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6-29-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Offseason Stuff

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Time for todays links, including the announcement of the Training Camp schedule for the Cards.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals Announce Camp Dates
Cards head to Flagstaff July 24; Red-White practice to be held July 28

Word From the Birds Blog | Officially, Cards to spend practice week in K.C.
The speculation has come true: The Cardinals will indeed practice against the Kansas City Chiefs the week of Aug. 6, in between the Hall of Fame game against the Saints Aug. 5 and the preseason game in Kansas City Aug. 10. That was confirmed Thursday. The workouts will be at the Chiefs’ training camp home of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.

Arizona Cardinals rookies attend the NFL Rookie Symposium
As Michael Floyd and Jamell Fleming made their way to Aurora, Ohio, this week for the NFL Rookie Symposium, the Cardinals' two top draft picks couldn't help but feel a little like children again being dragged to church by their parents. "You know, it did kind of feel like that at first," said Fleming, a cornerback from the University of Oklahoma. "You might not always want to go, but the message is so powerful when you get there."

Word From the Birds Blog | Late kickoff times change this season
The afternoon football games will be a little later this season.

Four fantasy nuggets, from Fitz to Lynch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald has stepped up his game. Hard to believe that was possible, right? As Joyner notes, Fitzgerald was much more effective last season than over the previous two seasons when matched against higher-level cornerbacks. Specifically, Fitzgerald averaged 8.7 yards per target when matched against top corners (those allowing less than than 7.0 yards per attempt for the season when matched in coverage). The average was 9.3 yards per target against mid-level corners and 13.0 against poorer ones.

Arizona Sports News:

Chris Young, bullpen help Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta Braves
Chris Young hit a tiebreaking homer against Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the Braves on Thursday night. Jason Kubel had a two-run double in the sixth to tie the score for the Diamondbacks. Trevor Bauer, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2011, did not receive a decision in his major-league debut for Arizona after he was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day. David Hernandez (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless eighth, allowing no hits, walking two and striking out the side.

Phoenix Suns draft PG Kendall Marshall with 13th pick in NBA draft
The Suns don't know whether Steve Nash will run the offense next season but they drafted their point guard of the future Thursday night in Kendall Marshall.

Judge rules in favor of Glendale's Phoenix Coyotes deal
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ruled the Glendale City Council's approval of a Phoenix Coyotes deal should stand.

Bauer's debut not the only anticipated Valley beginning -
Trevor Bauer makes his long-awaited MLB debut Thursday night when he faces the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. His debut is the latest in a long line of anticipated appearances in Valley sports history.

NFL News:

Chat wrap: Expectations for A.J. Jenkins - NFC West Blog - ESPN
We went about 90 minutes on the NFC West chat Thursday because there really wasn't anything better to do on this fourth Thursday in June. Please do partake in the transcript.

Kickoffs moved for 12 NFC West games - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL's decision to move back 4:15 p.m. ET kickoffs by 10 minutes affects the following NFC West games:

Re-Ranking The NFL's Top-10 Players -
NFL Network's top 100 players series ended with the revealing of the top 10 players. A re-ranking of those top 10 players gives us a number of changes to the NFL's top 10 players.

Robert Kraft Wants NFL Team In London Within 10 Years -
Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he hopes to see an NFL team overseas within the next decade.

Afternoon NFL Kickoff Times Will Be Moved Back - From Our Editors -
The NFL is moving the late afternoon kickoffs on FOX and CBS back by 10 minutes to prevent overlap from the early games, according to a report from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal.