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7-2-11: Bird Droppings - Kolb, Lockout

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Today, we yet again look at the most frequent stories that have been posted on this section. Kolb rumors, and lockout stuff. Also, a thing from Urban on when Tillman joined the army, and Coach Whiz's first day of the USO tour he is on right now.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Fans may be surprised by who the Arizona Cardinals will give up for Kevin Kolb - ArizonaSports.com
Kevin Kolb rumors are like... well we're a family site, but the end of that statement is everyone has them. On Thursday Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter took his shot at adding Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals fire.

Whisenhunt's First Day In Kuwait
Cards' coach begins USO trip in Persian Gulf

Word From the Birds Blog - Revisionist History: Tillman joins the Army
It is Fourth of July weekend, so – while I know everyone knows the Pat Tillman story – I thought I’d take a look back at a thin sliver of the Tillman timeline on this most patriotic of holidays: When Tillman shocked the world and joined the Army.

Mailbag: Rounding up those QB options - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Let's dive into the NFC West mailbag to answer lingering questions about quarterbacks.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFC West best bets to break through in 2011
Pro Football Weekly presents the eighth of an eight-part divisional breakdown of the players most likely to be attending 2011 coming-out parties in the NFC West.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFC West's top 40 players
So which team in the NFC West is the most talented? In an effort to answer that challenging question, I figured I would borrow a page from Casey Kasem and take a stab at identifying the division's top 40 players, regardless of position.

Arizona Sports News:

Athletics rough up Josh Collmenter, beat Diamondbacks in series opener
The concerns that existed near the back of the Diamondbacks' bullpen were only exacerbated with news that closer J.J. Putz had landed on the disabled list with elbow problems. And then Friday night's game started, and even more questions sprouted up, these ones concerning a soft-tossing right-hander whose delivery doesn't seem to be quite as deceptive as it once was. The Oakland Athletics hammered Josh Collmenter on Friday night, chasing him before he could finish five innings and sending the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 loss, their fifth in the past six games.

Phoenix Mercury beat Chicago Sky to move back to .500
It was a brief moment of beauty. However short. However necessary. The Mercury began Friday night slow and tedious until a 41.6-second, seven-point beauty of a burst just before halftime gave them momentum. That run cut what was once a 15-point lead to one and led to momentum the Mercury would ride to a 97-84 victory against the Chicago Sky.

Top moments from first half of the Arizona Diamondbacks season - ArizonaSports.com
At the halfway point of their season the Arizona Diamondbacks are in second place, sitting 2.5 games behind the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The first three months have brought their fair share of up and down moments for the Snakes. Since the D-backs are in second place, have a winning record overall -- both at home and on the road -- and are an entertaining team to follow, we are going to look at the Top 5 moments from the first 82 games.

Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Upton wants to be in the Home Run Derby - ArizonaSports.com
Major League Baseball named Brewers first basemen Prince Fielder as the National League captain for the Home Run Derby. If Justin Upton reaches base on Monday when the Arizona Diamondbacks visit Milwaukee, he'll likely make his case to the captain for spot in competition.

Phoenix Coyotes add, lose pieces early in free agency
The Coyotes wasted no time getting into the free-agent action Friday, filling holes and adding toughness. The team signed former Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres, former Tampa Bay goaltender Mike Smith and former Washington Capitals center Boyd Gordon. The Coyotes also re-signed forward Radim Vrbata. On the other side of things, Phoenix lost centers Vernon Fiddler (Dallas), Andrew Ebbett (Vancouver) and Eric Belanger (Edmonton), as well as defenseman Ed Jovanovski (Florida).

Arizona Diamondbacks place J.J. Putz on disabled list
Closer J.J. Putz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis, but Putz and General Manager Kevin Towers are hopeful he'll be ready to come off the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break. Putz, who said the elbow was aching after he worked three consecutive games last week against the Royals and Tigers, underwent tests that showed only swelling in the back of his elbow, Towers said.

Larry Scott's vision realized in new Pac-12 Conference
Larry Scott was wrapping up a late business lunch at a downtown San Francisco restaurant this week, taking one last sip of coffee, parting ways with a handshake and sliding one booth over to start another meeting with new visitors almost simultaneously. A year after rocking the college sports world with expansion plans, the commissioner of what officially becomes the Pac-12 Conference on Friday with new members Utah and Colorado doesn't waste a moment. There's a network to launch, marketing opportunities to pursue and a host of other issues to capitalize on with the momentum behind the league's growing national spotlight.

NFL News:

"Major strides" made on revenue split | ProFootballTalk
With the players believing that the owners had reneged on a "verbal handshake" deal regarding the revenue split and with the owners insisting that everything remains negotiable until a deal is done (that’s fancy talk for "bait-and-switch"), the mood of the labor talks had turned gloomy on Thursday. Enter Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, who by all accounts become much more than a fly on the wall and stepped up to prevent the talks from collapsing, as explained by Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.

NFL spokesman: Negotiators not taking the weekend off | ProFootballTalk
The negotiators from the NFL and NFLPA* have retreated to their respective camps for the weekend, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wants to remind fans (and media) that they are "most definitely not" taking the weekend off from work.

NFL: Analyzing the value of Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb could be the biggest name on the trade market when NFL lockout ends. But what is he worth in exchange? And are the Eagles wise to even shop him in the first place?