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1. Versatile Leonard Williams could be NFL's next great defensive lineman

By Jeffri Chadiha - ESPN

"After a quick countdown, Brenkus lurched forward and thrust his hands into Williams' chest. Williams did the same, only with frightening force -- extending his long arms, exploding out of his stance, surging the momentum through his thick torso and into Brenkus' comparatively spindly frame. By the time Brenkus landed some 6 feet away on thick, oversized padding, a mixture of gasps and laughter filled the studio as he lay motionless for a few seconds. "That," Brenkus said while still sprawled across the mat, "had to be some kind of new record."

It was good TV to see the host launched through the air by a man considered by many to be the best prospect in this year's NFL draft. It was even more appropriate that Williams paused for a second after the feat before raising his arms to flex his biceps. But what really made this moment so intriguing was that it was merely a small sampling of what Williams can do with a devastating combination of power, strength and explosiveness that has scouts all over the league salivating. In other words, this USC All-American can make plenty of opponents look as silly as Brenkus did during that shoot.

As much as people talk about the two high-profile quarterbacks in this year's draft -- Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota -- the reality is that Williams is the player most often viewed as the surest thing for a team trying to improve its fortunes."    READ MORE…

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2. Kansas City submits bids to keep Big 12 Tournament, land Copa America games

By BLAIR KERKHOFF - Kansas City Star

"The bids assembled by the Kansas City Sports Commission are in.

Kansas City looks to continue at the home of the Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournaments at the Sprint Center through 2020, and to be one of the sites for Copa America, an international soccer event in 2016.

Kansas City's Big 12 bid includes a website — — that kicks off with a 93‐second spot that highlights the city's embrace of the event."    READ MORE…

3. Dead money reason why Broncos have more cap room than Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"From time to time I get questions about how the Denver Broncos can have Peyton Manning's fat contract, sign big-dollar free agents such as DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and Emmanuel Sanders and still be in much better shape with regard to the salary cap than the Kansas City Chiefs.

The answer is simple. The Broncos manage their cap better than the Chiefs do theirs.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Broncos have about $14.3 million in available salary-cap space while the Chiefs have about $2.9 million open. The difference of about $11.4 million looks even worse considering the Broncos are spending about $11.5 million more against their cap for players on their roster than the Chiefs are players on theirs."    READ MORE…

4. KC Chiefs president to give leadership lecture

By News Desk - The Capital‐Journal

"Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, will present "Lessons in Leadership" at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence.

The lecture, part of the J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Memorial Lecture series presented by the University of Kansas School of Business, is free and open to the public.

Donovan joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009 and was named president in January 2011 after serving two years as the club's chief operating officer. He has worked within the National Football League for 17 seasons, including seven with the Chiefs."    READ MORE…

5. Bengals play prank on Browns

By Coley Harvey - ESPN

"With a "nod to players of the past while looking forward to things to come," the Cincinnati Bengals announced major news Wednesday regarding their logo.

It wasn't really "major," per se. But in the spirit of April Fools Day, the announcement still had the Buckeye State buzzing, and may have added a little light-hearted fuel onto the Bengals' rivalry with the Cleveland Browns.

As part of a prank to commemorate the holiday and to troll their in-state rival, the Bengals tweeted they would have a "fresh new look for the 2015 season." The tweet contained a link that sent readers to their website. Once on the team site, readers were taken to a page that featured three pictures."    READ MORE…

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