first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. In Week 7 last season, the Cardinals engaged the Seahawks in a 6-6 field goal fest in which missed field goals played a pivotal role at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson (4) celebrates with Andy Lee after kicking a field goal as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dekoda Watson (97) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 3 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Heading into Week 10 of the NFL season, Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson is ranked 33rd in the league in field goal percentage.Considering there are only 32 teams in the league, one might conclude that kicking has become a real problem the Cardinals need to address down the stretch.Thursday morning, former Cardinals kicker Jay Feely joined Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station to address why Dawson has struggled so badly this season. One of the issues could be that, at age 42, Dawson has to double-dip with kickoff duties as well as field goals. Top Stories “They had two young guys to kick off and they wanted them to win the job so Phil wouldn’t have to kick off. Neither one of them won the job,” Feely said. “I just know that as an older guy the impacts that kickoffs had.“The analogy I give is if you lose your driver, I was teeing off with a 3-iron every hole. It has an impact on you physically and mentally as well.”Feely said that losing long snapper Aaron Brewer in Week 5 could affect the snap-hold-kick process.“If you see the ball the whole way, the entire time you are attacking the ball and hitting the ball you are comfortable and confident. When the ball isn’t there and the holder has to reach somewhere else and you don’t get to see it until the last minute, that makes it more difficult, no question,” said Feely.Many fans were excited when the Cardinals signed the 18-year veteran this offseason since he has hit 84 percent of his career attempts and is only four field goals shy of 500 for his career.But with six misses in only eight games, the acquisition has proved underwhelming.On a positive note, Dawson has hit 13 of 13 extra point attempts this season and will look to redeem himself Thursday against the Seahawks. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Jay Feely, CBS Special Teams Expert last_img

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first_imgShuttler PV Sindhu said her life has changed ever since she won the Silver medal at the recently-concluded Rio Olympics. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)Sindhu, who created history by becoming the first Indian woman to claim a Silver medal at the Olympics, returned home on Monday to a rousing reception. (‘Rustom’, Hyderabadi biryani await Sindhu after Silver in Rio)If Hyderabad (Telangana), the hometown of Sindhu, had come out to accord her a hero’s welcome, Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), the native place of her mother, opened its heart out to the star shuttler.”I am very happy. Obviously my life has changed a lot. I never thought this would happen. The last two days were awesome. I am not nervous with the expectations. In fact, I am very happy and excited because I used to think I have to become a very big player but once I won a medal and people come take photographs. It is a great feeling,” Sindhu told India Today Television in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. (Performers score, stars fail on social media Olympic data)Recognising her achievement, the Sports Ministry on Monday announced that Sindhu along with wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. (Sindhu just won Olympic medal but India is searching for her caste)Sindhu, who became India’s 15th individual Olympic medallist, said she gave her best effort and took it match by match.She believes the hard work put in during the last two months and many sacrifices she, her parents and her coach Pullela Gopichand made paid off.advertisement”We were focussed throughout the Olympics. When the tournament began, I used to take one match at a time, winning one by one. I was not disappointed with the Silver. In a match one should win and one should lose. For me, it was a very good week. I was very happy,” she said.Sindhu added that she was focused on her immediate targets and not thinking too far ahead. (PV Sindhu dines with India Today after winning Silver medal. Burgers, nuggets on the menu)”There are four more years for Tokyo 2020. For me, I have to focus on the next important tournament. So, I am just aiming for my immediate targets. Not looking too far ahead.”On the other hand, Sindhu’s choach Pullela Gopichand was all praise for her hard work, dedication and discipline.”It’s a great feeling. Phenomenal. There is a huge amount of pleasure, gratitude and responsibility as well. But I am greatly satisfied with the past few months of training,” Gopichand told India Today Television.”There has been a lot of God’s grace in what we have been able to achieve so far. Hopefully, we should be able to able to achieve more. I would say world badminton is really tough and there needs to be a lot of effort which needs to be put in to get there (to get Gold in Tokyo 2020 Olympics). I only hope we are strong enough to work hard for the next four years. Hopefully, if things go well, we will deliver,” he said.Gopichand also said that wrestler Sakshi Malik’s Bronze medal which came before Sindhu’s Gold-medal match against Spain’s Carolina Marin was a relief and took some pressure off their shoulders.”We were there at the game all through. We saw how each one of them was so desperate for a medal. But somehow it was elusive, it just didn’t come. And luckily for us, Sakshi Malik’s medal came just before Sindhu’s medal and in a way that helped us. It relieved some pressure off us. Sakshi’s medal was important,” he said.CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEOlast_img

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the green light to a Test championship and one-day international league, while countries are also welcome to experiment with four-day Tests, the world governing body said on Friday.A Test championship has long been mooted as a means to make the longest form of the game more relevant for fans who have increasingly turned towards limited-overs matches.ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson told reporters in Auckland on Friday that while details still needed to be worked out, the Test championship would commence after the 50-overs World Cup in 2019 and culminate with a final in mid-2021.Nine of the 12 Test-approved countries — Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland will initially be excluded — will play three home and three away series over the two years that count towards the championship.The series can be a minimum of two matches and maximum of five, with all Tests to be five days in length. The top-two teams in April 2021 will meet in the final two months later.Richardson added that a 13-team ODI league would be introduced from 2021 and determine which teams qualify for the World Cup in India two years later.Chief Executive David Richardson speaks about the new Test and ODI leagues after the ICC meetings in Auckland. ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) October 13, 2017″The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game,” he said.advertisement”The ICC Board decision means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule … as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms.”A new nine team Test league and 13 team ODI league have been agreed in principle by members at ICC Board meeting. ICC (@ICC) October 13, 2017Richardson said countries were welcome to experiment with four-day Test matches but they would not count towards the championship.South Africa will play Zimbabwe in cricket’s first four-day Test on Dec. 26 and Richardson said that while the concept was still in the trial phase it should help Afghanistan and Ireland, who were granted Test status in June, get up to speed faster.”Throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket,” Richardson said.”The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled.”Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test-playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams.”last_img

first_imgSerena Williams came out in support of Nike and former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick after the company faced severe backlash for unveiling Kaepernick as their face for the new advertising campaign.Kaepernick had sparked a national controversy after becoming the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem as a protest police killings of black men and other issues related to racism. Following his move, the entire previous season of NFL was laden with such protests.Following the entire controversy, Kaepernick, who was a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers for six years, was not offered a place on any NFL team for the 2017 season. He has since sued the NFL, accusing owners of colluding to blackball him and is still without a team.Since the release of Nike advertisement, protesters have burned Nike shoes and some consumers demanded a boycott while the company’s shares fell on Tuesday, closing down 3.2 percent.Also read – US Open: Serena reaches semi-finals, defending champion Stephens oustedOn Tuesday after Nike’s unveiling, Serena Williams had taken to Twitter to say she was “especially proud to be a part of the Nike family” for choosing Kaepernick as their face.Especially proud to be a part of the Nike family today. #justdoit Williams (@serenawilliams) September 4, 2018After her straight sets victory over Karolina Pliskova in the US Open quarter-finals, Serena once again opened up on the issue and said Kaepernick’s works for the African American community has cost him.advertisement”He’s done a lot for the African American community, and it’s cost him a lot. It’s sad,” Serena told reporters.”Having a huge company back him … could be a controversial reason for this company, but they’re not afraid. I feel like that was a really powerful statement to a lot of other companies.”Both Williams and Kaepernick have endorsement deals with Nike.In an on-court interview after her match, Williams was told that film director Spike Lee, who watched her on Tuesday, had compared her to fellow African American sporting icons Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.Former heavyweight champion Ali, who died in 2016, was known as much for his political activism as his boxing brilliance, speaking out racism, war and religious intolerance.”To be compared to Ali or Jordan, I really have no words,” Williams said. “Mainly Ali, because he did so much for the sport, he did so much for the world, for everyone.”That’s what I want to do and want to be remembered for.”It’s not what I want to do on court, but how I can inspire people off the court, that’s my dream.”Took my niece to see @serenawilliams and @venuswilliams play tonight with @E_Reid35 at Arthur Ashe stadium.Lani lost it when Serena surprised her after the match!!!Thank you so much Serena!!! Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 1, 2018US President Donald Trump has been critical of athletes taking a knee during the national anthem and has said he would love to see NFL owners fire football players who disrespect the American flag.In fact, soon after the release of the Nike advertisement, Trump said to The Daily Caller, “I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent [from Nike]. There’s no reason for it.”Williams said in her post-match interview that athletes should be given the freedom of choice to exercise their right to protest social injustice.”I feel like they can choose or they can not choose. And it’s their choice,” she said.”My choice is to choose to just be the best, try to be, I’m not always perfect. Actually I’m never perfect. Just try to be the best that I can be.”Maybe I can just influence one person, and that makes a change already.”The NFL released a statement on Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday, a day after corporate partner Nike unveiled an ad featuring the quarterback as part of a major ad campaign.”The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity,” president of communications and public affairs Jocelyn Moore said in the statement. “We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities. The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”Kaepernick posted a black-and-white close-up of himself on Instagram and Twitter on Monday featuring the Nike logo and “Just do it” slogan along with the quote, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”advertisementBelieve in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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