Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 13 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories With the 49ers, Gabbert completed nearly 57 percent of his passes for 925 yards and five touchdowns against six interceptions.The former 2011 first-round pick of the Jaguars out of Missouri saw his most extensive playing time as a rookie, when he started 14 games and threw for 2,214 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a team that finished 5-11. He started 10 games the next season then just three in 2013 before being traded to the 49ers in March of 2014 for a sixth-round draft pick.The Cardinals signed Gabbert to a one-year contract in May and the 28-year-old performed well in preseason, completing 41-of-67 passes for 547 yards with a touchdown and an interception — a quarterback rating of 85.9.His performance in preseason has teammates such as wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald trusting in his overall ability.“He’s got a gift in terms of being able to throw the ball and arm strength,” he said. “It’s the same routes, same concepts. Blaine has been here now, he had a whole offseason and training camp and he got reps periodically throughout practice throughout the course of the year.”Fitzgerald added that he expects to see many extended plays from Gabbert, noting the quarterbacks ability to get out of the pocket and scramble during broken plays.center_img Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) TEMPE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians made it official and announced Blaine Gabbert as the starting quarterback for the upcoming game against the Houston Texans.Earlier in the week, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki reported Gabbert would get the nod but the team had not officially done so.The start will be Gabbert’s first time seeing the field as an Arizona Cardinal. His most recent action was in 2016 when he started five games for the San Francisco 49ers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Drew Stanton, who started the last two games for the Cardinals, suffered a sprained knee in a 22-16 loss to Seattle last week, although he did finish the game.The backup to Gabbert will be decided on Sunday. If Stanton is healthy enough he will be active. If not, recently signed Matt Barkley would be the guy.Gabbert will be the third guy to take snaps under center for the Cardinals this season. Carson Palmer is recovering from a broken arm he suffered during the second quarter of their loss to the Los Angeles Rams.Gabbert’s ability to lead the Cardinals will be seen on Sunday. For now, Fitzgerald and teammates remain confident that Gabbert will perform to expectations.“I think he’s comfortable. I think we are comfortable with him,” Fitzgerald said. “Blaine’s solid. He’ll be ready to roll.”last_img read more

Rep Schroeders transparency plan clears House panel during Sunshine Week

first_img Categories: Schroeder News 12Mar Rep. Schroeder’s transparency plan clears House panel during Sunshine Week State Rep. Andrea Schroeder’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was approved today by the House Government Operations Committee.Schroeder, of Independence Township, said the committee’s approval coincided with Sunshine Week, a national initiative celebrating the important role transparency plays in our system of government.“This package of bills adds a layer of transparency and accountability to our state government that is currently missing,” Schroeder said. “The people of Michigan elect the governor, state representatives and state senators to represent their interests, and they deserve to have access to our records.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. Schroeder’s legislation is part of a bipartisan plan to end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to FOIA and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating a new law called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other communications legislators have with state departments and lobbyists would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-4016 now advance to the full House for consideration.###last_img read more

North West Regional College Lecturer in Hospitalit

first_img North West Regional College Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering John Crowe, who was awarded ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the Institute of Hospitality, pictured with Peter Ducker, sponsor, Michael Cafolla, chair of the Institute of Hospitality and UTV presenter Pamela Ballantine.AN award winning chef at North West Regional College (NWRC) has been named ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the Institute of Hospitality. (IoH)John Crowe, who coordinates the Professional Chef Diploma Programme at NWRC picked up the gong at a Gala ceremony hosted by Pamela Ballantine at Belfast’s Titanic.The awards recognise hard working managers who have demonstrated significant achievement in the hospitality and tourism sector. “The Professional Chef Diploma courses which I teach actively encourage progression to appropriate career pathways.”Congratulating John, Principal and Chief Executive of North West Regional College Leo Murphy said:“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the lecturers at the college. We are delighted with this success for John and the college, reflecting the high quality of teaching that we are so rightly proud of.”For information on courses in the Hospitality department at NWRC please log on to’S MASTERCHEF PICKS UP ‘LECTURER’ OF THE YEAR’ AWARD was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Since he first joined NWRC in 2006, John Crowe has worked tirelessly to develop his students and the college , with a wide range of projects and initiatives, developing modern educational concepts that help shape future chefs.The accolade comes just months after the Tipperary native picked up the PACE (Professional Association for Catering Education) award for Innovative Teaching Concepts, which recognised John’s use of new technologies in teaching kitchens, through a specially designed App he designed that supports blended learning.The local lecturer said he was delighted to win the award.He added: “Working in education has been my focus over many years, working on a wide range of projects to help shape the future generation. ERIN HUTCHEONJOHN CROWELEO MURPHYNorth West Regional CollegeNWRC’S MASTERCHEF PICKS UP ‘LECTURER’ OF THE YEAR’ AWARDlast_img read more