Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Obviously I’m still progressing, still trying to get better mentally and physically,” he said. “If you asked me do I want to play every down, yeah, I would love to, but we’re kind of sticking to the plan we had since training camp.”That has meant taking it slow and only increasing Mathieu’s responsibilities when he proves he’s ready to handle them. Or, as was the case Sunday, when the team needs him on the field.“He was in the dime/nickel package and they were three/four wides the whole game,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “And we kind of anticipated that. If they had come out with two backs or two tight ends, Tony (Jefferson) would have been in there the whole time.”Arians added matchups are why when the defense gets announced pregame, there will be 13 names on the list. That’s also emblematic of the depth the team has developed at the position, which is in no way a bad thing. The Cardinals have options depending on the type of offense they are facing, and can adjust throughout the game as needed. And once he’s back to being himself, Mathieu will offer quite a bit of versatility himself. In the meantime, he’s still learning to play with the brace that he will be wearing on his left knee, which while bothersome, is something he’s starting to get used to. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Tyrann Mathieu got his first start of the season at free safety Sunday against the Washington Redskins, though that had more to do with the formation the Arizona Cardinals’ opponent was running than anything else. The second-year safety responded by collecting four total tackles, one quarterback hit and one fumble recovery in his team’s 30-20 win. The 49 snaps he played were a season high, and they represented a big moment in his return from a knee injury suffered late last season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s all a process, and it’s one Mathieu cannot pinpoint a date for when asked when he believes it will all be over and he’ll be himself on the field. “I’m dealing with a year-long injury, so hopefully November,” he said. “I mean, I showed a few signs of it last game just with burst and anticipating things, so hopefully as I play more, get more reps, Jerraud Powers, obviously, lined up next to me, definitely makes me comfortable.”The solid performance Sunday was just another step in his road back to being the player who had the NFL abuzz last season with his unique blend of speed, quickness, instincts and playmaking ability. Though it was not a perfect performance, so much as getting to see even just a glimpse of the player he was pre-injury helped the 22-year-old’s confidence.“It was confidence for me, confidence for my coaches,” he said. “And just me, watching that on film, lets me know that I can push myself even harder next time.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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One US soldier killed and four wounded in Somalia attack

first_imgAfrica Share on Facebook Four American service members who were wounded in an extremist attack in Somalia that killed one special operations soldier have been treated and discharged, the US military said on Saturday. Topics Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Al-Shabaab fighters sit on a truck in Mogadishu, in a picture taken in 2009.Photograph: Mohamed Sheikh Nor/AP US national security Associated Press in Mogadishu Shares6565 Sat 9 Jun 2018 09.25 EDT One US soldier killed and four wounded in Somalia attack Share on LinkedIn Read more A US Africa Command statement said the four were in the care of the US embassy in Kenya, awaiting transport “for additional medical evaluation”. Names of the soldiers were not immediately released, while next of kin were notified.It was the first public announcement of a US military combat death in Africa since four US service members were killed in a militant ambush in the west African nation of Niger in October. That death was followed by an ugly confrontation between Donald Trump, members of his staff and the widow of one of the soldiers killed. A Pentagon investigation of the incident produced a highly critical report.Friday’s attack in Jubaland is likely to put renewed scrutiny on US counter-terror operations in Africa. US troops with Somali and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire and one “partner force member” also was wounded in the attack about 217 miles south-west of Mogadishu, the US military said.The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab, claimed responsibility. The group was blamed for a truck bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people and raised concerns about its ability to build larger explosives. Friday’s joint operation, part of a multi-day mission including about 800 Somali and Kenyan troops, aimed to clear al-Shabaab from contested areas. The US said its personnel provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance. In early 2017, Trump approved expanded military operations against al-Shabaab, leading to an increase in US military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes. The US had pulled out of the country after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets. A US service member was killed in May 2017, in an operation about 40 miles west of Mogadishu.Trump, who was attending the G7 summit in Canada, tweeted about the latest death on Friday. He wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somalia. They are truly all HEROES.” Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Military says four wounded Americans now in KenyaAl-Shabaab extremist group claims responsibility US forces accused of complicity in Somalia raid that left five civilians dead Al-Shabaab Share via Email US military Middle East and North Africa Share on Facebook Since you’re here… news Somalia Last modified on Sun 10 Jun 2018 09.20 EDT This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old US military Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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