When Humphries was playing Madden in middle school, Suggs was putting up double-digit sacks in his first two years with the Baltimore Ravens. All these years later, Suggs found himself back under the hot sun of Arizona on a green practice field in Tempe, the same city where he attended school at Arizona State University.Related LinksHighs, lows of college play prepared Cardinals’ Kyler Murray for NFLGilbert looks to add to experienced Cardinals offensive lineMotivated as ever, David Johnson eyes revamped Cardinals offenseSuggs was in high school at Hamilton in Chandler, Ariz. before that. The hometown product should know the Cardinals logo well.“When I first got the decal, I was just like looking at it like, ‘Alright, here we go,’” Suggs said. “You switch from one bird to another, from one color helmet to another. So it’s all football, at the end of the day.”In a new uniform but a familiar vocation, Suggs joins a Cardinals group with a legend on the roster, Larry Fitzgerald. But even No. 11 has one fewer year in the league than Suggs.“He’s seen a lot of football, been in a lot of systems,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Suggs. “He’s a very, very smart football player. And you can hear him talking throughout practice and pointing things out and coaching. So that’s great for our defense. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals linebacker Terrell Suggs, center, takes part in the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program with teammates at the Cardinals NFL training center, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Tempe, Ariz. Suggs, who played his college football at Arizona State, was signed by the Cardinals as a free agent. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) “I think a combination of both [on and off-the-field contribution]. I think even having him out there today, just has juice, championship pedigree and the way he carries himself. He was in great shape. He’s such a great guy for any of those defensive linemen and pass-rushers to learn from.”And yet Suggs will tell you that even he still has something to learn.“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he can learn from fellow linebacker Chandler Jones.“I ain’t never had 17 sacks in a season. Most definitely I can learn something. So I’m definitely looking forward to it.”Suggs had a career-high 14 sacks in 2011, when he was named All-Pro. He’s had double-digit sacks seven times in 17 years, including two seasons ago (11). He had seven sacks last season with 34 tackles.How much he’ll produce remains to be seen, although he said the schemes in the Cardinals defense are similar to what he saw in Baltimore. He also benefits from being on the field with Jones, himself a former All-Pro selection.“They’re good for each other, I think,” Kingsbury said of the duo. “It’s going to be hard to single either one of those guys and so one of those guys is going to be in a favorable matchup. It’s just going to help both of them.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 7 Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman D.J. Humphries is entering his fifth year in the NFL. Linebacker Terrell Suggs is going on No. 18.It was veteran versus youngster at the start of mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday.“I told him earlier, I was like, ‘Man, you got me all those early 2000s moves I haven’t seen those before, I was in middle school,’” Humphries said. “I’ve got to get ready for those. I’m used to all the, you know, 2010-and-beyond moves. I had to work back in some of those moves I hadn’t seen since, like, Madden ’05 and stuff.” Humphries jokingly referred to Jones and Suggs as “Big Sizz” and “Little Sizz,” referring to Suggs’ nickname, T-Sizzle (also pointing out that Jones didn’t like that nickname).And maybe Suggs can learn from Jones like he said, even though Jones is seven years younger. Suggs’ Madden ’05 moves can still work in today’s NFL, though.“You can tell when you play with a guy that’s played so long ago, that started so long ago and to playing with guys like Chandler and stuff like that, and how different the moves are, how different their game is,” Humphries said. “Both are very effective, it’s just interesting to see how different the game style is and how you go about it and stuff.”In an evolving NFL, Suggs game could evolve, too.“You’ve just got to adjust,” Suggs said. “You’ve got to be able to adapt to the changing times. If you want to stick around, you want to stay around, you’ve got to adapt to the times. And if that’s what all times are going to, you’ve just got to learn how to win.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 9 Comments Share “As the year went along, I got my shot and I just made my opportunity count,” he said. “Looking this year to continue to build off of that.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Related LinksHaason Reddick on Cardinals’ defensive changes: ‘It’s a relief’What they said: Cardinals of present, past reminisce about Carson PalmerCardinals claim waived Browns OT Desmond HarrisonCardinals CB Robert Alford: ‘Time for me to step up’ with loss of PetersonIn his rookie year, Sherfield had one touchdown and 210 yards all in the final seven games of the season.Sherfield wasn’t recruited to Vanderbilt as a wide receiver.“I got recruited to go to Vanderbilt as a DB,” Sherfield said. “So I’ve only been playing wide receiver for about four years in a true wide receiver spot.”Sherfield’s journey to the NFL has not been easy as he had to learn how to run routes on his own, trying to catch up without much experience in that role.After a coaching overhaul this offseason, Sherfield thinks the new staff has made a big difference for him and the rest of the receivers.Kliff Kingsbury was hired as the next head coach and the Cardinals appointed former Green Bay Packers coach David Raih as their wide receivers coach. Former Cardinals wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan was also brought in to help out during OTAs.“This year is going to be very special for the guys that are going to be out there,” Sherfield said in regard to the wide receiver group. “Now that we have coach Sullivan and coach Raih, we are actually learning to run routes the right way.”Sherfield waited much of last season to get his opportunity and said it is important this year to continue what he was doing in the last seven games. Wide receiver Trent Sherfield went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft after four years at Vanderbilt.In his time at Vanderbilt, he had nine touchdowns in 48 games and 136 receptions for 1,869 yards.Once no one drafted Sherfield, he visited the Arizona Cardinals to see if it was the right place for him. It turned out it was.Entering his second year with the Cardinals, Sherfield said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta that he is starting to get more comfortable with the offense as the pace of the game slows down for him. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Trent Sherfield (16) can’t make the catch against het Detroit Lions during the first half of NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
(Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) TEMPE — Injuries, the one random constant that hangs over every NFL team.The Arizona Cardinals offensive line fought the injury bug from training camp to the final whistle as seven linemen made the trip to the injured reserve during the 2018 season.All told, A.Q. Shipley, Justin Pugh, D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, John Wetzel, Jeremy Vujnovich and Korey Cunningham all missed multiple games due to injuries, greatly affecting the offense as a whole. But it’s a new year for the offensive line, with players returning from injury and new additions from the offseason filling the Cardinals training facility.“I feel great about where we’re going with this team. The offensive line, we got a great group of guys who want to work hard and want to compete,” Pugh said. “That’s going to allow the best five to be on the field come Sundays.Related LinksCardinals’ Chandler Jones sees benefit, opportunity in mini-campHighs, lows of college play prepared Cardinals’ Kyler Murray for NFLTerrell Suggs adds experience but still can learn from Cardinals“Obviously we had some injuries last year, but some guys got some reps. We got a lot of guys who’ve got experience out here and it’s only going to make us better.”One of those guys who gained more reps due to an injury was then-rookie Mason Cole.Cole, who filled in for Shipley after the lineman suffered a torn ACL in the team’s Red & White practice before the season started, quickly proved his worth.Out of the numerous line combinations the team rolled out last season, Cole was the lone player to start all 16 games in the trenches, playing 942 snaps.The next closest?Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, who had 522 snaps.Korey Cunningham, who ended the season on the IR after suffering a foot injury in December, was another lineman that was thrown into the mix, starting six games. 8 Comments Share But while the team can do everything it can to stay healthy, injuries are a given in the NFL.It’s how a team overcomes the adversity that separates itself from the rest of the league.“It’s just the nature of the beast we play,” Pugh said when asked about dealing with injuries. “It’s guys being able to step up and fill in when their number’s called and us being able to compete at a high level no matter who’s out there.“And that’s what the great teams do, every team that’s won in the past has had injuries throughout the year. It’s how you can respond in [those moments] and still move forward.” Top Stories – / 10 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But instead of living in the darkness of last season, the team is using those negatives to find positives.“I’d say we’ve improved tremendously, just having everybody healthy again,” Cunningham said. “Everybody’s hungry, we remember last season. We want to put it past us, but we want to build from that so we don’t have to go back there again.”After struggling to find bodies to properly fill the trenches the year before, the Cardinals made it a point to go out to add reinforcements along the line in J.R. Sweezy, Marcus Gilbert and Desmond Harrison.The duo of Sweezy and Gilbert bring a veteran presence to the team, having 78 and 87 starts, respectively, in their careers.“They know how to win, they know how to win at this level and they bring great leadership,” Pugh said of the two linemen. “I couldn’t think of two better guys to bring into our room.”Harrison, who comes over following his rookie year with the Cleveland Browns, started the first eight games of the season before being benched following the Hue Jackson firing.“The opportunities are great here,” Harrison said when asked about the opportunity of playing for the Cardinals. “It’s a great team to be with, just to deal with, so it’s a great opportunity for me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 7 Comments Share “The demeanor that he sets, the precedent that he sets and what he expects out of us in the offensive line room, is unpaired,” he said.“He knows what he is doing.”And with a new rookie quarterback in Kyler Murray to protect, Kugler and the offensive line will have to live up to the expectations. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires These additions have new offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert giddy.“There’s a ton of new guys and new faces,” he told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Tuesday. “A lot of veterans on the offensive line. I’m just excited.”Sweezy is someone Gilbert has hit it off with.“It was like we’d been playing together for a number of years,” he said. “We work in unison together.”Gilbert was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Cardinals in March for a sixth-round pick. It ended Gilbert’s eight-year tenure with the team.Those eight years bring another veteran presence to the line.Related LinksTwo Cardinals games included on ‘best beefs’ of 2019 NFL scheduleRattlers edge Tucson in overtime to continue undefeated seasonHaason Reddick on Cardinals’ defensive changes: ‘It’s a relief’“…My knowledge of the game, being able to share this to a lot of the other guys and what I see from different defenses on the field. I think that’s my main thing that I bring to this offensive line,” he said.Gilbert cited current Broncos offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who coached Gilbert in Pittsburgh for five seasons, as a key to his success.Sweezy’s presence has helped Gilbert adjust, but another has also helped the move. Current Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler coached Gilbert in Pittsburgh during his first two years with the team. Whether it has been protecting Carson Palmer on a 10-plus win team or a rookie quarterback in Josh Rosen, the Arizona Cardinals offensive line has been a problem for years. The group was the worst in the NFL last season and was the seventh-worst in the season before, according to Pro Football Focus.An offseason full of changes did not leave the offensive line short. Guards Max Garcia and J.R. Sweezy and tackle Desmond Harrison all came in as free agents, and the team has tackle Justin Pugh returning from a season-ending knee injury sustained in Week 10. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Marcus Gilbert #77 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is helped off the field by trainers against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Related LinksCardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray shaking off first-year feelingCardinals keeping offense under wraps, but hope it to be ‘explosive’Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson to Antonio Brown: ‘Hit my line’Cornerback is an area of emphasis for the Cardinals to sort out this offseason and training camp, particularly as Patrick Peterson will be suspended for the first six games of 2019.Amerson’s release comes as the team wrapped up its mandatory mini-camp on Thursday, with practice being cancelled on its final day. – / 15 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ David Amerson (38) intercepts the ball in front of Seattle Seahawks’ David Moore during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday they had released cornerback David Amerson.The 27-year-old signed with the Cardinals on Nov. 14 last year and appeared in six games, nabbing an interception for 25 yards to go with two passes defensed and 21 tackles.Before that, Amerson played for the Redskins and Raiders.In 33 games (23 starts) with Washington, Amerson made two interceptions with 18 passes defensed, a forced fumble and 111 tackles. But Amerson was even more productive with the Raiders. In 35 games (33 starts) with Oakland, Amerson had six interceptions, 45 passes defensed and 141 tackles. Top Stories
New Cardinals director of player personnel Quentin Harris had his football career start in the basement.Harris was undrafted out of Syracuse in the 2002 NFL Draft and landed in Cardinals camp not long after.It’s something that Harris has kept with him his entire career.“I’m still bitter to this day,” he told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf. “When that draft comes around, there’s a little bit of anger in me because I wasn’t drafted, and that drove me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But as Harris rises the Cardinals ranks, he realizes it may be his time to let others to do that now.“I’m a big ‘in the trenches’ guy, getting my hands dirty,” he said. “Now with the expanded role, having to oversee two departments that makes it a little tougher to be in the trenches full-time. So it’s more of an overseeing role. Watching the top guys, that type of thing.“I’m learning that I have to let go. That was something that was a little difficult, where, you’re used to just doing a lot of different things and now, guess what, Adrian Wilson step up, Chris Culmer (director of college scouting) step up. I’m learning to step back, let those guys who are very good at what they do, do their job just like Steve [Keim] did with me.”Related LinksCardinals’ Chandler Jones sees benefit, opportunity in mini-campTerrell Suggs adds experience but still can learn from CardinalsBut Harris still loves the things those under him are doing.“Watching tape and finding players” is what he called his favorite part of the job.“No different than a fan,” he said. “Fans would pay for this job, to watch football, and that’s what we do. Getting to know the player, yes that’s part of the process. But getting to watch tape; it’s finding that diamond in the rough. Finding the guy around now. Finding the undrafted free agent that makes the team and makes you proud.” 0 Comments Share Safety Quentin Harris #29 of the Arizona Cardinals yells during the game against the St. Louis Rams on November 20, 2005 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Arizona Cardinals defeated the St. Louis Rams 38-28. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He cited recent Cardinals sixth-round draft pick Lamont Gaillard as a recent example.“He was the guy, I put the tape on, I watched the LSU game, the Auburn game [and] the Alabama game and I’m like, ‘Wow, this guy is not giving up plays’ so he’d be the last guy I stood on the table for.”The passion Harris has is what he hopes players strive for.“You have to find that internal motivation because the external stuff, the money, the fame, all that stuff only takes you so far,” he said. Harris played four seasons with the Cardinals from 2002-05, appearing in all 16 games for three of those years.After a brief stint with the Broncos, Harris then moved into an off-the-field role with the Cardinals as a scout. He’s only worked his way up from there.“Just a slow grind,” he said. “Hard work pays off.”“If you ask me to hold the bag out on the field, I’m going to hold it. That’s just my personality.”Harris points to that attitude as to how he and others have made their face known and made their way the Cardinals ranks.Holding the bag out on the field is something Harris witnessed former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, now under Harris as the director of pro scouting, do the other day at practice.“That’s why Adrian [Wilson] rose the way he did and how quickly he did because he could have came in the building, you know he’s Ring of Honor, and he came in with humility and just worked,” he said.That’s a way of doing things he credits team owner Michael Bidwill with establishing.“Michael [Bidwill] says this all the time: ‘This is our franchise. We’re a family. If there’s trash on the ground, pick it up,’” he said. “Little things like that that Michael [Bidwill] talks about and you saw it with Adrian.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling His knowledge of the offense’s playbook this early, and his quickness down the field, should bode well for the wideout as the season creeps closer. “I’m betting on Kingsbury and Murray churning out a fleet of big-yardage targets led by the frisky Kirk.”The offense that is expected from Kingsbury is an air-raid type college playbook. Something that Kirk should be familiar with from his time at Texas A&M.Related LinksCardinals’ Robert Nkemdiche arrested for traffic-related infractionsNFL.com: Cardinals’ David Johnson near bottom of starting running backsRookie tight end Caleb Wilson ‘locking in’ on improving craft with CardinalsStarks: Signature win key in defining Kyler Murray’s success in 2019Sessler also mentions that Kirk can be a deep threat and that this offense has the potential to showcase that well.His speed is a major part of what makes him a threat down the field.Kirk has shown flashes that he can be the guy when called upon.In Week 8 Kirk had the game-winning touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers with less than a minute to go in the game helping seal one of just three wins the team saw in 2018.Kirk in his rookie season had 3 touchdowns and 590 receiving yards before going down with a broken foot in Week 13.“Creating separation, you have to know that the guy in front of you is not going to cover me,” Kirk said on how he uses his speed.Kingsbury mentioned during minicamp that not only does Murray have a solid grasp on the offense, Kirk is right up there with him.“Christain Kirk has a good feel for it as well,” he said. “The terminology and concepts are really similar to what they’ve done before.” Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown after the catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 3 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk is expected to be a major part of the team’s offense when the season begins.Last year, Kirk was one of the only bright spots on the Cardinals offense in what was the worst offense in the NFL.With new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and rookie quarterback Kyle Murray, the offense is anticipated to make a big turn around from last season.That’s part of the reason why NFL.com’s Marc Sessler predicts Kirk will be a first time Pro Bowler in 2019 for the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
– / 10 Top Stories Fans can attend the following practices for free — and with free parking.CARDINALS 2019 TRAINING CAMPRelated LinksCBS Sports analyst includes trio of Cardinals in 2019 top 100 playersNFL.com: Cardinals’ Christian Kirk picked as 1st-time Pro Bowler in 2019Thursday, July 25 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)Friday, July 26 (1-3 p.m.)Saturday, July 27 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)Sunday, July 28 (1-3 p.m.)Tuesday, July 30 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)Wednesday, July 31 (10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)Thursday, Aug. 1 (10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)Saturday, Aug. 3 (1:30-4 p.m.) — Red & White PracticeMonday, Aug. 5 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)Tuesday, Aug. 6 (1-3 p.m.)Thursday, Aug. 8 — preseason game vs. L.A. ChargersSaturday, Aug. 10 (1-3 p.m.)Sunday, Aug. 11 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)Monday, Aug. 12 (10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)Thursday, Aug. 15 – preseason game vs. Oakland RaidersSaturday, Aug. 17 (1-3 p.m.) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals fans can now plan their first glimpse of No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.The team on Monday announced its open training camp practice dates heading into the 2019 season. Those practices begin on July 25 and include a Saturday, Aug. 3, Red & White Practice.Open sessions, all of which will be at State Farm Stadium, run through the second preseason game of 2019 with a final chance to catch a Cardinals workout on Saturday, Aug. 17. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray works on his footwork as head coach Kliff Kingsbury looks on during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 11 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Listed by the Cardinals at 5-foot-10, 207 pounds, Murray is not the typical NFL QB you’ve seen on the field over the years.If he can stay healthy, however, that in itself could pay dividends for a rookie trying to find his footing in the NFL and a team looking to escape the basement of the NFL. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Wins are the ultimate litmus test in the NFL.But it isn’t just “wins,” it’s the way the game’s played. The fashion in which the job gets done.For rookies, especially quarterbacks, these first games can say a lot about a player and about a team.It’s no different for Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray, who comes to the team that won just three games, with two victories coming off the struggling San Francisco 49ers last season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments Share Starks went as far as even providing an example as to what that signature win would have looked like for Wilks and Co. last season.Remember Von Miller’s comments heading into Thursday Night Football against Arizona?After starting 2-4 on the season, the Broncos linebacker came out saying Denver was “going to kick their [expletive].”Instead of quieting the outside noise, the Cardinals played into it, suffering one of the worst losses of the year. The team fell 45-10 in their lone primetime appearance.Rosen committed three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and accounted for just 194 yards and a score.“That would have been a perfect opportunity, Thursday Night Football, they didn’t get that, they didn’t get a signature division win.”Wins weren’t the only important part of Murray’s success in 2019, according to the duo.“Health for 16 games,” Starks said when discussing the rookie. “That will also correlate to those wins. Can he stay on the field and be healthy?”“Especially with his size,” Davis added. “I think people are questioning how big he is and can he withstand an NFL schedule for a season. That would be important as well.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While 2018 was an obvious disappointment, ending with a massive turnover of personnel, how can Murray turn the page for the franchise?Related LinksHighs, lows of college play prepared Cardinals’ Kyler Murray for NFLCardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray shaking off first-year feelingArizona Cardinals players, coaches on 98.7 FM for 2019 mini-campNFL Network’s Terrell Davis believes it’s about the “eyeball” test in year one, looking the part, staying consistent and stepping up in the moment.Max Starks, however, believes it takes something that wasn’t seen last season.Signature wins.“I think wins factor into this, but more specifically I need to see a signature win,” Starks said on NFL Total Access on Sunday. “That’s one of the things that was missing, and the reason why Steve Wilks is gone, why Josh Rosen is gone is because they didn’t have that signature victory.“For the Cardinals and Kyler Murray, I need to see the signature win, a come-from-behind victory against a good team.”Starks added to his early comments while on with Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Tuesday morning.“We’ve been starved, we didn’t get that last year,” Starks explained. “We didn’t get the opportunity to see some type of progress for the Arizona Cardinals.“I need something that gives me ‘wow.’ … I don’t want to see highlights if it ends in a loss, just give me one [signature win].”
The tight end joins the Cardinals after leading all FBS tight ends with 60 receptions and 965 yards. He also scored four touchdowns.Wilson’s totals are done with skill, but also from past experiences at another position as he originally went to Old Dominion to play quarterback.He quickly made the change to TE, transferring to USC before ending up at UCLA, but takes what he learned as a signal caller and uses it to his advantage.“I’m always thinking about what a quarterback wants to see, what looks open to a quarterback,” Wilson said. “I’m always trying to understand coverages and rotations so I can find the openings in the defense.“I definitely bring my former QB mindset to the field as a tight end because I feel it makes the game so much easier, knowing what a quarterback’s looking for and knowing what he wants.”With a rookie quarterback under center, a quarterback-turned-tight end could help alleviate some growing pains as Kyler Murray works to get into NFL form.A pass catcher with a thought process of a signal caller is never a bad thing. – / 15 Arizona Cardinals’ Caleb Wilson (84) works out during an NFL football organized team activity, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Cardinals rookie tight end Caleb Wilson is best known for his pass-catching abilities.Mr. Irrelevant believes he can contribute in more ways than one, however.Talking with Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Tuesday, the tight end explained what he can bring to the table and how he’s improving in 2019.One of the biggest knocks on pass catchers is their ability to be a two-way player on offense. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Can you catch the football when your number’s called and make a block when it’s not?Related LinksStarks: Signature win key in defining Kyler Murray’s success in 2019Arizona Cardinals players, coaches on 98.7 FM for 2019 mini-campCardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks ready to be a leaderOpportunity awaits Arizona Cardinals’ rookie receiversKnowing he could be thrown into any given situation, the No. 254 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft is looking to gain the veterans’ trust in anyway he can.“I enjoy being in the trenches, I enjoy blocking and helping the run game,” Wilson said when asked about his blocking abilities. “I do know that pass catching is my strength, and the run game is something I’m continuing to work on, but I have no problem putting my head in there and making something happen in the run game.”After a poor season on the ground, the Cardinals are hoping for a resurgence in the run game.The Cardinals finished dead last in yards (1,342), yards per attempt (3.8) and yards per game (83.9) as injuries and poor play riddled the 2018-19 season.David Johnson, who had a 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016, accumulated just 940 yards and seven touchdowns.Wilson figures to be behind Ricky Seals-Jones and Charles Clay on the depth chart, but could find added work in the run game if the team deems his blocking skills NFL ready.And while that final product remains to be seen, Wilson’s abilities in the passing game are well documented. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Two of Arizona’s newest additions to the #AllAZ fam. Thanks for throwing out the first pitch tonight, @K1 and Victor Soderstrom. 😃 pic.twitter.com/1dm5ek8sgh— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 26, 2019He was joined by Arizona Coyotes first-round pick Victor Soderstrom, who instead used his stick to deliver the ball. Just a couple of dual sport athletes. 😉 #AllAZ pic.twitter.com/puaC2bqHUS— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 26, 2019Murray’s rookie teammates were all out to support Murray and attend the game.“My first time out here, being in Arizona now — obviously now I’m a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks,” Murray told Fox Sports Arizona.The Cardinals’ No. 1 overall pick will begin training camp a month from his first pitch on July 25, running through all the way to August 17. Sandwiched between those dates are two preseason games and the annual Red & White Practice that takes place on August 3.As for Soderstrom, the Coyotes’ prospect development camp got underway right after the draft. The Coyotes traded up for Soderstrom, moving up from 14th to No. 11 to select the player general manager John Chayka had ranked third overall. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (Luke Lapinski/Arizona Sports) Two different approaches for two different athletes.The Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray threw out the first pitch at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tuesday night affair against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
The soccer camp can have a great deal of benefits for children as well as fun for all. Registration will soon start for the camp which will be held at Paul Cline Soccer Complex located in Beckley. Linkedin Tumblr Previous PostBeckley Woman Is In Jail After Stalking A Summer’s County Woman And Threatening To Kill Her And Family Two sessions will be taking place during the summer, the first one will take place: July 9th to July 13th and the second one is still to be announced. Twitter NewsWatch YMCA Summer Soccer Camp Opening Dates By Daniella HankeyMay 24, 2018, 10:11 am 414 0 Home NewsWatch YMCA Summer Soccer Camp Opening Dates Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Pinterest Next PostRepresenative Evan Jenkins Secures Funds For WV Roads, Airports and Amtrack Prices for the camp will range from $60.00 for members of the Y and $90.00 for non-members. Facebook Google+ YMCA Program Director Jason Logan says, sending your child to camp will only benefit their development, ” During the camp, there is more in-depth attention then they would in practice, we really just focus on the fundamentals and help advance the skills of the children,” said Logan. For more information on the program you can visit: https://www.ymcaswv.com/ Daniella Hankey Mail BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)- The YMCA of Southern West Virginia has announced opening dates for the 2018 Summer Soccer Camp.
NewsWatchPolitical NewsState NewsTop Stories Sentencing of ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice Ketchum delayed By Tyler BarkerJan 16, 2019, 14:44 pm 232 0 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The sentencing of a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has been delayed.U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. on Tuesday pushed back the sentencing of ex-Justice Menis Ketchum from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27. Ketchum’s lawyers then filed a motion asking to change to the new date, citing a conflict. Copenhaver has not ruled on that request.Ketchum pleaded guilty to a felony fraud count related to his personal use of a state vehicle and gas fuel card for golf trips to Virginia.He retired in July before the House of Delegates conducted impeachment hearings involving Supreme Court justices. Linkedin Google+ Tumblr Previous PostNational Coal Heritage Area Seeking Grant Applications Home NewsWatch Sentencing of ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice Ketchum delayed Twitter Next PostWest Virginia bill addresses slow left-lane drivers Mail Pinterest Facebook Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com
Not surprisingly, the gold stocks gapped down at the open—and then hit their low of the day at 1 p.m. EDT—and after that they didn’t do much. The HUI closed out the last day of July down 2.17%. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. For the umpteenth day in a row, the silver price was spiked lower at the 6 p.m. open in New York on Wednesday evening. From there, silver traded a bit differently than gold during the late Far East and early London trading day. After doing nothing for most of Thursday in Hong Kong, the silver price began to rally shortly before 2 p.m. local time. The rally topped out/got capped about an hour after London opened—and it was all down hill from there, helped along with an additional shove at the Comex open. Silver hit its low tick at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close—and the subsequent rally in electronic trading met the same fate as gold—and at the same time as well. The high and low for silver yesterday was recorded as $20.78 and $20.37 in the September contract, an intraday move of 2 percent. Silver closed on Thursday afternoon in New York at $20.38 spot, down 23.5 cents from Wednesday’s close. Volume, net of August, was 44,000 contracts—of which about 2,700 were traded in the December contract. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day Two of the August delivery month showed that 1,743 gold and 9 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday. The big short/issuer in gold was HSBC USA with 1,739 contracts—and the four biggest long/stoppers were JPMorgan with 548 contracts in its client account, Morgan Stanley with 462 in its in-house proprietary trading account, Barclays with 323 in its in-house trading account—and Canada’s Scotiabank with 298 contract. There were half a dozen or so small long/stoppers as well—and yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report, which is linked here, is certainly worth a look. As I said in this space yesterday, I would be checking Thursday’s preliminary report from the CME—and it showed that gold open interest for August only declined by 792 contracts from Wednesday’s total, and is now down to 8,128 contracts. I don’t know what percentage of this will end up standing for delivery, but based on this number, there are still lots of gold deliveries left to go for August—and the only thing to watch for going forward, is how long a period of time the delivery process is stretched out over. As Ted Butler has pointed out to me on many occasions, there’s no advantage for the short/issuers to hold back on deliveries—unless they don’t have the gold to deliver, of course. I find that situation unlikely, but I’ll be watching the daily deliveries with more than the usual amount of interest as the month progresses—and I’ll keep you posted. As far as silver is concerned, the August open interest dropped from 237 contracts down to 19 contracts. Most of that decrease was the deliveries from the first day notice report on Wednesday, which was 225 contracts. If you subtract out the 9 silver contracts posted for delivery on Monday that I spoke of a few paragraphs ago, there’s not much left to deliver in silver for August—barring unseen/surprise delivery requests as the month progresses. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 7:47 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List” updated his website with the internal goings-on over at the iShares.com Internet site as of the close of business on Wednesday afternoon—and here’s what he had to say: “Analysis of the 30 July 2014 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list. 1,397,251.6 troy ounces were removed, 629,369.5 oz were added—and 189 bars had a serial number change.” “The bars removed were from: Henan Yuguang (0.9M oz), Krasnoyarsk (0.2M oz), Yunnan Copper (0.2M oz), and 7 others. The bars added were from: Henan Yuguang (0.3M oz), Valcambi (0.2M oz), and 4 others.” “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 536.0 oz. All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.” The link to Joshua’s website is here. There was a tiny sales report to round out the month of July, as the U.S. Mint reported selling 50,000 silver eagles—and that was all. For the month of July, the mint sold 30,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—5,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 1,975,000 silver eagles. July was the slowest month for silver eagle sales for all of 2014 so far—and the same can be said for the 24K gold buffalo as well. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, there was a decent amount of gold moved around—and it was a lot quieter in silver for a change. In gold, there was 69,707 troy ounces reported received—and 5,146 troy ounces shipped out. The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was nothing reported received—and only 116,017 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here. Here’s the 5-minute tick chart for gold from 12:30 a.m. MDT time on Thursday morning, right up until the 3:15 p.m. MDT close. Don’t forget to add two hours for EDT. Notice the huge volume as the HFT boyz hit the technical funds’ sell stops on the first engineered price decline. There was decent volume on the second decline just before 1 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. MDT—and almost no volume of the third one in the thinly-traded electronic market that followed the Comex close. I thank reader Brad Robertson for providing this chart. I have a far more reasonable number of stories for you today—and I hope there are some on this list that you find of interest. The prime disruptor to the continuing silver manipulation remains an eventual physical silver shortage. While its timing remains unknown, the preconditions necessary for such a shortage appear to be in place as seen in the extraordinary physical turnover in the COMEX-approved silver warehouses. Tight supply conditions, as is suggested by the silver warehouse turnover, can readily morph into outright shortage. After all, a shortage is nothing more than a tight physical market getting tighter to the point of noticeable delays in deliveries to buyers. A shortage doesn’t mean no material at any price; it’s more a case of an inability to deliver in a timely manner at then-prevailing prices to buyers. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 30 July 2014 If Thursday’s price action in New York was another engineered price decline, there certainly wasn’t much volume associated with it considering that gold took out both its 50 and 200-day moving averages with some authority—and closed below them as well. Silver hasn’t broken either one to the downside just yet, but it’s a chip shot for the HFT boyz if/when they decide to make their move. Here are the charts showing yesterday’s price action. The question of how low the price might go from here is not the question one should ask. As Ted reminded me on the phone yesterday, it’s the number of contracts that counts. If/when JPMorgan et al decided to pull the pin for real and flush the tech funds’ long positions down the drain, it then depends on how many longs they can get the tech funds to puke up—and if “da boyz” press hard enough, how many short-side contracts they can get these same technical funds to load up on. If they want to take back all of what the tech funds put on since the first week of June, then we have a long way to go to the downside, both from a contract and price perspective. And when the Commercial traders can’t wring out another long contract, or force the technical funds to go further short, then the bottom will be in, regardless of what the price is. The price is incidental, but that’s what everyone looks at—and as Bill Murphy over a lemetropolecafe.com is wont to say—“Price action makes market commentary.” He would be right about that. This presupposes that everything will go JPMorgan’s way, of course—and with the way events are unfolding in the world at the moment, I wouldn’t bet the ranch on that outcome. But with JPMorgan et al having captured the pricing mechanism in the Comex futures market for all four precious metals, plus copper—I wouldn’t bet against them, either. One thing that is absolutely a given, is that the Commercial traders—JPMorgan et al—will be buying every long that the technical funds sell in these metals—and will gobble up the long side of every short position that the technical funds place. So we wait. As I write this paragraph, the London open is twenty minutes away. Gold and platinum are up a few bucks, palladium and silver are unchanged. Gold volume, net of August, is a bit over 13,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is a bit over 4,000 contracts. That’s pretty light volume. And not that it matters, but the dollar index is a up a small handful of basis points. Today, at 8:30 a.m. EDT, we should get the latest job numbers—and I’ll be more than interested in how gold and silver react, or are allowed to react, when the news hits the street. The other thing we get today is the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, July 29. Just eye-balling the 6-month charts above, I’d guess we’ll see some improvement in the Commercial net short positions of both metals, but it won’t be a material amount if there is—and it certainly won’t put a serious dent in the sky-high Commercial net short positions that currently exist in both metals. As I mentioned earlier this week, there’s an FOMC meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week—and nothing will surprise me as far as gold and silver price action is concerned. I’m mentally preparing myself for the worst—and I’m sure that JPMorgan et al won’t disappoint if given the opportunity. And as I hit the send button on today’s offering at 4:45 a.m. EDT, I note that very little has changed now that London has been open for a bit over 90 minutes. Gold is up a few dollars—and the other three precious metals are hovering around unchanged. Volumes in both gold and silver have increased, of course, but still fall in the very light category—and the dollar index is still up the same small handful of basis points. Once again I expect that all the significant price action will begin either at the Comex open, or ten minutes after that when the jobs number shows up—and I shan’t hazard a guess as to how the remainder of the Friday trading day will end up. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The trading patters for platinum and palladium were similar, with the major sell-offs beginning at the Comex open in New York. Platinum finished the day down 19 dollars—and palladium by 6 bucks. Here are the charts. The silver equities followed a similar pattern, with their low tick coming a precisely 1:00 p.m. EDT as well. But because the metal itself did so poorly, the silver equities closed down more, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the day down 2.55%. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 81.40—and traded flat until 2 p.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday afternoon. The tiny rally that began at that point topped out at 81.56 at the 8:20 a.m. Comex open in New York. It slid down to 81.42 just before the London p.m gold fix—and traded flat after that. The index closed at 81.43—which was basically unchanged from Wednesday. Sponsor Advertisement This presupposes that everything will go JPMorgan’s way The gold price didn’t do a thing in Far East or most of the London trading day on their Thursday. But as I pointed out in The Wrap in yesterday’s column, if there was any serious price action coming our way, it would occur during the New York trading session—and that turned out to be the case. Most of the technical fund selling/Commercial buying came at three different times of the day—including the rally in electronic trading after the Comex close. If left to its own devices, gold would have probably closed up on the day. The high and low tick were reported by the CME Group at $1,298.80 and $1,281.30 in the December contract. Gold closed the trading day on Thursday in New York at $1,280.50 spot, down $14.00 from Wednesday’s close. Volume, net of August, was 152,000 contracts.
Recommended Link — — Justin’s note: Yesterday, I showed you why marijuana stocks are about to take off. Today, I’m handing the reins to my colleague E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, who has more exciting details about this huge opportunity. E.B. says there’s a certain kind of marijuana stock you should be focusing on right now… By E.B. Tucker, editor, The Casey Report George Remus was so rich, he once gave every guest at his dinner party a brand-new car. He hid a set of keys under their dinner plates. When his servants cleared the table, guests couldn’t believe their eyes. This was the early 1920s, when owning a car was a luxury. Getting one as a gift for attending a dinner party was unfathomable. Remus gave them away by the dozens. He had too much cash. He got filthy rich when the U.S. government outlawed alcohol on January 16, 1920. Over the next five years, he made over $40 million. He barely knew how to spend his illicit, all-cash fortune. When the government made alcohol illegal, the price skyrocketed. Lawful companies could no longer produce the product. Backyard bootleggers thrived. Remus was the biggest. Americans like to drink. Criminalizing alcohol didn’t stop them; it only made booze more expensive. It also made drinking dangerous. Instead of buying a branded product in a store, drinkers had to turn to criminals for their supply. The criminal gangs got the booze from Remus. Within a decade, the government’s bloody war on booze lost support. The law fizzled and alcohol became legal, regulated, and taxed. The free market took over. Organized companies like Anheuser-Busch could then legally mass-produce alcohol. They had quality standards consumers could trust. The licensing process made regulating and taxing booze easy. The massive profits that lured criminals and bootleggers into the alcohol business vanished. 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Canada’s economy is about one-tenth the size of the U.S. You would think the Canadian pot market would be about one-tenth the size of the U.S. market. But Canadian pot companies have a tremendous head start on their southern competitors. Just like the Busch family stood ready to capitalize on legal beer, Canadian pot companies have ramped up in advance of legal weed. And now is the time to get in, before the floodgates open. But first, you have to know a little bit about the marijuana business. And the best way to understand the size of this opportunity is to take a close look at the still-underground U.S. pot market… The first major “win” for the Trump Presidency The mainstream press hasn’t written a word about HR 835… But Congress’s new bill has already helped send one little-known market soaring 1,025%… And according to a Goldman Sachs insider, prices could rocket 4,900% higher in the months ahead. 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Right now, the legal market for cannabis is approximately $6.9 billion in the U.S. Add in estimates of what’s sold on the black market and the numbers range anywhere from $46.4 billion to $100 billion. That means 87%–93% of those sales happen in the dark shadows of society. People who want marijuana are forced to buy from shady characters in dark alleys and on dangerous street corners. In fact, as you can see from the chart below, Americans crave cannabis more than wine, chocolate, or candy. Again, the total amount of pot sold in the U.S. is hard to estimate. It’s difficult to compile usage data on an illegal product. We do know the government’s stance on marijuana creates a big cost for society. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, police arrested 7 million people for marijuana-related charges in the last decade. In 2010, that came out to one arrest every 37 seconds. The same study says states spend $3.6 billion every year enforcing marijuana laws. 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Former Alabama Football Star Julio Jones is getting into the car game right here in Tuscaloosa.Jones, who plays for the Atlanta Falcons partnered with Carriage Automotive Group to purchase Carlock Kia and Mazda.Tuesday the Dealerships will be called Julio Jones Kia and Julio Jones Mazda.Jones will hold a News Conference Tuesday at 1:30 P.M. at the dealership on Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in.It had been 29 years since the Royals played a postseason game — nearly three decades spent mostly as a laughingstock. But on Sept. 30, already drenched in victory champagne, the young first baseman felt as if the whole world had watched their coming-out party.“This team showed a lot of character tonight,” Hosmer said. “We weren’t going to quit.”Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game.Quite a start to October baseball — even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A’s lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.It was the final collapse in a season that looked so promising this summer.“This will go down as the craziest game I’ve ever played,” said Hosmer, who sparked the final Royals rally with a one-out triple. “This team showed a lot of character. No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season.”Making their first postseason appearance since winning the 1985 World Series, the Royals are sticking around. They’ll open their best-of-five Division Series on the road Oct. 2nd against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.After falling behind by four runs, the Royals raced back with their speed on the bases — they led the majors with 153 steals this season. Kansas City swiped seven in this one to tie a postseason record previously shared by the 1907 Chicago Cubs and 1975 Cincinnati Reds, according to STATS.The biggest one came in the 12th.Hosmer scored the tying run on a high chopper to third by rookie Christian Colon, who reached safely on the infield single and then stole second with two outs.Perez, who was 0-for-5 after squandering two late chances to drive in key runs, reached out and pulled a hard one-hopper past diving third baseman Josh Donaldson. Colon scored easily, and the Royals rushed out of the dugout for a mad celebration.Sitting upstairs in a suite, Royals Hall of Famer George Brett put his hands on his head in near disbelief at the frenzied and jubilant scene that was unfolding below. “It was unbelievable,” Perez said.The A’s raced out to a 7-3 lead by the sixth inning, but the Royals countered with three runs in the eighth. Nori Aoki’s sacrifice fly off Sean Doolittle in the ninth forced extra innings.Kansas City squandered chances in the next couple of innings, as midnight came and went on the East Coast and the tension continued to build. Rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, just drafted in June, pitched two scoreless innings but walked Josh Reddick to start the 12th.Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo delivered an RBI single off winning pitcher Jason Frasor to put the A’s ahead 8-7, but Hosmer hit a drive high off the left-center wall against loser Dan Otero for a triple in the bottom half.Colon drove in Hosmer with a bouncer that barely traveled 50 feet. That set the stage for Perez, who lined a pitch from Jason Hammel down the third-base line.“They finally got ahead there in the 30th inning or whatever it was,” said Brandon Moss, who drove in five runs with two homers for Oakland. “That was definitely the best baseball game I’ve ever been a part of.”The long-downtrodden Royals hadn’t played in the postseason since beating St. Louis in the 1985 World Series, and the excitement that permeated the city might best be summed up by a statement posted by the Kansas City Police on Twitter in about the 10th inning: “We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We’d like to hear the Royals clinch.”For the A’s, it was a stunning and heartbreaking finish. They had the best record in baseball before wilting in the second half, and needed a victory on the final day of the regular season just to squeeze into the playoffs.Oakland had chances to put all that in the past. Instead, the season ended abruptly for a team that has failed over and over again in the postseason. “It’s kind of a microcosm of the year that we had,” Doolittle said.A much-anticipated pitching showdown between Oakland ace Jon Lester and Kansas City counterpart James Shields instead turned into a high-scoring game and a battle of attrition between bullpens.“It was absolutely epic,” Shields said. “You don’t write a story like that.”Doolittle tried to save it for Oakland in the ninth, but he gave up a bloop single to pinch-hitter Josh Willingham. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson was sacrificed to second and then brashly stole third, allowing him to score on Aoki’s deep fly to right field.It was the third time in the last three seasons that Doolittle has blown a postseason save.“That’s the most incredible game I’ve ever been a part of,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said. “Our guys never quit. We fell behind there in the fifth inning, sixth inning. They kept battling back. They weren’t going to be denied. It was just a great game.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The City Center at 735.Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:22 pmThe Milwaukee Athletic Club by year’s end will temporarily move its operations to CityCenter at 735 while its historic downtown building undergoes an approximate $57 million renovation project.The City Center at 735.A group of investors, led by Milwaukee developers Josh Jeffers and Tony Janowiec, are planning to purchase and renovate the 100-year-old structure located at 758 N. Broadway, and re-lease a portion of it to the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Construction on the building is set to begin by late December or early January.The MAC will continue to operate from its current location until Dec. 31, and then, for the following year, will relocate its athletic, social, and food and beverage programs and services a block-and-a-half west to 735 N. Water St. The MAC has partnered with building owner Compass Properties to utilize Gold’s Gym, which occupies a three-floor space inside the CityCenter building, to offer fitness and health club amenities, said Ryan Doerr, owner of Mequon-based consulting firm Strategic Club Solutions.The MAC has hired the company to provide interim management throughout the construction project and transition back into the newly renovated building. The club will also occupy a ground-floor restaurant space formerly home to Good Life Restaurant & Lounge, which closed over a year ago, Doerr said. The MAC is currently renovating the space to offer a bar and lounge area, dining area, and coffee shop, as well as outdoor seating on the Riverwalk. The renovations will be complete in six to eight weeks, he said.Photos from the club’s newsletter detailing the temporary location.The MAC’s temporary clubhouse will include an expanded shuttle service, valet parking, and two boat slips along the Milwaukee River. It will also feature a members-only entrance. Social spaces, meeting rooms and catering services will be offered for private events.The club plans to move out of the CityCenter and back into its building by late December 2019 when the two-phase project is complete. A New Year’s Eve celebration will be held to welcome members back into the newly renovated building, Doerr said.The developers plan to open a newly-branded hotel on floors eight through 12, completely redeveloping floors eight and nine and undertaking medium-grade overhauls on floors 10 through 12. The MAC currently operates a hotel on a portion of the ninth and the 10th through 12th floors. Floors six through eight and part of the ninth floor are used for recreation.In June, the project was approved for $9.48 million in state historic preservation tax credits. This is the second-largest state historic preservation tax credit awarded to a downtown Milwaukee project. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Johnson Controls International plc is nearing a deal to sell its Power Solutions business to Brookfield Asset Management Inc., according to a report from Bloomberg.The publication cited “people familiar with the matter” and reported a deal could be announced as soon as this week.Johnson Controls, which is based in Ireland but operates from a headquarters in Glendale, announced a strategic review of its auto battery business earlier this year. In July, executives said it would make a decision by the time it announced earnings in early November. The Power Solutions business is based in Glendale and has about 500 employees in the area. It has also been deeply involved in research into new battery technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.Bloomberg previously reported the Power Solutions business could sell for more than $12 billion.Representatives of JCI and Brookfield declined to comment to Bloomberg. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Rick Whittaker, center, holds a drone interceptor developed by his company, AirShare.Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:04 pmIn its upcoming Madison cohort, startup accelerator gener8tor plans to select a team of entrepreneurs to build a business from scratch.A recent class of gener8tor startups at Premiere Night in Milwaukee.In addition to the five traditional startups the Milwaukee- and Madison-based accelerator will select for the cohort, a sixth startup will be launched from the ground up around a concept provided by gener8tor. All six will receive up to $100,000 in equity investment from gener8tor.While traditional startup applications are now closed, gener8tor began accepting applications today for the new Accelerator Studio option, said Ben Stanley, managing director for gener8tor Wisconsin. Applicants will be evaluated on their background, personality, past history and capability to bring a company to market. They will be vetted through several interviews, similar to traditional startup applicants, Stanley said.“Once they’re accepted into the program, we’d treat them much the same as the other five companies coming through,” he said.The hope is to include the Studio Accelerator in each gener8tor cohort, Stanley said. The company will evaluate after this Madison cohort, which runs from March 28 to June 13.“It’s an attractive space to move into in terms of using our knowledge to create more wealth and jobs from scratch,” he said.It was modeled on the success the organization found in its first attempt at the from-scratch creation of a company at The Brandery accelerator it operates in Cincinnati. In November, The Brandery established and built a team around an adult diaper subscription service called Norton Hurley that has quickly grown to more than 100 subscribers.Nationally, a number of prominent startup accelerators have been shifting toward the studio model, which provides an ownership stake earlier in the startup’s foundation. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe