Whisenhunt pointed to Lindley being a rookie who will have to learn from outings like this one, and later said the team is not giving up on this season in an effort to get a look at certain players. “We want to win games, so we aren’t going to evaluate personnel over trying to win games,” he said.He could have had us fooled.No matter how the coach tries to spin it, Lindley is not a better option than Skelton if the goal is to win games. A team looking to make a playoff push would not replace its starting quarterback with a rookie when it has a lead on the road, and it certainly would not name a sixth-round pick the starting quarterback if it believes the postseason is still a reality.Even the team’s game day program didn’t believe Lindley would start, as it still had Skelton listed first on the depth chart.Then again, this is the coaching staff that promoted the undrafted Max Hall to the starting lineup in Week 5 back in 2010.Incidentally, that was the last time the Cardinals lost seven straight games.“We’ve got to find a way to get a win,” Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I am pretty much lost for words now after seven weeks of saying the same thing.” Whisenhunt went on to say there is disappointment for the fans because of how supportive they are of the Cardinals.“All I can tell you is that we are going to get it straight.”It’s doubtful anyone expects that to be the case. – / 27 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo He was not particularly good, but that probably should have been expected.“It really comes down to turning the ball over, especially pick-sixes, it’s hard to overcome those,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the game.The Cardinals lost the turnover battle 4-1 and the game 31-17. It was their seventh-consecutive loss, the second such streak they’ve had in the last three seasons. Whisenhunt lamented how his team missed opportunities Sunday, which has been a theme over the last two months. “We had some opportunities in the second half on throws and we missed them,” the coach said. “And you can’t do that. We’ve got guys running down the field open.“You can’t miss those opportunities.” A week ago the coach benched John Skelton because the quarterback failed to connect on big throws, and the coach said there was some thought to pulling Lindley Sunday. But alas, no change was made.“If we thought it was something that was going to help us we would have done that,” he said. “We aren’t apposed to that, but at the time, just in everything considering it, we just felt like we had to stick with Ryan.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Perhaps expecting anything more would have been our own fault.After all, how many quarterbacks taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft have success in their career, let alone year one?So to ask Ryan Lindley to come in and beat a Rams defense that held the Cardinals to just three points nearly two months ago may have simply been unfair.Lindley completed 31-of-52 passes for 312 yards and four interceptions, two of which were taken back for touchdowns by Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins. Top Stories Fitzgerald was targeted 13 times on the afternoon, and in a horrible twist of fitting irony, the Rams caught as many passes intended for the Fitzgerald (3) as the receiver himself came down with. It was that kind of day. It’s been that kind of season.And while no one will say it, Whisenhunt’s actions as well as the reality of the team’s situation lead to the thought that whatever happens from here, everything that happens next is about the future more than the present. “Right now we’ve got to continue to keep fighting,” linebacker Daryl Washington said. “We’ve got five games left and see where we fall.”Looking at the schedule, it’s tough to see when the Cardinals may next win a game. It could be next week in New York against the Jets, or maybe a few weeks from now when they host the Detroit Lions.Or, worst-case scenario, it could come sometime next season.If that’s the case, it may be after some big offseason changes. How could there not be?“That’s part of the business,” Whisenhunt said when asked about his job security. “You know what, we’re working hard. Nobody feels worse about this than we do.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
Top Stories And this is why I think forcing Larry Fitzgerald to learn three wide receiver positions is going to pay off in spades. The Japanese Fighting Fish, deadly and single-minded of purpose, is going to be much more dangerous in the red zone. Defensive coordinators will not know where Fitz is going to line up. This makes it much more difficult to double Larry, especially when using multiple combinations of coverage to double him. It simplifies the defense for the Q or, if they choose to try and double Larry, it helps the quarterback determine which receivers are singled up.All of this adds up to more production for Larry and/or more opportunities for other receivers based on what defenses choose to do. Double Larry and let Carson Palmer find a receiver that has a matchup advantage, or single Larry and let him win a 1-on-1 battle. The defense has got to pick its poison. My guess is that they’ll tip their hand and double Larry and take their chances with Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and Rob Housler. And that’s the reason why I think Michael Floyd is on the precipice of having a huge year.No player is more improved — year-to-year — than Michael Floyd. He has had a great training camp. He’s more confident, more physical, more assertive than I’ve ever seen him and he’s catching the ball away from his body, using his hands, much better. Moving Larry around, using formations and surprise to confound the defense is going to impact the Cardinals more in the red zone than anywhere else on the field. And Michael Floyd will be the beneficiary. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Bruce Arians is not very happy with the Cardinals’ offense in the red zone. Missed opportunities are not the way a football team wins games, and there is no better example of a missed opportunity than having possession of the football inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and not scoring a TD. But the preseason is nothing like regular season football, where coaches scheme and game plan for their opponent. Defenses, and how a team plays on the defensive side of the ball, changes when offenses get into their red zone. Offenses use different protection schemes, call different plays and utilize personnel groups that only appear in the red zone.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that we’ve said all along it’s our intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal,” Keim said on Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I don’t want to get into it too deep, but with planning purposes, financially, from a cap standpoint, all those sorts of things, we have Larry’s number already baked into our numbers.”Fitzgerald could see his deal restructured, he could negotiate an extension, or he could be traded, according to Florio’s report.Keim kept the possibility of a restructured deal on the table.“We’ve had ongoing talks with (Fitzgerald’s agent) Eugene Parker and we will continue to have ongoing talks, but the best I can tell you is that it is our intent to keep Larry and to make sure that he stays a Cardinal for the rest of his career,” he said.“Even though it’s still not 2015, it’s my job to look at 2015, ’16, ’17 and years beyond, and we have to make good business decisions.”Fitzgerald restructured his contract in February to reduce the Cardinals’ 2014 salary cap hit. Last month, ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert called Fitzgerald’s contract one of the most onerous in the NFL. Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals’ Sunday night showdown with the Seattle Seahawks didn’t go according to plan, but Cards fans received a potential piece of good news shortly before kickoff. On Sunday, NBCSports.com’s Mike Florio reported Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will not be cut next season, despite speculation that he might be released due to the $23.6 million he’s set to make in 2015.On Monday, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim affirmed the report. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
File – In this Sept. 11, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) walks off the field after missing an NFL football game-winning field goal-attempt against the New England Patriots during the second half in Glendale, Ariz. Catanzaro missed the potential winner from 47 after a bad snap, and New England escaped at Arizona. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) TEMPE, Ariz. — Being a specialist on special teams can offer the highest of highs as well as the lowest of lows.Never has that been more apparent than in Arizona’s 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots last weekend, a game in which punter Drew Butler struggled through an injury to average just 36 yards per boot and a potentially game-winning Chandler Catanzaro field goal attempt sailed wide with less than a minute remaining. The kick, of course, was preceded by a less-than-ideal snap from rookie Kameron Canaday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Had everything gone according to plan, then Catanzaro would have been the hero and no one would be thinking about Canaday. Instead, following the game, the kicker was taking responsibility for the loss and the long-snapper was answering questions about what went wrong his end.“It’s kind of the nature of the business,” Cardinals special teams coordinator Amos Jones said Thursday. “You hope to go unnoticed — shake a hand and say, ‘Hey, we won, see you next time.’“But hey, it is what it is. We’ve got to bounce back. It wasn’t all bad; there were some good things, so we’ve just got to not focus on the negative and focus on the coaching part of it, the teaching part of it, and get it better.”Jones, who is in his fourth season leading the Cardinals’ special teams, said when it comes to Canaday, the message was all his other snaps were really good.“Make that be what you build on, and don’t overcoach the negative,” he said, adding Canaday knows what he has to do to ensure there are no issues with his snaps.Canaday won an offseason battle with Daniel Dillon for the job, and while his regular season debut may not have gone as well as hoped, it is not as if he is new to the position. He was named an FCS Third Team All-America with Portland State last year, and there has been no indication that the Cardinals were or are considering a change. The same goes for Catanzaro, who is now in his third season with the Cardinals and seems to have a solid grasp on the team’s kicking job. Though he missed a 47-yard attempt at the end of Sunday’s game, over his first two seasons he connected on 57-of-64 field goal attempts, including 16-of-18 from between 40 and 49 yards.“You just don’t get those opportunities,” Jones said of what makes this tough for Catanzaro. “That’s what upsets you the most, is the fact that we just don’t get put in those situations a bunch throughout a career, and when you do have those opportunities, boy you’ve got to capitalize on them because that’s where legends are made.”Catanzaro made the first two game-winning kicks of his career last season, so if nothing else, his resume does include success under pressure.As for Butler, who was been a lightning rod for fan criticism even before an injury-impacted Week 1, Jones said he does not concern himself with what anyone outside of the organization thinks. He said there was no doubt Butler was going to finish the game, even with the injury, and that there is no shortage of belief in him.“He wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have the confidence in him, and it’s not like you’ve got a lot of options, in terms of replacing him, in the middle of the game,” he said. “That’s why it was good to hear (Bruce Arians) tell the team that, ‘Hey, Drew busted his butt for us and finished the game,’ because there’s a lot of guys that couldn’t have done that.” Jones noted how football teams have depth at pretty much every position except for kickers, and if Butler had been unable to continue, Catanzaro would have been asked to punt. With an injured Butler, however, he said the gameplan was adjusted.“You’ve got to manage the game,” he said. “You can’t ask a guy that’s hurt to do too many things, so doing what he did — downed two balls inside the 20, almost had a situation where we had a knuckleball that we looked to try to get a big play off of — I was pleased, particularly, since it (the injury) happened on the first punt.”Some injury newsIn some ways, the Cardinals got some good news Thursday as Evan Mathis and J.J. Nelson both returned to practice, albeit in a limited capacity. However, both Jaron Brown and Kevin Minter were limited with ankle injuries, and Tyrann Mathieu did not participate. According to defensive coordinator James Bettcher, Mathieu’s day off was scheduled.A new option at cornerbackGiven the question marks the Cardinals have at cornerback, it is in no way a surprise that they are doing whatever they can to add talent however they can. The latest addition is Tharold Simon, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday from the Seattle Seahawks. – The Cardinals’ first-team offense has for the most part struggled dating back to Week 16 of last season. Asked if there is a theme to the issues, Goodwin said it is, “Do your job.”“I can’t say what I want to say, but do your job, that’s what it comes down to. Any given play, offensively, defensively, special teams — if one guy is out of sync with the rest of them, it’s not going to work. It’s not like basketball where one guy can take over a game. We all need each other out there on the football field, so we’ve all got to make sure we’re in unison and we’re playing together.”– On Wednesday, safety Tyrann Mathieu talked about playing more of a free safety role, and admitted it’s not something he is particularly fond of. He said then that he believed the change had more to do with him recovering from ACL surgery, and on Thursday defensive coordinator James Bettcher seemed to confirm that.“With Ty, one of the things is just him getting back into things. He hasn’t played a ton of snaps, so we’re doing things with him to get him back in the swing of things. We all know he’s a ballhawk and a playmaker…but he’s a playmaker, we all know that, and we’ll keep working the packages and keep doing things to get him in the best possible position to do what he does best, which is wreck games.” If he stays healthy, the Cardinals may have found someone who can help reach their ultimate goal, which is Super Bowl LI. For Simon, it just worked out to where he was released by a contender but then picked up by one.“That’s one thing about me, I’ve been kind of blessed with that just pretty much in life,” he said. “From high school to college to NFL, always been a good group of DBs and always a winning program.“LSU — went to the National Championship, got drafted (and) my first year went to a Super Bowl, my second year went to a Super Bowl and played in it. I mean, I’m here now so hopefully my first year here we can get to a Super Bowl. I’m hoping.”Random musings– Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said he would like to get more from the running game this week, though he admitted that, as an offensive line coach, he selfishly would like to see the ball run a bit more. He does not call the plays, though, and he understands game-flow dictates a lot of the play calls. However, no matter how many carries are given out, he would like to see Chris Johnson get more than the one he did against New England.“Just because we know it’s a long season, especially if we’re trying to get where we want to go, we’re going to need all those backs, so I’d like to see Chris out there. But at the end of the day that’s still B.A.’s call, and it’s all still based off the flow of the game. It’s hard when you’ve got a guy that’s hot, and David’s going to be hot a lot. We’ll see how it works out. Obviously Chris wants to play (and) he’s earned the right to play, so we’ll see how it goes.” Asked if that means, in due time, getting Mathieu closer to the line of scrimmage, Bettcher said, “Absolutely.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Top Stories “You saw what he did at college at LSU,” Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. “Explosive corner; long, tall. Excited to have him. Glad, happy that Steve (Keim) was able to get that done.”A fifth-round pick out of LSU in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound Simon has appeared in 11 career games, notching 10 total tackles, one interception and three passes defensed. Injuries have plagued him, though he’s hoping Arizona will provide a fresh start.“It’s been crazy, but fun, exciting at the same time,” he said. “I really have no bad feelings; my heart is in the right place. I really don’t feel bad about what happened; I’m just happy — very happy — to be here. I’m moving on; it’s the next chapter in my life, in my career.”Simon said he does not really care why the Seahawks decided to let him go, though he thinks it had something to do with them not using him on special teams. He has not been told anything with regards to a role in Arizona, but plans on just going out and having fun, believing everything else will take care of itself. And if he’s needed Sunday, provided he’s asked to play man-to-man, he thinks he’ll be OK. 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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals have found a treasure trove of talent in the third round of the NFL Draft.Since just 2013, they’ve added Tyrann Mathieu, John Brown and David Johnson, all in the third round.The next guy who the Cardinals hope can be added to their list of third-round steals is Chad Williams.The 6-foot-1 wide receiver out of Grambling State was a virtual unknown when the Cardinals selected him 98th overall, but then again so were Brown and Johnson. 0 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Williams will try to earn a spot on a receiving corps that head coach Bruce Arians has raved about, saying that all 12 are “NFL quality.”Williams is making a big leap, going from competing against SWAC defenses to learning an NFL playbook, trying to beat the best corners in the world.With such a big transition, Williams looks to those who’ve done it before.“When we do route timing on air you know pass hook-ups with the quarterbacks I just pay attention to the older guys in front of me,” Williams told Doug and Wolf Wednesday on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “I try to mock their routes that they ran before me and try to make it look as similar as theirs.”One of those older guys is a future Hall of Famer.Williams gets to work beside and learn the ins and outs of being an NFL wide receiver from Larry Fitzgerald.“I’ve learned a lot (from Fitzgerald),” Williams said. “I’ve learned how to be precise on everything you do, he’s a technician, 98 percent of the time, 99 percent, maybe 100 percent he’s not wrong.“He knows what to do, he knows where the ball is going to be, he knows how to run that route to where he can’t be stopped.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Williams explains how he was humbled about his route running abilities when he got to Arizona.“I knew my routes were fairly good, I thought they were more than good until I got here,” Williams said. “I don’t think any other team in the league runs routes like we run routes. We have special routes that we run, everybody in the world can’t run these routes, so I knew that I was like ‘man, yeah this is different’, so I need more work with this.” – / 12
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If the Arizona Cardinals want to retain the services of wide receiver Jaron Brown, they may need to dig a little deeper into their checkbook than expected.Former Cardinals assistant wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said nine teams have called him about the free agent, Mike Jurecki revealed on The Blitz with B-Train and Jurecki on Monday morning. Some have expressed interest in signing him as a No. 2 receiver.“It’s definitely encouraging to have some teams showing interest,” Brown said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I really only need one team to take a chance and just give me an opportunity to show what I can do.” Related LinksReport: Cardinals, three other teams finalists to land QB Kirk CousinsArizona Cardinals’ cap space to limit aggressiveness in free agencySteve Keim: Cardinals looking to re-sign ‘four or five’ free agentsBrown spent his first five years in the Valley after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He started every game for the first three seasons, but in October 2016, he tore his ACL. He finished the season with only 11 catches but averaged 17 yards per reception.Healthy again in 2017, Brown showed bursts of solid play – most notably, an eight-catch, 105-yard game against San Francisco – but was inconsistent and averaged only 29.8 yards per game. He finished the season with 477 yards and 31 receptions, second-most on the team.His upside as a deep threat and impact on special teams has prompted interest from others around the league.Despite up-and-down play last season coming off injury, Brown is confident he can be a No. 2 receiver.“I don’t feel like I put up the numbers I should have put up,” he said. “That’s what the offseason’s for, and I’m going to come back next year even better.”Brown said he’s open to returning to the Cardinals if they have interest. As the team that took a chance on him five years ago, it’s the only professional environment he’s known. He also has veteran influences such as Larry Fitzgerald.“That’s one guy that kind of taught me how to be a pro,” Brown said. “Outside of football, taking care of your body, just doing the little things during the offseason, throughout the week during the season. I could go on and on, but just kind of learning how to be a pro.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 16 Comments Share
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has been taking advantage of his offseason.Peterson traveled around with his wife, and this wasn’t just a trip to the east coast or the western parts of Europe.“We went to Bali, Dubai, Hong Kong and the Maldives,” Peterson told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf.He’s not done, though. When the Cardinals’ mini-camp wraps up on Thursday, he’s headed to France to vacation in Monaco. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (21) stretches during the NFL team’s organized team activity Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) What won’t be changing for Peterson, though, is the lack of throws in his direction. Of the least-challenged cornerbacks every year, the combination of Peterson being one of the best corners in the league and the lack of a go-to corner on the other side of the field brings a lack of action his way.Peterson’s thought process has evolved on being that guy throughout his career.“Early on in my career I used to get a little bored out there and kind of take plays off and not really focus in and hone in on my craft,” he said.“Now that I’m going into year eight, now that it’s been the last three years that I haven’t really been getting tested, I just want to make sure I’m always engaged in the game.”Peterson will certainly be engaged with Holcomb’s new looks defensively, where he’s looking forward to being put in a position to succeed as a playmaker.“Coach (is) gonna put me in a position to make a lot of plays,” he said. – / 9 0 Comments Share Related LinksCardinals players back David Johnson’s decision to skip minicampCardinals’ David Johnson skipping mandatory minicampCardinals GM Keim excited as new pieces put into place at minicampCardinals honor kitchen staffer ahead of deployment with National GuardQB Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals sticking to the planPeterson always wanted to see the world as a kid, seeing the ways others live across the globe.His teammate Larry Fitzgerald is known for his offseason traveling, but Peterson is not as much.“Because Larry publicizes travel,” Peterson joked. “Me, I’m just under the covers.”NEW DEFENSEThis year has an adjustment for Peterson and all of his teammates learning a new playbook and style under new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb.“Honestly, I’m so excited for the strides we have been taking throughout OTAs,” Peterson said.The seven-year veteran credits the trust between Wilks and Holcomb and thinks it will translate to a very effective defense.“Coach Wilks is just letting [Holcomb] do his thing and I believe it’s just gonna allow us to line up and play fast football,” Peterson said. “I believe we will have less mistakes this year.”With Wilks implementing a 4-3, there are new opportunities Peterson’s defense didn’t have while playing in a different system.“When you’re in a 3-4 you have to do so many exotic looks to get to the quarterback,” Peterson said, emphasizing that a simplified approach will allow less thinking and more natural reactions for defenders. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
0 Comments Share 30.Oakland Raiders4-11beat Denver 27-14(▲1)They now are very much a team without a home — at this point. 29.Jacksonville Jaguars5-10beat Miami 17-7(▲1)Blake Bortles is back…because of an injury to Cody Kessler. 11.Seattle Seahawks9-6beat Kansas City 38-31(▲2)Seattle going to the playoffs in a “rebuilding year.” 27.San Francisco 49ers4-11lost to Chicago 14-9(–)Couldn’t muster much vs. stingy Chicago defense. 4.Kansas City Chiefs11-4lost to Seattle 38-31(▼1)Is Kansas City’s December swoon in full effect? 10.Tennessee Titans9-6beat Washington 25-16(–)Might have to rely on Blaine Gabbert to propel them to the postseason. 26.Buffalo Bills5-10lost to New England 24-12(–)They play hard, just don’t have enough talent. 14.Pittsburgh Steelers8-6-1lost to New Orleans 31-28(▼5)Steelers on the outside looking in with one week to play. 5.Los Angeles Chargers11-4lost to Baltimore 22-10(▼1)Chargers had only one possession that netted over 34 yards vs. Baltimore. 7.Baltimore Ravens9-6beat LA Chargers 22-10(▲4)The Ravens have ridden a ridiculous defense to a Super Bowl before. Just sayin’. 8.Houston Texans10-5lost to Philadelphia 32-30(▼2)Dropped two of last three. 9.Indianapolis Colts9-6beat NY Giants 28-27(▼1)Struggled with Giants after manhandling Dallas. 3.Chicago Bears11-4beat San Francisco 14-9(▲2)Have allowed 32 points during three-game winning streak. 13.Philadelphia Eagles8-7beat Houston 32-30(▲1)Nick Foles=the ultimate (season) closer? 16.Cleveland Browns7-7-1beat Cincinnati 26-18(–)Mayfield has been great, but really needs to get over the Hue Jackson thing. RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment Things are pretty interesting at the top of the league heading into the final weekend of the regular season.The New Orleans Saints survived a scare from the desperate Pittsburgh Steelers and once again are the top team in our NFL Power Rankings.Meanwhile, the Rams’ dismantling of the Cardinals without Todd Gurley bumped them back up into the top two while the Bears continued to play stellar defense in their win over San Francisco to earn top-three status for the first time all season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6.New England Patriots10-5beat Buffalo 24-12(▲1)What a shock — the Patriots are AFC East champs… 20.Atlanta Falcons6-9beat Carolina 24-10(▲3)Feasted on teams more broken than them in the last two weeks. 21.Denver Broncos6-9lost to Oakland 27-14(▼1)Nice of the Broncos to roll over for the Raiders’ last-ever game in Oakland. 28.Detroit Lions5-10lost to Minnesota 27-9(–)Matthew Stafford only 425 yards over last three games. 25.Cincinnati Bengals6-9lost to Cleveland 26-18(–)We’ve said it 100 times, but Marvin Lewis’ days in Cincy may be numbered. 17.Washington Redskins7-8lost to Tennessee 25-16(–)Memo to D.J. Swearinger: dysfunctional franchises don’t like players who speak their minds. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates a touchdown by running back Alvin Kamara, not pictured, in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. The Saints won 31-28, clinching the top seed for the NFC and home field advantage for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) 19.Miami Dolphins7-8lost to Jacksonville 17-7(▼1)Dolphins offense held under 200 yards for the fifth time this season — three more than ANY other NFL team. 2.Los Angeles Rams11-3beat Arizona 31-9(▲2)Goff turnover-free; no Gurley, no problem vs. hapless Cardinals. 12.Dallas Cowboys9-6beat Tampa Bay 27-20(–)Nice bounce-back win after getting roughed up by Colts. 23.New York Giants5-10lost to Indianapolis 28-27(▼1)Offense returned, but couldn’t hold a lead on the Colts. 24.Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-10lost to Dallas 27-20(–)Todd Monken might be sought after once the staff is blown out in Tampa. The Chiefs and Chargers both dropped decisions, but still round out the top five.Here’s a look at this week’s order:Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 17 31.New York Jets4-11lost to Green Bay 44-38 (OT)(▼2)Blew a 15-point second-half lead to the Packers. Top Stories 15.Minnesota Vikings8-6-1beat Detroit 27-9(–)Kirk Cousins has been good since the loss to Seattle. 32.Arizona Cardinals3-12lost to LA Rams 31-9(–)One loss away from the number-one overall pick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 22.Carolina Panthers6-9lost to Atlanta 24-10(▼1)Seventh straight loss has Ron Rivera on the hot seat in Charlotte. 1.New Orleans Saints13-2beat Pittsburgh 31-28(–)First time the Saints have hit 30+ points in a month. 18.Green Bay Packers6-8-1beat NY Jets 44-38 (OT)(▲1)Aaron Rodgers topped the 400-yard mark for the third time this year. Only Ryan Fitzpatrick has done it more.
Go back to the e-newsletterMr Vladislav Doronin, international businessman, philanthropist and owner of Aman since August 2015 has achieved a successful settlement of all claims in the long-running court dispute. The High Court in London has today issued an order confirming the settlement. As a result of this settlement, Mr Doronin continues to be in full control of the luxury hotel group Aman.The settlement was concluded with KPMG as liquidators for Mr Omar Amanat’s vehicle ‘Peak Hotels & Resorts Limited’ (PHRL) following its recent involuntary liquidation. PHRL had brought the initial claim in the High Court of England & Wales.As part of the settlement, PHRL has agreed to retract all allegations made against Mr Doronin, his businesses and business relationships. Furthermore, PHRL has agreed to pay compensation of £12m GBP in respect of Mr Doronin’s costs, and those of his fellow Director, Mr Johan Eliasch who was a party to the court case.Mr Doronin said, “I am delighted that my position has been fully vindicated in this settlement. I was always sure of this outcome and it is great news that the truth has prevailed. This was a long process and the claims brought by PHRL should never have been started. However, I am excited at being able to continue what I started: building this business, one of the most fantastic brands in the world, without any further distraction”Mr Doronin added, “During my time at Aman as Chairman, I have restructured the company with new top management and invested capital into existing properties as well as bringing new projects to fruition including opening four new hotels – Aman Tokyo, the first urban Aman hotel, Amandayan, Amanera, Amanemu and the expedition vessel Amandira. We have a new development and technical services team in place which will allow us to expand and generate new revenue streams.”Mr Doronin went on to say, “I have always acted in the best interests of Aman, whilst having to deal with the disruptive actions of Mr Amanat, who Mr Justice Henderson described during this process as a man with ‘an established record of dishonesty’. So I intend to pursue my personal claims against Mr Amanat in the New York Courts because it’s my social responsibility to make sure he cannot defraud others in this way – I will carry on the fight.”Following this settlement, Mr Doronin has full executive control of Aman. For the record, Mr Amanat no longer has any association or connection with Aman. AH Overseas Ltd is the new holding company that owns the luxury hotel group. All Mr Doronin’s counterclaims have been withdrawn as part of the settlement, bringing to an end any involvement on the part of Mr Doronin or his companies in the London court proceedings.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterSir Richard Branson’s Makepeace Island private sanctuary in Noosa, Queensland is offering a ‘Stay 3 Nights & Pay 2 Nights’ opening special. The promotion is valid for all new bookings that are deposited before 15 March 2019 for travel before 20 December 2019.For guests simply wanting to relax and recharge their batteries, Makepeace Island offers the perfect haven for family and friends to spend time together.Under the deal, the lead-in rate is $6,667 per night for up to eight guests, inclusive of all meals, snacks, transfers from Sunshine Coast Airport, boat activities during stays to Noosa Heads and more.The offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other deals.For bookings, email email@example.com or call (07) 5477 1196.Makepeace Island is represented in Australia by Inspired Luxury for sales and support. Contact Lynne Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org.Go back to the enewsletter
Au Lac Downtown Los AngelesTucked away in the Promenade Plaza, Au Lac is an upscale gem that offers imaginative raw and Vietnamese fusion dishes. The salt and pepper yam “shrimp” are eerily real, while the rich desserts are perfect for sharing. It’s a good place for celebrity sightings but the true star is Chef Ito, who has taken a vow of silence and just might grace you with a visit your table. Don’t forget to ask the server about the “secret menu.”ShojinPerfect for a date night, Shojin offers macrobiotic vegan sushi in a fine dining setting in Little Tokyo. An extensive menu of flavour-popping creations and a large selection of sakes are sure to please even the pickiest palates. It’s reassuring to see their “no chemical preservatives, no artificial colour and no chemical seasonings” promise on the menu, too.Mohawk BendThis craft beer restaurant and bar sits across the street from PETA headquarters in Echo Park, which may explain the vegan-heavy menu. Mohawk Bend serves arguably the best vegan pizza in the city and it’s a little cheaper during happy hour specials.by CHLOECupcake Wars winners, Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser, opened a Silver Lake version of their New York eatery in May 2016. Nestled inside the 365 by Whole Foods Market, by CHLOE is fast food at its finest, with innovative grub like Portobello meatball sandwiches, sweet potato-based mac-n-cheese, quinoa hash browns, beet ketchup and much, much more.Flore Vegan CuisineYou can’t beat the healthy home-style cooking at this little Silver Lake favourite. The best vegan biscuits and gravy in the West, consistently great service and the gluten-free friendly menu make Flore a cosy place for a rendezvous. It’s easy to see why Zagat has called Flore a “vegan lover’s dream.”VromageFrom the blond butcher block tables to charismatic cheesemonger Youssef Fakhouri running around behind the counter, Vromage is delightful. Stop by L.A.’s first vegan cheese shop for lunch (the tiny menu offers pizza, salad and sandwiches) or grab a hunk of muenster, brie, “veganzola” or gouda to go. All cheeses are nut-based and dairy-free. Some are good for melting while others are best for party platters. Vromage ships internationally, too!For more information, see the Discover Los Angeles website – https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/eat-drink/guide-to-the-best-vegan-restaurants-in-los-angeles Lead image: Au Lac Downtown Los AngelesGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterPlant-based diets have spread like agave and Los Angeles is fortunate enough to have vegan hotspots in every neighbourhood. Wherever you may find yourself in this expansive city, vegan food is never far away. Whether you’re celebrating World Vegan Month in November, or you’re looking for the best vegan restaurants in your area, here is a list of local favourites that can be found across Los Angeles.
Go back to the enewsletterAccor has inked a management agreement that will see the ultra-luxury Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand debut in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Raffles Bahrain will takeover the Al Areen Palace & Spa, a private resort that features 78 pool villas as well as the region’s largest spa and hydrotherapy facility.Accor, the parent company of Raffles, will conduct an extensive refurbishment program of Al Areen Palace & Spa. Under the “milestone agreement” with GFH Financial Group (GFH), Accor aims to reposition Raffles Bahrain as “the ultimate luxury retreat”.Major enhancements will transform the property into an exclusive oasis for the well-travelled, promising guests hand-crafted personalised experiences, with a focus on health and wellbeing, thoughtful and discreet service, unparalleled culinary expertise and an ambience of timeless elegance for which the Raffles brand is globally renowned.Property enhancements attuned to Raffles brand standards will include the refurbishment of the 56 one-bedroom Desert Pool Villas and 22 two-bedroom Royal Pool Villas, which feature open air swimming and jet pools, and converting its four F&B outlets to six.Health facilities including separate male and female gymnasiums, the kids’ club and indoor and outdoor swimming pools will see uplift and refurbishment.Signing of the iconic Raffles Bahrain (left to right): Jean Baptiste Recher, Vice President Development ME, Accor; Francois Baudin, Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Accor; Hisham Al Rayes, Chief Executive Officer, GFH Financial Group; and Laith Yousif Almemar, Chief Development Officer, GFH Financial Group.Bahrain-headquartered GFH is a renowned financial group in the GCC. Accor is currently discussing further opportunities to manage the entity’s multiple upcoming hospitality projects in the region and internationally.Raffles Bahrain joins a collection of 14 properties across 12 countries and a pipeline of eight other projects.Go back to the enewsletter
1. Marrakech, MoroccoThis incredible North African city is full of history, with rich Arabic and French influences thrown into the mixing pot with uniquely Moroccan flavours making it a huge draw card and a great place to start an African adventure.A sightseeing tour of the ancient citadel is a perfect entrée to discovering what makes Marrakech so special and no visit is complete without taking in the sights and sounds of Djemma al Fna Square, which comes alive as the sun goes down with snake charmers, henna artists and hagglers selling a dazzling array of goods adding to the atmosphere and the heady aroma of traditional Moroccan fare from the many restaurants which line the square filling your senses.A shopping trip to one of the many souks in the old “Medina” is also an absolute must, as is an outing to the nearby Atlas Mountains and the beautiful Jardins Majorelle. Whether it’s for a few days or a week or two, Marrakech is truly magical. Find flights to Marrakech2. On SafariNo longer the pastime of the rich and famous, the modern African safari (which means ‘journey’ in Swahili, the language of East Africa) can be tailored to suit all budgets and tastes.Whether it’s super five-star exclusivity you want or a backpacking adventure through the last remaining pockets of wilderness, a safari is the best way to reach out and touch Africa.The most basic safaris are geared towards those who don’t mind bumpy roads, camping and dusty terrain.Known as overland safaris, they take groups of people into the African hinterland on large truck-like vehicles on a journey of discovery, making camp along the way with largely two-man dome tents, basic camping gear and marvellously wholesome al-fresco meals.Other overland operators offer backpacking accommodation in hostels or small, rustic campsites, providing all the camping gear, meals and refreshments along the way.Further up the scale, tented bush camps and safari lodges offer all-inclusive rates and throw in two or three game activities each day, making sure that guests really experience Africa in an up-close and personal way.At the top end of the scale, luxury lodges offer the traditional, colonial safari experience, a la ‘Out of Africa’ and Hemingway-style, complete with four-poster beds, luxury linens and haute cuisine in the middle of the Bush.Destinations are all-important when it comes to safaris, because at the end of the day it’s all about game-viewing and the magnificent African animals.The endless plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya are jointly home to the largest animal migration in the world as vast herds of wildebeest and zebra move through them in search of fresh grazing every year.Likewise, the famed Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has its own, unique eco-system. Amboseli, in Kenya, is famed for its elephants and is positioned beneath the iconic snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro.Further south on the continent, the majestic South Luangwa, incredible Lower Zambezi and awe-inspiring Kafue National Parks in Zambia offer superb safari experiences. Add to these Etosha in the desert nation of Namibia, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and South Africa’s Kruger National Park and you have a fantastic menu of top African safari destinations to suit everyone. RelatedSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – JohannesburgSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – JohannesburgSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – South AfricaSouth Africa is the first ever country from the African continent to host the World Cup FinalsSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Cape TownSouth Africa World Cup 2010 – Cape Town With Africa in the limelight thanks to the 2010 World Cup, there is no better time to visit this magnificent continent and check out some of its hotspots.In the spirit of “ubuntu” – the African tradition of sharing knowledge and wisdom – Michael Theys from AfricaFreak.com reveals his top five African attractions! 3. Climb KilimanjaroNot for the faint-hearted, the challenge of climbing Africa’s highest peak is nonetheless one of the continent’s top attractions for the active.This incredible mountain is located in Tanzania and is a dormant volcano that is 5895m above sea level, making it the largest freestanding mountain in the world. Naturally, this attracts adventurers from around the planet eager to make it to the top.A variety of specialist tour operators offer packages to climb “Kili” which include guides, accommodation, meals and basic equipment. Climbing tours kick off in the town of Kilimanjaro, which is at the foot of the mountain, home to its own international airport and a short hop from the capital of Dar es Salaam and the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Ascents take around three to four days, and descents another couple of days. You make camp at dedicated sites along the routes to the summit which vary in degrees of difficulty.If you can overcome the altitude, weather and exhaustion, the reward at the top is well worth it. The scenery on the way up is breathtaking. But the top is beyond words when you view your surroundings from the roof of Africa.4. Ballooning in the Serengeti and Maasai MaraNot quite as adventurous as climbing Africa’s highest peak, but nonetheless an amazing African experience is hot air ballooning in both the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. The oldest form of flight, ballooning trips begin pre-dawn as you are taken to the launch sites, and watch the massive balloons fill with hot air before you climb into the marvellous basket and gently rise over the majestic plains, silently and gracefully.The scenery is breathtaking as the plains open up below you, fringed by hills and outcrops of rock. And because you move with the wind, the journey is still and incredibly peaceful, affording you the chance to view the huge herds of animals like wildebeest and zebra, as well as giraffe and elephant and a range of gazelles and antelopes. You can even spot lion hunting or, if you are lucky, cheetah.Your pilot is in constant touch with the ground vehicle, which follows the path of the balloon and is invariably there waiting for you when you land a couple of hours after take-off. A champagne breakfast tops off this incredible experience.5. Zanzibar IslandThe icing on any African trip is a visit to the best kept secret in the Indian Ocean: Zanzibar Island. This historic and strategically important island off the coast of Tanzania is steeped in culture, being a former Arabic trading and slave post, and has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Africa.The marvellously old and atmospheric Stone Town was once the capital of East Africa’s slave trade and an important trade base for the spice industry. It is also the birthplace of legendary rock star Freddy Mercury, late frontman of Queen. Moorish influences blend perfectly with African culture and traditions on Zanzibar, which to this day is a centre for the spice trade.A variety of hotels, lodges and resorts line Zanzibar’s beaches, offering accommodation for all budgets and activities which include diving, snorkelling, wind-surfing, water-skiing and parasailing. Dhow trips can also be arranged out to some of the outlying islands, where picnics are offered on sand-spits and deserted beaches.Whatever your holiday choice, Africa is alive with possibilities, so don’t miss out!Michaël Theys, AfricaFreak, the African Safari Guide. For more information on any of these African adventures, and more, visit: AfricaFreak.comReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
6. Valalta, Rovinj, CroatiaThis beautiful beach is actually part of one of Europe’s best naturist camps, and the beach is easily accessible, whether you’re spending the night or not (although if you splash out on a room you’ll also be able to take advantage of the legendary daily lunch buffet). The facilities are fantastic, with an open-air pool, a water slide into the sea and plenty of parasols to protect any embarrassing sunburn-related incidents. In fact, the fantastic facilities are precisely why it’s regarded as one of the best campsites in Croatia – whether you’re partial to a bit of nudity or not. The 4km beach is mainly sandy, with a few smaller rocky coves at either end.Ditch your clothes in Croatia 10. Es Cavallet Beach, IbizaEs Cavallet isn’t just one of Ibiza’s best official nudist beaches, it’s one of Ibiza’s best beaches, full stop. The location’s fantastic – it’s just a ten minute drive from Ibiza Town – and it’s breathtakingly spectacular, with turquoise water, towering sand dunes and a gorgeous beach restaurant, Chiringay, at the southern end. The beach is also regarded as one of the most gay-friendly beaches in Ibiza. If you’re driving, head for the car park at Las Salinas beach then stroll to Es Cavallet Beach through the beautiful pine forest. Don’t fancy going al naturale the whole time you’re in Ibiza? Stick your swimmers on and enjoy a day in one of the Ibiza’s other best beaches.Search for flights and lay it bare in IbizaLooking for more beach inspiration? We got you covered 20 of the best beaches in Europe that the locals don’t want you to know aboutBeat the miserable British summer by planning your escape to one of these secret beaches across Europe that you’ve probably never heard of…The 10 best Scottish beachesScotland might not sound like the most obvious beach destination, but prepare to be surprised.Top 11 beaches in the Canary IslandsHere is our pick of the very best beaches the Canary Islands have to offer.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 9. Leucate Plage, Port-Leucate, FranceLeucate, in southern France, has several naturist villages where you can ditch clothing entirely. This particular beach is reserved exclusively for naturists, and its position, slightly along from the area’s other beaches, means it’s more private, too. A large car park means it’s easily accessible and there’s a lifeguard service during the summer months. There are plenty of naturist resorts nearby if you fancy basing yourself here – popular naturist resorts include Oasis Village and Aphrodite Village. 7. Bellevue Beach, Klampenborg, DenmarkNude bathing is welcomed at this popular Danish beach, which is easily accessible from Copenhagen and has excellent facilities, including showers and a lifeguard service. It’s one of the area’s livelier stretches of sand, so if you’re going nude for the first time, it might be wise to opt for a more private beach. The northern end is where the majority of nude sunbathers congregate, although topless bathing is common in all areas. Once you’ve topped up your tan, head to the nearby Bakken, which is the world’s oldest amusement park. Just don’t forget to put your clothes back on.Find cheap flights to Denmark 1. Brighton Naturist Beach, Brighton, UKThis naturist beach in Brighton opened in April 1980, but it wasn’t just the first one in the city, but the first nudist beach in the UK. It can be found at the eastern end of Brighton Beach – walk east from the pier towards the marina towards the large banks of rocks, built to protect guests from prying eyes. If you’re feeling lazy, hop on the Volks Electric Railway. Also known as Rock Beach, there are pebbles, rather than sand, but it’s still a fantastic stretch of coastline; visit and you’ll enjoy stunning views of Brighton’s main beach and of the city’s pier. For more beaches in Britain worth checking out (naked or not) have a peek at our list of the UK’s most beautiful shores from Northumberland to Cornwall.2. Cap d’Agde, Languedoc, FranceThere’s a reason this second option doesn’t name a specific beach, and that’s the simple fact that going nude is de rigueur here. You’ll be able to strip off on all of Cap d’Agde’s beaches. And you can also shop, drink and dine naked here too, because the entire town is actually one big naturist resort. Since the first nude campsite opened here in 1958, it’s been home to Europe’s largest nudist colony, but 40,000 additional nudists flock here every summer. But if you’re planning on dipping your toe in the waters of public nudity, don’t be intimidated, because the beaches all have security patrols, photography is banned and there are heavy fines for certain offences, such as committing sexual acts in public.Find flights to flaunt it all in France 4. Plage des Grottes, Île du Levant, FranceNudity is obligatory at this small-but-perfectly formed nudist beach for naturists in sunny southern France. The island on which it’s located, Ile du Levant, has some of Europe’s best naturist resorts, and sun-seekers who like to travel a little lighter have been flocking here for years. There are several restaurants where diners can dine naked, although if you’d rather keep your clothes on when eating, it might be best to avoid La Fourmi, where being clothed is actually frowned upon. But you don’t need to get dressed just because you’re leaving the beach, because nudity is allowed in all public areas, including the harbour and the village square, although if you’re stopping in any of these areas you’ll be required to wear what locals jokingly refer to as “le minimum,” meaning underwear. 3. Playa La Tejita, Tenerife, SpainThis is one of the best beaches in Tenerife, and it can be found on the southern side of the island. The eastern end has been set aside for naturists, and it’s not hard to see why; a rocky outcropping creates a feeling of privacy, and offers protection from the winds which make this area a popular windsurfing spot. Its position, at the foot of Montaña Roja, makes it one of Tenerife’s best beaches for both nudists and those who prefer to stay clothed. It’s easily accessible too, with two car parks. If you’re heading for the nudist section opt for the eastern-most car park.Get set to take ‘yer kit of in Tenerife 8. Playa Illetes, Formentera, SpainSpain has fewer nudist beaches than other European countries, but some of the best can be found on Formentera. Nudity is welcomed on most of the beaches here, and on Playa Illetes, on the north side, it’s positively encouraged. It’s certainly a beautiful spot to ditch your clothes; the water’s wonderfully clear and the sand is ridiculously soft (always a bonus when there’s no clothing to protect your nether regions). When the tide’s low, it’s possible to walk to the tiny, uninhabited island of Espalmador, another popular hangout for nudists – and an ideal spot if you’re nervous about your first dalliance with public nudity RelatedQuick Sand: best beaches for a quick breakSkyscanner reveals seven places to get a quick sand fixBottoms and Bosoms: 5 Nudist BeachesBottoms and Bosoms: 5 Nudist BeachesAlternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to… 5. Porto Ferro Beach, Sardinia, ItalyThis small, beautiful stretch of sand is one of the best beaches in Sardinia, and the northern end is the section to head for if you fancy stripping off. The beach is a mixture of sand and large rocks, but it’s also well sheltered – both from winds and prying eyes – and it’s long too, so there’s plenty of space. It can get incredibly busy in summer, when it’s a stop-off for the area’s popular nudity tours. A word of warning: while Sardinia, and several other coastal areas in Italy, have nudist beaches (thanks largely to a law passed by the Italian Supreme Court in 2006 which allowed certain beaches to be designated nudist areas) there are heavy fines for being caught naked on beaches without this designation. Recently, a man in Sicily was fined around £1000 for being naked on a beach which wasn’t a nudist beach. In other words, do your homework before ditching the clothes.Search for a summer holiday in Sardinia
New York, New York – Tremezzo, one of Salvatore Ferragamo’s luxe shoe collections gets a full complement of new accompaniments for spring. A just-introduced line of made-to-measure suiting, jackets, pants and outerwear, inspired by the popular footwear range lets fans adopt its classical style from head to toe.The process begins when a Ferragamo consultant advises clients on fit, color and over 350 fabric options, including silks, linens, wools and cashmeres produced by top Italian mills. Measurements taken by the house’s tailors are sent to the Florence headquarters, where artisans produce the finished garments in four-to-six weeks.The exclusive made-to-measure experience is offered at the Salvatore Ferragamo Fifth Avenue flagship in New York. Personal appointments are also available at a client’s home or office by appointment.www.salvatoreferragamo.it
Redefining the quintessential Banyan Tree experience, Banyan Tree Phuket introduces “Retreat for the Senses”, a holistic experience of rejuvenation, wellness and discovery. Tailored according to individual lifestyles and preferences, “Retreat for the Senses” is the perfect start to achieving complete relaxation without spending a fortune: an all-inclusive package including accommodation, signature spa treatments at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, three sumptuous meals daily, yoga and meditation sessions, and a series of enriching activities that are held in the lush natural surroundings of Banyan Tree Phuket.There are four unique programs to choose from, centered on the themes of Rejuvenation, Wellness and Discovery. The Rejuvenation retreat focuses on healing through relieving daily stresses. When seeking to indulge in Rejuvenation, a series of spa treatments are scheduled after a personal consultation reviewing what is best to replenish each guest’s energy. For a trip centered on Wellness, Banyan Tree Phuket’s experts help to create an itinerary to enhance health and well-being through culinary selections, yoga, and meditation. The Wellness weekend focuses on improving daily life for mental and physical health. The last program focuses on Discovery. It enhances the innovation of your passions through activities such as batik painting, Thai Classical Dance, and preparation of Thai cuisine with culinary masters. All three “Retreat for the Senses” programs provide an all-inclusive way to embark on an adventure to enlighten the mind, body, and soul.During the “Retreat for the Senses”, each individual undergoes a personal lifestyle assessment to determine the best level of attention. The introductory-level experience is the Sense of Bliss program, the intermediate-level experience is the Sense of Heritage program, and the advance-level experiences comprise the Sense of Ayurveda and Sense of Purification programs. Each retreat is designed to relax and rejuvenate each guest throughout their stay.All “Retreat for the Senses” programs include a wellness consultation during the stay with the resident Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Arun Satheesh, who will analyze each individual’s situation to recommend diet choices and lifestyle changes to attain mental, physical and spiritual harmony. Yoga and meditation sessions are also included in all “Retreat for the Senses” programs. Guests will enjoy personalized service from a dedicated Resort Host who will attend to each guest throughout the stay to assist with every request and make recommendations on the best activities and spa treatments.www.banyantree.com
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Families searching for the perfect spring break vacation to unique locales coupled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences are in luck. This spring break, Kipling & Clark, the purveyors of private luxury travel to Asia, is inviting families to pack up the kids and head to Japan for the nine-day family tour of Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto and Nara. This exclusive five-star Asian holiday is filled with family-friendly activities and all-access to cultural experiences not always available to the traveling public. From catching a private sumo wrestling practice and dressing up like a Geisha for an intimate dinner party to visiting ancient Kyoto shrines and temples and taking in the gorgeous April cherry blossoms, this spring break trip to Japan is sure to turn moments into memories.“Our philosophy is to deliver an experience that is educational, cultural and memorable, while exceeding all expectations,” explained Kipling & Clark Founder Randy Lynch. “Therefore, we designed this private Japanese spring break package to enrich, inspire and educate every member of the family and include exceptional services, amenities and much more.”The spring break family tour includes five-star luxury accommodations and air transportation, expert ground staff hand selected by Kipling & Clark. All of the above arrangements are accompanied by private guide and driver.www.kiplingandclark.com/
AP source: Boone picked by Yankees as next manager NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager, a person familiar with New York’s decision told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the decision had not been announced by the team.Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. His 11th-inning home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.Boone was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Reds at the trade deadline.Boone was among six people interviewed for the job and won out over Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who retired as a player after winning his first World Series this year with Houston.New York’s choice of Boone was first reported by former Daily News columnist Bill Madden.After missing out on the Yankees’ job, Thomson told the Phillies he is accepting an offer to become their bench coach, a person familiar that decision said. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not announced.Five days after New York lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Oct. 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 seasons, the team’s 27th World Series title in 2009 and a 910-710 regular-season record. Cashman later said he was concerned over “ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel.”Boone was the fourth of the candidates to interview with New York, going through about six hours of conversations at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 17.“I would say in a way I’ve been preparing for this job for the last 44 years,” he said then.Boone’s career with New York was brief. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a pickup basketball game in January 2004 and was released by the Yankees, who claimed he violated a prohibition against basketball in the guarantee language of his contract. New York replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez from Texas.Owner Hal Steinbrenner said last month a lack of managing and coaching experience was a concern but not an insurmountable hurdle.Boone’s grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03. His brother, Bret, was a three-time All-Star second baseman in a big league career from 1992-2005.“I’ve been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old, and in a way managing the game from a very young age,” Aaron Boone said. “And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I’ve kind of lived this game as a kid.”Boone had never interviewed previously for a manager opening. He had been at ESPN since his retirement as a player.“I just feel like it’s started to really pull at me,” he said. “Especially the last few years, I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations.”His dad has worked for the Washington Nationals since December 2004 and currently is an assistant general manager.“He definitely recognizes how much it’s changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where — especially with analytics these days, it’s a different job,” Aaron Boone said. “There’s a lot to consider and there’s a lot of great information out there that is instilled into the game today. And it’s I think now more than ever more of a partnership from front office to manager.”“We are an extension of the front office and a part of the front office,” he added, “and how we gather information and get it in the hands of the players is a very important part of the job nowadays.”___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees’ Aaron Boone celebrates his game-winning home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield during the 11th inning of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in New York. A person familiar with the decision says the Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night, Dec. 1, 2017, because the decision had not been announced by the team. Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File) by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2017 6:14 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Tennessee rapper no longer wants to withdraw his guilty plea from a weapons charge that was filed after he was arrested with a gun following a shooting at a Little Rock nightclub that left 25 people injured last year.Little Rock television station KATV reports that Ricky Hampton told a federal judge Wednesday that he accepts “full responsibility” after admitting earlier this year he possessed a gun at an eastern Arkansas night club a week before the Little Rock shooting.Hampton last month asked for a hearing to withdraw his guilty plea.Hampton uses the stage name “Finese2Tymes.” He was performing on July 1, 2017, at Little Rock’s Power Ultra Lounge when the shooting began . No one was killed but more than two dozen people were injured , mostly from gunshots.___Information from: KATV-TV, http://www.katv.com/The Associated Press FILE- This July 2, 2017, file photo provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office in Pine Bluff, Ark., shows Ricky Hampton, also known as Finese2Tymes. Hampton, a Tennessee rapper no longer wants to withdraw his guilty plea from a weapons charge that was filed after he was arrested with a gun following a shooting at a Little Rock nightclub that left 25 people injured last year. Hampton told a federal judge Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, that he accepts “full responsibility” after admitting earlier this year he possessed a gun at an eastern Arkansas night club a week before the Little Rock shooting. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File) Rapper not dropping guilty plea in Arkansas gun case AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 6:25 am PDT