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7-4-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings: Cardinals D

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Happy July 4th to you all, lets start with Mike Sandos preview of the Cardinals Defense.

Arizona Cardinals News:
Rules changes should make West wilder - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Stadiums will now be free to rile up crowds with video displays, and public-address announcers will no longer be restrained from inciting racket when

Word From the Birds Blog | Number ones from "Day One"
The number of First Round picks who started from Day 1 under Ken Whisenhunt.

Arizona Sports News:

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Recap - July 03, 2012 - ESPN
MLB Baseball Recap: Final statistics from the San Diego vs. Arizona game played on July 03, 2012

Dallas Mavericks have interest in Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, according to sources - ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Mavericks' point guard priorities are now shifting to 39-year-old and former Mav Steve Nash and one-time Mavs Summer League hand Jeremy Lin, sources told's Marc Stein.

2012 NBA free agency -- Eric Gordon, Phoenix Suns agree on max-salary deal - ESPN
Eric Gordon and the Phoenix Suns have agreed to terms on a maximum-salaried contract worth $58 million over four years.

Phoenix Coyotes Brett MacLean suffers 'cardiac emergency' - ESPN
Phoenix Coyotes forward Brett MacLean is in intensive care at a Canadian hospital after the team says he suffered a cardiac emergency during a pickup hockey game.

NFL News:

Derrick Ward 'calling it a career' after eight seasons -
Derrick Ward, a former seventh-round draft pick who went on to post a 1,000-yard season with the Giants in 2008, announced Tuesday that he's stepping away from football.

Adrian Peterson's recovery 'on course,' coach says -
While it remains to be seen if Adrian Peterson can return from knee surgery by Week 1, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said his star running back's recovery is on track.

Which 2012 NFL game should become a national holiday? -
July 4 has everything a holiday should: food, family, friends ... but not football. Which 2012 NFL game should be honored as a national holiday? Our analysts debate, and Brady-Manning makes the list.

Drew Brees wins franchise-tag grievance vs. NFL, Saints -
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in favor of Drew Brees' franchise-tag grievance, giving him some clarity in his long-term contract negotiations with the New Orleans Saints.

Player discipline for Saints' 'bounties' upheld by Roger Goodell -
Roger Goodell has upheld the punishment for four current and former New Orleans Saints players for their role in the team's "bounty" scandal.