25 Dec
2019

Chiefs get the job done

first_imgMIAMI – The Kansas City Chiefs canceled a practice and rushed to pack, caught an early flight to Miami and landed less than six hours before kickoff. When the game began, they were ready. “I’m not blaming it on anything, because that’s not my nature, but we certainly didn’t have the energy and enthusiasm we’ve had up to this point,” Miami coach Nick Saban said. “We just didn’t look like the same team out there, and I can’t give you any reason exactly why.” Despite a less-than-ideal itinerary, Kansas City (4-2) scored a touchdown on the first series and never trailed. The Dolphins (2-4) missed a chance to claim a share of the AFC East lead, instead losing their third game in a row. Note: DirecTV announced that subscribers to its “NFL Sunday Ticket” will be able to watch the delayed telecast of the Dolphins-Chiefs game on Sunday in its normally scheduled window of 10 a.m. PDT on Channel 706. The NFL Network also has decided to replay the game at 5 p.m. Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kansas City’s Larry Johnson rushed for 93 yards, and Priest Holmes ran for 90 and two scores. Lawrence Tynes’ three field goals included a 51- and 52-yarder, the two longest kicks of his career. “We had a job to do,” Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain said. “Hey, it’s a football game. We’ve been playing this since we were 8. It’s really simple. Tonight guys found that extra bit of energy.” Announced attendance was 68,350, but with the scheduling change and rain in the area, the actual crowd totaled about 40,000. Playing a rare Friday game, the Dolphins looked like a bad high school team, and by their second series the small crowd was booing. Gus Frerotte misfired on two potential touchdown passes and went 11 for 29, Ricky Williams lost 1 yard in six carries and the defense gave up four scoring drives of eight plays or more. Williams again saw limited duty in his second game following a one-year retirement and four-game drug suspension. He has seven yards on 11 carries this season. center_img With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs shook off any travel fatigue to beat the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Friday night. Trent Green threw for 289 yards against Miami’s injury-depleted secondary, and the Chiefs totaled a season-high 462 yards while controlling the ball for nearly 42 minutes. last_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

Bill may revive Wilshire subway

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Villaraigosa, who is aggressively pursuing a mass-transit system in West Los Angeles, welcomed the congressman’s move. “Although this is one step in a process of many, it brings us closer to Mayor Villaraigosa’s goal of giving the city of Los Angeles a subway to the sea,” spokesman Darryl Ryan said. Waxman sponsored legislation that banned federal funding for Wilshire Boulevard subway construction after a 1985 methane-gas explosion at a Ross Dress for Less store in the Fairfax District, near the route of the subway. Subway construction continued into Hollywood, using local sales tax dollars until 1998, when the costs spiraled out of control and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky persuaded Los Angeles County voters to ban local dollars from being used, essentially halting any further subway construction. But Waxman reversed himself after a panel of experts – including members he appointed – said building and operating a subway under Wilshire’s dangerous gas zones would be pose no greater risk than other subways in the United States. Almost 20 years after Rep. Henry Waxman helped shut down construction of a subway under Wilshire Boulevard, he introduced a bill Friday to lift his previous prohibition on tunneling in that corridor. Waxman’s legislation comes after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced this week that experts had determined that workers could safely build a subway through once-dangerous methane-gas zones. “I will make lifting the prohibition a priority,” Waxman, D-Los Angeles, said in a statement. “I am very pleased with the panel’s unanimous finding that tunneling can now be done safely.” Waxman’s bill is not likely to be heard until early next year. Wilshire Boulevard is considered the busiest corridor in the county, with buses running every 90 seconds during rush hour, and a top choice at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for a subway route. But subways are expensive – at an estimated $300 million per mile – and federal funding would be essential. The next three-mile leg on Wilshire would cost $1 billion. Taking it to the sea would cost billions more. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a longtime subway foe, said he would work with members of Congress to keep the prohibition in place. “The taxpayers overwhelmingly killed the costly, disruptive subway. Now the self-serving interests are trying to pull the wooden stakes from its heart,” he said. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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