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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires These days, the adage that winning breeds popularity might not apply to only ticket sales and merchandising profits in the sports industry.With organizations now extending their respective brands to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, popularity can now be measured in terms of likes, photo comments and total followers.It’s an area that the Arizona Cardinals are apparently struggling with at the moment. According to an online survey put out by the Wall Street Journal, the Cardinals are currently ranked dead last in Twitter followers among the NFL’s 32 teams. At the time of the poll, Arizona had just 44,245 followers — nearly 25,000 less than the next team on the list (Jacksonville Jaguars).It seems the Cardinals aren’t the only local team in town struggling to attract online popularity, though.The least-followed teams are typically small-city losers—or are in Arizona. When it comes to Twitter followers, the Cardinals, Coyotes and Diamondbacks rank in the bottom three in their respective sports. Being savvy with social media doesn’t necessarily translate to on-field performance, however. While the New England Patriots (556,859 followers) were ranked No. 1 on the NFL list, the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys also made the top 3. Both teams failed to make the postseason in 2011 and 2012.It should be noted, that several Cardinals players have adjusted just fine to social media on an individual level. Larry Fitzgerald (1,503,558 followers), Darnell Dockett (171,936 followers) and Jay Feely (70,837 followers) have each in their own right become fan favorites on Twitter.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Solid Ancic shows Murray has lessons to learn on clay

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Simon Cambers in Barcelona Share via Email First published on Tue 29 Apr 2008 22.05 EDT Share via Email Andy Murray Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Solid Ancic shows Murray has lessons to learn on clay … 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. Tue 29 Apr 2008 22.05 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topics Andy Murray shows his frustration during his straight sets loss to Mario Ancic. Photograph: Julian Finney / Getty Andy Murray’s quest for more match practice as he builds towards next month’s French Open was cut short at the first time of asking as he was beaten 6-4, 6-4 yesterday by Croatia’s Mario Ancic in the second round of the Open Sabadell Atlantico.The Scot, who had taken a late wildcard entry into the tournament and received a bye through the first round, was far from his best and Ancic, who was facing him for the third time this year, took full advantage. The Croat provided more evidence that his climb back up the world rankings after illness and injury problems, which has already taken him from No135 to No51, will not stop there.”I didn’t really get that fired up today,” Murray said. “I wanted to go out there and try to work on a few things before [the forthcoming Masters Series event in] Rome. I was going to come here to practise anyway, so I thought it would be good to try to play another match. I was a bit flat at the start [but still] had a lot of chances in the second set and just didn’t take them.”At times yesterday Murray was superb, pulling Ancic out of position and killing him with a feathered drop shot. At other moments, however, his shot selection was so poor that the Spaniard Alex Corretja – twice a runner-up at the French Open and the man whom Murray has enlisted to help him improve on clay – was writhing in discomfort in the stands.In the first set Ancic had not had to do much before he found himself 3-0 up, with Murray having won only three points. To the Scot’s credit, he managed to pull himself back into the match and when he levelled the set at 4-4 it seemed as if he had the wrested the momentum away from his opponent. But, much to Murray’s frustration, Ancic then held serve for 5-4 and Murray then contrived to lose his serve from 40-0 up. With it went the first set.Murray raised his game at the start of the second set. One sumptuous drop shot set up a second break point in the third game, but Ancic saved it to stay ahead. Murray staved off one break point to keep on level terms at 4-4 and then forced a break point of his own in an epic ninth game. But again Ancic, by the far more solid of the two men throughout the match, saved it and held to move ahead again.Just when he needed to stay strong, the Scot then managed to lose his serve to love and give Ancic a deserved victory. “I still have a long way to go to be a good player on clay but I thought I showed last week I am improving,” he said. Andy Murray Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Shares00 Share on Twitter Tennis Reuse this contentlast_img read more