Chiefs get better, faster as AFC West rivals try to catch up

first_imgAlthough the Chiefs hope to have about 16,000 fans at each of their games, their division rivals won’t have any spectators until further notice. The Broncos got a taste of what that will be like when they held a stadium scrimmage at empty Empower Field.“It was sad,” said guard Dalton Risner, a Colorado native. “I love Denver. I love the fans. … I was fake pointing up into the stands all day acting like I saw a few 66 jerseys.”The Broncos pumped in crowd noise and they’re selling cardboard cutouts of fans for $100, which will go to charity.“We’d rather have real fans there obviously,” QB Drew Lock said, “but it’s something we have to adjust to.” NO RIVERSFor the first time since 2006, someone other than Philip Rivers is the Chargers’ starting quarterback. Tyrod Taylor gets first crack but he looks like a placeholder for Justin Herbert, whom the Chargers selected with the sixth overall pick as their QB of the future.Rivers, now with the Colts, led the AFC with 4,615 passing yards and had 23 touchdown throws. But he also threw 20 interceptions, led an offense that committed six red-zone turnovers and twice gave away the ball on downs.NO PROBLEMThe Chiefs begin defense of their crown and kick off a season like none other Sept. 10 against the Houston Texans. If not for these last-minute heroics, the Chiefs would be perfect in that stretch:–The Broncos scored two touchdowns in the final 36 seconds to snare a 31-24 win in 2015, the last time they beat the Chiefs.–The Raiders scored a touchdown with no time left for a 31-30 win in 2017.–The Chargers scored a TD with 4 seconds left for a 29-28 win in 2018.The Chiefs used their blazing speed on offense to end five frustrating decades without a Super Bowl title. So their AFC West rivals all added speed to their rosters this offseason in hopes of reining in the champs. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWith Tom Brady leaving New England for Tampa Bay, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have supplanted the Patriots as the biggest bully on the NFL block.While Kansas City’s four consecutive AFC West crowns aren’t anywhere close to New England’s string of 11 straight AFC East titles, not even the Patriots have dominated their division like the Chiefs have ruled theirs over the last five seasons.In that span, the Patriots are 24-6 despite an ordinary 6-4 mark against Miami, and the Chiefs are 27-3 with 9-1 marks against every one of their division rivals. Associated Press ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL “Every move and signing we make we have to have them in mind,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said of the Chiefs, who raced past San Francisco with a 21-0 blitz in the final six minutes of the Super Bowl. “Let’s be honest, the entire league is chasing the Kansas City Chiefs,” said Raiders GM Mike Mayock. “But we’re in the same division. They keep getting faster and more athletic, more dynamic every time you turn around. Other teams have to do the same.”In the first round of the draft, the Raiders chose receiver Henry Ruggs III, the fastest player at the combine; the Broncos selected receiver Jerry Jeudy; and the Chargers added fleet-footed linebacker Kenneth Murray. “We just feel like we had to add that explosiveness,” Broncos GM John Elway said.The Broncos even bypassed a big need at tackle to select another speedy receiver, KJ Hamler, in the second round. That strategy took on greater scrutiny when right tackle Ja’Wuan James opted out of the 2020 season over coronavirus concerns and Hamler spent much of training camp sidelined by a hamstring injury. NO FANS Kansas City was due to return 20 of its 22 starters before guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and running back Damien Williams opted out. “If you’re going to have a year where bringing a lot of guys back that are experienced — not having rookie minicamps, OTAs — this would be the year to have it,” Chiefs GM Brett Veach said. NO BLACK HOLEThe Raiders have left Oakland and the famed Black Hole behind for the glamour and glitz of Las Vegas. But did they leave behind their middling offensive performances? With Ruggs, breakout tight end Darren Waller, versatile back Josh Jacobs and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow, the Raiders have their most complete offense since coach Jon Gruden returned in 2018.“The opportunities are limitless,” QB Derek Carr said. The Chiefs didn’t stand still. In addition to grabbing standout LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round, they spent the draft getting their defense up to speed to complement all the burners they have on offense.Second-round pick Willie Gay Jr. ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash among linebackers at the combine, and fourth-round pick L’Jarius Sneed not only had the fastest time among safeties at 4.37 seconds, but was the fourth fastest of any player that ran during the week in Indianapolis.“They keep getting faster and keep raising the bar,” Mayock said.Other subplots to watch as the Chiefs defend their second Super Bowl title: ___PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHChiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Raiders.___With contributions from AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow and AP Sports Writers Joe Reedy and David Skretta. Chiefs get better, faster as AFC West rivals try to catch up August 31, 2020last_img read more

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MILO Schools Football tournament 2019

first_imgSt John’s College, Lodge push through to next roundST JOHN’S College and Lodge Secondary are the last two schools to secure semi-final spots in the ongoing Milo schools football tournament 2019.In the battle of Georgetown-based schools, St John’s overcame St Stanislaus College 4-3.The St Stanislaus scorers Josiah King (56th), Daniel Persaud (32nd) and Jerimiah Sampson (35th) were unable to outscore their opponents.Akeel Bennette (32nd), Tyreke Saunders (44th), Jaheim McPherson (58th) and Jared Corrica (76th) were the men responsible for the win.In the other game, Lodge overcame Tucville 5-3.Lodge profited off a pair of braces from Dorwin George (18th, 22nd) and Curt Edwards (29th,, 69th) as well as Shemroy Myers 34th minute strike.Tucville, on the other hand, had a double from Dawange Jones (62nd, 73rd) and Simeon Benn (17th).From next weekend, quarter-finals action gets going.On Saturday, Charlestown will play Annandale from 13:00hrs with Bishops’ High taking on President’s College at 15:00hrs.On Sunday, Linden’s Christianburg/Wismar will play Vergenoegen while Lodge and St John’s College will clash for the last semi-final spot.The tournament is also sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health.last_img read more

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Wimbledon under threat of COVID-19 cancellation

first_img(BBC) – A series of emergency meetings is under way to decide whether Wimbledon can go ahead this year.The All England Club says a final decision is yet to be made, but the cancellation of the Championships for the first time, since World War Two, now seems inevitable.The Wimbledon Championships are due to run for two weeks from Monday June 29.The French Open has already been pushed back four months to late September because of the coronavirus pandemic.“I guess everyone’s been waiting on it,” Britain’s seven-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jamie Murray told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.“It’s obviously the next big event in the tennis calendar that’s still on the calendar for the moment.”BBC Sport understands a decision to abandon this year’s grass court season is likely be made in conjunction with three governing bodies – the Lawn Tennis Association, the Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women’s Tennis Association – within the next 48 hours.The All England Club admitted last week that a postponement would not be “without significant risk and difficulty,” and Murray says there are many practical reasons for that.“I think for them, it’s difficult to move the tournament back because you’re running into other tournaments that are for the moment still on the schedule,” he explained.“And also just things like daylight to host the event. Each week that passes, you get less and less light to play the tournament. And obviously they play until nine and 10 o’clock each night at Wimbledon.”The All England Club is confident it will be able to refund ticket and debenture holders through the insurance policies it has in place.But tennis will be denied its annual chance to showcase the sport in the UK, and to encourage people to take to the courts.The preceding grass court tournaments in Nottingham, Birmingham, Eastbourne and at Queen’s Club in London will also be affected.There is likely to be no professional tennis played anywhere until at least July 13, which leaves players like Murray in the same boat as everyone else.“I’m just at home, taking the necessary precautions, and trying to stay as active as I can,” the Scot continued.“It’s different. We’re used to being on the road all the time, used to being in different cities every week, and you kind of become institutionalised to that.“So even when I’m at events, come Friday, Saturday, when you’re starting to play for big prizes, your mind’s kind of like, ready to go to the next event because that’s just what you’ve been programmed to do.”last_img read more

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Eto’o Warns Barcelona Messi Alone No Longer Enough

first_imgMessi is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and the best player in the history of FC Barcelona.Eto’o, who played with the Argentine superstar at Barca between 2004 and 2009, explained what it is needed for the team to start winning trophies again.“I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house,” Eto’o told TuttoMercato.“But at Barca, we need other players with Blaugrana DNA. Messi alone is not enough.“You need to look for players on the market with tiki-taka style and not box to box,” Eto’o, said about Barcelona, who have a new manager in Dutch tactician Ronald Koeman.Koeman was part of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team”, helping Barca win La Liga four years in a row between 1991 and 1994, and the European Cup, where he scored the winning goal of the final against Sampdoria in 1992.Eto’o left Barcelona having netted 130 goals in 199 competitive matches and he also scored 56 goals in 118 international games for Cameroon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o has warned that it is imperative for Spanish giants FC Barcelona to reinforce their squad with more quality players rather than banking on Lionel Messi.This comes after the club’s captain Lionel Messi made a dramatic U-turn and stayed at Barcelona with the team having endured a disappointing 2019/20 season.Barca finished the campaign empty-handed having been embarrassed in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals by Germany’s Bayern Munich, who won 8-2.last_img read more

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Football: Three former Badgers take part in NFL Combine in Indianapolis

first_imgWhile there will be plenty of members from the 2015 University of Wisconsin football team’s roster headed for the NFL this season, three in particular got the opportunity to head to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine this weekend.Quarterback Joel Stave, linebacker Joe Schobert and offensive lineman Tyler Marz were put to the test at Lucas Oil Stadium, as they performed a variety of athletic-based drills in front of NFL scouts.While the combine itself has little to do with actually playing football, teams tend to put quite a bit of stock into a player’s performance on their given day to do so.Here is how the three former Badgers managed to perform this weekend:Joel Stave 40-yard dash: 4.8 seconds (eighth best among quarterbacks)Vertical jump: 33.5 inches (third best)Broad jump: 115 inches (sixth best)Three cone drill: 7.29 seconds (third best)Stave put together a surprisingly impressive day among some quarterbacks that many believed the four-year starter would not be able to match up with athletically. Given his size for the position and impressive day at the combine, being selected on draft day has become a possibility for Stave despite his inconsistencies over the years.Joe Schobert40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds (17th best among linebackers)Bench press: 22 reps (fifth best)Vertical jump: 33.5 inches (11th best)Broad jump: 111 inches (29th best)Three cone drill: 7.11 seconds (eighth best)20-yard shuffle: 4.3 seconds (eighth best)It was an impressive showing for the linebacker, as he showed great strength and respectable speed for the position. Not to mention Schobert’s athleticism was no mystery after this:Get up, @JoeTheShow58! #GameOver (: @JazzPeavy) pic.twitter.com/TleiXvtb6P— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) July 22, 2015Regardless, the All-Big Ten performer did enough on the field this year to warrant consideration from any NFL team, as his production this past season should speak for itself.Football: Senior linebacker Joe Schobert wins Big Ten’s top linebacker awardThe Wisconsin football team’s defense ranked among the best in the nation all season, in large part due to the Read…Tyler Marz 40-yard dash: 5.54 seconds (43rd best among offensive linemen)Bench press: 19 reps (ninth best)Broad jump: 99 inches (top distance)20-yard shuffle: 4.97 seconds (35th best)While Marz may not boast the talent like some of the Badgers’ most recently drafted offensive linemen, the second-team All-Big Ten performer has a base skillset that will get him drafted, especially given UW’s rich history at the position.last_img read more

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Premier League Action

first_imgThey’ll do that with a win over third placed Tottenham at White Harte Lane.That kicks-off at 2:15 as does Leicester’s game against Southampton.First up at 12, Wayne Rooney will be pushing for a return to Manchester United’s starting line-up against Stoke at Old Trafford. In the late game at 4:30pm, Arsenal will bid to make it five straight Premier League wins when they head to Burnley.last_img

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Wrestling cannot be blamed for violence in children- WWE Smackdown stars insist

first_imgWWE SmackDown star Samoa Joe has challenged the assertion that watching wrestling turns innocent, quiet children into violent ones.According to him, the safety guidelines of the sport which are severally put out are an indication that the WWE cares about the safety of all who follow the sport.“Obviously there is violence involved in what we do but that being said it’s not any different from the other programmes that are watched on television.“I also feel that parents are also very responsible and are able to tell their children what to watch and what not to,” he told Joy Sports during an interaction at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg.The interaction was part of a special WWE Tour of South Africa in collaboration with Super Sport, Multichoice Africa.“We always run the disclaimer before every show that states clearly to parents and children never to try this at home, leave this to the professionals. This is something we wholeheartedly believe in” Samoa Joe added. Samoa Joe joined WWE stars including Brawn Stroman, Drew Gulak and Bayley to feature in a recent WWE live event at the Dome in Johannesburg South Africa.“We have amazing athletes who do amazing things.  We have some good aerialists and guys who put their bodies through the same punishments. But these are highly trained professionals. So I will implore all never ever to do what we do at home,” he added.Multiple WWE champion Brawn Stroman who headlined the event had a similar response when quizzed on the same subject.“Children of today are smarter than we think. They may watch WWE which has a lot of physical contact but are able to determine on their own never to engage in any behavior that will harm them,” he told Joy Sports.  #joysports  #wwejohannesburg  #multichoiceaf  #dstvghanalast_img read more

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Conor McGregor wins in first UFC match in 15 months

first_imgIrish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was victorious in his first UFC match in over 15 months, with a technical knockout win over American opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor blitzed Cerrone from the opening bell and won the fight less than a minute into the first roundMcGregor improves his career professional record to 22-4 with 19 knockouts. Cerrone, the UFC’s all-time winningest fighter, drops to 36-14 in his professional careerThis was McGregor’s first time in the octagon since a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 6, 2018, and a night some thought might never happen. In March of 2019 McGregor tweeted that he planned to retire, then hinted at a future UFC fight the very next week.There was a post-fight melee between McGregor and Nurmagomedov’s camps, which resulted in a six-month suspension for the Irishman and a nine-month suspension for the Russian by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.McGregor’s most recent victory in mixed martial arts came in November 2016 when he won by knockout over Eddie Alvarez.Despite the long layoff, McGregor is the fourth-ranked lightweight in UFC. He is 13th on the pound-for-pound ratings. Cerrone is ranked fifth among lightweights.The two fighters, however, competed in a heavier division, as welterweights.last_img read more

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Rich Hill slated for first start with Dodgers on Saturday

first_img“You can’t do anything about it. I’ve done everything I can to get out there and get ready. We’re here now so we’ll look forward to Monday and get out there Saturday.”Immediately after the trade, the topic of a rehab start was brought up and Hill sounded reluctant, hesitant to put off pitching in big-league games any longer than the blister issue already had. Now that it has been almost a month since he faced hitters, “it makes more sense,” Hill said Saturday.“Rehab start or not, I’ll go out there and no matter what the situation is you do your best,” he said.A groin injury sidelined Hill for all of June as well, so he has made just two big-league starts since the end of May, discounting the five-pitch effort. Monday’s rehab start gives Hill some game action while also allowing the Dodgers to guard against a short start that would tax their bullpen if the blister issues recur.“It’s a combo. It’s both,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think where we’re at right now we not only need him pitching for us, we need him to be good. So this checks a box as far as the blister and making sure he can get through an abbreviated start and give us a baseline of where we’re at. And also just to work through some things mechanically and see hitters and be in a game situation.” Roberts said the Dodgers were still deciding what pitch count to target for Hill on Monday. But Hill’s expectations for that Dodgers debut on Saturday are not limited by his long layoff.“Nine?” he said when asked how many innings he thinks he could pitch against the Reds next week. “I mean, the bottom line is when you look back then you can answer that question. But every time I go out there it’s giving everything I have on that day. There are days you go out there and you feel incredible and you go five. There are days you don’t feel like you can even get through five and you go nine.”On the wayHill is not the only pitcher the Dodgers expect back next week.Right-hander Bud Norris (strained back muscle) made a rehab start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Saturday night. Left-hander Adam Liberatore (elbow inflammation) is scheduled to throw an inning for the Quakes on Sunday then repeat that on Tuesday.Both Norris and Liberatore are expected to join the Dodgers during their road trip to Philadelphia and Cincinnati and be activated from the DL. For now, Norris is expected to return as a starter, Roberts said, though he could also pitch out of the bullpen.Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir are scheduled to start the first two games in Philadelphia, but Roberts would not name a starter for the third game against the Phillies on Thursday. With Saturday’s starter Brandon McCarthy almost certainly headed to the DL with a hip injury, Norris could be plugged back into the rotation. Rookie right-hander Ross Stripling went seven innings in Friday’s loss but Roberts said he will now join Julio Urias in the bullpen as a long reliever. Either could be pressed into service as a starter again, however.“With the way things have gone for us, that can change,” Roberts said. “But as of now, it was one start (for Stripling).”The Dodgers will need to make a roster move Sunday in order to activate left-hander Brett Anderson, scheduled to make his first start of the season after recovering from back surgery.NotesThird baseman Justin Turner was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a right hand contusion. Roberts said Turner suffered the injury on an inside fastball during Friday night’s loss to the Pirates. … Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back injury) played catch on flat ground Saturday for the second consecutive day. LOS ANGELES >> This time for sure. Maybe.Two weeks after acquiring him from the Oakland A’s, the Dodgers expect to have left-hander Rich Hill finally pitching in games. Hill is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday as a final step before making his debut for the Dodgers next Saturday in Cincinnati.Hill has not faced hitters since a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand ripped open five pitches into a July 17 start for the A’s against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was tentatively scheduled to pitch two separate times last week but a second blister issue surfaced on his finger and the Dodgers pushed things back in order to give his finger additional time to heal.“It’s healed and 100 percent ready to go and I look forward to getting out there,” said Hill, who threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman: Talk of him opting out of contract ‘completely false’

first_imgCould Aroldis Chapman be on the move?According to The Athletic, which cited a player who’s friendly with the Yankees left-hander, Chapman is “1 million percent” going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Rockies’ trade deadline plans are ‘more complicated’ because of recent struggles, general manager says Related News Angels plunk Jake Marisnick; Astros unhappy about Jonathan Lucroy payback However, Chapman called the report “completely false” Wednesday as he denied wanting to leave New York, though he did acknowledge the team has the ability to change his contract after next season.”The truth is, honestly, I feel great here,” Chapman said through a translator (via ESPN). Mike Trout injury update: Angels star (calf) expects to return Thursday Added Chapman, per MLB.com: “I haven’t even spoken to my agent about it. Like I said before, we have a big task in front of us, which is to win the division and win the World Series. That’s the main focus for me right now. Contract stuff hasn’t even crossed my mind at all.”Chapman later took to Twitter to further assure that he wants to stay with the Yankees.Don’t always believe what you hear in the media. Yankee 100% pic.twitter.com/H1IcfO9V2s— Aroldis Chapman (@AChapman_105) July 17, 2019Chapman, 31, signed a five-year deal worth $86 million before the 2017 season. He has converted 25 of 29 save opportunities this season, compiling a 2.45 ERA in 39 appearances en route to his sixth All-Star selection.last_img read more

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