7-10-11: Bird Droppings - Quiet Weekend

Another slow news day for Sunday, so I'm just going to post what I have for right now and hope more good stuff will be available tomorrow.

Arizona Sports News:

Cardinals rally past Diamondbacks in ninth inning
Stress was applied to the Diamondbacks bullpen Friday night, and though the support beams were cracking and suspender cables snapping, the unit held firm. It did not collapse. But when asked to cover four more innings against the National League's most potent offense Saturday night, it reached its load limit, and the freefall was not pretty. The St. Louis Cardinals scored four times in the final two innings against relievers Yhency Brazoban and Joe Paterson, completing a comeback from a four-run deficit to come away with a 7-6 victory at Busch Stadium, giving them a chance Sunday to earn a split of this four-game series. The Diamondbacks fell two games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings.

Rod Windsor hopes to finish season with Arizona Rattlers
With the NFL lockout possibly ending soon, the Rattlers could be without their top wide receiver, Rod Windsor, during the final stretch of the regular season and the Arena Football League playoffs. "I really want to play and finish out the season and help them win a championship," said Windsor, who will leave Arizona for the Cleveland Browns once the lockout ends. "It's going to be tough, but I also have to progress my career, too." Windsor, who has 151 receptions, 1,800 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns, will be in uniform Sunday when the Rattlers (14-2) face the Pittsburgh Power (8-7) at Consol Energy Center.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs, Paul Goldschmidt ready for 'once-in-a-lifetime chance' in XM All-Star Futures Game
Tyler Skaggs has played in all-star games for as long as he can remember. But Sunday's XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field, the opening baseball event for the Valley's All-Star festivities, holds special significance.

NFL News:

Free agent period will separate best front offices from the rest | ProFootballTalk
We don’t know when free agency will start. We do know that the craziest period of NFL player movement is on its way, which gives front offices a unique opportunity to separate from one another.

Interesting offseason for 2006 first-round QBs - NFL - Sporting News
It's been an interesting offseason for all three quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft (Jay Cutler, Matt Leinart, and Vince Young), and it continued in recent days:

Pittsburgh Steelers' Hines Ward arrested on DUI charge in Georgia - ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday in Georgia on a drunken driving charge, sheriff's officials said.

Adam 'Pacman' Jones of Cincinnati Bengals faces charges after bar arrest, reports say - ESPN
Bengals cornerback Adam Pacman Jones was arrested at a bar late Saturday night for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest, local reports say.

Mike Vrabel of Kansas City Chiefs set to retire, join Ohio State Buckeyes staff, report says - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel will retire from the NFL and be named an assistant coach at Ohio State on Monday, sources told The Columbus Dispatch on Saturday night.

Sports News:

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter notches hit No. 3,000 - ESPN New York
Befitting his legendary clutch status, Derek Jeter hit a home run to become the first Yankee in team history with 3,000 career hits -- and then he won the game.

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