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ALAMEDA, Calif. Air Max 270 Wholesale . - Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.The Raiders (0-4) held a team meeting Wednesday, a day after Sparano was hired to finish the season. The players then were given the rest of the week off for their bye as mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. They will have their first practice under their new coach next Monday.The handful of players available in the locker room said Sparano did not get into many details about the philosophy change he talked about Tuesday. But they expected some changes next week and hoped a new coach could provide a needed spark for a team that has lost 10 straight games dating to last season.It can actually go either way, but I believe that we have the guys on this team who can turn things around, right guard Austin Howard said. Obviously things havent gone our way so far. Weve been anxious to figure out what we can do to change things and how we can get better, so were all in this. Were ready to get things changed right now.Howard is one of the players who knows Sparano best, having also spent a year with him on the New York Jets in 2012. Sparanos presence as offensive line coach in Oakland played a role in Howard signing here as a free agent this off-season.Howard said the rest of the team will appreciate the type of coach Sparano is.Hes one of the best coaches Ive had in my career, Howard said. The guy really understands how to get the players motivated, get us all on the same page. He knows how to win games. Hes turned a lot of programs around. Its kind of crazy whats going on right now, but were excited to have him and were ready to follow his lead.While the Raiders are excited for the change, the players also took responsibility for the poor start that led to Allens firing. After adding playoff-tested veterans Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Maurice Jones-Drew, James Jones, Matt Schaub, Antonio Smith, Donald Penn, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown in the off-season, Oakland was looking for improvement after back-to-back four-win seasons.Instead the Raiders lost their first four games and werent even competitive in lopsided losses to Houston and Miami which ultimately led to the coaching change.Its one of the things that you dont look forward to as a player, safety Usama Young said. I take accountability in my actions and in my play on the field. Im like, dadgum, what about this play right here? I could have fixed this, I could have fixed that. Several guys feel the same way. Coaches feel the same way. We could have done better. We could have changed the situation, possibly, but when its all said and done, its been done. And we got to continue on and try to get this thing going in the right direction.Young has one of the longest relationships with Allen, the two having spent four seasons together in New Orleans when Allen was a defensive assistant. Young said he talked with Allen after the firing.Hes always been a great coach, always been a great guy, Young said. I respect him to the fullest. At the same token, its just a tough conversation to have.Other questions that will have to wait until next week for answers include the health of rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who sprained a ligament in his left knee and left ankle in the loss to the Dolphins. Carr walked around the locker room without a noticeable limp and said he is feeling much better three days after leaving the game with the injury.Were taking it day at a time, but knowing myself, Ill be ready a thats my answer, thats my goal, Carr said. Ive just got to continue to work hard to get ready.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Air Max 270 All Black Mens . The Brazilian driver had the second-best time in last months tests at Jerez and said the "good start" could play to his advantage when the season gets underway in Australia in March. Nike Air Max 270 React Bauhaus Cheap . With nothing tangible at stake, the Raptors turned in their most impressive outing of the fall in their seventh and second to last exhibition tilt against their stiffest competition yet, but they lost a couple starters in the process. http://www.max270cheap.com/ . SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and three-time runner-up Andy Murray were among Mondays opening- round winners at the Australian Open. The second-seeded former world No. 1 Federer handled Taiwans Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, while the third-seeded former top-ranked star Nadal whipped Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. The 17-time Grand Slam king Federer is a four-time Aussie Open winner and was also a runner-up to Nadal in 2009, the year Nadal claimed his lone championship in Melbourne, where the Spaniard, himself, was also a runner-up in 2012 and last year. Federer hasnt titled here since 2010, while Nadal was stunned by Stan Wawrinka in last years Aussie finale. Federers second-round opponent will be Italian Simone Bolelli. A finalist in his last two trips to Melbourne, the 14-time major titlist Nadal played just his second match of 2015 on Monday. He lost in the first round in Doha two weeks ago, coming off a lengthy layoff thanks to a series of physical problems, including a wrist injury. At the end you know that you are not going to be at your 100 percent, so the most important thing when you are coming back is accept all the challenges, the weeks, months, that you didnt have the chance to be able to practice, to compete, said Nadal, who also had surgery late last season to remove his appendix. Just accept every situation. Accept that youre going to be a little slow, a little out of rhythm. Up next for Nadal will be American Tim Smyczek. The sixth-seeded Murray took care of Indias Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). The two-time Grand Slam champion Murray reached Aussie finals in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Murrays second-round opponent will be Aussie Marinko Matosevic. Noo. Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Cheap. 7 seed Tomas Berdych beat Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, while 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov whipped German Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and upstart Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis upset 11th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis 5-7, 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 8-6. Fourteenth-seeded South African Kevin defeated Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, while 15th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo was ahead 3-2 in the first set against Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin before retiring from the match. In some other action involving seeds, No. 20 Belgian David Goffin topped American Michael Russell 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-0; No. 22 German Philipp Kohlschreiber drilled Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-2, 6-1; No. 23 Croat Ivo Karlovic mauled Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-2, 6-4; and No. 24 Frenchman Richard Gasquet dismissed Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. Other seeded victors on opening day were No. 26 Argentine Leonardo Mayer, No. 28 Czech Lukas Rosol, No. 29 Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, and No. 32 Slovak Martin Klizan. Also moving on were former Aussie runner-up Marcos Baghdatis and Aussies Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth and James Duckworth. On Tuesday, first-round matches will come for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and the reigning Aussie champ Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic will take on Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, while Wawrinka will meet Turk Marsel Ilhan. The seven-time major titlist Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon champion who has captured four Aussie Open crowns, while Wawrinka is seeking a second straight title in Melbourne. Also on the Day 2 schedule are fifth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori, eighth-seeded Canadian slugger Milos Raonic and ninth-seeded former Roland Garros runner-up David Ferrer. ' ' '

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