Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires New York Jets running back Chris Johnson warms up before an NFL football game between the Jets and the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “You can ask coach that,” he said, with a laugh. “But for the most part we have so many weapons, it’s going to be a fun season.” – / 45 Oh, he also brings career totals of 8,628 yards and 51 touchdowns on the ground along with 296 catches for 2,154 yards and nine touchdowns via the air.Ellington, who is still expected to be the Cardinals’ No. 1 running back, has no problem with the team bringing the veteran into the fold.“I’m excited, man,” he said. “As many players as we can get in here to help us win a championship, I’m all for it.“He’s a legend; he’s a guy I can learn a lot from, so I’m looking forward to it.”It is unknown what kind of role Johnson, who will turn 30 in September, figures to have. However, it’s not unreasonable to assume he will receive a fair amount of touches as he tries to rebuild his value in the desert. What that means for Ellington or the other Johnson, a third-round pick from Northern Iowa, remains to be seen.But the rookie, who got back on the practice field in a limited role Monday for the first time in nearly two weeks following a hamstring injury, said the signing of the former Titan and Jet is a good thing.“I can learn from him, hopefully, when he comes,” he said. “He’s a great back and hopefully I can learn something.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the saying goes, while two is company, three’s a crowd.Unless you’re a member of the Arizona Cardinals’ backfield, apparently.Monday afternoon word came out that the Cardinals had signed free agent running back Chris Johnson to a one-year deal. A three-time Pro Bowler who was with the New York Jets last season, Johnson adds experience to an otherwise young group of running backs that was set to be led by third-year pro Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson added he doesn’t feel threatened by the move because he hasn’t even been on the field to show what he can do.And therein lies what is likely the main reason the team went out and signed Johnson.Earlier Monday, before the team had officially signed the back, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that Chris Johnson is, “one of those guys, every time he touches [it] you hold your breath. He could take it to the house.”In 2009, Johnson paced the NFL with 2,006 rushing yards, and he topped the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first six NFL seasons before slumping last season with the Jets.Few are expecting him to be that kind of player again, but if nothing else he presents another weapon for the team to deploy. It wasn’t that long ago when Johnson was viewed as one of the best runners in the NFL, someone the dynamic Ellington said he patterned his game after.“I studied his game a lot coming up, coming through high school and college,” he said. “He’s a guy that can go get it. I learned a lot from his skill set and I’m glad to have him on my team.”Johnson figures to be at training camp Tuesday beginning to work with his new team. From that point, it will be about figuring out everyone’s role and how best to utilize all the talent the team seems to have on the offensive side of the ball. It’s a good problem to have — if it is indeed a problem — but when asked if there will be enough plays to keep everyone happy on offense, Ellington smiled. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

Portugal Telecoms shareholders have approved the

first_imgPortugal Telecom’s shareholders have approved the sale of the company’s domestic assets to Altice, the owner of French cable and telecoms giant Numericable-SFR.The approval of the agreement by a 98% majority of shareholders, despite the opposition of some minority shareholders, paves the way for completion of a deal that will see the Luxembourg-based entity take over the Portuguese telco for €7.4 billion plus an additional €500 million payable to Brazilian shareholder Oi if the group meets certain revenue goals.Altice has said the deal could lead to the creation of an additional 4,000 jobs in Portugal, including through the possible creation of additional call centres.Portuguese economy minister António Pires de Lima has signalled his approval of Altice’s involvment, pointing out that the acquistion removed uncertainty over Portugal Telecom’s future.Altice CEO Dexter Goei has indicated he would like to see the acquisition completed by mid-year. Altice is reserving 20% of the capital of the company for Portuguese investors, but has indicated that it is not seeking an industrial partner.The agreement has yet to secure regulatory approval. Altice already owns Portuguese assets including cable operator Cabovisão and it is possible it may have to make concessions to secure a green light.last_img read more

Dutch telco KPN narrowly increased its overall TV

first_imgDutch telco KPN narrowly increased its overall TV base in the first quarter, with 16,000 net additions to its IPTV base being almost exactly offset by 15,000 losses to its digital-terrestrial and analogue bases.The telco had 2.184 million IPTV customers at the end of March, and 190,000 customers to its Digitenne DTT and analogue services.KPN’s fixed broadband base declined from 2.934 million to 2.927 million over the same period.The telco increased its base of fixed-mobile converged households slightly from 1.343 million to 1.358 million, with the number of fixed-only homes declining from 2.093 million to 2.037 million.Overall, KPN’s base of consumer residential households declined by 41,000 to 3.395 million over the quarter.The telco’s overall revenues declined by 2.9% to €1.362 billion, while EBITDA fell by 4.7% to €570 million.CEO Maximo Ibarra said that the Q1 performance reflected “a mix of an ongoing competitive environment and the impact of the execution of our strategic actions”.He said that customers satisfaction had “increased in both Consumer and Business, a clear indication that our customers appreciate the quality of the connectivity and services we deliver”.last_img read more