6-21-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Haggans In Jail

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Time for todays links, including stuff on Clark Haggans and his jail sentence.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Clark Haggans serving jail time in Pennsylvania
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Clark Haggans began serving jail time in a Pennsylvania prison Wednesday over a traffic-violation sentence he received in Arizona, authorities said. Haggans, a former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was to pay a fine of $702, spend 48 hours at Westmoreland County Prison and serve a seven-day work release at the prison as an alternative to serving all of his jail time in Arizona, where he was convicted of a DUI charge in Chandler on April 21, 2011. In a statement posted on Haggans' agent's Twitter account, Haggans was rushing home from a concert after receiving a call from the family babysitter, who said his 5-year-old daughter was having trouble breathing. After running a red light, Haggens was issued citations for extreme DUI, DUI, speeding and red-light violations, said Sgt. Joe Favazzo, spokesman for the Chandler Police Department. Haggans plead guilty to extreme DUI, but all other charges were dismissed.

On Clark Haggans' jail sentence in DUI case - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Clark Haggans' jail stay stemming from his 2011 DUI case appears unlikely to affect his immediate status with the Arizona Cardinals. Veteran players are off until training camp. The bigger football-related question is whether Haggans might face NFL discipline, including a potential suspension. The league doesn't comment on individual cases and sometimes doesn't announce punishment right away.

Late-season trend sustainability: Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The third of four posts examining the likelihood of a positive trend carrying over from last season, this one for the Arizona Cardinals

NFC West: More or Less - NFC West Blog - ESPN
After running the numbers, ESPN.com pro football writer John Clayton arrived at a win total for every team in the division for 2012. Is the figure too high, too low or spot on?

Zoom: Episode 8 Preview
Safety Adrian Wilson is driven to leave a lasting legacy both on and off the field.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks explode for 6 home runs in win vs. Seattle Mariners
The Diamondbacks are pretty simple to figure out. If they hit home runs, they win. Before Wednesday's getaway game against the Seattle Mariners, Arizona was 12-3 in games in which it hit two home runs or more. Make that 13-3 - comfortably. Arizona clubbed six homers and beat the Mariners, 14-10, to win the series and again climb within one game (34-35) of .500. The six homers tied a franchise record for most home runs in a game, and the 14 runs were a season high. Doing the honors Wednesday were Aaron Hill, who has homered in three straight games for the first time in his career, Jason Kubel, Justin Upton, Miguel Montero, John McDonald and Ryan Roberts. Roberts' sixth-inning blast was an inside-the-park homer, the eighth in franchise history and the first since 2010.

Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan wins 2011-12 Mark Messier Leadership Award
Coyotes captain Shane Doan was named the recipient of the 2011-12 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award during the 2012 NHL Awards ceremony at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The award recognizes the individual who is a superior leader in hockey and as a contributing member of society. It honors the individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.

The top 20 highest-paid Arizona athletes - ArizonaSports.com
Earlier this week, Forbes Magazine published their list of the world's one hundred highest-paid athletes. Their formula took into account base salary/winnings and endorsements. And using that formula, there was a couple of Phoenix athletes who figured into the list: pro golfer and former ASU Sun Devil Phil Mickelson (who ranked 7th on the list) and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (who ranked 13th). Here at Arizona Sports, we've put together our list of the twenty highest-paid athletes in the state (team sports only).

NFL News:

Video: On the 25 best playoff performances - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Steve Young, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Kurt Warner (twice) make appearances on our recently released list of 25 greatest individual playoff performances in NFL history. John Clayton and Jeff Chadiha joined me in submitting ballots.

Roger Goodell Has 'Absolute Power': Another Player Speaks Out Against Commish - SBNation.com
Eric Winston spoke out against Roger Goodell's 'absolute power' in an interview on Monday.

Paging wide receivers not named Fitzgerald - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams drafted five wide receivers among the first 33 picks in 2012. Teams from the NFC West selected three of them. The chart provides at least some indication why. Wideouts from the NFC West combined for 44 touchdown receptions, tied with teams from the AFC South for the fewest in the NFL. The figures were higher for the NFC North (82), NFC East (75), NFC South (67), AFC East (59), AFC West (53) and AFC North (49).

Percy Harvin Wants Out Of Minnesota; Vikings Don't Plan To Trade Him - SBNation.com
A day after threatening a holdout, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin reportedly requested a trade due to dissatisfaction with his contract.

Chad Ochocinco hopes for ‘Brokeback Mountain’ chemistry with new Dolphins teammates | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Some might say, "Don't ask/Don't tell" in situations like this, but asking the supremely verbose Chad Ochocinco not to tell on any subject seems like a waste of time. Besides, he's usually got something funny to say. So it was when Ocho was made available to the media for the first time as a receiver for the Miami Dolphins. After a workout in which he looked like the best receiver in a very iffy group from most accounts, Ocho held court as only he can.

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