first_img___More AP NFL: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “Let’s be honest, the entire league is chasing the Kansas City Chiefs,” said 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.”The Raiders signed free agent linebacker Cory Littleton to guard the likes of Travis Kelce, then chose Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, the fastest player at the NFL scouting combine with a 4.27-second 40-yard dash, with the 12th overall pick last week.The Broncos used their first two draft picks on speedy wide receivers Jerry Jeudy of Alabama and KJ Hamler of Penn State to keep up with the likes of Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Their fourth-round selection was Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam, who had the combine’s fastest 40 among tight ends at 4.49 seconds.“We just feel like we had to add that explosiveness,” Elway said.The Chargers did, too, so after selecting Oregon QB Justin Herbert with the sixth pick, they added fleet-footed Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray at No. 23. They envision Murray stuffing running back Damien Williams and chasing down QB Patrick Mahomes. They also added Virginia’s Joe Reed, another wide receiver with a sub-4.4-second 40. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWith their blazing speed on offense, the Kansas City Chiefs ran away from their AFC West brethren en route to their first Super Bowl title in half a century. So explosiveness was a common theme on the draft boards of rival general managers John Elway in Denver, Tom Telesco in Los Angeles and Mike Mayock in Las Vegas.“Every move and signing we make we have to have them in mind,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said of the Chiefs, who have ruled the division since 2016 and used a 21-0 burst over the final six minutes to beat San Francisco in the Super Bowl. DELAYED RETURNSWith teams limited to Zoom position meetings and weightlifting on their own during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be a while before Mayock, Elway and Telesco see if their emphasis on speed this offseason pays off.“We feel like we got better in free agency and I know we feel like we got better in the draft,” Mayock said. “Nobody is going to know how much or if at all until we get out on the field and compete.”___AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow and AP Sports Writers Joe Reedy and Dave Skretta contributed. “Kansas City’s offense can fly but it’s more than covering those guys. It is getting to the quarterback, too,” Telesco said. “Murray is going to help playing K.C. and everyone because of his explosiveness and speed. The way offenses are with things so spread out you have to run and chase.”The Chargers, Raiders and Broncos have been chasing the Chiefs for four years now, but Kansas City (12-4) really pulled away in 2019 when nobody else in the division had a winning record. So, did their rivals do enough in free agency and the draft to close the gap? Remember, the Chiefs didn’t sit still. 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.One of the undrafted free agents the Chiefs signed is Auburn’s Javaris Davis, who had the combine’s second-fastest 40 time among cornerbacks.center_img “They’re the world champs,” Mayock said. “I’ve known Andy Reid for a lot of years. Watching the way he and Brett Veach approach the draft, all they do is get faster. They drafted that great running back (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) from LSU, then they drafted Willie Gay, the linebacker I love. “They keep getting faster and keep raising the bar.”SPEED & SKILLThe division didn’t just see an infusion of speed but of skill.“We needed to score more points, whether we’re playing the Chiefs or not,” said Denver coach Vic Fangio, whose team averaged a paltry 17.6 points a game last season. “It’s always good to be fast, but sometimes, people make the mistake of just getting fast with players that aren’t good football players. We believe our speed that we’ve drafted has come with players that also can play the game. Broncos, Raiders, Chargers add speed to try to catch Chiefs April 28, 2020 “Hopefully we’re a harder offense to defend now once it evolves and we get to playing games, but we need to score more points.”VIRTUAL TRADEDefensive back Chris Harris Jr. left the Broncos for the Chargers in free agency, and running back Melvin Gordon bolted the Bolts for Denver.Both men rejected lucrative offers last season — Harris’ averaged $9 million and Gordon roughly $10 million annually — and found themselves accepting less in free agency.Gordon’s deal in Denver is for $16 million over two years and Harris signed for two years and $17 million.last_img read more

first_imgREIGNING 100m World champion Omar McLeod believes former world’s fastest man Usain Bolt was well within his rights to defend longtime coach Glen Mills.The decorated Olympian and sprint icon set off a social media storm in recent weeks when he was highly critical of the work attitude of some of the current crop of sprinters following criticism of veteran coach Mills.In recent weeks, multiple athletes affiliated to the Racers Track Club had written social media pieces critical of the coach and the operation of the now-famous club.In a terse response, Bolt suggested that the athletes had only themselves to blame for any lack of success, accusing them of not working hard enough. While admitting that he did not know enough about the issue, McLeod claims to understand the sprinter’s defence of the coach.“I don’t know about what happened in-depth, I’ve seen the interview. I’m really happy he made the decision to speak up for his coach.  It can be a thing when athletes don’t get what they want they try to point fingers and blame other people,” McLeod told Nuffin’ Long Athletics.“Nobody knows the extent of what happened, I don’t, so I don’t want to speak of it but I just think it was good of him to come out and speak because he and his coach have had a really good career and I guess he is a father figure to Usain Bolt.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more

first_imgPACOIMA – A 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in an auto crash this afternoon, authorities said. The child was airlifted in serious but stable condition to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles following the crash. “It appears to be a severe impact,” said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The crash, which injured at least one other person, occurred around 3:15 p.m. in the 14000 block of Paxton Street, Humphrey said. No other informations was currently available. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img