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  • 26 Apr
    At a time when some have wondered whether this would be Carson Palmers and Larry Fitzgeralds last season, Arizona has extended the contracts and careers of both players.The Cardinals announced one-year contract extensions for Palmer and Fitzgerald on Friday, tying the quarterback to Arizona through the 2018 season and the wide receiver to the team through 2017.The total deal for Palmer will be just over $24 million, ?a source told ESPNs Dan Graziano. He will get a $6.75 million signing bonus and a new $2 million roster bonus,?plus $15.5 million in salary and bonuses fully guaranteed in 2017. Before the extension deal, none of his money for 2017 had been guaranteed.?His 2018 salary will be $12.5 million plus a $1.5 million roster bonus, none of which is guaranteed, according to the source.Clearly these are two core members of our team who have played major roles in our success, said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim in a statement. Each of them had contracts that were due to expire in the next year or two so these extensions provide a measure of certainty and clarity for the players and organization, both now and in the years ahead. It also reaffirms our long-stated intention that when the time comes, these two great players end their stellar careers as Cardinals.The deals came one day after Arizona signed defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to a five-year, $62.5 million extension, with $21.5 million guaranteed at signing.The Cardinals wanted to keep the core of their team together for as long as they could, and these extensions will enable them to do just that. Palmer is 36 and Fitzgerald turns 33 this month, but they have played as if theyre in the prime of their careers.Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell called the news about Carson great.You cant win without a quarterback in this league and Carsons been working hard. He looks like he found the fountain of youth. The guy never gets old. He just looks better and better each day. Going against him I just see his movement in the pocket. Its a big-time signing. I think thats really good for us forward. It gives us a few more years of certainty, Campbell said.?Campbell also reacted positively to Fitzgeralds extension, describing the wideout as one of his idols.Thats a guy Ive always looked up to and I have so much respect for. Hes been my role model since Day 1. He let me in on the secret a couple day earlier so I knew about that one for a couple of days. Hes just a great guy. Hes very deserving, Campbell added.Both players are coming off some of their best and most productive NFL seasons.Last season, Palmer threw for a career-best 4,671 yards and a career-best 35 touchdowns. ?Palmer joined the Cardinals in 2013 after being acquired in a trade from the Oakland Raiders. Since coming to Arizona, Palmer has a 29-9 record as a starter, including a 19-3 mark over the past two seasons.?A Heisman Trophy winner at USC, Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick by Cincinnati in the 2003 draft.Fitzgerald caught a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns.?Entering his 13th season in Arizona, Fitzgerald was originally taken by the Cardinals as the third overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.? Cheap Vans Shoes UK Free Shipping . The third-ranked Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 10, served five aces and broke Wickmayer, also a former winner in 2009, five times. "The result looked easier than it really was," Ivanovic said. Vans Shoes UK From China . McPhee said that Ovechkins father Mikhail is in stable condition after having the surgery this week and is no longer in intensive care. "Weve told him to stay as long as necessary with your dad," he said. 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His son, Alan, was quite excited on the other end.He called right after the work, said Sherman, who was looking after the horses he has stabled here at Del Mar. He said he went really well.California Chrome, just 14 days after his runner-up effort behind Arrogate in the Breeders Cup Classic, worked a half-mile on Saturday, officially in 48.40 seconds. Russell Hudak, the head clocker at Los Alamitos, had California Chrome going his opening quarter in 25.20 seconds, and three furlongs in 36.80 seconds, meaning he finished his final quarter in 23.20 seconds, and final eighth in 11.60 seconds. As usual, exercise rider Dihigi Gladney was aboard.Everything went great, Alan Sherman said by telephone. He finished up really well.Art Sherman usually doesnt miss any of California Chromes works. But he had a cataract removed from his right eye on Tuesday, and thought driving up to Los Alamitos from his home in Rancho Bernardo -- which is much closer to Del Mar -- wasnt prudent quite yet. Sherman said he would be at Los Alamitos for California Chromes next workout, next Saturday.California Chrome is scheduled to make his final start in the $12 million Pegasus at Gulfstream on Jan. 28 before going tto stud at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky.ddddddddddddSherman said he hopes to get California Chrome a prep race before that, and has spoken to Ed Allred -- owner of Los Alamitos -- about putting on a race Dec. 17, closing weekend of that tracks upcoming two-week Thoroughbred meet.Sherman has a direct pipeline to Allred, since he trains horses for Allred.Instead of having to keep working [California Chrome] and working him, Id love to run him, and December 17 would be perfect timing, Sherman said. Theyre gonna try to make it happen.California Chrome has been stabled at Los Alamitos for three years; Sherman said hed like to run the horse once there.For the people at Los Alamitos, the people in Cypress and Orange County, I think theyd love to see him, Sherman said. Its the home of the Chrome.If California Chrome does run at Los Alamitos, Sherman said, he would plan on going to Gulfstream Park about 10 days prior to the Pegasus. The Eclipse Awards are at Gulfstream on Jan. 21, and California Chrome is a cinch to be named champion older male horse on dirt, and is the front-runner for Horse of the Year.Wed go in and gallop, school him in the paddock, maybe blow him out the middle of the week, Sherman said. ' ' '