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  • 10 June 2019
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs might want to have Dr. James Andrews on speed dial.Or better yet, fly him into training camp.When the Chiefs begin their run-up to the regular season on the campus of Missouri Western the last week of July, they will do so with the biggest question marks involving the knees of some key players: running back Jamaal Charles, pass rusher Tamba Hali and star outside linebacker Justin Houston.Charles had surgery on his right ACL early last season, Hali had a procedure to clean out his knees and Houston had surgery on his left ACL -- performed by Andrews, the renowned orthopedic surgeon -- in February.How the three of them fare this season could be the difference between success and failure.The important thing with them, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, is you dont rush it.So Charles will be treated with velvet gloves during training camp, even though he participated in some of the offseason minicamps. Hali will also see limited reps. Houston is unlikely to practice until well into the regular season, though the Chiefs are optimistic he will make it onto the field at some point.Hes where he needs to be right now, Reid said. Hes a hard worker, so hes bound and determined to get back. Ive told you before, when youre around him, you have this optimism. I feel optimistic that he is going to be back in a short period of time, but in reality, its going to take a little bit.There are plenty of other pressing issues facing Kansas City this fall. Here are some of them:RUNNING BACK COMMITTEE: The Chiefs survived without Charles last season thanks to the tandem of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Knile Davis is still on the roster, too. So one of the big questions facing Kansas City is whether there will be enough opportunities to go around.Theres competition, but its not competition individually, Ware said. Its reflectively as a group, saying, `Lets do our job and lets score touchdowns.STAFF TURNOVER: Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson departed in the offseason to become head coach in Philadelphia, and Reid turned to a pair of trusted lieutenants to fill his role. Matt Nagy was promoted from quarterbacks coach to co-offensive coordinator and will be the voice in the helmet of quarterback Alex Smith, while Brad Childress became the other co-offensive coordinator after working on special projects.Matts got a great mind, and obviously Andys got a fertile mind, said Childress, who spent time with Reid in Philadelphia before a stint as Vikings head coach. Ill be able to add to that.BACKING UP ALEX: Chase Daniel was so dependable as the backup quarterback the past few years that he signed a big contract to do the same thing in Philadelphia. That leaves an opening for long-time scout squad member Tyler Bray, developmental QB Aaron Murray and rookie Kevin Hogan to earn an important job.The Chiefs could also sign a veteran backup once cuts begin happening this fall, but the coaching staff sounds as if the trio will ultimately spit out Smiths understudy.We have a long way to go, said Murray, who enters camp at the head of the line. This is what football is all about. Its about competition against other teams and your team, and thats what makes everyone better.ROOKIE ROLES: The Chiefs stockpiled picks in the draft and now begin to see what they landed, starting with second-rounder Chris Jones, a defensive tackle who should slide into the rotation immediately.The bigger questions lie in the defensive backfield and on special teams.Third-round pick KeiVarae Russell, fourth-round choice Eric Murray and seventh-round selection D.J. White are all joining the cornerback fray, while speedy Tyreek Hill could emerge as the punt and kick returner.WIDE RECEIVER: The seemingly ever-present question mark in Kansas City is: Who will catch passes this season? Jeremy Maclin gives the Chiefs a solid No. 1, but theyve been searching for depth ever since Reids arrival. They took fliers on Rod Streater and Mike Williams in free agency, drafted Hill and Demarcus Robinson, and still hope that Chris Conley and Albert Wilson can develop into go-to targets.Theyre kind of growing up before our eyes here, Reid said, which is fun to watch.---AP NFL website: and Black Vans Old Skool Sale . It was Kerbers third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. The 10th-ranked German improved her record in finals to 3-5. Slip On Vans Sale . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. Cheap Vans Old Skool . Aaron Harrison scored a 22 points for Kentucky (6-1), which has won four in a row following a Nov. 12 loss to current No. 1 Michigan State. Julius Randle overcame a scoreless first half and added his sixth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Wholesale Vans Authentic .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The Ole Miss womens basketball team fought with the No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers but came up a little short in a 66-61 loss in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Sunday. Taylor Manuel (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Rebels with 13 points while Erika Sisk (Oxford, Miss.) added 11. Shequila Joseph (London, England) posted a game-high 11 rebounds.Ole Miss (6-2) kept itself within striking distance in the fourth quarter, and with the Mountaineers leading 49-45 with 6:10 left in the game, the Rebels went to freshman Shelby Gibson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), who nailed a triple. Gibsons three, coupled with a three-point play from Sisk, cut the West Virginia lead down to three points with 2:17 left, but Ole Miss couldnt get a stop to complete the comeback.The Rebels used momentum from the end of the first half and carried it all the way over, erasing an 11-point Mountaineer lead to tie the game at 28 at the 6:34 mark of the third quarter and took their first lead of the game on a bucket from Shandricka Sessom (Byhalia, Miss.). Ole Miss used a 10-3 run to open the third quarter and held the home team without a bucket for 4:33 before a field goal at the 3:54 mark.The teams traded buckets and free throws for the remainder of the third quarter before West Virginia closed the period with a 4-2 spurt to take a 43-37 lead at the end of three quarters.Trailing 14-8 at the end for the first quarter of play, points were hard to come by for both teams in the first part of the second quarter. A pair of free throws from Madinah Muhammad (Chicago, Ill.) midway through the quarter were Ole Miss only points until Sisks bucket underneath at the 1:38 mark, keeping the Rebels without a field goal for nearly nine minutes dating back to the first half.Ole Miss got back into the game late in the second quarter. With 1:32 on the clock, Torri Lewis (Olive Branch, Miss.) nailed a pair of free throws and came up with the steal on the other end, leading to a layup by Sisk. Gibson then picked up a second straight steal for Ole Miss, leading to a three by Lewis - the first of the game for the Rebels.dddddddddddd That trifecta cut the West Virginia lead, which was one at 11, down to four with 1:11 left. Manuel hit a pair of free throws late as West Virginia took a 26-20 halftime break.The Rebels had a tough first half from the floor, shooting a season-low 16.7 percent (4-of-24), but they forced 18 West Virginia turnovers and had 11 first-half steals.Both teams had a slow start to the game, but once one team got started, the other team got going as well. Joseph opened the scoring for the Rebels with a triple from the right side at the 7:27 mark. The teams were tied at 5-5 before the Mountaineers rattled of four unanswered to take a 9-5 lead at the first media timeout. West Virginia used a 9-0 run to keep the Rebels scoreless for 3:53 as they took a 14-5 lead - the largest of the game. Ole Miss was finally able to get in the scorebook just before the end of the first quarter with a triple from Lewis to cut the West Virginia lead to 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.Rebel SidelinesTodays contest was part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. This is the third year of the Challenge and the first time games have been played on campus sites. This is Ole Miss first time participating in the Challenge.The Rebels move to 0-1 against ranked opponents this season and West Virginia leads the series 3-1.Ole Miss moves to 0-2 in the road navy uniforms with todays win.Todays game was a homecoming for assistant coach George Porcha who spent six years at West Virginia as associate head coach from 2008-13.Todays game marked the first quarter of the season Ole Miss was held to single digits with just eight points.Ole Miss posted a season-high 14 stealsShequila Joseph posted a career-best 11 rebounds.Up NextOle Miss will take some time off for exams but will return to the hardwood on Dec. 10 when they host La.-Monroe. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT from The Pavilion at Ole Miss. ' ' '