Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carson Palmer said “it looked like an obvious holding penalty” as John Brown tried to run route on the pick-six.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) November 20, 2016 The Arizona Cardinals fell Sunday in a flag-heavy, mistake-riddled game for both themselves and the Minnesota Vikings.Three plays stood out to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, but one of those perhaps shouldn’t be included on the list of ways Arizona shot itself in the foot during the 30-24 loss.Down 13-10, Arizona used a 49-yard kickoff return by Brittan Golden and then drove 39 yards to find itself with 3rd-and-goal at the Vikings’ 9. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer dropped back and slung a ball to the left pylon, where receiver John Brown was attempting to break outside. Top Stories Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But that pick-six by Rhodes that killed Arizona’s chance to respond was an especially painful play.“I just felt like we outplayed these guys,” Arizona tight end Jermaine Gresham said after the game in which he scored a late first-half touchdown to pull his team within three points. “I think the turnover battle is huge, especially when we have a swing like that … that’s a 14-point swing.” – / 22 He couldn’t.With two Vikings on that side of the field, it was safety Xavier Rhodes who instead caught Palmer’s pass, taking it 100 yards for a touchdown and a momentum swing of possibly 14 points.Was it a mistake by Palmer, who perhaps didn’t see Rhodes sitting behind his cornerback teammate? Not quite.A poor route run by Brown? Not that either.Arians believed it was a hold on the Vikings.“Well, John was trying to break out and Carson was throwing him out,” Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Paul Calvisi. “He was being held.” The other two plays that stuck with Arians were of a more obvious variety.The Vikings’ 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half burned after the Cardinals’ spirited halftime meeting, Arians told Calvisi. A few Cardinals ended up on the wrong side of blocks, he added.Additionally, a flee-flicker play out of Minnesota’s Wildcat formation that saw Sam Bradford’s pass to Adam Thielen draw an interference penalty on Tony Jefferson hurt, too. It set up the Vikings’ just outside the end zone, leading to their second touchdown of the game for a 13-10 lead in the second quarter.
Roger Federer Read more Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Tennis Share on Twitter Higueras is clearly attempting to get Federer to the net more. He made 28 net approaches, although only about half were successful, principally because he often chose to go in on approach shots that lacked the necessary depth, and the Spaniard pinged the ball past him. Both players, despite their continued dominance in the rankings, have had their confidence shaken in recent times. Nadal was without a title since he won in Stuttgart last summer, while Federer, having lost in the semi-finals of the Australian Open against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, was within two points of losing to a Spanish qualifier in his opening match here.Their quality of play in the opening set was patchy, while Nadal’s level of intensity in the second dropped alarmingly. At one stage Federer had won three times as many points, including eight in succession as he went 4-0 up, only for Nadal to rediscover himself with a vengeance and to reel off 11 successive points of his own. It left Federer clutching at straws, ones that seem unlikely to make him winning bricks when the French Open begins in four weeks. Share on Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share via Email Sun 27 Apr 2008 20.07 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Tennis First published on Sun 27 Apr 2008 20.07 EDT Nadal’s feats on clay leave Federer with much to do before French Open Rafael Nadal Shares00 Share on Facebook Stephen Bierley in Monte Carlo … 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. 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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. Rafael Nadal hits his way to his fourth consecutive Monte Carlo title. Photograph: M Steele/Getty The possibility of Roger Federer ever winning the French Open, and thereby becoming only the sixth player in the game’s long history to capture all four grand slam tournaments, continues to look a forlorn one as long as Rafael Nadal’s suspect knees hold together. The 21-year-old Spaniard defeated the Swiss world No1 yesterday for the seventh time in their eight meetings on clay, winning 7-5, 7-5 to take his fourth successive Monte Carlo title, thereby equalling the record of New Zealand’s Anthony Wilding that was set before the first world war.Federer had more chances than usual, and this seemed enough to convince him that he is getting ever closer to solving the Nadal clay-court conundrum. He twice broke the young Spaniard’s serve in the opening set, and then held a 4-0 lead in the second. Yet even then he could not nail his nemesis.His one victory on the surface came last year in the Hamburg Master Series final, but the courts and conditions in the German city are atypical, bearing little resemblance to here, Rome, or Roland Garros, where Nadal holds sway.Federer has no other option other than to talk up his chances of ultimately getting the better of the world No2 on clay, as he did after this defeat, their 15th meeting on all surfaces, and Nadal’s ninth victory. It is only on the All England Club’s grass, as well as indoors, that Nadal has yet to get the better of him, and he was preciously close to ending Federer’s Wimbledon dominance in last year’s final. “I pushed Rafa today, and have the feeling I can beat him if I play the right way,” said Federer, who has lost the last three finals here against the Spaniard, as well as the 2006 and 2007 French Open finals. “Last year I felt like I was completely out of the match from the start. So today was better.” Federer, who has been without a coach since parting with the Australian Tony Roche just under a year ago, has begun working with Spain’s US-based José Higueras, who coached both Michael Chang and Jim Courier to the French Open title. “We haven’t spent much time on the practice courts,” said Federer. “It has been more of a talking experience.” Topics Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn