However if Dockett does elect to get rid of the a

first_imgHowever, if Dockett does elect to get rid of the alligator, which he has said he won’t, it would be nice if he waited until the end of the NFL lockout because he is one of the few entertaining things in the league right now. While Dockett’s tweets are amusing to everyone, PETA is probably right this time. Alligators are wild animals and should not be pets. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories While media and fans may love Darnell Dockett and his new pet alligator “Nino,” PETA does not feel the same. The pro-animal organization sent Dockett a letter acknowledging that he had purchased the alligator and telling him to get rid of it. Dear Mr. Dockett, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was alerted this week to media reports indicating that you recently purchased a baby American alligator from the Florida Everglades and that you intend to keep him as a captive pet. Please know that Florida heavily regulates the keeping of alligators and that it’s unlawful to keep an alligator as a pet anywhere in the state of Arizona without a special permit. These prohibitive laws and regulations exist because, in addition to posing a threat to public safety, wild animals suffer greatly in captivity. Alligators in the wild roam freely with members of their own kind, travel long distances, and thrive in the rivers and lakes that they call home. When confined, wild animals will exhibit neurotic and self-destructive behaviors because of extreme boredom, stress, and frustration at being unable to engage in natural behaviors. Keeping an alligator as a pet is simply unfair to the animal. It also poses grave dangers to you and others. By their very nature, these animals are unpredictable and can inflict serious harm. Reptiles are also common carriers of salmonella. You would be held liable for any damage, injuries, or illnesses caused by the alligator. Respectfully, we ask that you carefully consider this information. Please know that we stand ready to help find a suitable habitat for this animal. May we please hear that you will do the right thing? Sincerely, Michelle Cho PETA Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There has been a lot of talk this offseason about just how good Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is.Of course, a lot of that talk came directly from Peterson. In May, while a guest of Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Peterson compared himself to Seattle Seahawks All-Pro corner Richard Sherman. The comments made national headlines and spurred widespread debate — even among the two players. Top Stories Well, NFL Network has spoken on the subject — sort of. In their annual list of the Top 10 players in the league, the network has placed Peterson at No. 22, up 11 spots from last year’s ranking. Peterson was the sixth cornerback on the list, joining Miami’s Brent Grimes (95), Denver’s Aqib Talib (79), Chicago’s Tim Jennings (74), Cleveland’s Joe Haden (39) and New England’s Darrelle Revis (37).In Peterson’s NFL Network highlight video, several NFL players commented on the fourth-year Cardinal’s attributes.“Patrick Peterson, every team he plays against, he takes on that challenge of going at their number-one receiver,” Talib said. “I love how Richard Sherman plays, but Richard Sherman stays on the left side. He don’t take on the challenge of guarding the other team’s best receiver.”Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White chimed in as well. “Phenomenal athlete,” he gushed. “Patrick Peterson is 215 pounds, he’s six-foot, he runs a 4.3 and has a 40-inch vertical. That’s like wide receiver numbers at cornerback.”Peterson was the third Cardinal to land on the list. Suspended linebacker Daryl Washington was ranked 96th, while wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald came in at number 38. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals announced they have re-signed nine players to future contracts for the 2015 season.Nine of the players were on Arizona’s practice squad in 2014, and they are listed below:RB Zach BaumanTE Ted BolserG John FullingtonWR Travis HarveyCB Jimmy LegreeT Kelvin PalmerWR Ryan SpadolaCB Ross WeaverCB Darren WoodardThe 10th player, tackle Tavon Rooks, spent the 2014 season on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad. Originally a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft out of Kansas State, he started 23 of 26 games with the Wildcats and was part of the team that won the 2012 Big 12 Championship. 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 Comments   Share   last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The preseason finale may determine up to a half dozen roster spots, and maybe a handful more.Will the Cardinals keep six or seven wide receivers? Who lands the third and fourth running back positions? How does the depth at offensive line shake out?Defensively, both inside and outside linebacker have openings. In the secondary, could the Cardinals decide to keep a fifth safety?And what about punter?Those would appear to be the biggest questions the Cardinals still need to answer.Earlier in the week, Arians hinted at a larger wide receiver room for 2017, which would seem to bode well for players like Aaron Dobson, Brittan Golden and Jeremy Ross.A hamstring injury sidelined Dobson for much of training camp, but “he had a great spring,” Arians said.At 6-foot-3, Dobson is a big target with big-play potential.“I’m a deep threat,” he said. “I feel like I can take the top off the defense.”That was evident in Atlanta, where if Drew Stanton doesn’t slip on a second-quarter throw, he and Dobson connect on one of Arians’ patented home-run shots down the field.Golden, because of his special teams play, may already have a spot on the team. Just don’t tell him that.“Because you never know what can happen,” he said. “Going into the last one (game), you got to treat it like every other year I’ve been playing. Just make sure you’re ready to go and can do what you can do to put film out there.” 4 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Aaron Dobson makes a catch during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “It’s the worst day in the year. I really can equate to death in the family sometimes,” Arians said. “You get so close to these guys, you work so hard with them and you know it’s a dream that hopefully is not ending. It might continue with another team but a lot of them it’s ending. So, yeah, it’s a very hard day.Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter The Cardinals are expected to keep four running backs. David Johnson and Kerwynn Williams are locks, which leaves Andre Ellington, Elijhaa Penny and Chris Johnson.Penny might be the most intriguing one of the three.After spending the entire 2016 season on the practice squad as an undrafted rookie free agent, Penny arrived in training camp with a better grasp of the offense, improved blocking skills and nearly 15 pounds lighter. He was also challenged by Arians: To be the guy to replace Stepfan Taylor, an excellent special teams player who would occasionally see time backfield.“You got to play special teams in order to make a roster. You can’t just be an offensive guy,” said Penny, who is now tipping the scales at 234 pounds. “I didn’t do any special teams in college before I got here; didn’t do it in high school, didn’t do in college. Here was the first time I actually did it and it’s actually pretty fun. I like it. It’s cool.”With the offensive line, the Cardinals figure to dress seven on gameday and carry up to nine on the 53-man roster. A year ago, 10 different linemen started at least one game.At the linebacker position, eight, between inside and outside, might be enough. The question is whether that number is split in half or perhaps tilted to one position. Josh Bynes and Philip Wheeler are veteran inside backers hoping to make the team, while Scooby Wright is a second-year player who can impact special teams.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. – Come Saturday afternoon more than 1,100 players will be looking for work. Such is life in the National Football League, “one of the few businesses that hire 90 just to fire 37,” according to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.The goal, of course, is to not be one of those 37, and for several Cardinals players, their last chance to make an impression — and preferably a good impression — will be Thursday in Denver. Top Stories Cap Capi flashed last week in Atlanta with a team-high seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits, which may have just been enough to edge the injured Jarvis Jones out of a backup spot at outside linebacker.Harlan Miller plus rookies Rudy Ford and Ironhead Gallon are trying to convince the Cardinals to keep a fifth safety.And the punter?“It’ll come down to this game,” Arians said, referring to Matt Wile and Richie Leone.It can’t be easy, not knowing. One minute you’re on the roster and the next minute you’re unemployed. For that reason, there figure to be some anxious moments inside the Cardinals locker room, and why their effort and performance against the Broncos is of the utmost importance.“I’ve been through this a couple of times. I’m just going to go out there and be confident in what I can do,” said Dobson, who has been released three times in his four seasons. “Coaches reiterate all the time, there’s 31 other teams that’s going to be watching this film. I’m playing for this team, I’m playing for 31 other teams so I just got to make the most of my opportunity.”Every NFL team must have their rosters finalized by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter LATTE and other trade

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLATTE and other trade and media guests were invited to Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to discover more about the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.Held on Friday 23 February, guests were whisked from the hotel’s lobby to Le Rivage Pool Bar where we sipped on Mumm champagne and mingled with other guests in attendance.After taking in the Darling Harbour views from the rooftop pool bar, we were escorted down to the Atelier restaurant on the hotel’s third floor. Tables were set with tropical flowers and a black pearl gift, courtesy of Robert Wan, was carefully placed at each setting.Patrick Benhamou of Atout France played master of ceremonies and welcomed Sophie Bessou, Director of Sales of Marketing of SPM Hotels to the stage who thanked all in attendance for coming to celebrate the island of Tahiti. Bessou also announced SPM Hotels will soon be moving outside of French Polynesia and adding to its portfolio in the neighboring South Pacific.SPM Hotels currently operate 3 hotels and 1 cruise line in French Polynesia includingManava Suite Resort Tahiti, French PolynesiaManava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea, French PolynesiaTikehau Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, French PolynesiaHaumana Cruises, French PolynesiaAlan Roman, General Manager for Australia and New Zealand of Air Tahiti Nui gave a presentation announcing the airline is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will debut a new logo look and uniform which combines traditional Polynesian designs.  Air Tahiti Nui will also be introducing a premium economy class and redesigning its existing business and economy class cabins.In addition to hearing more about the destination, guests were treated to traditional Tahitian cuisine, a Tahitian salad served in a coconut as an entree, followed by Poulet Fafa paired with a local Tahitian blanc de corail. Entertainment was abundant and included traditional dancing, Tahitian drumming and a fashion parade of Robert Wan black pearl jewelry.Scroll down to see photos of the event. Alan Roman of Air Tahiti Nui with models for Robert Wan collectionPatrick Benhamou of Atout France with model for Robert Wan collectionLead image:  Sophie Bessou, SPM Hotels, Robert Thompson,  Director of Tahiti Tourism Australia and Alain Campignon, SPM Hotels.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter RCL Cruises Royal Cari

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRCL Cruises (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises) has launched its biggest consultant incentive offer yet for the duration of the 2018/19 Wave season, from December to March.Dubbed the “Summer of Consultant Rewards”, the incentive enables Australian and New Zealand retail agents to earn points on every new, fully deposited booking made on any Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises sailings between 11 December 2018 and 31 March 2019.Points earned can be redeemed on a range of e-gift cards from top lifestyle retailers, including Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, David Jones, Myer and Kathmandu on the cruise line’s dedicated Summer of Consultant Rewards website, and are tiered according to the brand and category of stateroom booked. Top-selling agents can also enter the draw to win one of three cruise prizes over the season on ships such as Ovation of the Seas, Celebrity Eclipse and Azamara Pursuit, which will be announced at the end of the incentive period.“We are thrilled to kick off wave season with this incredible incentive program for our talented retail agents and to show them our immense appreciation for their never-ending hard work and support,” said Jason Triebel, Director of Sales, Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia and New Zealand.Globally renowned performance reward agencyMotivForce, who specialises in B2B incentives and loyalty schemes, was engaged as part of the program’s development.Retail agents can visit www.ClubRoyal.com.au to register.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Discover Portugal Spai

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterDiscover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays has announced three new itineraries offering special insight into the Camino and Northern Spain, with an array of cultural, historical and dining experiences to be had along the way.The itineraries include:11-day Small Group Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Logrono: 7–19 July 2019, priced from $2,895 per person twin share. Last spots available.Eight-day Solo Ladies Camino last 100km from Sarria to Santiago: 29 August–6 September 2019, priced from $2,995 per person.14-day Northern Spain Food, Wine & Cultural Small Group With A Touch Of The Camino: 12–25 September 2019 from $11,460 per person twin share.Industry partners not yet registered for Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays’ agent B2B booking portal and wishing to do so can contact reservations@discovertvl.com.au.The trade website is www.discoveragents.com.au.Call 02 8381 1161 or email reservations@discovertvl.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more