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first_imgCruise Travellers is offering savings of up to USD$2000 per couple on a mighty Mississippi cruise from New Orleans to Memphis with the American Queen Steamboat Company, when booked by 31 December 2019. The package includes a pre-cruise stay in New Orleans, where guests can uncover iconic cuisines, visit the famous French Quarter, see its stunning Garden District and of course the many parades and activities comprising the Mardi Gras festival.From there, guests board the 436-passenger American Queen – the largest river steamboat ever built and a fully-working, six-deck recreation of a classic, steam paddlewheeler. While the steamboat has the appearance and opulence of the American Victorian era, it is also equipped with all the modern amenities. Guests will travel north on the Mississippi for seven nights, and the first shore excursion is the Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest and most glorious remaining mansion. Set among a background of vibrant gardens and 200-year oak trees, the mansion boasts three floors and beautiful ballrooms.The cruise then continues north to St. Francisville – a quaint town situated between rolling countryside and the bluffs of the Mississippi, and Natchez – the oldest city on the Mississippi. A memorable shore excursion will be made at Vicksburg, a major battle site during the Civil War and now a popular tourist spot, with beautiful historic buildings and a rich history. The American Queen will take guests to small river towns that have inspired authors, musicians and artists for centuries before the cruise concludes in Memphis – the town Elvis called home.The American Queen in Louisville American QueencruiseCruise TravellerMississippiNew Orleansspecialslast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation That should only help a player who the team will leanheavily on this season.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport Comments   Share   Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Just when it seemed as if Cardinals defensive tackle DanWilliams was starting to emerge, he was lost for theseason.A first round pick out of Tennessee in 2010, Williamsbrokehis left arm in a November loss to the 49ers.Williams is back on the field for OTAs now, and says he’sfeeling no ill effects from the injury.“No bad pain, no nothing,” he said. “Really just trying toget used to using it again and just getting back to doingwhat I used to do with it.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Much is expected of Williams this season, as he will beasked to anchor the middle of the defensive line. Hiscontributions won’t often show up in the box score, buthisimpact could be felt by everyone else on the defensivesideof the ball.The good news, besides Williams’ recovery, is the factthat he’s in shape now, after having issues with hisweight early in his career. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhuntsaid Williams ran well Tuesday, which bodes well for himgoing forward.“I am pleased with where Dan is right now and he’s got tostay focused and keep it that way starting into trainingcamp,” Whisenhunt said.That’s for a few months down the road, so in the meantimeWilliams plans on using OTAs as a chance to not only workhis way back into shape, but learn a defense that was newto the team last season.“You get more in depth on the defense,” he said. “Insteadof just knowing what I’m supposed to do this year, I knowwhat [Darnell Dockett], [Calais Campbell], also I knowwhat [Daryl Washington] and [Paris Lenon] are doing behindme.“It gives me a chance to study a little bit more and get alittle bit more familiar with the defense.”last_img read more

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first_img“I think it’s one of the best, one of the best I’ve seen in a while in a draft at all positions,” he said. “In the past it’s like ‘Ooh, once you get past these four guys, really, what’s there?’“I think this year it could, once you get past these 12 guys what will be there? Guards, centers, everything that is in this draft I think that you’re looking for, and even at the right price.”So really, what it comes down to, is Arians knows the Cardinals could use some help but is not ready to pigeon-hole the team into a position. With more than a month to go before draft night, it makes sense to leave all options on the table.And that’s a possibility, Arians said, because the Cardinals have the luxury of having quality depth already on the roster.“Especially after the free agency period,” he said. “We can go into this draft and key really good football players, and whoever’s there, take him, regardless of position.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Arians said it’s understandable to start filling needs late in the draft, but early on the best course of action is just to find good, quality football players. “In those first few picks, if you’re drafting for need you’re going to bust,” he said. “You’re forcing yourself to come off your board.”Now, who is where on the Cardinals’ board is not known, and most coaches agree need, to an extend, does factor into their rankings. After all, the best player on the board may be a wide receiver, but with Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd already on the roster, chances are the Cardinals will not take one with their first pick. Where the Cardinals do need help, though, is at quarterback. Arians said just because people feel like the team should draft a passer does not mean they will, but that does not mean they won’t, either.“If we feel like there is a quarterback at seven that is within that range on the board, or higher, then we’ll take a quarterback,” he said. Likewise, Arians would not rule out the team selecting a guard, so long as he’s a difference-maker, but the fact that the coach believes there is great depth in this year’s class of linemen may lead the team to go a different direction early. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories As it currently stands, the Arizona Cardinals will have seven selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, one of which is the seventh overall pick. They might use that pick a quarterback. Or an offensive lineman. Or a linebacker. Or a defensive back. Whoever the Cardinals decide to pick, they will not be making the choice out of need.“In this period of free agency you build your team as good as you can make it and then you go to the draft,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said at the annual NFL owners meetings. “In the draft, you do not draft need — you draft the best players available.”last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The NFL season has finally arrived, which means it’s time to roll out the yearly predictions. More than any other sport, the National Football League is the toughest to predict. It’s a sport that features very few great teams, some good and many in the average to bad category. The talent has been diluted, there are too many teams and not enough players. I need to stop here though, because I really enjoy the NFL and if I continue speaking negatively about the league, the masses will call for my head. With that, let’s hit the picks. center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 26 The last time the Cardinals were 9-1, the team called Chicago home, Harry S. Truman was the president and the Phoenix metropolitan area was still two decades away from landing its first professional sports franchise.Well, it took 66 years, but the Cards are back in the rarefied air of a 9-1 record after their hard-fought 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday at University of Phoenix. Drew Stanton, making the first start of his second stint as Arizona’s starting quarterback this season, threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and the defense held the Lions out of the end zone to push the Cardinals’ winning streak to six. Even some of the Stanton naysayers, who believed Arizona’s inclusion in the group of true Super Bowl contenders died when Carson Palmer blew out his ACL, have given the Cardinals credit (looking at you, Shutdown Corner.)Here’s a look at the Cardinals’ spot in some of the leading Week 12 NFL power rankings from around the country. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A guest of KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos on News 92.3 FM Friday, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill addressed the topic of Fitzgerald’s contract and if the eight-time Pro Bowler will be back in Arizona next season.“I think he will,” Bidwill said. “We’ve said all along that we want to see him retire a Cardinal, and that’s many years off, and I’m sure we’ll get it worked out.“We’ve had a couple of conversations that I think were productive and so we’ll continue those discussions, or at least (general manager) Steve Keim and his agent will.”This past season, Fitzgerald caught 63 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns. They represented some of the lowest totals in his career, though many would attribute his “down” season to shaky quarterback play that was brought on by injuries. In multiple interviews since the season ended Fitzgerald has been asked about future, and for the most part he has continued to say he would like to stay in Arizona but understands the NFL is a business and that something is going to have to be done with his contract. He has never expressed a desire to leave, and given that the Cardinals won 11 games last season and appear poised for a good amount of success in the near future, it may not make a lot of sense to. Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Bidwill said the impression he gets is that the 31-year-old wideout, who has played his entire 11-year NFL career in Arizona, is not looking to skip town.“I think this is home, I think he loves Arizona, I think he loves the Cardinals, I think he loves what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re a good football team. Without getting into too much, I think it’s perfect for us and it’s perfect for him, and we should be able to work this out.” ErrorOK ErrorOK LISTEN: Super Bowl 49 Preparation – Michael Bidwill and David Rousseau Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Of the many story lines surrounding the Arizona Cardinals as they head into the offseason, the one that is dominating the headlines — at least early on — is Larry Fitzgerald’s contract.Fitzgerald, the franchise’s leader in most relevant category for a receiver, is scheduled to count $23.6 million against the team’s 2015 salary cap, which is a number no one expects the team to be comfortable with. So, the team will either have to restructure the veteran’s contract or face the idea of life without the future Hall-of-Famer. last_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz – Head coach Bruce Arians now in

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.First though, Arians updated the two roster moves the team made with the addition of running back Chris Johnson and safety Anthony Walters.  Linebacker Zack Wagenmann was waived/injured after breaking his foot and needing another operation. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 45 “Yeah, Steve (Keim) has done a great job of having a list ready all the time, talking to the agents on what it’s going to take, what it’s going to cost and where the fit in.  Are they the right type of person—we do our homework for our locker room.  So, yeah, I give all the credit to Steve for that.”How do you find enough plays to keep everyone satisfied?“It’s not hard.  It’s a long season.  Once you get on the team, you accept your role and the role changes every week.  It’s nice to have backs that get a little bit tired, put your hand up because somebody just as good is coming in.”What is the situation at right tackle after Bradley Sowell worked with the first-team yesterday? “That’s just a precautionary thing.  He’s played left and right most of camp.  We need to get him some more right tackle snaps right now; he and D.J. (Humphries).  We just need to have depth at the right tackle.”Where do you weigh-in on the idea of trophies for participation?“I totally agree with James (Harrison).  I mean what do you get for participation, other than being a part of team and all the things you gain from being a part of a team.  You damn sure don’t get trophies for it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Aren’t 30-year-old running backs considered over the hill?“I think that’s still a wives’ tale from years past, before the sports science and the training has gotten so much better for these guys.  It’s still usually a good barometer so we’ll wait and see where it’s at.”Was his addition because of the injuries suffered at that position?“We’ve had him on our radar for awhile, and it was just a matter of looking at other guys.  With the injuries, it obviously set David (Johnson) way back and Marion (Grice) way back.  We have seen Marion on tape, we know what he can to, but we don’t know what David can do.” Were you concerned with how he would fit here since he’s always been that No. 1 guy?“No, I had no problems with that.  Tom Moore was him in Tennessee and loved the kid.  As I put it to Jermaine (Gresham) and to Chris, you’re not promised anything other than you got a spot on the roster if you make the team.  You still got to make the team and then we’ll define your role on what you do on the field.  We don’t promise anything when we bring guys in.”Do you have a thought as to why this organization has been so successful signing players to one-year deals? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Those players that will not practice today include cornerbacks Jonte Green and Darren Woodard, linebackers Shaq Riddick and Sean Weatherspoon, wide receiver Michael Floyd and offensive lineman Rob Crisp.“This list has really shrunk,” Arians said.  “Everybody else is full-go.  It’s nice to have everybody pretty healthy, especially going into this ballgame (against San Diego).  Hopefully we can keep them that way.“Thought yesterday’s practice was, again, a very efficient, fast practice but way too many penalties, still.  We’re still holding too much on offense and defense, grabbing shirts and beating ourselves in too many areas which we need to eliminate.  Other than that, it was a very good practice.”What do you see as the role for Chris Johnson?“It all depends on him.  Come in and compete for a job and see where it falls.  All roles are determined after the preseason.” Where is he physically and how much can he offer?“That’s what we’ve got to see.  I liked what I saw on tape last year; seen for him many, many years in a row.  We’ll judge that on the field.”What were some of the things you liked about him?“He’s a home run every time he touched the ball.  I mean he’s one of those guys that makes you hold your breath.  He’s also an excellent receiver, in and out of the backfield so he fits what we do.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

As for who might take over his former right guard

first_imgAs for who might take over his former right guard spot, he has a thought there, too.“I liked what Cole Toner did in the short time I was with him,” he said of the fifth-round pick out of Harvard. “He was a guy who I didn’t expect much from him early, but he really impressed me and he was someone who continually improved. No matter what he was doing, he was working hard to get better.“I saw drastic increases just in that short year with him.”Mathis also offered praise for Evan Boehm, a fourth-round pick out of Missouri who played some guard but was drafted as a center.“I think those guys, they worked hard — they were always working out, trying to put the weight on. They were always paying attention to the mental aspect of the game,” Mathis said. “It seemed like they have the work ethic to have successful careers.” How do I announce my retirement?— Evan Mathis (@EvanMathis69) January 3, 2017“That was me announcing my retirement,” Mathis said of the tweet.The guard calling it quits after the 2016 campaign was not a surprise. After winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos the prior season, he joined the Cardinals on a one-year deal and at the time said that once he decided to play, he was going to be “all in” for the team.On Tuesday, he said he expected it to be his final season, and was hoping he would remain healthy and effective, finishing strong while walking away with something left in the tank.“But it kind of was the opposite of that,” he said. “I could not keep going if I wanted to, probably.”To say the 2016 season was a rocky one for the two-time Pro Bowler would be an understatement.Mathis underwent ankle surgery in June, and though he was back for training camp, missed some practices before being declared ready for Week 1. He left late in that game with a sprained foot, and while he battled through the injury and played in Week 2, a toe injury sidelined him for Weeks 3 and 4. He came back for Week 5, but left that game, too, before landing on injured reserve due to the ankle. Arizona Cardinals guard Evan Mathis (69) during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Mathis said when the season ended he called his agent letting him know he was ready to file that paperwork, but was informed there wasn’t really anything for him to do save for maybe tell interested teams his career was over.So, the 35-year-old found a different way to make it official. All that is why Mathis said he did not struggle with the concept of retiring, because he knows he could not still be the player he once was. It was a shame, because Mathis said he entered the opener against New England feeling great before someone fell on him in the fourth quarter.“And then there’s this kind of chain of events there that led to my demise,” he acknowledged.A veteran of 12 NFL seasons with six different teams, Mathis said he will be fine without football, spending more time with his gym, Zone Athletic Performance, and making sure to stay busy. He also has a goal to go from 18.4 percent body fat down to six percent, and by the time he gets there it’s not likely he will resemble the player who battled in the trenches for so many years.One thing he has little interest in is getting into coaching, however, because he said he’s seen the kind of life that career path can give you and does not want to spread himself thin with that kind of commitment.But when it comes to the team he is leaving behind, Mathis said he understands why the Cardinals are looking to move D.J. Humphries to left tackle, saying the young player is more comfortable there, while Jared Veldheer can play either tackle spot. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Evan Mathis, former Cardinals offensive lineman Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Evan Mathis has done pretty much everything he could do let everyone know he has retired as an NFL player.Everything, that is, except for file any paperwork making the declaration official.A guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday morning, Mathis noted how that is not his way of leaving the door open for a return to the field.“There’s nothing to file; there’s no official retirement,” he said. “You just quit.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Thats just another if to dictate the Cardinals

first_imgThat’s just another ‘if’ to dictate the Cardinals’ decision-making regarding their quarterback situation over the next year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Until the Arizona Cardinals find a potential replacement for veteran quarterback Carson Palmer, these things will continue coming up.Like ESPN did leading into Tony Romo’s eventual departure from the Cowboys a year ago, the network is looking ahead to another big-name quarterback’s next landing spot.This week, the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins couldn’t come to an agreement upon a long-term contract, making the signal-caller a free agent following the 2017 season. Which teams might be interested in signing Cousins next offseason? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 25 Comments   Share   center_img ESPN’s Dan Graziano listed the Cardinals among 10 potential landing spots for Cousins.If Carson Palmer retires after the season, Arizona’s 2018 cap space will be in the mid-$40 million range and the team will have a clear need. The landscape here is difficult to predict, because coach Bruce Arians’ future is uncertain as well. But the Cardinals didn’t draft a quarterback and could be in the market.Despite a trio of health scares spanning the preseason through the end of the regular season, Arians, who is currently making the rounds on a book tour, has said he feels great. Nonetheless, his future has been intertwined with Palmer’s since both arrived in 2013.For the quarterback, much has to do with how he performs — and how he physically feels — throughout 2017 after a relative down season in 2016 followed up an MVP-worthy 2015.Should Palmer retire, it’s likely Arizona fills its quarterback hole with a draftee or free agent; unless backups Drew Stanton or Blaine Gabbert can prove themselves to the coaching staff this season.And if a post-Palmer Arizona team hopes to continue fighting for a playoff spot, the 28-year-old Cousins might be the most high-profile addition available. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu wa

first_imgArizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu waits his turn to run drills during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the team training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Admittedly, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is not a patient man. Yet, over the course of his four-year NFL career, he’s had to learn patience.Dealing with one injury after another has forced Mathieu to accept the time it takes for the body to heal without complaining or getting upset.“I guess I’m becoming a patient guy,” he said, smiling.Mathieu didn’t have much to smile about last season. Coming off a knee injury, his second in three years, Mathieu hurt his shoulder in Week 8 at Carolina. He missed four games in the second half of the season before ultimately landing on injured reserve in Week 16.Mathieu played in a career-low 10 games and finished with 36 tackles, also a career-low.“Physically I’m fine,” he said Sunday. “Obviously last year was a tough year, for all of us, so I think all of us, we have to gain that confidence back. We know we’re an extremely talented football team. I know I’m extremely talented…just working on that confidence because last year was a tough one.”The 2016 seasons of Mathieu and the Cardinals mirrored each other. Neither could quite reach the level of performance from the year prior.It wasn’t without trying, however.Mathieu, though, was never himself following a 2015 ACL injury in Week 15 at Philadelphia that ended a Pro Bowl and first-team all-pro season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, never recovered from a 1-3 start and went 7-8-1, their first losing season under head coach Bruce Arians.The start of training camp offers both Mathieu, 25, and the Cardinals a redo.“I feel good,” he said. “Just easing back into it, working back into it. Just gaining that confidence back, which is extremely important for me. Obviously, it’s a real important camp for me. Expectations are high for myself, so really just going to take this time to work on fundamentals and like I said, gaining that confidence back.” It’s early, but how close is Mathieu to becoming a confident player again?“Yeah, it’ll come. Making the plays, all that will come,” he said. “Just really trying to take this time to work on my fundamentals, work on my technique and work on things that I may have lacked on last season. That’s what training camp is for, so that’s what I’m going to take this time to work on.”One noticeable change already in camp: Mathieu is playing up near the line of scrimmage, where he’s been the most effective since the Cardinals made him a third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.That production was missing for much of last season.“It’s exciting,” he said. “Obviously getting back blitzing, being back in the box. I’ll see how I feel once the pads come on (Monday). Obviously, it’s exciting for me. I think it plays a big part in me gaining that confidence back as well, so I’m excited about it.”Still, it’s going to take time. And that’s where Mathieu must remain patient.“To be honest, I don’t think I’m past (2016),” he said. “Last year, it just seemed like we didn’t play consistent enough, we didn’t make enough plays and I think all those kind of things affected confidence. It feels good to be back out here competing again, so hopefully the confidence and making the splash plays, all those things will come.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 7 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter – / 14last_img read more