D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Brady Henderson, editor of MyNorthwest.com for ArizonaSports 620’s sister station in Seattle, 710 ESPN, points out a fewinstances of “extra stuff” in a blog post.One came in the first quarter after Lynchdragged a pile of defenders for several seconds. DarnellDockett, one of two Cardinals to finally bring Lynch down,put his knee into his facemask while getting up. Duringthe end of a tackle in the second quarter, Adrian Wilsonpulled Lynch’s helmet off and pushed it away from thepile. Lynch was visibly miffed while talking with Carrollon the sideline following that play.The old saying is “you don’t want to know what goes on atthe bottom of piles in the NFL”, so these “charges” don’texactly surprise anyone.And Dockett and Wilson haven’t exactly been on-field choirboys during their tenures with the Cardinals. Add that tothe fact that Lynch is arguably the toughest runner in theleague to bring down, and maybe, just maybe, somefrustration set in.This sounds like the beginning of another heated rivalrybetween the Cardinals and an NFC West foe — which isexactly what the Cards, and the division, need. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Many thought the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawkswould just play nice in their season finale last Sunday atUniversity of Phoenix Stadium. After all, both teams had been eliminated from playoffcontention and were playing mostly for pride…and secondplace in the NFC West, for whatever that’s worth.But credit goes to both teams, they played hard for wellover 60 minutes, with the Cardinals winning 23-20 inovertime. Things got chippy along the way, and Seahawks’coach Pete Carroll came out and accused the Cardinals ofdoing some “extra stuff” to Seattle runnning back MarshawnLynch at the bottom of piles. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Comments Share “I would hope that every player would think he has to earn[the starting position],” Wheisenhunt said. “If a guy is abetter player — we’ve been pretty consistent, I think youcan go back and look at all the spots — that’s the waywe’ve operated, no matter what the situation has been.”Skelton got off to a slow start when he took over for Kolbstaying reserved and quiet off the field, but he soon gotcomfortable enough to control the game. He finished theseason with a 54.9 percent completion percentage and threwfor 1,913 yards.“Not a lot seems to faze John, but he’s gotten a littlefeisty on the field here lately coming off, which is agood sign,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s talked about plays or‘I should have hit that!’ or, you know, gotten a littlebit emotional. That’s a side of him that’s been excitingto see.”Whisenhunt even threw Richard Bartel in the mix forcontenders for the position, though he’s easily third onthe depth chart now. “I’m excited about all three of our quarterbacks. I’veseen things from them this year that gives me a lot ofcomfort going into next year as opposed to where we were ayear ago,” Whisenhunt said. “We’ve got a lot of things yetto evaluate, but I’m pleased with where we are at thatposition.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals quarterback situation in theupcoming offseason will be similar to the story witnessedin 2011.“We’ve got a lot of things to go through in looking at ourseason,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I think that onething has been consistent: We’re always going to play thebest player, the player that gives us the chance to win.” The John Skelton-Kevin Kolb QB competition will be back infull swing once Kolb has made a complete recovery from hisconcussion. Though Skelton led the team to more wins thanKolb in 2011, the starting position is up for grabs withno favoritism in tow.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bobby Massie was arrested for being intoxicated behind the wheel (he was sleeping) the week of the Super Bowl in AZ. Wants it cut to 2 games Massie has been with the Cardinals for four seasons, playing in 40 games. He was a fourth-round selection in 2012 out of Ole Miss. – / 19 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact In other news, NFL suspending Arizona OT Bobby Massie 3 games for violating Substance Abuse Policy, NFL source told ESPN. Massie appealing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2015 Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Bobby Massie has been suspended three games by the NFL. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2015Massie, who started 16 games last season, was expected to be the right tackle again. First round draft pick D.J Humphries had been practicing at right tackle and would be potential competition for Massie.Humphries had been out of practice for the past week with a knee injury but is expected back Tuesday. Third-year pro Earl Watford and Bradley Sowell are also in the mix, and it was Watford who was playing right tackle with the second-team offense in Monday’s practice.Whoever ends up filling in, offensive lineman Ted Larsen feels like the Cardinals will be fine.“We’ve got good depth and guys that have been playing well and that can step and keep trying to play to the level Bobby plays at,” he said.Still, it’s the type of thing a team like the Cardinals, who have goals of winning the Super Bowl, do not really want to have to deal with.“It’s one of those things you hate to hear, you hope that the appeal process goes in our favor,” Calais Campbell said. “But it’s one of those things you have to deal with. It’s one of those things that when something happens you look him in the eye, he has to be accountable to his team. Tell him ‘we need you back, make sure you’re ready if you do have to miss games,’ and somebody else gets the opportunity to step up.” Carson Palmer drops back to pass while Bobby Massie blocks during Arizona Cardinals training camp Aug. 8. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories
Top Stories Christine Arians talked about the challenge of being a football coach’s wife and raising the children with Bruce working as an NFL coach in the first episode of the series. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Sports’ Paige Dimakos sat down with Christine Arians to talk about her family, the Arians Family Foundation and, of course, her husband, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.For the third and final edition of the series, Christine Arians spoke about running a relaxation business called The Zone, her involvement in the CASA foundation of Arizona and her husband’s happy place.In the second edition, the CEO of the Arians household discussed the Amazon series “All or Nothing,” Arians’ recent sickness and his larger-than-life personality — apparently, he used to be a little shy. Comments Share
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 2015, his junior year, he started all 13 games and was named the team defensive Most Valuable Player. He recorded 91 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.He went undrafted in April, but was a part of the Cardinals’ rookie minicamp shortly after.Crowley was a rookie center for the Cardinals coming out of North Carolina.Arizona signed him quickly after the draft ended as a free agent. – / 14 Top Stories 2 Comments Share (Twitter Photo/@TevinF43) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals got right to work as a team on the first day of training camp both on the field and off of it.The team announced Saturday they have already made roster moves, signing linebacker Tevin Floyd and releasing offensive lineman Lucas Crowley.Floyd played four years at The Citadel in South Carolina, earning second-team All-Southern Conference honors his last two seasons.He was one of the defensive leaders on the team, making 86 total tackles his senior year in 2016, adding two sacks and a fumble recovery. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Top Stories Gus Johnson just completely botched Tyrann Mathieu’s name and I’m so disappointed. pic.twitter.com/r0FOPFwsFg— Renato Mazariegos (@RPMSports18) September 3, 2017Ma-thoh?Mah-toe?Anyway, it wasn’t correct, and the Honey Badger was not amused by this oversight. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 9 Comments Share 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 Let’s give FOX play-by-play man Gus Johnson props for what went well.His final call of UCLA’s fake-spike play that led to a go-ahead touchdown in a 45-44 win over Texas A&M was very good. It came in the final minute of the game and capped the Bruins’ comeback from a late 34-point deficit. But more on that in a second.Johnson didn’t have the best game prior to that moment.Discussing one player (was it UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen?) who had apparently drawn comparisons to LSU product and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, Johnson stumbled and bumbled his way through the Honey Badger’s last name. 🙄 https://t.co/kUHEEHU70m— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 4, 2017The good news: Johnson recovered later in the game as the Bruins did the same thanks to the heroics of quarterback Josh Rosen.Gus certainly nailed the pronunciation on that name, so that’s good, probably.Someone is going to have to clean up the booth. Haha, Gus Johnson.#UCLA pic.twitter.com/XP7IL6x6BO— Ƒormerly Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) September 4, 2017
A 55-year-old heritage train once used on regional rail lines in NSW made its longest-ever mainline journey on Tuesday 15 November 2016, when it carried 90 rail and sail passengers on a 800-kilometre trip from the Victorian town of Seymour to Sydney.Cruise travel specialist, Cruise Express, which ran the unique cruise tour, invited rail buffs and locals in towns from Seymour to Sydney to see the two-car, 620-class rail motor, stop or pass by and give the passengers from around Australia a welcoming wave.The record-breaking rail journey was part of a four-night tour that included a three-night cruise from Sydney to Melbourne aboard Golden Princess, a night in Melbourne, dinner on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant and the return train trip to Sydney, initially aboard the historic Spirit of Progress from Melbourne to Seymour and then aboard the rail motor through to Sydney.Built in 1961 and operated by the Rail Motor Society and based in Paterson in the Hunter Valley, the rail motor set 621/721 has been preserved in its original Indian red colour scheme and is the only 620-class rail motor in active preservation service. The NSW Government built 18 620-class diesel sets from 1961 to 1971, with six sets remaining in active commuter service in the Hunter area until 2007. The sets although were used all over NSW till the early 1990s. Unlike modern trains, the rail motor’s windows can still be opened so passengers could enjoy fresh air, unencumbered views and wave to sightseers.The rail motor’s pairing with the famous Spirit of Progress on the cruise tour was another rail history first. The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre also assisted with the historic rail journey. This was the rail motor’s first-ever visit to Seymour. Aboard the rail motor from Seymour to Sydney, eight rail enthusiast volunteers, including two drivers from Junee, accompanied the 90 passengers, who lunched en route at the 138-year-old Junee Railway Station, with refreshments also brought aboard at Goulburn from local suppliers.Cruise Express Director Meg Hill said the heritage rail and sail tour had proved very popular with travellers, with another planned for April 2017, with the rail motor this time travelling from Sydney to Seymour.
This year’s show saw the return of the AIME Community Hub, decorated in the purple and silver accents to highlight the anniversary. The Hub was the perfect place for visitors to get connected, recharge both themselves and their devices, gather information, and view live footage from around the show floor. The Hub featured a dedicated photo booth and an interactive ‘Post-it Note’ wall, which let visitors share their AIME moments and inspirations.This year AIME partnered with Microhire, who provided an innovative video wall and interactive social media broadcast that posted live updates at the Hub for a truly immersive experience for guests.AIME once again partnered with Clifton Productions and exponent to create the AIME Knowledge Lounge, a unique educational environment that provided two full days of learning opportunities, easily accessible on the show floor and open to all attendees free of charge.The Hyatt Regency Lounge was designed to encourage people to connect by offering Confident, Clever and Energetic experiences. An oxygen bar provided the revitalising effects of pure oxygen in a variety of flavours, helping to rejuvenate and energise visitors, while a juice bar provided healthy refreshments.Celebrating the local and international guests, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) hosted a food fair called ‘Streets of Melbourne’ that highlighted locally sourced produce, local delights and delicious food accessible to all visitors.Be Challenged showcased a range of activities and programmes aimed to engage visitors and encourage them to learn something new. From the latest gameification technology to experiencing the thrills of playing in an orchestra, visitors had the opportunity to join in the latest in interactive team-building activities.
Go back to the e-newsletterThe first quarter of the year is the best time to plan for the upcoming holiday season, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s five new hotels in Italy and Greece offer a wealth of history, culture and surrounding attractions to suit the tastes of just about everyone. Whether it is picking up new culinary skills for a Tuscan feast, learning about the best olive oils, learning a traditional Apulian tarantella dance, discovering new sights on a Vespa or spending a day of watersports with the family, guests are in for a summer to remember.Eagles VillasHalkidiki, Greece40 rooms from AU$707 per night for a Junior Pool VillaSet on a green hillside on the Halkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece, this collection of luxury sea-view villas with private heated plunge pools is a newly created extension to Eagles Palace on the same golden beach and great for sun-seeking families. Each villa offers privacy and beautiful sea views towards Mount Athos and the Aegean Sea, and are designed with families in mind. Ideal for children as young as four months, the resort’s Aqua Explorers kids’ club, offering six watersports program daily for 5–13-year-olds, will keep the kids occupied while parents unwind at the spa or explore the historic villages and peaceful beaches of Halkidiki.SLH insider tip: For a great day out, hire a private boat from the watersports centre and explore the beauty of Halkidiki or the hotel can organise excursions to Mount Athos.Hotel VilònRome, Italy18 rooms from AU$863 per night for a Vilon DoubleOpened 1 March 2018Tucked away in the ancient heart of Rome, this intimate boutique hotel is only a short stroll away from the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and the shopping district. The revived historic mansion in the Campo Marzio neighbourhood used to be a convent and dates back to the mid-16th century when it was known as the “house annexed to Palazzo Borghese”. Most of the hotel’s windows offer a view of the private gardens of Palazzo Borghese, which won the Sotheby’s award for best restoration in 1997. Its 18 rooms, suites and Adelaide bar and restaurant are characterised by a contemporary take on Art Deco – think marble bathrooms, comfy velvet furnishings and elegant works of art perfectly placed – all hallmarks of architect and designer Paolo Bonfini. To best experience Rome, the concierge can arrange tailor-made sightseeing trips and exclusive transport for guests.SLH insider tip: Be sure to seek out the best angle to view the hidden private gardens of Palazzo Borghese; we recommend the Melangolo Suite with its private terrace overlooking the garden. For a favourite local activity, have lunch at Trattoria al Moro followed by a leisurely stroll through some of the most emblematic corners of Rome on your way back to the hotel.Villa di PiazzanoTuscany, Italy31 rooms from AU$320 for a Classic RoomGuests experience a warm Italian welcome that has made visitors feel at home for over 500 years when they arrive at Villa di Piazzano. This historic family-run estate is located in the countryside just outside Cortona, a town on the border between Tuscany and Umbria made famous by the American writer Frances Mayes with her book and later the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. Originally the hunting lodge of Cardinal Passerini, a favourite of the Medicis, the Renaissance country estate tucked away in the hills has been lovingly restored to provide down-to-earth luxury to guests. Its location between Tuscany and Umbria also puts visitors in great position to discover the region’s best cultural highlights.SLH insider tip: Participate in fun half-day cooking sessions at the cooking school where guests can learn to make a hearty four-course Tuscan meal and enjoy lunch in the garden with a good bottle of local wine.La Villa del ReSardinia, Italy48 rooms from AU$845 for a Classic RoomPeering over the stunning waters of the Costa Rei beach on the beautiful southeast coast of Sardinia, La Villa del Re is an adults-only luxury beach resort wrapped in gardens of fragrant Mediterranean plants. The beach resort is characterised by an elegant and refined style, without extravagant excess. With a design inspired by traditional Sardinian architecture, this boutique hotel sees guests easily slip into the relaxed pace of island life. Rooms fuse contemporary comfort with Italian style. Outside, an infinity pool merges with the horizon. A table on the terrace, with endless views of starry skies, is perfect for a romantic getaway.SLH insider tip: Days at La Villa del Re can be as laidback or action-packed as you wish. The resort is steps from its private white beach where guests can take in views of the sea in the comfort of luxury loungers.Il MelogranoPuglia, Italy37 rooms from AU$280 for a Classic RoomWith its outdoor pool and serene spa, Il Melograno is every inch the contemporary Italian retreat. Set in an ancient olive grove in Puglia, this country estate is renowned throughout Italy as the first Masseria – a fortified farmhouse used to protect Puglia’s rich produce from Saracens – to open its doors to guests and reveal 400 years of history. Today, the tables are set with local delicacies, with the chefs using many ingredients grown in the hotel’s own kitchen garden combined with the delicious pleasures of the Adriatic Sea. The estate owns 200 protected olive trees, producing some of the finest extra virgin olive oil in Puglia. Guests immerse themselves in the Apulian culture by learning the traditional Apulian pizzica or tarantella dance or signing up for the hotel’s olive oil tasting session. Sightseeing is given some Italian character by touring in a vintage car, Cinquecento or on a Vespa scooter.SLH insider tip: Fancy a unique morning workout? The staff will be happy to place a treadmill under an olive tree.Go back to the e-newsletterRoom 123 at Masseria il Melograno in MonopoliMasseria Il Melograno,Monopoli
Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter Luxperience will showcase outstanding local experiences at this year’s event, announcing the introduction of Uniquely Australia, a dedicated space celebrating some of the very best Australian premium operators.The Uniquely Australia pavilion, a first for the event, will bring Australia’s unique brand of hospitality to life and provide operators with a platform to share their stories with the world. The concept ensures that local operators are front and centre as buyers from the global premium market descend on Sydney for Luxperience 2019.“Australia has an abundance of talented, passionate operators providing incredible experiences that celebrate Australia’s rich and diverse landscape, and we really want to recognise that,” says Michelle Papas, event director for Luxperience. “We’re excited for this new initiative that provides another opportunity for them to showcase authentic, immersive experiences that are Uniquely Australia, building on Luxperience’s commitment to supporting local industry.”Featured brands include Crystalbrook Collection and United Places Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours and Independent Aviation. Exhibitors will have access to an appointment stream with qualified buyers, the Thought Leaders & Welcome reception, wrap party, social events and additional profiling opportunities.For more details about Uniquely Australia opportunities, contact the Luxperience team via www.luxperience.com.au/contact-usLuxperience will return to the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from 7-10 October 2019. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry.