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Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

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With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

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North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

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Chiefs' Hali a mentor

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Chiefs' Hali a mentor

Published on -8/14/2014, 10:04 AM

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By Randy Covitz

McClatchy-Tribune

When Tamba Hali invited fellow Chiefs outside linebacker Josh Martin to southern California for a couple of weeks of fun in the sun before training camp began, Martin had little idea what was about to happen.

Then he saw the orange cones set up in the sand, stretching along the Pacific Ocean.

"You think, 'Gee, that's a far way to run,'" Martin said of Hali's demanding training regimen early each morning on the sands of Hermosa Beach.

Nonetheless, Martin joined Hali, Chicago Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston and Jiu-Jitsu trainer Ryron Gracie in exhausting sprints, shuttles, agility drills and long-distance runs on the beach and up a sand hill next to the blue water.

It was all part of Martin's ascension from practice-squad player to special-teams standout to becoming a playmaker in the Chiefs' exotic defensive packages on passing downs.

"The sun is nice, it's not too hot, and we hopped in the ocean after the run," Martin said. "It's tough endurance work, but you get through it. Tamba has been going out there for the last few years, and when he gave me the invite, I couldn't waste the opportunity."

Hali, a workout fanatic, credits his arduous fitness program for his longevity and productivity in a nine-year career in which he has been voted to three Pro Bowls and rolled up 73.5 career sacks, third in Chiefs history.

And Hali sees enough potential in Martin, a second-year player who made the club last year as an undrafted rookie from Columbia University, to share some of the secrets to his pass-rushing success.

"It just shows he's willing to learn," Hali said. "He's young in the game, and he wants to be around a person who has been around and doing it. I haven't always had success throughout my career, but I eventually learned how to do it. That says a lot about him.

"He's already a freak athlete. He's very fast, and he's very quick off the ball."

Martin, who is 6 feet 3 and 245 pounds, already has seen benefits from his days on the beach. The Chiefs are deploying him with Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson and rookie Dee Ford in a five-man linebacker unit in passing downs.

"The training on the sand helps you make cuts at full speed," Martin said. "And in order to use that speed on the edge as a pass rusher, you have to be able to change directions."

The Jiu-Jitsu training has helped him with his hand fighting in the pass rush.

"He's worked hard in the weight room, he's worked hard in the off-season, and we expect him to help us this year," said Chiefs linebackers coach Gary Gibbs. "He's a unique young man. He's got some skill sets to work with, he's competitive, he's prideful, and he's not accepting a backup position. He wants to help us win."

A year ago, Martin was one of the best-kept secrets in the Chiefs training camp. Though he had 17.5 career sacks and was an all-conference selection (along with seventh-round pick Mike Catapano of Princeton), it was a big jump from the Ivy League to the NFL.

Martin showed enough in preseason that the Chiefs protected him on the 53-man roster for the first three weeks of the 2013 season, but because of other roster concerns, they released Martin and slipped him onto the practice squad for the next eight weeks.

Martin was activated for the final five games, playing on special teams and making his only NFL start in the regular-season finale at San Diego, where he was credited with six tackles.

The secret is out.

"This year people have a better idea who I am as far as the coaches and their expectations of me," Martin said. "They're a little higher, and the experiences I had last year, playing special teams and getting to play the San Diego game benefited me and got me ready for this year."

Martin exhibited his all-round skills on back-to-back plays in Tuesday's practice.

On the first play, he diagnosed a screen being set up for running back Knile Davis and broke up the pass. On the next play, Davis took a handoff and was stopped in his tracks in the backfield by Martin.

"That's his picking up the game as far as his knowledge of the game, understanding where he has to be in coverage and the defense that we run," Hali said. "That's where I see him grow is just knowing what to do and being consistent in doing that."

Martin participated in 38 defensive plays in the Chiefs' exhibition opener against Cincinnati last Thursday as well as 10 plays on special teams, where his biggest value is to the team. Martin helped spring De'Anthony Thomas on his 80-yard return for a touchdown against Cincinnati.

"I'm primarily a special teams player," said Martin, who was part of the kickoff return team for Davis' 108-yard kickoff return against Denver and forced a fumble on a kickoff last year at Oakland.

"If they want me to help on the pass rush, I will."

As a pass rusher, Martin follows the lead of Hali, Johnson and Houston.

"They're great veterans, they've lasted long in the league," Martin said. "Their great work ethic and their work in practices has been a great benefit.

"The one thing I've learned from the older guys is most of them bunker down and get their work done even before training camp."

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