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Going into Easter, the Cards news has been quiet. So just enjoy the Holiday everyone.

Also, the Coyotes have won their first division title, so there is some good news in AZ Sports land.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Kurt Warner thinks Gregg Williams deserves a second chance | ProFootballTalk
With several current and former NFL players coming forward in the last couple days to say that ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams should be banned for life for orchestrating the team’s bounty program, one of the targets of that program is speaking up for second chances.

What, the Cardinals reach for a tackle? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Phil from Phoenix fears the Arizona Cardinals will put need before value in drafting an offensive lineman with their first-round choice, as he feels they did in making Levi Brown the fifth pick back in 2007. Phil thinks Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw would give the Cardinals an impact player on defense -- and better value.

Arizona Sports News:

Coyotes clinch first-ever Pacific Division championship
When the franchise was in its infancy, geography kept it from being a division leader. During the 1980s and much of the '90s, the Winnipeg Jets had to fall in line behind the surging Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, teams that combined for six Stanley Cup banners during those years. Once the Jets became the Phoenix Coyotes, the organization's progress was bullied by other factors. Scandal. The departure of key players. Relocation rumors. But with the arrival of coach Dave Tippett three years ago, the franchise has been on the upswing and despite the continued presence of adversity, the Coyotes have achieved something the inaugural Jets never could. A division title. In their regular-season finale, the Coyotes delivered a 4-1 win over the Wild in Minnesota to finish with 97 points and the top spot in the Pacific Division for the first time in the franchise's 33-year history.

Arizona Diamondbacks strike early in win over San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants are built around their starting rotation, a unit that for years has not only frustrated the Diamondbacks but has rated among the best in the National League. But with the plastic wrap barely off this brand-new season, the Diamondbacks' have sent a two-fisted message to two of the Giants' better pitchers. They beat two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum on Friday and a day later they pounded Madison Bumgarner, chasing the young left-hander after four innings en route to another 5-4 win at Chase Field.

Suns scorch Lakers with 14 three-pointers
The Suns fired 14 three-pointers and committed just three turnovers in a 125-105 win over the Pacific-rival Lakers, who were missing star Kobe Bryant.

NFL News:

Big-picture look at 2012 NFC West rosters - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A flurry of recent activity has pumped up roster counts around the NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks added guard Deuce Lutui, linebacker Barrett Ruud and cornerback Roy Lewis. The Arizona Cardinals added safety James Sanders. The St. Louis Rams signed defensive end William Hayes. The San Francisco 49ers welcomed back receiver Brett Swain while announcing an earlier agreement with running back Brandon Jacobs. Teams will continue supplementing their rosters heading into the draft and training camps.

Chris Kluwe, Visanthe Shiancoe go off on Gregg Williams | ProFootballTalk
Two players on the Vikings team that lost to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game — a game that has been much discussed in the Saints’ bounty scandal — are taking shots at former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Chris Kluwe and Visanthe Shiancoe had a lengthy exchange on Twitter about Williams, and neither one of them buys the "everybody does it" defense of Williams.

Ban or not, it will be hard for Gregg Williams to coach again in the NFL | ProFootballTalk
Retired quarterback Kurt Warner, a target of a Gregg Williams bounty in what turned out to be Warner’s final game, thinks the NFL should turn the other cheek. Peter King and Don Banks of (King on PFT Live and Banks in an online column) have suggested that Williams could be the league’s next redemption case on a path recently walked by Mike Vick and Ben Roethlisberger. It all sounds good and righteous and aspirational and appropriate. But it’s not all that pragmatic.