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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury will forever be tied to Rams counterpart Sean McVay.Had McVay not found near-immediate success as a young, offensive innovator, Arizona likely wouldn’t have pulled the trigger in handing the franchise keys to a recently-fired Texas Tech head coach with no NFL coaching experience.The two coaches are also good friends — good enough friends that McVay recently pulled quite the prank on his buddy while the two shared a dinner with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 5 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, and Rams head coach Sean McVay, right. (AP photos) “I kind of tricked him into thinking he was going to be in trouble with the league with tampering and stuff like that,” McVay told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “I think his assistant got all wigged out. He was worried about losing (draft) picks.”Related LinksCardinals to host DE Nick Bosa in Arizona, per reportArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Alright, we need details, Sean.“We have a mutual friend that I put his name in my phone as (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell,” McVay told Schefter. “I had this friend send me a text saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re at dinner with Kingsbury and Mahomes. You know better than this. This is tampering. You’re both losing picks.’ And I showed Kliff the text. He saw a ghost.”That’s pretty innovative! It turns out McVay’s secret sauce of leading an NFL team to the Super Bowl doesn’t include a Belichickien aversion to hanging out with friends and having a little fun.Next up: Let’s wait to see if and how Kingsbury might get McVay back.“I’m pretty proud of that one, Adam,” the Rams coach said of his relatively elaborate prank. “(Kingsbury) said, ‘That’s messed up. I’m getting you back.’” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Vietnam’s first-ever integrated destination resort will be operated by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. In a strategic move that cements its presence in the fast-growing Asian hotel market, the Swiss hospitality firm has signed a management deal with Ngoi Sao Cua Duong Joint Stock Company for the high-profile Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc, which will be developed by MIK Land covering some 50ha on an island that’s tipped to become the region’s next big tourism hotspot.The fully integrated beachfront destination resort, which faces the stunning Gulf of Thailand, will encompass a wide range of outstanding facilities including 250 hotel rooms, 100 residences and 50 luxury pool villas, when it opens in 2017.A themed retail village, water park and lagoon-style pool, destination spa, beachside wedding and special events ‘sala’, 1000sqm convention area, amphitheatre, cooking school, beach club, kids’ club, water sports centre, fitness centre and an adventure and team-building activity course will also be part of the extensive offering at the new resort. A hotel school complete with staff accommodation is another groundbreaking feature of this unique development.“Being selected to manage the first integrated destination resort in Vietnam on a stunning island earmarked for ambitious tourism developments confirms our status as one of Asia’s leading hotel operators,” said Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts President & CEO, Jean Gabriel Pérès. “This exciting project will take our Vietnam portfolio to three properties strong by 2018 and paves the way for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to manage similar large-scale destination resort developments across Asia where our strategy is to gain a strong foothold in sought-after locations.”Phu Quoc Island is a hotbed of tourism-related development with more than US$6.8 billion currently being ploughed into projects designed to create a destination to rival Asia’s perennial favourites.Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc will be developed on Ong Lang Beach, close to the island’s largest town, Duong Dong, and to Phu Quoc International Airport.“The world-class Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc will set new hospitality standards in Vietnam and put the island on the international tourism map,” said Ms. Lê Thị Hải Châu, Chairman and CEO of Ngoi Sao Cua Duong Joint Stock Company. “We have partnered with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to manage this landmark development based on the firm’s excellent reputation, hospitality know-how and proven track record in Asia’s rapidly expanding hotel market.”Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts already operates the 154-room Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi and plans to open its second property in Vietnam, the 229-key Mövenpick Resort & Spa Quy Nhon, in 2018.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more