first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The problems started Sunday in the first half in Santa Clara. The website FootballZebras.com has a thorough description of what transpired:Things started to unravel for the crew in Santa Clara, Calif., as the 49ers were caught with 13 players on the field. Because there was a quick snap, four officials threw their flags at the completion of the down. (The referee, umpire, head linesman, and line judge all have the duty to count offensive players.) Morelli enforced this as a dead-ball foul, but in reality, this is retroactive to the snap, because the crew can clearly establish the personnel that were on the field at the snap. Therefore, it is (a) 5 yards and repeat the down, or (b) decline the foul and take the result of the play. The crew enforced this from the dead-ball spot and counted the down. (While 12-in-the-huddle can be called between downs, it may only be called against the offense.)Once the next snap occurs, that misapplication can’t be corrected.Shortly thereafter, there was a confusion on the number of the down that lead to an excruciating six-minute delay to rectify. At one point, Morelli announced “third down,” before eventually settling on second down. During the process, a Fox Sports cameraman zoomed into the log maintained by the down-box operator.“It was just embarrassing,” said one officiating source.The problems continued later in the half when the crew botched the interpretation of an illegal-touching penalty on Cardinals receiver John Brown. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “The officials were struggling, mightily,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said following the game. “I mean, they can’t count to three.“I got so many explanations, I got tired of them, because they were just running out of them. We complete a pass for a first down. I’m not sure the spot was correct so we hurry up and run the ball and they’ve got 13 guys on the field. We accept the penalty — that’s first-and-5. They gave us five yards after the play, which was wrong, and made it 2nd-and-3. That’s not what we accepted and that was the whole problem. It was a FUBAR on their part. They can try to explain it. They’re wrong.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Nothing like hiding a problem.Anybody who watched the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 19-13 on Sunday was frustrated by the officiating crew.Referee Pete Morelli and the rest of his crew struggled mightily in the game. As a result, the NFL has removed Morelli’s crew from Sunday Night Football duty in Week 13. Instead of officiating the high-profile, nationally-televised game between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Morelli and Co. will work a different game, according to Pro Football Talk. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On the run, the 318-pound lineman scooped the ball off the grass and rumbled for a 36-yard score — not before laying a stiff-arm and pancaking Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy to the ground.By putting the Cardinals ahead 31-0, Redding became the 18th Cardinal to score a touchdown this season, which is the most for any NFL team. It was the 14th defensive touchdown for the Cardinals since head coach Bruce Arians took over, the most during that span.Redding wasn’t even done there.This is (we think) the Ric Flair strut.Get it, Cory pic.twitter.com/ThzgmXmmll— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 27, 2015If you recall, Redding was inches from scoring a touchdown on an interception return against the Detroit Lions back on Oct. 11. He went 30 yards the other way but was tripped just short of the end zone by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. – / 36 Top Stories The Cardinals were getting plenty of pressure on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday and they finished a 38-8 victory with nine sacks, the most in a single game since they recorded 10 during the 1986 season.The highlight of that success came in the middle of the fourth quarter.Arizona’s Kareem Martin got a solid hit and forced a fumble on Rodgers, and defensive tackle Cory Redding knew exactly what to do with the loose ball. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Aaron Rodgers sacked again, fumbles, Cory Redding returns it for the TD. pic.twitter.com/7048vIOP7D— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) December 27, 2015 Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Tyrann Mathieu watches during the Arizona Cardinals mini-camp on June 8, 2016. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories He added a forced fumble and a sack. Comments   Share   He’s not called the Honey Badger without reason.While Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu embodies the spirit of the honey badger, he also plays with the cleverness of the animal. Mathieu’s smarts help him to play multiple positions and in different coverages, but the combination of wit and ferocity is the key to his adaptability.It’s why ESPN Insider’s Matt Bowen calls Mathieu the most versatile defender in the entire NFL.center_img The most versatile defender in the NFL, Mathieu lines up all over the Cardinals’ secondary. With his range, coverage ability, ball skills and toughness, Mathieu can play outside of the numbers, roll down over the slot or patrol the deep middle of the field. Oh, and he can blitz, too. He’s going to get dirty and make plays versus the big boys. He can do it all for the Arizona defense. And I absolutely love his tape: tons of production from a variety of positions and coverage schemes in the secondary. You want to play matchups? Then this is your guy. Mathieu is the Swiss army knife every coach in the league is looking for.Mathieu can play cornerback, safety and nickelback. For that reason, his current contract negotiations with the Cardinals as he seeks a hefty extension have been complicated.In the last year of a four-year rookie deal, Mathieu wants to make the money as a top-tier NFL cornerback. But seeing as he’s utilized as a safety — they are generally paid less — Arizona may not be willing to open the checkbook to his likely.Before tearing his ACL last season in Week 15, Mathieu compiled 89 tackles (second-best on the Cardinals) and co-led the team with five interceptions. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGuests can embark on a rejuvenating journey by booking the new Spa Retreat accommodation package at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech. Within the hotel’s peaceful oasis setting, guests can relax and reconnect by enjoying a wellness programme that includes personal training, collective yoga classes and personalised massages designed to ease mind, body and spirit.A sanctuary of wellbeing, the 1800-metre-square Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech features six treatment rooms, including two suites, each with their own private garden. Only a few minutes by car from the Medina, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech offers guests serenity, Moroccan hospitality and the best of Oriental service away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Surrounded by 20 hectares of lush gardens, the luxurious Berber and Arab-Andalucian inspired villas and suites with their tranquil pools and shaded outdoor areas are ideal private retreats.Valid all year round for minimum four nights stay, the Spa Retreat package is priced from EUR 865 per night based on single occupancy in Mandarin Pool Villa category, and includes:Two sessions of personal training (60 minutes)Three collective yoga classesOne Discovery Hammam (60 minutes)One body wrap (30 minutes): Revive body wrap or Rose Petal body wrapTwo personalised massages (60 minutes): Therapeutic Argan signature massage or Oriental Essence massageOne oxygen facial treatment by Linda Meredith (90 minutes)Unlimited use of spa facilities: hammam, indoor swimming pool, fitness and wellness centreFull daily buffet breakfast served in our restaurantHigh speed internet accessRound trip transfer from Marrakech Menara AirportFast track through the airportMandarin Oriental, Marrakech is set among 20 hectares of landscaped gardens filled with the scent of 100,000 roses, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of the city and the historic Medina, the hotel offers 54 private villas inspired by Berber and Andalusian-Arabic influences, all with secluded walled gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, extensive areas for sunbathing and shaded alfresco dining. A further nine spectacular suites, seven with their own rooftop plunge pool, feature panoramic vistas of the gardens and the surrounding countryside. There are a variety of exceptional restaurants and bars, and a world-class spa offering the Group’s renowned signature treatments as well as treatments inspired by Moroccan traditions.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgAward-winning travel brands APT, Travelmarvel and Botanica World Discoveries will be strengthened by the creation of an overarching corporate brand.A new brand, APT Travel Group, is now the corporate face of the family-owned Australian business, which will celebrate its 90th birthday in 2017.Luxury tour and cruise operator APT, premium tour and cruise operator Travelmarvel, and specialist operator Botanica World Discoveries will each retain their separate identities but benefit from the endorsement of this umbrella brand.Commenting on the new corporate branding, Executive General Manager Global Marketing & Sales Debra Fox said:  “For a long time now, APT Travel Group has been bigger than the sum of its parts. By giving this corporate aspect of our business a more visible and defined presence we will bring clarity to our brand portfolio.“The APT Travel Group will have the ability to speak as one to the industry, while our brands continue to address their specific customer segments, both within the industry and among consumers. The new branding is also reflective of our business structure, which shares services at some levels.”Proudly owned by the McGeary family, APT Travel Group is one the world’s most awarded tour and cruise operators.The new identity is supported by a new website, www.apttravelgroup.com which will be the touchpoint for partners and suppliers looking to connect with the group as a whole.last_img read more