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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland coach Jack Del Rio got swamped with congratulatory messages after the Raiders clinched their first playoff berth in 14 years.Fans had reason for excitement after more than a decade of losing that featured 18 starting quarterbacks, nine head coaches and the second-most losses in the league with 148.Del Rios focus, however, is elsewhere, with the Raiders (11-3) still needing two more wins to clinch the division and a first-round bye once they get to the postseason.Im excited for the fans, Del Rio said Monday. To be in the playoffs, and theres been a drought here. We got here two years ago and talked about winning the division and being in the playoffs. The being in the playoffs part is there, the winning the division is still to be determined. So we need to continue to work on that, let the fans enjoy the other part, but as a team weve got to get back to work.The Raiders had a very successful Sunday as they watched Tennessee beat Kansas City 19-17 on a last-second field goal to knock the Chiefs out of first place in the AFC West, then went out and beat San Diego 19-16 to clinch at least a wild-card spot.Oakland now turns its attention to Saturdays home game against Indianapolis (7-7). With wins over the Colts and then in the season finale at Denver (8-6), the Raiders will win the AFC West. They can also win the division with only one win, as long as the Chiefs lose again.Oakland also can earn the top seed in the AFC with the combination of two wins and a loss by New England.Its a remarkable turnaround for a team that started the 2014 season with 10 straight losses before turning things around after the hiring of Del Rio that offseason.Del Rio came to a franchise that had building blocks in place in quarterback Derek Carr and pass rusher Khalil Mack, the teams top two draft picks in 2014, but little else.But two strong free-agent classes, key draft picks such as receiver Amari Cooper, and development of players still here have helped Oakland become one of the leagues top teams. It made Del Rios proclamation of aiming to win a division a legitimate possibility.It wasnt anything that I saw. We had a lot of work to do, Del Rio said. Its a belief that anything is possible when you get a group of men to believe in each other and to buy in and to work hard. Weve done that. Weve added to the talent base and weve embraced the message.It hasnt come easy this season. The Raiders have needed seven fourth-quarter comebacks to vault to the top of the division, starting with the winning 2-point conversion in the season opener at New Orleans that set the tone for the year.Carr has also led comeback wins over Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Houston, Carolina, Buffalo and San Diego to tie for the second-most fourth-quarter comebacks in a season.He has gotten help from a maligned defense that, despite ranking 31st, allowing 6.07 yards per play, has not allowed a single point on 11 drives in the final five minutes with the opponent having a chance to tie or take the lead.Weve seen glimpses of what were capable of, we want to be in constant pursuit of a perfect performance, and the perfection is not really in the end result, the perfection is in the effort that you give, Del Rio said. 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Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4). Todd Bertuzzi Jersey . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. ARCADIA, Calif. -- Breaking from the rail sure isnt a problem for California Chrome.Drawing the No. 1 post for the second straight race, Chrome led all the way in cruising to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, improving to 6-0 this year as the front-runner for Horse of the Year honors.Three-time defending champion Beholder lost to Stellar Wind in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes, extending the longest skid of her career to three races. She also lost to Stellar Wind in the Clement L. Hirsch and to Chrome in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar this summer.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Chrome ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.07 and paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite in one of five Grade 1 stakes on the card with Breeders Cup implications in front of 18,563.Hes a challenging horse to run against because hes versatile on top of his talent, Espinoza said. He can run on the front end and can come from behind. If someone wants to try and run with us again, maybe Ill take back the next time. Thats the best part, he doesnt have to be up there on the lead.Espinoza was aboard Stellar Wind in the Zenyatta, winning by a neck to earn his third victory of the day. The 4-year-old filly claimed an automatic berth in the BC Distaff.Chrome earned an all-fees paid berth in the $6 million BC Classic next month on the same track. The victory also kept alive the 5-year-olds bid to earn a $1 million bonus for sweeping the Pacific Classic, Awesome Again and BC Classic.Chrome won the Pacific Classic by five lengths from the inside post last month.Two down, one to go.Each race seems a little bit better, its a little scary, said Art Sherman, Chromes 79-year-old trainer. I never had the ability to buy the most expensive horses. This is just like a gift from, I dont know where.Dortmund returned $2.20 and $2.10, while Win the Space was another 4 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show.It was nearly a match race between Chrome and Dortmund, who dueled at the front while the other three runners lagged behind. Chrome pulled away from Dortmund approaching the final turn. Espinoza didnt use his whip in the stretch and eased Chrome nearing the finish line.Hard Aces was fourth and Soi Phet last.Chrome, the 2014 Kentucky Derby winner, ran the opening quarter-mile in a speedy 22.76 seconds.I ran the first part fast yes, but then eased up on him, Espinoza said. I didnt want to overuse him. Weve got a big race coming up. It seemed like he was doing everything very easily. Hopefully hell run big in the Breeders Cup.As Chrome and Espinoza made their way past the grandstand, the jockey waved to cheering Chromies, the horses fans.Weaaring blinkers for the first time since his career debut, Dortmund lost for the first time in six starts at Santa Anita under trainer Bob Baffert.ddddddddddddThe victory, worth $180,000, increased Chromes career earnings to $13,432,500 as North Americas career earnings leader.In the Zenyatta, Stellar Wind ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:35.06 and paid $6 to win. Beholder was the 2-5 favorite in the field of five. Argentina-bred Vale Dori finished 11 3/4 lengths back in third.Beholder went to the lead, which wasnt the plan in the five-horse field.Nothing really went wrong except I was on the lead and a sitting duck once again, her jockey Gary Stevens said. I flat got out-run. Unfortunately, three losses in a row and its tough for a champion. Hopefully, we can bounce back and get some pace in the Breeders Cup.In other stakes:- Espinoza rode Gormley to a three-length upset in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes, giving the 2-year-old colt a berth in the BC Juvenile.Gormley ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.57 and paid $23.60, $9 and $3 at 11-1 odds. Hes owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, the same group that campaigned superstar mare Zenyatta.I like that when he got into that big gear he has, he didnt get too excited for a young horse and today he was all business, Shirreffs said.Gormley also won his career debut by 4 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Sept. 4.Klimt, the 1-5 favorite trained by Baffert, finished second. Straight Fire was third.Secret House, a 60-1 shot, was rambunctious in the starting gate and jockey Santiago Gonzalez stepped off before the gate opened. That triggered an inquiry by the stewards, who ruled Secret House was a non-starter and the track refunded all money wagered on him. Gonzalez did something similar in a race last week at Los Alamitos.Gonzalez was ordered to appear before the stewards on Sunday to discuss his actions.- Avenge won the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes by three-quarters of a length to earn a berth in the BC Filly & Mare Turf.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Avenge ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:58.52 on turf and paid $12.40 to win.Zipessa, the 2-1 favorite, was second and Britain-bred Frenzified took third.- Noted and Quoted won the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes by a half-length to claim a berth in the BC Juvenile Fillies.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Baffert, the 2-year-old gray filly ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.88 and paid $16.80 to win.With Honors finished second and 5-2 favorite Zapperkat was third.American Cleopatra, a full sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, finished eighth. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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