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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Two years after starting the season with 10 straight losses, the Oakland Raiders head into their bye week in a far different place: first place.Fresh off a 30-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos that left them all alone in first in the AFC West, the Raiders now get the chance to rest up a bit before the stretch run of a season they hope will include playoff games for the first time since 2002.After building a strong record with wins against some of the lesser regarded teams, the Raiders (7-2) stamped their arrival as legitimate contenders with a complete victory over the Broncos on a prime-time stage.The offense controlled the line of scrimmage and ran for 218 yards, Derek Carr made key plays in the passing game, the defense shut down Denvers run game and harassed Trevor Siemian all night and even the special teams got into the act with two punts downed at the 2, prompting celebratory dances from punter Marquette King .I think it was closest, coach Jack Del Rio said Monday when asked whether his team put together a complete game. I think all three phases certainly contributed in the game. They had really good moments, all three. We see a lot of things that can be better. Thats what were going to keep working at. I dont know if you ever reach that perfect performance youre striving for anyway but there are things we need to clean up, that we need to be better at.Seeking improvement after a big win is a far cry from where this franchise was as recently as 2014. Oakland started that season 0-10 -- firing coach Dennis Allen after four games -- and was often not even competitive in games during Carrs rookie season.But after showing progress by winning seven games last year in Del Rios first season, the Raiders are putting it all together in 2016 and look like one of the top teams in the AFC even if they see plenty of room for growth.We have so much we can do and we see that we can do it, Carr said. We cant work on it all at once. We have to just build, but were trying.Carr has been a big reason for the rebuilding job. He has improved in each of his three seasons and has thrown for 2,505 yards with 17 TDs and only three interceptions so far this season.But he has gotten plenty of help from an offensive line that mauled Denvers heralded front to clear holes for Latavius Murray and the backs, big-play receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and a defense that has improved significantly in recent weeks after getting torched the first few.Thats all part of the winning culture Del Rio is trying to instill.Im pretty straight forward about it with the staff and with the players about what were looking for and what championship football looks like, he said. Were just going to push for it. It takes time to develop and to grow. The good news is weve recognized where these areas are yet were winning. Being able to win and put that big smile on your face, go home and feel good about things, lay your head down at night but wake up in the morning knowing you have work to do and there are things that must improve.The Raiders hope to get a boost from the bye with players like right tackle Menelik Watson and cornerback Sean Smith able to heal up from injuries, other key veterans getting needed rest and some potential help on the front seven from two players who have been missing all year.Linebacker Aldon Smith said last week he hopes to be able to return when his one-year suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy ends Nov. 17.Smith still must get reinstated by the league and Del Rio is not counting on anything at this point.Defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. seems like a better bet to return. He has been out since training camp with a hip injury but could be able to return to practice soon and provided needed help for both the pass rush and run defense.The unknown part, I just leave that over there in that category and were not going to wait for that, Del Rio said. What weve got to do is continue to grow, got to continue to do the things that helped us play better defensively the last several weeks and continue to be better.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFLDiscount New Balance UK . The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling "puts an end to my dreams of being a top player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement. "I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didnt know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No. New Balance UK From China . Miller reached right to deflect Mikhail Grabovskis attempt with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation, and then made two more saves in the shootout Sunday to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. http://www.newbalancesaleuk.com/ . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. Cheap New Balance Shoes UK Free Shipping . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. Cheap Authentic Shoes UK . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday.Ohio States team huddle prior to taking the floor on Saturday against top-ranked Nebraska in Lincoln lasted longer than the traditional minute.Visualize, coach Geoff Carlston stressed to the Buckeyes, asking each of them to focus on the winning moment of the upcoming match.It wasnt a stretch for sophomore setter Taylor Hughes, the espnW volleyball player of the week, to picture a victory over the Cornhuskers. Although the defending national champions had won 28 straight, Ohio State beat Nebraska in five a year ago in Columbus. The Buckeye seniors have never lost in Lincoln, where Nebraska has sold out every home game since 2002.Hughes pictured setting senior Taylor Sandbothe for the kill, almost exactly what happened a few hours later.I had us winning in five, though, Hughes admitted, but Ohio State (12-4) only needed four sets to take their third straight at Devaney Sports Center. Since joining the Big 10 in 2011, the Cornhuskers have a winning record over every conference program except Ohio State, which is 4-3 in Lincoln.Hughes finished with 41 assists and a career-best 11 kills hitting at a match-high .500 rate, using her long arms and big hands to create chaos for the Cornhuskers.Poor passing in the first set delayed the Buckeyes upset, but Ohio State regrouped when Taylor started putting it everywhere, Carlston said. That made Nebraska uncomfortable and have to worry about her. After that first set, she set a really smart game. She kept our team steady and climbing the mountain.In the second set alone, Hughes carried the Ohio State offense, impacting 17 of the teams 18 kills with 11 assists and six kills of her own.Carlston remembers Hughes as a 9-year-old; he coached her older sister, Ashley, also a setter at Ohio State. Another sister, Cassie, played volleyball for Columbus State.I wouldnt want any other setter in the country, he said.dddddddddddd Shes the youngest in a family of competitors, and usually that youngest kid watches and observes. That last sibling tends to have an edge to her. By the time she was a sophomore in high school, I saw that grittiness.Along with that, she owns an enviable topspin lefty serve, one the Ohio State band lauds at home games with an encouraging, Click. Click. Boom, every time Hughes steps to the line.Hughes planned to play basketball along with volleyball in high school before a knee injury made her reconsider competing in a contact sport. She was a regular in the stands for Ashleys college games, but strongly considered Georgia Tech before deciding on Ohio State.The tradition and excellence are unexplainable until you get here, said Hughes, who grew up about 40 minutes away from campus in Carroll, Ohio.Ohio State went 2-0 last week without starter Audra Appold, Hughes roomie and second in hitting on the team to Sandbothe. Credit Hughes for mixing up her sets to keep the Nebraska defense at bay.I had less weapons, but it made it more of a game to trick their blockers, she said.Junior Luisa Schirmer had 16 kills. Sandbothe had 12 kills, hitting .346, and freshman Brooke Bailey added five kills.At 23-13 in the fourth set, Hughes realized her visualization of beating Nebraska was no longer just in her head.Their coach started making challenges, she said. I felt like they were nervous. At 23-13, I finally felt like we had it in the bag, and I got the goose bumps.The final four will be played at Ohio State in December, but right now, Hughes cant imagine anything better that what happened on Saturday night.Ive still got a big smile on my face, she said. I cant picture a bigger win. ' ' '

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