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Path is cleared for Succop

Mr. Irrelevant XXXIV has a greater chance of making Chiefs’ roster after Kansas City waives Barth, last year’s kicker. Training camp opens today.

July 30, 2009

It looks like a battle during preseason games to be the next Kansas City Chiefs kicker is irrelevant.

The Chiefs waived kicker Connor Barth Wednesday, most likely clearing the way for Mr. Irrelevant Ryan Succop to be the team’s starter this season. Succop is now the only kicker on the Chiefs’ roster.

The Chiefs took their kicker, Succop, in the regular draft, even though it was with the final pick, No. 256. But they had good reason to select him.

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Mr. Irrelevant XXXIV played 50 games in four seasons at the University of South Carolina, where he became the Gamecocks’ No. 2 all-time scorer with 251 career points.

Succop converted 71 percent of his field goals with a long of 55 yards while at South Carolina, where at times he was also the Gamecocks’ punter.

During his senior season, Succop nailed 66 percent of his field-goal atttempts and converted all 30 of his PATs while dealing with a sports hernia injury during the season.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Succop just might have something going for him, and it’s not just because Barth has been waived. The Chiefs new GM Scott Pioli made quite the name for himself with the Patriots and now he’s looking to build a winner in Kansas City. When Pioli was with the Patriots they had some big-time legs in Adam Vinatieri and Stephen Gostkowski.

Succop could be the next in line, but for the Chiefs.

TEAM USA DOWNED

ROME — UC Irvine alums scored a total of four goals but the United States men’s senior national team lost to Spain, 7-6, in a semifinal game Thursday at the FINA World Championships in Rome.

With the loss, the U.S. will face Croatia in the bronze-medal match Saturday. Spain will meet Serbia in the gold-medal game.

Jeff Powers scored a team-high two goals. He had one goal each in the first and third quarters, and he added a pair of steals.

’Eater alums Ryan Bailey and Tim Hutten recorded one goal apiece.

JO RESULTS SOLID

The Newport Water Polo Foundation 18-and-under boys’ water polo team concluded a successful summer season Tuesday with a seventh-place finish at the S&R National Junior Olympics in Palo Alto.

Newport secured the finish in the four-day event after recording a 5-4 victory against Santa Barbara Water Polo Club. Matt Russell scored the game-winner late.

Jack Yeager set the scoring chance up. He stole the ball with 35 seconds remaining and swam the length of the pool before passing it to Russell.

Corona del Mar placed 18th. SOCAL Black won the tournament.

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