impressive 40-yard dash time of 4.65 and showed excellent short area quickness and explosion in the other drills.He isn’t nearly as developed on the field and his athleticism doesn’t always translate because of that. He looks a little stiff in his routes at times and can come out of his stance too high in both the passing game and when asked to block.When he does get out into routes he shows good hands and flashes of natural pass catching ability.If Reed stays low and compact in blocking, he is effective and has the strength to hold up and wall off defenders at the point of attack.Where Reed needs work is in the details. You can see he was never fully “coached up” at New Mexico. His route running and blocking technique need work, but with his raw athletic ability and strength, he is a guy that late in the draft, is an intriguing type of developmental player that could come in and sit behind Jeff King for the year.The 2013 tight end class is excellent. I would be happy to see a number of different players added to the Cardinals roster. Whether the Cardinals decide to strike early in round two with Stanford’s Zach Ertz or San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar, or late, with one of the three mentioned above, they should be able to find a weapon for Arians’ two-tight end offensive attack. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
– The Cards will play man cover and close the MOF and play man free and robber, bringing the lurker or robber down into the middle of the field looking for crossing routes, which the Chargers do a lot of. They may also play a lot of three deep zones, strong and weak, which will allow them to jam up the box with an 8th defender. Which brings us to point number 2.2) Make Philip Rivers one dimensional – Don’t let the Chargers run the ball. We all know the Cards have lost three key cogs to their front 7 from a year ago and the Chargers are going to test the underbelly of this defense. Even though Ken Whisenhunt is no longer the OC in San Diego, his understudy, Frank Reich, will not deviate from the plan Whiz left. – The Cards are going to load up the box and not let the Chargers run the ball. Only 5 other teams tried to run the ball more per game than the San Diego Chargers! Yet they were #21 in average yards per attempt. It wasn’t like they were a great rushing team…but this speaks to the dogma Ken Whisenhunt and Mike McCoy had in 2013. They know Philip Rivers is at his best in a balanced offense. So they ran the ball over and over and over again, trying to do all they could to keep Rivers in a balanced play set. They will run into the pile as long as the game is close just to keep Rivers play action alive. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share The NFL season is a year-to-year proposition. What happened the year before is almost meaningless, especially when you consider what happened in the Week 1. But since preseason is even more meaningless than last year we must project what a team did in 2013 to September games. This is very unreliable but it’s the best metric we have. Having said all of this, here are my notes on the Chargers-Cards game for Monday Night: CARDS:Offensive Gameplan Notes:1) They need to run the ball and control the LOS– The Chargers were tied for 29th in the league in average yards/carry allowed. They allowed 4.6 yards per carry on the ground. Provided the defense keeps Philip Rivers and company in check, I think you’ll see the Cards hammer the interior of the Chargers front 7. – I think the Cards need to give the Chargers a steady diet of the tackle zone with Andre Ellington running the ball and use the awesome play-action that comes off it.2) They need to use play action and take shots down the field to the likes of Michael Floyd, John Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. – The Chargers gave up big plays off play action last season. Only 6 teams in the league gave up more Big Plays (20+) than the Chargers. – The only reason why teams didn’t run the ball more against the Chargers was because they were too busy throwing the ball all over the field against them. San Diego was #29 against the pass in passing yards /game allowed. They allowed an opponent QBRating of 96.4. That was good for #28 in the league. 3) The Cards have got to play great in the Red Zone – They are playing at home. The energy will be high and the noise low. They need to beat San Diego’s defense where they live — in the red zone. Top Stories – They have excellent backs and Ryan Mathews is a full-grown man. Danny Woodhead competes to the ground and Donald Brown may be the best third-string RB in the league! The Chargers have a very solid OL.3) Do NOT go after Philip Rivers with 6 or more blitzers on a regular basis: he will make you pay. 162 times teams brought six or more against Rivers and the numbers speak for themselves: he completed 104 passes against the blitz (64%) for 1,300 yards and had a 6-1 TD to interception rate against the blitz! That gave him a QBR of 108.6. Philip Rivers vs. the Blitz – 2013 – They need to run the ball well inside the 20. The best red zone teams that don’t have Brady, Manning or Brees are the teams that know how to run the ball in the red zone and punch it in. Many teams go with a version of cover 2 in the red zone which makes it very difficult to throw the ball in limited windows. But you can run it with those 2 safeties high. And the Cards offense needs to do just this.– San Diego’s defense was not good in terms of stopping the run or stopping the pass but they did excel in the red zone. They were #11 in points allowed per game, giving up 21.8 points per game. So although they had trouble stopping teams from moving the ball out on the field, they played well enough in the red zone and forced field goals as opposed to giving up a ton of touchdowns. CARDS:Defensive Gameplan Notes:1) I’m going to make the Chargers earn everything they get – No big plays. The Chargers had 66 big plays in their passing game and were in the top 10 in the league in that category. Only four other teams in the league threw for more touchdowns than Philip Rivers and the Chargers. This is an explosive team and they use a balanced attack to move the ball and score, taking shots down field. CompAttComp %YardsYPATDINTE Rate Although Todd Bowles likes to roll the dice and generate pressure with numbers, he will have to be very selective where, when and how he comes after Rivers. Hold on to your butts… 10416264.3%1,3008.03122108.6 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I just had a good feeling. I felt like it was the right time for me…I was a gut feeling-type thing.” 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The newest big man in a Cardinals jersey, D.J. Humphries was advised by the NFL Draft Advisory Board to stay in college another year before declaring. Obviously, he did the opposite. Humphries was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals Thursday with the No. 24 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, thus becoming the first offensive tackle to be picked up by the team in the first round since Levi Brown in 2007.“I took it as a challenge almost. They were telling me I should come back so I [was] going to show them why I shouldn’t come back, pretty much,” Humphries said in February, at the NFL Combine. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals Head Coach
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Palmer was 19-of-32, completing passes to eight different receivers, led by Larry Fitzgerald’s six catches for 87 yards.John Brown and Darren Fells caught touchdowns, as well.The win, however, may have come at a cost as running back Andre Ellington hurt his right knee in the fourth quarter and needed to be carted back to the locker room.Before the injury, Ellington rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown, part of a ground attack that totaled 120 yards on 25 attempts for a 4.8 yard average.Defensively, the Cardinals held the Saints out of the end zone in the second half.Alex Okafor recorded two sacks, while Rashad Johnson had the one and only takeaway with a third-quarter interception.The Cardinals improved to 9-1 overall in home openers at University of Phoenix StadiumTHE GOOD– An excellent opening possession to the 2015 season for the Cardinals offense as they marched 80 yards on nine plays with John Brown hauling in a 10-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead at 9:46 of the first quarter. Brown caught three passes for 32 yards on the drive that saw Palmer complete five of his six attempts for 62 yards and a score.– Assists to Jermaine Gresham and A.Q. Shipley on the Cardinals second scoring drive. First, Gresham took out two defenders to spring Fells loose for a 48-yard catch-and-run. Then, on 1st-and-goal at the one, Shipley, the backup center, lined up as a fullback to open up a lane for Ellington to make it 14-3 at the 11:03 mark of the second quarter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — The curtain dropped on the 2015 season with a successful opening act by the Arizona Cardinals, who got a late fourth-quarter score to seal a 31-19 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Carson Palmer passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns, the third of which was a 55 yard catch-and-run by rookie David Johnson, clinching the Cardinals (1-0) sixth straight home-opening win. – Improving the run game became a top priority in the offseason for the Cardinals, who last season ranked 32nd out of 32 teams averaging 3.3 yards per rush. That average read 5.2 yards at the half with Ellington, Palmer and Chris Johnson combining for 52 yards on 10 attempts. Ellington alone carried the ball five times for 30 yards.– The timing couldn’t have been better for Fells to record his first NFL score in the regular season. His 17-yard touchdown catch gave the Cardinals a 24-16 lead with 9:48 to play. Fells’ 82 yards receiving was the most by an Arizona tight end since Rob Awalt covered 105 yards against Dallas on Nov. 12, 1989.– While the Cardinals offense was a perfect three-for-three scoring touchdowns inside the red zone, their red-zone defense held New Orleans to one touchdown on four trips inside the 20-yard line.THE BAD– The Saints’ screen game hurt the Cardinals early. Mark Ingram burned the defense for 24 yards in the first quarter, while Khiry Robinson gained 22 yards in the second quarter — that play helped New Orleans score its first touchdown, a 12-yard pass from Drew Brees to Brandon Coleman to make it 14-10 at 5:14 of the second quarter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires NOTED– With his first-quarter five-yard catch, Fitzgerald extended both the team record and longest active streak in the NFL with at least one reception to 164 straight games.– With his second-quarter 48-yard throw to Fells, Palmer moved ahead of Jim Kelly into 21st place on NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.– The 43-yard kick return by David Johnson in the second quarter matched the Cardinals longest of 2014.– The Cardinals improved to 17-4 against teams outside the division under Arians, including an 11-0 record at home.– The seven Cardinals’ inactives included quarterback Matt Barkley, wide receiver Brittan Golden, linebacker Shaq Riddick, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, guard Mike Iupati, tight end Joseph Fauria and nose tackle Xavier Williams.UP NEXTThe Cardinals will hit the road in Week 2.They travel to Chicago, their originial home, to tackle the Bears on Sunday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m. with pregame coverage beginning four hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.The Cardinals have lost six of the past eight matchups, including most recently three years ago at home, 28-13. However, their last visit to Soldier Field was a victory, 41-21 thanks to five Kurt Warner touchdown passes, on Nov. 8, 2009. This will be the 90 all-time meeting between the only two founding members remaining in the NFL. – / 21 – Of course that score should never have happened. The defense had forced the Saints off the field on third down but on the ensuing punt, the Cardinals lined up with 12 men on the field. The 5-yard penalty gave New Orleans a first down, keeping the drive alive. Six plays later came the Coleman touchdown after a missed tackle by Tyrann Mathieu.– Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Twice, Palmer was nearly picked off in the first half. Brandon Browner and Cameron Jordan each had the ball in their hands but were unable to complete the catch. Browner also had a late pass defensed as the Cardinals took a couple of end zone shots prior to halftime.– Though it ultimately didn’t cost the Cardinals, Ellington coughed up the football in the third quarter, the team’s first turnover of the season. Hau’oli Kikaha caused the fumble, which was recovered by Delvin Breaux, as Ellington was straining for an extra yard or two after the initial contact.STAT OF THE GAME3: The number of touchdown passes by Palmer, who has now recorded multiple-TD passes in six of his last seven starts and 14 of last 18.HE SAID IT“I don’t think they saw me coming out of the backfield,” David Johnson said of his game-clinching score. “All I had to do was catch it and run. We surprised them with that (play). It was an amazing feeling.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share Top Stories
0 Comments Share 2-07942vs. San Francisco Two weeks in the books, and the two-time defending NFC champions have yet to taste victory.Raise your hand if you’re surprised.Seattle lost their second straight road game to start the campaign, while St. Louis and San Francisco came crashing down to Earth after impressive Week 1 wins.The Arizona Cardinals, meanwhile, went into Soldier Field and obliterated the Chicago Bears 48-23, matching the most points they’ve scored in a game since moving to the Valley in 1988. Here’s a little closer look at what transpired in the division in Week 2:Arizona Cardinals 48, Chicago Bears 23Those people who felt like Larry Fitzgerald couldn’t play anymore, or was at least a shell of his former awesome self, feel pretty dumb right about now. The 32-year-old snared eight passes for 112 yards and found the end zone three times in the Cardinals’ Windy City cakewalk.But Fitzgerald wasn’t the only one with his fingerprints all over the game — quarterback Carson Palmer threw four touchdown passes and rookie David Johnson opened the contest with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Johnson also ran for a touchdown. The third-round pick out of Northern Iowa has already scored touchdowns in three different ways in 2015 — even though he’s only touched the ball nine times.Washington Redskins 24, St. Louis Rams 10The Rams were sky-high after knocking off the Seattle Seahawks in overtime in their opener. But in the immortal words of Fred Willard’s character in A Mighty Wind, “Wha’ Happened?” St. Louis’ vaunted defense gave up 182 yards on the ground to the Redskins, namely Matt Jones. The rookie third-round pick out of Florida gashed the Rams for 123 yards and two touchdowns. The Nick Foles-led offense only mustered 213 yards of its own. NFC West Standings – Week 2 1-14455vs. Pittsburgh Green Bay Packers 27, Seattle Seahawks 17Believe it or not, the Seahawks have now lost three straight games dating back to last year’s Super Bowl. It’s the first time they’ve dropped three in a row since falling to San Francisco and Arizona in the final two weeks of the 2011 regular season and then falling in their opener to the Cardinals in 2012.The Seahawks led Green Bay 17-16 heading into the fourth quarter, but turned the ball over on their final two possessions to seal their fate in a rematch of last year’s epic NFC Championship Game. Cornerback Richard Sherman encapsulated the Seahawks’ collective feeling after falling to 0-2.“We’re just a veteran group. We’ve been here before. We’ll be fine.”It’s hard to believe that they won’t. 1-13846at Arizona Special Teams Player of the Week: David Johnson, KR, Arizona – Yes, it’s a big red sweep in the awards section this week. Johnson set the tone for Arizona by returning the opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. Johnson has two kick returns on the season, and is averaging 75.5 yards per pop. – / 175 TeamRecordPFPANext Top Offensive Performers – Week 2Passing • Carson Palmer (ARZ) – 17-24-185 yds 4 TD, 1 INT…115.5 QB rating• Colin Kaepernick (SF) – 33-46-335 yds 2 TD, 0 INT…106.7 QB rating• Russell Wilson (SEA) – 19-30-206 yds 2 TD, 1 INT…91.8 QB rating• Nick Foles (STL) – 17-32-150 yds 1 TD, 0 INT…76.3 QB ratingRushing• Russell Wilson (SEA) – 10-78-0• Chris Johnson (ARZ) – 20-72-0• Colin Kaepernick (SF) – 9-51-0• Carlos Hyde (SF) – 13-43-0• David Johnson (ARZ) – 5-42-1Receiving• Torrey Smith (SF) – 6-120-1 TD• Larry Fitzgerald (ARZ) – 8-112-3 TD• Doug Baldwin (SEA) – 7-92-1 TD• Vernon Davis (SF) – 5-62-0• Anquan Boldin (SF) – 6-60-1 TDAward WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona – It’s hard to believe that Sunday was Fitzgerald’s three-touchdown regular-season game. Of course, Fitz did have three scores in an NFC Divisional Playoff win over Carolina in 2009, part of his ridiculous postseason run on the way to the franchise’s only trip to the Super Bowl. Defensive Player of the Week: Tony Jefferson, S, Arizona – The third-year man celebrated his son’s first birthday with a huge game at Soldier Field. Jefferson had nine tackles and his first career interception, which he returned for a touchdown in the second quarter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “In order for us to win the game, we were going to have to run it and stop the run and get off the field on third down, and we didn’t do any one of those with any consistency,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.In fact, the Redskins converted 50 percent (8-of-16) of their third-down conversions, while the Rams converted only 2-of-12.Pittsburgh Steelers 43, San Francisco 49ers 18San Francisco’s defense looked super-human in their opener against Minnesota last Monday night. It looked sub-human Sunday at Heinz Field.The Steelers rolled up 453 yards and 43 points in an easy win. The game marked the first time since 2009 that the Niners have allowed more than 40 points and 450 yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns and veteran DeAngelo Williams continued to fill in admirably for the suspended Le’Veon Bell, with 77 yards and two scores.Colin Kaepernick did throw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, but the 49ers were playing catch-up from the get-go — Pittsburgh led 29-3 at the half.It should be noted that the Steelers were coming off a long 10-day absence after dropping their Thursday night opener to New England, while the 49ers did play Monday night and traveled to the Eastern time zone. But, such is life in the NFL. 0-24861vs. Chicago The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP photo) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share After a hospital trip earlier in the week due to diverticulitis, Bruce Arians is expected to “coach as usual” against the San Diego Chargers Friday night.That’s according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, per a team spokesman. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Just a bunch of stomach pain and doubled over, which is what it does to you,” Arians said of what transpired Tuesday night. “I thought it was a kidney stone at first, but I’ve been diagnosed with diverticuli at my last colonoscopy. Good thing I do those every two years.”The team addressed the issue Wednesday, looking at the situation as more adversity for them to overcome.“As much as it stinks and as hard as it is, it’s just another obstacle to get over,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “It’s good in that aspect that you’ve got to deal with adversity.“You don’t know what’s going to happen — an injury happens to a player, an injury happens to a coach — you’ve got to block out and focus on the task at hand and each play by play. It’s good to have some opportunities where you lose a guy and somebody’s got to step up for them.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact BA says feels ‘much better’..will be on sidelines RT @CardsMarkD Cards @BruceArians meets w broadcast crew pic.twitter.com/VBuWuZNmLk— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) August 19, 2016Arians was diagnosed with diverticulitis after going to the hospital Tuesday night and missing a joint practice with the Chargers. Wednesday morning he was resting at the team hotel before meeting with the media.
“I have no idea — the harsh reality is it could be,” he said. “I really hope it’s not, but we’ll see how that goes come offseason. But we still have two more games to finish, and I’m excited to play those games and I’ll give it my all every time I’m out there.”How about other guys?Campbell is not the only Cardinal starter who may not be back, though a couple other important players whose returns are in question are not set to become free agents. They are just, simply, at a point in their careers where nothing can be assumed.Speculation about both QB Carson Palmer, who turns 37 later this month, and Fitzgerald has swirled some, with some wondering if they will play again in 2017.Both are under contract, though that does not necessarily mean they will be back.According to Palmer, however, he has not really thought about whether or not his career will continue.“I haven’t even thought about that, but I expect to, I’d like to,” he said.The 33-year-old Fitzgerald, however, was a bit more vague.“I got two more games to go,” he said. “I will play those games as hard as I can against two division opponents and we will see what goes on this offseason. My attention is solely focused on Seattle this Saturday.” Finishing up the home slate with an LSince University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006, the Cardinals have been a pretty good home team.Under Bruce Arians, they’ve been exceptional. Up until this season, at least.Entering this season, the Cardinals had posted a 19-5 home record under Arians, with another victory being added if you include the playoffs. This season, however, they posted a 4-3-1 mark.“Yeah, and to lose all close games,” Arians lamented. “Those are the ones we’ve always won, and I thought when we closed this one down and got it tied that we’d go out and get them stopped.”The Cardinals finished with home wins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. They recorded losses to the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Saints. They tied the Seattle Seahawks.“This is a place where we’ve always prided ourselves on protecting and playing well and winning,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve won a lot of tough, hard-fought games here over the years and just hearing that kind of makes me cringe because we are a much better team than we displayed this season, especially at home. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “But I told him that if he knocked the ball out of my hands we wouldn’t have been friends no longer,” Campbell joked.It was Campbell’s first NFL touchdown in nine seasons, all with the Cardinals.Larry Fitzgerald, who has been a teammate of Campbell’s for the defensive lineman’s entire career, noted there are two games left but that he’s hoping this is not it for him in Arizona. Fitzgerald said Campbell is “a wonderful person” who has done plenty both on the field and off it for the organization.“He’s a valued member of our franchise,” he added.With his two sacks Sunday, Campbell moved past Simeon Rice and into second place on the Cardinals’ all-time sacks list, with 54.5, and also extended his record for most seasons with at least six sacks by a defensive lineman, which is now up to seven.A two-time Pro Bowler, he is wrapping up another good season — and quite possibly his career in Arizona.As much as he’s thought about that, he said when he’s on the field his focus turns to competing with the team, living in the moment. But whether or not this was his last home game, he understands it’s possible. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — If Sunday was indeed Calais Campbell’s final home game as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, he put on quite a show.Campbell finished the 48-41 loss to the New Orleans Saints with two sacks, two tackles for loss, a pair of QB hits and a fumble recovery that he took back 53 yards for a touchdown.The long-time Cardinal is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and he has understood all along that there’s a chance he is not back. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates his sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) So again, if this was his swan song — minus the loss — it was a solid way to go out, with a touchdown.“Before the game, I was getting chills in my back just thinking about the honor I’ve had to be able to play with this group of men and for this organization for as long as I have,” Campbell said after the game. “It’s been a complete honor being in this locker room and feeling all the history, it felt great.“I’ll tell you, when you’re out there playing football, when you have good players like that, those mean the world. They’re things you’ll remember forever. I wish we did it in a win, but it definitely feels good making a play like that.”Campbell credited teammate Markus Golden, whose sack of Drew Brees led to the fumble, and said he told himself after picking it up that as long as Peyton Manning was not on the field, he should be able to score a touchdown.Manning, you may recall, tackled Campbell after an interception in 2014 when it seemed like the defensive lineman had a pretty clear path to the end zone.On the play, Campbell was nearly caught from behind by Saints running back Tim Hightower, who along with Campbell joined the Cardinals as part of the team’s 2008 draft class. The defensive lineman said he felt Hightower getting close, which is why he pulled the ball up just a bit when he got to the end zone. “This is a place where teams come in and should fear because we play that well here.”The last time the Cardinals won their regular season home finale was in 2011, when they knocked off the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. That team finished with an 8-8 record; this year’s team will finish with a worse mark.“Totally. Completely surprised; it’s been a long season. It’s been a tough season,” Palmer said. “But, it’s pretty cool to get to go to Seattle on Christmas Eve and fight for a win there. It’s obviously a great team, it’s a division opponent and it’s a lot of fun to play in that atmosphere, as it is for opponents to come in here and play in this atmosphere.“We’ll get to work on Seattle this week.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share
Go back to the e-newsletter >The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Florida, offers clients unparalleled attention from an award-winning Sunsational Service team.With the Gold LEED Certified Broward County Convention Center, clients will enjoy high-tech meeting and exhibit space as well as five-star food service, an Internet café and banquet rooms.Six hotels in the Lauderdale Convention Collection offer clustered booking advantages, beach or Intracoastal views, discounts, amenities and are close to the Convention Center, where guests will enjoy complimentary space and welcome reception.The Summer Savings Plan offers:Free rental on space at the Broward Convention CenterFree one-hour welcome reception with hors d’oeuvres and open bar for registered attendees10% discount on food, beverage, electric, security, telecommunications and A/V services contracted through the Center’s exclusive providers*Some conditions apply.Contact GFLMeetings@broward.org for more details on the Super Summer Savings.Go back to the e-newsletter >
AccorHotels are gearing up for a bumper 2017 Grand Prix weekend from 23-26 March and the Pullman Melbourne hotel is offering a range of accommodation options.Pullman Melbourne on the Park which overlooks Fitzroy Gardens has room rates starting from $350 a night.For the serious Grand Prix fans, why not try the only AccorHotel that directly overlooks the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, rooms are still available over Grand Prix weekend. Pullman Melbourne Albert Park is offering Lakeview rooms with direct views of the track from $989 per night. The lobby of Pullman Melbourne Albert Park will be decked out with old racing cars which fans are welcome to take photos with, so be sure to charge up the camera and stop by.
Go back to the e-newsletterRelais & Châteaux has announced that Quintessence Hotel – A Tropical Grand Mansion has joined Relais & Châteaux.“I have personally relied on R&C for my own travels, and I know the organisation represents only the best, most elite hotels,” said owner Geoffrey Fieger. “The organisation’s vision will continue to help Quintessence deliver an unforgettable experience to each and every guest.”Mr. Fieger built Quintessence hotel over a 10-year period, with attention to every detail. Overlooking the white-sand beaches of Long Bay, Quintessence offers nine lavish suites and villas, a five-star restaurant, spa, bars, an infinity pool, fitness centre, yoga pavilion, boutique and top-end business suite. Around-the-clock butler and concierge service caters to a guest’s every need.The Q Hotel was designed with handcrafted fixtures and custom artwork throughout, including a priceless collection of Haitian paintings and sculptures collected over decades by Mr. Fieger. On the grounds, a tennis court, life-size chess board, yoga pavilion and outdoor massage pagoda are tucked into the lush foliage, offering a focus on health and wellness. Aidan Spa has a full menu of manicures, pedicures, facials and massages using the finest skin care products. Hästens Beds – handcrafted, all-natural Swedish mattresses with the finest of linens are featured in every room, along with premium Turkish marble bathrooms that include Roman soaking tubs, oversized walk-in showers, and amenities by Gilchrist & Soames.Julians, a Tropical French Bistro, headed by executive chef Dominique Thevenet, offers a menu that blends locally-sourced tropical dishes with traditional French cuisine into a style Mr. Fieger calls “island soul food.” A full complement of hand-selected liquor and cocktails, along with the Caribbean’s finest wine cellar, complement the menu.The Q Hotel also features an ensuite business villa that accommodates up to nine people, equipped with video conference capabilities, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property and on the beach.Geoffrey Fieger is a nationally known attorney based in Michigan. He was inspired to build Quintessence by the original Malliouhana Hotel, built and operated by the late Leon Roydon on Meads Bay. Relais & Châteaux recognises Mr. Fieger’s commitment and passion to share his love for the island with his guests. “My wife, Keenie, and I have lived on Anguilla for more than 30 years, and we have built The Q to make guests feel as if they are being hosted in a grand tropical mansion,” Mr. Fieger says.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedWorks starts on Aberdeen improvementsWorks starts on Aberdeen improvementsNew car hire centre planned for EdinburghNew car hire centre planned for EdinburghAberdeen Airport braced for October getawayAlmost 43,000 passengers are expected to pass through Aberdeen Airport A new walkway officially opened at Aberdeen Airport is expected to improve passengers’ travel experience.The terminal extension was designed after feedback from passengers was taken into account, with the result being a space which is enclosed, covered and segregated.According to the airport’s managing director Ken Brown, initial reports suggest that the walkway is a hit with passengers and airlines alike, and he is hopeful that it will ultimately prove a sound investment.”There is no part of our terminal that is not seeing the benefits of our massive spend this year and this walkway is a big part of that,” he commented.Other recent developments at the terminal include the implementation of an extensive stand re-alignment programme, which has ensured Aberdeen Airport is adequately equipped to deal with the exacting demands of modern aircraft.Aberdeen Airport welcomes 3.3 million passengers a year, with flights to Heathrow, Amsterdam and Stavanger among the most popular routes offered.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Las Vegas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine.Cartier has relocated and reopened a store in The Forum Shops in Caesars Palace. Situated across the Fountain of the Gods, the space, which was designed by Barteluce Architects & Associates and Paris-based draftsman Bruno Moinard, features pale oak wood floors and paneling and display cases trimmed with bronze fixtures, as well as a new accessories salon and an expanded bridal area. The company’s signature jewelry and timepiece collections, including Trinity, Love, Tank and Roadster, will all be available in the shop.To celebrate the reopening of the considerably larger boutique—it has more than doubled in size—clients are invited to view the Cartier Precious Jewelry and Timepiece Collection, a compilation of over 100 of the jeweler’s classic creations.The exhibition, which is set to tour the country this year, will be in the store through August 30.www.cartier.com
FILE – the July 7, 2017 file photo shows model Giuliana who became well known with the show “Germany’s Next Topmodel” during a fashion show in Berlin. Germany’s edition of Playboy magazine said it will be featuring the transgender model on its cover for the first time ever this month. (Serene Stache/dpa via AP) German Playboy to feature 1st transgender model on cover BERLIN – The German edition of Playboy magazine says it will feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time.Editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said Tuesday that putting Giuliana Farfalla on the cover — topless, as is customary for such magazines in Germany — was in line with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s tradition of being “resolutely opposed to all forms of exclusion and intolerance.”Boitin says the 21-year-old Farfalla is a “wonderful example of how important the fight for the right to self-determination is.”Farfalla, born Pascal Radermacher in southwestern Germany, is already well-known in the country as a contestant last year on Heidi Klum’s “Germany’s Next Topmodel” television show.The issue is due on newsstands Thursday.U.S. Playboy featured a transgender “Playmate of the Month” last year. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2018 6:30 am PDT Last Updated Jan 9, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2018 5:01 am PDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A specialist in German military history and the two world wars has received a $100,000 prize.Dennis Showalter is this year’s winner of the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement. The award was announced Tuesday by the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Museum & Library.Showalter’s books include “Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914,” ”Frederick the Great: A Military History” and “Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18.” He was praised by the Pritzker museum and library for his “long and brilliant” scholarly career.Previous winners of the Pritzker award include David Hackett Fischer and Tim O’Brien. A military scholar has received a $100,000 prize. This undated image released by the Pritzker Military Museum shows Dennis Showalter, author of “Tannenberg: Clash of Empires 1914,” “Frederick the Great: A Military History” and “Instrument of War: The German Army 1914‚Äì18.” Showalter is this year’s winner of the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement. The award was announced Tuesday by the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Museum & Library. (Pritzker Military Museum via AP)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Turns out Olivia Colman, not Glenn Close, was “The Favorite” at the Oscars.The British actress was a surprise winner as best actress on Sunday night for her role as Queen Anne in “The Favorite.” She beat out Close, who arrived at the Dolby Theatre as the heavy favourite to win her first Oscar in seven nominations for “The Wife.”Instead, a stunned Colman took the stage.She gazed at Close in the audience and said, “You’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”Close smiled and laughed.The 71-year-old American is 0-for-7 at the Oscars. Her nods remain the most without a win than any other living actor. Close came into the end of awards season riding a wave of momentum that included wins at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Independent Spirit Awards.Colman added the Oscar to her earlier wins at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and National Society of Film Critics for the role.An emotional Colman thanked her children, who she said she hoped were watching at home. She said, “This is not going to happen again.”The other nominees for best actress were Yalitza Aparicio for “Roma,” Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born” and Melissa McCarthy of “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”___For full coverage of the Oscars, visit: https://apnews.com/AcademyAwards .Beth Harris, The Associated Press Olivia Colman wins surprise best-actress Oscar over Close by Beth Harris, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2019 8:31 pm PDT
The group shucks corn. Pictured: Eric and Megan representing the green team. October 25, 2001HarvestA few weeks ago the Garden Crew, and Workshoppers harvested the 100 rows ofblue and white varieties of Pueblo Corn planted in first field on the outskirts of Camp.Pictured: Garden Volunteer YeonSook.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] The harvest is the culmination of over six months of effort by the Garden Crew,several workshops as well asthe assistance of Morgan, a Hopi Elder and friend of Arcosanti.[Photo: Ivan Fritz] Morgan experienced a crop failure on Second Mesa and was overjoyed to recieve several truckloads of the Pueblo Cornfrom our yield. The leftover organic corn will be used in our Bakery and Cafe.Pictured: Land Use Manager Adam Nordfors.