2 Comments Share Top Stories “Dynamic in every area, particularly on the offensive side of the ball,” Wilks said of the week’s task. “It’s just about eliminating the big plays.”Defensively, the Cardinals hope that doing so in the passing game will be possible with safety Tre Boston, who has been out with rib and shoulder injuries since an Oct. 14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.“Today I went out, hit the sleds, you know, just trying to show them I’m ready to go if they say I’m ready to go,” Boston said Monday. “It’s really just a fight between me and them. Too often in our minds as athletes, we want to come back early … Right now we’re fighting that thin line of being a competitor and being smart and helping my team out for the long-run.”The Cardinals, Wilks said, believe there’s a chance they can give the Chiefs their best shot with a completely healthy roster.Adding depth over the break was the challenge.That was one reason why Arizona released former starting quarterback Sam Bradford over the weekend, eating the rest of the veteran’s $15 million contract.“… from the standpoint of need, position-wise throughout the year, particularly this time with guys getting hurt, we did what we thought was best for the team,” Wilks said Monday. “We needed that position to be able to add quality depth to different positions on the team.” TEMPE, Ariz. — It was nice to enter the bye week at the midway point of the season coming off a win.It was nice the Arizona Cardinals saw their rookie quarterback lead a fourth-quarter comeback with his new offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich, debuting at the controls following Mike McCoy’s firing.It was nice the week off let some injured Cardinals heal.But reality hits hard and fast out of the break, and Monday Arizona regrouped to begin preparations to face the 8-1 Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.Related LinksArizona Cardinals re-sign wide receiver Kendall WrightThe Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Sam BradfordDeclaration Day on Doug & Wolf: Is Josh Rosen a franchise quarterback? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona also moved offensive lineman John Wetzel (neck) to the injured reserved list.One of the two open roster spots was filled Monday when the Cardinals re-signed veteran receiver Kendall Wright. The other was filled by Zack Golditch from the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.As for the notable injured players, the same push-and-pull between Cardinals training staff and player is happening with right guard Justin Pugh, who has missed a month since suffering a hand injury. He’s failed to bring enough to the table with his hand wrapped since then.“If I can’t use my hand, if I can’t use my fingers to grab and hold on, I become a liability out there,” Pugh said, adding he believes he is close to finding a way to play.Concerns about the depth deepen after Arizona lost Wetzel, the Swiss Army Knife for an injury-plagued offensive line over the past few years. He was put on the injured reserve for the rest of the year due to a neck injury that Pugh said the backup played through before the bye week.Arizona enters Week 10 still looking for offensive line stability. Only left tackle D.J. Humphries and rookie Mason Cole having played every game so far.“That’s the NFL though. There’s a-hundred-percent chance of injury in the NFL,” Pugh said. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling BOSTON READY FOR PARENTHOODTre Boston announced on social media on Sunday that he is expecting his first child.And in speaking about the news, he revealed a fun fact about himself as a baby.“It’s my first so everybody just pray for health on my baby, because I can imagine how freakish it’s going to come out,” he said. “I was walking at six months. Just letting y’all know. Momma took me to the doctors, doctor said, ‘Nothing wrong with your baby. It’s just a freak.’ It’s been history every since.” CREDIT TO BRADFORDWilks spoke for the first time since Bradford’s release on Saturday and said he had a say in the decision to release the quarterback, who since a Week 3 loss to the Seahawks didn’t start, didn’t play and wasn’t on the active roster come gametime.“Sam is the ultimate pro, the way he handled the situation,” Wilks said. “When I made the decision to move forward with (starting quarterback Josh Rosen), he didn’t waiver in his commitment to the team. He still came in here and worked hard each and every day, and he did everything he could to help mentor this room — and I commend him for that.”LEFTWICH ADDING MOREWhen the Cardinals turned to Leftwich with one game before the bye week, they took advantage of allowing the promoted quarterbacks coach to use a long week — Arizona fired McCoy after a Thursday game against Denver — to prepare his players for his play-calling.A full two weeks after that has allowed even more changes to be implemented, Wilks admitted without giving away any hints about how Arizona’s offense will attack the Chiefs.“You can see Byron trying to evolve and move this offense in another direction,” Wilks said.
State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he is seeking input from local residents on Michigan’s road system and how to fix it.McCready has created a survey that is available on his website until Friday, March 1. He is encouraging constituents to take a few minutes to complete it and share their views.“Everyone knows that our roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair and I want to hear from local residents about how they think the problem should be addressed,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “There will be no easy solution for this problem, but in order to make the best decision, I need to know how my constituents feel about our roads and bridges and what they’d like to see happen.”Survey results will be shared with the Michigan Department of Transportation and local road officials.“The few minutes residents can spare to take my survey will make a big difference in helping me determine what areas we need to focus on the most and how residents feel comfortable fixing this problem,” McCready said.Residents can take the survey at www.RepMcCready.com. Those unable to take the survey online may give their feedback by contacting Rep. McCready’s office at (517) 373-8670, or via e-mail at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov. Categories: McCready News,News 14Feb McCready seeking input on state roads and bridges
Polish pay TV platform ‘n’ is adding five high definition channels to its line-up.Motorsports channel TVN Turbo HD, women’s interest channel TVN Style HD and general entertainment channel TVN 7 HD will launch on November 4. Premium film and sports channels ‘n’ Premium 1 and Premium 2 will launch later, on December 15. Content will include Hollywood movies and sports including Champions League and Europa League footballThe move takes the total number of HD channels on the platform to 33, which ‘n’ says makes in Poland’s largest HD offering.
Algerian media group Echourouk has selected the Eutelsat 7 West A satellite to broadcast the HD version of its flagship news channel, Echourouk News.The deal, which was announced at DISCOP Dubai, came as Eutelsat also revealed that Persian-language channel Manoto TV has completed its switch in SD and HD versions to the Eutelsat 7B satellite.Manoto TV is now available exclusively from Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellites and on Eutelsat 7B, forming a single neighbourhood for Persian-speaking viewers in Europe, the Middle East and Iran.
Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports is to launch a service in Myanmar next year after securing exclusive rights to the national football league, making the south-east Asian country its 11th market to date.The new service will be branded My Sports will deliver all 132 matches from the Myanmar National League (MNL) on a new linear service via satellite and OTT platforms through to the end of 2027. Currently, only a third of MNL matches are shown live.My Sports coverage will include the provision of live commentary, analysis and discussion. The service will also produce and distribute highlights shows and weekly magazine programmes, as well as engaging fans online and across social media.The rights agreement also includes live and exclusive rights to the General Aung San Shield – the top domestic cup competition in Myanmar.Two games per match week will continue to be aired on Myanmar’s largest free-to-air channel, MRTV, and My Sports said it intends to make these games available on other FTA platforms.Eleven said that its service will seek to secure the widest possible distribution on free and pay platforms and through telecommunications companies to ensure the widest possible local language access for football fans in Myanmar to their domestic league.“Myanmar is our fourth new market this year and our eleventh in total, which is completely in line with our huge global ambitions. With My Sports we have created a new brand, not used in any other market, designed to satisfy the needs of the sports fans of Myanmar,” said Danny Menken, group managing director, Eleven Sports.“Our long-term partnership with the Myanmar National League will ensure that we help the country develop its football infrastructure over a sustained period, providing local fans with more opportunities to watch and participate in their favourite sport. As always, our proposition will be enriched with many more local and international premium sports rights which will be announced in the coming weeks and months.”Sai Sam Htun, vice-chairman, Myanmar National League, said: “We are delighted with this partnership with My Sportsas it will empower us to be able to build the status and quality of the Myanmar National League not just locally, but abroad as well. This will give us a platform to grow commercially which will in turn allow more resources to be invested in the quality of football in the country, as we work towards our national vision of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in 2030.”The launch in Myanmar follows Eleven’s recent entry into the UK, Ireland and most recently Portugal. In the latter market, the sports broadcaster this week added rights to German Bundesliga, the German Supercup – both from 2019-20 – the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership, Belgian Jupiler Pro League, the Belgian Supercup and Arsenal’s official club channel – from 2018-19 – to an existing line-up that includes Spain’s La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and France’s Ligue 1.