September 30, 2014

Total domination as Jamaal Charles returns and finds the end zone three times, Tom Brady picked off twice as Chiefs blow out the Patriots

Jamaah Charles reaches the endzone against the Patriots (photo/KCChiefs.com)

Jamaah Charles reaches the endzone against the Patriots (photo/KCChiefs.com)

Jamaal Charles returned from his high ankle sprain to score three touchdowns as the Chiefs blowout New England 41-14.  Charles only missed one week, as he ran for 92 yards and a score. He also brought in two short touchdown passes from Alex Smith, who had 248 yards passing and three touchdowns.

The Chiefs (2-2) ended a four-game losing streak at Arrowhead Stadium and handed the Patriots their worst defeat since losing to San Diego 41-17 in 2005.

Tom Brady continued to struggle in 2014 as he threw two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.  Husain Abdullah took it 39 yards for a touchdown.Tamba Hali also stripped the ball from Brady which set up a field goal. Brady finished 14 of 23 for 159 yards.

Charles gave the Chiefs an early lead with his first-quarter touchdown and extended the lead with a 5-yard TD catch in the second quarter.  Cairo Santos added a 22-yard field goal just before halftime for a 17-0 lead.

Kansas City had 303 yards of first-half offense, the most against any Belichick-coached team.

Charles added his third touchdown of the game early in the second half, taking a short pass before stumbling into the end zone. He appeared to grab the back of his leg and didn’t play much after that, but the game was well in hand.

So much for Seattle’s 12th man.  KC has the record again, when Guinness World Records recorded a noise level of 142.2 decibels — breaking the mark of 137.6 that the Seahawks’ fans had set last season.

 

Shane Ray returns as SEC defensive line player of the Week. Second time this season the junior has been honored.

Mizzou

Mizzou

Missouri junior DE Shane Ray (Kansas City, Mo.) was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Line Player of the Week for his big game this past Saturday as he helped lead Mizzou to a 21-20 comeback win at 13th-ranked South Carolina.

Ray won the award after recording a career-high eight tackles (all solo stops), including 2.0 quarterback sacks, which ties his personal best.

Ray was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his 7-tackle performance in a win over UCF on Sept. 13th, which included four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.

Through five games, Ray’s season totals of 8.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss are both tops in the nation. He’s had at least one sack in all five games this season, including a trio of two-sack outings against South Carolina, UCF and Toledo.

Ray and the defense held the USC offense to season low totals in several categories, including points (20), yards (338), passing yards (219) and 1st downs (18).

This marks the third time in 2014 a Tiger has won a weekly conference award. Prior to Ray’s pair of awards, sophomore QB Maty Mauk won the SEC Offensive Player of the Week on September 8th for his play in MU’s win at Toledo.

Tests show Jovan Belcher was likely suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Test performed at the request of his daughter’s lawyers

Jovan Belcher

Jovan Belcher

Lawyers representing Zoey Belcher, the daughter of former Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, requested that an exam of the 25-year old’s brain be performed. Analysis shows that Belcher was in all likelihood suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.  The story was first reported on Monday by the Kansas City Star.

CTE is a degenerative disease known to cause dementia, aggression, confusion and depression among people who have suffered repeated head trauma.

Former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson were also diagnosed with CTE following post-mortem exams.  Both players committed suicide.

On Dec. 1, 2012, Belcher shot and killed Perkins at their residence, then drove to the Chiefs training facility where he shot himself in the parking lot.  The results of tests, performed in New York, can be used in ongoing litigation.

 

Royals will face Oakland in the one-game American League Wild Card, Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Rally planned for Monday

The Royals celebrate their  playoff clinching win on Friday with fans in Chicago (photo/MLB)

The Royals celebrate their playoff clinching win on Friday with fans in Chicago (photo/MLB)

The Kansas City Royals will host the 2014 American League Wild Card game Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. CT against either the Oakland Athletics or the Seattle Mariners. Gates will open to fans at 5 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on TBS.

The Royals are hosting a “Take the Crown Rally” on Monday that will allow fans and players to come together to celebrate the club’s first Postseason appearance in 29 years. The event is free to the public and will begin at 11:30 a.m.

FOX Sports Kansas City’s Ryan Lefebvre will hold a special Q&A with General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost, as well as select Royals players and alumni.

To wrap up the event, fans can watch the Royals take batting practice in preparation for their Wild Card tilt the following day at Kauffman Stadium.

Gates to the ballpark will open at 10:45 a.m. Fans are asked to enter the Truman Sports Complex via Gate 2 or the Bus Exit located near Gate 6 and will be directed to park in Lot J.

Take the Crown Rally

Monday, September 29
10:45 a.m. Kauffman Stadium Gates Open
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Interviews and Q&A
12:15-1:30 p.m. Royals Batting Practice

The Royals are asking fans to exit the Truman Sports Complex via the Bus Exit near Gate 6 promptly at 1:30 p.m. following the rally in order for the Kansas City Chiefs to prepare for their Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots. “Take the Crown Rally” attendees with tickets to the Chiefs game will need to leave the parking lots after the rally and re-enter the parking lots when the Truman Sports Complex opens again at 3 p.m. for the Chiefs game.

Cardinals clinch the Central Division with Pittsburgh losing Sunday afternoon. Finale in Arizona means nothing. Cardinals will face Dodgers in NLDS

Adam Wainwright and Manager Mike Matheny embrace in the first inning after learning the Cardinals clinched the NL Central. (photo/MLB)

Adam Wainwright and Manager Mike Matheny embrace in the first inning after learning the Cardinals clinched the NL Central. (photo/MLB)

With the Pirates’ 4-1 loss to the Reds on Sunday, the Cardinals clinched the National League Central title.  The Cardinals will begin the National League Division Series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday and will host Game 3 and Game 4 (if needed) at Busch Stadium on Oct. 6 and 7.

Adam Wainwright, who was scheduled to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks was scratched from the game and Nick Greenwood started in his place.

The Washington Nationals have the best record in the National League and will face the winner of the one game wildcard between Pittsburgh and San Francisco.