Sports Briefs: Reid, Chiefs begin new season Thursday

GCC alum opens with defending champions

Year No. 5 for Glendale Community College alumnus Andy Reid as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs begins Thursday as his team opens the NFL season versus the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. at 5:30 p.m.

It’s been a successful tenure so far in Kansas City as Reid’s squads have posted a 43-21 (.670 winning percentage) record in four seasons with three playoff appearances and an AFC West title in 2016. Kansas City is 1-3 in the postseason with its lone victory coming in 2015.

The Chiefs are coming off their best regular season in Reid’s time as Kansas City finished 12-4 last season to clinch its division for the first time since 2010. Kansas City, though, lost in the divisional playoffs for a second straight year, this time to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 18-16, in Kansas City.

Jackson looks to build team in year No. 2

Coming off the worst season in franchise history, perhaps the Cleveland Browns and second-year coach Hue Jackson can only go up as the season opener nears.

The former Glendale Community College quarterback is looking to turn around a team that flirted with going winless before finishing with a 1-15 record, which marked the fewest victories in franchise history.

Cleveland opens its season hosting archrival Pittsburgh on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Hoover football gets forfeit win

The Hoover High football team picked up a forfeit victory Friday by virtue of Sotomayor canceling the game because of the school taking a four-day Labor Day weekend, Hoover athletic director Jack Van Patten said.

Van Patten said Sotomayor, a Los Angeles City Section school, didn’t have any administrators available and the team had no means of transportation.

Hoover is 1-1 and has a bye this week before returning to action at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in a nonleague contest against Glenn. Hoover will play a nine-game schedule.

Sherriff suffers first MLB defeat

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Sherriff, a former Glendale Community College player, was handed his first major league loss Saturday. St. Louis fell, 2-1, to the San Francisco Giants.

Sherriff entered the game in the ninth with the scored tied at 1. The left-hander up a home run to Nick Hundley in the 10th inning.

Sherriff, who was called up from triple-A Memphis on Aug. 23, has made four appearances with the Cardinals through Monday. In five innings, he’s allowed four hits and one run. He’s struck out six and walked one.

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