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Time for some links, with the big news being one of the Cardinals restructuring their contract to help free up some cap space.
Word From the Birds Blog | Sendlein restructures deal
Veteran center Lyle Sendlein said he had restructured his contract recently, which will help the Cards in their quest to keep some salary cap space cleared this offseason. Sendlein reduced his 2012 salary from $2.4 million to $700,000, according to the NFLPA. The extra $1.7M was converted to a bonus so it could be spread over the remainder of the contract, which runs through 2015. "It wasn’t a big deal," Sendlein said. "They told me about it, and I figured, that’s fine."
Taking a look at the Cardinals' schedule - ArizonaSports.com
The NFL released its schedule for the 2012 season. Fans, players and analysts all over the country eagerly gathered around the Matrix, staring at their computer screens. The annual occurrence has turned into a celebration of what the league has become, an acknowledgement of offseason greatness - even though the huddled hordes knew what they were going to see. The Arizona Cardinals players, coaches, fans and analysts were no exception. Most agreed, the Cardinals' schedule looks dubious considering that eight of the possible ten opponents a team can face in a season had a .500 record or better in 2011. But that's the thing about strength of schedule: it's unreliable and, thus, a preface.
Zoom: Like Father, Like Son
From rookie free agent to starter and captain, Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein draws inspiration from his father Robin, a former NFL linebacker and current Phoenix firefighter.
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Arizona Diamondbacks place Chris Young on 15-day disabled list with shoulder contusion
Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young was placed on the 15-day disabled Wednesday with a right-shoulder contusion and replaced on the roster by veteran Cody Ransom. Young injured the shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh. He underwent an MRI Wednesday morning, and although the Diamondbacks didn't announce the results, the club apparently felt a trip to the DL was necessary.
Arizona Diamondbacks lose lead late, drop series to Pittsburgh Pirates
The Diamondbacks found out Wednesday what life is like without Chris Young and Justin Upton. Arizona fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on a day when Young was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Upton was out of the lineup because of a sore thumb. The Diamondbacks' anemic offense - Arizona managed just six hits off five Pirates' pitchers - wasted a strong effort by starter Daniel Hudson, who went 7 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs on six hits. Hudson left with two runners on and two outs in the eighth, and Pittsburgh infielder Neil Walker greeted reliever David Hernandez with a broken-bat single to right that scored Clint Barmes with the winning run.
Phoenix Suns suffer a hard loss to Oklahoma City Thunder
The Suns have fought for two months for the right to play a team like Oklahoma City in the playoffs. Wednesday night was a cold reminder of what might be in store for them if they get there. The Suns fell back out of the playoff picture, dropping to ninth place in the Western Conference with a 109-97 loss to Oklahoma City at US Airways Center. The loss allowed Utah to move back ahead of Phoenix and Houston by a half-game and gave the Thunder a three-game season sweep of the Suns (32-30).
Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres suspended indefinitely
Coyotes forward Raffi Torres will meet with NHL officials in New York on Friday for his hit on the Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa during Game 3 on Tuesday in the first-round series. Until then, Torres is suspended indefinitely and will miss Game 4 on Thursday in Chicago.
Phoenix Coyotes TV analyst Tyson Nash receiving backlash for comments
Coyotes forward Raffi Torres isn't the only one under fire for his hit on the Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the first-round series. Color analyst Tyson Nash is also feeling the heat. Nash, a former player and current broadcaster with Fox Sports Arizona, called Torres' hit on Hossa "as clean of a hit as you're going to get" during Tuesday's game. Since then, Nash has received death threats and a slew of insults via Twitter.
ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr.: Draft's receiver depth could help ASU's Omar Bolden
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., held a teleconference with reporters today to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. I asked about former Arizona State cornerback Omar Bolden, who didn't play last season after injuring his knee in the spring.
ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr.: ASU's Vontaze Burfict may go undrafted
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., had a teleconference with reporters this morning to discuss the upcoming NFL draft. I asked Kiper about former Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict. His answer:
Deeper look at 2012 NFC West schedules - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Every NFL coach would covet additional time to prepare for an opponent. With that in mind, I went through NFC West schedules to see how many times teams from the division had more days than their opponents to prepare. I also looked for the reverse. The time between the final exhibition games and the regular-season openers did not factor because teams have all offseason to prepare for their Week 1 opponents.
The difference for Sam Bradford in 2012 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Sam Bradford has eight victories as a starter and three offensive playbooks to show for his time with the St. Louis Rams. No one said rescuing a struggling franchise would be easy, but the journey to this point has been more treacherous than anticipated. Jeff Fisher's arrival as head coach this offseason represents a fresh start. Yet, as much as the Rams might want to forget their recent past, the experience Bradford has gained in 26 starts will be important to the success he might enjoy in the team's latest offense. That was one takeaway from a telephone interview with Bradford on Tuesday. First, a little background.
NFL Schedule 2012: Peyton Manning's Broncos Debut Among The Highlights - SBNation.com
The 2012 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday night, giving us the entire 256-game schedule for the 2012 season. Here are our immediate reactions and things to look forward to.
ESPN And NFL Network Will Try Not To Ruin The Surprise On Draft Night - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
People who love to complain about things often complain about ESPN and the NFL Network showing an NFL draft pick on the phone in the green room before his name is actually announced at the podium by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Basically, the TV networks are tipping the draft pick a minute, or even several minutes, before the Commissioner makes the announcement. This ruins the surprise, you see. I never understood this, but it makes some people mad. Luckily, we no longer have to worry.
Matt Light To Retire After 11 Seasons, According To Report - SBNation.com
Longtime Patriots left tackle Matt Light plans to retire, according to a report.
Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin Among Athletes On TIME 100 List For 2012 - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Breaking: Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin are important to the world! And not just to the world of sports, but to the much larger world of magazine publishing!
Blaine Gabbert Would Like To Know Who Michael Lombardi Is - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
The rookie season for the No. 10 pick in the 2011 NFL draft was less than stellar. Blaine Gabbert completed just 50 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns to 11 picks in 14 starts last year. Yeah, he's a rookie but watching him play you got the feeling he had a long way to go. NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, like a lot of other people, questioned Gabbert's development in his rookie season and wrote all about it. Lombardi said he's never seen a rookie look as "scared" as Gabbert, that the game looks "too big for him", that he treats the ball "like a hot potato." His rookie season was "embarrassing", Lombardi wrote. Now Gabbert wants to know exactly who this Lombardi fellow is. Via CBSSports.com:
Report: Arkansas reached out to Pete Carroll | ProFootballTalk
The University of Arkansas recently fired head coach Bobby Petrino, and is now in the process of replacing him. According to a report from 5 News Arkansas, one of the Razorbacks’ first targets was Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.