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Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury walks off the field after the Los Angeles Rams defeate...
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Kingsbury, Murray look like deer in headlights in 1st playoff game

What happened in L.A. Monday night wasn't a game. A game requires two teams to show up. Only one did. And that team wasn't the Cardinals.
11 months ago
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Cardinals’ performance in Detroit leads to more questions than answers

All factors considered, I believe the Cardinals played the worst first half of football since they moved to the Valley 33 years ago.
12 months ago
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Revisit history: Valley teams would look better in uniforms of the past

The four big league sports franchises in the Valley would be well-served in reliving their pasts when it comes to fashion.
3 years ago
Budda Baker (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images), Kyler Murray (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri), Rober...
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Ranking all 53 of Steve Keim’s Arizona Cardinals draft picks

Steve Keim has engineered seven different NFL Drafts for the Arizona Cardinals. Here's a ranking of all 53 players he has selected during his tenure.
3 years ago
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Here are some underrated sports movies to enjoy during quarantine

With everyone having extra time on their hands, here's a recommendation of some sports movies you may enjoy while staying at home.
3 years ago
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Fourth-down decisions, execution continue to haunt Kingsbury, Cardinals

For at least the second time in the 2019 season, a failed fourth-down play call cost the Arizona Cardinals dearly in a game they'd go on to lose.
3 years ago
Wide receiver Rico Gafford #10 of the Oakland Raiders scores a 53 yard touchdown reception ahead of...
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Cardinals’ ugly showing makes it hard to remember ‘it’s only preseason’

It wasn't easy watching the Arizona Cardinals' sloppy preseason effort Thursday, but repeat after me, "it's only preseason...it's only preseason."
3 years ago
The Arizona Cardinals first round picks the past two seasons. Josh Rosen, left, and Kyler Murray, r...
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The Kyler Murray era begins, now what about that other guy?

It's easy to see what the Cardinals are trying to do in drafting Kyler Murray, but the handling of last year's first-round pick could hurt them.
4 years ago
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The consensus says Kyler Murray, so why do I still have trepidation?

All the mocks say Kyler Murray for the Cardinals, but something about the potential of that happening Thursday night just doesn't feel right.
4 years ago
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Suns hit it out of the park and other winners from 2018 NBA Draft

With the number-one overall pick, the Phoenix Suns were bound to be on many lists of winners in the 2018 NBA Draft, but it was their second maneuver of the night that cemented their status.
5 years ago
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Popular Crowd: Arizona Sports staff ranks favorite Valley athletes

Who are the most popular current pro athletes in the Valley? An on-air discussion has turned into a (less than scientific) ranking on the subject.
5 years ago
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Branded: The story of Arizona’s original football team, the 1983 Wranglers

An oral history of the 1983 Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League -- the first pro football team to call the Grand Canyon State home.
5 years ago
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Vikings’ loss was like a cruel déjà vu for Cardinals fans

Watching the Minnesota Vikings get taken apart by the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday might have conjured up some painful memories for Cardinals fans.
5 years ago
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One man’s look back at the year 2017 in Arizona Sports

It was a crazy year in Arizona Sports to say the least. Here's one man's look back at the 365 days that made up the sports world in the Grand Canyon State.
5 years ago
Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins (5) gets tackled by New Mexico State linebacker Terrill Han...
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Sun Devils win, but fail to inspire optimism in season-opener

The Sun Devils' 2017 season got underway with a win, but there are likely reasons to be skeptical than optimistic moving forward.
5 years ago
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2017 NBA Finals: Things sure looked easy for Golden State Warriors

This year's NBA Finals were, at times, entertaining, but the conclusion was more than a little anti-climactic, writes Vince Marotta.
6 years ago
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Today’s entitled NBA stars complain about scheduling, but they’ve got it pretty good

Players sitting out and schedule complaints are common in today's NBA. But current stars still have it pretty good compared to their predecessors.
6 years ago
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Looking for ‘the QB of the future’: An Arizona Cardinals offseason primer

Whether Carson Palmer returns in 2017 or not, the Arizona Cardinals need to find a quarterback of the future. This offseason might be the time to do it.
6 years ago
Newly-hired Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey concentrating on not saying 'Forks Up' or 'It...
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Chip Lindsey’s departure from ASU highlights the seedy side of college coaching — on two levels

Chip Lindsey's departure from Arizona State is the latest example of the seedy, greedy culture of college football coaching.
6 years ago
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Should Cardinals’ David Johnson be NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year?

Arizona Cardinals' RB David Johnson had a remarkable season in leading the league in total yards and touchdowns. Was it enough to garner postseason awards?
6 years ago
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One man’s look back at the ups and downs in Arizona sports in 2016

Not many Arizona sports fans will look back at 2016 with fondness. In fact, we're glad it's over. Here's one man's look back, with a glance to the future.
6 years ago
Army Cadets storm the field after the Army-Navy NCAA college football game in Baltimore, Saturday, ...
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Army-Navy the best rivalry in college football…and it’s not particularly close

After years of not understanding or appreciate the annual Army-Navy football game, I get it now. It's the best rivalry in college sports.
6 years ago
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Losing Marqui Christian on waivers a rare personnel misstep by Cardinals

The Cardinals needed a punter, but wanted to keep a second to hold on kicks. That cost them Marqui Christian, a member of their 2016 draft class.
6 years ago
FILE - In this April 9, 2016, file photo, Arizona Coyotes' Shane Doan skates with the puck during a...
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Canadian radio host attacks Shane Doan; does loyalty not translate north of the border?

North of the border, the deal was met with a little less enthusiasm -- at least from one member of the Canadian media.
6 years ago