The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 9 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (36) tackles Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Deante Burton (87) during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The offseason for the Arizona Cardinals has already been eventful with the hiring of a new head coach and the search for a new starting quarterback.Former Panthers Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks was hired to replace now-retired Bruce Arians, leaving the quarterback role as one of the only remaining vacancies ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft.It’s a peculiar situation for the Cardinals to be in, but could they have prepared for this last season? “The Cardinals choosing not to take a quarterback in any round of last year’s draft was pure negligence,” NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman wrote Thursday. “In the first round they were one pick away from Deshaun Watson, and three selections back from Patrick Mahomes.”Bergman compiled a list of each NFL team’s rookie class from 2017, grading them based on performance as well as addressing each team’s needs for the upcoming draft.Only three teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers — received a grade of ‘A’ or higher, with 11 receiving a grade of ‘C’ or lower, including a ‘C-‘ grade for the Cardinals.The Cardinals drafted linebacker Haason Reddick last year with the 13th overall pick. The Temple product shined in his first three games at inside linebacker. But after defensive end Markus Golden suffered a torn ACL against the 49ers in October, Reddick took his place.The position change caused Reddick to struggle, something Bergman said the Cardinals should consider next season.“Jury’s out on Reddick, who needs more snaps at one position next season,” he said. Bergman did, however, credit the Cardinals for drafting safety Budda Baker. After safety Tyvon Branch injured his knee against the Seahwaks, Baker took over and started the last seven games for the Cardinals.Baker recorded 58 solo tackles in 2017, enough to allow the rookie to lead his position in Pro Bowl voting.As expected, Bergman labeled the quarterback position as the Cardinals’ main focus area for the draft or free agency. Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been linked to the Cardinals, though he may demand a contract that is out of Arizona’s price range.However, the Cardinals have numerous options, with other veteran quarterbacks set to become free agents as well as the upcoming NFL Draft that is riddled with quarterback talent.
Go back to the enewsletterHayman Island by InterContinental, located at the northernmost point in the Whitsunday Islands, welcomed its first guests as they stepped off their luxury catamaran and onto the white sands of Australia’s most iconic private island resort on Monday 1 July 2019.Managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Hayman Island has undergone a $135 million refurbishment, ensuring the highest standards of luxury and service delivered to guests visiting one of the world’s most desirable destinations. Joining over 200 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts worldwide, the celebrated resort is the first of four InterContinental Resorts to open in 2019 and will be followed by ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa,InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort and InterContinental Phuket Resort.Leanne Harwood, Managing Director, Australasia and Japan, IHG said, “We are tremendously proud to welcome our first guests to Hayman Island. InterContinental has been a pioneer in luxury travel for over 70 years and Hayman Island has become pivotal in our expansion plans for Australasia as we continue to open and operate in the most highly sought-after destinations in the world.”Greg Shaw, CEO, Mulpha Australia Limited, added, “Hayman Island is an iconic Australian resort destination in the heart of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. The resort created a new benchmark for the Australian market upon opening and our investment of $135 million to reposition and relaunch Hayman will create a new standard for luxury resort travel in the region.”The 166-room private resort offers instant immersion for guests into island life as they arrive via either luxury catamaran, helicopter or seaplane. Three distinct wings of guest rooms, suites and villas hug the coastline of the island – the Pool Wing, the Beach Wing and the Lagoon Wing – each boasting views of the Coral Sea.A new addition to the accommodation offering is the exquisite Three Bedroom Hayman Beach House, fronting Hayman Beach and offering 400 square metres of privacy. Each of the three suites has its own plunge pool, master ensuite and oversized bathtub, while the social spaces offer luxury island living with open-plan dining and living room, alfresco entertaining, private sun loungers and unobstructed beach access.Mark Eletr, General Manager of Hayman Island by InterContinental said, “Today marks a special day for our team who have worked tirelessly on the transformation of this sensational island resort. Designed to be discreetly private, welcoming to families as well as couples, with a meaningful connection to its surrounds, Hayman Island by InterContinental is the embodiment of a luxury resort experience reimagined for the modern traveller.”An era of Immersive LuxuryAs the closest private island to the Great Barrier Reef, offering a meaningful connection to the surrounds has been at the heart of the resort’s activities. From diving excursions to one of the seven wonders of the world to guided tropical hikes across the island, guests are encouraged to explore at their own pace.Guests can swim with turtles in the seas surrounding the island or experience the magic from the air via helicopter or seaplane offering breathtaking views of the Whitsundays.For the smaller explorers, The Planet Trekkers kids’ club, known to regular globetrotters with IHG, delivers an equally immersive experience for children. Activities have been created to spark curiosity in the island’s surrounds with insight-filled learning sessions about the Great Barrier Reef, coral-planting adventures and junior meditation classes for the whole family.Sensory moments are to be found at Hayman Spa, offering meditation and energy healing practices, as well as signature treatments conceptualised with emphasis on their transformative capabilities. In partnership with Australian brand Sodashi, Hayman Spa will invite guests to travel deeper into relaxation and their connection to their surroundings with one-of-a-kind Marine Treatments, uniquely inspired by the Whitsundays, using Australian-sourced, quality marine ingredients such as Australian green clay and kelp.For reservations and travel arrangements, see haymanisland.intercontinental.com.Rooms at Hayman Island by InterContinental start from AU$750 per night.Go back to the enewsletter