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Peyton will pick apart Raiders

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Peyton will pick apart Raiders

Leave it to the Oakland Raiders to ruin the renewal of a great rivalry.

The Raiders have done so this year by being, well, awful. They've dropped five in a row, four of them admittedly to decent teams. But they were outplayed by Cleveland in Oakland last Sunday, a true indication of how far they've fallen.

Now the Broncos head to the Black Hole on Thursday night, already owning the AFC West title, but not likely to pull back any against the team Denver fans (and some players) always have loved to hate.

``It's tough,'' Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. ``Their fans are probably the rowdiest fans you'll see anywhere. It's tough, but you've got to go in there and block that out some kind of way, and the best way to do that is win the game or get up on them.

``I like it. I like playing on the road because I like people to boo us and I like to make them shut up, so to speak. That's just the way it is. I like winning on the road.''

Denver (No. 4 in the AP Pro32) is on a seven-game winning streak, longest in the league, and is a 10-point favorite to handle the Raiders (No. 31, AP Pro32).

Oakland struggles against any sort of dangerous offense, and with Peyton Manning getting more comfortable each week with his receivers, runners and blockers, the Broncos certainly rate as a threat anytime they have the ball.

They will have the ball a lot, particularly in the end zone.

BRONCOS, 38-13

No. 29 Philadelphia (plus 7 1/2) at No. 15 Tampa Bay

Eagles playing for next year and beyond, Bucs playing for a playoff berth.

BEST BET: BUCCANEERS, 30-13

No. 9 Chicago (minus 3) at No. 18 Minnesota

Bears banged-up and Adrian Peterson is running wild.

UPSET SPECIAL: VIKINGS, 16-14

No. 1 Houston (plus 4 1/2) at No. 2 New England, Monday night

Texans would prove a lot with a win here. Won't happen.

PATRIOTS, 28-22

No. 6 Baltimore (pick-em) at No. 14 Washington

Beltway Bowl. Ravens overcome headaches thinking about RG3.

RAVENS, 24-23

No. 20 Miami (plus 10) at No. 5 San Francisco

Jim Harbaugh's QB decision needs to pay dividends here.

49ERS, 23-14

No. 17 New Orleans (plus 5) at No. 8 New York Giants

If this game was in Superdome, choice would be reversed.

GIANTS, 30-27

No. 22 Detroit (plus 6 1/2) at No. 7 Green Bay

Packers are inconsistent, but Lions are consistently mediocre and undisciplined.

PACKERS, 33-19

No. 28 Arizona (plus 10) at No. 12 Seattle

First of three divisional games at home for Seahawks, who are 5-0 in Seattle.

SEAHAWKS, 27-10

No. 26 Tennessee (plus 5 1/2) at No. 10 Indianapolis

Another step toward the postseason for Andrew Luck and Colts.

COLTS, 28-17

No. 23 New York Jets (minus 2 1/2) at No. 32 Jacksonville

And the Jets are favored why, exactly?

JAGUARS, 10-9

No. 2 Atlanta (minus 3 1/2) at No. 27 Carolina

Falcons desperately want to stay home for entire playoffs.

FALCONS, 33-23

No. 16 Dallas (plus 3) at No. 13 Cincinnati

This one is easy: Bengals are the better team - by more than a field goal.

BENGALS, 23-16

No. 19 St. Louis (plus 3) at No. 21 Buffalo

After handling Niners, Rams should flatten Bills, right? Nope.

BILLS, 21-20

No. 30 Kansas City (plus 5) at No. 25 Cleveland

Browns starting to show enough to maybe save Shurmur's job.

BROWNS, 20-10

No. 24 San Diego (OFF) at No. 11 Pittsburgh

Could be a rout if Ben Roethlisberger plays for Steelers. Even if not ...

STEELERS, 20-13

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2012 RECORD:

Against spread: 5-8-1 (78-99-7). Straight up: 11-5 (120-70-1)

Best Bet: 6-5-2 against spread, 10-3 straight up.

Upset special: 9-4 against spread, 7-6 straight up.

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.

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