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first_img Top Stories QB Carson Palmer hands the ball to RB Andre Ellington at Arizona Cardinals training camp, Wednesday, August 26 at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo:Adam Green/Arizona Sports) GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals are on the cusp of finishing up their training camp tenure at University of Phoenix Stadium. That we are in the waning days of camp shows, with dwindling crowd numbers and even less in the way of super-intense practices. Yet, trudge on the team does, and Wednesday the players were in pads.The GoodReceiver Larry Fitzgerald continued his good camp with some real nice catches. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’m waiting to see what will happen next, and I’m really excited. I consider this a complete win. The biggest question coming in was would guys in the NFL respond to a woman coaching them, and obviously that’s a ‘yes.’ So I couldn’t be more happy and that’s what I’m focusing on right now.” – Coach Jen Welter on if she thinks beyond next week, when her internship comes to an endNo HighlightsSorry, the Cards didn’t post any and that’s where they come from.Up NextThe Cardinals have a walkthrough scheduled for Thursday morning and then another practice at 2 p.m. – / 30 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Patrick Peterson made a couple of good plays, coming up with an interception in 11-on-11 early in practice and then nearly nabbing another in breaking up a pass intended for Travis Harvey.Defensive lineman Frostee Rucker just obliterated receiver Jaxon Shipley while the latter was coming around on a reverse.Calais Campbell appeared to come up with the ball after chasing Phillip Sims down the line. Was it intercepted? Fumbled? Just handed to him? I couldn’t tell, but Campbell made a nice play either way.Cornerback Cariel Brooks picked off a pass.Phillip Sims showed excellent accuracy and touch on a down-field throw to Trevor Harman during 7-on-7.Tyrann Mathieu did a nice job preventing a completion to receiver Ryan Spadola in 11-on-11.The BadIf you like big plays on offense then the fact there really weren’t any Wednesday would probably bother you.There were a couple instances with Drew Stanton, Logan Thomas and Phillip Sims where it appeared the protection broke down. That, or the coverage down field was superb.The Injury ReportHere’s who missed Wednesday’s practice:WR Michael FloydLG Mike IupatiOL Earl WatfordRB Chris JohnsonLB Sean Weatherspoon CB Jerraud PowersTE Troy NiklasCardinals coach Bruce Arians said Watford should be back Thursday, and was hopeful Johnson and Weatherspoon would be ready by the end of the week. He added Niklas re-injured his hamstring, and there is no timetable yet for his return.NotableShaq Riddick got his first taste of extended time on the field, seeing action in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11.Michael Floyd was seen without much of anything on his ailing left hand, so it appears he’s improving. Arians said he wouldn’t put it past the WR to be ready for Week 1.Justin Bethel may not be taking Jerraud Powers’ job at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, but Arians said he has impressed them to the point where they will put in a couple of packages in order to get No. 28 on the field more.Quotable“I don’t like to use the word ‘old,’ though. You can use it when you talk about coaches. I’m in my mid-to-early 30s, and in quarterback years that’s middle of the road in my book.” – Carson Palmer“No, he works out like a wild man. He’s got his own gym and all that stuff. He’s a fitness nut and he makes his own beer, that’s a pretty damn good combination.” – Bruce Arians on if he’s noticed any changes in Jared Veldheer’s physicality or body type this yearlast_img read more

Robinho gets off on right foot with hattrick that is value for

first_imgShares00 Robinho match reports Share on Twitter Sun 26 Oct 2008 20.01 EDT @DTguardian Share on Facebook First published on Sun 26 Oct 2008 20.01 EDT Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics Manchester City Robinho gets off on right foot with hat-trick that is value for money Premier Leaguecenter_img At £32.5m, with a weekly salary of £160,000, Robinho might have to pull up a few more trees before anyone at Manchester City can think of him as a bargain but if these things actually matter to the club’s new owners there can be no argument that their showpiece signing has thus far been value for money.In eight appearances since swapping Madrid for Manchester and becoming the most expensive player in English football, Robinho has now accumulated six goals, his hat-trick of right-footed finishes here yesterday making it a chastening experience for a Stoke City side that might have to learn one or two new tricks to go with Rory Delap’s torpedo-like throws.Delap’s speciality has become such a key part of Stoke’s artillery that their supporters have even adapted a strange little hands-in-the-air routine whenever he gets the chance to hurl the ball into the opposition penalty area. On this occasion, however, the tactic came up short as, after a bright opening, Tony Pulis’s side were bamboozled by some lovely one-touch passing football, with Robinho too elusive and too clever for the visiting defenders.”The crowd adore him, and rightly so,” Mark Hughes, the home manager, later reflected. “He was excellent – not just because of his goals but his football intelligence, his appreciation of where his team-mates were, where the opponents were and how best to hurt them. He had all that.”He was entitled to eulogise because, for Stoke, the damage could conceivably have been worse if their opponents had been more clinical during a second half in which they should really have emulated the six-goal drubbing they dished out to Portsmouth last month. Once he has put the match ball away as a souvenir, Robinho will reflect on two glorious but spurned opportunities to consolidate his new status as City’s leading scorer, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland both wasted one-on-ones against the visiting goalkeeper, Thomas Sorensen. Stoke, in fairness, looked threatening for pockets of the game and afterwards Pulis was restrained in his criticisms, pointing out they had 56% of possession. It was an unexpected statistic and, on reflection, Pulis will be dismayed about the time and space his defenders afforded not only Robinho but also City’s more unlikely hero, the 19-year-old Daniel Sturridge.Despite all Robinho’s repertoire, Sturridge laid on the game’s most impressive moment, in the 47th minute, when he set off on a marauding run before splitting the visiting defence with a beautifully weighted through-ball. Having beaten Sorensen with a confident shot, Robinho was quick to kneel down and pretend to shine the boots of his young accomplice. When the two players combined again in the 72nd minute, Robinho’s cool finishing produced a similar outcome. “They showed a fantastic understanding of each other’s game,” said Hughes.Sturridge had come on three minutes before the break after another 19-year-old, Ched Evans, suffered a knee injury. Both look outstanding prospects – as does the young goalkeeper Joe Hart who yesterday signed a new five-year deal -and Evans can also reflect on an important contribution when, on 14 minutes, Elano knocked the ball down to him from a Wright-Phillips cross. The teenager was in a shooting position and might have been tempted to have a go at goal himself but had the presence of mind to angle a pass into the path of Robinho, coming in from the left, and the former Real Madrid player did the rest with a crisp finish. Two months into the latest, most unorthodox, period of his career, Robinho has his first English exam this week. If he is as clever off the pitch as he is on it, he can expect to pass with distinction.Man of the match RobinhoThe biggest compliment that can be paid to the Brazilian is that he has been as good as City’s supporters had dared to hopeBest moment The confidence with which he put away his hat-trick goal Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Daniel Taylor at City of Manchester Stadium Premier League Share on Twitter Stoke City Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Robinho celebrates after scoring a hat-trick for Manchester City. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Imageslast_img read more