Egencia launches new mobile air booking feature Egencia TripNavigator

first_imgEgencia launches the global availability of mobile features that allow its travellers to shop and book air travel with Egencia TripNavigator. This makes Egencia the first business travel company to build its own mobile app with global air booking capability and unique personalisation features for a faster, more relevant experience. Egencia travellers can now complete flight bookings in a single business travel app that is consistent across all countries and displays both individual and company preferences. This latest development rounds off a series of innovations designed to respond to modern demands for fast, easy travel booking on the go.Egencia President, Rob Greyber stated, “At Egencia we continually invest in global technology that allows us focus on making business travel better. Egencia mobile air booking is unique in how it tailors the experience for each traveller. Whether booking from North America or Europe, our travellers see a curated view of options, quickly leading them to the precise flight that fits their needs.”Constructed into the design of the mobile air booking experience is the unique Egencia vision for personalisation. With integrated global technology, Egencia uses profile and previous usage information from all online and offline channels to pre-populate the flight search form.last_img read more

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Senator Proposes Bill to Wean GSEs Off Federal Funds

first_img Fielding more pressure for housing finance reform, “”Sen. Bob Corker””:http://corker.senate.gov/public/ (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to decouple government assistance from the GSEs and shore up private-sector involvement in mortgage markets.[IMAGE]The bill, titled the “”Residential Mortgage Market and Privatization Act””:http://corker.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=3207ad19-86b6-4444-b436-e016483b67fb, proposes gradually reducing the percentage of principal in the GSEs’ mortgage-backed securities, streamlining underwriting standards and origination databases, and removing federal guarantees to create a to-be-announced market. If made into law, the legislation would also do away with the risk-retention rule, replacing it with a 5 percent down-payment requirement. The goal: Remove the GSEs in their current incarnations and privatize the mortgage market.””We are no closer to transitioning Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac off government life support than the day the firms were taken under direct government control in 2008,”” Corker said in a statement.[COLUMN_BREAK]””This legislation gradually reduces the government’s footprint in housing finance, brings added transparency to the mortgage market, and fixes many of the market’s infrastructure problems that have come to light since the financial crisis of 2008,”” he added.The bill would start removing the GSEs from federal conservatorship within 180 days of passage by directing Fannie and Freddie to issue guarantees for only 90 percent of each mortgage bond. A year later, the law would direct the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ to make public any new origination and performance data.””Edward Pinto””:http://www.aei.org/scholar/100080, a resident fellow with the “”American Enterprise Institute””:http://www.aei.org/home, calls the bill “”a step in the right direction”” in lieu of ongoing proposals to reintroduce the private sector to housing finance.He and other analysts with the conservative-leaning think tank authored a white paper earlier this year that called for the privatization and deregulation of housing finance.””Jack Konyk””:http://www.wbsk.com/people.php?PeopleID=64, executive director for government affairs with “”Weiner Brodsky Sidman Kider PC””:http://www.wbsk.com/home.php, answered questions about housing finance privatization in a past interview by delineating the debate as over investors and their interest in securities without federal guarantees.””Why shouldn’t we have a housing finance system that is truly the envy of the world?”” Pinto asks. “”We need a housing finance system that stands on its own.””The Senate bill is another stab at housing finance reform. It follows earlier efforts, such as one by “”Rep. Scott Garrett””:http://garrett.house.gov/ (R-New Jersey), which proposed eliminating federal funds for the GSEs and overhauling the market. November 10, 2011 429 Views Senator Proposes Bill to Wean GSEs Off Federal Funds Sharecenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agency Debt Agents & Brokers American Enterprise Institute Attorneys & Title Companies Dodd-Frank Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHFA First-Time Homebuyers Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers Subprime Loans Underwriting Standards 2011-11-10 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

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RMBS Class Action to Proceed Against JPMorgan Chase

first_img Investors JPMorgan Chase Lawsuits RMBS 2014-10-03 Seth Welborn RMBS Class Action to Proceed Against JPMorgan Chase October 3, 2014 454 Views Sharecenter_img A federal judge ruled this week that investors’ claims in nine separate offerings for $10 billion worth of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) were similar enough for the investors to proceed as a class in a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase.U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetke’s ruling clears the way for investors to proceed with a class-action suit against JPMorgan Chase, meaning that all the investors can be represented by a lead plaintiff in the case. Investors are accusing the bank of misleading them by making false statements regarding the RMBS when the securities were packaged and sold to the investors in 2007, a year before the subprime lending crisis.The ruling applies only to the liability phase of the suit, Oetken said.”Because the class is currently certified for liability purposes, this phase of litigation will focus on the issue of whether defendants made material false statements or omissions in the offering documents that affected the value of the certificates owned by the plaintiff class members,” Oetken said.This is not the first time JPMorgan Chase has come under fire over RMBS. In 2013, the bank agreed to a then-record $13 billion settlement with the government amid allegations that the bank sold faulty mortgage-backed securities leading up to the subprime crisis in 2008.A spokesperson from JPMorgan Chase declined to comment on Oetken’s ruling. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

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Mortgage Rates Sink to 16Month Lows

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Share Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgages Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2014-10-16 Tory Barringer A drop in Treasury bond yields dragged fixed mortgage rates to their lowest level in more than a year, according to reports.Freddie Mac released Thursday the results of its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing the average 30-year fixed interest rate dropping 15 basis points to 3.97 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending October 16. The week’s average marks the lowest level for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) since the week of June 20, 2013—which also happens to be the last time it averaged below 4 percent.A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.28 percent, Freddie Mac reported.The 15-year FRM also experienced a significant decline, dropping 12 basis points to an average rate of 3.18 percent (0.5 point).Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac, said the decline in fixed rates stems from a drop in the 10-year Treasury bond yield, which dipped below 2 percent for a period.”Rates are at their lowest levels since June 2013 amidst continued investor skepticism regarding the precarious economic situation in Europe,” Nothaft said.Adjustable rates posted similar declines, with the 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) dropping 13 points to an average rate of 2.92 percent (0.5 point). The 1-year ARM posted a more modest decrease, falling 4 basis points to 2.38 percent (0.4 point).Personal finance website Bankrate.com also put out its interest rate measure for the week, reporting even bigger downward swings.According to the site’s national survey, the 30-year fixed average came in at 4.01 percent for the week—a higher average than in Freddie Mac’s survey, but a bigger decline at 17 basis points.The 15-year fixed average was 3.23 percent (down 14 basis points) for the week, while the 5/1 ARM was 3.09 percent (18 basis points), Bankrate reported.”Both bond yields and mortgage rates have dropped sharply as nervous investors have piled into save haven, less volatile investments,” the site said in an analysis. “Worries about slower growth in the global economy have unnerved financial markets in recent weeks, and mortgage shoppers are the happy beneficiaries.”center_img October 16, 2014 455 Views Mortgage Rates Sink to 16-Month Lowslast_img read more

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10 Markets Where Investors Should be Home Shopping

first_img10 Markets Where Investors Should be Home Shopping January 13, 2016 667 Views Investors looking to purchase properties in thriving housing markets would be wise to be wary of the state of the economy in the markets where they shop.A report from HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor found that good single-family rental markets for investors are places where home prices are likely to rise at a rapid rate in the next few years, the population is growing at an accelerated pace of 4 percent or better, job growth of 2 percent or more, and low unemployment.Housing markets that are not considered prosperous for investors like have a small population due to unstable economies, according to the report.“Due to a shortage of home construction since the recession, local housing markets with a strong economy will experience more demand than supply in the next few years,” said Ingo Winzer, President and Founder of Local Market Monitor. “This will create higher priced homes and rising rents.”HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor also compiled a Best Markets Top Ten List for Real Estate Investing in the last quarter of 2015, based on cities with growing job opportunities over the last year. Overall, the national average increase was 1.9 percent.At the top of the companies’ list is Grand Rapids, Michigan, with Orlando, Florida coming in second. Texas cities also had a strong presence on the list, with San Antonio third, Dallas fourth, and Austin fifth.“In 2015, prices in all of the top ten housing markets have increased by at least six percent,” said David Hicks, HomeVestors Co-President. “Prices will continue to rise, which is one of the reasons HomeVestors, the We Buy Ugly Houses people, continues to become an excellent option for independent investors.”HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor’s fourth quarter 2015 Best Markets Top 10 List for Real Estate Investing:Grand Rapids, MichiganOrlando, FloridaSan Antonio, TexasDallas, TexasAustin, TexasPortland, OregonSeattle, WashingtonCharlotte, North CarolinaSalt Lake City, UtahFort Lauderdale, Florida HomeVestors Housing Markets Investors Local Market Monitor 2016-01-13 Staff Writercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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Redfin Welcomes New Chief Economist

first_img October 12, 2018 558 Views Redfin Welcomes New Chief Economist Real-estate brokerage Redfin announced that it has appointed Daryl Fairweather as its new Chief Economist. Fairweather comes to Redfin from Amazon, where she served as a senior behavioral economist, leading a team of analysts and economists focused on improving employee performance and engagement. Her experience and research interests lie at the intersection of data analysis and individual decision-making, understanding how people’s choices shape the economy.”Redfin isn’t just focused on purely academic questions about real estate, but the practical decisions people make about buying this or that house, now or later, for less than the asking price or more,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “… her work at the Federal Reserve interviewing people who lost their homes to foreclosure in the financial crisis has given her a human connection to the broad range of issues tied to the housing market: where Americans are choosing to live, when we start families and why, if we feel rich or poor, and whether our neighborhoods restrict or expand our opportunities.”In her new role at Redfin, Fairweather will contribute to the national conversation about the housing market and lead a team of Redfin economists and data scientists responsible for providing compelling reports on real estate market, homeownership, and the economic factors shaping where and why people are buying and selling homes.”The housing market is a perfect example of how psychology affects the economy,” Fairweather said. “For most of us, buying a home is the biggest financial decision we’ll make in our lifetime, and yet traditionally, homebuyers have little experience and limited education on the process or the market. Emotions play a large role in real estate. I’m excited to use Redfin’s unique data to understand these dynamics, and ultimately, educate consumers so they can feel confident and informed in their decisions.”Before joining Amazon, Fairweather served in economist and analyst roles at Intensity Corporation, Morgan Stanley and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Fairweather holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, where she was mentored by acclaimed economists Richard Thaler, a 2017 Nobel Prize winner, and Steven Levitt. Fairweather received her bachelor’s degree from MIT. Follow her on Twitter @FairweatherPhD and LinkedIn. Sharecenter_img in Headlines, News Dr. Daryl Fairweather Economics Foreclosure Glenn Kelman HOUSING mortgage Redfin 2018-10-12 Rachel Williamslast_img read more

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Sharp Rebound in Mortgage Applications

first_imgSharp Rebound in Mortgage Applications Joel Kan MBA Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey Mortgage Applications Refinance 2019-01-09 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Servicing Mortgage applications recorded an increase at 23.5 percent this week, on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. This week’s results include an adjustment for the New Year’s Day holiday. The survey released on Wednesday revealed a steady increase at 68 percent on an unadjusted basis. The Refinance Index increased 35 percent and the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 17 percent, compared to the week prior. Data for unadjusted Purchase Index reflects an increase of 59 percent this week—up by 4 percent from than the same week one year ago. The volume of refinance loan applications actively increased reflecting the highest level since February 2018 at 45.8 percent of total applications. The refinance share of mortgages was at 42.7 percent the previous week. An increase in adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) activities is at 8.4 percent of total applications. In government loan applications, the FHA increased to 10.3 percent from 10.0 percent in the past week. The survey revealed a rise in VA share of total applications at 11.6 percent—the highest level since March— this week compared to 11.0 the week prior. The USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.6 percent. Here’s how the average contract interest rates performed for various loans:For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances decreased to 4.74 percent, the lowest level since April 2018.The rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances decreased to 4.52 percent, the lowest level since February 2018.FHA-backed 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.70 percent, the lowest level since April 2018, from 4.86 percent.The 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.16 percent, the lowest level since April 2018, from 4.25 percent.The rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 4.05 percent from 4.16 percent. The effective rate for all the above loan types recorded a decrease from last week.”This drop in rates spurred a flurry of refinance activity-particularly for borrowers with larger loans – and pushed the average loan size on refinance applications to the highest in the survey (at $339,800). The surge in refinance activity also brought the refinance index to its highest level since last July,” said Joel Kan, AVP of Economic and Industry Forecasting at MBA. center_img January 9, 2019 959 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Jason Shapiro Joins LOGS as Chief Revenue Officer

first_img in Headlines, News, Servicing Chief Revenue Officer Jason Shapiro Law Firm LOGS 2019-01-17 Radhika Ojha Share The LOGS Network announced the appointment of Jason Shapiro Esq. as Chief Revenue Officer. In this role, Shapiro will be responsible for the management and oversight of the national sales, marketing, and business development efforts for all LOGS Network law firms, title companies, and affiliated entities.”It is with great pleasure and personal pride that I am announcing the addition of Jason Shapiro to the LOGS Network executive team,” said Gerry Shapiro, Chairman, LOGS. “As we continue to position our enterprise for the future, it is of paramount importance that we focus on the next generation of our leadership.”Shapiro, along with Kay Schinker (COO), Jaqueline Comeau (Chief Compliance Officer), Jamie Zelvin (General Counsel), and the LOGS partners across the country will form the foundation that carries the LOGS Network forward.”My partner, David Kreisman, and I are proud of what we have accomplished over the last 40 years and are excited to watch our partners and operational leaders carry on the tradition of performance excellence that has been the focal point of our management style and the secret to our success,” Gerry Shapiro said.Most recently, Jason Shapiro served as the President of Title & Abstract and owner of ERA Rising Realty. He previously held senior positions in real estate investment and acquisitions at B2r Finance and Invitation Homes–both Blackstone controlled entities. He will be based in LOGS operations headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.”The LOGS Network is the largest legal services provider of its kind in the country and has set the standard over the last four decades,” Shapiro said. “I am thrilled to join my father, his partner David, and all the partners and executives across the country in carrying forward our tradition of excellence.”center_img Jason Shapiro Joins LOGS as Chief Revenue Officer January 17, 2019 743 Views last_img read more

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Vietnams fruit and vegetable export value rose by

first_img Vietnam’s fruit and vegetable export value rose by 12% to US$3.5 billion in the first 11 months of 2018, according to the Agro Processing and Market Development Authority (AgroTrade).China remained the leading market, accounting for three-quarters of market share with more than US$2.4 billion, an increase of 11% year-on-year.A forecast from the MARD said that in 2018, vegetable and fruit export value will grow about 10% year-on-year, much lower than last year’s figure of 42%. Many fruits like durian, rambutan and mangosteen will enter harvest period soon, possibly causing declines in the prices of fruits, according to Vietnam Plus.During January-October, Vietnam earned some US3.3 billion USD from vegetable and fruit exports, up 15.5 percent from the same time last year, said AgroTrade. Of the total, 90.3 percent was raw products while processed ones only accounted for 9.7 percent.  T&G ships U.S. blueberries to Vietnam for the … Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … January 03 , 2019 You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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The Ralan Group which operates and manages both P

first_imgThe Ralan Group, which operates and manages both Paradise Resort and The Ruby Collection on the Gold Coast in Queensland, has appointed Voluntary Administrators, Graham Thornton Australia, effective 30 July 2019.Directors of The Ralan Group are understood to have felt that the company was in a stressed financial situation and decided that Voluntary Administration was the best path forward, as the companies were either insolvent or likely to become insolvent.While the Administrators remain in control, the Group says it is business as usual for The Ruby Collection and Paradise Resort, with existing guest bookings remaining valid, and both properties accepting future bookings at this point in time.In a statement from Grant Thornton Australia yesterday, Said Jahani, National Managing Partner – Financial Advisory, said:.“The Administrators are undertaking an urgent financial assessment of the Group and will be holding a first meeting of creditors shortly. While we are still conducting our initial investigation, there are a range of small to large creditors. The total value of creditors is still to be confirmed but initial indications are around $500m owed across the group.“In terms of the operating businesses within the Group, it is as far as possible, business as usual. We are working closely with key stakeholders to identify and preserve value for creditors.”The total value of creditors is still to be confirmed but initial indications are around $500m owed across the group.“We are working closely with key stakeholders to identify and preserve value for creditors,” Mr Jahani added.Questions regarding payments from The Ralan Group can be address to Kegan Nash at Graham Thornton Australia – kegan.nash@au.gt.comlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Brett Favre is not coming to the Arizona Cardinals. At least that’s what his agent Bus Cook told one newspaper on Monday.“Brett Favre retired in January. He has not talked to any teams, including Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks,” Cook told the Clarion Ledger in Mississippi. “He has not talked to anyone about playing football. He’s retired, period.”The question is, why is Favre’s agent even mentioning the Cardinals in the first place?center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation There haven’t been any credible rumors — talk about an oxymoron — connecting the Cards to Favre. So there wouldn’t seem to be a need for Cook to even bring up Arizona.Hopefully it was more Favre’s agent connecting the dots between teams without a starting quarterback and his client. If that’s not the case one of the two sides has shown some interest the Cardinals quarterback drama could get a lot more interesting before it comes to an end.Here’s hoping that the Valley isn’t subjected to the Favre circus in 2011, picture messages, gun slinging and all. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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And finally could the win against the Rams prove

first_imgAnd, finally, could the win against the Rams prove to be aturning point of sorts? Well, listen to the point thatCoach W made during our postgame radio interview aboutwinning close games: “You have to learn that lessonsomehow. I go back to our first year in ’07, when we had abunch of games that were close games. At the end of theyear, we won a game against Atlanta where we made a playat the end of the game to win it and we were pretty goodfrom that point on. Hopefully, that’s the way we’re goingright now.” Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Although the running game may have been lacking againstthe Rams, there was no lack of yelling about therunning game. By my count, a half-dozen Cards coaches &players took turns airing/chewing out the offense duringthe first half, including captain Lyle Sendlein and BeanieWells himself. After the game, Coach W said about hishalftime message: “Wasn’t pretty. I said we were gettingbeat up front. It was a shame, it was embarrassing, andwe had to change it.” Can you make a play and still blow the assignment? Sure.O’Brien Schofield told us on the Big Red Rage radio showthat he did exactly that in Baltimore. On his sack andstrip of Joe Flacco, he said he actually made a mistake:“I was supposed to stunt the B-gap.” Therein lies thechallenge for Cards coaches – can you count on young guysto make plays, when they may not know the plays?! Holy Cannoli Stat: So far this season, the teamwinning the coin toss in overtime is 1-5.#SoYou’reTellingMeThere’sAChance?Yeah!Is it worth pointing out that the original “P-Twice” happens to be “Paulie Pigskin?” Uh, didn’t thinkso. Like Peterson repeated during our live on-field interview:“give me five yards and I’ll meet you in the end zone.”My next question: “When did you know that you had a realshot?” Answer: “Once I got past the first surge, that’sall I needed. I knew that nobody else was going to catchme…” Quoting Andre Roberts from our postgame interview when Iasked him about Patrick Peterson: “They’re calling himspecial, but he’s something else. I don’t know what itis, but it’s something more than special.” As for the locker room scene, let’s just say it wasentirely different from the past month and a half. Infact, Ken Whisenhunt cited the postgame vibe when I askedhim what the OT win does for confidence: “There’s noquestion that we got some confidence, if you could see thelocker room after the game – you could feel it. Successalways helps that. I think our team now has more beliefnow that we can make a play at the end of a game to winit, where we saw 4 or 5 games this year where we didn’t dothat.” Arguably, the most telling single play of the game was theblocked field goal. Why? As Coach W said during ourpostgame radio interview: “If you want to judge afootball team, you put on the (film of) PAT/FG block andyou see the effort by those guys…” (By the way, Calaistold me after the game that blocking a FG is notlike blocking a shot in basketball. Sometimes you justhave to throw your arm up and pray. As Calais said –“That one, I got lucky…” ) D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation As I flip thru my Paulie Pigskin Official SidelineReporter Notebook, here’s a Sawed Off Shotgun ofScribblings… When you hear Adrian Wilson shout on the sideline: “…Hegot his five, he got his five…” AW is reacting to aPatrick Peterson punt return. As for “P-Twice,” when he says “gimme five,” like he didin a special teams meeting before the Baltimore game, he’snot talking about a handshake. The rookie is talkingabout giving him some room. As in, five yards ofspace on a punt return. Ding. last_img read more

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According to ESPNs Chris Mortensen the National

first_imgAccording to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the National Football League has reached an agreement in principle with the NFL Referees Association.Mortensen writes that the regular officials could be on the field for Week 4 games this weekend:Although league sources said it would take a week to get the locked-out officials on the field, the NFLRA says its 121 referees have been trained on the new rules implemented last season, have already passed physicals or are prepared to pass physicals immediately. New official game uniforms designed by Nike are “hardly an obstacle,” according to a source.Replacement officials have been used by the league in the preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season, and the results have been controversial at best. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Since being cut by the Bills back in August, the two-time Pro Bowler has reportedly been working out with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr.For his career, the multifaceted quarterback has thrown for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns, while also running for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns.He was selected as the No. 3 overall pick by the Titans in 2006, after leading Texas to a spectacular National Championship victory over Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and the USC Trojans, but was forced out in 2010 after an up-and-down relationship with head coach Jeff Fisher.But in addition to his recent on-field woes, Young also appears to be in the midst of some financial trouble off it.Young is currently suing his former agent and financial planner, and the Associated Press reported last month he is currently dealing with mounting debt. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Down to just two quarterbacks — John Skelton and rookie Ryan Lindley — on their active roster, the Arizona Cardinals are looking for help behind center any which way they can find it these days.Even if that help comes in the form of much-maligned veteran quarterback Vince Young.According to Lindy’s Sports, Arizona will bring Young in for a tryout on Tuesday.Young, who was previously cut by the Buffalo Bills during training camp, last played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. Primarily serving as Michael Vick’s backup, Young threw for 866 yards, four touchdowns and nine interceptions in six games. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   last_img read more

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You may not be able to see Patrick Petersons crea

first_imgYou may not be able to see Patrick Peterson’s creativity in the punt return game anymore, but the Arizona Cardinals cornerback is hoping to show as much through his latest endorsement deal with Under Armour.The 24-year-old was recently featured in Sports Illustrated, with whom he discussed the partnership between he and UA. Peterson’s Nike contract expired over the offseason, when he first spoke with UA, which he described in the interview as “an organization on the rise.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The cleat, which has been named the Deception in its first iteration, was described in detail by Sports Illustrated, along with quotes from an UA executive and Peterson himself.Peterson hopes to rise with them as he becomes the first player to wear the new Deception cleat, says Josh Rattet, head of on-field footwear for Under Armour, who adds that the cleat was “built basically from scratch” within weeks of UA’s signing Peterson.“I wanted to feel locked in and feel secure,” Peterson says. “I wanted to make every cut and move without a fall off.” A key for him was a strap—”I love football cleats that have straps”—and a speed cleat, all with the potential to design in ample personality.With a midtop 5/8ths cut, the Deception uses a preexisting speed-focused chassis and plate, but an upper construction unique for Peterson that includes his beloved strap and a booty-like internal fit system. While not technically a signature shoe—Under Armour’s only signature football cleat is Cam Newton’s “Cam Highlight”—the Deception was built for Peterson. Under Armour will use solely Peterson to promote a cleat that goes on sale before the 2015 football season.The cleat prioritizes speed over other attributes, such as stability and traction, according to UA. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As the brand and Peterson work together to dial in the cleat, they won’t overlook opportunities for unique design flourishes. Peterson, for example, intends to incorporate the yellow of the Cardinal beak to his design. According to the report, UA also hopes to break out fresh looks should Peterson and the Cardinals make the postseason. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — Cardinals GM Steve Keim and coach B

first_img TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians believe this year’s draft is deeper than usual at three positions: safety, cornerback and quarterback. As coincidence would have it (or something else if you’re cynical), those are three positions of need for the Cardinals.Of course, NFL teams never draft for need. Nope. Never. That’s what gets you fired, Arians has said. So if the Cardinals fill those positions of need in this year’s NFL Draft, you can also chalk that up to coincidence. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The Cardinals signed veteran safety Antoine Bethea as a stopgap this spring after losing Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger in free agency, but they’d like another safety to team with injury-plagued Tyrann Mathieu.“There is a unique set of safeties that not only can play the deep half but can play the nickel, who have natural cover ability in man situations,” Keim said. “That is something we are looking for in our defense.”Arizona will give second-year corner Brandon Williams and veteran Justin Bethel a chance to man the oft-picked-on cornerback position opposite Patrick Peterson, but Keim said there are also talented corners in this year’s draft.“You have got some longer guys who can fit that mode where they can press and trail and can really run,” Keim said. “There are seven or eight 6-foot plus corners who have long arms and can run 4.4 or sub 4.4 (in the 40-yard dash). It is pretty impressive.”As for what happens with that No. 13 pick, Keim reiterated a long-held stance.“We are not going to force it. We are going to take the best player available at 13, or at nine if we trade up, or 18 if we trade back,” he said. “There are 13 guys that we like that we know can make us better. We are going to be happy either way. Again, when you get into a situation where you panic and force the pick, it will set us back from an organizational standpoint four or five years.” Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and general manager Steve Keim watch practice at the NFL football team’s training camp, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona has other needs. It could use another offensive lineman, and it just might be enticed if Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster is available, but Keim acknowledged the obvious when the first of numerous questions focused on the importance of finding a quarterback of the future.“I would like to keep my job for a while,” he said at a pre-draft press conference on Tuesday at the Cardinals headquarters. “I do have four small kids. It is certainly going to be beneficial to doing that, but coach can answer it better. If you don’t have a quarterback you are not going anywhere.”Arians believes there are five or six QBs in this year’s draft who could be developed into starters with just one (likely Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer), ready to start right away.“It’s probably the best group of arms in the last four or five years,” Arians said. “But arms don’t necessarily translate to quarterbacking.”Arians has often said that the best place for a young quarterback to develop is on the field. He said the Cardinals could provide a version of that opportunity if a desired player fell to them.“If we were fortunate to get one, he’s going to have a unique situation in that Carson [Palmer] doesn’t practice on Wednesdays,” Arians said. “So [the rookie QB] is going to get first-team, game reps with the starting offense on Wednesdays. That ain’t a normal rookie. So this is going to be very unique situation if a guy falls to us.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgGurley also understands why Kupp is the one who will usually be tasked with that responsibility.“He’s going to make great decisions with the ball, if anything,” Gurley said. “Unlike me, I’d be trying to do all types of crazy stuff and make a play and look like Travis Kelce and throw a pick.”• NFL Week 13 picks: Who the experts are taking in Rams-Cardinals (Rams Wire)According to NFL Pick Watch, 97 percent of experts are taking the Rams over the Cardinals with only two pundits picking Arizona.The two brave souls going out on a limb with the Cardinals are Pete Prisco of CBS and Dave Dameshek of NFL Network. Everyone else is picking the Rams, and for good reason.• 4 biggest storylines heading into Rams-Cardinals in Week 13 (Rams Wire)The Rams have obviously done a lot of things well this season, but one of their most underrated qualities is the fact that they don’t take bad teams lightly. They beat teams they’re supposed to beat, and usually by wide margins.• Todd Gurley is fine with his role ‘as long as we’re winning’ (Rams Wire)The Los Angeles Rams have gotten off to a stellar 8-3 start, and a big reason for that is the job Todd Gurley’s done in Sean McVay’s offense. He’s in the midst of a career-best season, leading the league in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • At 8-3, Rams Playing with Confidence (therams.com)McVay and his staff have undoubtedly turned around the the club’s culture. And as the Rams keep winning, the confidence within the team only continues to grow.• How Does McVay Communicate with Goff Before the Snap? (therams.com)Head coach Sean McVay has famously engineered a stellar year-to-year turnaround of Los Angeles’ offense from one of the league’s worst to one of its best. But there’s been some criticism of the way McVay has operated with quarterback Jared Goff.• Cardinals appear more formidable than a few weeks ago as Rams prepare for road trip to Arizona (The Los Angeles Times)But the Cardinals showed last week that they won’t be a pushover for the Rams on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.• December may see a passing of the torch for Rams in the NFC West (Ramblin Fan)As for the balance of 2017, and with five games left on the schedule, if form holds it is more likely than not that the Rams win the NFC West, and may be doing so for the foreseeable future. As with anything, the cyclical nature of the league may be witnessing a passing of the torch as Seattle fades and Los Angeles ascends.• Rams have been one of the NFL’s worst teams on third-and-1 (Rams Wire) Now these two division rivals will clash for the first time stateside at University of Phoenix Stadium after the Rams pitched a 33-0 shutout in London five weeks ago. Arizona managed only 196 yards of total offense and lost quarterback Carson Palmer in the process. On offense, Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed 22 of 37 pass attempts for 235 yards and a touchdown. He did throw an interception but also ran for a touchdown.To beat the Rams, the Cardinals will have to contain Goff and running back Todd Gurley, who ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Saturday, December 2• The Huddle: Ric Flair inspires the Rams’ 8-3 ‘Woo!’ (Los Angeles Times)The Rams running back, Todd Gurley, was in disbelief when this media member asked what the “Woo” was about during coach Sean McVay’s postgame locker room speech. (For the record, WWE isn’t my thing, but I’ll look into it.)• Cooper Kupp taking guff, but pass to Tavon Austin’s feet showed smarts (ESPN NFL Nation)Todd Gurley will admit that Cooper Kupp, the Los Angeles Rams’ rookie slot receiver, has a decent arm — but perhaps not as good as his.“I think I should be back there throwing it,” Gurley said, “but, whatever.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In recent weeks, however, his role has decreased a bit. He’s seeing fewer touches despite remaining productive, a trend that McVay attributed to the Rams trying to keep him fresh on passing downs with Malcolm Brown and Lance Dunbar out.• Cooper Kupp assures everyone he has a good arm after ugly throw (Rams Wire)The rookie wideout got a chance to play the role of quarterback on Sunday against the Saints, but his throw was, well, off the mark. Sean McVay called a double-pass trick play from Goff to Pharoh Cooper, who then lateralled it to Kupp.• Rams Week 13 preview: 5 questions with Cardinals Wire (Rams Wire)After blowing out the Cardinals 33-0 in Week 7, the Rams travel to Arizona looking for a season sweep of their division rivals and their ninth win of the season.To preview Sunday’s matchup, we caught up with Jess Root, managing editor of Cardinals Wire. He broke down the running back situation, Arizona’s offense with Blaine Gabbert and how the Cardinals’ rookies have looked.• Rams Todd Gurley showing maturity at the right time (Ramblin’ Fan)I wasn’t impressed with the then second year running back last season, as excuses about a bad offensive line (a legitimate complaint), and his lack of hitting holes with any authority (a legitimate criticism), framed his “sophomore slump.” • Can Aaron Donald’s pressures make him NFL Defensive Player of the Year? (ESPN NFL Nation)Donald already has generated 62 quarterback pressures, a statistic used by Pro Football Focus that combines sacks, hits and hurries.• Sean McVay: Week 15 return ‘realistic target’ for Robert Woods (ESPN NFL Nation)Robert Woods, the Los Angeles Rams’ leading receiver, probably won’t return in time for the team’s highly anticipated Week 14 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, first-year head coach Sean McVay said Thursday.• Cardinals’ Bruce Arians: Rams QB Jared Goff is protected a lot better (ESPN NFL Nation)But the Rams significantly improved their offensive line in free agency by signing left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan, and Goff is reaping the benefits. The 23-year-old has been sacked seven fewer times in four more games. Only three quarterbacks — Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan — have started all 11 games and taken fewer than Goff’s 19 sacks.• Rams vs. Cardinals: 4 key matchups to watch on Sunday (Rams Wire)Sunday marks the first game the Rams will play against a team they’ve already faced in 2017, taking on the Cardinals in Arizona. The Cardinals are looking to avenge a 33-0 loss in London six weeks ago, though that’ll be hard without Carson Palmer. That said, his recent comments on how 2017 has continued to roll out deserves notice. Head coach Sean McVay continues to manage his team the right way, and the ‘buy in’  is noticeable up and down the rank-and-file in Los Angeles.Friday, December 1• Todd Gurley celebrates the fact that he doesn’t have to carry entire load for Rams’ offense (Los Angeles Times)Gurley has scored a league-best 11 of the Rams’ 33 touchdowns. His 66 points are the most in the NFL by a player other than kickers.As of late, however, coach Sean McVay has reduced the third-year pro’s carries.• Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam ready for first NFL start after early frustrations (Los Angeles Daily News)Ebukam, a linebacker drafted by the Rams out of Eastern Washington in the fourth round this year, missed most of camp with that strained hamstring. Slowly but steadily, Ebukam has showed himself worthy of playing time, first on special teams and then on defense, and now his big moment has arrived.• Jared Goff, Sean McVay push back against claims that Rams’ play-calling is ‘cheating’ or ‘immoral’ (Los Angeles Times)McVay has come under some media criticism from pundits who apparently feel that relaying audibles to a quarterback is a step too far. Quarterbacks, some said, should have to make some decisions on their own, and not be force-fed information about what plays to audible to, and where to throw the ball. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) heads for the field during player introductions before the start of a game against the New Orleans Saints played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 26, 2017. (AP Photo/John Cordes) Top Stories center_img As good as the offense been, though, there’s still one area in which the Rams have struggled mightily – and it’s not where you’d expect. Los Angeles is 29th in the NFL on third-and-1, converting just 46.7 percent of the time (7-for-15).Tuesday, November 28• Rams relying heavily on Jared Goff, diminishing the load on Todd Gurley (ESPN NFL Nation)Goff has thrown 117 passes over the past three weeks, trailing only Ben Roethlisberger (121) for the NFL lead. A Rams player — be it Todd Gurley II, Tavon Austin or Lance Dunbar — has run the ball only 58 times during that stretch, less than half the time. It has given the Rams the NFL’s second-heaviest pass ratio from Weeks 10 to 12, behind only a Miami Dolphins team that has suffered three consecutive lopsided defeats.• Defensive effort versus Saints shows Rams’ balance (ESPN NFL Nation)The Los Angeles Rams’ defense would be tested in ways it hasn’t been all year. Sunday’s triumph, by a 26-20 score, proved once again that the Rams are among the NFL’s best, most balanced teams.• Sammy Watkins: Rams have ‘some dogs’ at wide receiver (ESPN NFL Nation)The Rams’ receiving corps, a major deficiency for about a decade, has come a long way. 8 Comments   Share   Not only did he see more passes come his way on Sunday against the Saints, but he was more productive than he’s ever been in the NFL. Kupp caught eight of 11 targets for a career-high 116 yards, including a 53-yarder that set up a touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Reynolds.• Zuerlein Named November NFC Special Teams Player of the Month (therams.com)No one has scored more points than Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein in 2017, and now Zuerlein has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for the second time this season.• Goff needs to continue using Reynolds in passing game for Rams (Ramblin Fan)And while certainly players like Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp certainly came through in Week 12 when facing the New Orleans Saints, one of the biggest surprises ended up being rookie Josh Reynolds, who previously had one catch for 28 yards to date prior to Sunday’s game.• Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins impact on the offense goes beyond the eye test (Turf Show Times)Sammy Watkins’ impact on the Rams’ offense goes much further than just his ability to stretch the field. Sosa Kremenjas takes a look at how he makes a difference for the passing attack.Wednesday, November 29 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Two teams that earned impressive wins last week will meet for the second time this season on Sunday afternoon.The Los Angeles Rams (8-3) snapped the New Orleans Saints’ eight-game win streak with a 26-20 victory at the Coliseum. This win against the hottest team in the NFC meant the Rams would avoid a losing season for the first time in 10 years. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals’ two-game losing streak came to an end with a win at home over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact • After years of losing, Rams serve notice that winning may not stop (ESPN NFL Nation)Coming off 10 straight losing seasons and a 4-12 showing in their first year back in L.A., the Rams currently are the No. 3 seed in the NFC. They lead their division by a game, with an offense that is averaging nearly 30 points per game and a defense that is giving up less than 19.• Column Eric Dickerson reveling in Rams’ change of coaches, and fortunes (Los Angeles Times)“Oh, man, most definitely I feel good about it,” Dickerson said Monday about the team’s surprising turnaround. “If you’d have told me this team was going to be 8-3, I would have said, `No way.’ I just wouldn’t believe it after watching last year.”• Barwin Out with Forearm Injury, Ebukam to Start at OLB (Rams.com)According to head coach Sean McVay, Barwin had surgery Monday morning, and had a plate inserted into his forearm to correct the issue. Rookie outside linebacker Samson Ebukam has played at Barwin’s spot in the defensive rotation throughout the season. • Sammy Watkins ‘was all about numbers’ in Buffalo, has changed in L.A. (Rams Wire)In past years, that would frustrate Watkins, and any other No. 1 receiver, probably. However, he’s changed since joining the Rams, altering his attitude for the betterment of the team.• Todd Gurley had the best explanation for the Rams’ lack of TD celebrations (Rams Wire)“Bad chemistry on the celebrating, but it’s whatever,” Gurley said Thursday. “We get in there so much we don’t have to do it every time, so it’s cool.”Thursday, November 30• Week 13 injury report: Rams nearing return of Brown, Robey-Coleman (Rams Wire)The Los Angeles Rams aren’t expected to get Robert Woods back just yet, but the return of three other key players is getting extremely close. Malcolm Brown, Lance Dunbar and Nickell Robey-Coleman were all limited in practice on Wednesday, which is a good sign for their availability in Week 13.• 5 stats to know for Rams-Cardinals in Week 13 (Rams Wire)There’s plenty of history between these two teams, and it’ll continue on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET when they meet for the 79th time. Here are five key stats to know for Week 13.• Rams film room: Breaking down Cooper Kupp’s career day vs. Saints (Rams Wire)last_img

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first_img It appears David Johnson is back and ready to go for the Arizona Cardinals.With the Cardinals’ offseason program beginning Tuesday, Johnson was right in the mix. Felt great training with my bruddas once again! Just wait and see, we gone turn heads this year! pic.twitter.com/glcnk7GPWI— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) April 4, 2018 (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires #AZCardinals star RB David Johnson has been fully cleared, his healthy wrist on display with the towel/kettle bell lift pic.twitter.com/vNpmWUetjL— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) April 3, 2018On March 27, Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks told reporters that Johnson was “in the process of getting cleared” and that he would be ready to go by OTAs. 4 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “I have to protect David from David to be honest with you because he always wants to load the bar with more and more weight.”Johnson also took the field Tuesday with teammates, showing his progression outside of the weight room. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After having a ton of optimism entering the 2017 season, Johnson went down in the September season opener with a broken wrist that required surgery. He was placed on IR with some hope that he would be back in time to finish the season. That never happened as he did not progress enough after the surgery.In his limited showing, the running back ran the rock 11 times for 23 yards. He also caught six balls for 67 yards.For his career, Johnson has posted 1,843 rushing yards on 429 attempts to go along with 24 touchdowns. He is a force to be reckoned with through the air too, as he has 122 receptions for 1,403 yards and eight scores.In March, Johnson was seen in the weight room putting in work.Wrist feeling better than ever! 100lbsx3 dynamic effort #Lightworkpic.twitter.com/mGKbn1pSAV— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) March 22, 2018“He’s a freak, let me put it to you that way, I will never ever take credit for anything David Johnson — I never take credit from anything any of my guys do — David is very gifted, but along with being very gifted he has a great wife and great family at home which drives him,” Cardinals strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris said Tuesday.last_img read more

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first_img 15 Comments   Share   Less than a week remains until the Cardinals make the first pick of the 2019 NFL draft, and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray remains the assumed favorite to go No. 1.Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns while completing 69% of his passes this past season, which earned him the Heisman Trophy. If the Cardinals do indeed make him the top pick on April 25, he will join a very select group of players to both win the Heisman and go No. 1 overall in the draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here are the last five players to join that group, and how they fared after the fact:Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns(AP)Before Murray was lighting up scoreboards at Oklahoma, it was his former teammate that was doing so.Mayfield was the latest Heisman winner to go No. 1 overall when the Browns picked him a year ago, and his numbers during his Heisman-winning campaign were eerily similar to Murray’s.During his senior season with the Sooners, Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns along with a completion percentage of 70.5%. This success ended up carrying over to the NFL for Mayfield, as he completed 63.8% of his passes and threw 27 touchdowns while leading the Browns to a seven-win improvement during his rookie year.Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers(AP Photo/Mike McCarn)Winston broke onto the scene in a big way at Florida State, throwing for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns his freshman year and becoming the youngest player to ever win the Heisman. He also led the Seminoles to their first national championship in 14 years. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)center_img Sam Bradford(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Another Oklahoma quarterback makes an appearance on this list, this one being a familiar face to Cardinals fans.Bradford had one of the most impressive seasons by a college quarterback in recent memory during his sophomore season with the Sooners, throwing for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 67.9% of his passes.He entered the draft a year later, and the Rams picked him No. 1 overall despite a shoulder injury that kept him out of all but three games his junior season.Since then, Bradford’s career has been a roller coaster, as he has bounced around to four different teams, including his sub-par stint with the Cardinals last season, and suffered multiple knee injuries. He remains unsigned.Carson Palmer(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Seven years before Bradford, it was Palmer, another former Cardinal, making history.In 2002, the then-USC quarterback won the Heisman after throwing for 3,942 yards and 33 touchdowns. Soon after, the Bengals made him the top pick in the 2003 draft. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A year later, the Buccaneers selected him No. 1 overall, and the results have been mixed since then. Related LinksArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Is confidence in Cardinals taking Kyler Murray atop NFL Draft waning?Here are all of the teams that Kyler Murray has visited withOn one hand, Winston has thrown for over 4,000 yards twice and has made the Pro Bowl one time since his debut four seasons ago. On the other hand, he ranks tied for second in interceptions since 2015 and has never won more than nine games in a season.The Buccaneers have placed their faith in Winston for at least one more year, and they hired former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to help him reach the potential he flashed back in college.Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers(AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)Like Winston, Newton also broke onto the college scene in a big way.After transferring away from Florida and playing a year in junior college, Newton found his way to Auburn, where he threw for 2,854 yards and ran for 1,473 more en route to the Heisman Trophy and the 2010 national championship.Newton’s performance at Auburn made the Panthers’ decision with the No. 1 pick in 2011 a no-brainer, and he has pretty much been what they had hoped he’d be.He won the Rookie of the Year award during his first year in the league and went on to win the MVP award in 2015, leading Carolina to Super Bowl 50, albeit in a losing effort. He has also made three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team during his time in the league. Palmer sat out his first season in Cincinnati, but took over the starting job in 2004 and went on to have a long and pretty successful career. He threw for over 4,000 yards six different times, made three Pro Bowls and led the Cardinals to the NFC Championship game in 2016. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced it has signed an agreement with Mary 111 Pty Ltd to debut the Westin brand in Brisbane, Queensland. The Westin Brisbane is slated to open in 2018 as part of a mixed-use development called Mary Lane, which will offer an array of retail outlets, restaurants and residences.“We look forward to working with Starwood on this development project and the debut of Westin in Queensland,” said Sam Chong, Director, Mary 111 Pty Ltd. “Our vision is to create a legacy five-star hotel in the city of Brisbane that focuses on putting guests’ wellbeing first and we’re very confident the outstanding reputation of the Westin brand will appeal to the growing number of visitors to the city.”The Westin Brisbane will feature 286 guest rooms with views of the river and city skyline. Guests will enjoy signature Westin services and amenities, such as the Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath experience. The hotel will also offer extensive leisure facilities, including the WestinWORKOUT fitness studio, a resort style swimming pool with swim up pool bar and the Heavenly Spa.“We are delighted to partner with Mary 111 Pty Ltd to bring Westin to Brisbane, marking the brand’s presence in each of Australia’s four largest cities – Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane,” said Sean Hunt, Vice President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Pacific. “With a presence in Australia for more than 15 years, Westin has developed a loyal following thanks to its differentiated positioning around wellness, and we look forward to the brand’s continued expansion in the Pacific region.”Dining venues will provide a variety of healthy culinary options alongside the brand’s nutrient-rich and delicious SuperFoodsRx menus. An ideal setting for functions, the hotel boasts more than 667 square meters of meeting and event space, as well as a 24-hour business centre.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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