What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals may have entered free agency hoping to retain their own players, but a couple days in they seem to be struggling to do so.Wide receiver Steve Breaston is heading to Kansas City to join the Chiefs, and now they’ve lost a starting offensive lineman. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Agent for Cardinals G Deuce Lutui says reached 2-year deal in principle with Bengals. 2nd-round pick out of USC. Big, physical AFC North guyless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyGeoff HobsonGeoffHobsonCin Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share Drafted in the second round in 2006, Lutui was a consistent starter on the line, though his production was anything but.Lutui battled weight problems, especially last season, but worked his way back into shape and was productive once again. His departure leaves the Cardinals in search of a guard, as the rest of their offensive line seems set. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
Comments Share The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to an 0-3 start and have scored just three offensive touchdowns in their three games. That futility was enough impetus for a change at the quarterback position.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, league sources told him that Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has made the decision to bench quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie third-round draft pick Mike Glennon, who will start Sunday when the Buccaneers play host to the Arizona Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Freeman, a former first-round pick, became Tampa Bay’s starter midway through his rookie season in 2009. Since then, he’s compiled a 24-35 record. This season, Freeman has completed only 45.7 percent of his passes for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. His passer rating of 59.3 is the worst mark in the league among 33 qualified quarterbacks.Glennon, out of North Carolina State, was the third quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, behind Buffalo’s EJ Manuel (first round, 16th pick) and Geno Smith of the Jets (second round, 39th pick). The 6-foot-7 Glennon threw for 4,031 yards and 31 touchdowns in his senior season for the Wolfpack. He has yet to take a snap in a regular-season NFL game, but did complete 33-of-70 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns in the preseason. ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK
Top Stories 3 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson smiles as he gets ready to put on his football helmet during an NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After missing almost all of the 2017 season, David Johnson is still considered among the best running backs in the NFL.Former NFL running back and current NFL.com analyst Maurice Jones-Drew ranked Johnson the third best running back in the NFL. Le’Veon Bell of the Steelers and Todd Gurley of the Rams were ranked first and second respectively.Johnson should have fresh legs after suffering a season-ending wrist injury in Week 1 last season. Now healthy, he should push for his 2016 numbers (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and once again be a huge mismatch in the passing game. The Cardinals will need to lean on their versatile back with a new quarterback under center.With a new coaching staff and offensive scheme under first-year offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Johnson is expected to be productive and healthy. His ability to be a force in the passing game as well as a three-down back makes him an invaluable fixture in the Cardinals offense. The biggest thing Johnson has to prove in 2018 is that he can remain healthy. Having been injured in the last two regular season games he’s played, another major injury could put a permanent asterisk around his name.Related LinksCardinals’ Chase Edmonds plans to pay off sister’s student loansJohnson skipped mandatory minicamp as he holds out for a new contract. Given his injuries, it seems like a smart move for Johnson to seek compensation for strong past performances. General Manager Steve Keim has stated he looks forward to rewarding Johnson with a new contact, so it’s likely just a matter of time before he will be paid.Johnson is scheduled to make $1.88 million in 2018, as his rookie deal expires at season’s end.
Johnson, along with Cardinals mascot Big Red and some of the team’s cheerleaders, also helped to pack soup cans into the emergency boxes that St. Mary’s distributes every month.Thank you again to @CampbellsChunky, @AZCardinals and @DavidJohnson31 for spending time with us today! The donation of 22,000 cans is going to make a HUGE impact for Arizonan’s in need. David jumped on the line and even had time for a quick tour. Thanks again!! #TackleHunger pic.twitter.com/DPvDgRn2jH— St. Mary’s Food Bank (@StMarysFoodBank) February 26, 2019Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald surprises 12-year-old fan battling rare diseaseArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?This is not the first time that the three organizations have partnered up for good, as last season, Campbell’s donated 30 cans of soup to St. Mary’s for every tackle the Cardinals made on defense during the 2018 season. Cardinals running back David Johnson took some time out to give back to the community on Tuesday, as he visited St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix and donated more than 22,000 cans of Campbell’s Chunky Soup to the organization in order to help Arizonans struggling with hunger.I’ll tell ya one thing…getting to spend your day giving back to the community by donating over 22,000 cans of @Campbells soup is truly a blessing. S/O to @CampbellsChunky , @AZCardinals @Albertsons & @Safeway for helping #TackleHunger in our backyard! #FootballisFamily pic.twitter.com/dUKTxvorLV— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) February 26, 2019 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (Photo via St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance) Top Stories 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “As we get enamored with these players over the next couple weeks and we see them jump high, run fast or do the three-cone in a low time, we just have to remind ourselves that at one o’clock on Sunday, we don’t run the three-cone,” Keim said.Related LinksNewest ‘Cardinals Flight Plan’ covers Kingsbury’s upbringing, new coaches’Cardinals Flight Plan’: Offseason moves, including Pugh’s dancing“Having the first pick in every round is obviously going to put a premium on our team, but the one thing that I want to make sure is that when they get through that Cardinal filter that we talked about before, they have to love the game,” Keim added. “Those are the types of players we win with, and if they don’t love it, we’ll leave them over on the other board. Let’s just make sure that the guys that we have that are fighting with us in this room love the game and give us every opportunity to succeed.”The episode then transitioned to media day at the combine, where it showed head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s many different interviews with outlets such as ESPN, NFL Network and NFL Radio. Keim’s media availability was also shown, and he echoed a lot of the same sentiments that were mentioned in his speech earlier in the episode.Interviews with director of pro personnel Quentin Harris and west area scout Josh Scobey were shown next, where they both shared their experiences with the combine as former players who went through it themselves. Things concluded with a breakdown of the interview portion of the combine, where director of college scouting Dru Grigson explained the ins and outs of that part of the process.“In some cases, this might be the only chance that Steve or Kliff or [President] Michael [Bidwell] get to actually sit with a kid, because you’re so limited by how many players you can talk to and how many interactions you can have with them, especially in the fall,” Grigson said. “There are times where an interview makes you say, ‘I want this guy to be a Cardinal,’ and there are many that make you say, ‘I do not want this guy to be a Cardinal.’”The next installment will air on March 28. That episode will be all about free agency, including the recent signing of Terrell Suggs. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The newest installment of “Cardinals Flight Plan” dropped on Thursday, and it gave viewers an in-depth look into the Cardinals’ presence at the NFL Combine that took place two weeks ago.The episode opened with general manager Steve Keim addressing the Cardinals’ staff during a pre-combine meeting. In his speech, Keim discussed the team’s strategy in evaluating players at the combine, and what exactly they would be looking for while there. “I was nervous, because there was a bit of an unknown to what exactly the process was,” Harris said about his time at the 2002 combine. “You knew the drills and you knew what you were going to be doing, but you didn’t know the interview part of it, you didn’t know the psychological testing part of it, and you just didn’t know what was next. It was very high-paced and confusing at times.”“It was kind of intimidating coming up on stage, based on the people that were in the audience,” Scobey said.The middle portion of the episode was filled with comments from potential No. 1 picks to the media. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams were all shown talking about what being the No. 1 pick would mean to them.“I’m a competitor, and I love the game,” Murray said. “To be the No. 1 pick, that’s a kid’s dream come true. If my name was called No. 1, I’d be ready to go for sure.”The episode covered the storyline surrounding Murray and the Cardinals, showing clips of speculation on whether or not he will be the choice for the Cardinals at the top spot. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share Cardinals GM Steve Keim (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Click the menu for more details.The #CookforSyria menu available at Sydney’s Cruise Bar is available for a limited time.Already proving to be a hit with diners, the menu – including the mouthwatering Orange blossom fudge served with pistachio and walnut praline and fig ice cream lead image – can be ordered until the end of June.For every one of the mouth-watering dishes devoured – from Beef Kibbeh and Syrian Chicken, to Orange Blossom Fudge – Cruise Bar will donate $5 to UNICEF on behalf of diners.This year marks the second time Cruise Bar has been involved in the month-long initiative following a successful inaugural campaign last year.For further details about #CookforSyria, see https://www.unicef.org.au/cook-for-syriaTo locate Cruise Bar, see www.cruisebar.com.auTo get the tastebuds churning, here’s a few of the dishes on offer (captured by Kai Leishman).Beef kibbeh served with green elk, dandelion greens, pomegranate and beetroot yoghurt.Whole deboned chicken stuffed with barley pilaf, served over heirloom carrots & a pomegranate jus $35 (feeds two)Crumbed quail egg and lamb bacon served with a black garlic Aleppo aioli
Go back to the enewsletterInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has confirmed the acquisition of a 51% stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts (Regent).Regent’s portfolio of properties comprises six existing locations in Beijing, Berlin, Chongqing, Porto Montengero, Singapore and Taipei, along with developments in Jakarta (opening late 2018) and Phu Quoc (opening in 2020).The 51% interest has been acquired for $39 million in cash, payable in three tranches of $13 million. The initial $13 million was paid upon completion of the deal, with the second amount due in 2021 and the third in 2024.Regent BerlinUnder the terms of the agreement, IHG will have the right to acquire the remaining 49% interest in a phased manner from 2026.IHG will bring Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment and will accelerate its growth globally, supported by IHG’s powerful enterprise. IHG’s long-term initiative is to grow to over 40 hotels in key global gateway cities and resort locations.IHG is well established in the luxury segment with the world’s largest luxury brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.Lead image – Regent ChongqingGo back to the enewsletter