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1-29-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Pro Bowl Gameday

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Time for more of this (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
Time for more of this (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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Time for some links, as we wait for Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, and Adrian Wilson to represent the Cardinals in a good way in Hawaii today.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals deny Buccaneers permission to speak to receivers coach John McNulty
The Cardinals denied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers permission to interview receivers coach John McNulty for the offensive coordinator's job under new coach Greg Schiano, according to NFL sources.

Mailbag: Should 49ers trade Crabtree? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Jim from Tucson wants to know which areas the Cardinals need to upgrade most this offseason. He points to offensive tackle, wide receiver and outside linebacker.

Cardinals block Bucs from interviewing John McNulty | ProFootballTalk
Greg Schiano’s efforts to build his staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hit a snag.

Manning in Arizona makes sense -
It sounds so good doesn't it? "And starting at quarterback for the Cardinals, Peyton Manneeeeng!!!" But before you Cardinals fans start saving up for those red #18 jerseys, think about this: assuming the Colts do cut him loose, and assuming he gets a clean bill of health by March 8th, Manning might have a concern or two about coming to the desert.

Here's how NFC West teams can recover - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It's only fair to expand our recent San Francisco 49ers discussion to the rest of the NFC West. As noted previously, the 49ers led the NFL in turnover differential during their 13-3 season. The question then became whether a natural evening out in that department might drag down the team's record in 2012 without improvements in other areas, notably on offense. The chart expands the turnover-differential information to show all NFC West teams.

Arizona Sports News:

Senior Bowl: Arizona's Nick Foles connects with Juron Criner; ASU's Gerell Robinson catches a touchdown
Arizona's Nick Foles and Juron Criner connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass for the South, but it was ASU's Gerell Robinson and his touchdown that helped the North win 23-13.

Suns bounce back, hold off Grizzlies in a home thriller
Jared Dudley made two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift the Phoenix Suns to an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. Dudley finished with a season-high 20 points, Steve Nash added 21 and Marcin Gortat finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Arizona basketball comeback falls short vs. Washington
As they tiptoed down another frightful wire Saturday, with a frenzied "white-out" crowd on hand at McKale Center and an East Coast primetime audience watching on ESPN, the Arizona Wildcats had exactly what they wanted. Freshman point guard Josiah Turner, the player newly identified by UA coach Sean Miller as perhaps the team's best go-to prospect at the end of a close game, had the ball with the Wildcats down by two and seconds to go. He drove inside for nearly a clean look at the basket just before the buzzer sounded. Then Washington's explosive Tony Wroten Jr. lept up, swatted Turner's shot away, and the Huskies held on to a 69-67 win.

ASU basketball snaps three-game losing streak with 71-67 win over Washington State
ASU's first-half of the Pac-12 season was a disaster. It included suspensions, dismissals and an injury to its best player. Fittingly, the Sun Devils closed it out in a fashion few expected. Carrick Felix scored 20 points and the Sun Devils moved the ball as well as they have all season in Saturday's 71-67 win over Washington State in front of 6,224 fans at Wells Fargo Arena.

NFL News:

Report: Decision on Peyton Manning’s future made "weeks ago" | ProFootballTalk
Friday’s joint statement from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and owner Jim Irsay was described on these pages as "a bucket of water on the burgeoning brush fire." The embers are getting stoked again and we aren’t referring to the news that Bruce Arians is headed back to Indianapolis to be the Colts’ new offensive coordinator. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that the Colts have already made their decision about Manning’s future with the team.

Angry Lions Fan Made Superdome Bomb Threats, Wanted By FBI - From Our Editors -
Frustrated with watching his favorite team fall behind during their Jan. 7 playoff game with the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions fan Shawn Payton took matters into his own hands, attempting to stop the game by calling in two bomb threats to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, reports the Times-Picayune.

PHOTO: Cam Newton Is Enjoying Hawaii - From Our Editors -
It's pretty impossible to not like Cam Newton. In addition to his play on the field -- he was very, very good this year, if you missed it -- Newton has a personality that just makes him a star. For example...

Bears Hire Phil Emery To Be New GM -
The Chicago Bears announced that Phil Emery, the Kansas City Chiefs' director of college scouting for the last three years, will be the fifth general manager in team history.

49ers Rookie Aldon Smith Arrested For DUI -
Aldon Smith was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday morning. The San Francisco 49ers have yet to release a statement on the rookie linebacker.