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2-12-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Keim Staying

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Time for some links. Not much to report besides the news that Keim will stay here as the Rams brought in someone from Atlanta instead.

Arizona Cardinals News: blogs - Kent Somers - Steve Keim staying in Arizona
The Cardinals' received their first good news of the off-season on Saturday when worked leaked that the Rams didn't hire Steve Keim, the Cardinals player personnel director, as their general manager.

A spin around NFC West front offices - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: Steve Keim, the Cardinals' director of player personnel, has also interviewed for the Rams' GM job. He has been with Arizona since 1999, an unusually long run with one organization. Rod Graves is the general manager, but Keim carries a significant part of the personnel load. The team lists director of pro personnel T.J. McCreight, director of football administration Reggie Terry and assistant pro personnel director Quentin Harris next on its football operations list. They joined the Cardinals in 2009 (McCreight), 2007 (Terry) and 2008 (Harris).

Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks FanFest sets record with 25,000 attendance this year
A record-breaking 25,000 people piled in and out of Chase Field with signed memorabilia, new apparel and other souvenirs Saturday during the Arizona Diamondbacks' annual Fan Fest.

Suns solve woes vs. Kings with 97-82 win
Kevin Johnson sat courtside to watch his two favorite teams, the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, play Saturday night at Power Balance Pavilion. Ever the politician, Johnson wore purple -- nebulously either supporting his city as mayor or his former team as a Ring of Honor member. The Suns might be Johnson's No. 2 team, just as he now is No. 2 on assists behind Steve Nash, but the Suns were the clear leader in a runaway Saturday night. The Suns never trailed the Kings in a 98-84 victory to start a three-game trip.

Coyotes shut out Blackhawks for fifth consecutive win
What do you do against a road-weary team that hasn't won a game in 22 days? The Coyotes, who at times this season have not taken advantage of similar opportunities, knew the answer Saturday night: Keep up the pressure and continue to play a desperate brand of hockey, knowing even one point could determine their playoff fate. Triggered by Radim Vrbata's 26th goal of the season and another first-class effort by goaltender Mike Smith, the Coyotes stopped the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Saturday in front of 17,353 at Arena.

Colorado makes quick work of ASU basketball in Tempe
Arizona State's season can be summed up in numerous ways, but perhaps none more telling than this: The Sun Devils are college basketball's only power conference team that has yet to win consecutive games. To date, all ASU's winning streaks have expired at the next tipoff and Saturday was no different. Two days after defeating Utah, the Sun Devils weren't sharp enough to trip up Colorado, falling 63-49 in front of 5,201 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. That doesn't do much for a team's confidence.

Arizona basketball comes back to beat Utah 70-61
Arizona's players were lackadaisical on defense, shot 3-pointers they only hoped would go in and looked like a scared team, not one playing for the Pac-12 lead. The Wildcats pulled together to grind out a win, but it's not what coach Sean Miller was hoping from his team, particularly not this late in the season. Nick Johnson hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left and had 18 points, Kyle Fogg added 17 points and Arizona shook off a lackluster first half to beat Utah 70-61 on Saturday.

NFL News:

NFL Blackout Rule: FCC Reviewing Legality -
The FCC is considering a petition from fan interest groups to rescind the NFL television blackout rules. As they work through their administrative process we'll have updates along the way.

Hines Ward Would Take Less Money To Stay With Steelers -
Hines Ward is determined to retire with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the only franchise he's ever known. He's currently slated to earn $4 million in 2012, and following a down season in which he was overshadowed by up-and-coming receivers such as Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, there's been speculation that he could be released this offseason.