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Cowtown Rundown: Kansas City Sports News 9/7

Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson getting the start vs. the Chargers

Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson will get the start on Monday Night Football against the Chargers to open the regular season. DJ says the coaches told him he'd be starting.

DJ beat out Demorrio Williams. Last year, Williams didn't have any sacks or interceptions and many thought his play was very average and called for DJ to be starting.

In the last two weeks of preseason, Williams has stepped it up with three sacks and played much better.

Williams of course wasn't happy and wanted to start.

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KU has already moved on from North Dakota State

KU was stunned in week one against North Dakota State, 6-3.

Yes, North Dakota State.

It was an embarrassing start for Turner Gill in his first game as head coach of KU. He says that they've already moved on from it.

"At 3 o’clock (Sunday), we’ll evaluate this, but after 6 o’clock (Sunday night), then this has got to be behind us," Gill said after the game. "We’ve gotta look at the tape and see what we need to get corrected, but after (that) they need to be moving on and getting ready to play against Georgia Tech."

That's what you'd have to do when your season starts off on such a slow start.

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Royals open series against Twins, lose 5-4

The Royals lost 5-4 to the Twins in their series opener on Sunday. It was Jim Thome who nailed a 490-foot home run against the Royals -- one of two home runs in the fifth inning.

"For anybody else," Royals catcher Brayan Peña said, "it was a good pitch. For Thome, it was in his nitro zone."

The Twins are coming off of a series sweep of the AL West-leading Rangers.

The Twins are currently 3.5 games over the White Sox.

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Mizzou doesn't want to throw the ball so much

Mizzou's running back situation is up in the air after playing just one game without permanently suspended Derrick Washington. Replacing him is De'Vion Moore and Kendial Lawrence.

Mizzou's Gary Pinkel talked to the media about throwing the ball so often like they did against Illinois. Via the Columbia Tribune:

Asked about the discrepancy in passes to runs in Saturday's game - the Tigers threw 48 times and ran 29 times - Pinkel said the coaching staff discussed that Monday morning and that they "need to be cautious" in throwing the ball that many times.

I don't see the problem in running that much. Your starting running back is gone and your quarterback will be a first round pick next April. Which area is your strength?

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